2016 Paragliding World Cup - St Andre, France - Tasks 1 and 2

Andre Rainsford got off to a great start at the World Cup in St Andre, and sends this report:

"Greetings from France. We are in saint-Andre-les-Alpes in the splendid Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region in southeastern France.

The first two days were blown out which meant we went touring in the area visiting the picturesque town of Castellane and the spectacular Gorges du Verdon.

The two rest days were followed by some of the hottest racing you will ever see at a world cup event. We are happy to report that the Gin Gliders team are up there with the leaders in two very special days of flying.

The first task was a 79 km scorcher with Andre snatching a win by the narrowest of margins on his Boomerang after using the ridge referred to as the Coup to great effect. Creative task setting allowed some choice with the stiff breeze squashing the aspirations of pilots who got trapped in some places.

The second task was set with a favourable forecast of a high base and light winds. The field was offered a glorius 115 km triangle which took to us into the Digne area to the west of st Andre. The winner romped home in just over three and a half hours with Hugo, Torsten, Idris, and another half dozen GIN pilots all in goal within minutes of the lead.

The Swiss lady, Yael Margelisch, is the leading female pilot on a Boomerang 10.

There are potentially three more days left, which means you can expect to hear from us again!"


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