31 August 2016

Australia - Here we come!

31 Aug was the official entry deadline for the 2017 WGC and the date when we would know if all four Canadian team members would be competing in the Worlds. 

All four are in, two in 18 m and two in 15 m.

17 August 2014

HD Last Two days of 2014 World Championships

Last day of flying was Saturday with very tricky weather and some land outs.
I wasn't sure if I will finish task until 25km from finish.
No change in my placing as errors at the beginning of contest had negative influence on final results.

As usual at the end of contest suddenly all are in rush to leave.
When I arrived with Maria at the airfield on Sunday morning 70% of trailers were gone.
Closing ceremony was scheduled for 11 Am on Sunday  in Leszno town square.
It was very sad to see just small number of teams present at the closing ceremony, some teams were present at the square, but didn't bother to stand with other teams with the flags.
It was my forth worlds, but I never saw such poor attendance in closing ceremony . Just winners and small group of pilots and their crew in addition to  Leszno officials and residents.

After closing ceremony I returned HD to the happy owner as his glider was in better shape then three weeks earlier. We left Leszno around 1Pm ,I think it was my last flying in Leszno as I don't see any opportunity to came back here in near future.
As team we survived three weeks together, we had perfect team with Jarek as team manager who helped us in each situation and was great support for us.
Maria and Virginia took great care of their pilots and Michal and Przemek with help of Jarek took care of glider preparation before and after flight and repairs of HD as well.
Unfortunately we had the worst results in Worlds in the last  six years. I'd like to thank all supporters of Team Canada and I hope that Canadians will be able to reach for trophy shown on photo in near future.
Jerzy Szemplinski XG 

10 August 2014

Closing day

33rd World Gliding Championship is coming to the end.
As Dave mentioned, competition days are over and we have winners.

Special congratulation to Sebastian, Karol & Michael !

Last night we attended "good bye" garden party held at the airport that was organized by Aeroclub of Poland and Central Gliding School in Leszno.
Today (it's Sunday AM) we have official closing ceremony at central square in town.

I will try to post one more update and pictures from last days later today.
for now - time to start packing


09 August 2014

and thus it ends

I think the pictures pretty much say it all.  The contest is over.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and followed the blog over the past days/weeks/months.

signing off...


Last task at competition

For the last day organizers changed task three times.
From initial 400+ km to final version C that looks like:
15M - racing task 253.8 km
18M - racing task 245.3 km

At the begining we have blue sky and sniffer was trying different places before he was able to climb to 1500m (in the blue). At the same time we can see some CUs popping up in the sky.
good - boys are finally up after delaying launch time until 12:40 (from original 11:15).
bad - CUs are dissipating fast.
It looks like challenging day!

 Results are here (daily & overall)