World Gliding Championships in New Zealand, 1995


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Press release World Gliding Championships              16 January  (A.M.)

The dangers of pressing on for the sake of a few points was pushed home to
pilots before they set out on day seven of the World Gliding Championship
in Omarama thismorning.

Last night an Austrian team member extensively damaged his glider when
forced to land in the river bed about a kilometre short of Omarama airfield
on his final glide at the finish of yesterdayUs task.

Standard class pilot Guido Achleitner is unhurt, but his glider is damaged
beyond repair and Achleitner is out of the competition. Safety  officer for
World Glide, Roger Read, cautioned pilots against taking unecessary risks.
``Low energy finishes are of concern. For the sake of a few points do not
take unecessary risks and press on in conditions which are, at best, high
risk taking,UU said Mr Read.

Achleitner is the third pilot to be put out of contention through damaging
a glider in heavy landouts.  Australian 15-metre pilot David Jansen pulled
out on day one and last Friday, PolandUs Tomasz Rubaj landed heavily on
Mount Hutt.

TodayUs  moderate to strong wave conditions are expected to favour the New
Zealanders because of their local experience and knowledge of the South
IslandUs wave flying.  This is the first strong wave day of the contest and
could have an interesting impact on the results.
For many of the international competitors, the predominantly thermal
conditions of the first week of competitions have been similar to the
conditions with which they are familiar in their home country.
New Zealander Ray Lynskey is considered  by many European pilots to be the
toughest in the world to beat in wave .
TodayUs  task is the longest yet, with the open class flying 675
kilometres, the 15-metre class 628 kilometres and the standard class flying
524 kilometres.
Coleridge, Erewhon and Mesopotamia are the three fartherest turnpoints in
each of the classes.

Further information contact Ruth Douglas Omarama (03) 438-9482 ext 833

Press release World Gliding Championships       16 January  (P.M.)


Five New Zealanders showed the rest of the world that they are the kings of
wave flying in the seventh day of contest at the World Gliding
Championships yesterday  (Monday, 16 January).

Team mates Ray Lynksey, Theo Newfield and Grae Harrison claimed the top
three positions in the open class, beating home the current leaders Uli
Schwenk and Robert Schroeder from Germany. Terry Delore stunned everyone by
thrashing the rest of the 15-metre class in a speed of 148.04 km/hr, the
fastest time of the day over all classes.  CanterburyUs Michael Oakley
(131.37km/h)  flew a superb race in the standard class, coming in second
behind Great BritainUs Martyn Wells.

For Lynskey and Delore yesterdayUs success was a combination of a well
planned strategy and beautiful wave conditions.
Shaking off the rest of his class early, Delore set off alone on the long
675 kilometre task and stayed alone all the way. This early start, ``no
leechesUU and working well in excellent wave was everything Delore could
have wished for.
``I want another two weeks of this,UU an elated Delore said after the race.

Lynskey, who flew the course at a speed of 134.70km/h, had no complaints
about the day saying the wave was good and easy to get  lift straight from
the launch. With a little help on the radio from Delore about the
conditions ahead, Lynskey said he was able to get a faster time over the
early part of the task.  Reaching 18000 feet overhead Mount Cook, Lynskey
headed for the turn but said the final glide was very slow. 


Scores posted elswhere by Bruce Hoult


WORLD CUP

AFTER SEVEN DAYS   FINLAND  5972, GERM ANY 5883,  ITALY, 5821,  FRANCE
5816, GT BRITAIN  5650, NEW ZEALAND  5302,  AUSTRIA 5300,   SWITZERLAND 
5267,  POLAND 5197,  NETHERLANDS 5141,  AUSTRALIA 5008,  USA  4978



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