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5 days ago

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Glider pilots from around the world have begun arriving in Omarama ahead of next week’s South Island Regional Glider Races.
The early arrivals are attending Jerry’s Mountain Soaring Course, named for glider pilot Jerry O’Neill, hosted by Glide Omarama, in preparation for the tasks and challenges to be set for the races next week.
South Island Regional Glider Races spokesperson Daniel McCormack said about 30 pilots using 25 gliders had registered for next week’s event and about ten of those were attending this week’s course.
Glider pilots were coming from as far afield as Europe, the United Kingdom and Alaska for the races.
The field will include last year’s winner and US champion Keith Essex, and Australian champion Tom Claffey.
As well, members of Youth Glide, including Omarama’s Sam Patterson, will be competing, with instructors.
Renowned top level New Zealand glider pilot Justin Wills is to head up the coaching programme.
Predictions were for warm, settled weather.
“There should be some “good thermal days,” Dan said.
Tasks would be set on the day and would vary depending on conditions.
They could see the pilots travelling up to 500 kms which could take them as far south as Mt Aspiring, as far north as Mt Cook, and “deep into the mountains in the west”.
Should the weather not be conducive to flying alternative activities have been planned for the visiting pilots and supporters.
“No doubt the Kahu Café will be filled every evening with the sound of pilots telling tall stories over a beer,” Dan said.
Omarama Airfield Ltd chairman Clive Geddes, of Queenstown, is contest director and Glide Omarama’s Gavin Wills will be setting the tasks.

Photos: Gliders and pilots, who are taking part in “Jerry’s Mountain Soaring Course” ahead of next week's South Island Regional Glider Races line up on the grid at Omarama Airfield in preparation for yesterday’s task. Tuesday, November 17, 2017

Copy and photos: Ruth Grundy, Omarama Gazette
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1 week ago

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1000 x 1000 Challenge.

There were two attempts on the $1000 challenge on Thursday.

Sabrina Schels and Michael Jahn flew 800 kms but came home early with very cold feet!
Keith Essex flew 1070 km at 180 kph. Not bad considering that en route he twice attempted a World 300 km triangle! He was close to a World Record but did manage a US record for an FAI 300 km triangle at 17 something kph..
So Keith is in front for the season's 1000Km Challenge!!
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You might as well just give the prize to know he’s going to kill it.

planning & preparation in progress :D ... I will give it a try in the Astir/ Discus CS

2 weeks ago

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Its the first day of Glide Omarama's 1000 km Challenge. The prize is $1000 to the pilot with the fastest average speed over 1000 km.
It looks like we already have two contenders... .watch this space!
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Sounds good. What are the rules.

Gliding in New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand, with Omarama approximately in the centre, produces some of the world’s best wave flying as well as astonishing ridge, thermal and convergence soaring amidst the spectacular and dramatic mountains of the Southern Alps.