Classic Slope Soaring article by Mike Kitchen Oct 2019
Mike has written an article for Aeromodeller Magazine with the aim of encouraging the building and flying of classic, all balsa, slope soaring gliders. Here is a preview of the article for Club Members to enjoy. Click here.
Welsh F3F Open & Eurotour 13th / 14th / 15th Sept 2019
Another great weekend on the Welsh Slopes. With high pressure bang over the top of the country, it was never going to be a classic event. Nevertheless enough wind and plenty of sunshine kept the show on the road. If you were lucky enought to hook up some good air you were assured of a reasonble run, otherwise good times were difficult to come by.
After 3 days and 5 rounds, the cream always raises to the top, and the eventual winner was Fernando Moro, with Peter Gunning in the closest ever finish, in second, and our own Richard Bago in Third. FTD also went to Fernando with a 40.49.
1 Fernando Moro 3790.50 1000.00
2 P Gunning 3790.44 999.98
3 R Bago 3758.61 991.58
Other Club Members were Mark Treble in 10th, and Jon Edison in 15th
BMFA F3F League 3 1st Sept 2019
Car mishaps aside, the 15 pilots had a pretty good day battling through the Levisham variability.Hopefully everyone had a least some good air.
The forecasters had the weather spot on. Westerly winds with a sprinklering of showers. Even though we only had three stops for rain, the speed and severity of the showers gave little time for the pilots to dive for cover.
Hoping to manage a 10 round comp, the target was abandoned when the mother of all showers was seen developing on the horizon. So the comp was called after 9 rounds, and with fastest course clearance on record, we all headed for the safety of the cars.
The final results gave a win to Peter Gunning, Mark Redsell in second, and Rich Bago in third. FTD went to Ewan Maxwell with a 41.31 in R3. Well done guys.
1 Peter Gunning 7557.19 FS5 2 Mark Redsell 7428.08 FS5 3 Rich Bago 6935.88 FS5 4 Greg Dakin 6873.84 Pitbull 2 5 Mark Treble 6809.81 Toxic 6 Ewan Maxwell 6771.28 Pitbull 1 7 Mark Passingham 6601.45 FS5.4 8 Nigel Witchalls 6566.29 Jedi 9 Dave Watson 6376.60 FS4.3 10 Jon Edison 6369.47 FS4 11 Bruce Hudson 6330.75 FS4 12 Robert Carson 6296.85 FS4.3 13 John Treble 6233.88 Pitbull 14 Kyri Christodoulou 5988.27 Needle 124 15 Tony Wilson 5695.48 Skorpion
Thanks to everyone for their help throughout the day. Looking forward to the Welsh Open in a couple of weeks time
PSS Event 14th July 2019
One day PSS event was held on the North slope in fairly light wind conditions. A number of pilots attended, but the conditions didn't suite all models, so flying was somewhat limited. Lets hope we can resurect interest in PSS and look forward to next year.
North of England F3F Open 28th - 30th June 2019
Another fantastic weekend for our Eurotour and World Cup event sponsored by T9HobbySport and MKS Servos.
With a forecast for the hottest day of the year for Saturday and wind on all three days, we couldn't wait to get started. Friday was forecast was to have light E winds moving to SE later in the day. As a result we only managed 2 rounds on the East Slope before the SE winds caused us to move to the South slope for 1 more round.
Saturday was a more productive day, on the South slope again, 6 more rounds were added in a scorching 28deg C temperatures, and a surprising bland southerly wind without the lift the temperature would suggest.
Sunday was on Levisham in stonking Levisham air, saw the grand total of rounds increased to 15 despite the earlier finish of the last day. Fortunately the temperature had dropped to a more comfortable 18 Deg C, and Levisham was a great leveller, the top 20 pilots all had a normalised score of 900 and above.
With the lead changing each day, Peter Gunning finally took the top spot, with John Phillips in Second and Mark Redsell in Third. Mark also took the FTD of a fantastic 32.83 in R12. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone for some stunning flying throughout the weekend.
The Full Results were :-
Jazz / Pitbull 2
|12||Arjen Van vark||10818.10||
Caldera R / Jedi Space Lift
Proton / Noodle
Team positions were:-
1 Smoggies 34212 2 All Stars 32568 3 Wooden Shoes 32398 4 Bonkers 32161 5 Scoobies 31685 6 Mickleson Massives 31305 7 GIFGOF 29425
Thanks to everyone for great weekend and for shifting all the gear on and off the slope each day. Mark T for organising the event, and John T for his flagging system which magically turned everyone into Buzzer Supremo's
Classic Glider Event 16th June 2019 ( SAM35 Report Here )
Great day on the South Bowl. Good selection of traditionally built gliders. Dave Hughes Soarcerer, Ken Binks 'Suzy Que' and others. Brisk Southerly winds didn't deter pilots from flying what were Rudder / Elevator models. Superb prize of a SunSpot Glider kit donated by Belair, went to Phil Green for not only his gliders but for his 'Retro' radio control outfits as well ( Link Here ).
The next retro soaring event is Ivinghoe Nostalgia Day, at Ivinghoe Beacon, Saturday 14th Sept 2019, Post code is LU7 9DJ
However, if that is too far to travel, we look forward to another event at Horcum next year. Here are some photos of the day.
