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EVENT REPORTS 2007:

(2006 Results can be found here)

(2005 Results can be found here)

Slope Event 18th Feb 2007

      First event of the year and I was unable to attend due to family commitments! The wind was blowing ESE, so slightly off the bowl although it was flyable. Paul, Jimmy and Mike flew off the bowl. Paul due to work commitments meaning he was leaving early and Mike and Jimmy didn't fancy the climb on to the shoulder. Tommy, Sam and a couple of others went up on to the shoulder and had slightly better air. Apparently a good day had by all ( Thanks to Paul Freeman for updating me on what happened)

 


Slope Event 4th March 2007

As far as I know nobody flew!. Howling gales and pouring rain!!!!!!


 

Thermal & Electric 1st April 2007

Great weather, sunny with light winds. Although, the wind direction was a little cross field and caused some problems with chutes ending up in trees!

As per the discussion at the AGM, thermal was flown first. Two winches were set up and flying commenced at about 1pm. There was a small amount of first event carnage, with Bill Scott lucky to only slightly damage his Diamond Cloud after a  short, very fraught flight with what appeared to be a very rearward CG! Damage was limited to removing a tip panel and it will be in the air again very soon. In round 2 Jimmy Taylor wasn't so lucky , with a  wing fold at the top of the line and a terminal dive in to the ground. The nose required digging out and the plane is probably a write off.

Paul Freeman very generously allowed Paul Taylor to fly his new Soprano and lived to regret it as Paul T won the comp with a perfect 3000. Paul F finishing in 3rd place.

Full results below:

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Paul Taylor 1000 1000 1000 3000 1
Andrew Wallace 1000 764 1000 2764 2
Paul Freeman 692 1000 1000 2692 3
Tommy Magee 856 1000 572 2428 4
Frank Jackson 667 625 733 2025 5
Bob McIvor 594 975 225 1794 6
Adam Gilliland 439 411 839 1689 7
Mike Leonard 475 533 644 1652 8
Jimmy Taylor 531 477 614 1622 9
Sam Phenix 503 467 422 1392 10
Bill Scott crashed       11

Electric was the flown to the new rules of 45 sec motor run for brushless and 90 seconds for brushed, followed by a 10 min soaring flight. All within a 15 minute slot. Certainly made soaring more important, but the motor run allowances made for some neck breaking altitudes. or the next electric comp we plan to reduce it to 30 sec for brushless, 45 for brushed and 8min soaring, in a 12 min slot. Good mix of models and no single type seems to have a significant advantage.

Full Results:

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Placing
Andrew Wallace 1000 976 1976 1
Paul Taylor 986 986 1802 2
Paul Freeman 799 1000 1799 3
Tommy Magee 614 598 1212 4
Jimmy Taylor 513 405 918 5
Mike Leonard 203 231 434 6

Congratulations to all winners. Next comp is 100S on the 15th April - NO ELECTRIC


100S Cup Event 15/04//07

This event started put looking as if it wouldn't happen. When we arrived there was a large group of footballers training and the cloud base was very low (~ 700ft). On asking the groundstaff, we were told the footballers would be there until at least 1pm. A few people had flights with electric models at the top end of the ground, but at 1pm the footballers were still there and a cold wind had picked up!

Finally at about 1.15 the footballers left and a few gaps were to be seen in the cloud. The winches were set out and we started the competition at about 1.45pm, nearly 2 hours late!!!. The weather rapidly improved, but flying conditions were very changeable, with good lift being immediately followed by MASSIVE sink. We flew 4 rounds to allow a discard. Ronnie Armstrong flew all 4 rounds with a 60" handlaunch model. Results are below:

Pilot Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Total Placing
Frank Jackson 792 594 536 482 1922 6
Adam Gilliland 392 372 336 540 1304 9
Mike Leonard 386 642 420 972 2034 5
Tommy Magee 1000 481 686 1000 2686 3
Jimmy Taylor 875 558 1000 978 2853 2
Paul Freeman 972 417 718 914 2604 4
Sam Phenix 1000 1000 608 914 2914 1
Bob McIvor 483 264 682 504 1669 8
Ronnie Armstrong 642 403 681 538 1861 7

Sam Phenix wins the first 100S event of the year. Next 100S is 10th June


100S Boyce Trophy.

Having lost the last 3 comps to bad weather, mainly high winds, it was a pleasant relief to arrive at the field to warm sunshine and light breeze. As I had family commitments, I helped set up the winches and then Paul Freeman took over as CD for the day.

Thermals seemed to be popping off everywhere and the comp was a bit of a lottery with some hitting lift and others just missing it, although this seemed to even out over the rounds. Five rounds of 6 minutes were flown with worst score being discarded. Only major problem of the day occurred when Jimmy Taylors' battery and receiver decided they didn't like his launch technique and ejected themselves at the top of the line! The model thermalled away nicely downwind and was recovered virtually unscathed.

