"New women's world records"
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Автор:  Ironman [ Пет Дек 29, 2017 3:26 pm ]
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Forbes, Australia: ... 2017/02:06

Автор:  Ironman [ Сря Яну 03, 2018 12:16 am ]
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Forbes. Australia:
New record task set in a competition of 388.9 km Forbes to Manilla. 18 pilots( TBC) made goal.
Sasha Srebrenikova flies 410 km - same day after taking goal!

Автор:  Ironman [ Сря Яну 03, 2018 12:39 pm ]
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Worlds record task: 388 km - Forbes, Australia ...

Автор:  Ironman [ Пет Яну 12, 2018 11:28 am ]
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2018 Forbes Flatlands revisited

The Forbes Flatlands competition which started on the 29th of January and lasted through to the 5th of December made it the first big comp of the year. Having hosted the world championships in 2013 it made its mark in the hang gliding scene as one of the best venues with the most consistent flying conditions to be found during this time. It attracted pilots from all around the world.

This year saw a gathering of pilots for a few practice competition days as the forecasted good weather put on a good show, notably Alexandra “Sasha” Serebrennikova managed to set new women’s declared and open distance female triangle world records during the practice days. She took off from Forbes, flew southwest to West Wyalong, then east to Grenfell before pushing back north west to Forbes to complete her task landing at 7pm. Congratulations Sasha. She commented, “And to think this is only the practice task at Forbes.”

This year the competition head quarters was run at the rugby club in the center of town where all the pilots meet for a 10 am task briefing. It was likely to be hot in excess of 35° Celsius so keeping pilots out of the sun was a priority. The pilots are told the task, start time and any other details they needed for the day. It's usually about two hours before the first launch window opens at 12:30 so it’s nice and relaxed as it only takes about 10 minutes to get to the takeoff field formally known as the Bill Moyes International Airfield.

Day one canned

Day one in any competition is always quite tense. The famous saying rings through everyone’s minds “you can’t win a competition on the first day but you sure as well can lose it.” The task set for day one is a 155km task to the SSE. There is a lot of overcast today and a strong breeze. There are some cumulus forming under the high cloud but a band of rain possibly pushing in from the west. With much discussion between the safety committee and task committee the launch window is pushed back from 12:30 till 2:30 to give the strong winds time to die down. As 2:30 arrives nearly half the field is in the air and climbing well, but maybe too well as a large area of rain starts to descend on course line. The safety committee decide to cancel the day on grounds of safety. The Laminate gliders we fly in competitions really don’t handle well in the rain but everyone makes it down safe back in the start cylinder.

Day two Task 1

The weather for day two looks far more promising, still quite strong winds out of the WSW, but no over development and a 9000' cloud base. With day one out of the way it’s a little more relaxed before take off in the tow field. Our task today takes us north to Trangie, just to the west of Dubbo for 142.8km optimized race to goal with a later start again to let some of yesterday's bad weather clear the area. A challenging cross wind for the first part of the flight which should back later on to a more predominant tail wind. All of the competitors get up and off and there is plenty of room in the 10km start radius. A large proportion of pilots take the first start at 15:00, but quite quickly people are taking different routes on course line. Some pilots take a more direct route keep just left of course line enough to battle the wind, while others push much harder into the cross wind to make the latter parts of the flight easier. First into goal is Atilla Bertok followed closely by Ollie Chitty from the first clock after taking the more direct route and not straying far from course line. It's 10 minutes before the next competitors arrive, Guy Hubbard and a chasing pack of 2nd starters (15:15) with Josh Woods, Steve Blenkinsop and Niki Longshore. Niki also took a decisive day win over the other females in the competition being the only one in goal.

Day 3 Task 2

A switch in the wind brings us a steady northerly flow. This means we will be seeing predominantly blue conditions early on and only 10knts of wind from the north in the boundary layer. With this forecast we have a 185.7km race to goal via 2 turn points finishing at Bookham north west of Canberra. It's noticeably slower in the start cylinder today and climbs are only getting to 7000ft. The first start clock comes around but only a few pilots at the top of the gaggle take the plunge, everyone else seems to be on the same consensus that a later start gate would prove more efficient if the conditions get better. It's only a short time (15 minutes) before the second start is activated. After the second start window opens everyone starts hunting down the lonely few gliders who took the first start. With two large radius turn points along the way there is quite a split of pilots along the course line. Josh Woods takes the day win closely followed by Jonny Durand and Atilla Bertok all taking the 2nd start.

Day 4 Task 3

The ever-reliable southwest wind returns for day 4 task 3 and a 195.2km task to Gulgong airstrip is set. In this wind direction we get a cooler air mass and even better flying conditions. There are talks of getting to over 10,000' today so we are reminded at pilot briefing about the effects and dangers of hypoxia.

Straight off the tow it was obvious today was much stronger than the previous day. Already by 12:30 we were getting close to 10,000' with climbs well in excess of 1000fpm. Almost everyone took the first start today and a good strong gaggle made the first 50km look easy. Niki Longshore was once again one of the top pilots pushing the gaggle and was on glide heading for climbing gliders ahead when she was hit by a incredibly strong patch of rough air sending her glider pointing straight up to the sky with no airspeed left to recover. She very quickly pulled her parachute and was on a descent through a gaggle of gliders from 8000'.

