"PWCA Asian Tour 2022 ::: South Korea, Mungyeong"
Summary written by Ruth Jessop
With almost total cloud cover, a late start and short 41 km task was deemed to be the order of the day.
As the pilots launched the sun came out and for a brief time it looked as if the sky was going to clear.
The race divided into two gaggles before the start, those who went northeast, away from the course line, to try and gain height, and those who tried to stay in the air near launch, and nearer to the start line.
For Malo Richard, the youngest pilot in the competition, it was a day of highs and lows:
I made a very bad start. I crossed the line in last place! But thanks to that I saw where the best place was to find thermals. The clouds over the little mountain helped me to decide which route to take. Richard Castro, Yeray González and I saw a large part of the comp land below us, so we took our time to climb. We finally managed to reach 1300m with four other wings and go for the turn point (there was only one in today’s race). We could see the leading group of five or six wings far away in the distance.
The wind was strong at the turn point but in the right direction to help us to reach the goal. We tried to soar at the end of a valley about 10km from the goal but it was difficult to climb because of the wind. I tried an option on the west side of the optimum line. I was hoping all the time to get some lift on the mountain thanks to the strong wind we had, but finally there was nothing. I landed 8km from the goal.
And so how did today’s sky gods make it round? For today’s winner, Martin Jovanoski, it was all about being on the windy side of a small hill and managing to soar up in the venturi wind being forced through the valley.
Well done to the five who made goal and to our youngest pilot Malo Richard, who was so on the right lines and has made such an impressive start in his first ever Asian Tour, along with all our other newcomers.
Top 3 speed point winners – the fastest pilots round the course
01:43:43: Damar Aziz PRASIDYA flying at an average speed of 20.8 km/h
01:44:27: Martin JOVANOSKI
01:46:38: Chigwon WON
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most
29.0: Martin JOVANOSKI
26.4: Chigwon WON
25.7: Jungman CHOI
Top 3 in the task
1: Martin JOVANOSKI
2: Damar Aziz PRASIDYA
3: Chigwon WON
3: Gonzalez YERAY GONZáLEZ
Top 3 ladies in the task
1: Jinhee BAEK
2: Nao NARIYAMA
3: Miae JUNG
Top 3 teams in the task
1: Gin Gliders
2: Kortel Design
3: Mac Para
In the team competition the top two pilots in each team are scored and the second one gives the ranking. The highest placed second team pilot was Gonzalez YERAY GONZáLEZ flying for team Gin.
Flymaster live tracking is at: https://lt.flymaster.net/bs.php?grp=4793
Photo Gallery (click on the comment icon for a description of the photo and pilot's names): Media: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LdCPQEmXue7wpoH87
All the results are available here: https://live.pwca.org/scores