This article by Conor Hickey was first publishe in The Wimmera Mail-Times on Feb 16, 2015

BAD weather again hampered gliders at Horsham Aerodrome on Thursday and Friday.

However competitive gliding went ahead as planned on Saturday.

Glider pilots were in Horsham last week for the Victorian State Gliding Championships and Horsham Flying Week.

Horsham Flying Club safety officer Michael Sudholz said Thursday’s weather simply was not good enough for flying, while on Friday a storm that passed over the Wimmera kept gliders grounded.

However, he said Saturday brought excellent conditions for gliding after a delayed start.

"It was good to end the week on a high note, as we got up in the air on Saturday," he said.

"The pilots went off and did some tours of the Wimmera on the days we didn’t fly, so it ended up being good for tourism."

Mr Sudholz said Peter Buskens, Jack Hart, Rolf Bueleter and Bernie Sizer won the open, 15-metre, standard and club classes respectively.

He said the 15-metre and standard classes flew to Yanac, Hopetoun and Corack East before returning, while the open class flew to Litchfield instead of Corack East.

He said the club class flew to Nhill, Brim and Minyip before returning to the Horsham Aerodrome.

The overall winners for the week were Peter Buskens in the open class and Steve Trone in the 15-metre class.

John Orton and Jarek Mosiejewski won the standard and club classes respectively.

Mr Sudholz said the club was looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the Horsham Flying Week next year.