We were lucky, weather was not too bad, wind a bit blustery, but not too uncomfortable, temperature just about right. All set to go.
Turnout was good, all in all 10 contestants. It was undemocratically decided to fly the following events: 2 minute loops, Climb and glide, 60 sec flight, Limbo.
2 Minute loops was a good event for most, it really got the gunge out of all those engines after almost 6 months of idleness. Sadly Matthew’s engine quit twice after a single loop.
Alistair was top of the league with an impressive 61 loops in 2 minutes, even though he ended up flying over Newcastle. Sean’s much anticipated flight did not fly, due to the electric-wizzy thing not doing what it was asked to do. After much prodding and poking a faulty BEC was identified as being the cause, but it was too late then. Sean vowed to go back to the known unpredicatability of ‘real engines’ for the next comp.
My overal impression was that people have learned not to make the loops too tight, so that you have better tracking and spend less time trying to keep on track. And next time we will impose strict rules as to where you can fly, so that we don’t end up 1 mile downwind. 60 degrees from center, that’s it. Go outside that area and your loops are not counted!
Alistair : 61
Dennis : 52
Trevor : 51
Paul : 48
Kees : 46
Iain : 43
Next the 20 sec Climb and Glide as long as you can. Engines that would stop for no reason are known to go on for ever in this event. Both Iain and myself suffered from an over-enthousiastic engine. By the time my trusty OS finally got the message, I was almost on the ground. Iain was smarter, he kept his height while trying to coerce the engine to stop!
Results are (in seconds) with a 10 second bonus for landing within 15 paces of your position.
Alistair: 155 +B = 165
Iain: 145 =145
Robert: 144 =144
Matthew:139 +B =149
Dennis: 125 =125
Gordon: 101 +B =111
Trevor: 100 +B = 100
Paul: 74 +B = 84
Kees: 38 +B = 48
Then the event that shows whose internal clocks go slow or fast as the case may be: 60 second flight. You land 60 seconds after you shout ‘Now’.
This turned out to be a very close contest. Dennis set the pace with a starting time of 61 seconds. That would be hard to beat we said. Guess what:
Trevor: 60 secs
Alistair: 60 secs
Dennis: 61 secs
Paul: 62 secs
Iain: 64 secs
Robert: 65 secs
Gordon: 55 secs
Matthew: 67 secs
Kees: 69 secs. (Time? what time, I’m enjoying myself, why do I have to come down already?)
And finally the much anticipated/dreaded Limbo. After carefuly checking the windsock near the hut, we lined up the Limbo poles. Matthew went first, luck/wind was not on his side. For unknown reasons the wind near the Limbo poles appeared to be from a totally different angle than what the windsock said. However, throwing bits of grass in the air kept suggesting we were lined up correct. In hindsight, it was just a whirly-wind, and at times a bit gusty and unpredictable. The scores reflect this, and some flyers did slightly better then others, or were lucky to fly when the wind was down a bit.
Alistair: 9 passes in 90 seconds
Paul and Kees both managed to hit the famous orange strings and were punished with ‘Nill Points’.
The final results after some spreadsheeting and normalising etc..
Alistair: 1st, 400 points
Gordon: 2nd, 289
Iain: 3rd, 285
Dennis: 4th, 284
Trevor: 5th, 261
Robert: 6th, 258
Paul: 7th, 210
Matthew: 8th, 157
Kees: 9th, 115
Which is very close to the results I quickly did on the field. I’ll add the spreadsheet later.
Of course this event would not have been possible without the encouragement, guidance and help your fresh CD received from all present. 😉