2nd Area Meeting Results / Ashdown Forest / 25 March 2007

See report from Gary Oulds

1
J Oulds Crawley
7.30 + 2.01
2
J Richardson MFFG
6.14
3
D Bird MFFG
4.52
4
G Oulds Crawley
2.47
BMFA Combined Glider
1
J Oulds Crawley
7.30
2
J Richardson MFFG
6.14
3
D Bird MFFG
4.52
4
G Oulds Crawley
2.47
RAFA Combined Glider
1
R Willes Crawley
1.22
BMFA & RAFA P30
1
T Grey MFFG
10.57
2
A Cameron Crawley
7.15
BMFA F1B
1
T Grey MFFG
5.57
2
A Cameron Crawley
3.52
RAFA F1B
1
K Taylor East Grinstead
5.38
2
R Taylor East Grinstead
5.31
3
J Shephard MFFG
5.25
4
M Stagg MFFG
5.20
5
P Norman Crawley
3.11
BMFA & RAFA Mini Vintage
RAFA points
   
class
%
points
1
J Oulds Crawley
CG
100
12 + 4
2
K Taylor East Grinstead
MV
93.90
11
3
R Taylor East Grinstead
MV
92.00
10
4
J Shephard MFFG
MV
90.30
9
5
M Stagg MFFG
MV
88.90
8
6
J Richardson MFFG
CG
83.10
7
7
T Grey MFFG
F1B
79.30
6
8
D Bird MFFG
CG
64.90
5
9
P Norman Crawley
MV
53.00
4
10
A Cameron Crawley
F1B
51.55
3
11
G Oulds Crawley
CG
37.10
2
12
R Willes Crawley
P30
22.80
1
RAFA Points
 
1st Area
2nd Area
total
Maidstone
16
35
51
East Grinstead
20
21
41
Crawley
0
26
26

Weather - Moderate easterly, overcast
Compiled by Mike Cook - CD

Dennis Bird and Terry Knight enjoy the breeze
Dennis Bird and Terry Knight enjoy the breeze

Report from Gary Oulds

Wind direction: Briefly north-easterly but mostly easterly, speed averaged around 15mph. Generally it was not as windy as expected. Quite mild conditions with little patchy sunshine.

Initially we all gathered at Bushy Willows car park, and prepared to walk out. Tony Clark was quickly out the blocks (maybe too quick) with his contest successful Seraph, only to return to the cars moments later, almost before we’d opened our doors, having already pranged the model winging in possibly due to a cross wind tow up. Dad, Terry and myself walked out along the main firebreak to a towing area , halfway between the Roman Road and Bushy Willows car parks (models going out towards Friends Clump or swinging more and more woods-wise as the day went on). A few flyers remained at Bushy Willows for early flights but most eventually moving along to Smugglers car park.

John Richardson’s Seja once again looked to be flying well but his first flight had sub-maxed, he then went on to max the last two. We watched his second flight soaring smoothly above us (not realising it was destined for the woods at the time) as we crossed the valley in search of dad’s first. My model was in sink almost pretty much from the word go, the short flight was found nestled in the back of a small fir tree about 6ft off the ground, overhanging a cutting which I then tucked it safe into before moving on to look for dad’s. We also returned Dennis Bird’s precious sole surviving A1, (although dad had initially jokingly suggested we hide it) passing Team Richardson on the way back John, Mandy with their new lively puppy retriever O.D. Dennis, having seen me pick his model up, was helping Jervis Shephard, whose glider wouldn’t release on tow, eventually spinning round and round on the line then into the ground. …yet another impulse release casualty!

Alex Cameron launches Prima Wakefield
Alex Cameron launches Prima Wakefield

Meanwhile a rubberfied Alex Cameron was enjoying the day taking a break once again from glider, today he was getting to grips tweaking his Kit Prima Wakefield helped by Terry Knight. Notably his flights steadily improved throughout the day …despite the odd miss-fold or two, something to work on. But then, even the experienced Ashdown Wakefield flyers Mike Richardson and Trevor Grey, both having won this event in the past, couldn’t quite string five in a row today. Although mostly occupied by glider I spotted Bob & Ken Taylor, Jarvis Shephard, Martin Stagg and Peter Norman I think all flying Mini Vintage. Ken then put in some catapult glider flights with a vintage Dingbat design - looking to claim that bottle prize no doubt, in the new all year run HLG/CAT event flown and instigated by CD Michael Cook.

Fly-off

John Oulds after Glider fly-off
John Oulds after Glider fly-off

In the end dad just managed to get through the day to the fly-off stage at Ashdown this time. It had taken us the best part of an hour to get back from the last glider flight, which had dropped into the middle of the Lodge fields, even though it was fairly straight forward there and back it was still a long trek, only just getting back to the Smugglers car park at 5.45. We decided to drive round to the Roman Road thinking we might get a chance of a longer flight or at least avoid dropping into the woods again, towing roughly from were John, Den and Peter were behind the old radio station at the first meeting. But from there the wind was disappointingly going up over the brow just right of Camp Hill, instead of as hoped more out across the forest...with time running out and now into the last 1/4hr fly-off slot 6.06-6.21pm there just wasn't enough time to move again so he took a chance and launched pretty much knowing that unless it was going to really boom away to great height it was probably going to go out of sight fairly quickly. The model slightly over-bunted recovering well and actually then looked to be bouncing away gaining some height, and at this stage the flight could have gone either way and timekeeper Alex was quick to put the bins onto it, but then it quickly decayed disappearing over the Camp Hill plateau, clocked off just over 2mins...Dad then went on to retrieve the model thinking it hadn't gone that far whilst I packed up at the car. Eventually I walked up to Camp Hill after a while, I was surprised he hadn't reappeared with the model, obviously a bit worried and relieved to meet him half way on the way back up to Camp Hill. Knackered but safely with the model in tow...surprisingly having travelled roughly twice the distance again out of view...easily another min unfortunately timekeepers eyes can’t bend round or over hills...Still it was a great result for the Area to at least get someone again into the fly-off on a tricky day. John generally picked off the air well with a potent model it all clicked and we rode the luck…nothing broken for a change.

There was good support from all as usual both flying and none flying. Most had obviously recovered from the drenching disappointment of the first meeting (Although it should be mentioned we did actually have flyers come first and second nationally in F1G and if your not in it you can’t win it so congratulations to Trevor and Geoff for persevering on such a rotten day) Such is Ashdown with better weather looming hopefully the next meeting will be even better………see you there!

Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee

It was both lovely to see Nigel Lee and Rosemary but also at the same time a little bit sad to suddenly see all those great models being given out from the boot of his car. At the time I just couldn’t quite bring myself to take one (we are not worthy! I guess hoping maybe he’d change his mind). But I can also see his point it would be a shame to just throw them all away if someone else can get as much pleasure from them and he told me how much he’d really enjoyed his time flying on the forest over the years…I hope he will still come over to Ashdown though and we can only wish them all the best.

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