Competitors in the Multi-Class National Gliding Championships
took to the skies again on Monday after an enforced two-day
break because of poor flying conditions.
Flying was cancelled on both Saturday and Sunday, but race
director Ralph Henderson said although two days had been lost
because of a lack of wind above the Omarama Airfield, he now
expected today to be the last day on the ground before the
weather cleared up for a clear run through to the end of
competitive flying on January 12.
''On Sunday the air was just too stable. There were not
''Rain is forecast for tomorrow [Wednesday], so we might lose
one more day, but the rest will be all right.''
Windy conditions meant the course length had been increased
from 377km to 402km on day three of racing on Monday and
forecast rain for today meant the course had been extended
again to 500km yesterday, Mr Henderson said.
The 28 competitors taking part this week had needed to
display ''a range'' of piloting skills over the past two
days, he said.
He had also been thrilled with the organisation displayed by
staff from Glide Omarama, as well as the local reaction to
the competition, many people turning up to view the gliders
taking off, Mr Henderson said.
''There are people everywhere - it's gone wonderfully well.''