It is all too easy to overlook flights on the last day of a competition, especially a World Championship, because of the need to pack everything down, attend the closing ceremony, celebrate the winners and start the drive home. However, to do so would be to fail to acknowledge the remarkable flying that too place on Day 12 of the 9th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships at Zbraslavice.
To recap; the usual speed for racing a 15metre wingspan Club Class glider around a course is around 80kph. On Day 12, a day with strong conditions to altitudes of over 8,000feet above the ground, our pilots completed the following speeds and distances around the 3 hour assigned area task: Ayala 279.64km at 90.45kph; Liz 288.81km at 93.54kph; and Claudia 289.98km at 92.8kph. That’s really pretty fast. Yet those results placed them well down the field at 17; 16 and 19 respectively because the day winner, Amelie Audier from France flew 331.46km at 107.46kph which is phenomenal.
Unfortunately, the result for Claudia meant that her lead over her nearest rival was eroded to -23 points, which dropped her 2 places overall to 9th. Ines Engelhardt finished the competition with 8,001 (7th) and Aude Untersee with 7,982 (8th) to Claudia’s 7978. So after 12 days of highly competitive flying where up to 1,000 a day was available, very small numbers of points were highly critical for the final results. However, Claudia is delighted with her top ten result, and we’re absolutely delighted for her too.
What about the top of the table? The results in full are on Soaring Spot
Sabrina Vogt (Germany) successfully defended her title by winning 8,662 points across 12 days; Sarah Arnold (USA) was second with 8,555 and Sarah Drefenstedt (Germany was third with 8,478 points. Congratulations to all.
(Nick and Claudia had had to move hotels for the last night)
More pictures to follow – we have to hit the road again, to catch the ferry home!
And the ‘more pics’…