F3F Champion of Champion Event 30th - 31st March 2019
The Champion of Champions event, the culmination of all the F3F Winter Leagues around the country, was held at Horcum over the weekend. 20 pilots spent 2 days enjoying glorious weather in one of the most picturesque places in the country,
Despite the light winds, 8 rounds were completed before the wind became too variable to continue. The final results was a win for the ever popular Mike Shellim, second went to Rich "Mr T9" Bago, and third to Mark "Shirt Sleeves" Treble. Mark T also took the FTD for the weekend with a 45.20 in R7. Great result guys, well deserved.
Full placing here :-
1 Mike Shellim 6571.27 1000.00 2 Rich Bago 6435.86 979.39 3 Mark Treble 6391.40 972.62 4 Mike Evans 6354.41 966.99 5 Mark Redsell 6337.28 964.39 6 Peter Gunning 6281.47 955.89 7 George Young 6227.25 947.64 8 Ewan Maxwell 6216.26 945.97 9 Paul Garnett 6194.35 942.64 10 Keith Wood 6074.33 924.37 11 John Treble 6018.43 915.87 12 David Woods 5959.78 906.94 13 Nigel Witchalls 5933.02 902.87 14 Andy Burgoyne 5923.33 901.39 15 Dave Watson 5912.89 899.80 16 Paul Stubley 5912.86 899.80 17 Brett Larrett 5905.50 898.68 18 Bruce Hudson 5756.04 875.94 19 Jon Edison 5450.94 829.51 20 Bob Dickenson 5159.49 785.15
Thanks to everyone for making it a great weekend and look forward to the next get together
AGM 17th March 2019 at Lockton Village Hall
Final F3F Winter League Event 16th Mar 2019
This is it before the Champions of Champions Event on the 30th / 31st March at Horcum.
All the Winter Leagues qualifiers from around the UK descend on Horcum to determine the Champ of Champs for the Winter League Series
F3F Winter League 2nd Mar 2019 Results
Well, turned out nice again!
Problem was which slope should we be on?
SW winds are betwixt and between Levisham and the South Bowl
However it didn't really matter for the first few hours, as Horcum was shrouded in mist
So in the intervening period, the forecast and actuals could be well studied and debated. Result - South Bowl!
Ten pilots set up camp on the South Slope, and with the mist beginning to lift, flying finally got under way at 11am. Winds were surprisingly square on for most of the day, but the bowl will 'straighten' up the flow even though the wind could be crossed.
6 to 12m/s wind speed at the start and end respectively, resulted in a nearly a third of all flights being sub 40's. After a surprisingly variable days flying, and 15 rounds, the eventual winner with some terrific flying was Mark Redsell. In a close second was Peter Gunning with some equally inspiring flights, and third was Steve Haley , also with some quick flights, so much so , that Steve took FTD with a 33.20 in R12.
Full results here
Thanks to all for shifting kit up and down from the car park
and running the show during the day
Next and final Winter League is on the 16th March
F3F Winter League 16th Feb 2019 Results
South Westerly winds meant we were going to compromise on slope choice as the direction falls between the South bowl and Levisham. However there were sufficient west in the direction to make Levisham work reasonably well. With 10-20mph there was potential for some good racing.
Only 7 pilots managed to attend for various reasons, but with support from all, flying was fairly continous, but to ease the frantic efforts to keep the bases manned, breaks in flying were made every five rounds, and with 15 rounds completed a good days racing was had by all.
Final results were in first place was Mike McCracken, second Rich bago, and third Steve Haley. FTD went to Mike of 37.53 in R9
Full results are ;-
Thanks to everyone for keeping the show running
F3F Winter League on the 2nd Feb 2019 is Cancelled
Forecast wind speeds of 15 - 25mph and NW direction were OK, but a weather warning down the east coast for snow and ice, possible fog / mist and below freezing temps was the ultimate put off! Goods news is the next WL is only 2 weeks away
F3F Winter League on the 5th Jan 2019 is Cancelled
Forecast for 7 - 8mph WNW winds is a bit on the low side, especially for the likes of Levisham which is not the tallest of ridges. Ideally 10mph is the lowest figure to give a sporting chance of a good days flying. With a High pressure slap overhead, the prospects of an improvement in the forecast looks slim and hence the comp was cancelled.
F3F Winter League at Horcum 1st Dec 2018
Unfortunately the competition has been cancelled. Weather forecast showed a day of rain, mist, and fog over the hills. With such a scenario it is difficult to envisage completing a competition, so the day was called off
First F3F Winter League at Horucm 3 Nov 2018
Well that was a bit breezy to say the least! Some great flying in what were quite gusty conditions. Wind was square on to the South slope and averaged 16m/s throughout the day
The day started with three consecutive sub 40's and the trend continued with nearly half the flights being sub 40, throw in a couple of PB's ( Ewan and Steve that I know of ) and at the end of the 11 rounds, I think one could say the 17 pilots had a good day!!
Congrats to Mark R for his win, Greg D in second and Peter in third. A stunning FTD went to Steve with a 31.22 in R8
Result Summary as follows :-
PSS is back at Horcum 22nd - 23rd Sept 2018
Weather forecast was not too good, and that put folks off attending. Saturday was a lovelly day, winds a bit on the light side but Levisham was an easy slope to get to with all the models. Fair turnout on Saturday, but Sunday was a dissapointment. Weather much better than forecast with winds on the NE slope, but lack of flyers meant the event was called off. Shame as a lot of effort was put into the organisation. Hopefully next year will be better.
