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 Post subject: SILENT FLIGHT NATIONALS ESOARING RESULTS
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:51 am 
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Hello All
Excellent SF Nats. Some slight differences in the Open eSoaring results but all top places unchanged and I'm as bad as before!
All results below after checking, some comments later tonight

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 Post subject: Re: SILENT FLIGHT NATIONALS ESOARING RESULTS
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:55 am 
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Hello All

Meant to write some Nats comments last night but the arrival of Broadband in double figures disrupted life on-line. Now the BB is fine but the land line doesn't work!

The SF Nationals at the National Flying Site, Buckminster Lodge went well, aided greatly by the weather which cooperated over the full 3 days; a small amount of rain fell overnight on Saturday but otherwise it was sunny and warm the whole time, very little wind the first 2 days, more on Monday.
Camping was sited along the field to the right as you approach the main building, which has seen much renovation since I first saw it at least a year ago. Equally the large barn and associated buildings have benefited from new cladding and now provide both space and useful facilities for members. Surrounding areas have been surfaced and provide good parking.

Saturday started with 2M, flown in conjunction with 100S gliders on an extended flight line. Unfortunately the audio wires had suffered from being caught up by a passing vehicle and suffered damage which, although we managed to make a co-axial 3-way splitter to replace the damaged item, several niggling problems occurred over the weekend, producing some interesting transmissions at times!
It was clear from the "off" that there was big lift about but it soon became clear that there was the likelihood that lift would just collapse at any altitude if saw fit! Steve Haley and Paul Wainwright fought out a battle in the sun, with Steve only dropping a few points in one round he had a perfect score when his discard round came into play; Paul was second. Bill Haley came a very creditable third, pushing grandson Simon into fifth; Martyn Wharrie grabbing fourth.

Open eSoaring weather on Sunday started exactly the same as the previous days but I reduced the start height to 150m, in an effort to make things more testing! Flying 27 competitors required 4 slots per round and restricted us to 6 rounds but provided a steady-away day's flying with no stops. Steve won again but this time the winning margin was less, the top 3 being separated by less than 8 points in 6000! Simon was 2nd and Brian Johnson third. It was noted that the last competitor had 73% of the winners score, so a fairly consistent day of flying was had.

Monday (results on F5J threads) dawned with a breeze which had moved slightly towards the south but still allowed use of much the same flight-line location as before for F5J. We needed to fly 6 rounds to get a discard and we managed to finish around 5pm It looked like this would be a tricky day and it was! Landing was quite bumpy and with several people trying to exploit the downwind trees as lift decayed, there were a few missed landings and the odd zero score. Some very good scores from launches which were averaging about 175m and some very low ones at times (under 3 mins!); only one attempt in F5J! Eventually Steve won, yet again, to take a clean sweep of all the electric powered classes at the Nats. However, the top story was the that the next 2 places were taken by Juniors (one minute you can't find one, the next there are 2 standing in front of you!!). Simon Haley and Josh Lloyd came an excellent 2nd and 3rd with very consistent flying. Simon is and old hand but Josh has done relatively little F5J flying in Scotland and is hopefully a force for the not too distant future.

A very good weekend Buckminster. Steve taking all 3 comp wins; good weather; good location with opportunity for evening flying attracting several participants (Barkston not being too far away (about 30 mins) for evening visits, either); chance for people to meet. The buildings could have been very useful in bad weather but this time remained mainly quiet! Thanks to all who participated, or helped in any way.

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 Post subject: Re: SILENT FLIGHT NATIONALS ESOARING RESULTS
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:11 pm 
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Thank you Mike for your Efforts which aided a very enjoyable Silent flight Nats for us.
Cheers, Bob


 
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