macsimc wrote:Just a few words,
If someone make some rules why don't you guys just accept them or don't participate ? All the times only complains ...
I didn't have an collision in 1-2 years, if one thermal get's crowded and I can't keep an eye on the gliders near me i prefer loosing a few seconds and jump to another thermal.
You guys are 'playing' only to win? My opinion is that in gliding more important is the competition itself , enjoying the flight together and testing your limits.
There's still life after condor ... if you crash you can watch a movie or something with your family/friends, and look forward to your next race.
It was fun flying with you the other day. I entirely agree with your sentiments here. I feel tremendously privileged to be able to race in any competition against an international pick of top pilots. Although I obtained a private powered license in 1973, I haven't been able to afford to fly since, and sadly I never tried soaring in real life. I'm 65 now and hope that I may still have the opportunity. Flying Condor and participating in these competitions is the next best thing, and while it is possible that I may yet take up gliding in RL to some degree, there is absolutely no chance that I would ever have a chance to enter an international competition. I am tremendously grateful to be able to do so with Condor, even if it is a simulation. In fact a simulation is its own thing. It is NOT real life, and while it is fun to make it as close as possible, there are compromises that must be made. There are many competitions available, and I feel that, while it may be disappointing that they are not all to my liking, there are many that are. Eddie has a strong determination and I admire him for it. I think he has an ideal for the kind of competition that he would like to run. We can all try it and see how it goes. I understand the frustrations of several pilots who have complained bitterly about the unfairness of this competition. But competition is inherently unfair. Many people dream of being a great athlete, or a great artist, mathematician, etc. But only few have the abilities, the motivation, the talent and the strength. Yet we all have the chance to participate in many activities and that is the gift that we can focus on. And these days there are even special competitions for people with physical and even mental limitations.
I hope the people who feel that this is an unfair competition will look for the strength to participate with a more generous spirit on whatever level they are able, instead of just going away angry because everything doesn't match their needs or desires. Maybe you can't participate in every race. Some days you may have to work late, some days you may choose to take your glider out instead. Those are your priorities, some because of necessity, some because of desire. None of us can do everything and no rules can accommodate everyone! I think that Eddie has been very accommodating and I truly thank him for all of his hard work and effort.
I hope everyone has a really fun competition. I personally will be very careful not to jeapordize the safety or success of others through reckless or selfish aggression. With a normal ping of around 200, I must do my best to keep clear of other gliders. I would feel awful for the pilot that I took out of the competition (as well as myself : )