- Posted by Stefan
- On 26. Juni 2016
Since 2014 there is a new soaring competition for all juniors in Europe, which attrackts with an awesome prize: 8 days habitation in Bitterwasser (Namibia), including flights, glider, board and lodge for free! The price is sponsored by Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Centre.
Bitterwasser Cup takes two years (first time 2014 and 2015) and includes the best 6 flights scored with OLC-Plus rules. Here it is important to fly the maximum distance on one day, which ideally follows a rectangle, to get the most points. The type of glider has no important affect to the scoring, because every glider has an index (e.g. Std. Libelle: 0,98 and Nimbus 4: 1,24). So you have to fly a much longer distance with the Nimbus 4 than Std. Libelle to get the same result.
In the two years 2014 and 2015, I managed to fly at the days with the best weather conditions.
To win the Bitterwasser Cup, you need to:
- Fly at the best weather conditions
- Have great skills in gliding and experience
- Have a reasonably starting point
At the end of season 2015 it was a match between Robert Schymala and me, who had the best opportunities to win. You will find the complete results here: http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/bitterwasserCup.html?st=olc-fai&rt=olc&sp=2015
So finally I was the lucky guy, who won the first Bitterwasser Cup and was invited to stay from 22nd of December 2015 to 1st of January at the Bitterwasser Lodge in Namibia.
In the night from 21st and 22nd I flew from Frankfurt am Main (Germany) to Windhuk (Namibia), which was my first intercontinental flight so far.
Early in the morning of 22nd of December I arrived at Windhuk airport, changed some Euros into Namibian dollars and found my driver, who drove me from Windhuk to Bitterwasser. It is a longer drive through an interesting landscape. The 3 hour trip started on “normal” tarred roads and continued on big gravel roads.
At about 11 o´clock I arrived at the gliders paradise: Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Center. What a wonderful location in the middle of Kalahari:
I was accomodated in the first rondavel in the picture obove. It´s not luxury, but with a bed, some taproom and a desk entirely sufficient to sleep. After I put my luggage into the rondavel, I went to the restaurant and said hello to each other. Because the gliding weather was not too good (blue thermals), most of the people made a rest day with the perspective of great weather on the next day.