Next year’s League of Silent Flight Australia Tournament in Jerilderie will be extended to a five-day event.
It will include two days of electric glider competition and the traditional three-day open thermal glider competition.
LSF president Mike O’Reilly said the decision was made in response to the interest in the relatively new electric glider section at the weekend’s 40 year anniversary event.
‘‘For the second time we held the electric glider competition, which attracted 30 competitors,’’ Mr O’Reilly said.
‘‘Next year we will be making it a two day event, on the Thursday and Friday.
‘‘We’ll then have the open thermal competition on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.’’
The League of Silent Flight celebrated 40 years of competition in Jerilderie during the weekend’s event, which attracted 75 competitors.
Mr O’Reilly said it’s one of the strongest fields in many years, with some competitors coming from overseas to compete in what proved to be ideal weather conditions.
‘‘The competitor numbers are up on the last five years, but at our peak 15 years ago we had 90 competing,’’ he said.
‘‘This year some came from New Zealand and Dubai, and then from every state in Australia.
‘‘We had absolutely amazing weather — possibly the best conditions we’ve seen at Jerilderie — which was good for our 40th anniversary event.
‘‘There was a lot of flying, and I would hope a lot left Jerilderie quite happy.’’
The open thermal competition winner was Andrew Meyer from Adelaide.
Mr Meyer also qualified for the Australian team in the F3J League of Silent Flight World, based on his performance at Jerilderie.
Other Jerilderie competitors selected for the Australian team during the weekend were Theo Arvanitakis from Melbourne and Carl Strautins from Sydney. They will compete on behalf of the country in Romania next year.
Mr O’Reilly said it’s always a pleasure to return to Jerilderie for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend event, where he said community support is unwavering.
‘‘A number of locals came out to spectate, and the Jerilderie Lions Club also deserve some praise. The Lions turned up with their catering van and served breakfast and lunch from Saturday to Monday.
‘‘The community has supported us well for the last 40 years.’’
For full results from the event, and other competitions, go to www.lsfaustralia.org.au.