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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Wed, Jan 5 2022, 5:41:30 am MST

Day 8, final day

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain

Vicki writes:

And that's a wrap! Forbes '22 is done!

With the final day canned due to predicted overdevelopment and the safety committee pulling the pin, it was time for an air conditioned presentation at the Forbes Aeroclub!

Open class results:
1st - Attila Bertok - Moyes Litespeed RX5 Pro - 6710 points
2nd - Jonnie Durrand - Moyes Litespeed RX3.5pro - 5945 points
3rd - Scott Barrett - Aeros Combat - 5620 points

left to right: Scott Barrett #3, Attila Bertok #1, Jon

Sports class:

1st - Richard Hughes - Moyes Gecko 155 - 4290 points
2nd - Peter Garrone - Moyes Gecko 155 - 3583 points
3rd - Richard McLeod - Wills Wing Sport 2 - 2306 points

Richard Hughes #1, Peter Garrone #2, Richard McLeod #3

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

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Tue, Jan 4 2022, 7:24:41 am MST

Day 7

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain|XC

Vicki writes:

Today was a mammoth effort for everyone involved with some pilots flying for over 30 hours in the last 7 days.

Unfortunately today Steve Docherty managed to meet up with the resident angry eagle and took some battle scars in flight.

Craig Taylor writes:

Day 7 saw us flying our 7th consecutive task with light winds and blue skies. A closed quadrilateral course back to BMIA of 137km in the shape of a Rogallo wing was thought up by the clearly getting rather bored task committee.

Strong climbs to 10,000 feet were promised, however it quickly became clear straight off the rope that the oppressive inversion would instead make the day a slow and tedious one. With the field packed together like sardines under a 4000ft ceiling, and the flock jostling for position, the first start gate came and went with no takers, with the field moving off somewhat lethargically on the second at 2:30pm.

Trent charged out ahead and found the climbs for much of the first leg, with the inversion slowly lifting to 5000ft.

After rounding Ktwo the first TP, Scott managed to find a boomer to 7 grand, quickly joined by the lead gaggle, whilst the rest continued to struggle under the inversion for much of leg 2. Those patient enough to hang in the 100-ups and doddle along course were finally and rather suddenly rewarded at the second turn with clouds, and the promised strong climbs to 10 grand. Jonny picked a 9-up and skied out, with Attila, Blenkie, Jonas and myself making up the lead gaggle.

Finally we could pull in the bar, and the race was on! That feeling however was quickly dispensed as the third leg took us straight across a big blue hole and we were back to crappy lift and long, toe pointing glides. Attila, knowing that he’s got the trophy already all but bagged, became a passenger and let the rest of us do the hard work. Scott rejoined, and together we made a low save 12 kms out from the final turn point, providing the gaggle with some much needed beeps.

It was getting late however, and this would be one of our last climbs, topping out at a truly inadequate 4000ft. It was becoming apparent that reaching goal was becoming out of reach. We struggled on, turning in pretty much anything that wasn’t sinking, and gained a few more kilometers.

I snagged a little bubble just big enough for one, and managed to top out at 5 grand 6 kms from the final turn. Then the glide to the deck was on, landing well after 7pm for a long day in the saddle. Attila won the day 10km short, me second, followed by Jonas, Blinkie, Scott, Jonny, Noma, and several others closely behind. It was a long hard day indeed.

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 7 open class (not complete with some scores missing):

# Pilot Kms Tot
1 Attila Bertok 132.31 0
2 Craig Taylor 130.79 916
3 Steve Blenkinsop 128.34 907
4 Scott Barrett 126.68 903
5 Yasuhiro Noma 123.79 892
6 Jon Durand 118.59 871
7 Steve Docherty 116.36 0
8 Mikhail Karmazin 109.12 834
9 Rob de Groot 103.46 769
10 Trent Brown 59.15 339
11 Guy Hubbard 45.69 0
12 Peter Burkitt 16.99 148
13 Michael Free 13.55 137

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 5930
2 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 5792
3 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 5626
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 5185
5 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4658
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4595
7 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4236
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3543
9 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3021
10 Rob de Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2792

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Mon, Jan 3 2022, 7:00:23 pm MST

Day 7 task

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain

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Mon, Jan 3 2022, 4:16:19 pm MST

Day 6 updated

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Jonas Lobitz|triangle|XC

Jonas writes:

The Forecast

Today’s forecast was similar to yesterday with 20-30km/h winds from the south west, 6-700fpm climbs up to 9000ft with scattered CU’s and patchy lift in some areas. However, there wasn’t the approaching trough line from the west that we had to navigate yesterday.

