The 5th FAI Junior World Soaring Championships will start in Rieti, Italy, July 28 and run through August 11. Mike Westbrook will be flying a Discus 2b and Kathy Fosha an LS-8. Team Captain Richard Maleady will be doing double duty as crewman with a car and the last member of the team is Giorgio Marchisio who will be helping out while the team is in Italy. The team goes to Italy July 18th and will have the gliders in Rieti starting the 20th.

Once the team has arrived in Rieti and settled in, Richard will be providing regular reports via this blog. Visit for up to the minute news of our SSA Junior World Team performance.

29 July 2007

Competition Day 1

Both Mike and Kathy have gone through the start gate on this first competition day. They are on a 368 km racing task. First turnpoint, Trasacco to the south, and then north to Gualdino, south to Bgo S Pietro and then home. The weather is expected to be good, with some cumulus.

The trip to the grid today was a little different, as we all had to be weighed. There was a question during the Sabina Glide about this large hole located in the middle of the towout area with concrete poured around it. Well, that was the weighing scale. It was a bit chaotic, as overweight gliders were dumping ballast, causing the backfilled dirt to settle. And if you were a little to the right of the actual scale, your glider main wheel would fall through and hit the electronics. Fortunately, I don't believe this happened.

The launches here are spectacular. We have 12 towplanes, including three military planes, and they are efficient! Today 59 gliders were launched in 38 minutes. We are gridded 8 wide and each pilot has his or her own towrope which is dropped at the hanger for collection by crew.

At the pilot's meeting this morning it was finally announced that there would be only left hand thermalling prior to the start. This generated a little controversy as some of the team captains still believed that the rule would be changed.

Last night's opening ceremony was quite well done. I think that rather than trying to explain the event it would be better to post a number of the photos that we took during the event. I will do that as soon as we have combined the files from our three cameras.

Richard Maleady

1 comment:

Tomnkeylargo said...

Hi Richard, I see you cashed your refund check from the Parowan contest, now you have some extra bucks to take Wes and Kathy out for dinner....good bet... Keep the reports coming. Good soaring to Wes and Kathy. # 711.