The second day here at the competition in Narromine brought blue skies andexcellent visibility. Cumulus clouds started forming before 9am.
Separate tasks were set for all classes. The main weather concern for the daywas that overdevelopment would bring rain and end competition early. However,all gliders landed back at Narromine and the results are now available on theTask & Results pages.
Dane Dickenson in standard class is a visiting pilot form New Zealand. His club is Wellington but he usually flies atOmarama as he is studying at Dunedin. He is flying theNarromine GC Discus and despite electrical problems in flight came third today.Watch out for more news from Dane.
The top three pilots in each class were:
1. Gerrit Kurstjens – Nimbus 4D
2. Paul Matthews – ASH 25
3. Graham Rock – DUO Discus
1. John Buchanan – ASG29
2. Tom Claffey – ASG29
3. Goe Teramoto – Ventus 2CXT
1. Terry Cubley – LS3
2. John Nicholls – Discus 2CT
3. Gary Stevenson – ASW20b
1. Michael O’Brien – Discus A
2. Tom Gilbert – SZD55-1
3. Dane Dickenson – Discus
1. Scott Lennon - LS-1F
2. Phil Jones – Jantar STD2
3. David Meredith – Jantar STD2
Due to weather, the first day of the contest was called off. A complex low pressure system south of Narromine brought rain to the south and strong winds mixed with smoke and dust haze to Narromine. Visibility on the ground at briefing was very bad and a decision on grid time was delayed until mid day. When the briefing resumed, Col Turner announced the decision to cancel the day. The decision was taken for several reasons, including high winds and, most importantly, poor visibility creating a sa...
Forty two competition entrants attended the briefing for the practice day of the 2009 NSW State Championships. Competition Director Colin Turner and Bathurst Soaring Club President Bob McDonald welcomed the eager contestants, while Competition Meteorologist David Wilson confirmed the bad news that it was not going to be a great soaring day.Nevertheless, several intrepid pilots braved the smoke and dust, 25 knot winds and cloudless skies and launched on the 2.5-hour Assigned Area Task of 300km se...