This article by Justine McCullagh-Beasy was first published in The Wimmera Mail-Times on the 8th of February 2012.

HORSHAM Gliding Week gliders took to the skies on three of the first four days of competition. Horsham Flying Club president Arnold Niewand said gliders completed a three-hour task on Saturday and a 2.5 hour task on Monday.

They also flew yesterday, taking off at 1pm.

Niewand said strong winds and rain forced the cancellation of Sunday's competition.

"We launched 40 gliders on Monday and they had a good day," Niewand said.

"We had 40 gliders on Saturday as well."

Niewand said gilders averaged speeds of 127 kilometres per hour across the first two competitions.

Four classes competed in both competitions - open, 15-metre, standard and club.

"Open class has gliders 18 metres in wing span or larger," Niewand said.

"The 15-metre class is for gliders with a 15-metre wing span and flaps, standard is for 15-metre wing span gliders which don't have flaps and club is for two-seaters or single seaters which don't fly in the standard class."

Saturday's competition winners were Tracey Tabarat, open, Geoff Vincent, 15-metre, John Orton, standard, and June Nakumra and Chris Thrope, club class.

Monday's competition winners were Rolf Buelter, open, Andrew Murphy, 15-metre and Orton, standard.

Nakumra and Thrope were joint winners with Noel Vagg and Duncan Robertson in the club class.

The competition finishes on Saturday.