Author Archive for Ritz

Since before the word “blog” was created, Ritz wrote about her experiences every day after flying at the Sportavia Soaring Center in Australia, where she helped run a successful business from 1996 to 2005. Her first blogs on soaring.eu date from June 2006, and she has been blogging ever since, joining Soaring Café in January 2011. She says her experience as columnist for Gliding International and blogger for Soaring Café has enriched her world more than she can say and that her soaring friends keep her young and ”going”. Read Ritz' full bio under the menu item About -> Our Contributors.

Multi-Class Nationals in Tocumwal and Siberian Cold in Europe!

As I said last week, the 50th Australian Multi class Nationals have moved due to bad weather and a not too good weather forecast, from Narromine to Tocumwal. Sad for Narromine as I know how good the weather can be ther, but good for Tocumwal. The organization traveled with the pilots, crews  and trailers over…

Pre Mundial starts in Chaves!

Today the pre-worlds start in Chaves in Argentina with 109 participants in 3 classes. It is combined with the 3d FAI South American Gliding Championship. Here is a link to the blog from the only participant from Holland; Jeroen Verkuijl. The picture is his as well. So you have an American view on things by Sarah Kelly Arnold…

Benjamin Bachmeier—His First 1000K Flight

 Lake Torrent. courtesy Benjamin Bachmeier Of course I wrote a congratulation to Benjamin when he flew his first 1000 km from Stonefield on January 1st – 2012. What a great moment for a youngster to start this new year. Here is his is answer! Dear Ritz, Thank you very much and have a happy year…

Happy New Year SoaringCafe-Friends !!!!

Happy new year to all of you !!! Ein glückliches Neues Jahr ; that was it for sure , for young German pilot Benjamin Bachmaier who flew after Fabian did it already, his first 1000 km. now as well and…on January 1, a day for him to never forget !!! The boys have put the new gliding field of Stonefield…

MERRY CHRISTMAS…Losing with ONE Point, or Winning with One!

Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Enjoy  these days where ever you are with family and friends! The pilots in Namibia have such good weather, they can only be happy, but the weather in Australia is good too and even expected to be much better, so everybody not at home but on an overseas trip should…

South African Nationals at Welkom!

Day 7 in the South African Nationals. Task for 18m/Open is 664 km. Weather will be good (it should be with this length). It is hot and cumulus is forecast. Lift up to 4 m/s and cloud base 2800 m agl. First start 11:30.
This is todays message on Jonkers’ FaceBook site. At Welkom 10 of 18 pilots fly JS1’s in 18 m class.

Young Fabian Tells His 1000 km Story!

Here is the translation from an exclusive “retrospect” by Fabian Peitz, who flew HIS first and Australia’s first 1000 km for this season AND the first 1000 km from Stonefield as well! To remain exclusive, I publish it at the same time as my blog, this Wednesday. —-It all started on the evening of the…