**lATEST RESULTS AT TOP OF PAGE, OLDEST AT BOTTOM**
Open & Electric: 12th October 2014
This was our last thermal event of 2014, rescheduled fRom the previous weekend when the winds were far too strong! Forecast for this Sunday was light winds and sun,
so imagine my surprise when I pulled up at Mallusk in dense FOG!
We decided that as we were all there we'd wait a while and see if it cleared. About 10.45 it cleared enough for us to try and run the electric event. Lift was patchy and the air was still cool and heavy making finding lift a challenge. Again it was pretty much a Radian fest apart from John Morrow flying a plan built model and Bill flying an Art Tech ASW21. The ASW had a poor rate of climb , but a nice glide and John is still getting to grips with his model. 3 rounds of 8 mins with no discards were flown.
As the weather was still excellent we carried on with the thermal. Conditions were stilL very changeable with people scattered all over the sky. Despite this some of the best lift was low level directly over the field, with several pilots hanging on for quite lengthy periods low down. Again we flew 3 rounds of 8 mins with no discard. Sam proved that knowing your model is very important in these conditions, (he's been flying the same model for "many" years. Richards model will be very competitive once he gets used to flap settings etc for light conditions. After the disappointment of not flying the previous Sunday, this was a very enjoyable finale to our season.
SEE YOU ALL IN 2015!
100S Cup: 14th Sept 2014
Conditions were very weird today. Wind was 10 -15 coming from the SE, which usually produces wave lift, but today it was far from consistent.
Due to illness, work and holidays we were a sadly depleted group, but 5 pilots turned out to contest the rescheduled 100S Cup. As Wayne was laid up in a hospital bed, Bill Scott ran the
event. As a trophy event we ran 5 rounds of 8mins, with one discard and top two to contest a two round fly off.
The top 3 contested a fairly tight event with Frank, recovering from a hand injury, and Ronnie, flying a new algebra for the first time struggled a bit with the conditions.
At the end of the 5 rounds the scores were as follows. (The discard is in yellow)
Andrew and Tommy contested the fly off, with Andrew going much farther forward to work weak lift in both rounds
Andrew wins the 100S Cup, to his obvious delight!
Open/Electric 31st Aug 2014
A good turnout of 7 in Open & 6 in Electric. What looked like a great day had some very fickle conditions!
Flights varied from the full 8 minutes with ease to a struggle to make 2 minutes.
Our Chairman Bill Scott had a nightmare of a day. First flight with his rebuilt Diamond Cloud, lost one tailplane half.
He fought to get it back down in one piece, but at about 10 feet the model tucked and speared in to the ground, damaging a wing panel.
He dragged his Algebra out of the car and something very similar happened, but on this occasion had to put the model through the trees to avoid some kids who ran out on to the field! Come electric he realised he'd brought the wrong joiner! At that point he called it quits!
Paul was flying his repaired Soprano to good effect and Richard was using the camber change of the Tragi Cluster to work very light lift. Everybody had at least one poor round, but as there was one discard the top two were very close. Wayne was beaming from ear to ear, having another 4 good flights with his Riser. The slower flying speed is much more to his liking.
At the end of the four rounds Richard won by just 102 points
discard in red
conditions near the ground. These caught Wayne out a bit and he wisely decided to retire to fight another day. It wasn't a Radian day and
Paul Freeman, on one of the few occasions he's managed to get off work, put the extra penetrating power of his Highlight to good use
winning all three rounds.
Electric Only 20th July 2014
This was the first of two Electric Soaring ONLY days the club had scheduled for this year. We decided to continue with the 10am starts, again allowing us to get in ahead of the weather and also allowing some family time for some afterwards. The Chair & CD decided to run 2 of 4 round competitions allowing us two results from the day towards the end of year Electric totals. Andrew Wallace had also provided medals for the top 3 of the total (all 8 rounds) days flying - Thank You Andrew
The competition was to be two sets of 4 rounds allowing the worst flight in each event to be dropped. Conditions were weird, no obvious lift indicators, a variable wind & sun conditions making finding lift difficult, but those who managed got some excellent flights.
The Radian gang were again out in force and by the end of the flying only one person was flying a non Radian based model!
Bill had problems with his Filip 400, getting spurious throttle glitches, possibly either a bad connection or an esc problem. Wayne very kindly allowed him to share his Radian Pro. Ronnie was flying a bitsa of a HK Phoenix 2000 fuselage and a Radian wing, Tommy was now the only non Radian based model with his FVK Silent Dream!
The first event results were:
(discard in RED)
Second Event Result:
(discard in RED)
8 Round Total (for Andrew's Medals)
Andrew wins first event, Richard the second and Andrew overall for the day
100S Boyce Trophy 6th July 2014
Afternoon forecast was again porr for Mallusk, so we pulled this event forward to a 10 am start to hopefully finish before the rains!
Eight pilots took part. Richard borowed Andrews' Osprey after damaging his Ava test flying before the event, Ronnie snapped the wings on his Bubble Dancer hlg flying it off the winch which it wasn't really designed for! Air was all over the place, lift was hard to come by and had to be worked hard for any effect. Sam turned out his re-repaired Osprey which he always flies to good effect, Andrew flew a Tracker and there were various Aquila's,Algebra's and Risers. Wayne flew his newly acquired Riser and had the biggest smile of the day when he won a slot with it!
We flew 4 rounds which allowed one discard and most people needed one!
After the 4 rounds, Sam and Andrew were top of the heap and after some debate on the conditions and suitability of models,
went on to a 2 man 2 round fly off
Andrew got a good lead from the first flight which he never looked like losing in the second as neither pilot found lift and
both were down fairly quickly.
Andrew wins the 100S Boyce Cup
(sorry there are no pics, but we were all too busy flying or timing!)
Area Open Thermal Championship 1st June 2014
With the forecast for later Sunday being for heavy rain, a decision was taken to have an earlier start time of 10am. Six pilots turned out to
compete, with some having been unable to attend due to family commitments or equipment problems. Wind was WSW gusting 5 - 10mph
with a light overcast . Conditions were very variable with lift appearing & disappearing in an instant and conditions close to the ground being exceptionally turbulent. This was to take out two of the competitors, Paul Freeman in Rd 1, when on landing approach he suffered a severe unexpected tip stall and damaged the left wingtip of the only model he had with him. In Rd 2 Wayne suffered a similar fate, incurring a cracked fuz which also put him out. Several other fliers had similar problems, but escaped with no damage. After 4 rounds the scores were as follows:
At this point with the weather deteriorating, the fliers decided the fly off should be the top 2 after 4 rounds. Tommy & Andrewe contested
the 2 round Fly off, with Andrew taking a commanding lead after Rd 1, almost doubling Tommy's time. In Rd 2 all Andrew had to do was cover Tommy and follow him, but he did more than this and again outsoared Tommy to win the fly off convincingly. Both fliers were using Eliminator 134 models designed by John Stevens. These had almost identical planforms, but Tommy had a semi symmetrical section, whereas Andrew's was undercambered and seemed to work better in the calmer conditions of the Fly Off.
Fly Off Scores
Congratulations to Andrew winning the Area Open Thermal Champs after several years of trying
below is a pic of the winning model
Open Thermal & Electric 27 April 2014
This was the first event of 2014 and the weather & turnout were both excellent. Five pilots in thermal, eight in Electric. Weather was light
overcast with a northerly 10 - 12 mph breeze.
Electric was dominated by Radians, with 4 Radian R/E's and one Pro
The full results are below:
Richard wins the first open event of 2014
Bob wins with his Radian Pro and Tommy's Silent Dream is the only non Radian in the top 6!