German Open 2008


That´s pretty much it for the 2009 season

September 27th, 2009 - Posted by Steve Ham

This last week finished up with 7 days out of 7 flyable and pretty much the end of our season with clients here in Piedrahita.  Today, Sunday, we are moving back to our old house from the tent.  Our new home never did get finished and it is getting a bit cold at night now […]

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Prize giving and hungover Sunday for many.

September 15th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

17 plots made it to goal at 96km.  The prize giving was a big affair amongst hoards of town folk on the main stage, during a rest period for the Band.  Plenty of drunken  revelers.  In fact, most of the pilots on the goal bus were well pissed by 11pm when we arrived, and by […]

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A valid task at last. 90km and beyond Plasencia

September 13th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

The final task for the GO, with light NNE winds but a poor blue ceiling of around 2200m. A 92km task along the N110 to the west, over the Tornavacas pass, through the Cherry tree valley and beyond Plasencia. The gaggles moved very slow and cautiously towards the pass. So slow in fact that I […]

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Some flying

September 12th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Too much wind and poor thermic conditions on this cold day with sunny skies. Many pilots free flew, some reporting better conditions in the valley. Bad news for the German league, as it cannot now validate a champion even if we fly tomorrow. Good luck for Oliver Rossell, who remains German Champion from last year […]

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Impossible conditions but maybe a valid task

September 11th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

The forecast today was not really suitable for a task, with increasing winds from the W and low cloudbase. The only viable task to get pilots to a goal would be a task to the Ambles Valley towards Avila, but the danger of crossing the pass ruled that out. An elapsed time race was set […]

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Nice to begin with!

September 10th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A 60km valley race was set, from Corrals to the start near take off, then corrals, Hoyoredondo, Bonilla, red rood, then goal near Piedrahita. A classic looking Cu filled sky until around 3.15pm, but all the while large congestus clouds forming on the plateau behind, with rain falling beyond Chia from around 2.30. Conditions along […]

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A flydown for some

September 9th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

No task today due to risk of storms and rain which arrived by 2pm.

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No flying today out of respect for Peter Groger.

September 8th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yesterday after the start gate Peter Groger was seen to spiral down an impact near the top of the Big Spine.  Although pilots landed to help immediately and the competition doctor was on the scene within 30minutes, the extent of the injury was too great for any form of resuscitation.  My sincere thanks to those […]

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Tragedy on first day of German Open

September 7th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

With excellent conditions with a very light S wind and base to 3100m a 90km race around the valley was set progressively zig zagging out towards the valley using the corrals , take off, the pass, Hoyoredondo, Bonilla and the red roof as turn points with goal in Piedrahita. Many pilots completed the course unaware […]

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