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.

01 August 2007

Day Cancelled on 31/07/2007

As many of you may know by now, Day 3 was cancelled on account of weather. We awoke to mostly overcast skies this morning, and the weather briefing, being somewhat optimistic, suggested that we would be able to fly. But with the possibility of thunderstorms. So, of course, we were on the grid waiting. The day was officially cancelled at 2pm.

On Tuesday evening the American team, along with Giorgio and Mariangela, accompanied
the South African team to a wonderful Italian dinner at La Pannocchia, which is located in the village of Cantalice. La Pannoccia is one of Georgio's favorite restaurants. He is a personal friend of the owner, and has been going there as a regular for 25 years. The food is exceptional!

As a side note, it appears that unfortunately Jennifer's glider cannot be repaired in time for her to continue in the competition. Jennifer Bradley was the South African representative in the Club Class.

The wireless internet continues to be a major problem in the campsite area. Reception is intermittent at best. (since this is being written on Day 4, I can tell you the wireless has failed. It is under repair and may be fixed by this evening. Maybe not)

More tomorrow.


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