The Task

The task committee called a 192km dogleg task to Gilgandra, to the North East of Forbes with a 20km turn point radius at Trangie to keep the field away from the Naromine and Dubbo airspace.

The Race

Launch at Bill Moyes International opened at 1PM. The lift was blue and patchy in the start gate and the thermal cores were moving around a lot. Essentially the entire field took the first start at 2PM just as clouds were starting to develop down the course line.

Jonny Durand led the pack for the majority of the first leg, Trent Brown, Scott Barrett, Jonas Lobitz were closely on his heels. The CU’s were lining up well on the way to the first turn point with tight and punchy cores up to 7-800fpm topping out over 8000ft as we sped down the course line with the strong tail wind.

However, the clouds became more sparse about 30kms from the first turn point, we hit the blue and things slowed down with pilots having to stop in 3-400fpm climbs. Most of the field including Attila Bertok, Trent Brown, Scott Barrett, Craig Taylor, Steve Dogherty, Jonas Lobitz amongst others converged just after the first turnpoint in the blue before climbing out under a developing cloud about 50kms from goal.

From this position we were confident we’d make goal needing perhaps only one last climb before going out on final. Trent Brown led the charge from cloud base as we dove out over the forest towards Gilgandra. There was a large patch of overdevelopment and a Cu Nim building to our east, making its way towards course line.

Our glide numbers started falling as the overdevelopment encroached. The lift significantly weakened, and the wind switched round to the east, so the pilots now had a solid cross wind to battle. Attila Bertok took a slightly different line further to the west and managed to avoid the worst of the sink crossing the finish line in first place while the rest of the field struggled low in weak 50-100fpm lift in the strong cross wind.

Jonas Lobitz was a little higher and hit a light climb 8kms out from goal which was just enough to make it into the 2km goal cylinder. The rest of the pilots landed several kms short.

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 6 open class updated:

# Pilot Time Kms Tot
1 Attila Bertok 3:30:15 202.01 1000
2 Jonas Lobitz 3:51:16 202.01 915
3 Scott Barrett 198.63 719
4 Trent Brown 195.70 706
5 Jon Durand 195.88 700
6 Yasuhiro Noma 192.83 693
7 Craig Taylor 187.63 675
8 Steve Docherty 187.99 674
9 Steve Blenkinsop 195.73 672
10 Peter Burkitt 138.48 358

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 5792
2 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 5059
3 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4846
4 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 4723
5 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3766
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3679
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3543
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3329
9 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2598
10 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2187

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Mon, Jan 3 2022, 6:54:43 am MST

Day 6

Forbes Flatlands 2022|triangle|Vicki Cain|XC

Vicki writes:

Today has been the hottest day of the competition so far and the conditions in the paddock were temperatures exceed 40°C.

With the increase in temperatures we had no clouds for today's task, a dogleg heading north to Trangie with a goal at Gilgandra for a total distance just over 200km!

With many pilots landing out today they're all late returning home so no wrap up today! Maybe one in the morning.

It looks like Attila and Jonas were the only 2 to make goal today after a whole gaggle landed within 5/10km of goal as the slower conditions and SE wind drifted them off course line. Attila will extend his lead but the mid field battle is hotting up.

Notable mention to Scotty Ireland for making goal in the sports class, unfortunately the two eagles that tried to help him along the way left quite their mark on his glider.

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 6 open class (not complete with many scores missing):

# Pilot Glider Time Kms Tot
1 Attila Bertok 3:30:15 202.01 1000
2 Scott Barrett Aeros 198.63 0
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 195.88 731
4 Steve Blenkinsop RX3.5 195.73 0
5 Trent Brown RX3. 5 195.70 736
6 Yasuhiro Noma 192.83 724
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RS3.5 Pro Skylite 187.99 0
8 Craig Taylor Moyes RX3.5 Pro 187.63 706
9 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX5 Pro 138.48 574
10 Rob de Groot Moyes RX3.5 123.60 373
11 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX3.5 Pro 52.29 0
12 Mikhail Karmazin RX35 51.40 143

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 5792
2 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 5090
3 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4876
4 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 4004
5 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3797
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3710
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2869
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2657
9 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2448
10 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 2353

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Sun, Jan 2 2022, 9:23:15 am MST

Day 4

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain

Vicki writes:

We are officially into the new year and we start things off with amazing conditions and a primo Forbes triangle task!

