We woke to beautiful blue skies on the final task day at Canungra, but the blue quickly disappeared until we had full cloud cover.

Oh well, let’s check out Beechmont and see what we can do.

A few free-fliers showed us they could stay up in the ridge lift, but it didn’t look exciting, and certainly not like something you should throw 90 pilots at.

We waited. Our patience was rewarded with reasonable flying conditions. The 58km task was to 36 OVAL in the Kerry Valley, then goal at 25 CROF.

No pilots made goal, but the Kiwis came out strong, with John Smith coming 2nd in the task, Mark Hardman 5th, and Evan Lamberton 6th. Nice work, boys.

We hurried back for the closing ceremony at the Canungra Hotel – plenty of well deserved cold beer and hot food.

The competition was won by Brazilian pilot Felipe Rezende on his Enzo2. John Smith was the highest ranking Kiwi, coming in 19th place, closely followed by Evan in 20th.

Overall the Canungra Cup lived up to its reputation of being an incredibly well-run competition. The organisation is fantastic and retrieves are superb.

The conditions weren’t great for us, but the Task Committee made the most of what we had and turned it into some good flying. With 6 days of flying and close to 90 pilots, there were over 500 launches and landings with no reserve throws, no mid-airs and in fact no accidents to speak of, which in itself is a great result.

We’ll be back.

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