04 Februar 2017

Famara

In only one week on Lanzarote, I was lucky enough to fly almost all take offs. We started in Macher, and my first flight surprised me - I had expected just soaring, but it was thermalling all the time! And actually quite choppy too. Good training after a month on the ground!
Then I was introduced to Famara with a wonderful late afternoon flight. Also just thermals, no soaring, and landing on the beach. Primoz did a fun tandem flight on that day- a guy had bought his future wife a tandem flight as a surprise! She was very surprised, and thankfully seemed to really enjoy the flying in Famara!
My third flight was in Mala, where I also met quite a lot of flying friends from Germany who wanted to escape winter like me.
On my last day, Johnny Nilssen took me tandem. As an aerobatic and float landing specialist, he really knows how to land well in small spaces - I was impressed how well our landing worked out!
I could have flown a fifth day in Mala, but my glider had been rented out. Instead I was just as happy to help my friends on take off, catch them again at landing, help packing up, taking a car down and just cruising.

03 November 2016

Best friends forever!

Since we met in Canungra for the first time many years ago, Tascha and I have been closest friends. We are very different, but also very open and tolerant for each others´ worlds. Together we went flying in many beautiful places on several continents and enjoyed great travels - in Europe, my parents adopted her, while I felt very much adopted by her parents in New Zealand.  I could not imagine a more loyal friend than Tascha - we supported each other through one or the other dark time in our lives, even though we couldn´t possibly live further apart.
Whenever I see a chance on a trip to Australia, I try to stop over in Christchurch for a few days to see her and her beautiful family. This time we got extra lucky - after a long period of rain in New Zealand, we had been surprised with two magnificent flying days!
Tascha took me to the dunes of Brighton Beach and helped me with base barring the Sonic into the air, top landing like a seagull on the small sand hills, and taking off again. Concentration every second of the flight, as the wind was howling with about 40km/h - every mistake would get punished! But we did well, had fun and learnt a lot! Thanks to the Sydney northern beaches guys who had been training me for two years now, I was quite confident and did a long flight up to the pier and back, racing along the dunes close to the ground.
The next day, first I accompanied Tascha to Rangiora airfield where she takes flying lessons on a Jabiru to get her motorized license. After that she took me to Taylor´s take off, setting up the Sonic and her little Litespeed 3 between a cute flock of sheep, just to remind me where I was I guess :) I had not brought any of my flying equipment over, so Tascha happily gave me everything, her harness, helmet and glider to fly!
We met Jean, a paraglider pilot and the Taylor´s site instructor, on take off. The wind was too strong for him to fly, but he seemed delighted to see two girls setting up their hang gliders and getting off into the air in no time! So nice to have some help shifting the gliders around in windy conditions, big thanks to Jean! And this air was silky smooth compared to the rough, bumpy stuff on the dunes that we had been battling the day before.
I kept buzzing around Tish for a while, as the cute Litesport was faster and more movable than her Sonic. After a while we landed at Scarborough park beach, happy and full of joy that we are allowed to just enjoy flying and life together in a happy moment like this!






31 Oktober 2016

Canungra task 6: patience! And awards




Final results here! On the last day of the Canungra Classic, we set up on Tambo. Only Gecko Girl Niki got off the mountain, then the tail wind started. We decided to pack up around 12pm, go over to Beechmont and set up there again.
I was sweating when I was finally ready to start into the task, and didn´t quite make the first start gate at 14.15pm. Base was quite low and I had to drift-glide over the back of Beechmont, which is always a bit scary if your name is not Jonny.
Flying into the Kerry Valley, it was raining on my sail, so I tried to glide out to the foothills of Mt Mahomet. I saw many pilots down on the ground just there, but I found a tiny bit of lift. Couldn´t quite work it, and the wind picked up, so I landed in one paddock with Josh Woods showing me a beautiful wind sock - that way it was easy to pull off a perfect landing!
Back in Canungra, the HQ Hotel was already preparing for our event. A quick download, shower, getting my luggage ready, then over for the awards evening.


Jonny won the comp with Mic Jackson in second and Blenky in third. I won the women´s class with a 16th place overall, and Niki Longshore won sportsclass by a good margin.
Pilots, drivers and families had great dinner together at the Canungra Hotel. After that, Davo, Kenny and Tony G. started the awards ceremony, supported by beautiful Amy Rickertt. 
I left not too soon afterwards, as I was flying out early the next morning. Billy told me we were lucky, as the weather has turned horrible as soon as all the pilots left Canungra.
Can´t wait to get back next year, my favourite competition in the world!!!



28 Oktober 2016

Canungra task 5: cancelled due to storms

We went to Beechmont, set up and hoped for good conditions to fly. Nobody got up for a long time, and the clouds kept building. When we heard thunder for a while and had constant tailwind on take off, the task was cancelled for the day.
We hope for one last task today, possibly from Beechmont again. Jonny´s home site!

27 Oktober 2016

Canungra Task 3 and 4

After a tough day on Wednesday with a really early landing, I tried not to show my disappointment to much and cheer up for the Red Faces night. With Nils Vesk, we have the most creative mind of the whole comp in our team, and he sure invented a cool story for the funny evening of the comp, involving our whole team. Specially Peter Burkitt and me had to be in a lot of scenes, and in the end we won the competition for the funniest act which was rewarded with 500$!
The task setters did a great job on Thursday with a 75km task first to the south, then going north with goal close to Beaudesert. Storms had been in the forecast, and even from take off we could clearly see the overdevelopment in the far south over the ranges.
Base was lower than the previous days, and without clouds it was important to stay with other pilots to find some thermals. Took a lot of patience that flight. I climb quite well, so it was a good day for me to catch up a little. I was stoked to finish 5th of the day, flying a lot with my team mate Rohan. Except for Peter, our whole team made goal! Everybody had a safe task, which was great! Jason Kath won the day, Jonny Durand is still in the overall lead with Blenky close up.






25 Oktober 2016

Canungra task 2: 85km around 2 tp


Results here. With a lower base, a slight head or cross wind and long glides between thermals, it was definitely harder to fly around the 85km. As there were almost no clouds, the big gaggle who took the second start gate caught up with the few guys in the front who had taken the first start.
I was with them until they shook me off between the two turnpoints. Very scenic flying at Mount Maroon though! I just took my time to find a thermal, got up, and was happy when I got to goal at Boonah airstrip. RT and Craig were already there, Nils and Pete landed just after me, so my whole team made goal! Our driver Allan was happy, and so were we :)
24 people made it, and Josh Woods won the day! Jonny is in the overall lead now.