PG Open 2019 in Nelson - mid-comp update

Every paragliding comp seems to have a few forced rest days. This one is no exception.

We had a couple of days off due to strong wind, where pilots reverted to canyoning, mountain biking, blow-karting and drinking. No reported injuries, which really is a little unusual for non-flying days at competitions.

Thursday looked like it might be another one of those days, but we went to Mt Murchison on the slim chance it would be taskable. 2 degrees on launch and howling winds made for a cold bunch of pilots all morning. And early afternoon. 

Russell Read asked if he could be a wind dummy, so we all watched him scratch around. He topped landed & reported that it was fine, but pilots weren't exactly running to get their wings out. 

Russ testing the air. 

However it did back off eventually so a task was set with launch opening at 15:10.

Just a quick race down to Mataki Corner & back up to Murchison for goal. Richard Castro looks to be the provisional task winner for this one. He definitely brought his A-game to the comp. But he's not the only one so these last two days will be important.

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Results are here:
PG Open 2019 Results

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