Mar
22
2014
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Mar
09
2014
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PWC mina lavero Task 6 Saturday 8th March

A 51km task which proved to be extremely difficult once again due to the poor thermic conditions and low base in the flats and the north wind which we would fly against in order to make the last two waypoints. I had a good start like most pilots at cloudbase, from there I chose to stay on the middle ridge to tag the waypoint; from there I made base again and was on my way; different gaggles split at this point; most of them taking the route of the mountain, Since iI had altitude and good line of clouds and some pilots in front I chose the flatland route; it was a mistake; it worked fine up until 7km to the waypoint pass Mina Clavero; suddenly thermic activity shut and the north head wind which I was flying against proved to be to much. The gaggles of the mountain managed 10km more by helping each other and taking every bit of climb available. I should have gone with the gaggle; I still don’t know why I am still making these kinds of mistakes… the gaggle has always the power.. In the end only 3 arrrived in Goal; Oriol Lazaro was first but may be second because of the cone and leading points. In the end I really enjoyed this flying trip to Argentina; nice flights, lots of fun in the company of good people. Time to go back home. Hasta luego!

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
08
2014
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Mina Clavero PWC task 5 Friday 7th March 2014 – 6th Position!!

Task 5 Mina Clavero PWC from Silvio Zugarini on Vimeo.

The day started off very badly for me but it turned out to be an EPIC day… took off very late as they were following and ordered launch which means that I had to launch amongst the last pilots. Got off with a decent cycle (many good pilots bombed out after taking off today) and I made my way to the start point 4 km away. Being late meant that I was not able to get myself well positioned for a good start, I saw the leading gaggle well established on the upper ridge and shooting away at lightining speed and there was nothing I could do.. I got to the first waypoint on the flatland quite high and about to rejoin the second group but I got stuck not able to find decent lift and got stuck in that area for a good 40 minutes until after an epic struggle to remain in the game I found a decent climb which took me back to 1800mt. From there I really had no options but to go back to the mountain as I was with only two other glider and the flatlands was not working at all. I took the mountain route knowing that I would have to make at least one third more of the distance to get to goal. The ridge was working and little by little I made my way to the take off area. The flight up to this point was beautiful, flying closer to the rocky ridges in the company of condors..awesome. I did not know that the leading gaggle on the flats was struggling with may pilots dirting so I cointinue with my flight. Tagged the last waypoint, tagged the goal waypoint and was on my way to tag the last exit 6 km goal cylinder when the task deadline was on (18.30) so I did not have time to finish it and get to goal. When I landed I wad not expecting such a good result but in the end it turned out I came sixth . I am really happy . Shame about that dreadful second task , but anyway today it is time for celebration about a good flight and a very good result. Manana mas.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
06
2014
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Mina Clavero Task 4 Wednesday 5th March

Mina Clavero PWC task 4 – Wednesay 5th mArch from Silvio Zugarini on Vimeo.

An out an return task of 70km along the ridge was set with multiple start clocks. I took off among the very first pilot as I did not like the wait on take off of the previous days; especially with such a particular launch where pilots wait for the good cycle to launch and you can be stuck for a long time. I took the first start gate together with 6-7 pilots and together we made good way along the ridge. The view was stunning and the rocky faces of the ridge very scary. I arrived at the waypoint to the south very early and with a few pilots; then the leading gaggle got to us and together we headed back to the ridge. My mistake was not to follow them as they were heading very fast for the upper rocky ridge of the mountain; I preferred (wrongly) to stay halfway up the ridge together with few others. The leading gaggle hit a super line on top of the ridge and on the plateau and they were on their way to goal; myself I struggled to make my way back to the spine and get a decent altitude to make the final crossing into the flats and into goal. the ridge on the way back was booming with up to +7mt thermals, sometimes quite turbulent over those impressive rocky faces. As I headed on my way to goal in a good position I had to stop a couple of times to get some additional climbs; in the end I was too conservative, wasting way too much time and ended up getting to goal with over 600 mt; as a result of this a good 20 pilots overtook me in the last 10km of the task. Getting to goal was really important for me today; to regain some confidence in myself and to prove to myself that I can still fly well and be competitive. The task scored very low for me; a real disappointment as the difference with the first pilots in goal was significant. Still I finf it hard to accept that yesterday the 50th pilots got over 800 points and today being 35th in GOAL only got me 537 points… nevermind, I really enjoyed the flight today , one of the most impressive scenery ever. Real good. Manana mas.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
04
2014
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Task 3 Mina Clavero 2014

GOPR3502 from Silvio Zugarini on Vimeo.

A difficult 74 km task, a difficult start point and a really poor flying performance from me. Had a bad start point with loads of headwind on the ridge, then lost all the main gaggles, flew on my own for 24 Km choosing a route to the left of the waypoint to be on the upwind side until I bombed out before the plateau. Nobody made it to goal as the low base and the cross wind made it very difficult, but most of the field flew around 50km. I’m still flying like shit.

Manga dificil, un start point dificil contra viento en la ladera y una prestacion fatal. Hice el start mal y aislado de los grupos principales que perdi’ nada mas empezar la carrera. Elegi’ una ruta a barloviento de la baliza ya que habia viento del sur oeste que deribava mucho hacia el norte; solo era dificil avanzar. Nadie llego’ a goal pero la mayoria de pilotos volaron mas de 50 km (la manga era de 74km). Sigo volando fatal, sigue la mala racha y estoy muy desanimado.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
04
2014
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Task 2 PWC Mina Clavero 2014

Task 2 PWC Mina Clavero from Silvio Zugarini on Vimeo.

