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Canowindra Challenge is started!

Here we are! After picking up our Racer, car, trailer and everything else, the Kubicek factory team is ready to fly over the area of Canowindra.

This morning we had a practice flight with almost all the pilots. Winds here are lights and variables, perfect for competition flights!
I was the only pilot flying a foreigner balloon, and it was also the first time ever a Kubicek racer was flying in Australia! Lot of pilots and crews were surprised about the paralite system of my Xtreme Racer. You will find more Information about it in the “My Racer / Envelope” Blog section.
Finally it was a nice 2 hours flight with 4 tasks and I was quite satisfied with 3 out of 4. I will keep you updated! First competition flight will be on Tuesday morning! Tomorrow morning we will have an official practice flight with a task sheet and probably the observers. In the afternoon, general briefing before enjoying a BBQ with all these amazing people here in Australia! Thanks guys for being so welcoming, looking forward for competing this week!
Please find below the schedule of the championship and the link to the official website and notice board.
You can also see all the pictures on this public Facebook album.

Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Et c’est partit pour le premier championnat de l’année 2015 ! Demain on prend l’avion pour l’Australie afin de participer au championnat international de Canowindra du 12 au 19 Avril.

Let’s go for the first championship of the 2015 season! Tomorrow we are going by plane to Australia in order to participate at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge Festival, 12th-19th April.

Ce championnat accueillera environ 30 pilotes, pour la plupart Australien, mais également quelques pilotes étrangers comme le champion du monde en titre Yudai Fujita ou encore mon ami et champion Russe Sergey Latypov. Ce sera donc pour moi aussi l’occasion de rencontrer enfin Sean Kavanagh ainsi que le couple Mathew et Nicola Scaife 🙂 ! Un championnat avec un excellent niveau donc !

This championship will meet around 30 pilotes, most of them are Australian, but there are also foreigners pilots as the current World Champion Yudai Fujita, or my Russian friend Sergey Latypov. It will be also the opportunity to meet Sean Kavanagh and Mathew&Nicola Scaife 🙂 ! An high level championship!

Je mettrai en ligne en quasi temps réel les épreuves, résultats et différentes photos sur le blog.

En attendant vous pouvez visiter le site officiel du championnat http://www.canowindrachallenge.org.au

I will update the news, the tasks data sheets, results and pictures in live on the blog.

Meanwhile you can visit the official event website http://www.canowindrachallenge.org.au


An awesome task at Australian Nationals

Aujourd’hui, les compétiteurs du championnat national australien ont pu découvrir une tâche fantastique et pas banale sur leur feuille d’épreuve: une Gordon Bennett Memorial avec le golf de Canowindra comme aire de marquage! Chaque compétiteur avait le droit de lancer 3 marqueurs. Le score étant calculé sur base de la distance entre le meilleur marqueur et le trou du parcours. Bien sûr, la feuille d’épreuve précise aussi que l’attérrissage sur le green n’est pas autorisé 🙂

Today, competitors at the Australian National Championship had an awesome task to fly: a Gordon Bennett Memorial with the Canowindra Golf Course as scoring area! Each competitor have to drop 3 markers. Scoring distance will be from marker to pin (hole). Of course, the task sheet specify that landing on the golf course is not allowed 😉

Follow this great Australian Nationals on the Australian Competition Ballooning Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/AustralianCompetitionBallooning?fref=ts