Jan
24
2013
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Jan
13
2013
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Colombian Open task 7

When everybody thought that we would not have a task, some light started to filteres through the clouds and the thermals switched on, although extrenely weakly. A 47km race to goal was called, all in mountain ridge. Survival mode was on for everybody who dropped all the ballast on launch before taking off. I managed to survive the big shadowing phase and got to the waypoint radiuous near LA Union with the leaders, then I lost them on the weay to Roldanillo but managed to stay on the game, I took the last climb to 2100mt to the wast of the town and tried to cross over but not taking the high mountain line (error) but the middle one , fearing that it could have been well in full rotor given the hour…instead I was greeted buy a strong head wind and faced with the possibility of not making the crossing to the other side I turned back and landed in Roldanillo .. 24km in 3 hours of flying…maybe top 20 in the task and top 30 in the comp I guess.
What a great competition, we flew everyday..Rolda delivers once again! Now off to party and celebrate. Good luck to the superfinal pilots. The race is on.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Jan
11
2013
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Colombian Open Task 6

Another day, another task, this is Roldanillo…Today the task was a 70k race to goal with a zig zag again in the flats and goal in Obando. The take off was crowded with a lot of Superfinal pilots but the task setters intelligently put a very nice start gate 8km away from it so that they would not be tempted to join in..200 pilots in the air at the same time thermalling together may be indeed a bit too much. I had a good start but then took the decision to go for the mountain line instead of the more direct one . I could not climb as well as the gaggle I was in and took the decision to hug the mountain ridge for a while scratching low.. a bad decision indeed as I was stcuk for a while trying to climb before the take off and getting all the turbulence when low… I managed to almost regain the lead gaggle in Toro, where I took a super climb (+7m) to base and then pullley to pulley towards the waypoint in the flat. This one had a big radio of 10km and I took the shorter route to it, I managed to catch up with the leaders but they were already climbing when I arrived low. It took me a while to establish myself on course again and could not catch them anymore. Then on the way to goal I climb way too high on the last thermal fearing a head wind and weak climbs on the way to goal, but it was boomign everywhere and I arrived in orbit…lots of pilots overtook me in the final leg of the task.. shame..I need to improve a lot in this respect. I may have arrived around the 26th position in goal. One day to go.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Jan
11
2013
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Colombian Open Task 5

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Back again with the “ambitious” tasks after yesterday’s flight of “only” three hours and a 55k task. I am still quite sick from the infection and at around 60% of my phisical capacity at the moment; however as soon as I take off the adrenaline kicks in and the pains and discomfort return only after I land. Today’s task was a 117km race to goal with an out and return on the ridge first and then goal to the north past the city of Cartago. We had to zig zag the valley again twice and then tag the last waypoint and head back south for the goal.The start is the usual strssful moment, there seeems to be with the superfinal pilots arriving ever yday more and more people i nthe air at the same time. After the start (not a perfect one for me today) we tagged the waypoint at La unione and zoomed to ridge making our way to the mountains to the west of Roldanillo. The ridge is very turbulent and especially if low, extra caution is needed to keep your wing above your head. When we headed to the flats I was with a large gaggle chasing the leaders who were always a thermal ahead an pushing like mad. We also pushed very hard, every climb to base and then pulley to pulley constanty trying to catch up. We finally caught up with a part of the leading gaggle who then chose (at about 22km left to the goal) the mountain line to the left. We decided to stay in the flats but at around 3pm and over 90km done the day sudddenly (typical here in roldanillo) switched off. There was nothing left to do for our group, but a group of pilots who where in front found something and stayed in that weak lift for a long time until it developped into a thermal and catapulted them very high; suddenly the goal was an easy task for them.. A very technical and difficult task, possibly too long; this is not the superfinal yet and the pilot level, although quite high, is not that of a PWC and there are pilots with different skills levels and intermediate wings; you must give them also a chance to complete the task. . The flying hours here are limited and with ethe day switching off early sometimes completing a task of over 100k is sometimes impossible or extremely difficult.. For me the first flight of 100k of the season, so not too bad for a bomb out. Two tasks to go.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Jan
10
2013
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Colombian Open task4

A “short” 55km task today as the pilot’s commitee feared a potential strong westerly comign down the mountain., Start cylinder at La Union, then Crossing to LA Victoria then on to the south and back for goal in Zarzal after having before tagged a 3km ESS cylinder to the west of the actual goal field. The usual traffic and stress at cloubase before the start and then a very slow start of the race (early for the flats to work well). I lost the leading gaggle in Zarzal on the way to the turnpoint to the south as I could not cimb well on a thermal. Then at the waypoint of Uribe peaje all of a sudden the day started to give it best Roldanlillo style conditions with climbs everywhere. The glide to goal was on constant lift. I arrived later than I would have liked, 38th in the end..not a very good result but it was important to get to goal after the debacle of yesterday. 3 tasks still to go.. I also went to the doctor today and he diagnosed me with a throath virus infection (Faringities) and he prescribed antibiotics which I am taking.. not ideal really but that’s the situation… off to bed now.

