Sunday, 25 February 2007

1st day cancelled....

The team is all assembled in Manilla. The flying prior to the first task was epic. Thomas flew 130km to Wee Waa (on Wednesday 21st) and had to spend the night there as he had no retrieve. He was in such a hurry to get away that he forgot to put on sunscreen. He is now undergoing metamorphosis.

Harmo & Middy arrived late Thursday: both had good days flying the 42km triangle task set on the 2nd practice day. Thomas & Middy both had short flights on Saturday (rest day), Harmo was changing lines. Middy was still trying to get to grips with the new Boomerang 5 after only receiving it the day before (final trimming).

The street parade and opening ceremony commenced at 4:30pm under a perfect sky in 35deg+ scorching heat! (More BEER!!) The opening ceremony was preceded a spectacular air show culminating in a very noisy F18 display followed by fireworks & a Gold Guitar winning singer.

The first task day dawned to a beautifully clear promising sky. A short task of 48.8km was set. Five minutes before the window opened the task and day were canceled. This decision turned out to be a very good one. The conditions were changing very rapidly and within 30min were obviously not suitable for a task. As per normal if you need a drought breaker plan a paragliding competition as it pissed down later that afternoon.

Middy, Harmo, & Thomas

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