Wednesday, July 17, 2013

last competition day and trip across Europe

We arrived in Poland to rest our bones after 2 weeks of extremely challenging flying. The last day topped all the previous ones. We had troubles staying up, started the task at 3:30 pm and struggled all the way through till the last thermal of the day. I fired up the engine 30 km out and made it back home watching the outlanding spectacle all the way. It was exactly what the engine is for. We talked about engine/no engine option many times before we decided to order one. The last day scenario was perfect. The day died before I managed to work out the final glide. I picked a nice field, started the engine, circled above the field to gain some more altitude before heading towards home.
That day mixed all the tables and there were some people heavily disappointed. It hasn't changed much for me and I, in fact, enjoyed it big time. I loved the glider and the engine :) I was drinking wine watching trailers leaving the field and then coming back few hours later.

Daily results:

Overall competition results:


Few pics from the closing ceremony:

It took us two days to get to Poland. We dropped off "XM" in Poppenhausen. Once again I have to mention the extraordinary service offered to us by Schleicher. Uli organized absolutely everything we needed before and after the comp. He took care of it all and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you Uli!

We are now visiting my mom and we'll be going to Berlin o Thursday. This will be "Berlin - one night only" and we will stay in the famous Adlon Hotel at the Brandenburger Gate. This is the famous hotel where Michael Jackson once stayed and the whole world was talking about it. Ziggy is already practicing his Michael Jackson dance moves. All good, as long as he's not starting to sing ...

1 comment:

  1. Hello Marta, hello Ziggy
    The race is over now. I have followed the WWGC2013 by the championship homepage and the german teampage. Thereby I have found Marta’s blog. With pleasure I read the personal experience and opinions of a competitor. Not to underestimate to write a blog beside preparation, flying and relaxing, thanks for that effort.
    One blog was specially remarkable: Friday July 12 you wrote about the safety items. After more then 35 years of gliding, therefor many years in competition, I state that we pilots are ready to decline our safety margins in competition. We fly in a manner that we would never do outside a comp. You wrote, that you had to stay in the gaggle for „surviving“. Yes, surviving the competition and keeping up the ranking. But means surviving to land in a tree, to risk a hard outlanding or even a mid-air collision ? Each competitor have to find his own answer on this subject.
    Beside this negative facts, gliding, even in competition, is a wonderfull sport, that we appriciate so much. So enjoy furthermore gliding in competition, cross country or even for pleasure. Especally with the brand new ASG 29, must be a wonderfull glider.
    With best greetings from Switzerland