The airfield was covered in gliders by 11:30am reminding pilots of competitions of many years ago. With 22 confirmed entrants plus club gliders from Wellington, Manawatu and Hawkes Bay present, the airfield was busy.
The day was hot and humid with an easterly wind. Thermals popped a bit after midday. An informal task was called after an introduction and midday briefing. Aircraft were soon launching into a sky looking full of thermals and most gliders had launched by 2:30pm. Some pilots completed the task, some chose to only fly locally for a look see while a couple practiced their landout skills. Vaughan Ruddick had a pleasant flight over to Mount Ngauruhoe in the central North Island which is quite an adventure from Waipukurau. Two photos taken by Vaughan are below.