Horsham Week Gliding Competition hopes for clear skies

PILOTS competing at this week’s Horsham Week Gliding Competition hope to return to the skies on Wednesday after weather conditions kept them grounded the past two days.

Almost 40 avid glider pilots from across the country are in Horsham for the event, which started at the weekend and runs until Saturday.

Photos: Horsham Week Gliding Competition

Horsham Flying Club president Arnold Niewand said weather over the past two days made it dangerous to fly.

“If the wind was half as strong we might’ve been able to fly, but with 30-knot plus winds at the moment it’s too dangerous,” he said.

Niewand said after braving hot conditions at the weekend, the pilots appreciated a rest day on Monday but were left a bit frustrated yesterday.

In Sunday’s competition, Grampians pilot Gary Stevenson claimed victories in the 15M class and standard class events for the second day in succession.

June Nakamura and Chris Thorpe shared the club class honours and Craig Vinall won the open class.

Niewand said Vinall flew at a remarkable speed on a day, which was highlighted by some competitive flying.

“In three-and-a-half hours he flew 601.6 kilometres, which is an excellent speed.”  

Niewand said there was a good chance of flying on Wednesday.

He said pilots would attend a briefing at Horsham Aerodrome at 10.30am.

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