Wednesday, 29 January 2014

2013 Super Final - Govenador Valadares - Task on the Last day

The last day was arguably the best of all so it was almost a pity that we only flew a short fast and furious race which is typical of these big comps.  Not that there were any complaints given the feast of flying we have enjoyed these last two weeks.

In the end a fresh young pilot Francisco Javie Reina Lagos from Spain took it from Joachim Oberhauser and Stefan Drouin.  Keiko beat Seiko and Nicole in the female section with Ozone taking the team event ahead of Gin and Kortel.

France was the top nation ahead of Italy and Switzerland.  

Interestingly enough, there were seven Enzo 2 and three Boomerang 9 gliders in the top ten with the first IP7 Pro in 15th position and only two of those in the top 20.

Everybody wants to know about gliders.  My own opinion is that Ozone is closer to Gin and Niviuk has fallen behind.  One of the forums offered a simple way to calculate relative performance so I made a calculation based on relative % performance of the average per glider type and this is what came up:

This is without doubt overly simplistic.  Perhaps the most we can take away from it is that there is probably little difference between the Enzo 2 and the Boomerang 9.  

Now I wonder what the designers have in store for us in 2015????

I am waiting for all the dust to settle and the spin to rest before I offer my final opinion on the glider thing (for what it's worth).  

One thing is for sure, there is much hornswoggling and petitfogging afoot.  

My grand-daddy always said: A closed mouth gathers no foot!

Only time will tell who put the biggest foot in their proverbial mouth.

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