EDIT (3:40pm): The last task of the Worlds, schedulled to start at 3pm, has been cancelled because it was not a task included in the local catalogue of tasks of the championship. The Worlds are probably over now. The organization office has now to respond to the complaints and confirm that no other task will be flown. Ramon Morillas and Daniel Crespo, both from Spain, are on the top positions of the solo classes but still with pending claims. So is Mathieu Rouanet, placed 2nd in the PF1 general classification. We’ll still have to wait to know who the winners are!!
The pilots are preparing the very probable last task (10th) of the Worlds, a navigation with estimations of speed. The objective is to fly and mark the turnpoints declared by the pilot before take off, enter a control waypoint at an exact time, continue flying along the declared turnpoints and close the task at an exact time on the closing waypoint, then land on deck. This task replaced the announced navigation with unknown points. For the leading pilots there’s still some uncertainty regarding the final results, as the organization office has not resolved all the complaints presented by the teams yet. If some of them are accepted there could be significant changes in the final points and positions of the first competitors. The slow response from the organization has been criticized by some of the team leaders, who claim that their teams cannot work on the best strategy to finish the championship if they don’t have the final results, but this has not had any effect on setting today’s last task. The pilots, then, will have to fly their best as they will not know wether they will be fighting for a medal or defending their positions. In a way, it will make this final a very interesting one. Tomorrow, we should all know who are the new world champions of our sport.
Yesterday’s task, the speed Triangle and Out and return, gave some surprises. In foot-launched, the winner was UK’s Paul Bailey (916 points, Ozone Viper/Bailey Aviation), followed by his teammate Dave Hairs (881, Dudek Plasma/Bailey) and third the Canadian David Sigier (Nervures Kailash/Miniplane). On 4th, 5th and 6th are Mathieu, Ramon and Michel. In the general classifications Ramon is still on 1st place, but Mathieu is back on 2nd and Michel is 3rd. There’s still this morning’s task to be scored, the Slow-Fast (9th task) with a maximum of 500 points.
In trike (PL1) the girls of this class took the first places in the task! UK’s Jansy Kelly (Dudek Reaction/Bailey) did an impeccable task and took most of the points (990), with Michaela Machartova 2nd (706, Jojo Speedy/Jojo) and third the Chinese Gao Desong (676, Paramania Revolution/Miniplane). Daniel Crespo could only take the points of the triangle (407) after an out landing, but is still leading the general ranking, closely followed by Tomasz Kudaszewicz (POL) and Michaela.