Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Brasshopper in New Zealand 2007

Brasshopper is not very green. He has now flown over a hundred thousand miles just to NZ and back. Brasshopper really loves NZ. This time he went to the World Gand Prix Gliding Championship in Omarama where he sponsored Ben Flewett, the New Zealand champion (see pic). The event involved five days of intense racing in the skies above New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The world’s current number one ranked glider pilot, Sebastian Kawa claimed the title by five points with an overall score of 30. Uli Schwenk (GER) and Ben Flewett (NZE) tied for second place with 25 points. Sadly the event was marred by the death of Herbert Weiss, the former German gliding champion. Brasshopper managed a flight with Don Mallinson who also gave his friend Stan a couple of hours in the Ash 25 formerly flown by Steve Fossett.

Brasshopper in New Zealand 2007
Brasshopper in New Zealand 2007