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Swiss Nationals – Day 2 Flight 3

Third flight tonight with three tasks FIN, WSD, 3D task.

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Swiss Nationals – Day 1 Flight 2

3 tasks planned tonight: PDG, HNH, FON.
Waiting on the common launch point for the complementary briefing.

It’s raining. We thought the flight might be cancelled however the event director decided to wait and to send us only for the fly on.

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Swiss Nationals – Flight 1 results

Hard first flight this morning in Switzerland due to a complete lack of winds (1 kt on average) despite a lot of tasks to fly: Hesitation Walz, Fly In, Hesitation Walz, Watership Down and Elbow (in any order). We had no time to run all the tasks and unfortunately had to sacrifice some of them. However we truly had the time to enjoy Swiss landscapes ^^
After an hour of hesitating for the choice of a launch field, we finally made a decision (take off at 6:50 am), which appeared to be good considering the great score we made on the first Walz (0.10 m) (see the picture, my marker right in the middle of the target!). 40 minutes later we arrived on the FIN, just 2 minutes before it’s closing time (8:30 am). We scored 30 m (gravity drop). We finally had only 30 minutes remaining to do another hesitation Walz, the target of a watership down and an elbow. Believe me, these 30 minutes were stressful and hard! Here are the results.

Premier vol compliqué ce matin en Suisse car pas de vent (moyenne 3 km/h) et de nombreuses épreuves à voler ! Deux valses hésitation, un fly in, un renard inverse et un coude à réaliser.
Nous n’avons pas eu le temps de tout faire et nous avons du malheureusement sacrifier des épreuves. Du coup nous avons vraiment eu le temps d’admirer les paysages suisses.
Après une heure d’hésitation pour le terrain de décollage on se décide enfin (décollage à 6h45), et 40 min puis tard il s’avéra que c’était le bon choix car on fait un carreau sur la première valse (sur la photo, mon marqueur en plein milieu de la croix !). 40 autre minutes plus tard on arrive enfin sur le FIN 2 min avant sa fermeture … (8h30). Pour faire 30m par gravité.
Il nous reste 30 min pour faire une valse, un renard et un elbow …. Autant dire que ces 30 dernières minutes étaient stressantes et compliquées !
Voici les résultats.

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Swiss Nationals / General Briefing

We just arrived in Bischofszell (near Bodensee) after a long adventurous trip from France to Switzerland (a big issue with our car forcing us to borrow another one this morning – Thanks dad!).
First flight planned tomorrow morning. Glad to have Claude Weber as event director, I am sure we will have exciting tasks to fly this week!

Debriefing AU/DE Nationals

The competition area :
It’s mountainous and the relief makes the flights really technical and interesting.
Every morning we had strong winds because cold air goes down from the mountain. Every afternoon, there was a lot of CB, becoming thunderstorms during the evening. That’s a pity!

The pilots :
47 pilots (6 foreigners amongst them – Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium): http://ballon2014.at/teilnehmer.htm
A lot of top-world pilots (Stefan Zeberli, Uwe Schneider, Markus Pieper…) and a great competition atmosphere. 

First flight (Thursday morning) :
Only two tasks (HWZ and PDG), very windy take-off (about 12 kt). 
It went so fast that the tasks were already over after 5 minutes. Reactivity was required!! We did 829 and 808 points. 

Thursday evening, the flight was cancelled because they were afraid of a thunderstorm coming on us. However, the weather was beautiful and it was really a pity we didn’t fly on that evening. 

Second flight (Friday morning) :
Four tasks (FIN, HWZ, ELB, XDT). Take off even more windy than the last one. I assume the event director felt force to send us despite of the dangerousness of the winds because the weather forecast for the all week was disastrous and he was probably aware that the two flights we made would be the only flights of the championship. I am happy that the Racer reacts good when strong winds: paralite and the shape of the balloon really help. A lot of pilots burned several panels during this take off and my balloon remained safe this time! 

We did 946 points on the FIN . For the HWZ, we did points 468 (40m, inside the MMA). The approach was fine however ground wind changed just as we arrived. Local pilots all choose another approach, as they knew the environment and knew the characteristics of mountain winds, which I unfortunately was unaware of (but this is good training^^). 
For the ELB we did 440 points despite the angle of 175 degree we achieved. However, the choice we made for the Elbow allowed us to be better for the Maximum Distance (I finished the Elbow on the most rapid branch) and to collect 810 on XDT. 

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Ranking : I finished 6th of the championship and 1st Junior. I am a bit disappointed of the small number of flights and tasks.  But I’m really happy of my team and met lot of pilots here ! I really hope to come back again one day =)

DE/AU Nationals – Day 1 AM

First task sheet at the German / Austrian Nationals with 2 tasks: HWZ – PDG

Premier vol ce matin avec seulement 2 épreuves dues à la vitesse du vent !
Des conditions très techniques et sportives !
Voici les feuilles d’épreuves et météo ainsi que les résultats !

First flight this morning with only 2 tasks due to high wind speed !
Sportive and hard conditions
Find the task data sheet and the results !

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General Briefing – German/Austrian Nationals

After a long trip to Austria, we finally arrived this morning in Puch bei Weiz to participate in the German / Austrian national championship. Since my girlfriend and my best friend Clovis were unfortunately both unavailable during this week, my crew is a bit different this time. Laure de Coligny and her navigator (Lolo) joined me and my navigator (Guillaume). We therefore have 4 pilots on board this week and this will for sure be useful to compete against all the highly experienced and gifted pilots present in Puch bei Weiz! General briefing and opening ceremony took place this afternoon (all in German!!). First flight is planned for tomorrow. Briefing at 5am.

Après un long voyage vers l’Autriche, nous sommes finalement arrivés ce matin à Puch bei Weiz pour participer au championnat national Allemagne / Autriche. Comme ma chérie et mon meilleur ami Clovis étaient tous les deux indisponibles cette semaine, mon équipe est un peu différente cette fois-ci. Laure de Coligny et son navigateur (Lolo) nous ont rejoint mon navigateur (Guillaume) et moi. Nous avons donc 4 pilotes à bord cette semaine et ça ne sera pas du luxe pour rivaliser avec les pilotes expérimentés et talentueux présents à Puch bei Weiz. La cérémonie d’ouverture et le briefing général ont eu lieu cet après-midi (en allemand !). Premier vol prévu demain matin. Briefing à 5h00.

Website: http://www.ballon2014.at/

Puch bei Weiz