Saturday, January 13, 2018

Closing 2018 Andes. Opening 8th WSGP Vitacura, Chile

Been having a minor connection problem, but now have some pictures taken with my cell camera. It is late tonight in Vitacura, Chile. The 2018 Andes Open has ended and tomorrow, Jan, 11th, 2018 is the first practice day for 8Th World Sailplane Grand Prix. The first pic is of all the World's National flags which are represented by the competing pilots. Following pictures are of today's closing for the Andes Open. Will add names, a storyline on my blog, over the next few days, but here finally are some pictures. Best Tom #711.










Thomas Kelley 1st day of 8th WSGP Vitacura, Chile. We awoke then drove to the airport. Many were wearing coats and sweaters. Yes, it was cold for most folks. It's done a little different here, so a brief trip of time. The extremely large group of your ground and launch crew comes by, hooks your glider up, goes to weight station which is on way to the grid. Then after weighting, they grid your glider for you. Remove your tail dolly, get you all lined up and ready to go. See, here's in the "southern' Americas they have learned long ago when it's left up to the pilots as in the "northern" Americas that these pilots will simply screw it all up when left to themselves.

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Thomas Kelley Our meeting's are short. Start's @ 12 noon. It's weather, then they hand out the day's task. It's over. We then have a buffet lunch with great deserts! The first launch is 1:30pm, task opens 3 pm with an airborne countdown. On landing, we roll off the runway and are pushed to our hanger spot. It's easier to stay in and be seated during this time.
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Thomas Kelley Ok, you got all that "stuff"? Well, yep, weather gods have won the first day and we are still all tied for first place. No launch as mountains in the local area had low clouds and where we fly up to climb, was in the low clouds. Maybe tomorrow, but been told, it really doesn't get much worse than this. Monday looking better. All gliders back in their area, most folks have wandered off, maybe go to the beach as it's a short drive. Best. Tom #711. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²Thomas Kelley Today, 1/15/18 pilot's meeting shorter. Great lunch, then we waited as we were already gridded, then waited, @1430 launched 4(combination of modern 18 Meters, no need for speculation), under a high overcast sky, which of course, then got thicker. Climbs were seen on the main ridge, not really strong.... maybe .2 kt or so. but in a short time, one was landing, day canceled. 

Heck with you folks, beautiful young French woman wants me for an interview.......dang glad we are on the ground..... bunkie! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²