Welsh F3F Open and Eurotour 31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2018
A great social gathering as well as a hard fought flying comp. A great weekend, weather was kind to us with flying taking place on all three days. Winds were light and variable, but that just added to the unknown of who was winning and who wasn't! The GBRSRA AGM took place as usual on the Friday night, details to be found here.
So after 14 rounds the man in front with some terrific flying was Joel West,well done mate, second place went to Mark Treble, with John Philips third. FTD went to Stu Wallace for a 'cracking' 38.17 in R2.
Mike Shellim was voted 'the most improved pilot of the year' by GBRSRA members, and was presented with his trophy by Mark Treble.
BMFA Power Nationals, Barkston Heath, 25th - 27th Aug 2018
A great spectacle of modeling activity for all forms of power models. The Glider Nats are held over the same weekend, but at the new BMFA site of Buckminster. My hopes for good weather over the weekend was ill founded. Saturday was good, but Sunday was a washout. . I attended the Swap meet on Sunday morning. Footfall was badly down compared to other years. Shame really, as a lot of effort goes into this event. Oh well, here's to next year!
Elvington LMA Weekend 11th / 12 Aug 2018
Forecast at the beginning of the week was looking dire. After all that great weather we have had, Elvington looked doomed, doomed I tell you! But never trust a weather forecaster. The predictions improved all the time, and by the weekend Saturday was a cracking day, and even the rain forecast for Sunday petered out into a damp squid. Although overcast, it was not the washout predicted. Hope everybody who went had a good day
North of England F3F Open 22nd - 24th June 2018
What a fantastic weekend for our Eurotour and World Cup event. Blue sky, blue sky and you've guessed, blue sky! The only problem with all that blue sky was it didn't come with any wind!. Well it did, just a bit, but it was variable in strength and direction, as the whole of the UK was under a huge High Pressure system. Of the three days, Friday looked the best day, but the variability allowed us to scrape in only 2 round of competition on the NW slope. Saturday, again on the NW, we managed only 1 round, and Sunday we all had written off as the worst day with the least wind forecast. But how wrong can you be. The South Bowl came up trumps, with most consistent wind of the whole weekend. Another 3 round was added to our tally, making for 6 in all. We would have liked more, but hey, it was legal as only 4 rounds are needed for it to count.
So congratulation to Sebastien for first place, Keith in second, and Phillipe in third.
FTD went the Erik Heijne with a 40,57 in R1
Results were :-
|15||Arjen van Vark||4166.56|
|21||Jean luc Foucher||3988.07|
|28||Aleix Ingles Elias||3588.21|
Team positions were:-
|Smile & Wave Boys||12534.56|
Thanks to everyone for their patience whilst waiting for the wind and your help shifting all the gear. Mark T for organising the event. Graeme, Brett and John T for buzzer supremo's.
BMFA F3F League 1, 22nd April 2018
Membership Renewals are now Due.
Hope you all continue to suppoprt the Club in 2018.
Application / Renewal Forms are here
NYMRSC AGM 18th March 2018, 4pm Lockton Village Hall
For the first time in the Clubs history, bad weather resulted in the AGM being cancelled. We were unable to get a quorum of members, and so the meeting was cancelled. In the meantime, notes taken at the previous Committee Meeting where we discussed the items for the AGM, have been added as 'Club Newsletter 90' for information
F3F Winter League R7, 17th Mar 2018
Unbelievably, a second blast from Siberia is due to hit North Yorkshire on the day of our last Winter League Comp. With bitterly cold Easterly winds and more snow on the forecast, the comp was declared OFF. So ends our Winter League series for another year. Many thanks to all who supported us, and look forward to a sunny ( and breeezy ) year ahead.
F3F Winter League R6, 3rd Mar 2018
Well the "Beast from the East" as the media called a spell of severe weather coming in from Siberia, put paid to any chance of running a comp on Saturday. Not only was there a fair amount of snow at Horcum, travel around the UK was also a problem. The competition was cancelled. We are now left with the last reserve date of the 17th March.
F3F Winter League R5, 17th Feb 2018
Well, a good day once we started flying, but we had a long wait for the mist to clear. Don't trust a weather forecaster, especially one which predicted a breezy sunny afternoon.
Just as we were giving up, the cloud suddenly lifted and there followed a frantic scramble to put the course up again and re-rig models.
We finally got the first round started at the very late hour of 15:15.
With aim of just getting the minimum rounds in, conditions remained stable enough for us to squeeze in a total of 7 in the 2 hours of daylight remaining
So the 8 pilots finally got to enjoy the delights of light winds on the South Bowl, with Peter Gunning coming out on top, Ewan Maxwell in second, and Rich claiming third. FTD went to Peter with a 50.68 in R1. Well done guys.
