The closing ceremony of the WWGC Lake Keepit saw the French team receive the gold medal for their combined peformance followed by Great Britain with silver and Italy receiving the bronze medal.
France dominated the 18m Class with a consistent performances by top class pilots Melanie Gaduolet and Anne Ducarouge who won 1st and 2nd places in a near perfect performance over ten days of racing. Katrin Senne of Germany who was the reigning world champion took third place in a determined effort showing her champion credaentials.
The Women's World Gliding Champions
The 18m Class Women's World Gliding Champions
1 Mélanie Gadoulet
2 Anne Ducarouge
3 Katrin Senne
The Standard Class Women's World Gliding Champions
1 Sarah Arnold
2 Aude Grangeray
3 Ayala Truelove
The Club Class Women's World Gliding Champions
1 Elena Fergnani
2 Christine Grote
3 Céline Rault
The full results can be seen at Soaring Spot
Congratulations to all the pilots and teams for a well fought competition.
Tasks were set on the the final day of the championships and the competitors and crews dutifully gridded all the gliders. However, it seemed unlikely due to the weather that the fleet would actually be able to be launched. After waiting on the grid for an extra hour and half after the official launch time of 11:30am the day was finally cancelled.
In the meantime, a festival atmosphere took hold, with music and dancing. The mood was friendly and happy. When the day was cancelled relief and sadness were felt by all that the great event had come to its conclusion.
The competitors on the grid waiting to find out if they were going to fly on the last day of WWGC Lake Keepit.
Competitors waiting for the closing ceremony to begin around the pool and barbecue.
Team USA at the closing ceremony