|Canadian Paragliding Nationals
July 29th through August 4th, 2007 saw the return of the Canadian Paragliding Nationals to Golden, BC Results
Report from Florian Ghiban:
August 2nd 2007
Just a few words on the flying here. I'm in Golden, British Columbia at the Canadian Nationals, and the flying has been awesome. I didn't start well with the first task, it was a big course with six turn points, and I didn't tag correctly the second last point.. I made goal on task two, that was a 84 km course, and less turnpoints. Yesterday was task three, 109 km to Invermere, and I've just landed short, at 105 km. I'm having a great time and doing lots of flying. There are a lot of American pilots here, also some Australians and a few other countries, so the competition is tough. Today it looks like another great day for task four. Right now I'm in the 9-th position, in serial class, witch includes DHV 2 wings. I'm quite happy with,my performance, since I just have a DHV 1-2 wing. Took some nice pictures on top of the range, I will post at RAF when I get back.
August 3rd 2007
Yesterday was task four, 57 km with 4 turnpoints. I've made goal again, and now I'm in 9-th place in Canada , overall including all competition gliders. Today looks like another good one, and we are waiting for the task committee.
August 4th 2007
I can't send pictures yet, no cables for the camera. Not much time for writing either, we are busy from 9am to 9pm, I was laughing that we put 12 a day, of work but this is fun.
Yesterday task five was very interesting. The forecast was for light SE and unstable day, so the course was a 55km with four turnpoins, going north to Donalds Station. The wind on launch was very strong, and many pilots were blowing their take-offs. A and C was the only way to go :-) The thermals were the strongest I had here, at 2000ft/min with the wind shifting to North, half way through the task. Close to goal, one pilot on a Boomerang came on the radio saying he was on the speedbar and going backwards. I've made goal, with about 5000ft over, but I had a hard time landing in headwind of 45km/h with full speedbar all the way to the ground. Today is a similar day as yesterday, hopefully with less wind, so we'll see what the task is going to be.
August 6th 2007
Canadian Nationals are over, we had six valid tasks, and I did very well being consistent and finishing most of the tasks. Task six was a 52km race to goal, with two turnpoints. It was a strong day, with 30m km/h winds in the LZ. I did make goal again, in 1h 18min. The final results were per glider classes, and I placed 2nd in Canada on a DHV 1-2, and in 9th place for all competition gliders. Here are the final official results:
Final top 10 Canadian class results, after 6 tasks:
1. MacCullough, Keith (4725)
2. Gadd, Will (4669)
3. Izadi, Amir (4549)
4. McLearn, Nicole (3865)
5. Yeates, Brett (3115)
6. Oddy, Eric (2872)
7. Letchford, Ryan (2779)
8. Zlatev, Zack (2608)
9. Ghaban, Florian (2506)
10. Roumiantsev, Denis (2256)
See full results here.
Blue skies, Florian flying his Swing Arcus
Getting in some airtime in preparation for the Nationals
All photos courtesy of Bob Grant - SkyDogSports.com