Winter Kario fun ridge race and BBQ for HG and PG

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I am organizing an AHGPC social event and BBQ at Karioitahi Beach this winter (May/June) when there is a fine ridge-soarable Saturday. (A wind strength of around 12 knots should be enough for both HG and PG pilots to participate.) 

The "AHGC RIDGE RACE" trophy was last awarded to Geoff Coombs in 1998. Now, 16 years later, it's time to revist the glory days of the last century, the fun times at the beach, and those glorious beach BBQs. Let's re-activate this old HG trophy and add one for the PG pilots. All will be welcome, from beginners to advanced pilots. 

As the first step in rehabilitating this contest, I want to hold a race on a casual basis, to find out what the bottlenecks and problems with running it will be. The idea is to simple turn up, get in the air, have a flying start across the start line at a pre-set time, race up to a northern turn-point, race down to a southern turn point, and then land back at Kario beach and get your time recorded. I want as many pilots over as wide a skill-range as possible. (There will be a shorter, safer course for Novices and PG fledgelings.) 

"Learning by doing" will help train me and other race organizers so that we can hold better races and events for the club members in the future. I don't want to have to re-invent the wheel, so if there is anyone out there who has competition organization experience who can mentor me (or who wants to help out) then please come forward. I'm a HG pilot, so someone with PG experience to coordinate the PG side of the race would be good. My goal is to turn this into an annual off-season event and use it to help would-be event organizers gain experience in running competitions. 

I'll be monitoring the weather, and when a suitable Saturday appears, I'll mass e-mail the AHGPC members and give them about 5 days' notice, with a final call early on the Saturday morning. 

After the race, we can use the newly purchased AHGPC BBQ to hold a party on the beach (either south of the Surf Club or further down the coast at Maioro) like in years gone by.