SAFA Skysailor Magazine

26 SKY SAILOR November | December 2023 wind turbines will affect the smooth, steady, and stable laminar airflow along the coast which we rely on for safe soaring conditions. Visitors come to Bald Hill, Stanwell Tops, to watch hang gliders and paragliders fly and to enjoy the ocean outlook, both now at risk.” Catherine McMillan PWC Targasonne, France 26 August to 2 September Targasonne provided scenic vistas, challenging racing conditions, four successful tasks, and lots of memorable moments. Many young French pilots learn to fly here, and the French used their home field advantage to the fullest, grabbing all three of the overall podium po- sitions, with Maxime Pinot coming out on top, followed by Honorin Hamard in second and third Baptiste Lambert. For the women, against a very strong field, newcomer Daphnee Leropoli won a task in her very first World Cup competition and Violeta Jimenez racked up her second competition win of the 2023 season, second Alexia Fischer and third Constance Mettetal. Photo: Andu Ivan News SAFA Christmas Office Closure The SAFA Office will be closed from: • • 12pm Friday, 22 December 2023, to Monday, 1 January 2024; and • • Tuesday 2 January 2024, through to Friday 5 January 2024. During this period, SAFA staff will only prioritise urgent emails that can be addressed remotely. We wish all our members a safe and enjoyable Christmas holiday period. Wollongong, NSW, ‘No Wind Turbines’ protest attended by 2000 The Illawarra Mercury reported that a passionate crowd gathered at Wollongong’s Flagstaff Hill recently to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed development of a floating windfarm off the Illawarra coast as close as 10km from shore. Catherine McMillan, President of the NSWHPA, said, “Our sport is in jeopardy because offshore