Bordertown
Rally  2013

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Photographs courtesy of  David Goldsmith:-

  A Special Bordertown!

5th to 12th January, 2013                                     From Vintage Times

The numbers at Bordertown Vintage Rally 2013 may have been down slightly on last year, but this was more than made up by the great time had by those who were able to come! The social and fellowship side of Bordertown continues to grow, briefings were a lot of fun, evening meals were excellent and a great time was had at the Annual Dinner. The stress free and relaxed flying of the vintage sailplanes, inexpensive, pleasant to handle and capable of good soaring at their relaxed flying speeds, is a pleasure enjoyed by pilots from all age groups. Modellers also join in at the rally with a variety of beautifully built vintage models to replicate the real thing.

Vintage sailplanes attending were:-

Golden Eagle VH-GFC with Ian and Alan Patching

SZD-30 Pirat VH-VH-GXL with John Lawson, Hans Prem and John Ashford.

Ka6E VH-GGV with Erik Sherwin

Slingsby T21b VH-GUC (based in Tocumwal) with Ken Ueyama from Japan

Ka6E VH-GEA with Jenne and Dave Goldsmith

ES-52 Kookaburra Mk 4 VH-GNZ with new owner Brian McIntyre

ES-60 Boomerang VH-GTL with Mike Renahan

ES-60 Boomerang VH-GQY with Bob Hickman

ES-60 Boomerang VH-GQO with David Howse

K7 VH-GNU with John Ingram

Chilton Olympia VH-GFW With JR Marshall, Merryn, Nick and Amy

Other members and friends present included Keith Willis with his PW-5, Keith and Edna Nolan with their Sapphire ultralight, Sylvia Sharman, Martin Simons, Alan Bradley, Geoff Hearn, Ged Terry from UK, John Pollnitz, Emilis Prelgauskas, Chris McDonnell, Doug Cole, George and Helen Buzeleac, Colin and Lesley Collyer, Alan and Margaret DeLaine, Kim Van Wessem, Peter Brookman, Brian Gerhardy and Marcus Trnovski, Ian Bogaard, Gary Crowley, Kevin Barnes and Ted Bowden.

Thursday's AGM voted that we offer our K4 vintage two-seater to the Australian Gliding Museum, who are better placed to carry out upcoming major maintenance including re-covering, and also that $3,000 be set aside to assist VGA members to represent Australia at the Vintage Glider Club International Rally at Lasham, England, in early August 2013.

After a record week of very high temperatures, the weather during the rally was mostly pleasant and best heights were about 6,000 feet. Flying took place on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with winds affecting Tuesday and Friday, and overcast with occasional light rain damping enthusiasm for flying on Saturday, however everyone warmed rapidly up as the as the Annual Dinner began. Another great feast, put on by the Bordertown boys, was enjoyed by all. During a break to make room for desserts, trophy winners were announced:-

Best Two-seater: Ken Ueyama's Slingsby T21b

Schneider Tropy for the Best Schneider Glider: Mike Renahan's Boomerang VH-GTL

Geoff Gifford Trophy for the Longest Flight Between Rallies: Jenne Goldsmith with 354 km in Ka6E GEA,

Renmark Trophy for the longest flight during the Rally: Erik Sherwin with 194 km.

"Feathers" Encouragement Award: new member Brian McIntyre from Millicent, who purchased Kookaburra VH-GNZ and did his first solo (second time around) during the rally.

Grateful thanks are due to Ian Patching for running the rally, all the Bordertown Boys for running a slick operation, those who provided the fabulous meals each evening, as well as all those who attended and contributed to the success of the event.



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