Taumarunui National Rally -
What a difference a week makes.
One week our from our Taumarunui Rally the weather was fantastic and the long range forecast was indeed promising. However a day after our arrival the weather gods certainly played a very cruel hand by producing out of nowhere, a low pressure system in the Tasman Sea which quickly developed onto a much deeper one. There it remained semi stationary for six days whilst it circulated a series of fronts with some very heavy rain that lashed most of the north island and created all sorts of flooding and wind damage mayhem. However, in Taumarunui we stayed in a sort of micro climate just short of its southern tentacles and flew in what thermals could be found under a sky of ever threatening and thickening high cloud. Thus we achieved only three days actual flying out of the nine we planned for. With the forecaster’s consistent threat of this weather bomb moving onto our neck of the woods, we decided to call it a day, de-
On the bonus side we all flew, drank a lot, ate a lot, and talked a lot. Twelve Sailplanes turned up including a few newbies. A Schleicher Ka6e from Stratford, a self-
The local council held a community open day with a free Dinner at the Domain. They asked if a glider / sailplane could be put on display as an attraction, which V.K were more than happy to do as council were very supportive for us to use their airfield. Payback time… Roger Brown’s Libelle was dispatched and was the star attraction it seems.
Meanwhile a couple of the attendees did get out and about over the king country wilderness. Kevin Clark in Open Libelle GOS and Tim Hardwick-
There were also some on the ground moments that could truly not be forgotten. Task… Securely place five single thick plastic panels on the ground to make a gliding signal arrow. Result… “What do I do with the spare part?”… Yep, it certainly was one to remember for sure.
Roger Brown: VK Chairman