Today's task starts at BMIA with a 5km exit cylinder, 1stturnpoint sends the competitors south west for 54km to "Caraga" with a 3km entry cylinder, next up is a 61km leg heading east to brush past the northern end of the Coninbla national park with another 3km entry radii, the final leg is an into wind push back to BMIA for another 50km.

With back to back 1000 point scores Attila takes another decisive win on his Moyes Litespeed RX5pro, second was Jonnie Durrand followed closely By Scott Barrett.

Attila's round up of the day:

"After a slow start unable to catch the forming gaggle in the start cylinder I was forced to take the start in a sub optimal position some 5-600m lower than the rest."

"Leaving the start we had very good clouds and it was very easy making it to the first turnpoint at Caraga, linking clouds and flying fast, after the poor start I started to feel better about the task, heading to the second turnpoint I had great clouds again for about ¾ of the 2ndleg, until I reached the turnpoint I was flying alone, unaware of where my competitors were."

"Leaving the first turnpoint I manage to get a visual on some other pilots coming up from low, at this point I realized I had at least a 6km lead and at least a full climb ahead, a nice place to be."

"Reaching the second turnpoint I was having to fight cloud suck, another good feeling! The clouds had started to disappear and by the time I had taken the turnpoint it was blue all the way home."

"There were some slight caps in the inversion layer and the big climbs left some small wisps to navigate the way home, on the last leg I was a little slower than the previous 100km and actually flew back down course line to take my final climb, I left at around 8-1 as the climbs were good and plentiful, it was seemingly a perfect final glide until a monster 1000ftpm climb threw me into orbit and ruined my goal line arrival style points!"

"Never the less a beautiful day in Forbes and another perfect score."

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 3 open class:

# Pilot Time Tot
1 Attila Bertok 3:22:45 1000
2 Jon Durand 3:27:26 924
3 Scott Barrett 3:30:06 891
4 Trent Brown 4:12:14 692
5 Craig Taylor 4:32:49 570
6 Yasuhiro Noma 4:34:20 558
7 Steve Blenkinsop 4:39:31 540

Cumulative

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 3843
2 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 3687
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3486
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3140
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2695
6 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2424
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2396
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2259
9 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1821
10 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 1455

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Sun, Jan 2 2022, 9:18:27 am MST

Day 5, what's with the zeros?

Forbes Flatlands 2022|triangle|Vicki Cain|XC

Vicki writes:

It's groundhog day! Today was a tough one!

The forecast had a few possibilities of rain with some fairly solid lines of showers predicted, this left the task committee a pretty hard job! They smashed it and got a perfect task between two lines of showers

Today we start once again at BMIA and head NNE to our first turnpoint at "Alec" a small town on the A39 highway running reciprocal to the Goobang national park, with a radii of 1km. Once tagging this turn point some 50km away from Forbes it's time to run north following the range for just over 100km before arriving at goal with a radii of 2.5km at the town of Trangie (turnpoint "Trang").

Our amazing ground crew got everyone off the deck within 30 minutes today with no one needing a reflight! Great work in temperatures exceeding 37°C.

Jonny Durand gives us today's wrap up!

"Conditions were a little tricky around launch and 10 minutes before the start nearly everyone was together and all did our own thing with no one ending up with the perfect start."

"First leg was good if you stayed high I managed to pull away from most pilots after hitting some strong climbs. Once rounding Alectown we faced a 101kms cross tailwind leg to Trangie, the sky blued up on course line and I was forced to go more upwind, The lift became broken and I was never able to reach cloudbase again."

"Attila had a similar story to me whilst the day winner Trent claimed to have a good run getting 700fpm climbs and even a 1000fpm climb on the second leg. Both of them flew over me and Trent will beat Attila by a couple of minutes with me 10 minutes behind Attila."

"Around 8 pilots in goal with Scott landing out. It was not the day to be low and trying to push and catch up."

While Attila extends his lead the leader board takes a change for 2ndand 3rdplaces with pretty much all spots up for grabs!

