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News from the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Lithuania

Day 3 at the 16th European Gliding Championship (3rd August) saw classic racing conditions with speeds achieved in excess of 120 km/h, over courses of up to 500 kms. Full results are here Day winners were Kim Tipple (GBR) in the Open Class, and two Danish pilots Arne Boye-Moeller in the 18M and Henrik Breidahl in the15M Classes .

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First launches in the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships at Pociunai

EGC2011 Pociunai logoThe first launches in the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships at Pociunai, Lithuania, have just started. Conditions look difficult for today, with a low cloud-base and thundery showers developing this afternoon. Pilots have been set to fly round tasks varying from about 200 to more than 400 kms in length.

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Italian pilot Giorgio Galetto wins the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship !

The 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship is now over and the new Grand Prix World Champion is the Italian Giorgio Galetto. Sebastian Neagel (GER) finishes second and Peter Hartman (AUT) third.

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16th FAI European Gliding Championships: News update

Due to a complicated and rapidly evolving situation here at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra, where showers are racing in on the one side before the top cover has burned off on the other - which way to run??? - World Class will now fly a C task and a new B task has been prepared for the other three classes.

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16th FAI European Gliding Championships: Make or break day

Today, Friday 29th July, dawned sunny and bright at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra but the daunting cloud cover moved in very quickly. Assigned area tasks, with areas instead of points to fly towards, giving pilots more freedom to avoid showers and storms, have been set in all classes but already, the World Class has been changed to a B Task as the weather to the south became quickly less favourable and a more northerly first area has been substituted with little difference in distance to fly.

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Replay of Day 4 of the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship

If you missed the race live you can watch it again. Commentary and tracking from Day 4 of the FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix 2011. This is the complete race showing the gliders competing head to head on the 28th of July. Screen capture from the 3D tracking display.

FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix 2011 - Day 4 from Melissa Jenkins on Vimeo.

The 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship at Wasserkuppe Germany is valid

With the third flown task yesterday the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship that is held on Wasserkuppe airfield in Germany is a valid competition. With two more flying days to go we could possibly end up with 6 competition days as today the forth task could be flown. 16 of the 18 pilots managed to reach the airfield today and the finish was quite spectacular with 6 pilots approaching within only a few seconds. First today and now also in the overall ranking was Sebastian Nägel from Germany, the youngest pilot competing, followed by Giorgio Galetto (Italy) and Uli Schwenk (Germany).

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4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship: Two great soaring days!

Yesterday after a dark and rainy morning, the sky became blue in Wasserkuppe at the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship and it was possible to have a late start with a small task. The two young German pilots Sebastian Naegel and Patrick Puskeiler became first and second and the French Nicolas Veron became third.

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16th FAI European Gliding Championships: Revving up...

The towplanes are revving up and trundling across the grass towards the grids where the four glider classes are lined up and ready to go.

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4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship: Finally a great soaring day!

The Contest Director set a short task, but the weather was much better that expected and after an early start, the first two pilots came back archiving a speed of 109 Km/h.

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