17 August 2014

HD Last Two days of 2014 World Championships

Last day of flying was Saturday with very tricky weather and some land outs.
I wasn't sure if I will finish task until 25km from finish.
No change in my placing as errors at the beginning of contest had negative influence on final results.

As usual at the end of contest suddenly all are in rush to leave.
When I arrived with Maria at the airfield on Sunday morning 70% of trailers were gone.
Closing ceremony was scheduled for 11 Am on Sunday  in Leszno town square.
It was very sad to see just small number of teams present at the closing ceremony, some teams were present at the square, but didn't bother to stand with other teams with the flags.
It was my forth worlds, but I never saw such poor attendance in closing ceremony . Just winners and small group of pilots and their crew in addition to  Leszno officials and residents.

After closing ceremony I returned HD to the happy owner as his glider was in better shape then three weeks earlier. We left Leszno around 1Pm ,I think it was my last flying in Leszno as I don't see any opportunity to came back here in near future.
As team we survived three weeks together, we had perfect team with Jarek as team manager who helped us in each situation and was great support for us.
Maria and Virginia took great care of their pilots and Michal and Przemek with help of Jarek took care of glider preparation before and after flight and repairs of HD as well.
Unfortunately we had the worst results in Worlds in the last  six years. I'd like to thank all supporters of Team Canada and I hope that Canadians will be able to reach for trophy shown on photo in near future.
Jerzy Szemplinski XG