How to finish up the Tasman Trophy in Benalla

Posted 6 years, 8 months ago    5 comments

Today ended up a no fly day. Which means... dum dum DUM... we have won the Tasman Trophy for New Zealand. All in all, I'm rather chuffed. This is the third time a NZ pilot has won in Australia, which evens it up, as it's also three times also an Aussie has won in NZ. Final scores:

Tim Bromhead 5495
Ian McCallum 5361 

Today we waited around for a long time. After an hour or so from our start time we sent up two sniffers. They both came back a short while later. We waited another hour. The 15m and standard classes were placed at the front, and they cancelled the open and 18m classes at the back. Then they switched our class to the backup B task which was shorter. Then after 3 hours the whole thing was cancelled.

We then had a mass derigging of all the gliders.

The final dinner and prize giving tonight was great, with 116 people total.

I was given a big round of applause for winning the Tasman Trophy, while one of the organisers John waved a NZ flag in a rather depressed sad way as I walked up.

I have a huge list of people to thank for making this trip happen, which I'll follow up with soon! Right now I have to vacuum the cabin, as we're off to Melbourne first thing tomorrow morning. Yes it's a glamourous life at a gliding contest...

40 degrees with 20 knot winds, and no lift!
40 degrees with 20 knot winds, and no lift!

Ian Grant helping put VTM in the trailer
Ian Grant helping put VTM in the trailer

The awards table. Some very impressive trophies.
The awards table. Some very impressive trophies.

A great bunch of people, who I hope to see again soon.
A great bunch of people, who I hope to see again soon.

I think I finally saw a snake in the wild!
I think I finally saw a snake in the wild!


Comments

Lionel Page
6 years, 8 months ago
Congratulations Tim. Brilliant Work!
Colin Ross
6 years, 8 months ago
Thank you Tim for your entertaining reports and congratulations. !

Ceejay
ALan Miller
6 years, 8 months ago
Well done,Tim! Your daily reports were very entertaining and informative. I know Finn was following them too.
Russell Thorne
6 years, 8 months ago
Well done Tim, thanks for your blog, it was like being there to read them. Not sure that was a snake, but I've not seen one either.
Carl Henderson
6 years, 8 months ago
Good work Tim. At our home we decided to cheer for you, and not for our cricket team!.....however this may not be much of a recommendation. Your reports were both informative about how to fly the comp., and entertaining.

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