10 Mai 2010

Opening and first day of Adidas HG Worlds

Yesterday we had a great opening ceremony at Tegelberg for the Adidas World Hang Gliding Championship, the large tent was filled with pilots and visitors and locals. Special guest was hang gliding legend Mike Harker who made the first flight ever from Zugspitze. He is in great shape and wonders about another flight from Tegelberg...
We went up the mountain this morning and set up the gliders in drizzle. Yet we were positive that we might get a short window of sun. Our meteorologist Volker Schwanitz expected a short break before more rain moves through. At 1pm the wind switched around and it got unlaunchable, and as a band of rain was approaching us, the day was cancelled. A few gliders flew later in the afternoon and I was happy that Dolores and Ashanta pulled off a really good landing in pouring rain...
Tomorrow it looks like the southerly gets stronger and stops the overdevelopment for a while, so maybe we can fly our first task tomorrow.
Have a look at some great photos from yesterday, taken by Mike Hamel
Sorry that I didnt manage to post my photos here today, but the internet in our flat is very weak, slow and keeps breaking up, I need to go to headquarter tomorrow - or take my computer up the mountain, as we have a pretty good connection up there as well ;)

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