5th AREA MEETING / ASHDOWN FOREST / 20 September 2009

Report from Gary Oulds

"Rubber men, gliders and Electric Cowboys"

North Easterly end of the Forest, nice day, a not un-favourable direction, and a slight breeze meant that most models dropped safely into the valley bottom or at least not too far up the adjacent slopes.

Good day for Maidstone despite being a little thin on the ground, those that flew did well. Trevor Grey's long running electric E30 model probably took it further across the Forest than most, he did very well to max out. Also flying E30 was Peter Lang who unluckily just missed the fly-off by 8 seconds. John Richardson had a pretty good day flying glider, an early max that headed out towards Camp Hill looked as good as any I saw all day, he dropped some time that sent him tumbling down the RAFA listings but not that much it was still a good effort.

Some flights found the clumpiest retrieves, one particular spot seemed to swallow quite a few models; making a direct bee-line point to point retrieving was not always the wisest move. You could circumnavigate the worst of it though, and just hope you reached the model before one of the now almost infamous black cattle took a fancy to it.

Ashdowns never dead cert easy but I thought it was a tricky day. It seemed as easy to drop flights as to max, as the conditions showed very little difference, air wise, between the good and not quite so good, although unusually stable for both glider and rubber. The Crawley Rubber A team of Peter Cameron, John Oulds and myself on the day made a mess of it. We had reasonably high hopes of doing well, but in the end all of us failed to pick good enough air on at least one flight and found ourselves propping up the foot of the RAFA rubber listing.

Mike Cook recovered from a rather disappointing drop on his first glider flight to then rattled off four straight maxes for a few points.

The E Grinstead A team of Geoff Stringer, Mike Richardson and Ken Taylor were looking to do well nationally and also claw back some points on Crawley. They handled it well. Picking off max after max, all three reached the fly-off stage with relative ease. Martin Stagg of Maidstone joined them, he seemed to be doing the majority of retrieving for all three clubs during the day and more than once was seen returning up the hill laden with other flyers models - what a hero! E Grinstead boosted their scores with good backing-up from Bob Cherry in rubber and Rob Taylor flying rubber and power. There must be more than one Ken Taylor for sure, because he's listed three times in the results. It didn't quite work in all the classes but yet another great effort.

Crawley's rather poor RAFA showing in rubber prompted both Alex and John to get their gliders out. John completed his flights just in time, using two models, but a mistake on his second tow up spoilt an otherwise good run. Alex Cameron went one better by reaching the fly-offs, he maxed with a model that looked to be gliding pretty much spot on, much to the relief of Crawley, as his effort rather salvaged their day.

The day concluded with the fly-offs. Ken had a late afternoon call from home that his son Scott who had just torn knee ligaments in a Motocross accident, so was unable to complete a fly-off for the team. Our best wishes to Scott for a full and speedy recovery.

Geoff Stringer was the best of the four contending the rubber at Ashdown with 5.56. Another good effort from a slightly imperfect slapped launch. Hot wired Trevor Grey's E30 almost match it for time with a very creditable 5.40. Alex Cameron's glider leaned out a bit the wrong side on tow, resulting in a lower than usual bunt out, but fortunately recovered really well and the flight was then further saved by its super glide. 3.20 wasn’t bad considering.

Good conclusion to the day hope all enjoyed it either flying or supporting.

The national BMFA results can be found on the Free Flight Technical Committee website.

Peter Lang

Peter Lang - 8 seconds short of a full score

BMFA Combined Rubber Team
1
G Stringer E Grinstead
7.30 + 5.56
2
M Richardson E Grinstead
7.30 + 5.18
3
M Stagg Maidstone
7.30 + 4.05
4
K Taylor E Grinstead
7.30 +0.00
5
R Taylor E Grinstead
7.01
6
P Cameron Crawley
6.58
7
G Oulds Crawley
6.54
8
J Oulds Crawley
6.27
BMFA SLOP
1
R Taylor E Grinstead
7.06
2
K Taylor E Grinstead
1.43
BMFA F1A Glider
1
A Cameron Crawley
12.30 + 3.20
2
J Oulds Crawley
11.46
3
M Cook Crawley
11.25
4
J Richardson Maidstone
11.22
5
K Taylor E Grinstead
4.51
BMFA E30
1
T Grey Maidstone
16.00 + 5.40
2
P Lang Maidstone
5.52
RAFA Combined Rubber
1
G Stringer E Grinstead
7.30
2
M Richardson E Grinstead
7.30
3
M Stagg Maidstone
7.30
4
K Taylor E Grinstead
7.30
5
R Cherry E Grinstead
7.21
6
R Taylor E Grinstead
7.01
7
P Cameron Crawley
6.58
8
G Oulds Crawley
6.54
9
J Oulds Crawley
6.27
RAFA SLOP
1
R Taylor E Grinstead
7.06
2
K Taylor E Grinstead
1.43
RAFA F1A Glider
1
A Cameron Crawley
7.30
2
J Oulds Crawley
6.46
3
M Cook Crawley
6.38
4
J Richardson Maidstone
6.25
5
K Taylor E Grinstead
4.51
RAFA E30
1
T Grey Maidstone
16.00 + 5.40
2
P Lang Maidstone
5.52
RAFA POINTS
   
class
%
points
1
A Cameron Crawley
F1A
100
15.5+6
1
G Stringer E Grinstead
C / R
100
15.5+5
1
T Grey Maidstone
E30
100
15.5+5
1
M Richardson E Grinstead
C / R
100
15.5+5
5
M Stagg Maidstone
Mini Vin
95.5
15.5+4
6
K Taylor E Grinstead
C / R
100
15.5
7
R Cherry E Grinstead
C / R
98
12
8
P Lang Maidstone
E30
97.8
11
9
R Taylor E Grinstead
SLOP
94.7
10
10
R Taylor E Grinstead
C / R
93.5
9
11
P Cameron Crawley
C / R
92.9
8
12
G Oulds Crawley
C / R
92
7
13
J Oulds Crawley
C / R
90.2
6
15
J Richardson Maidstone
F1A
88.4
5
15
J Oulds Crawley
C / R
86
4
16
M Cook Crawley
F1A
85.5
3
15
K Taylor E Grinstead
F1A
64.7
2
16
K Taylor E Grinstead
sLOP
22.9
1
RAFA Shield
 
1st Area
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
total
Crawley
57
128
74
92.5
49.5
401
E Grinstead
40
77
96
38.5
90.5
342
Maidstone
23
62
14.5
30
56
185.5

Weather : Light northerly winds, easing at fly-off time

Compiled by Mike Cook - CD

Alex Cameron with his electonic F1A

Alex Cameron retrieves his high visibility winning model

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