BMFA League5 - 5th / 6th Sept 2009
F3F report by Mike Shellim
R5 was held at Whitesheet near Mere in Wiltshire. The weather forecast was not that great, but despite the long travel, a few hardy NYMRSC members did go South!
60inch Results ( NYMRSC Members shown * )
1 M Abbotts 98 2= J Bennett 93 2= P Townsend 93* 2= M Evans 93 5= F Hulton 91* 5= R Lampe 91* 5= V Eldridge 91 8 J Davies 89 9 S Clarke 81 10 T Prevett 79 11 D Rumble 75 12 W Deighton 74 13 S Clutterbuck 73 14 M Crofts 72 15= R Broughton 71 15= B bates 71
Whitesheet is one of my favourite sites. Not because it's the best slope (which it isn't), nor for the traffic queues which grace the A303, but because the flying there tends to be refreshingly technical: the wind can blow a gale, but try too hard and the model will reward you by falling off the corners.
The fact that the car park is a few wing spans from the slope is just the icing on the cake.
Several familiar names were missing, but twenty-six competitors turned up, an ideal entry for an F3F competition. John Bennett aka Blobby returned to the fray after a layoff, and was in good form for both the EPP 60 on the previous day as well as the F3F (we're working on him to return more regularly!).
Despite a less than perfect forecast, we were blessed with sunshine and 10 - 20 mph winds for most of the day. Times improved steadily from the 50's to the low 40's, as the wind swung to pretty well square on the slope.
Such are the demands of this bowl site, that there were several cuts as well as the odd prang. Phil Taylor had an adventure he wouldn't wish to repeat with his Ascot, and John Sage managed to finish off his already damaged Ceres fuselage. Even Graham Reed was spied walking back from the slope with a tuft of grass hanging on to his wing tip!
On a happier note, CD Vic Eldrige wore a huge smile when he won an early round with his faithful Viking.
F3F Results ( NYMRSC Members shown * )
1 S Thornton 7687.0 2 M Evans 7262.9 3 M Abbotts 7226.8 4 M Redsell 7171.9 * 5 J West 7069.8 6 M Shellim 7040.0 7 J Sage 7035.7 8 A Richardson 7010.6 9 J Bennett 7002.0 10 J Phillips 6934.6 11 I Medley-Rose 6834.9 12 S Clutterbuck 6800.5 13 V Eldridge 6798.6 14 G Harrison 6782.2 15 T Satinet 6730.9 16 T Macpherson 6725.2 17 W Smith 6642.6 18 A Tabero 6607.2 19 I Mason 6549.8 20 K Woods 6475.4 * 21 G Reed 6462.4 22 F Hulton 6401.2 * 23 T Robertson 6314.4 24 P Townsend 6115.5 * 25 R Jerome 6076.5 26 P Taylor 3713.2