1 Peter Gunning 5856.670 1000.00 2 Ewan Maxwell 5743.860 980.73 3 Rich Bago 5663.460 967.01 4 Steve Haley 5615.110 958.75 5 Mark Treble 5435.270 928.04 6 Dave Watson 5419.990 925.43 7 Bob Dickenson 5015.220 856.32 8 Jon Edison 1784.240 304.65
Thanks to everyone for helping with equipment, buzzing duties etc and look forward to the next event on the 3rd March
F3F Winter League R4, 3rd Feb 2018
The forecast for Saturday was for very little wind, variable direction, and chance of some rain. The comp was called off - an easy decision for once!
However, now the good news. As we have lost two events, then BOTH reserve dates kick in. So the next event will be 17th Feb, followed by 3rd March and finally 17th March
F3F Winter League R3, 6th Jan 2018
Great day! Weather forecasts were spot-on, with 20-25mph NE winds, occasional showers and bitterly cold. However I had enough clothes on, that I felt like a well trussed Chicken on Gasmark8! Wind dropped as the day progressed, but never-the-less, the 8 pilots managed a respectable 12 rounds before dusk descended and we marched, well staggered, back to the carpark.
A welcome return of Mark Redsell showed he had lost none of his flying skills, with a decisive win, with Greg Dakin in second and Rich Bago third. FTD also went to Mark with a 34.33 in R6 .
Final position were :-
1 Mark Redsell 10734.92 1000 2 Greg Dakin 10570.10 985 3 Rich Bago 9767.87 910 4 Steve Haley 9453.62 881 5 Mark Treble 9233.51 860 6 Mark Passingham 8837.69 823 7 Bob Dickenson 7788.62 726 8 Jon Edison 7700.70 717
Congratulations to the top three, and many thanks to everyone for your help
Next event on the 3rd Feb 2018
F3F Winter League R2 2nd Dec 2017 Cancelled!
With a great start in November to the WL, to expect December to come up good as well was probably asking too much, and indeed it was! High pressure off to the west of the UK dominated the weather pattern for the weekend with light winds forecast to continue right into the following week. As a consequence, R2 of the WL was called off.
F3F Winter League R1 4th Nov 2017
First Round of the the Northern Winter league got off to a slow start due a band of rain crossing the area during the morning. It finally cleared to give an almost clear blue sky for the rest of the day, but left with a wind that couldn't make its mind up whether it was W, NW or WNW. Levisham site with a WNW location is not ideal, but we did get a rather ponderous 5 rounds in, making for another interesting Levisham experience. However the conditions appeared to favour Steve Haley who had his first F3F WL league win, well done mate. Peter Gunning Second with Greg Dakin Third. FTD also went to Steve with a 46.90.
The Full results were :- 1 Steve Haley 3953.68 1000 Pike Perfect 2 Peter Gunning 3736.41 945.04 3 Greg Dakin 3720.17 940.93 4 Rich Bago 3618.48 915.21 FS4/FS5 5 Mark Passingham 3511.04 888.04 6 Dave Watson 3346.78 846.49 7 Ewan Maxwell 3276.44 828.70 8 Mark Treble 3235.04 818.23 Toxic 9 Mike McCracken 3208.73 811.58 10 Jon Edison 2891.77 731.41 Extreme 11 Tony Hollings 2319.87 586.76 Sunbird
Thanks to everyone for their support, and look forward to Round 2 on the 2nd Dec 2018
BMFA F3F League 5 1st Oct 2017
The last of the BMFA Summer League event at Horcum has been cancelled due to poor weather forecast. Usual naff forecast by the MetOffice! - Rain no where near as intense or as prolonged as predicted.
Welsh F3F Open Eurotour and World Cup 15th - 17th Sept 2017
Another great weekend down on the Welsh Slopes. Weather forecast was not too promising, Friday had a few showers, Saturday was a lovely day, but just no wind, and Sunday was similar to Friday. Overall the 48 pilots flew eight rounds with the following results :-
1st Inaki Elizondo
3rd Rich Bago
FTD was 35.39 by Inaki.
Great result for Rich, this is the second time this year he has been the highest placed UK pilot in a UK Eurotour - well done mate!
Additional report together with his usual high standard of photography,
Mike Shellim report and photos here
BMFA Nationals 26th - 28th August 2017
Terrific weekend weatherwise, probably the best for some years!. Didn't appear to be as many spectators there this time, certainly the 'bring and buy' which I sold some items at, did seem quiet by comparison. The trade stands were also down in number. But the flying was up to standard, with the 'show line' well attended. The Silent Flight Nationals were held at the new Buckminster site. This is a great venue, but despite being 43 acres is small by comparison to Barkston; two glider comps per day is about as much as it can take.
BMFA F3F L4 13th Aug 2017
Event cancelled due to poor wind forecast. History will show whether that was a good call, but XC forecast on the Friday evening prior to the event showed little wind, and from a constantly changing direction!
North of England F3F Open 30 June - 3 July 2017
Fantastic weekend, one of the best flying sessions we have had for some time. Forecast was looking like Friday would be our best day, and Saturday and Sunday would be bright but with no wind.
Friday started badly with heavy mist on the NE slope allowing only 2 rounds to be completed before the wettest of wet drizzle descended upon us.
Saturday started bright with the predicted light W winds which meant we were now on lovely Levisham, and things just got better and better from there. The wind built during the day, the sun shone and the flying became ballistic. 8 hours and 8 rounds later the flying stopped, food,drink and bed beckoned.
