But for me it was the right decision. Competition level gliders require sharp skills and close attention especially when racing. I got caught out once and had the pleasure of a serene reserve ride but one that gave me the chance to reflect on my error.
I also had to accept that my recent flying on the Boomerang has been a mixture of huge pleasure and fair amount of stress. So what to do? Focus sharply on the weaknesses, train, get more hours, challenge myself to go hard again OR take a step back and take a step down. Look for a different focus.A few things came back into sharp relief in 2015, not least that racing top end gliders in strong conditions is a hard-core business. At the PWC in Portugal this year there were reserve rides every day although thankfully no significant injuries. Sitting around in a group of PWC regulars, I made the comment that it hadn’t been a great week for safety. A few glances around the table and back came the response: it’s pretty normal really! I had wanted to believe that reserves are the exception rather than regular events. As you would expect/hope the deployments generally appear to be rarer amongst the very top group. I say “appear” because even if the incident information is routinely and reliably collected, I am damned if I can track it down. Maybe that’s intentional - some of the rule makers wouldn’t need much encouragement to renew their assault on comps.
|The Boomerang 10 in its element|
I’m not into competition bashing competitions, slagging off CCC or calling for more regulation; in my view it is about free choice and in my case I need a break from the madness!