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Special recognition by Dirk Smit, chairman of Goldfields Gliding Club goes to Stephan Theunissen representing Gold FM regional radio station and Ricky Fouche giving coverage on behalf of Pilots Post magazine. ... See MoreSee Less

Special recognition by Dirk Smit, chairman of Goldfields Gliding Club goes to Stephan Theunissen representing Gold FM regional radio station and Ricky Fouche giving coverage on behalf of Pilots Post magazine.
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Grid time at Welkom ... See MoreSee Less

Grid time at Welkom

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Reminds of Vryburg, the good ol days

Vryburg lasted for 17 years...........I went to 15 of them. First from Rhodesia for a couple of years then the rest from SA. Vryburg was actually 'discovered' by members of Salisbury Gliding Club looking for a comps venue when travel around Rhodesia became untenable owing to the war. Alf Thompson, Paul Hodge and Trevor Torguis flew there from Salisbury in a C182 and met up with the late Wally Brink and other members of either Rotary or the Lions Club. They had sussed out the weather of several venues and decided, quite correctly, that it was the better choice. However they got a very poor response from the SGC pilots to attend, owing to the distances involved in getting there. They subsequently turned the arrangements over to the Soaring Society and the rest is history. Alf ran the comps most, aided and abetted by Ted Pearson setting tasks. Myself developing photos, towing and scoring. 500km triangles for Standard Class, Cirruses, Astirs Asw15's etc. on consecutive days. Eventually Alf set a 1000km task. The task was cancelled, but two pilots actually made it to Bloemfontien. George Eckle and Brian Liegner from CGC (Brian tragically died being crushed by his trailer in his driveway some months later) The late Mike Carlton took over the running of the Nationals for a few years, but he died in a Grumman SeaBee crash at Kariba in 1984. Ted Rudnick followed along with John Heath. Eventually problems with the neighbouring township forced a change of venue.

Yesss Peter, I remember well Vryburg😉

Add to that - In a few days time that will have been 50 years ago.

A little older than that Stephen - remember Gariep formerly known as Hendrik Verwoerd Dam . I the 1974 championships we had 73 gliders and 9 tugs . I flew a K6 there.

Let's have some Nationals news

Welkom rather more civilised than Vryburg ever was ( and the runway is wider and longer!)

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For those that are able to receive Gold FM, they are broadcasting regular updates on the competition during the day #104.3FM ... See MoreSee Less

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That is great news.

Sunset at Welkom ... See MoreSee Less

Sunset at Welkom

The storms were forecast at Welkom for 4pm. Only 2 hours late ... See MoreSee Less

The storms were forecast at Welkom for 4pm. Only 2 hours late
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