16th EGC Pociunai. D9-10. Stormy weather. Zbigniew Nieradka down, Russell Cheetham up

A very small gap before arrival of cold front allowed a short AAT task for two hours. Only 18m class gliders was launched, for 15m and open classes the day was cancelled. Zbigniew Nieradka dropped to fourth place, Russel Cheetham climbed to second.

General info

16th European gliding championships is being held in Lithuania, Pociūnai from 1st to 13 of August. A total of 75 competitors from 19 countries gathered to fight for three sets of medals: 25 in 15m, 29 in 18m, and 21 in open class. Louis Bouderlique, Russell Cheetham and Peter Harvey are the defending champions in 15m , 18m and open classes respectively.

Day 10

Yet again soaring conditions influenced by fronts. During the night a warm front passed over Lithuania and a cold front was about to come. But there was a small gap in between which gave a chance for a short flight.

Because of uncertainty about weather competition director decided to start only with 18m class and others to start launching when weather improves. But the weather did not promise anything good – buildups, strong wind and at some points wide gaps of cloudless sky.

This improvement never came and the day for other classes had to be cancelled. The timing was perfect because a huge storm with heavy rain and even HAIL came to Pociunai right after crew had parked or put sailplanes into trailers.

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Luckily the storm moved not to the direction where task has been set to 18 meter class and pilots managed to get home. Sadly not all. Some had to outland and to test Lithuanians hospitality.

Results

This day really made a difference in overall standings. Karol Staryszak hold his first place and is one step from becoming European champion, but his compatriot Zbigniew Nieradka lost todays lotery and scored only 372 points out of 561 and dropped to fourth place. Russell Cheetham from UK climbed two places up and is now second while IGC secretary Peter Eriksen from Denmark is just a 3  points behind him. Very exciting day awaits tomorrow if weather permits!

 

# CN Pilot Team Glider Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points
1. PXI Jaroslav Tomana Czech Republic Ventus-2cxt 14:40:20 16:41:09 02:00:49 71.6km/h 144.1km 561
2. LR Mindaugas Zaliukas Lithuania JS-1b 13:58:48 15:42:48 01:44:00 68.6km/h 137.2km 526
3. SJ Arne Boye-Moeller Denmark JS-1b 14:02:18 16:41:59 02:39:41 66.7km/h 177.5km 504
4. E1 Russell Cheetham UK JS-1b 14:00:48 16:01:44 02:00:56 65.9km/h 132.8km 494
5. WO Wolfgang Janowitsch Austria Ventus-2cxa 14:03:54 16:09:37 02:05:43 65.7km/h 137.7km 492
6. PE Peter Eriksen Denmark ASG-29e 13:52:03 16:00:20 02:08:17 64.7km/h 138.3km 480
7. RB Riccardo Brigliadori Italy Ventus-2cxa 14:00:21 16:04:28 02:04:07 64.6km/h 133.5km 479
8. 10 Gary Stingemore UK ASG-29e 14:01:09 15:59:58 01:58:49 64.2km/h 128.4km 475
9. EBI Eric Bernard France ASG 29e 13:51:41 16:17:20 02:25:39 64.1km/h 155.6km 474
10. JS Ronald Termaat The Netherlands JS-1b 14:02:40 16:23:38 02:20:58 62.2km/h 146.1km 452
11. G9 Ed Johnston UK ASG 29e 14:00:58 16:09:23 02:08:25 61.7km/h 132.1km 446
12. PL Karol Staryszak Poland ASG-29 13:51:30 16:01:04 02:09:34 61.0km/h 131.7km 438
13. 69 Fredy Zulliger Switzerland ASG-29e 13:51:21 16:03:10 02:11:49 59.1km/h 129.9km 416
14. I Gilles Navas France ASG-29e 14:12:26 16:40:15 02:27:49 58.4km/h 143.8km 407
15. LR1 Gintautas Butnoris Lithuania LAK-17b 13:52:16 16:12:23 02:20:07 57.4km/h 134.1km 396
16. EX Axel Horn Germany Ventus-2cxa 13:51:48 16:07:19 02:15:31 56.3km/h 127.2km 384
17. RS Petr Setka Czech Republic Ventus-2cxm 14:11:26 16:34:50 02:23:24 56.0km/h 133.8km 380
18. HD Zbigniew Nieradka Poland ASG-29 13:51:30 16:13:27 02:21:57 55.3km/h 130.9km 372
19. GPS Maurits Dortu The Netherlands JS-1b 13:52:18 16:34:44 02:42:26 54.3km/h 146.9km 360
20. MX Martti Koivula Finland ASG-29e 13:52:05 16:21:17 02:29:12 52.9km/h 131.6km 344
21. 3AB Mauro Brunazzo Italy ASG-29e 13:52:00 61.1km 98
22. 7 Peter Cutting Sweden Ventus-2cxm 14:44:28 27.2km 44
23. WG Werner Amann Austria Ventus-2cx 13:53:50 16.0km 26
24. LY Sebastian Huhmann Germany ASG-29e 14:10:29 15.3km 24
25. LK Lubor Kuvik Slovakia ASG-29e 14:01:56 11.6km 19
DNF. BG* Mark Holliday South Africa LAK-17bt 0
DNF. HE* Erkki Heinonen Finland ASG-29e 0
DNF. BX* Péter Szabó Hungary Ventus-2cxaj 0
DNF. P10* Vladimir Kochkin Russia LAK-17a 0
* File not yet delivered
BG – BG – Please deliver all flight logs of the day
HC = Hors Concours, not competing officially
DNF = Did not fly

18-meter Overall results after day 9

# CN Pilot Team Glider Total
1. PL Karol Staryszak Poland ASG-29 7600
2. E1 Russell Cheetham UK JS-1b 7394
3. PE Peter Eriksen Denmark ASG-29e 7391
4. HD Zbigniew Nieradka Poland ASG-29 7376
5. JS Ronald Termaat The Netherlands JS-1b 7295
6. G9 Ed Johnston UK ASG 29e 7184
7. GPS Maurits Dortu The Netherlands JS-1b 6989
8. 10 Gary Stingemore UK ASG-29e 6964
9. WO Wolfgang Janowitsch Austria Ventus-2cxa 6953
10. I Gilles Navas France ASG-29e 6888
11. LR Mindaugas Zaliukas Lithuania JS-1b 6735
12. SJ Arne Boye-Moeller Denmark JS-1b 6715
13. EX Axel Horn Germany Ventus-2cxa 6585
14. RB Riccardo Brigliadori Italy Ventus-2cxa 6568
15. EBI Eric Bernard France ASG 29e 6509
16. 69 Fredy Zulliger Switzerland ASG-29e 5935
17. PXI Jaroslav Tomana Czech Republic Ventus-2cxt 5930
18. HE Erkki Heinonen Finland ASG-29e 5824
19. LR1 Gintautas Butnoris Lithuania LAK-17b 5612
20. LK Lubor Kuvik Slovakia ASG-29e 5587
21. MX Martti Koivula Finland ASG-29e 5503
22. RS Petr Setka Czech Republic Ventus-2cxm 5460
23. BX Péter Szabó Hungary Ventus-2cxaj 4744
24. 7 Peter Cutting Sweden Ventus-2cxm 4686
25. WG Werner Amann Austria Ventus-2cx 4642
26. 3AB Mauro Brunazzo Italy ASG-29e 4306
27. LY Sebastian Huhmann Germany ASG-29e 4286
28. P10 Vladimir Kochkin Russia LAK-17a 3532
HC. BG Mark Holliday South Africa LAK-17bt 2172

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