It is sad to report that on day 4 of this year's UK Nationals in Laragne-Monteglin there was an incident shortly after launch. A pilot suffered serious injuries, his family are now ready to let wider friends know that this was Rob Gregg.
At present Rob remains under sedation in Gap hospital with suspected spinal injuries. Insurance cover is confirmed and repatriation we hope to be imminent. To assist the family with additional costs a justgiving page has now been set up athttps://crowdfunding.
Our thoughts continue to be with the Helen, Mike, Suzy and family.
Another tour around the valley, with the added bonus of the weather being better in every respect, Lots of pilots in goal and some fustratingly close. One pilot got to goal and was rewarded with a climbout, so had a nice play in the sky untill most of the downloads were done, and came in to land just before "landby" time.
The evening ended with a number of pilots joining in the local fiesta till the wee hours of the morning.
Task set for a tour around the valley. This was a difficult day and it seems that experiance was the key. Only 7 in goal with the rest scattered around in various places.
Some found that if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time it was a tad windy.
Time to let the hair down a bit as it was party night complete with band. Some even had enough energy to get up and have a bit of a bop.
Up to Chabre again, with no diversions this time.
Launching from the south side this time, just short of 40 pilots went for the around 70 k task.
Lots in Goal. Ok, most in Goal, including James Chancellor who got a well earned round of applause on arrival, flying his WW Sport 2.
One pilot also got to goal but started well early, so scored min distance. The scorer hates it when things like this happens, but that;s competition flying for you.
Richard Hunt also made Goal, it was here four years ago that he did that, so well chuffed.
All the weather models pointed to Aspes, so that's were we went.
Only to turn round again and go to Chabre because it was a tad windy
40 ish pilots were given a just short of 80km task finishing at the camping site.
Very provisional scores are below, but as long as the scorer hasn't made a monumental cock up it looks like:
Flexwing Winner is Whooshy Grant Crossingham followed by Whoohsy Carl Wallbank, and the Flappy Gordon Rigg,
Rigidwing Winner is Paul Harvey followed by Tim King and Mike Armstrong
Just over 40 pilots (with possibily more to come) gathered together for the 9:30 am briefing. Her majesty the right honourable Jenny Buck soon took command of the rabble and introduced key staff members. The briefing proper then started and paused a number of times to admonish a particular heckler, before introducing Lorenzo, our weather reporter A lengthily report was given, yet summarized with one word. "Doomed". Day canned Tomorrow looks a lot better.
We have secured a van / minibus for retrieve at the Nationals and are in the process of negotiating a price.
I'm not sure how many people it will take yet, but the names I have so far who need this service are:
Bus now full up!
Is there anyone else who requires this service? I'm guessing we will be able to accommodate around 6/7 people, so it will be first come, first served.
Please contact me to put your name down.