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 5 open class (unclear why the zeros):

# Pilot Glider Time Kms Tot
1 Trent Brown RX3. 5 2:53:12 160.97 1000
2 Attila Bertok Moyes 2:57:47 160.97 941
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3:08:28 160.97 861
4 Yasuhiro Noma 3:46:26 160.97 636
5 Jonas Lobitz Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3:54:23 160.97 596
6 Mikhail Karmazin RX35 3:53:34 160.97 593
7 Rob de Groot Moyes RX3.5 96.16 325
8 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX5 Pro 112.19 320
9 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 99.62 305
10 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX3.5 3:52:23 160.97 0
10 Michael Free 34.89 0
10 Scott Barrett AEROS GT 106.28 0
10 Steve Blenkinsop RX3.5 5:05:58 160.97 0
10 Steve Docherty MOYES RX3.5 PRO SKYLITE 4:21:13 160.97 0

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 4784
2 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4347
3 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 4140
4 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 3687
5 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3060
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3000
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2396
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2259
9 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2032
10 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1821

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Fri, Dec 31 2021, 8:13:51 am MST

Day 3

Forbes Flatlands 2022|triangle|Vicki Cain|XC

Vicki writes:

We are well underway for the Forbes Flatlands 2022 and for the last task of the year!

Task 3 sees a Triangle task starting off from BMIA we had a classic looking Forbes day, Cu's forming from the early AM, slight breeze and beautiful temperatures!

The first leg of the task heads the competitors NNW to "Billa" a 400m radius turnpoint 74km away, arriving at the most northern point it's time to hang a U-turn and head 35km SW for "Skulls" another 400m radii before heading east and into the slight head wind arriving at the goal "Bogan"

Guy hubbard reports the conditions today to be quite technical and punishing when low but great clouds and approximately 15/20% cloud cover, cloud base topping out around mid day of 8500ft!

Attila turns on the heat flying his Litespeed RX5Pro taking today's win by over 20 minutes followed by Scott Barrett and Jonny Durrand rounding out the podium for the day!

The scores are compressing for the top spot and it's all to play for on the final days!

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 3 open class:

# Pilot Glider Time Tot
1 Attila Bertok Moyes 3:03:24 1000
2 Scott Barrett Aeros 3:22:25 846
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3:33:16 765
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.6 3:33:52 748
5 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 3:34:16 740
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro Skylight 3:50:57 660
7 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3:52:38 648
8 Yasuhiro Noma 4:06:49 581
9 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 4:07:43 563
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 4:16:33 534

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 2843
2 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 2796
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2562
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2448
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2125
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1972
7 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1866
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1719
9 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1606
10 Rob de Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1422

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Thu, Dec 30 2021, 7:51:26 am MST

Day 2

Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain

Vicki writes:

Today is task 2 and with the cobwebs blown away we set a slightly more challenging 145km crosswind task to Tallim (Tallimba town) with a first turnpoint to the west at "ootha".

Winds in the paddock were a fairly consistent 10/15kmh E - ESE with Cu's showing a promising looking sky ahead.

Soon enough all competitors were in the air and seeing cloud base of around 7000ft (2100m) making the first turnpoint in good time with a reasonable tailwind, the task became more challenging as the pilots had to turn 90° heading SSW, on the plus side increasing Cu's to show the way but having to glide east of course line so as not to drift away from the optimised course line when thermalling.

We have a large radius around goal (17km) because we are not sure how the local area has been affected by the local floods, this give competitors better options for landing fields but makes final glide a little trickier!

Scott Barrett takes the win on day 2 followed by Trent Brown around 5 minutes behind and Attila Bertok in 3rd place.

Scott Barrett, Craig Taylor
Our day winner Scott Barrett and Craig Taylor in goal!

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 2 open class:

# Pilot Glider Time Tot
1 Scott Barrett Aeros 2:43:50 996
2 Trent Brown RX3. 5 2:47:30 955
3 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 2:51:23 906
4 Jon Durand Moyes RX Pro 3.5 3:04:12 793
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX3.5 3:18:49 719
6 Guy Hubbard Moyes 3:35:01 615
7 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes 3:58:15 523
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 PRO SKYLITE 4:01:58 499
9 Steve Blenkinsop Litespeed RX3.5 4:09:11 441

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros Combat 1951
2 Attila Bertok Moyes RX 5 Pro 1843
3 Jon Durand Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1793
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1700
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1478
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1311
7 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1287
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1185
9 Rob de Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1098
10 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 953

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2022 Forbes Flatlands »

Wed, Dec 29 2021, 5:50:16 pm MST

Day 1

Forbes Flatlands 2022|photo|Vicki Cain

With no foreign pilots the Forbes Flatlands is a much smaller meet with only thirteen open class pilots and six sport class pilots.

