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  • Interglide F5J 2017 Report and Results


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    This year’s Interglide over the weekend 24-25 June run by BARCS saw a necessary change from F3J to the electric launch format of F5J which proved to be very popular.

    Cracking flying site. Forty-seven pilots booked in. Prizes acquired, particular thanks going to UK KST agents, Flightech and C & M Rapid (Model Glasses) Ltd. for their generosity. The previous week saw fantastic weather. So what could possibly go wrong at Interglide 2017. Well, being the UK in June it’s no surprise, the weather changed for the weekend.

    But actually even this couldn’t put a dampener on a fantastic event.

    Prize Table

    The BARCS team arrived at Hamilton Farm Airstrip near Ashford, Kent on the Thursday evening to find the field that we had previously seen short mown by sheep, now knee deep in grass as the farmer had decided silage was a more profitable use of the land. But no worries, he just cut us an appropriate strip for the launch and landing area. He took down fences to allow us access from the pits, having previously provided the camping area with water and electricity feeds, erected the marquee and generally done anything and everything we asked.

    Saturday dawned bright but with a stiffish westerly breeze, a little off the ideal south westerly direction, which meant the treeline running along the edge of the field did cause some turbulence during launch and landing phases. CD Peter Allen called a pilot’s briefing at 9 am and flying got underway by 9.30. In the early slots, most pilots opted for a fast low run into wind, gaining height at the upwind end of the field where there were some trees and the ground fell away a little. Despite their efforts, very few were able to get any real benefit from slope lift and with the slight uphill gradient on the landing approach many were caught out, leaving them short of the spot. This was very much a feature of the weekend and certainly helped spread the scores a little.

    The Field Round One Slot One gets underway

    In later slots, the braver competitors did start to find lift further out and downwind, best exemplified by Steve Haley who made a very purposeful launch to his downwind right, straight into strong thermal lift, which he proceeded to follow some distance, on occasions appearing to disappear into the low cloud base.

    Two rounds in and the rain arrived, unfortunately a little early to take lunch as the caterers were still on route but they did arrive before the rain stopped, so we were able to avoid too much loss of time. Many also took advantage of teas, coffees and cakes supplied from ‘Poppy’ the vintage caravan refreshment shop. Flying recommenced around 1.30 but although conditions improved throughout the afternoon, they remained very testing. Six rounds were completed on day one as scheduled, helped by there only being one reflight, claimed by Bob Tito following a mid-air which left his Supra damaged, requiring him to change to his back up Xplorer. 

     Steve Haley's Pike Perfections Stork 8

    By 7.30 in the evening, the strains of the days flying were soon but a distant memory as the barbecue got underway and the free beer provided by BARCS flowed. Locally brewed 1606 bitter was used to try and educate the European palate to the joys of a good warm English pint.

    Sunday’s conditions were much improved though still windy but bright with a fair amount more thermal activity. A further three rounds were flown prior to lunch, with Brit Steve Haley the very clear leader over the nine rounds, 900 points clear of his nearest rival, made up of five slot wins, three at over 990 plus a drop round.

    Wise old sages Bob Tito and Jan-Niclas Weiss

    So Steve Haley, three juniors including Steve’s son Simon, Adrien Gallet (FRA) and Jan-Niclas Weiss (GER) were joined by Frenchmen Peter Franconville, Alain Lehoux, Bertrand Wilmot and Guillaume Gallet, German, Peter Nelles and Bob Tito from Holland in the ten man, three round fly off.  The extra challenge of fifteen minute flights required some very skilful and extreme flying downwind, resulting in land outs for some pilots.

    Fly Off Group

    The awards ceremony took place back at the marquee with a fine array of trophies and prizes provided by the organisers and Eurotour, including the BARCS Micro-Mold Interglide Trophy. Overall winner was Bertrand Willmot (FRA) flying a Maxa, second Steve Haley (GBR) Pike Perfection and very commendably third Simon Haley (GBR) Xplorer2.

    Podium
    Steve Haley 2nd - Bertrand Willmot 1st - Simon Haley 3rd

    Because of the wind strength throughout the weekend, most models were being flown with ballast and at weights of around 2kg. Xplorers, Maxas and Pike Perfections and a few Optimus were favourites with the competitors. There were also a couple of Muller Egidas and one or two lesser known models. Adrien Gallet very successfully campaigned an Infinity, with the slightly smaller span of 3.5metres making it very manoeuvrable in the blustery conditions. Launch heights were generally no lower than 180 metres, as required by the low lift air.

