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11th F3K 14 Day Duration Challenge

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Simon said:-
"I got out this lunchtime in the sunshine.  A mix of very strong 'elevator' lift and then sink to match with a fairly stiff breeze to punish going too far back!  After a few 1 /1/2 minute flights I hooked up and followed some decent lift back and did an 8.01.  Best after that was a 3 minute.  A nice easy target for the next challenge....

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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.

Post your times as follows:-.
Pilot Name, F3K or Mosquito class, model name, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight. (Please do the posting within 48 hours of the flight)

Previous challenges since 2012 can be seen at www.f3k.uk

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Simon B

Moody sky this morning in South Oxfordshire, and even moodier air, I thought I might have problems with my gear more than once, but I think it was just turbulence. I managed 10+ mins a few times, going down- wind fast, with kites and swallows, but couldn't beat my first test launch flight of 12:39.

Simon B, F3k, Nxt, 12:39, 23/08/17.

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Simon B

Sorry folks, I've been off work this week so was out again today in much nicer conditions. Third launch straight into good lift, specked out in no time, so I thought I'd string it out as long as I could, spent twenty minutes at eye straining altitude before the entire sky seemed to be sinking and was back on the ground as fast as I'd gone up.

Simon B, F3k, nxt 26:56, 25/08/17.

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Phil C

Got home from work at around 4 today & conditions looked perfect for some much needed practice before Twywell! Decided on the stream & got away nicely before the BiG sink for a 10:19! Then a big black rumbling cloud full of rain & thunder threatened so I just practiced my launches & landings for a bit.

Hadnt kept an eye on the challenge & thought it was still at 8mins! 😏 Nicely done Simon! Should have tried harder 🙄

Bring on Twywell 😃

 

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Tony Beckett

Simon Barker wins the 11th Challenge.

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Simon B

I went out for a bit of windy practice with my old and battered Stark because it's rather heavy  and not too precious these days after a lot of rather major repairs, but after a bit of setting up flies really nicely, if a bit like a bus. Lots of thermal action and moving fast it was great fun, got a 5:56 to start us off on the next challenge.

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