Friday, April 10, 2009

At last a report...

So far, the holiday has been a great success. We've been away since saturday and have been flying every day. One day in Greifenburg, one day in Zillertal (flying over the slopes where I used to ski) and then we travelled towards Bassano.
We had two interesting 'training' days with nice flights over the snow covered Monte Grappa, before the competition began yesterday. The first task was a complete disaster for me. My flight only lasted a good 15 minutes while everybody else was in the air. I felt deeply embarassed...
Today was a completely different situtation. I started last and had to work hard to find some list along the slopes towards the first turnpoint. When I finally found something decent, I was joined in 'my' thermal by the leading pack. Quite a view ;-) I then could glide to the first turnpoint and got very low returning from it. I was only 200 vertical meters from landing when I got some lift again and slowly, very slowly could make my way up again. It took me 1,5 hours to do the first 15 km... After that I had some nicer thermals and worked the ridges until I landed after 2h45 flying time. I have probably gone further than 50, which is definitely a new personal record. I'm happy about today and about the week so far and we'll see what happens the next few days.

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