    All in all it was a very successful event, we have had plenty of positive feedback and the foreign contingent are very enthusiastic to return next year.

    Results

    Fly Off

    Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3
    1 WILMOT, Bertrand 2450.8 100 2450.8 1000 488.1 962.7
    2 HALEY, Steve 2323.6 94.81 2323.6 860.2 463.4 1000
    3 HALEY (JNR), Simon 2158.6 88.08 2158.6 596.9 1000 561.7
    4 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 2075.7 84.69 2075.7 557.7 536.6 981.4
    5 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 1460.1 59.58 1460.1 614.6 488.1 357.4
    6 NELLES, Peter 1021.4 41.68 1021.4 285.5 416.9 319
    7 LEHOUX, Alain 955.7 39 955.7 0 427.2 528.5
    8 GALLET, Guillaume 936.6 38.22 936.6 466 470.6 0
    9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 906.8 37 906.8 906.8 0 0
    10 TITO, Bob 439.3 17.92 439.3 439.3 0 0

    Preliminary Rounds

    Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 Rnd6 Rnd7 Rnd8 Rnd9 Drop1 Plty
    1 HALEY, Steve 7985.8 100 8498 991.3 1000 512.2 1000 1000 1000 998.2 996.3 1000 512.2 0
    2 LEHOUX, Alain 7084.5 88.71 7737.3 806.5 804.8 1000 1000 652.8 892.6 962 865.2 753.4 652.8 0
    3 WILMOT, Bertrand 7065.4 88.47 7065.4 1000 1000 880.6 746.7 835.7 1000 602.4 1000 0 0 0
    4 NELLES, Peter 7064.3 88.46 7639.5 640.8 878.1 1000 844.4 1000 710 1000 575.2 991 575.2 0
    5 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 7062.8 88.44 7449.7 883.4 994.6 386.9 973.4 892.9 845.8 604.5 881.4 986.8 386.9 0
    6 HALEY (JNR), Simon 7060.4 88.41 7234.1 618 173.7 1000 832.3 966.1 1000 994.4 649.6 1000 173.7 0
    7 TITO, Bob 7017 87.87 7582 902.4 912.4 859.6 799.6 976.8 565 755.6 810.6 1000 565 0
    8 GALLET, Guillaume 6882.2 86.18 7479.6 1000 597.4 691.4 788.4 893.9 619.4 945.6 1000 943.5 597.4 0
    9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 6857.6 85.87 7277.2 741.3 884.6 656.8 982.4 699.8 996.4 943.8 952.5 419.6 419.6 0
    10 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 6691.3 83.79 7178.2 931.5 689.6 714.3 486.9 843.2 1000 1000 554 958.7 486.9 0
    11 SUGRANES, Nicolas 6671.9 83.55 6671.9 733.1 636.7 873.5 883.4 834.1 737.3 973.8 1000 0 0 0
    12 BECHEPAY, Giles 6572 82.3 6572 0 1000 619.5 1000 945.8 1000 336.1 670.6 1000 0 0
    13 PADDON, Colin 6461.8 80.92 6975.9 589 514.1 1000 572.6 1000 806.9 898.6 656.9 937.8 514.1 0
    14 WICKS, Graham 6441.3 80.66 6906.5 1000 840.3 465.2 586.8 506.7 906.9 846.9 792.8 960.9 465.2 0
    15 FISHER, Keith 6362.9 79.68 6657 880.6 1000 1000 533.3 770.5 294.1 466 735.8 976.7 294.1 0
    16 THORNTON, Simon 6225.3 77.95 6225.3 626.6 940.6 549.1 949.5 703.4 964 550.8 941.3 0 0 0
    17 VIOLON, Gerard 6221 77.9 6221 745.2 727.8 669.4 733.3 1000 0 590.4 995.4 759.5 0 0
    18 WEISS, Uwe 6205 77.7 6501.2 750.2 774.2 824.8 885.7 452.5 739.9 983.1 794.6 296.2 296.2 0