Sunday, much the same, but the wind had shifted slightly to WNW, which for Levisham was not a good direction. Any north in the wind makes the hill very variable, or should I say more variable, and so it was. Launching into bad air was like making progress in treacle, but good air meant hanging on as things were about to get ballistic. Another 6 rounds completed before the early finish to allow everyone to make a start for home, made for a grand total of 16 rounds over the weekend.
Final positions gave a win for Dieter Perlick for his very consistent flying through all the variability, followed closely in second by Rich Bago with some terrific flying, and Greg Dakin in third with some equally impressive flights. Rich took FTD with a 35.37 in R10
Photo links :- Mike Shellim here
Full Results here.
Results Summary :-
|22||Arjen Van vark||10875.24|
Team Positions were :-
|1||Mickeys Massive GB||Simon Thornton||Peter Gunning||Stefan Bertschi||36407.56|
|2||SAF||Dieter Perlick||Peter Kowalski||Torsten Herman||36155.66|
|3||GIGGOF||Graeme Mahoney||Tony Livingstone||Martin Drewett||34826.79|
|4||Netherlands||Stefan Bernardy||Rick Ruijsink||Arjen Van vark||33439.44|
|5||Bonkers||Mike Evans||Paul Stubley||Les Wood||32963.02|
|6||All Stars||Mike Shellim||Mark Treble||John Treble||32826.52|
|7||Tea Swillers||Greg Dakin||John Philips||23752.83|
Many thanks to everyone for helping with carrying and setting up the equipment. Special thanks to our two Buzzer Supremos, of John Treble and Ewan Maxwell, and to Mark T and Rich for CD'ing and manning the center.
Model Engineering Exhibition Doncaster 12th-14th May 2017
This annual gathering has moved from Harrogate to its new location in Docaster. Not so many aircraft this year but the usual engineering stuff, but can't help thinking the big traders are getting fewer and fewer. Did any of you make it?
Champion of Champion Race 1st / 2nd April 2017
The annual challenge between the various Winter Leagues series was held last weekend at Horcum. A great two days were had by the 15 pilots. The Saturday being the more productive day with 9 rounds completed on the South Bowl before the wind did a complete about turn and the menacing looking clouds which had formed behind us suddenly let rip. A bit of a soggy walk off the hill to say the least!
Sunday was not expected to be any good due to the light variable winds forecast, but in fact we managed another two rounds on the NE ridge before the wind deserted us completely.
The final results were a great win for Greg Dakin, crowned Champion of Champion, with Simon Thornton in second, and Rich Bago just a few points behind in third. FTD went to Greg with a stonking 39.80 on the first day.
Final positions were :-
1 Greg Dakin 9511.76 1000 2 Simon Thornton 9222.22 970 3 Rich Bago 9150.96 962 4 Graeme Mahoney 8966.33 943 5 Ewan Maxwell 8869.79 933 6 Peter Gunning 8733.30 918 7 Tony Livingstone 8676.43 912 8 Mark Treble 8435.64 887 9 Jon Edison 8229.27 865 10 Dave Watson 8138.45 856 11 Mick Walsh 8054.44 847 12 Mike Evans 7924.24 833 13 Nigel Whitchalls 7691.66 809 14 John Treble 7418.45 780 15 George Young 7163.58 753
Thanks to Simon for organising the day, John Treble for Buzzer Supremo, and to everybody for mucking in and help to carry the gear and run the show.
AGM 19th March 2017 at 4pm in Lockton Village Hall
Annual AGM at Lockton Village hall. Thanks to everyone who attended. Subscriptions remain the same for 2017 / 2018 but rising costs mean there WILL be an increase next year. Committee remains the same. Renewal Forms Here
Northern Winter League 18th March 2017
Well I can quite understand why we had such a low turnout.
The weather forecast never stood still. Certainly when we arrived at Levisham, the wind was all over the place, and it looked like we were to be denied a comp. Still ever hopeful and with an improving forecast, the 6 pilots stuck it out until lunchtime, when the wind direction became more consistent although the strength began to drop.
However, 10 rounds later we were all happy bunnies to have produced a result, even though at times the flying was pretty variable.
Results were, Greg in first, Rich in second and Mark T in third. Mark also managed the FTD of 41.22
The Full results were :- 1 Greg Dakin 8624.85 1000 Jedi 2 Rich Bago 8418.30 976 FS4 3 Mark Treble 7993.83 927 Toxic 4 John Tideswell 7736.75 897 Arsen 5 Jon Edison 7456.38 865 Extreme 6 Bob Dickenson 6800.29 788 Xover
That's it for another Winter League.
Champion of Champions in a couple of weeks time at Horcum
Northern Winter League 4th March 2017
The Northern Winter League on Saturday 4th March was called OFF. The rain showing on earlier forecasts moved off into the North Sea, leaving only clouds and light winds behind. The prospect of standing around on the slope waiting for the wind to pick up didn't appeal, but in the event even the clouds dispersed leaving a gradually increasing wind of 10-12mph by mid afternoon.
Northern F3F Winter League 18th Feb 2017
Phew that was close in the sense that it nearly didn't happen!
Thick fog, or to coin a phrase 'clag' persisted on the South Bowl all morning. Current Met Office forecast was for it to stay all day, so things were not looking too good.
A deadline of 1pm (ish) was agreed upon. If the fog didn't lift or at least show signs of lifting by then, the comp would be called off.
