Points to note;
The weather didn't quite live upto its normal standard.
My older Duo, which is a re-build from various bits and bobs, is clearly much faster than the clubs flash new Duo XLT...and a JS1 as well...
Weather forecasting is a Black Art. I under called one day and over called two others.
On the plus side I had to exit the contest for 2 days as work got in the way and had thought I'd miss at least 1 great day of flying...both days were write offs...good for me...not so for others.
Day 1 saw a pilot of huge experience part with his little Discus, having owned it for 27 years (that's longer than I've had to tolerate children), and drive off with an 18 meter Ventus. It's trend we might see more of as the standard/15 class slowly dwindles away. It could take 20 years to dwindle away all the same. Which provides some lucky club the chance of acquiring a mighty Discus B. In my humble opinion the best single seat glider a club can own. Easy fly, rig and maintain. Still competitive in the standard and club class. Lots of room. No vices in the air.
On a day that was too hard to task due to the uncertainty of holding the fleet up around the start area, the organisers allowed free flying and scored the day on the OLC. What a brilliant idea...especially since yours truely managed to win the day!!!
I was beaten on the last day by my old Discus GNM. Fantastic.
All my Co-pilots were great, none were air-sick (quite the achievement for me), and I hope everyone had fun...I did.
Sleeping in a tent was better than I remember it...although the fireworks on the last night was an added extra we could have done without.
I've decided I'm getting older. The climb up Mt Tauhara took 60 minutes...that's 10 minutes slower than 2 years ago...bugger.
Tauranga is now 4th on the inter-club NZ online contest. I'm finished flying for the meantime (due to a calling to investigate Canada's ski-fields), so it's up to the rest of you...mentioning no names. Remember it's distance that matters, not time in the air.
Its way way cheaper flying in Taupo than Omarama. I paid $420 total for the contest...entry fee, tows etc. That's about one days worth down south. Yes I know the flying in the mountains is really really great but the difference in cost is starting to get out of hand...I think.
It's so hot today I commissioned our pool and went for a swim...a short swim...
Another Duo on task...albeit a much slower one...
See slower...and lower...OK enough showing off...luck played a big part.
A very bad photo of Huka Falls
A nice evening as a thunder storm departs the task area.