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North Island F3B Round 2 – Matamata 2016

I had a great time this past weekend flying F3B!  It was nice to get out and fly some speed and distance, and thermal with a plane that isn't a Maxa (what a difference...).  Everyone pitched in and helped which made for a smooth running contest (excepting broken line issues, of which I had a few).  Attached are the results.  Let me know if you find any errors in my score entry.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with the annoyances of flying distance three at a time.  Having an additional plane in the sky really changes the dynamic of distance.  One possibility could be to try doing it similar to how distance has been run in some F3B comps in the US, with the caller working base A button in addition to calling.  This would reduce the pressures of having everyone working/calling/flying 100% of the time.  It does make for a bit more workload on the caller though.

I'm planning on putting in another line order for 300m and 400m rolls of japanese line (and see if they can color the line so that it is easier to see, I really like megaline in that regard).  Let me know if you want some.  As per the usual, I will bring in enough to last for a while.

Round 2 Results
Overall Results



North Island F3B Round 2 – Matamata 2015

This event (Formula One of soaring) was to be held on the previous weekend but we all agreed to push it back a week so a couple of the regulars could attend the Matamata event. We all assembled at the Waharoa cabins on the Friday Night for the usual catch up and prepare for the next day. The setup the following morning was a little slow and we did set up a downwind course which was a bit un-nerving but as predicted around 11.00 o’clock it swung around to be straight on the winches. We ran Duration for the first round with slight downwind launching which was fine for all competitors. On the Saturday we managed two complete rounds and duration for round three which put us well ahead to have 4 completed rounds for the weekend.

We had Len Drabble with his newly acquired Cyril F3b Model certainly improving on every flight and starting to record some very respectable times despite some worries about the timing function on his transmitter. Neal Moss recorded his first sub 20sec on day 2.

On the second day we had the same course already setup with again the downwind launching until the wind swung around and then had two back to back distance groups with some awesome match racing then into speed with everyone starting to get into the groove and flying some smooth and tight speed times the fastest being on the final run by Joe at 15.50. Peter Williams is really sorting his Fossa and had a PB of 15.50. Richard Thomson also popped in a PB of 16.99 even with real bad flutter on one aileron on his Fossa. Dave James made his Big Sting travel the fastest it’s ever been with a PB of 17.97. Most laps in distance was Peter Williams with 25 laps. There were lots of 10.00 minutes and 100 landing exactly as everyone improves in duration and the landing spot is so large compared to our other events, although the duration task had more influence than normal on the results due to the challenging air in the mornings. As per classic Formula 1 competition, the performance in the pits can be very important.  Kev demonstrated some fast pit work as he broke his fuselage on his first landing on Sunday, and got the plane repaired and ready to fly in just a few minutes.  He had to repeat his fast repair work a couple more times as the day progressed.

The Saturday night was a very quiet social night although thanks to Fraser Briggs turning up we had some great Indian Jokes and a catch up as the aero boys also had a competition and AGM on. We had planned to have the Monday there as a fun fly day but with the inclement forecast not to good we all abandoned this with and early start on the road home. Thanks to Aneil Patel for organising the field and accommodation- Dave James for sorting the loo and Len Drabble for once again bringing all the SIG gear up and Joe Wurts for doing the score calcs.

Joe Wurts flew his new and annoyingly bright Shinto with consistent results to earn 1st overall with Kevin Botherway not far off in second place and Peter Williams right behind him in third place.  Richard Thompson flew well to finish in fourth place a bit ahead of Dave Larson in fifth place.

1          WURTS,            Joe                   11934.8
2          BOTHERWAY,  Kevin                11734.4
3          WILLIAMS,        Peter                11659.7
4          THOMPSON,     Richard             11428.3
5          LARSEN,          Dave                11410.0
6          KAISER,           Chris                 11391.8
7          JAMES,            David               10303.8
8          MOSS,            Neal                  10104.5
9          PATEL,             Aneil                 9806.7
10         DRABBLE,        Len                   9466.9
11         BEALING,         Ted                   8262.9

2015 F3B Results after Round 2
2015 F3B Round 2 Results
2015 F3B Round 2 Flight Scores


F3K 2015 Results

2015 F3K Series 3 of 4



Soarchamp 2015 Results

Soarchamps 2015 Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3B Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3J Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3K Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - Premier Duration Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - RADIAN Overall Results




67th Nats Results

Event 053 Premier Duration Flight Scores
Event 053 Premier Duration Overall Result

Event 054 ALES200 Flight Scores
Event 054 ALES200 Overall Result

Event 055 Thermal A Flight Scores
Event 055 Thermal A Overall Result

Event 056 Thermal A RES Flight Scores
Event 056 Thermal A RES Overall Result

Event 057 ALES123 Flight Scores
Event 057 ALES123 Overall Result

Event 058 ALES Radian Flight Scores
Event 058 ALES Radian Overall Results

Event 059 F3J Flight Scores
Event 059 F3J Overall Results

Event 060 F5J Flight Scores
Event 060 F5J Overall Results

Event 061 F3B Distance Flight Scores
Event 061 F3B Duration Flight Scores
Event 061 F3B Overall Results
Event 061 F3B Speed Flight Scores

Event 062 F3K Flight Scores
Event 062 F3K Overall Results




Soarchamp 2014 Results
Soarchamps 2014 results
2014 Soarchamps - ALES200 Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - ALES200 Overall Results
2014 Soarchamps - F3K Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - F3K Overall Results
2014 Soarchamps - F3K TRIAL Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - F3K TRIAL Overall Results
2014 Soarchamps - Premier Duration Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - Premier Duration Overall Results
2014 Soarchamps - RADIAN Event 1 Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - RADIAN Event 1 Overall Results
2014 Soarchamps - RADIAN Event 2 Flight Scores
2014 Soarchamps - RADIAN Event 2 Overall Results




66th Nats Results
Event 053 Premier Duration Flight Scores
Event 053 Premier Duration Overall Result

Event 054 ALES200 Flight Scores
Event 054 ALES200 Overall Result

Event 055 FAI F3J Flight Scores
Event 055 FAI F3J Overall Result

Event 056 FAI F5J Flight Scores
Event 056 FAI F5J Overall Result

Event 057 FAI F3K Flight Scores
Event 057 FAI F3K Overall Result

Event 059 Thermal A Overall Result

Event 060 Thermal A RES Overall Result

Event 061 ALES123 Overall Result

Event 062 ALES123 RADIAN Overall Result