Niki did an incredible job to stop the rotation before landing quite perfectly in a paddock with road access and under the shade of trees. Jonny Durand was first on scene after seeing Niki pull her chute. He descended with her side by side and landed in the field within seconds of her arrival. Many pilots stayed in the area to make sure things were okay before heading back on course. Unfortunately, Niki’s competition would be over after such a strong and dominating start and Jonny would receive his score made from an average of his future total.

First into the Gulgong goal would once again be Atilla Bertok, closely followed by Tyler Borradaile and Josh Woods.

Day 5 Task 4

Waking up on the morning of the 2nd of January we are greeted by our competition Whattsapp group with a message of “Briefing 10am, be here ready to fly.”

There had been talks of going big today, the south wind was still blowing but slightly stronger today and even higher bases than yesterday so it looks like the task committee was planning a big one. In 2014 the distance to goal record in a competition task was set at 368km flying from Forbes to Wallygett. Today we have a slight west component to the wind and will be flying 389km to another flying site, Manila.

To make this new record task pilots had to be taking off much earlier than previous days so the first start was 12:00 just 1:30 hours after briefing in town. For many pilots this would be a personal best flight and nearly everyone took the 1st start getting on their way as soon as possible. Even at mid day there were good cumulus clouds and pilots reporting climbs to over 11,000'. A lot of pilots had Niki’s accident on their minds for a while. Glides were noticeably slower for the first portion of the course.

There seemed to be two main routes taken. A few pilots took the direct course line route when other pilots headed further west of course line and followed a line of mountains hoping to use them as triggers. 5 hours later the first pilot called on final glide. Ollie Chitty from Great Britain was first in goal with a time of 05:18:23 just ahead of Jonny Durand with a time of 05:19:27. Tyler Borradaile took 3rd place just a few seconds later. Eventually we would see 16 pilots make the record task with many personal bests broken and smiles all round, except for the retrieve drives who had over a 1000km total journey, the real hero’s of the day.

Sasha took an early bird launch and quickly flew 10km south into the head wind to a declared starting point for her an attempt at breaking the distance to goal woman’s world record, extending her flight to over 407km.

Day 6 task 5

With many pilots not returning back until the early hours of the morning the next task briefing was delayed by a few hours giving people time to rest and recuperate before flying again. A shorter dogleg task via one turn point of 155km was called landing at Wellington airstrip with a start time of 15:00. Today was the polar opposite of the previous day with no clouds and slow climbs. Many pilots were dropped in the first hour struggling to find climbs. Once at the turn point the conditions seemed to get better, but it was a strong crosswind for the final leg. Some people landed short after drifting too far down wind giving a hard final glide. Ollie Chitty took a 2nd consecutive day win once again followed closely by Jonny Durand and Guy Hubbard. Only 9 pilots made the task.

Day 7 Task 6

Finally a day with less wind. Task 6 was called a rest day for the retrieve drivers so we would be flying a closed triangle of 166km. Pilots were starting to look noticeably fatigued after 5 back to back long tasks (and a record task). The towing was slow to get going. Fortunately there were good clouds in the start cylinder and everyone had plenty of room to pick their start. Almost everyone took the first start again at 13:50 with only a few pilots choosing to take the gamble on a later start at 14:10.

The shorter first leg of the triangle with a slight chasing tail wind went quickly but some pilots got low and had to take slow climbs from the foothills at the turn point. Heading northeast into the 2nd turn point the day started to blue out and become a little more tricky. It was here that the fast first starters had a slight time advantage over the stragglers and didn’t waste much time. The wind had picked up slightly and made the final leg of the triangle more difficult as pilots headed over high ground and minimal landing areas. Once they got out onto the flats it was back to good climbs and long final glides of over 30km. Jonny Durand took the day win with a time of 03:33:59 closely followed by a consistently well scoring Rory Duncan, Jason Kath took out 3rd place for the day just 30 seconds behind Rory.

Good music and many goal margaritas were handed out in goal as pilots and retrieve drivers celebrated at last a task with no 5-hour drive home.

Day 8 Task 7

The final task. 7 straight competition days has the field of competitors looking and sounding very tired. We have a weather system passing through the area today and the wind direction could be anything later in the day. We have a task that headed north east to a large 40km radius before turning west into a 50km radius and returning south down to goal at the Peak Hill air strip. Depending on the weather this could be a final 15km strong head wind stint. There was discussion at the pilot briefing if this was safe as we would be crossing over a firing range, but it was eventually agreed that this was the best bet for the conditions forecasted in the local area.

After launch many pilots commented how rough the air was in the 5km start cylinder, some managing better than others to get up, but everyone at least managed to get away for the start. The task saw a fair tail wind for the first 50km on course line before dropping to almost nothing before the first turn point. The faster pilots of the day made a better run after the first turn point and made short work of the 2nd leg. With two very large radiuses there can be quite a few different routes depending on where you intercept the optimum point of turn point. This stretched the field out into many small gaggles. Atilla Bertok took another day win closely followed again by Tyler Borradaile and Rory Duncan seconds later.

The scores for the top three pilots were incredibly close. No one would know the final scores until the prize giving that evening, so at goal it was a quick pack up and off to get home and ready for the presentation

The only pilot to make goal everyday of the competition was Rory Duncan and rightfully so he took the overall win and became national champion by 1 single point from a total of 5880 beating 7-time champion Jonny Durand on 5879. Josh woods took a strong third place after another consistent competition. Alexandra Serebrenikova (Sasha) took 1st place in the woman’s task just ahead of Yoko Sano from Japan.

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