After the heavy rain of yesterday today Monday the sun came out in force and we went up to the take off at 10 am. Because of the road not being in good conditions due to the rainfalls, we had to walk 30 minutes to get to launch. Once there we waited until 13.30 to have a task set up. It was decided for an out and return of 55km to the south following the ridge and back with goal in Mina Clavero airfield. The window was opened at 14.35 and the start one hour later. The first pilots who launched struggled to gain any height and some of them bombed out. After that, anarchy reigned at launch with several unorganized queues forming and many pilots occupying the launch area but not taking off. Then we heard on the radio that a pilot had an accident below the TO area and needed assistance. A Helicopter was to be called and because of this the launch was closed for a good 30 minutes; then seeing that the helicopter was not due anytime soon , the launch was re-opened but the chaos continued with intermittent launches. Then a good cycle came and about 10 pilots who were lucky to launch, climbed up and got away. By then the start was already opened and at nearly 16.00 at least 60 pilots were still on the ground waiting to launch. I waited like most of the pilots and finally got way very late; managed to climb well and started the task; got a very good line following the ridge, then at about 15km from the waypoint we started to get a strong headwind. At about 10km I heard several calls for level 3 because of strong wind on course and the task was stopped. It will be scored but worth only 100 points for the winner. Let’s hope that tomorrow things will improve.

Después de la fuerte lluvia de ayer, hoy lunes el sol salió con fuerza y nos fuimos al despegue a las 10 horas . Debido a que la carretera no está en buenas condiciones por las lluvias , tuvimos que caminar 30 minutos para llegar . Una vez allí tuvimso que esperar hasta las 13.30 para tener una manga . Se decidió por una ida y vuelta de 55 kilometros hacia el sur siguiendo la ladera y goal en Mina Clavero aeródromo. La ventana se abrió a las 14.35 horas y el start una hora más tarde . Los primeros pilotos que ldespegaron lucharon para ganar altura y algunos de ellos pincharon . Después de eso , la anarquía reinaba en el despegue con varias colas no organizados que se formaban y muchos pilotos ocupando la zona de lanzamiento , pero sin despegar. Luego nos enteramos por la radio que un piloto tuvo un accidente por debajo de la zona del despegue y necesitaba ayuda. Un helicóptero se iba a llamar y debido a esto el despegue se cerro’ por unos 30 minutos pero luego al ver que el helicóptero no llegaba en breve , el despegue se volvió a abrir , pero el caos continuó con despegues intermitentes a cuentagotas. Luego vino un buen ciclo y unos 10 pilotos que tuvieron la suerte de despegar , remontaron altos y se escaparon. E start ya estaba abierto y a las 16,00 por lo menos 60 pilotos estaban todavía en el suelo esperando despegar. Yo esperé como la mayoría de los pilotos y finalmente conseguí salir pero muy tarde; subi bien al principio y empece la task con una muy buena línea siguiendo la cresta. a unos 15 km del waypoint empezamos a tener un fuerte viento en contra . A unos 10 km oí varias llamadas de nivel 3 , debido a fuertes vientos y la manga se detuvo . Valdra’ , pero sólo 100 puntos para el ganador . Esperemos que mañana las cosas van a mejorar .

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
02
2014
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PWC Mina Clavero Day 1 Task 1 – Cancelled & Carneval Party

Mina Clavero Carnaval 2-3-2014 from Silvio Zugarini on Vimeo.

After a night of heavy rain, woke up to a very cloudy and black sky, The task was cancelled. Now it is afternoon and raining hard again :-( . The forecast shows improvements from tomorrow afternoon. Let’s hope so.Tonight it was Carnival Party in town with a good parade of dancers “brazilian style”.

Toda la noche lloviendo, hoy my nublado por la manana y ahora lloviendo a cantaros por la tarde :-( La prevision dice que a partir del Lunes por la tarde esto ira’ mejorando. Esperemos sea asi.. Esta noche fue la fiesta de Carnaval en el pueblo con un my buen desfile de bailarinas.

Written by Silvio Zugarini in: General |
Mar
01
2014
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PWC Mina Clavero 2014 – Training day Saturday 1st March

Woke up to a very cloudy sky, but then by 11 am the sun was out in force and big clouds were starting to form. We went up to the take off for our official practice day. Take off is quite large and a bit too flat but ok. The drop is not big (340 mt) and you need to choose the good cycle to launch or else risk an early landing if the conditions have not fully switched on. I launched amongst the first pilots and straight after talking off, I hooked a a good thermal up to base (2000mt). Base was very low today too and this means there are not a lot of flying choices/routes available. So my flight was not long but very enjoyable. Good sensation with the wing especially now ballasted up to 98kg; definitely a better and more solid feel. This evening is the safety briefing and welcome cocktail party. Tomorrow is the first task but the forecast it’s not great. We will see.

Me desperte’ y el cielo estaba muy nublado sobre las 9, pero’ a las 11 ya el sol pegaba fuerte ,se fue despejando y al mismo tiempo se fueron formando nubes bastante gorditas. El despegue es grande y bien acondicionado pero un poco demasiado planito..el densivel no es mucho (340 mt) y las rocas asustan un poco al principio. Hay que elegir bien el ciclo con el cual despegar o puedes pinchar si las condiciones no estan todavia muy formadas. Nada mas despegar enganche’ una buena termica que me puse en base de nube a 2000 mt. De all me fue a dar una vuelta por el llano delante pero’ no tiraba casi nada y me regrese’; el vuelo no fue muy largo pero muy agradable y con buenas sensaciones con la vela nueva que va mejor cargada a 97-98 kg. Me tendre’ que lastrar mas estos dias. El techo estaba bajo que aqui significa no tener muchas opciones de rutas. Esta noche es el briefing oficial de seguridad y luego habra una fiesta de bienvenida. Manana es la primera manga pero la prevision no es buena . Ya veremos.

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