The day was blue as seen in this photo from Vicki:

Results:
Open Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=333
Sport Class: http://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=334

Day 1 open class:

# Pilot Glider Time Tot
1 Jon Durand 2:54:31 1000
2 Scott Barrett 2:58:46 955
3 Attila Bertok Moyes 3:00:56 937
4 Rob De Groot Moyes RX 3.5 3:16:24 825
5 Steve Docherty 3:18:20 812
6 Yasuhiro Noma 3:25:48 764
7 Craig Taylor 3:26:36 759
8 Trent Brown Trent 3:26:38 745
9 Steve Blenkinsop Litespeed RX3.5 3:28:59 744
10 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX5 3:33:06 710

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Forbes Flatlands 2022 »

Wed, Dec 22 2021, 7:13:41 am MST

The field is mowed and ready to go

competition|Forbes Flatlands 2022|Vicki Cain

Vicki writes:

Forbes is happening this year and Bill and Molly will be joining us!

While we were not anticipating any international participation, we are pleased that Forbes will continue in 2022, albeit a smaller competition than we are use to!

It’s been wet at Forbes the past months though the paddock is mowed and ready to tow and we are hoping for some super weather and flights!

We look forward to seeing our friends and hosting a great competition!

Practice flying Tuesday 28th January 2021
1st Competition day Wednesday 29th January 2021
Last Competition day Wednesday 5th January 2021
Headquarters this year will be at the Forbes Aeroclub.
Full details and registration at our website: http://www.forbesflatlands.com/

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2022 Green Swamp Klassic »

Sun, Dec 12 2021, 8:39:33 am MST

Registration is open

Airtribune|competition|Green Swamp Klassic 2022|Ken Millard|Richard "Ric" Caylor|Sport Class|Tavo Gutierrez

"Ken Millard" «kengineer09» writes:

The Green Swamp Sport Klassic is now live on Airtribune at https://airtribune.com/2022-green-swamp-sport-klassic/info/details.

The Green Swamp, or GSSK, is a non-sanctioned hang gliding competition designed to give intermediate pilots their first experience in competition in a supportive, coached environment. Seen another way, it is a clinic for pilots wanting to expand from local flying into cross country flying, structured to use a competition format with daily declared tasks. The event is mentored, grouping pilots into small teams and assigning each team a senior pilot “mentor” to coach and guide them.

Either way you look at it, it is a tremendously influential event in the hang gliding community. It connects senior pilots with the next generation of developing pilots, draws pilots into networking nationally and internationally outside of their local clubs, builds skills and confidence, and indoctrinates and normalizes safety practices.

To give you a sense of the impact Green Swamp has, look at this year’s meet director. Ric Caylor first attended the Green Swamp in 2018. Ric had been flying recreationally for years but had only logged two cross country flights. Green Swamp added five more cross country flights to his logbook. With the GSSK as his springboard, Ric went on to compete in Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and again in Florida. Ric is now a highly ranked Sport Class pilot and is the organizer for the 2022 event. The GSSK doesn’t just teach cross country skills; it catalyzes leadership.

I can’t think of a single event which is more influential in promoting and supporting hang gliding in the USA.

GSSK is usually scheduled just before the two-week Hang Gliding Nationals series. This makes world-class pilots available to serve as mentors. The event will represent a slice of the hang gliding community with intermediate, advanced-intermediate, and world-class pilots all flying together and gathering in the clubhouse for billiards and beer.

Rather than going easy on himself as a first-time organizer, Ric is trying to raise the bar for next year’s event. In true camp counselor style, we’re going to make 2022 the best Green Swamp ever! At past events, senior pilots created ad-hoc seminars to fill the time on rain days. Rather than wait for rain days, we are creating YouTube content to coach developing pilots on the basics of gear management, flight line operations, and cross country performance and strategy. We have established a scholarship fund to offset tow fees for pilots on a tight budget. This is noted on the “Details” tab of the Airtribune page. The “Preparation Blog” tab on the Blog page contains a collection of personal testimonials from Green Swamp alumni. It’s great reading for anyone who wants to get a feel for the event. Questions may be directed to Ric at «rmcaylor» or Ken Millard at «kengineer09».