 

Full results as follows:

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Placing
Sam Phenix 400 365 977 1000 1000 3377 2
Jimmy Taylor 367 195 497 756 0 1815 7
Bob McIvor 628 371 994 737 940 3299 3
Ronnie Armstrong 244 930 264 558 400 2152 5
Mike Leonard 294 251 353 465 917 2029 6
Frank Jackson 858 517 0 0 0 1375 8
Tommy Magee 723 898 1000 446 394 3073 4
Paul Freeman 1000 1000 997 452 731 3728 1

Paul Freeman wins the Boyce Trophy for 100S

Next competition is the Open Championship on the 24th of June


Open Thermal Championship 25/06/07

The forecast didn't look promising for this event, with high winds and rain the order of the day. In the end the winds stayed light and only occasional light drizzle caused any problems. 9 pilots turned out and with the poor forecast, the CD decided on only 3 rounds of 6 minute duration flying. The competition was close for the top 3 spots with rest lagging a bit behind. Only point of excitement during the day, was the covering coming loose on Tommy Magee's Eliminator 134 wingtip on launch and flapping throughout his flight!

 

Full Results follow:

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Paul Freeman 997 1000 1000 2997 1
Bob McIvor 997 550 1000 2547 2
Sam Phenix 964 475 1000 2439 3
Tommy Magee 614 504 797 1915 4
Jimmy Taylor 481 879 500 1860 5
Ronnie Armstrong 1000 545 267 1812 6
Andrew Wallace 375 395 950 1720 7
Adam Gilliland 394 326 375 1160 8
Mike Leonard 394 326 375 1095 9

 

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Thermal & Electric 22nd July 2007

A bit of a late start as we didn't get the first flight off until about 1pm. Wind started off as WNW, very light and fickle. After round 1 the wind switched a full 180 degrees and we had to move the winches around. After 3 rounds of open, we started the electric comp, but at the end of round 1 the forecast showers started and we packed up for the day.

Full results as follows:

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Bob McIvor 479 525 967 1971 5
Andrew Wallace 674 1000 353 2027 4
Paul Freeman 1000 1000 1000 3000 1
Sam Phenix 1000 1000 997 2997 2
Bill Scott 367 412 133 1939 6
Jimmy Taylor 356 255 711 1322 7
Mike Leonard 741 264 233 1238 8
Paul Taylor 451 1000 997 2448 3

Paul Freeman wins this comp with a perfect 3000 and only 1 second dropped in 1080!

sorry, no pics



Thermal & Electric 5th Aug 2007

Yet another competition lost to bad weather. Today it was very heavy rain!



Thermal & Electric 2nd Sept 2007

Forecast early in the week preceeding this didn't look great, but as the event got closer the forecast improved. We arrived at lunchtime to find quite a stiff breeze, but after about 20mins this decreased to a very gentle breeze and only got stronger during round 4 of the Open. 4 rounds of Open were flown, allowing a discard (in red). Full results were:
Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3

Rd 4

Total Placing
Paul Freeman 1000 855 1000 1000 3000 1
Paul Taylor 639 1000 997 - 2636 4
Jimmy Taylor 569 614 722 408 1905 6
Sam Phenix 907 811 992 439 2710 3
Tommy Magee 780 994 997 575 2771 2
Mike Leonard 406 422 553 344 1381 7
Frank Jackson 238 731 606 583 1920 5
Bill Scott 363 297 444 411 1218 8

Paul Freeman wins this comp.


Only 3 rounds of electric were flown as the wind continued to pick up. The format was 30 sec motor run for brushless and 1 min for brushed, followed by an 8 minute thermal flight.

Results:
Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Paul Taylor 1000 1000 1000 3000 1
Paul Freeman 953 923 946 2822 2
Mike Leonard 262 145 167 574 5
Jimmy Taylor 344 644 351 1339 4
Tommy Magee 421 762 464 1647 3

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Thermal & Electric 16th Sept 2007

Unable to fly due to high winds and VERY heavy rain!



Thermal & Electric 30th Sept 2007

The forecast wasn't promising, but on arrival there was only a light breeze and a few odd spots of rain.

7 flew in Open Thermal and 7 in electric. Results as follows:

Open Thermal
Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Sam Phenix 955 959 673 2587 2
Paul Freeman 1000 626 676 2302 4
Frank Jackson 808 1000 539 2347 3
Bill Scott 808 577 433 1818 7
Mike Leonard 746 592 760 2098 5
Adam Gilliland 714 568 564 1846 6
Jimmy Taylor 832 781 1000 2613 1
           

Jimmy won with an excellent third round flight when nobody else could find good air. This is his first win of the year and he says his only win last year was the final competition too!

 
 

Electric
Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Placing
Ronnie Armstrong 518 - - 518 6
Sam Phenix 1000 1000 783 2783 1
Jimmy Taylor 595 403 580 1578 5
Mike Leonard 174 108 139 421 7
Paul Freeman 761 939 1000 2700 2
Adam Gilliland 618 708 814 2140 4
Paul Taylor 814 718 616 2148 3

Sam wins the electric.

That concludes the thermal/electric season, we move on to the slopes on the 14th of October.