2017 Paragliding World Cup Pico Do Gavião: Task 7

The final day dawned to a stiff north easterly breeze as we boarded the busses and made our way up the mountain eagerly on the dusty road one last time.

A relatively short task was set utilising two large radii around a single turn-point. This 'corridor' style of task was first used in South Africa where Andrew Smith and Andreas Malecki introduced it at a pre world cup in Porterville near Cape Town. The appealing feature of this type of task is that pilots can make fairly wide route choices making the race more interesting.

The task involved exiting the same cylinder twice with an entry in between after the start before a downwind dash to goal.

As it turns out there were several routes that were effective so the field was fairly well distributed. Frank and Andre took an aggressive line to the west which looked promising until they got stuck two thirds of the way through. Samuel managed to get to goal in a respectable time, but it was Gilmar, Richard, Dora, Jongtae, and Jeison who all romped home on their Boomerangs - all finishing in the top ten.

Frank Brown completed a great week of flying for Gin Gliders by finishing 3rd overall. The GIN team managed to come 2nd in the team event.

All in all, a fantastic week of flying in a wonderfully hospitable place. We hope to be back soon!

Many thanks for all the support, we really appreciate it.

Yours in flight, the Gin Gliders paragliding team.

Overall podium

Team podium
Photos: Facebook / PWCA

 

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