1st Area Meeting Results / Ashdown Forest / 4 March 2007

See report from Gary Oulds

1
J Richardson MFFG
1.29
2
P Harris MFFG
0.27
BMFA F1A Glider
1
J Richardson MFFG
1.29
2
P Harris MFFG
0.27
RAFA F1A Glider
1
T Grey MFFG
4.18
2
G Stringer East Grinstead
2.54
BMFA Coupe
1
T Grey MFFG
4.18
2
G Stringer East Grinstead
2.54
RAFA Coupe
1
N Allen East Grinstead
4.50
2
R Taylor East Grinstead
3.28
3
K Taylor East Grinstead
0.25
BMFA Vintage
1
N Allen East Grinstead
4.50
2
R Taylor East Grinstead
3.28
3
K Taylor East Grinstead
0.25
RAFA Vintage
1
M Cook MFFG
2.56
BMFA HLG
1
M Cook MFFG
2.56
BMFA HLG
RAFA points
   
class
%
points
1
N Allen East Grinstead
Vin
64.4
8
2
R Taylor East Grinstead
Vin
46.2
7
3
T Grey MFFG
Coupe
43.0
6
4
M Cook MFFG
HLG
41.9
5
5
G Stringer East Grinstead
Coupe
29.0
4
6
J Richardson MFFG
F1A
19.8
3
7
P Harris MFFG
F1A
6.0
2
8
K Taylor East Grinstead
Vin
5.6
1
RAFA Points
 
1st Area
E Grinstead
20
Maidstone
16
Crawley
0
Weather - Wet, turbulent & wet (and more wet)
Compiled by Mike Cook - CD

Report from Gary Oulds

Dennis Bird launches for John Richardson
Dennis Bird launches for John Richardson

Location:  Ashdown Forest Roman Road car park.
Wind: South Easterly>SSE 15-20mph.
Wet and windy from about 10am onwards
Forecast: Grimly accurate

Flying conditions were generally pretty dire. Anyone who stayed the course I’m sure got a lot more than what they deserved for their efforts. Hopefully the results will show someone from the SE Area in the end managed to pull it all together, although sub-minute Coupe flights from Trevor Grey and Geof Stringer seem to suggest otherwise. Bob Taylor got in a good flight early on in Vintage in what was probably the most short lived brightest part of the day for some years...the first hour before the weather closed in. We arrived just in time to see Ken Taylor's Vintage Lulu tow line hang up eventually the line did snatch off on the gorse, the model was timed but batted down in very poor air. Just as the weather started to change for the worse, it was just starting to rain, Maidstone glider flyers Peter Harris, Dennis Bird and John Richardson set themselves up part way along the firebreak to Camp Hill in the lew of the old radio station. Peter Harris towed his model up first, this launched into very turbulent air, at one point it looked to have got over the worst of it and then was suddenly shot down into the clumps in the valley bottom. Next Maidstone flyer up was Dennis Bird, when the model left Johns hands it looked to be towing ok, right up to the point of release (but not much further). Dennis still using an old faithful wooden Pink Elephant design with impulse hook release, the sudden shockwave unfortunately was a bit too much for it this time and the old bones shattered, one wing panel folded and fluttered away down the hill whilst the rest, still attached to the towline, staved in. The wing had broken in the usual spot, just off of the wing joiners on an old repair which had given way in the wet. (Unlucky).

John Richardson launches for Dennis Bird
John Richardson launches for Dennis Bird

Last away of the group was John's F1A Sija, this towed well, launching smoothly away, best of the bunch. It deserved a lot more, the air wasn't very helpful and the model hung around before eventually moving away still searching for lift heading out across the forest. I thought it did well really but this had still covered quite a distance for its 1.29. This flight didn't inspire much enthusiasm among Crawley Club watching who decided to head for the cars and flasks, as the rains got heavy.

A good initial 40 sec hand launch glider flight by the CD (probably winning his own on the day bottle of wine prize in the process) This briefly inspired Alex Cameron and myself to venture out to the HLG box only to return a few minutes later rather grim faced with a soggy discus hand launch glider.

At this point half of Crawley decided to abandon ship, they’d had enough FUN for the day, and having arrived later than most were in a pretty good parking position to make an early escape for a change..........On the whole it was not a very inspiring start to the year, but not all bad, every cloud has a silver lining. I did spot what looked to be a good flight from Geof and I spotted Neil Allen’s Dynamite powering away through the wind and rain so hats off to all those that kept it going.

Roll on the next meeting.

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