30 Juli 2016

Great sunset at Munich tonight

... a storm west of Munich, and a rainbow earlier at Gerlos in Austria today. Drama weather :)

23 Juni 2016

ATL-FRA-MCO-FRA-KIX-FRA-MUC-FRA-GIG in 7 days - my new record!

Most of the last week, I´ve spent in the air, either working or as Yoko´s company home to Japan. I´m still writing the story down about our long journey and will share it with you soon! Great news is that Yoko is home in Japan and says that she feels much better, feeling more confident now that she is healing!
Meanwhile I had a beautiful flight to Rio yesterday. Always fun working for sports teams, and we had quite a lot of athletes from Brazilian, German and Austrian kayak, canoeing and sailing teams on board, going to train for the Olympics!
When Yoko asked me in hospital in Orlando how I could be looking so fresh and awake despite not much sleep and 27 hours on planes in only 3 days, I smiled at her - Jamie had just brought an ice cold Red Bull for me that morning, and that really revived me, just like today waking up in Rio. I have a long day ahead of me here, going to coach some Brazilian pilot friends about safer and better flying. So far, cloud base is a little low, but it seems to rise fast, I can already see the sugar loaf top station now! Fingers crossed, we will have a nice little flight at beautiful São Conrado and then discuss on how to improve :) Thanks Leonarda and Joe for organizing this event - Maria, another local pilot, had urged Leonarda to get me to help the local pilots, as I kept appearing in Rio, helping foreign pilots who had been on the ramp for the first time.

22 Mai 2016

Rio without flying weather

Another short work trip to Rio right after the Hessen comp finished. I had my hopes up for Cristo weather, but this time the cold front pushed in much faster than expected, so the northerly got too strong and there was even some rain.
Instead I enjoyed hanging out with the Urubus and went to visit the little monkeys, which is always fun!

12 Mai 2016

Hessenmeisterschaft Awards

Where were our Russian friends? I´m holding their trophies as well, guess they must have partied Russian style last night and just couldn´t get to the awards ceremony before noon?
Big thanks to all our voluntary helpers for a great, fun and safe international Hessenmeisterschaft in all rigid, flex and paragliding class!

11 Mai 2016

Hessenmeisterschaft flex, rigid and paragliding in Greifenburg

After the German Open, most pilots went home, as the weather forecast was marginal for more flying this week. I like my regional championships, it´s great to see the pilots I started flying with, and with every flight even in difficult conditions I learn more.
A big group of Russian pilots joined our FAI 1 comp, amongst them some their top ranked guys Sasha Serebrennikova, Anton Struganov and Konstantin Lukyanov.
The sky was overcast on our first task on Monday, but no weather hazards apart from weak lift, so we set a 63km task around 3 tp. I was racing together with the two Russians, only on final glide they cut me off.
Yesterday was cancelled due to rain, and also for today we expected the rain to start very early. We saw sun in the morning, so we went up to take off really early, set up, and I set a really small task of only 30km (I´m in the task/pilot´s committee), because it looked like we barely had 1,5 hours to play with when we started into to tast around noon. Luckily we are only 28 rigid and flex wing pilots, and about 22 pg pilots, so we were in the air pretty quickly.
Sasha got up very fast and started racing straight away, while today it took me a bit longer to find some decent lift on shaded Emberger Alm. Pretty soon, I started with Anton and Konstantin again. Like the day before, they left me behind on the last leg ;) But it was a fun little flight. Not long after we landed, the rain moved in from the southwest in is still hanging around. About half our field made goal, while only Dieter Müglich got around the 53km of the rigid task.
At goal in the lush green field of Weisach, I met some Russian friends again.
Tonight we will all have a pilots party at Fliegercamp, and it doesn´t really look like flying at all tomorrow, with storms and lots of rain on the forecast.

09 Mai 2016

German Open Podiums

Sorry for being a bit slow on reporting, but I caught a really bad cold. I made it to the awards of German Open, but then I went straight to bed to be kind of fit for the start of the Hessenmeisterschaft, my regional Championships, today.
Big congrats to Suan, Gerd and Arne, great flying! But Mareen really made my day, it was so nice to see another German girl flying in a big comp and enjoying it! We will meet again soon for some more training :)
Also congrats to Tim, Norbert and Robert! You find all the results and more photos and reports in German here!

08 Mai 2016

German Open: Suan Selenati wins!

Primoz won the last task again with an amazing 10 minutes on the 2nd pilot, but as he had landed early in the 2nd task, Suan Selenati (ITA) won the international German Open ahead of my team mate Gerd Dönhuber. The awards will be at 10am.
I had quite a fast flight yesterday, averaging over 50km/h on a 103km triangle. It was enough to win the German Champion women´s title again!
In rigid class, Austrian Christopher Friedl won ahead of Tim Grabowski, but what I find amazing is Robert Bernat in 6th place (and 3rd best German pilot), an ex member of our paragliding national team. Within a year of flying rigid wing comps he got really good and he would be a great addition to make our team stronger at the worlds as well!
So big congrats to Suan for this big international title that he has earned with his great flying!