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Jan
09
2013
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Colombian Open 2013 Task 3

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A strong inversion and a blue weak day.. 82 km task with a zig zag in the flats and goal in Zarzal. Everybody was waiting at the start gate, lots of traffic, aggressive flying and pilots crossing in the middle of the gaggle, stress levels very very high. This time I had a very good start of the race and I was in the leading gaggle most of the time..the flats were working very weakly and lots of patience was needed. Very slow going again. I was flying very well and feeling super motivated. We left the (turbulent ridge) around the city of Toro to cross the valley to Obando when I was with the leaders and left the last lift at the same height as everybody. During the glide I started to lose a lot of height due to a bad line I took ( a little more to the right of the gaggle) and when they finally (very low, with 70mt from the ground) hooked up the thermal, I arrived low, could not climb and had to land. I still don’t know what my mistake may have been (if any)… lots of anger on the ground and cursing my bad luck… but all of a sudden the smiles and greetings of two local kids made everything all right again. I seriously compromised my ranking position now, but I will try to give my best for the rest of the comp. More tomorrow

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Jan
08
2013
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Colombian Open Roldanillo Task 2

A 105km task , very ambitious given the conditions (a heavy cirrus cover) completed by 14 pilots. I was in the air for over 5 hours and did 73km. Another bad start and lots of catching up to do in the flats; the gaggle I was in worked very well and we were able to almost catch the leading gaggle in the last turnpoint (15km radious of the city of Tulua); then when we had 29km to goal the day suddenly switched off and we had to land in the village of La Palia. All the village was out to greet us and they took lots of pictures of me, I was given babies and toddlers in my arms to have the picture taken.. it was very funny. I was not feeling very good today , I have a temperature tonight probably because of a sun stroke and something I may have eaten.. I am under medications, we’ll see tomorrow if I can manage to fly.. it is unbeliveably hot here.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Jan
07
2013
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Roldanillo Open 2013 Task 1

We were given a 80.5km task, with a ridge run first to the white crosses over Roldanillo, then all the way past Toro, a valley crossing to Obando and then Goal in Zarzal. I had a dreadful start but managed steadily to catch up and recover a lot of ground; when we crossed over to Obando I was already with the second gaggle and with a view of the leading pilots. Then a good line and some good choices and I was quite fast in goal but behind the leading gaggle in 23rd.. with a time of 3.02.. It was important however to have a good first day and get to goal . Difficult task in the end with a head wind on the way to goal, turbulence on the ridge and two reserve rides today. This is not the usual Roldanillo, conditions are quite strong and rough due to the drought, everywhere is very dry and the ridge is at times quite turbulent. I hope that the task setters will make us head to the flats sooner.. Tomorrow more…
Today’s track

Hoy manga de 80.5km con una ida y vuelta por la ladera, luego hasta el final de la ladera pasando la ciudad de Toro, cruzando el valle hasta Obando y goal en Zarzal. Empece’ fatal con un start point asqueroso (estuve todo el tiempo alto y en el momento de abrirse me pillo’ bajo y fuera del cilindro), pero recupere’ bien volando muy rapido, especialmente en el llano donde con unas buenas lineas y buenas decisiones entre’ en goal el 23 con un tiempo de 3.02. Las condiciones son bastante duras, diferente de las normales de Roldanillo, esta’ todo muy seco y la ladera a veces es bastante turbulenta. Hubo dos paracas hoy. Manana mas

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Jan
06
2013
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Colombian Open 2013 Roldanillo -Training day

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Hoy dia de entrenamiento y un bonito vuelo de casi 3 horas en compania de Luciano,Biuti y Teo. Un triangulo por el valle de casi 45km. Todo el vuelo juntos para entrenar en lastermicas del valle del cauca.Mucho calor,mucho ambiente y muchas ganas de empezar..este ano todo esta muy seco y hay mucha turbulencia en la ladera y condiciones fuertes para el lugar.. necesitamos suerte!

Today a good practice day in Roldanillo, almost 3 hours flight together with my Italian buddies Luciano, Teo & Antonio. A good triangle all over the valley to train for the competition which starts tomorrow. Conditions are different than last year, stronger thermals and turbulence in the mountains due to the draught. We need some good luck for the week! We are all fired up and ready to start!

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