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On April 8th I had another incredible downwind dash starting in Wellington, KS. On April 2nd I had noticed on the long term prognosis charts that the 8th had potential to be a good soaring day in the Midwest.

750 Kilometers from Bacchus

The year was 1975 – yes they had gliders in those days. The Victorian State Championships were held at Bacchus Marsh from the 21st January – 1st February. I flew our syndicate Kestrel 17m for the first four days, a glider that we had bought at the end of the Waikerie World Comps 12 months earlier. As with any competition, and in particular one from Bacchus, the ‘75 State comps started with wet and windy weather – a no contest day on the Saturday.

My Third First Solo

I’m sitting in the Schweizer 2-33B strapped, waiting for the tow plane on the grass runway in Randall airport, but for the first time without instructor in the back seat. It’s just me. There is no one to adjust the rudder on takeoff or correct the stick on landing. I’m on my own now, but for some reason I felt a sense of déjà vous. I was concentrated and a little bit tense sitting in the cockpit in the cold Saturday morning, but it was not my first time; actually it was my third first solo in a sailplane.