I was asked if I could collate the results and happenings at Tudor Farm for this year’s Radioglide competition so here’s my attempt!
Saturday 24 May
Two competitions were held on Saturday, F5J in one field and 100S across the road in the other. The day started with heavy rain and did not initially look promising so I held off at home until lunchtime, on the drive over from Brackley the weather improved greatly.
The F5J started around 1:30, very ably directed by Bernie Jones. This was my first F5J competition and I found it very interesting in comparison to F3J, lots of tactics involved, do you use a short or long motor run etc. or in my case who do you follow! There was a soaring weather window of a couple of hours then light rain returned to end the fun. Eleven pilots took part, I was pleased to come eighth but the winner was Colin Boorman (pictured below and also his first F5J competition) closely followed by Colin Paddon and Kevin Beale.
Across the road the 100S guys directed by Alan Morton were launching regularly and we had a grandstand view of one Tracker’s demise on the line! 12 pilots competed in the 100S with John Shenstone a very worthy winner, Alan second and Neville Warby third. A joint F5J/100S prize giving was held after the 100S fly-off.
|Pilot||Rnd 1||Rnd 2||Rnd 3||Rnd 4||Rnd 5||Final Score||% Score||Position|
|11 Alan Morton||1000||998||1000||1000||1000||4998||100||1|
|5 Neville Warby||966||976||1000||1000||1000||4942||98.9||2|
|1 Mark Deval||1000||1000||910||954||990||4854||97.1||3|
|9 John Shenstone||610||983||952||1000||994||4539||90.8||4|
|3 John Stanswood||861||1000||849||803||1000||4513||90.3||5|
|4 Graham James||885||896||979||746||989||4494||89.9||6|
|2 Gengiz Philcox||956||1000||904||902||718||4480||89.6||7|
|8 Robin Sleight||837||682||839||982||829||4170||83.4||8|
|7 Ken Goddard||666||757||994||641||715||3773||75.5||9|
|10 Bob Dickinson||610||774||842||523||668||3417||68.4||10|
|12 John Hulet||961||967||879||601||0||3408||68.2||11|
|6 Alan Lipscombe||1000||375||1000||953||0||3327||66.6||12|
|slot 1||Time||Bonus||total||running total||Points||Final Positions||total||%|
|1st||9 John Shenstone||1000||100|
|11 Alan Morton||5.5||50||400||400||825||2nd||11 Alan Morton||825||82.5|
|5 Neville Warby||5.37||50||387||387||798||3rd||5 Neville Warby||798||79.8|
|1 Mark Deval||5.2||50||370||370||763||4th||1 Mark Deval||763||76.3|
|9 John Shenstone||7.15||50||485||485||1000||5th||3 John Stanswood||0||0|
|3 John Stanswood||0||0||0||6th||4 Graham James||0||0|
|4 Graham James||0||0||0||7th||2 Gengiz Philcox||0||0|
|2 Gengiz Philcox||0||0||0||8th||8 Robin Sleight||0||0|
|8 Robin Sleight||0||0||0||9th||7 Ken Goddard||0||0|
|7 Ken Goddard||0||0||0|
|11 Alan Morton||0||0||0|
|5 Neville Warby||0||0||0|
|1 Mark Deval||0||0||0|
|9 John Shenstone||0||0||0|
Sunday 25 May
Sunday dawned with much better weather, a glance at various forecasts before I left home said that it would be breezy which it definitely was!
Again, separate competitions were run in each field, Multi-launch and F3J (Day 1 of the team trials). F3J started promptly after briefing by Sydney Lenssen as the field had been set up on Saturday, blue skies and fluffy cumulus clouds had most people flying the slots out (but underestimating the wind strength and not making the landing tape in my case!).
We could see the multi-launchers launching and I was puzzled why they seemed to stop very early. As there were only seven competitors they had whizzed through the four-round matrix, CD’d by Terry Weeks there were six electric flyers, one winch launcher and no DLG entrants. The result was Terry Weeks first (with a perfect score of 4000 points), followed by Ray Gadenne and Terry Pelling.
Back to the F3J field we were all having fun with the challenging conditions, the slots seemed to alternate with good air and bad air, I did spy a few gliders being retrieved from adjacent fields! Mid-afternoon the whole grid of full-size gliders (from the Nationals at Lasham) filled the sky. They were on a 380 km cross-country task so their task setter had confidence in the conditions (300 k tasks are set on good days, 500 k tasks on ‘mega’ days).
Sunday’s F3J ended after six rounds and plenty of sunburn!
Monday 26 May
Monday morning’s weather was almost the same as Saturday, steady light rain but the winds were much lighter. We had been asked to arrive early to help set the F3J field up which we did and then moved it again after some debate about what the wind direction was actually going to be.
While we were moving the field around the F3K guys got off to an early start and could be seen staying airborne on nothing in the other field (and quite happily flying in the rain).
The rain stopped and off we went with Round 7 of the F3J, I removed all the ballast from my Cluster and wondered how I was going to stay up for 10 minutes! My winch line bunched badly and my first ‘ping’ did not work as I think power had been cut and I was stuck on the line, second ping worked to nearly get me up with the rest of the gliders in that slot. We all floated about at minimum sink and managed to find ‘good air’ that was probably coming off of the chicken sheds (the smell was not so good however!). Fascinating to see the true glide performance of the models.
Light rain returned halfway through Round 7, we hung around optimistically hoping that it would stop but it became obvious that the game was up. Round 7 slot scores were voided and there could be no fly-off.
The F3J result (which was taken as the placings after Round 6) was Dave East first (5,744 points), Kevin Dart second and Neil Jones third.
|Rank||Name||Raw Score||Rnd1 Dur||Rnd2 Dur||Rnd3 Dur||Rnd4 Dur||Rnd5 Dur||Rnd6 Dur||Score||Pcnt|
Meanwhile over in the other field the F3K chaps were still flying. CD’d by Lorry Green the result was first Richard Swindells, second Darius Zibikas and third Vytautus Zibikas.
And there it was, all over for another year! Shame that the weather played a part in spoiling what is always a great weekend, my thanks to all the organisers and CDs.
Radioglide results from the other classes.