    19 VYVES, Wolfgang 6130.9 76.77 6474.3 795.7 859.1 669.6 816.8 825.4 343.4 992.8 697.7 473.8 343.4 0
    20 BINNIE, Gary 6107.7 76.48 6352.1 614.7 659.5 412.5 887.5 1000 738.7 996.3 798.5 244.4 244.4 0
    21 DAMENE, Alain 5920.9 74.14 5920.9 948.6 0 719.9 884 861.4 952.3 945.7 0 609 0 0
    22 GOUILLON, Alex 5860.2 73.38 6331 470.8 661.2 591.3 864.5 946.5 528.1 986.4 777.6 504.6 470.8 0
    23 DICKENSON, Bob 5796.2 72.58 5796.2 297.6 921.1 0 484.2 375.9 816.2 1000 1000 901.2 0 0
    24 MITCHELL, Pete 5789.9 72.5 5897.7 792.9 595.9 946.9 453.9 591.5 107.8 1000 408.8 1000 107.8 0
    25 SONNTAG, Hans Werner 5784.8 72.44 6151.5 482 874.4 675.2 845.4 713.2 844.4 1000 650.2 366.7 366.7 300
    26 MATHEWS, Gary 5746.9 71.96 6120.3 580.1 879.3 719.9 663.5 893.9 645.6 921.3 373.4 443.3 373.4 0
    27 ECREPONT, Luc 5740.2 71.88 6010.3 473.9 686.6 923.4 618.7 771.2 658.6 673.9 933.9 270.1 270.1 0
    28 DIEUMEGARD, Michel 5628.4 70.48 5628.4 764.4 829.2 450.1 1000 950 310.2 913.8 0 410.7 0 0
    29 LIPSCOMBE, Al 5562.5 69.65 5910.6 1000 490.5 881.7 831.8 639 610.2 537.9 348.1 571.4 348.1 0
    30 BRANDRETH, Phil 5534.6 69.31 5534.6 888 435.7 650.7 594.1 893.8 904 0 884.1 284.2 0 0
    31 SONNTAG, Gerrit 5363.9 67.17 5596.8 559.8 691.2 840.6 1000 735.6 434.9 580.6 521.2 232.9 232.9 0
    32 WILMOT, Tierry 5307.7 66.46 5683.4 578.1 947.4 488.4 725.1 771.7 857.5 375.7 434.6 504.9 375.7 0
    33 WHARRIE, Martin 5238.4 65.6 5631 534.6 542.9 392.6 875.2 880.4 508.1 479.6 651.6 766 392.6 0
    34 BOORMAN, Colin 5188.8 64.98 5531.4 492.5 841.8 373.5 450.3 516.3 848.3 947.5 718.6 342.6 342.6 0
    35 LABROUVE (JNR), Alexis 5140.7 64.37 5140.7 822.5 1000 619.4 0 288.4 843.1 452.4 558.9 556 0 0
    36 CONNELL, Michael 5133.3 64.28 5436 856.1 399 848 628.3 458.3 789.1 755.4 399.1 302.7 302.7 0
    37 SMALL, Eddy 5107.2 63.95 5396.1 613.8 592.2 631.3 823.7 411.2 977.5 740 288.9 317.5 288.9 0
    38 DUFF, Ian 5103.2 63.9 5378.6 768.8 407.2 646.2 596 681.8 578.9 468 956.3 275.4 275.4 0
    39 BEALE, Kevin 5031.4 63 5031.4 605.8 543.2 0 0 0 934.9 947.5 1000 1000 0 0
    40 NICHOLLS, Ian 4792 60.01 4792 568.2 471.5 456.2 865.3 530.5 0 997.3 159 744 0 0
    41 WINKLER, Nils 4760.8 59.62 5061.3 300.5 886.2 920 572.7 540.7 519 387.1 544.8 390.3 300.5 0
    42 JACKSON, Nick 4454.3 55.78 4765.7 473.6 311.4 403.9 664.3 583.9 619.5 587.6 762.4 359.1 311.4 0
    43 WINKLER, Wilhelm 4291.5 53.74 4540.6 670.5 366 596.8 587.5 490 705.9 433.9 249.1 440.9 249.1 0
    44 DALLERY, Emmanuel 4037.4 50.56 4037.4 1000 542.2 244 0 743.8 0 918.5 559.6 29.3 0 0
    45 KRAUSE, Hans Joachim 3997.8 50.06 3997.8 502.4 568.6 699.2 822.8 267 0 490.2 458.7 188.9 0 0
    46 POTTS, Rod 3992.5 49.99 4140.6 523.8 773.8 485.4 617.4 425.7 328.9 212.7 624.8 148.1 148.1 0
    47 LEGRAND, Phillipe 3795.7 47.53 3795.7 814.3 0 382.8 393.3 239 257.6 941.9 273.9 492.9 0 0

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