Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's on again - 9th World FAAI Sailplane Grand Prix

It's on again in January 2018.

The Horsham Flying Club is again hosting a round of the 9th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix at Horsham Aerodrome.

This major event of the international and Australian soaring calendar will take place from January 22 to 28.

For more information visit 9th World FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Horsham Australia or
Horsham Flying Club

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Competition wrap up.

The Australian heat of the Sailplane Grand Prix has wrapped up and the pilots are heading home or off to their next gliding adventure.

Congratulation to all those who took part, a big thank you to all those people involved in getting the competition off the ground and into the air. And finally a thank you to all the sponsors for helping to make it all possible.

The final results of the heat were:

First - Geoff Brown - Australia (Golf Papa) 35 Points

Second - Mark Tingey - New Zealand (Oscar Bravo) 29 Points

Third - Sean Fidler - United States of America (Seven Tango) 27 Points

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Day 7 Highlights

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Day 7 Summary

The weather today, coupled with the reality of our pilots having to pack up a glider at the end of the competition resulted in a shorter task for the day, with a total distance of 157 kilometers via Rupanyup, Minyip and North of Dimboola before returning home.

The shorter task resulted in all of our pilots staying fairly close together, and made for fantastic viewing at the finish line.

Check out the links below for more information and replays of the day.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Day 6 Highlights

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Day 6 Summary

Day 6 was a hot and windy day, which provided its own unique challenges for our pilots.

This morning our briefing was quite short, as it looked like it was going to be another great day of gliding across the Wimmera. The task set was 328 kilometers in length – heading up to Hopetoun, West to Kaniva and then back to Horsham.

Today was the first day our pilots had the opportunity to gain some real height, with some of our pilots making over 12000 feet at points within the race, and travelling over 300km/h on the downwind leg.

Check out the links below for more information and replays of the day.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sailplane Grand prix Australia - Day 5 Highlights

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia - Day 5 Summary

Following the cancellation of Day four due to poor weather, Day five was a fantastic day for gliding in the Wimmera.  

Today’s task was set nice and close to the town, to allow our pilots the chance to explore some different areas around the aerodrome. Today our pilots embarked to the East to Minyip, before heading directly south to Rupanyup before flying back across the Horsham township toward Mount Arapiles.

During the day a number of gaggles form and spectators at Horsham Aerodrome were able to see all the competitors flying together in the one thermal.

The top three placings for day 5 were Peter Temple with a time of 1:30:58 and a speed of 118.00 km/h. Peter was followed home by Geoff Brown and David Jansen.

At the end of Day 5 Mark Tingey leads the competition on 23 points, followed by Peter temple on 21 and Geoff Brown on 16.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Day 4 cancelled

Day 4 of Sailplane Grand Prix Australia officially cancelled due to poor weather. 

See you back at  tomorrow!

Sailplane Grand Prix Australia: ABC News Coverage