With Foehn wind forecast a short 55 km task was set in the Disentis valley.
The start gate gave stunning views of the Oberalpstock peak and the Brunni Glacier. Michael Küffer said quite simply, ‘It was one of the most beautiful flights I’ve ever had.’
Some stuck to the mountains, others to the pine covered slopes on the sides of the Disentis valley. In general, the conditions were smooth and lifty all the way round. Fortunately, the strong winds that had been feared didn’t materialise.
It was a fast and furious race with the first fifty making goal within five minutes of each other!
Honorin Hamard summed up the pace of the day: I am so glad that I didn’t have a heart rate monitor on me, it would have exploded!
And a final Thought for the Thermal. After winning yesterday’s task, an anonymous pilot told us, ‘Today I made a typical beginner’s mistake. After a victory yesterday, I was too keen and enthusiastic and bombed out 1.3km from goal. Today shows, that after 22 task wins, I still have a lot to learn.’ So, in the words of one of our best loved Sky Gods, Paragliding World Cups are a great way to learn, and to keep on learning.
The average speed of the fastest pilots round the course was a staggering 41.6 km/h.
The first 100 pilots made goal, and thus all flew the same distance, and gained the same distance points. Today’s winner is therefore the one with a combination of the best speed/time points and lead out points.
Top 3 speed/time points winners – the fastest pilots round the course:
Tilen CEGLAR 433.9
Michael SIGEL and Luc ARMANT 433.2
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most:
Honorin HAMARD 147.2
Alfredo STUDER 134.2
Stefan WYSS 125.6
Top 3 overall
1st Honorin HAMARD
2nd Alfredo STUDER
3rd Tilen CEGLAR
Top 3 ladies
1st Laurie GENOVESE
2nd = Méryl DELFERRIERE
2nd = Yael MARGELISCH
Best newcomer in 18th position: Dominic ROHNER
Top 3 teams
1st Alas del Hombre
3rd Fly Turkey
All the results are available here : http://live.pwca.org/scores.php?comp=27
Task 1 video is available here : https://youtu.be/8BZVJIVrY0o
Keep following the event via the live Commentary and Flymaster live tracking at: https://lt.flymaster.net/bs.php?grp=3402