2011 World Championship


Avila and back for 100km O&R, and 200km+ for Pepe

July 16th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

An epic day with strong convergence in Ambles.  Great Cus and light W winds.  Perfect soaring conditions, though it got pretty turbulent in the convergence with 6m/s + climbs.  Many made it back.    Pepe Maleki apparently went on and was at Segovia at 4pm, and made a little over the 200km.  Today is flyable but […]

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3100m+ Classic days

July 14th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yesterday was a bit breezy early on but with superb Cu development .  Some pilots flew to the W to the N or Bejar, but most stayed local. Today (Thursday) a very good day with light winds from the N and superb Cus dotted around the sky.  Most are trying a training race task around […]

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No paragliding but Bees Swarm in

July 12th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Strong SW and some big Congestus today.  On arrival home I noticed a lot of bees around a hole in the soffit above the front door.  I should have acted straight away, as they were just explorer bees, and the main swarm had yet to arrive. (I could have set up an alternative bait hive […]

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220km yesterday and 2X200+ today

July 10th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

One of the Polish team made 220km yesterday (he attended the prize giving from the air).  I know, since I collected him o his long retrieve (a hotel last night and hitching all day today till I came across him at Muñogalindo (there was no retrieve yesterday). We are now of course only around 40 […]

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Traumatic days

July 9th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

I have had little to say on this blog for the last days.  Of course the tragic events and the high number of incidents have brought about a dramatic statement from the CIVL and of course the closure of the Worlds event here in Piedrahita.   A fatality or otherwise serious incident is of course what […]

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First Task. 154km to Arcones. c80+ arrivals

July 5th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A good day for the classic run to Arcones with top  of the convection layer not much over 3000m for much of the course.  This will have simplified the problems of staying within the Notam area (max 3048m).   Following the  live tracking was pretty exciting at the end seeing that final glide in and also […]

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Offical Training Day

July 4th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A classic day with Cu to just over 3000 and light NW winds.  Shame it was not a comp day. I set a short 66km course around the valley with a pre start point then start at the Wooden House.   The often flown course crossing and opening out towards the valley and goal in Piedrahita.   […]

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A long day of Admin and Protocol

July 3rd, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Nearly over now, just the evening meal with the pilots and dignitaries.  A particularly drawn out day for both teams and us with the many checks needed for entering this cat 1 event.  A particularly nice flag parade with paper fireworks and inagural speech by the Consejer de Castilla y Leon.  The weather looking pretty […]

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