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9th F3K 14 Day Duration Challenge


Tony Beckett
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Tony Beckett

Simon said:- "Lovely conditions this morning so I thought I would try 5x2 type practice, first proper throw found real lift so went for a ride instead and came home with 15:23, no record breaker but a nice start, best one of the day as it turned out, up and down like a yo-yo so I went back to trying to "land" on time....

Simon B,F3K,Stream NXT,15:23, 03-07-16."

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This is a for fun challenge, anyone with a hand-launch glider that conforms to the F3K (up to 1.5m) or Mosquito (less than 1m) class can post a time.
Object: Fly your F3K or Mosquito class hand launch glider for as long as possible from a flat field, the person who's time is unbeaten for 14 days 'wins' and a new challenge starts.

Rules: Fly safely. No slope soaring.

Please post your times as follows:-. Pilot Name, F3K or Mosquito class, model name, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight. Previous challenges for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 can be seen at www.f3k.uk

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Sorry Simon B.

Mike Fantham, F3K, Snipe, 15:44, 6/7/2016

The flight was really a bit longer but I accidentally zeroed my watch about 15 seconds in.  Took the 'second' time on the watch.  It got high and I rode out and returned a couple of times before the air seemed to just run out.

Seemed like a proper Summer's Day.

 

 

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Simon Jones

I was on holiday in the Gower last week so enjoyed some slope soaring from the campsite at Three Cliffs Bay.  I took my Aeromod Miraj as a proper sloper when the wind was right and a Snipe for light lift / wrong wind direction.  Today was the first flyable since I got back and I managed a 19 mins 14 secs at lunchtime.  Lift was really strong and bumpy coupled with a fairly strong breeze.  I managed to gain some height and the first 10-11 mins were ok.  There were some really threatening black clouds coming over and it turned cold with a few big spots of rain.  I thought it would be a dash to the car at any point and I came down to launch height in the sink / breeze.  I managed to pick up some more bumpy lift and ride it out for the remainder of the flight but never got above 3-400ft.

Simon Jones, F3K, 19 mins 14 secs, 13.07.16

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Got out on Monday morning for a session.    After a few trimming tosses, I noticed a group of small birds feeding in a thermal, so launched and headed that way and did 30:32!  

Michael Stern F3K 30:32 18.07.16

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Simon Jones

Hi Mike,  Nice one.  Raises the bar a bit.  Monday looked lovely but I couldn't get out.  I had a quick session before work yesterday morning as I knew it would be too hot at lunchtime in long trousers!  It was surprisingly lumpy with strong sink and I struggled to get away on anything so best flights were less than 3 mins.  Strange how my longest flights of the year were in January and February:ermm:

Simon.

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Simon Jones

I had a 45 minute 'window' today to have a crack at Mike's time.  Phew - what hard work for the first 15 mins!....I wish I had a logger as I managed at least 3 'saves' from under 30ft and probably didn't get above 500ft in all of that time.  It was really bumpy stuff and with light winds the lift didn't drift in a predictable way. After the last low level save I hooked into a decent narrow column and managed to spec out.  The lift was a bit more organised at height and I was able to do a 36.48 and rush back to work...

The weekend is looking good for others to have a go at this target.  (I will be at Castle Combe tomorrow competing in the Dick Mayo sprint)

Simon Jones, F3K, 22.07.16, 36 mins 48 secs.

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Simon Jones

I think the 9th challenge time has expired so hopefully this starts the 10th....  I went out at lunchtime with my mate Ian and third launch gave me a 24.46.  Conditions were pretty good and it was relatively easy to link up thermals.  I was down at 100ft at the 20 minute mark but managed some scratching about for another 5 mins.

Simon Jones, F3K, 24 mins 46 secs, 5th August 2016.

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Tony Beckett

Simon wins Challenge 9, this gives him 8 wins out of the 9 this year, with only Mike Challinor getting a win with the 1st of the year. Good stuff Simon!

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