We are back home after an awesome 4-days weekend in a little country town named Jerilderie (Ziggy's version: Jerildie). The fact that we were heading into a deep country was quickly confirmed on the way out. We had to dodge sheep and cow to get there.
|with fresh haircuts|
|they don't seem to care much|
We were one of the last ones to arrive. Everyone else did it earlier and seriously practiced before the comp.
|pelicans marking thermal bubbles over the field|
|Ziggy scared to death prior to his first flight in Jerilderie|
|the look of concentration|
|just like full size rc gliding is a team sport|
Friday night we had a dinner with official registration for the comps. Every competitor got a bag full of commercial goodies. Among others the boys found rubber bracelets that attracted their full attention. Sure enough they found an alternate use for them and started claiming the "....rings" were too small. Someone even mentioned filing an official complaint but I'm afraid they would then have had to prove the rings were too small indeed which would have turned out difficult ;)
|there's gotta be something out there|
|Ziggy launching a glider|
|Bernie in the lens|
Jerilderie is a very small country town with not too much accommodation options. Since we were booking really late there was not much left so we had to go for something we had no idea about. After arrival it turned out that the place was not livable whatsoever. And I really mean it. We don't have a high expectations but a clean bed, hot shower and a heater in the room. The place had none of the above. We started asking around and got lucky. The Jerilderie caravan park and motel had one cancellation that day and we got a very nice and warm room. Lucky us.
|it was close to 0°C in the morning|
|very happy with the warm jacket|
Weather stayed beautiful throughout the whole comp so there was no rest break and everyone got the maximum number of flights.
|start line with all the winches|
|Gerry, David and Carl|
I learned that someone flying a model plane is also called a pilot. So there were 54 pilots competing or better: there were 53 pilot competing plus Ziggy.
|Brad having way too many helpers|
|our team's pit|
|retrieving lines was just right for me|
There are no female rc pilots in Australia and I think this is why everyone was trying to convince me to have a go hoping that I will also get hooked. Greg rigged a foamy and gave me a short lesson:
|not sure if they know what they've just started ...|
|tension in every single muscle|
So I have to admit that it wasn't easy and I found myself being really tense and concentrated. Pretty exhausting especially when you do it for the first time. Not impossible though ... we'll see if I can get myself proficient enough to fly Jerilderie 2013.
|53 pilots plus Ziggy|
|not everyone knows the origin of this move...|
As predicted Ziggy didn't win but there were prices for everyone and he got 2 bottles of a very nice wine.
|happy return to model flying|
Exactly like I was told before the atmosphere of such a competition was just magic. I've made tons of new friends and it looks like they were all happy to have Ziggy back. Not quite because of his model flying skills but more because of the entertainment he's providing basically 24/7. I think they really like him ... but honestly who wouldn't?