The great news was the fog did lift and we were on the first round by 1 o'oclock. 11 pilots managed 8 rounds in the few hours of reasonable wind and daylight left. Whilst the conditions remained misty, a steady 8 - 10m/s SSW wind did allow for another close competition. Greg once again showing his dominance, Mark R in second and Steve in third. FTD went to Paul Garnett in 39.74 ( the only sub 40 of the day ). Nice to see Paul after what must have been a 2year absence!
The final results were :-
1 Greg Dakin 6766.91 1000 Jedi SpaceLift 2 Mark Redsell 6629.60 980 FS4 / 5 3 Steve Haley 6566.06 970 Pike Precision 4 Paul Garnett 6392.11 945 Xfire 2 5 Mark Treble 6357.97 940 Toxic 6 Rich Bago 6343.39 937 FS4 7 Mike McCracken 6198.86 916 FS4.3 8 Jon Edison 5796.76 857 Extreme 9 John Tideswell 5676.39 839 Arsen 10 Bob Dickenson 5553.30 821 Xover 11 Brian Johnson 3978.44 588 Alex XXL
Thanks to everyone for their patience and for helping with running the show.
Next event is the 4th March
Northern F3F Winter League 4th Feb 2017
Terrific day on the slope! The 4th Round of the Winter League was greated with a good SSW brease and largely sunny day if not a tad chilly!. However the 8 pilots enjoyed the day, managing 12 rounds before the wind finally died.
Some great flying to be had, with Greg Dakin coming out on top, Rich Bago second and Peter Gunning third. FTD also went to Greg with a 35.90 in R6
1 Greg Dakin 10682.54 1000 Jedi Spacelift 2 Rich Bago 10210.88 956 FS4 3 Peter Gunning 10012.15 937 Jedi 4 Mark Treble 9631.13 902 Toxic 5 Steve Haley 9469.90 886 Pike Precision 6 Jon Edison 9058.46 848 Extreme 7 Bob Dickenson 7432.14 696 Xover 8 Brian Johnson 635.51 59 Alex XXL
Fifth Rounds of the Northern Winter League is scheduled for the 4th Mar but due to the fact that we have missed 2 events, the reserve dates now apply. These are the 18th Feb and 18th Mar.
Northern F3F Winter League 7th Jan 2017
Third round of the Northern Winter league is scheduled for this coming weekend. Weather forecast all week had not been looking great. Unfortunately things didn't change, and the forecast for Saturday was for wind speeds less than 7mph. As this is less than the 'legal' speed rquired for F3F the comp was called OFF.
Northern F3F Winter League 3rd Dec 2016
Second round of the Winter League has been called OFF. Forecast is for winds speeds of only 2-4mp caused by a High pressure system slap over Horcum.
Northern F3F Winter League 5th Nov 2016
Well that wasn't too bad. The predicted showers did materialise, and despite being very heavy, were generally short lived. Never-the-less every round had at least one stoppage for rain, and the air between could be a bit tricky as well.
However the 9 pilots did managed 5 rounds on the NE slope before the wind swung too far west to continue, and with the prospect of more heavy rain to follow, a hasty retreat to the carpark was made before the next down pour.
Some great flying was had especially in the earlier rounds, with Greg coming out on top, followed by Mark R, with Steve in third. FTD went to Greg with a 37.51 in R1
Final positions were :-
1 Greg Dakin 3954.72 1000 2 Mark Redsell 3746.28 947 3 Steve Haley 3656.82 925 4 Peter Gunning 3607.59 912 5 Rich Bago 3600.76 910 6 Mark Treble 3106.69 786 7 Dave Watson 2898.77 733 8 Jon Edison 2832.13 716 9 Bob Dickenson 2546.52 644
Thanks to everyone for their support, and look forward to next time on the 3rd Dec
World F3F Championships 2nd - 9th Oct 2016 Denmark
The UK team is Martin Newnham, Mark Redsell, Simon Thornton. John Phillips is the Team Manager. Terrific performance from the team. Variable conditions towards the end of the comp just didn't go in favour of our guys. Great effort non-the-less.
Individual Results :-
1 Thorsten Folkers 20833 2 Helge Borchert 20542 3 Pierre Rondell 20202 UK Team Members :- 7 Mark Redsell 19580 17 Martin Newnham 19300 29 Simon Thornton 18686
Team Positions :-
1 Germany 60745 2 France 59263 3 Denmark 57757 4 Austria 57709 5 UK 57567
Welsh F3F Open 9th / 10th /11th Sept 2016
Usual three day jamboree down in a partly sunny Wales was its usual gathering of flyers with great banter and serious competition. Three different Welsh slopes on the three days made for one of the closest comps I have known for sometime!
49 Pilots managed an amazing 13 rounds over the three days. To avoid losing a round due to weather, R2 was Group Scored with the flying split into 3 Groups.
The final top three were :-
1 Alvaro Silgado 1000.0 2 Inaki Elizondo 994.8 3 Greg Dakin 989.24
Fastest time of 30.31 for the weekend going to Greg Dakin in round 3 Club Member Positions :-
8 Peter Gunning 964.08 9 Mark Treble 954.27 10 Rich Bago 952.2 31 George Young 888.19 32 Ronnie Lampe 885.23 35 Keith Wood 874.06 39 Jon Edison 865.41
Friday evening was the GBSRA AGM, followed by a curry evening on Saturday, and yes the drive home on the Sunday night was its usual slog!
