2015 Competition Results
11th October 2015 – Butts Brow
Our annual F3F competition is normally the least well attended, but this year we managed to have 9 pilots up for the challenge.
We met and set the course up on the North slope which was fortunately not covered with sheep excrement for once! Unfortunately the wind direction was marginal having a degree of East in it and decided to become predominantly East just after the course was tested. A vote between the pilots was taken and we broke down the course, wandered over to the East bowl and set up again.
So, after much mucking about we managed to start the competition at 10:45. The wind was approximately 20-25 mph with good lift. The East bowl is hardly ideal for F3F because of the maturing trees especially on the left hand side of the course and the proliferation of dog walkers which can make safe landing tricky and time consuming
The fastest time of the day was 40.58 by Gary Harrison. Anything sub 40 on our inland slopes is excellent so this shows the quality of lift available.
We also split into 2 categories this year, unlimited and foamy.
Congratulations to Gary Harrison for a very close win over John Phillips and to Dave Cox who won the foamy class flying Robs Wild Thing.
Thanks to all who turned up and supported the event. Results are below, you can download the Excel spreadsheet which was kindly produced by Allen.
19th April 2015 - Butts Brow
Not exactly ideal conditions, but when are they for a competition? Wind was 15-20 mph NE again. Butts was also covered with Sheep and there feces.. However, undeturd (deliberate typo) we set-up for battle on the North slope.
4 flags were set out, one in-between the N and E slope and another set further back towards the short cut walk to the North slope. The third flag was set at the far West end of the North slope about 30 meters back with the fourth behind the further of the 2 small trees in the landing zone. The spot landing was in the normal landing zone for the slope.
Conditions were less thermal for early starters but with enough North in the wind to give reasonable lift off this slope. As the competition was run the wind swung further east and thermals built up with a few pilots making perhaps 500-700 ft above take off.
8 pilots took part, no maximum score was attained so the course was tougher than usual (by the nature of the flags being set back a reasonable distance from the slope and there being a bit of a blow).
Gary flew excellently making the most of his Stretched Revenge's ability to scour the sky for decent thermals to win the competition.
There are a few pictures here (scroll down to Reply #417)
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22nd March 2015 – Butts Brow North Slope
The first competition of the year was successfully completed on the first attempt. There was 15-20 mph NE wind and members were (unusually) practicing on the North slope, so as is tradition we just stayed there. At least on the North Slope there is some relief from the biting wind.
An excellent turnout of 10 competitors flying a variety gliders from a moulded aerobatic French unpronounceable (ask JP), F3F models, scale, traditional and flying wings.
The judges were Julian Perrott, John Phillips and Dave Cox. All of who froze their wings off during the competition. An agreed score between the judges was made per manoeuvre per pilot and then totalled.
It was a close call between John and Gary with John scoring the days only perfect 10 for his inverted loop but Gary coming out on top due to a better big circle and slow rolls.
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Sadly we were unable to hold this event due to the weather.