With the Christ Child comes the thermals

To ensure that all gliders in Bitterwasser have a great pre-Christmas season, the thermals over Namibia are now turning up again just before Christmas.

There is a big departure right after breakfast. It's like christmas eve when Michael Stolze brings the good news of good thermals in the morning.
The cumulus clouds are already forming directly over Bitterwasser, and the temperatures have risen sharply in recent days. A weather situation that is strenuous for pedestrians, but the glider pilots are more than happy.

There were already 20 gliders waiting in the Bitterwasser pan in the morning. The bases, some at 5100 meters, further enhanced the flying action of the last few days.

On 17.12.23, 11 gliders exceeded the 1000 km mark. Simon Briel, together with Wilfired Grosskinski, covered the longest distance with 1272 kilometers. They followed the cloud route from Gobabis all the way to Botswana. With an average speed of 158 km/h, they were on the road for 8 hours and 24 minutes.

And the next few days also look like they will have good thermals!
All gliders must be careful to give way to Santa's sleigh.

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We mourn the loss of Dieter Schwenk

As a member of the Bitterwasser Board of Directors and CFI of the Soaring Society of Namibia, Dieter has rendered outstanding services to gliding in Namibia.

Sitting at his favorite spot in Bitterwasser, he has left us forever.

We will not forget him.

Season final

The season in Bitterwasser is slowly drawing to a close.
One by one, the gliders are being loaded into the containers. And still some teams fly over 1000 kilometers every day.