Links to other reports :-
BMFA F3F Nationals 20 / 21 Aug 2016
Yet again we find ourselves faced with a dire weather forecast for the weekend. After all the great weather we have enjoyed so far, as soon as we are due to run a competition, the weather gods throw the very worst at us, and bring in a stonking low pressure to liven things up.
Well, we should not have worried, the forecast for lots of rain didn't materialise, and the 15 pilots who braved the forecast were presented with an absolutely brilliant weekend.
Thirteen rounds completed on Saturday ( OK one round was lost due to rain, but that was all ) and a further 10 rounds on Sunday making an unbelievable 23 Rounds for the weekend. How good could it get. Saturday saw wind gust on the South Bowl approaching 25m/s, providing some very fast flying, whilst Sunday on Levisham provided the variability that only Levisham can provide.
After all that, the results were, Mark Redsell was the winner, Peter Gunning in second and Rich Bago in third. Fastest time of the w/e went to Mark R with a 32.73. Well done guys, terrific two days.
1 Mark Redsell 20253.58 2 Peter Gunning 19682.54 3 Rich Bago 19139.89 4 Mark Treble 18890.45 5 Graeme Mahoney 18222.79 6 Tony Livingstone 17997.76 7 Ewan Maxwell 17955.29 8 George Young 17794.59 9 Dave Watson 17236.26 10 Paul Stubley 17199.30 11 Mike Shellim 17094.34 12 Andy Burgoyne 16962.58 13 Jon Edison 16454.98 14 Ron Lampe 15041.71 15 Brett Larrett 1485.82
Many thanks to T9Hobbysport and MKS Servos will once again sponsored the event, to Mark Treble for CDing, and everyone for their help in shifting equipment and mucking in with the self managed buzzing.
Watch found at Levisham Aug 20 2016
Updated 25 Aug.
Watch owner has been re-united with his timepiece!!
Many thanks to Michael Terry for his efforts.
Received this message from one of our members :-
"We were flying at Levisham on Saturday and had parked at the end of Braygate Lane. As I was unpacking the car I found a man’s watch in the grass where we park. It looks like it has been there for a while but has cleaned up and is still working. I was wondering if anyone had reported losing a watch up there or if you could mention that one has been found. It would be nice to returned it to it’s rightful owner".
If anyone has lost a watch or has any information please give me a call
BMFA F3F Reserve and League Event, Horcum, 25th / 26th June 2016
Well that was a frustrating weekend weather wise. Saturday forecast was for very light variable direction winds, the comp was cancelled on that basis and the forecast proved to be spot on: Saturday was not flyable. Sunday forecast was not a great deal better but at least had more potential, until that is the Met Office issued a warning for heavy rain all day Sunday, at which point we cancelled the Sunday comp as well. Now if ever a forecast was wrong it was this one. No rain, in fact a bright sunny day, and by tea time a strong, 30mph+, westerly had developed.Frustrating or what! Sorry Guys, lets hope for better next time.
BMFA Heavy Lift Challenge, Elvington, 11th / 12th June 2016
I finally managed to attend and help at the event this year. This is an initiative run by the BMFA for some years now, and is open to Colleges and Universities, to design, build and fly, a model aircraft to achieve one or more of 3 challenges. These challenges are 1, to transport as many tennis balls as possible, along a predetermined flight path, in 10 mins. 2, to fly a very large block of balsa around a course, completing as many laps as possible, in 8 mins, and 3, carry up to 4Kg of water ballast, again along a prescribed flight path. Some terrific model creations, some more successful than others, but great fun and determination from all the Teams. Oh and I should say, all this with an electric powered aircraft with a specified motor, 40A speed controller and 2200mAhr 3cell LiPo. Now there's a challenge!!
Model Engineering Show Doncaster 20th to 22nd May 2016
As you can see from the title, the show has moved from its original location of Harrogate show ground to its new and permanent (?) residence at Doncaster Racecourse. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend this year, but a report from an engineering colleague advised me that it was pretty much business as usual. I know the Harrogate Model Aircraft Club didn't exhibit this year, but there was still a good selection of models aircraft on show I'm told.
F3F Champion of Champions 2nd / 3rd April
As previous years, the Winter League Fly-off was held in not so sunny Wales the first weekend in April. Forecast as usual deteriorated the minute we set off on the the long journey South! The rain which was supposed to clear first thing Saturday morning, now persisted in more sense than one, into the afternoon. However when it did clear, it was a glorious Spring Day, with a steady SSE wind. The 27 pilots managed a busy 5 rounds before the wind swung too far off the slope to allow flying to continue. This gave plenty of time to head back down to Bridgend for the traditional Curry in the center of town.
Day two, again not so bright, mist on the hill and rain to come. A decision to move to another slope known as the Crest, brought groans from the assembled pilots, as this meant a fair walk ( 1mile app ) to the flying site, which didn't please all.
Never-the-less the course was set up and flying got under way at around 11am. Two more rounds with a break between for rain were completed, before the darkening clouds suggested we got off the hill whilst it we were still reasonably dry.
