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<p>Andre Rainsford reports on an amazing task 3 the World Cup in Turkey</p><p>"Today can be described in three words: Absolutely Bloody Marvelous!!</p><p>The forecast was moderate compared to previous days. The task committee set a task comprising of three legs starting to the east with a massive flat-land leg to the west culminating in a 27km glide down wind to goal south east of the last turn-point.</p><p>There were skeptics who questioned the sanity of flying the bulk of a hundred and fifteen kilometer task into a ten knot head-wind. Those skeptics had no way of knowing that the last third of the task would</p><p>have the added complexity of a carpet of shade to make an already impossible task improbable... and yet a third of the field navigated the gloom in perfect unison working together as they found their way through</p><p>the invisible maze of diminishing lift igniting a glimmer of hope to the very end. Alas it was not to be. The leaders landed agonisingly close to the goal after five hours of dogged determination.</p><p>Today was an epic task by any measure and Gin Gliders was once again well represented by Julian, Andre, and Oguzkan. They have clawed themselves into second position in the team event with both Andre and</p><p>Julian in the top fifteen of the overall standings.</p><p>We are optimistic of more classic flying conditions."</p>
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<p>Andre Rainsford reports from the World Cup in Turkey</p><p>"We are in Aksaray, Turkey, for the final world cup event of 2018. Aksaray is a city of around 380,000 inhabitants situated in the the Anatolia region of Turkey not far from Capadocia. Capadocia a famous for it's fourth century AD troglodyte dwellings carved into the the soft rock called 'tuff' which is the result of volcanic ash deposits. Aksaray is an ancient city dating back to the eighth century BC which has survived the influences of various civilisations including Hittite, Roman, Byzantine, Selcuklu and Ottoman.</p><p>The launch site for this event is situated on the slopes of a volcanic mountain south of the city. The site marks the edge of extensive flat-lands to the west which meet a plateau to the east scarred by weathered gorges in the relatively dry landscape.</p><p>Dry and hot makes for great flying conditions albeit challenging as was demonstrated on the first task. A seventy kilometer race was set which involved flying to the east over the plateau toward a developing storm before running away to the relative safety of the flats. The course required running a gauntlet under ominous clouds that laced most of the field with sleet and rain before an intended leg into the flat-lands to the west. Another area of over development over Aksaray to the north put an end to the task. The ensuing gust front wreaked havoc on the entire field with war stories all round as pilots fought to land safely in the dusty fields surrounding Aksaray. The task was not validated being two minutes shy of the required minimum time.</p><p>Day two was looking to end the same way as the first task with ominous clouds building early over the peaks of the volcano and to the North-East of launch with reports of lightning early in the seventy kilometer task. Thankfully the conditions moderated as the task drew the field away from the over-development to the north. The flat-lands developed beautifully as the competitors crushed the course in record time with almost the entire field reaching goal. Amazingly, the first seventy five pilots arrived at goal within ten minutes of one-another in what was a real crowd pleasing day. The Gin team were well represented by Andre Rainsford, Julian Robinson, and Oguzkan Sadeer crossing the line within seconds of one-another to finish fourth in the team event.</p><p>We hope the weather holds for more amazing flying in this magical arena."</p>
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<p>The 3rd event of the 2018 Paragliding World Cup started today in Gemona, Italy.</p><p>Gemona is widely recognised as a world class paragliding competition venue, having hosted numerous events. It offers both mountainous alpine flying and flatland racing.</p><p>For a preview of some of the stunning scenery tune in to the trailer on World Cup TV: <a href="https://vimeo.com/169765726">https://vimeo.com/169765726</a></p><p>The pilot quality in this competition is going to be one of the highest we have ever seen with 19 pilots ranked AA. 3 Super Final winners and 16 World Cup winners will be racing across the skies together!</p><p>2018 got off to a great start for Gin Gliders with Michael Sigel winning the World Cup Super Final in January and Michael Kuffer winning the recent World Cup in Brazil, both on Boomerang 11s.</p><p>Once again some of the top pilots in Gemona will be flying GIN including World Cup winners, Michael Maurer and Torsten Siegel and the only pilot to have won the Super Final twice, Aaron Durogati.</p><p>Also competing on a GIN wing will be Marc Wensauer and Alessio Voltan. Marc won the Bavarian Open a few weeks ago and Alessio was 2nd in the Italian Championships/Open in Gemona in 2017.</p><p>Definitely worth watching is GIN test pilot Tim Bollinger. He won the first two tasks in the 2016 Super Final and has been flying in the Alps on a GIN glider since he was six years old!</p><p>Folow the live action and support team GIN on the PWCA App. In addition to the live Commentary, tracking and scores, you can now see photos of the pilots, the % of leadout points for each pilot and their glide ratio to goal.</p><p><img src="http://gingliders.com/assets/images/team/2018/2018-06-24-01-600w-400.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="" title=""/></p><p><img src="http://gingliders.com/assets/images/team/2018/2018-06-24-02-600w-400.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="" title=""/></p><p><img src="http://gingliders.com/assets/images/team/2018/2018-06-24-03-600w-400.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="" title=""/></p>
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