We started out on the long drive, admiring first the Blue Mountains and then the increasingly flat and hot terrain further inland.
Five hours later we arrived late afternoon at the Team's Hotel, Ben Hall Lodge. Kathleen Rigg was already back at base having flown for a couple of hours, while I could hear on the radio the rest of the crew making preparations to land. Having dropped off the team shirts I was driven to my accommodation by Michelle Taylor and Vicki Cann, competition organisers - to be honest, I think I may have lucked-out, with only Bruce Wynne (Safety Director) and a Brazilian pilot sharing this lovely family home.
|Bruce Wynne working late in to the evening...|
After a quick shower it was back off to meat up with Team GB: Grant Crossingham, Dave Matthews, Kathleen Rigg, Gordon Rigg, Tony Stephens, Carl Wallbank and Gary Wirdnam, all of whom had been flying except for Gary. Gordon was unable to join the team for dinner as he had been invited off to discuss the complex issues surrounding Sprog measuring again. Tomorrow we have a "Sprog Training Session" to make sure all the gliders are set up correctly - there will be spot checks during the competition. And by the way, if any of you missed it, Grant's brand new glider was attacked by eagles who managed to make some large holes in his lovely new sail.
|Eagle damage on a new sail|