PRESS RELEASE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS JANUARY 9 The Germans cleaned up in two of the three classes in the first day of the World Gliding Championships in Omarama today (Monday January 9) in what has been a difficult and tricky dayUs flying for the 91 competitors. German open class pilots Robert Schroeder and Uli Schwenk finished first and second respectively, with New Zealander Ray Lynskey in third place. Martin Theisinger and Michael Grund finished first and second in the 15-metre class with Stefano Ghiorzo third, according to the first unofficial placings tonight. Great BritianUs Martyn Wells took first place in the standard class with Gilbert Gerbaud (France) second and Juha Sorri from Finland third. New Zealand has not fared so well on the first day. Ray Lynskey and Terry Delore were the highest placed New Zealanders, Lynskey in third place in the open and Delore fourth in the 15 metre class. Patrick Driessen (15 metre) had to land out and Theo Newfield and Grae Harrison each finished 12th and 13th in the open class. Although not placing high, all New Zealanders apart from Driessen completed the task. It was a tough dayUs flying, says Delore, but better than previous first days in his world championships experience. ``I was just rapt to get home,UU says Delore. `` In two previous world championships I have ended up landing out on the first day.UU Describing the day as below average as far as conditions went, Delore says the deteriorating weather took him into rain at the Tarras turnpoint and again as he made his final approach to the Omarama airfield. ``It was an ideal day to test skills,UU he says. For the Australian team it has been a day of mixed blessings. National 15 metre champion David Jansen badly damaged his plane when deteriorating weather forced him to land out in the Lindis area. The canopy and wing tips of the glider are broken and the glider cannot be repaired for further competition. Jansen has decided to return home and says he is just thankful to be alive. Open class competitor Michael Giles of Australia who initally placed third in the open clas was later relegated to fourth place for violating the start, leaving New ZealandUs Ray Lynskey to be elevated into third place. Championship director John Roake says it was a difficult but exciting dayUs flying, particularly at the finish line when there were about 25 gliders landing within a three-minute period. TodayUs task took competitors over distances up to 344 kilometres north toward Mount Cook, south to Queenstown, north to Lake Ohau and home to Omarama. All 91 competitors were launched for the first day, comprising 15 in the open class, 32 in the 15 metre class and 44 in the standard class. Bad weather forced the first day of the championships to be cancelled yesterday,Sunday, January 8. Although the cloud base lifted to allow the launch this afternoon, the weather deteriorated as an easterly and the westerly flow converged, bringing localised rain. Championship metereologist Peter Knudsen predicts similar conditons for the next two days.
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