Para consultas en español, contacte Tavo Gutierrez «tavo.gutierrez».

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2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 24, 2021, 9:05:08 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Final Results

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Final Results:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 T 5 Total
1 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 963.6 873.0 36.8 937.6 958.1 3769
2 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 892.5 36.3 860.0 974.5 3763
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 879.1 904.1 16.5 862.0 920.6 3582
4 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 774.9 877.1 22.8 901.4 921.1 3497
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 875.6 588.9 36.2 878.7 935.0 3314
6 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 870.3 863.7 36.2 637.9 825.9 3234
7 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 283.5 762.2 32.1 945.1 851.6 2875
8 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 37.7 936.1 43.0 912.7 900.3 2830
9 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 978.0 39.0 36.1 864.1 900.9 2818
10 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 588.3 826.6 16.5 961.9 307.3 2701

2021 Dalby Big Air »

Sat, Apr 24 2021, 8:00:12 pm EDT

Task 3, 4, and 5

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Nick Purcell|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 3:

# Name Glider Distance (km) Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 14.26 43.0
2 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 11.56 38.3
3 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.76 36.8
4 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 10.52 36.3
5 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.46 36.2
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.47 36.2
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.42 36.1
8 Hossain Tefaili Moyes RX 4 10.37 36.0
9 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.27 35.6
10 Peter Adriaans Moyes RX 5 Pro 10.13 35.2

Task 4:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 01:14:41 961.9
2 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:14:46 945.1
3 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:14:46 937.6
4 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 01:15:07 926.5
5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 01:15:14 912.7
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:15:37 901.4
7 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:17:44 878.7
8 Vic Hare Ww T2C 136 01:18:12 865.9
9 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:19:04 864.1
10 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:18:40 862.0

Task 5

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 02:14:31 974.5
2 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:15:16 958.1
3 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:17:23 935.0
4 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:17:54 921.1
5 Steve Crosby Moyes RX 5 02:17:36 920.7
6 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:18:13 920.6
7 Nick Purcell Moyes Rs 4 02:11:59 912.8
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:20:11 900.9
9 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 02:20:12 900.3
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:26:04 851.6

2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 21, 2021, 3:36:33 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Task 2

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 2:

# Name Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 13:15:00 15:47:54 02:32:54 936.1
2 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:51:32 02:36:32 910.2
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:00:00 15:46:57 02:46:57 904.1
4 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 13:00:00 15:51:32 02:51:32 892.5
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:56:06 02:41:06 877.1
6 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:56:38 02:41:38 873.0
7 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12:45:00 15:47:40 03:02:40 863.7
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 13:00:00 15:59:17 02:59:17 826.6
9 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12:30:00 15:54:11 03:24:11 762.2

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 892.5 1893
2 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 962.9 873.0 1836
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 876.9 904.1 1781
4 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 868.0 863.7 1732
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 771.0 877.1 1648
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 873.4 588.9 1462
7 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 521.9 910.2 1432
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 581.3 826.6 1408
9 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 735.5 530.2 1266
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 277.2 762.2 1039

Day 4 canceled due to high winds.

2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 19, 2021, 8:45:26 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Scot Barrett

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 1:

# Name Glider Time Distance (km) Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 01:56:05 66.32 1000.0
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 01:58:34 66.32 979.2
3 Jonny Durand Jnr 02:00:38 66.32 965.6
4 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:15:18 66.32 885.8
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 02:15:58 66.32 882.5
6 Tony Cross Airborne REV 13.5 02:16:59 66.32 877.5
7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 02:44:13 66.32 754.5
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 66.24 611.3
9 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 55.50 549.3

Don't know if Jonny is flying a Gecko or not. Looks like he caught up to three other pilots after taking a clock fifteen minutes later. Steve Blenkinsop is back flying after injuries from his bicycle incident. Missing goal by 80 meters must have been a let down for Jason.

Sport Class flew a shorter version of the open task but pilots didn't make it back to Dalby. Interesting to see a U2 in the lead over the Geckos.