Ailsa McMillan was the top Australian pilot on the day finishing
in seventh place.It was a strong start to JWGC2015 with
Poland and Germany taking the first four placesin
Standard Class. Mateusz Siodloczek took first
place with fellow Pole Jacek Flis takingsecond place.
Germans Sebastian Nagel came third closely followed by Simon Briel.
It was a strong start to JWGC2015 with Poland and Germany taking the first four places in Standard Class. Mateusz Siodloczek took first place with fellow Pole Jacek Flis taking second place.
Germans Sebastian Nagel came third closely followed by Simon Briel. Alisa McMillan was the top Australian pilot on the day finishing in seventh place.
In Club Class Daniel Arday took first place for Hungary with Italian Simone Selvinei in
second place and Erik Rudsmark in third for Sweden.
Contest Director, Adam Webb said, 'Today was a challenging start to the competition
with strong post frontal winds. It will have tested the skills of the pilots in difficult conditions.
'The results show that the tasks were well set. The leading Standard Class pilots flew about 316 km with a top speed of 98 kph and the Club Class pilots 296 km with a top speed of 87 kph. There were a few land outs which is to be expected, but overall it was a good start to the contest. The next few days should bring improving conditions and we are looking forward to an exciting competition.'
Operations Director, Terry Cubley said, 'After yesterday's false start the pilots were apprehensive. The wind was still strong this morning and it was forecast to be a blue day which the Europeans are not so used to so the day looked tricky. I think the task was well set and the pilots were comfortable with the time they had to complete their tasks.
'We predicted that conditions would weaken by 5pm and the plots that started early had a better flight. The ones that started later got caught coming back into the strong wind.
'There are lots of smiles around. We had eight out landings which is about 12% and not a bad outcome. The speeds were not that high, but it was a good day.
'Looking forward, it is always good to have the first day out of the way. Tomorrow it will become more routine for the pilots - this is the task the weather is a bit better and they will relax and be more confident and positive. So perhaps we will see a bit more intense racing tomorrow.
'Today there were understandably a lot of gaggles as it was blue and windy. I think pilots were a bit tentative about pushing too hard. Rightly so, as some pilots who pushed to hard ended up on the ground.'
The weather forecast by Jenny Thompson turned out to be accurate. After briefing task Setter Paul Matthews said, 'The tasks today are AATs because we are post frontal with strong south westerly winds. The turn points are Trundle to the southwest, the north to Nyngan and back via the northerly approach point [microwave station North of Narromine].
'Both classes have been set three our tasks. The end of day cut off will be around 6pm. The only notable feature is the strength of the wind at around 20kts. It will be an issue for Club Class, but we set the legs across wind to negate the headwind effect, we hope, we'll see at the end of the day.'
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