Wednesday saw a quick race of 50 km at the British. With a difficult start, then the conditions improved significantly and the goal was completed relatively easily, taking advantage of a good street of clouds with a fantastic base at 3,000m. Belgian pilot Robert Vendenbegine was the fastest to complete the course in one hour and 21 minutes.
The third task of the Championship in Pedro Bernardo was also conditioned by the West wind. A rather discreet course of only 50.2 km was set, due to the airspace limitations near the Madrid airport, in that direction.
The start point, with a radius of 3 km around the take-off, opened at 13.15, but at that time the Tietar Valley still did not work well and reaching the turnpoint of Navamorcuende –at the foot of El Real de San Vicente mountain– was a real trial for those who were unable or unwilling to take the maximum height while waiting for the Start Point. The service thermal from the ridge leg on the right that lowers to the Pedro Bernardo football field was especially hard yesterday, and one pilot had to deploy his reserve parachute, "landing" unharmed.
In the Tietar Valley the West wind gave a hard time to many pilots; some advanced to El Real thinking that they would find good lift there but there was not: in the highlands of Navamorcuende thermals were very drifted and pilots had to go with the wind for at least 10 km until the best thermals of the day were finally formed. These created some intense and friendly clouds with base at 3000m (ground is at 400-500m) from which you could start a great glide to goal for 25 Km.
The goal was spectacular and very tight: Robert Vendenbegine (BEL) was the first to arrive, completing the course in 1:21:03, the leader of the Championship Steve Senior (GBR) crossed the goal a second later, and the British Guy Anderson and John Ellison entered just 10 seconds behind. Francis Reina was the fastest Spanish in goal once again (7th overall); and David Smart coming in tenth position was the first pilot in the Sport category (5 minutes after the first, with a Sigma 8).
The female winner of the day was the Japanese Keiko Hiraki - every day there is at least one girl in goal.
1 Robert Vandenbegine BEL Ozone Enzo 01:21:03 1000
2 Steve Senior GBR Ozone Enzo 01:21:04 992
3 Guy Anderson GBR Niviuk Icepeak 6 01:21:15 986
3 John Ellison GBR Ozone Enzo 01:21:13 986
3 Richard Butterworth GBR Gradient Avax Xc 3 01:21:14 986
6 Adrian Thomas GBR Gin Boomerang X 01:23:19 956
7 Francisco Reina ESP Ozone Enzo 01:23:47 941
8 Ronny Geijsen NLD Ozone Enzo 01:24:05 939
9 David Cubel Gallarte ESP Niviuk Icepeak 6 01:25:07 927
10 David Smart GBR Advance Sigma 8 01:25:04 926
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British & Dutch Open Pedro Bernardo: Robert Vandenbegine wins 3rd task
Pablo de Alejandro comment:
Gracias Pana!!! Exelentes tus videos que nos permiten "vivir" esos vuelos en primera persona, por momentos hasta se ma han transpirado las manos por la adrenalina!