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F3B July 2020 in New Zealand


With entries strong for NZ F3b and a great forecast for Hawkes Bay we headed out to the field on the Friday for preliminary practice and set up some winches in the afternoon to tune our models up ready for the event on the Saturday and Sunday. Joe Wurts had his Shinto on song and put together some great launches, helping us all to get our models preforming on the tow. Peter Williams turned up from Wellington for a small duration competition against Joe. Andrew Stiver also had his Cyril ready to go for the event. Kev lost his Shinto on launch after having numerous setup and launch difficulties finding out ballast jammed in one wing for 6 months didn’t help.

Saturday started with the usual setting of the F3b course up and Joe had the forecast nailed with the layout tight for the field unfortunately we had to battle the sun in the afternoon, we got almost two complete rounds away for the Saturday with a little tail wind late in the afternoon we decided to pack it up as some models heavy with ballast (distance slots) could have had trouble getting away. A few models required minor repairs – Richard Thompson fractured the nose on his Fosa again from past repairs and Bruce Clarke had a heavy landing and broke a wing joiner. A great day of flying had by all of us and like usual everyone needed to be either flying calling or running the course.

Thermal action was there but very light and the heavy F3b models struggled to maintain the ten minute flights and it was certainly a change to be using winches and heavy bricks as gliders. Placings overnight were Joe Wurts 1st Peter Williams 2nd Andrew Stiver 3rd.

Sunday brought a similar forecast with light winds but moving around slightly so we reset the course with a slightly different vector which was very hard to get right as you all know forecasts aren’t that spot on in NZ. We had a newbee turn up – Miles Moloney flying a Prima representing Hawkes Bay, he flew well for first F3B event and is progressing well on the winch etc he has started to really dial in on gliders especially hand launch having come from many years of club flying and power planes.

Richard Thompson had one of hard days where everything went sideways in each of his flights and unfortunately went down on the scoreboard from his usual expectations. Peter and Joe’s separation in scores between 1st and 2nd opened up a little during the day. With the wind turning on us again we had to abort the last part of round four but all in all a great weekend of F3b! This suggests it still a strong event here with quite a few not able to make the event we it shows we could still get some great numbers here. Well doe to Andrew Stiver who hasn’t flown F3b much but really has great pilot skills and popped in some great speed runs over the weekend.

Fastest speed run Joe Wurts 16.54 Seconds Distance most laps Joe Wurts 22 laps.

Thanks to Joe for the scoring and draw setup with running the QR codes made it even easier for him. We packed up and most out of town people we on the road by 3’oclock – although leaving Hawkes Bay to go home they had to put their jackets back on.


Overall scores are:
Placing
Name
Score
1st
Joe Wurts
10719.43
2nd
Peter Williams
10354.50
3rd
Andrew Stiver
10164.25
4th
Kevin Botherway
9682.80
5th
Richard Thompson
9218.55
6th
David James
9101.35
7th
Peter Glassey
8567.39
8th
Bruce Clarke
7254.73
9th
Tony Christiansen
5907.20
10th
Miles Moloney
3916.63


F3K Hand-launch Levin

A fun weekend at Levin for our first competition after Covid. The forecast not suggesting it would be that great in the middle of winter. The first four rounds were NDC for the month and then we achieved most of the various tasks for the 13 rounds flown for the weekend. There were a few heats that were fluffy conditions, but they were in a minority. The hardest thing was ensuring you didn’t step in a cowpad when launching or landing your plane with one every square meter. We manged 7 rounds on the Saturday with rain and real cold stuff just arriving late in the day so we scrambled to pack up and finish for the day and a few went to the local Cobb n Co for an evening meal.

A huge welcome to a couple of new contest pilots – Barry Hall and Miles Moloney. Both very good pilots and have grasped the format of the competition very quickly. It is a great thing we stop before each overall round to explain the task and possible strategies it gives everyone a clear perspective. The Sunday was again various conditions and with the wind stepping up it made the trees on the edge of the paddock able to produce slope lift at times, this allowed some great thermals to break off and create some long flights.

Many thanks to Jonathan Shorer from Levin Model Aeroplane Club who provided the use of the field and organised lunches for us on both days. It is a great location and field which does attract many Wellington locals! In the final results the Hawkes Bay Club cleaned up (like the Club nats results!) with 5 out of the top 6 competitors being from MFHB! Thanks to all for a great time especially Steve Warner who travelled from Whakatane for this one!

Overall scores are:
Placing
Name
Score
1st
Joe Wurts
11962.9
2nd
Peter Williams
11947.6
3rd
Kevin Botherway
11663.9
4th
Myles Moloney
10704.2
5th
Andrew Hiscock
10289.3
6th
Kevin Campell
10126.9
7th
Stu Cox
9258.7
8th
Lee Kleynhans
9255.3
9th
Steve Warner
8795.2
10th
Gavin Rhodes
7801.0
11th
Barry Hall
7629.3
12th
Clifton King
5580.9
13th
David James
5347.4
14th
Warren Whitcher
5263.1
15th
Len Drabble
3337.5


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