Tag Archive for competition

JWGC Day 6

Racing fans, Today is an exceptionally interesting day here in Musbach. Both classes are up and flying turn area tasks, but during the launch about a quarter of the field had to return to the airport for a relight. Two pilots are on their third try, not having found lift, while others are already at…

JWGC Musbach Day 5 (flying day 2)

Bonjour de Musbach, Oh wait, we are in Germany!!! Oh la vache! What a day it has been. We awoke this morning to clear skies and warmer temperatures. But the forecasts were for more stable conditions. In fact, the local soundings showed a strong inversion at about 1300 MSL, leaving only about 1200 ft AGL.…

JWGC Day 4 – Update 3

Boyd and Devin have been collected from their fields, after having, as the French would say it, landed ‘avec le vache’ – with the cows. Both landings were uneventful. Boyd said that around 1630 the lift kind of just quit. This would correspond with about the time that everything just went blue. Tricky flying today…

JWGC Day 4 Update 2

Just heard back from Devin and Boyd. Unfortunately, both are in fields, though it seems many of the competitors have done the same… Headed out on retrieves to Haigerloch and Hayingen (thank god for navigation systems). From Suddenly blue and cool Musbach, Kathy

JWGC Day 4 Update

Some preliminary reports of land outs have been announced, but Both Devin and Boyd are still flying. Things are bluing out all around as the dry airmass from the west is moving into the contest area. Ethan and I are waiting for their return doing laundry and playing ping pong at the French house near…

JWGC Day 4 – The Race is On!

Racing fans! Yes! It has finally stopped raining and we are in the middle of our first contest day. Launching 81 gliders in two different classes took 1 hour and 49 minutes, with one aborted takeoff from club class. The tasks are 320km for the standards and 270km for club class. There are a handful…

JWGC Contest Day 2 – Scrubbed

Hello Racing Fans, Contest day 2 of the Junior World Gliding Championships has been scrubbed. Today we are under the influence of a strong trough spinning off of the low pressure system centered north of the English Channel. We awoke to much colder temperatures and high winds out of the west – directly across the…

Updated edition of Charlie Spratt’s book

In 2004, the National Soaring Museum published ‘See ‘Ya at the Airport’, a collection of Charlie Spratt’s stories about his life, youth, people that influenced him, soaring contests he attended, and CD’d, and other soaring events, all soaked in his love for the sport. Now that Charlie is gone, this book has become more than…

The Future of Contest Soaring: Classes and Rules

Once upon a time, there was one class: the open class. Standard class came about as a very sensible idea to create a class with good performance, but simple operation and limited cost, in an era when open‐class wingspans, costs and complexity were increasing, and their handling became more difficult.