Winners Camp

The invitation to a week of gliding in Namibia can be won as a junior in the Bitterwasser Cup, which is held across Europe in the OLC. This season, two winners enjoyed their prizes: Henrik Theiss, who was successful in the previous year, and Eric Schneider, winner of 2021.

Henrik Theiss, was a bit late due to the pandemic, but on his first day in Bitterwasser he got to know Namibia with all its weather phenomena that the country has to offer – on the positive side the powerful, high-reaching thermals and the elongated updraft lines and on the other side the extensive fall areas on the edge of thunderstorms and dust rollers whipped up in strong winds. On this exciting flight, Henrik sat together with Wilfried Großkinsky in the cockpit of an EB28 edition.
Later, Henrik, flying alone with the Ventus 3M, was able to look forward to his first 1000 k in Namibia. It wasn't the very first, however. At home in Grabenstetten he has already managed two with the OLC-Discus, one of them in the small version with a wingspan of 15 meters.
But it doesn't always have to be a 1000 k flight. Christmas presents could also look different. Henrik Theiss: " A 720 k FAI triangle on Christmas Eve, I will probably not see that again anytime soon."

 

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A new face in Bitterwasser.

Florian Stoyke is this year's support in the flight office. Together with Dirk Skura and Michael Stoltze he forms the team for the flight season 2022/23.

A normal Namibia flying day

Yesterday (15.11.) it was already clear at the briefing that we could fly four digits today. And that's what 23 crews did, in Bitterwasser 9, and they flew distances over 1000 km.