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It has been three days since the closing ceremony of the World Gliding Championships in Uvalde.  I am now settling in at home, nearly 2,000 miles away from Garner Field.  I think it is safe to say the same for those of you who were at the WGC.  And if you're still trekking home, I wish you safe travels, safe gliders, safe trailers, etc.  Updating here now feels a bit like walking around the airfield after everyone has packed up their gliders and are setting off with their trailers in tow.  A bit of a sad feeling maybe, but this never lasts too long really - there are only two more years until next time... 

Good morning!

After the WGCFour days ago I was leaving Uvalde for Orlando via San Antonio. It was raining for the first time in a long time in Uvalde and everybody participating at the WGC was nicely dressed and ready for the closing ceremony and airshow. Although it was the same noisy and happy crowd as always, for the first time we were all kind of silent and saying good bye in lower voices.
I hugged some (the ones I could spot) of my old and new friends and left for the SA airport. Everybody was crowded under the 2 tents as it was still raining.
About 8 hours later I was in Orlando looking at my computer and seeing pictures of the champions and ceremony. It was wonderful to see such a beautiful end to this great WGC edition.

Since I've been back I am only telling and re-telling the stories from Uvalde. And this got me to realize what a great experience this has been and how many wonderful people I've met and worked with.

32nd World Gliding Champions

15 Meter Class - Sebastian Kawa  POL 11062 points

18 Meter Class - Zbigniew Nieradka  POL 12170 points

Open Class - Laurent Aboulin  FRA 12084 points

Congratulations to everyone for a great competition. Thank you especially to the many volunteers that have made this event possible. It has been my greatest pleasure to be a part of the large team that has done such a wonderful job. Most of us, maybe all of us, had no idea what we were getting into. In spite of that, you volunteers have all done a terrific job and have made me proud to be a part of the team. Thank you.

A special thank you to John Good, our Deputy Director. John and I worked together closely as a team throughout the competition and John was responsible for tasking.

Thanks to our chief steward Dick Bradley for all your help. Dick came last year as well and helped me tremendously this year by providing sage advice on many matters.

Al Tyler has already sung the praises of the Uvalde town people, but I can't close without saying that this is absolutely the most soaring-friendly town I have ever known.

Now for some interesting statistics: I believe that the winning scores of this championships are more points than have ever been earned at a glider competition. The second highest scores were earned here at Uvalde in 1991. You pilots flew 13 competition days. Many of you also flew 7 official practice days. Some of you started flying here well before that. About halfway through the competition I mentioned that the total km flown took us the distance from the earth to the moon. You'll be glad to know that we didn't leave you hanging out there in low earth orbit. The total distance flown including the official practice period was almost 800,000 km, more than the distance to the moon and back.

Thank you for coming. Maybe, we'll see some of you back here in less than another 20 years.

Ken Sorenson - Championship Director

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Current Champions

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Open Laurent Aboulin
France
Quintus M
12084 points
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18
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Zbigniew Nieradka
Poland
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12170 points
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Sebastian Kawa
Poland
Diana-2
11062 points
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Weather today is a little more uncertain.  There is a boundary of unstable air mass lying across the northern task area.  There is mid level cloud intrusion from the NW almost to Uvalde and greater instability in the sea breeze front to our SE.  Tasking is confined to the southern
Wx. should be uniformly good over entire contest site with no significant threat of sea breeze intrusion. Launches a little earlier and probably blue initially, but good cu development later.  Racing tasks for all classes using N. task area early with all classes making final turns in SE and and

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