The eventual winner was Simon Thornton, retaining his title he won last year, Peter Gunning second, and Martin Newnham third. FTD also went to Simon with a 34.75. Another socially excellent weekend with a spot of flying thrown in for good measure can't be bad.
1 Simon Thornton 5696.30 2 Peter Gunning 5535.24 3 Martin Newnham 5510.43 Other Club Members :- 6 Mark Treble 5369.59 7 Dave Watson 5337.36 12 Keith Wood 5070.29 14 Rich Bago 5024.68 15 George Young 5015.09 16 Jon Edison 4930.59 26 Mark Redsell 4252.19
Well done guys, and thanks to all those who made it happen
F3F Winter League 19th March 2016
The final event of the 2015 / 16 calendar had similar conditions to the previous comp, ie Northerly winds, 5 to 9m/s ( 10 to 20mph ) but with the added distraction of drizzle at the start. Fortunately that cleared fairly soon to give a steady but overcast day. As usual with only 7 pilots, a hectic day ensued, with frequent breaks to gives pilots time to recover from flying and buzzer duties. Never-the-less, 15 rounds were achieved.
Winner was Mark Redsell, hotly pursued by Mark Treble, with Rich Bago in third. FTD went to Mark R with a time of 37.85 in R9
Mention must also be made for Tony Hollings, competing in his first F3F comp with a sub 2m model. Giving him a win in his class ( being the only 2m competitor! ) and a great day out. Well done Tony.
1 Mark Redsell 12712.84 FS4 2 Mark Treble 12618.16 Toxic 3 Rich Bago 12270.95 FS4 4 John Tideswell 11124.58 Arsen 5 Bob Dickenson 9869.09 Ascot / Xfire 6 Jon Edison 9856.20 Extreme 7 Tony Hollings 7578.74 Sun Bird
Many thanks to everyone for their help. looking forward to the Champion of Champions race in Wales on the 2nd / 3rd April
AGM 13th March 2016 at 4pm in Lockton Village Hall
Annual AGM at Lockton Village hall. Thanks to everyone who attended. Subscriptions remain the same for 2016 / 2017 but rising costs are putting pressure on for an increase. Committe remains the same as last year. Renewal Forms Here
F3F Winter League 5th March 2016
Well we have a second result. Forecast was spot on, NE winds, well NNE actually, 5 to 15 m/s (11 to 33 mph approx ) lots of blue sky, with a sprinkling of showers. 15 rounds with 9 pilots makes for a hard day. By the time we finished at 4:30, we were well and truly cream crackered, despite a break for lunch and another for afternoon tea ( without the china tea service of course! ) .
Very close at the top, with Mark R taking top honours, Rich B a very close second and Peter G not far away in third. FTD went to Mark with a cracking 30.59.
1 Mark Redsell 12270.83 FS4 2 Rich Bago 12144.05 FS4 3 Peter Gunning 12116.42 Jedi 4 Mark Treble 11666.32 N124 5 Steve Haley 10796.93 Fosa 6 George Young 10791.64 Pike Precision 7 Ewan Maxwell 10718.12 Jedi 8 Jon Edison 9139.98 Extreme 9 Bob Dickenson 8711.51 Ascot / Xfire
Thanks for everyone for formulating their own buzzer manning regime and all the help shifting the gear on and off the slope, much appreciated.
Next and last round is the 19th March
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F3F Winter League 20th Feb 2016
At last a result!! Forecast looked half decent, with WSW winds anywhere between 13-33mph but with a risk of showers. In the event the wind forecast was pretty much spot on, although it did swing SW and decline as the day went on, and as for the showers, one sprinkling around midday which hardly affected us as we had broken for lunch! Only disappointment was we could only muster 8 pilots, and one of them dropped out before the start. However we managed 15 hectic rounds in Levisham's usual variable conditions.
Results were Mark Redsell first, Rich Bago second and Steve Haley third. FTD went to Rich with a cracking 33.73 in R11.
1 Mark Redsell 12659.41 2 Rich Bago 11699.55 3 Steve Haley 11625.97 4 Mark Treble 11187.05 5 Ronny Lampe 10350.26 6 Jon Edison 9250.53 7 Bob Dickenson 6356.93
Well done guys and thanks to all for mucking in. Nice also to see some new faces with Steve and Brian calling in.
Next event is the 5th March 2016
F3F Winter League 6th Feb 2016
I hardly dare mention we have a F3F Winter League event this coming weekend in case the weather gods hear me! But Hey Ho, what the heck. Fourth round of the Northern Winter League is this Saturday the 6th Feb. There done it, throw your worst at us!!
Well it did! Rained ALL day and I mean rained. The comp was cancelled, yet again.
F3F Winter League 9 Jan 2016
Fingers crossed that out of this present rain and gloom we may actually get a good day next Saturday. Hmmm, who's betting? Well bet no more, the comp was cancelled after the forecasters showed a band of rain across the region between the morning and early afternoon. As it worked out the afternoon turned out bright with clear skies, contary to all forecasts.
F3F Winter League 5 Dec 2015
Oh dear, not looking good! High winds with gusts of over 50mph forecast and likely to be at Levisham ( SW winds ) probably makes the day un-flyable. We have tried Levisham before with high winds ( see report for Jan 2015 ) so unless something dramatic changes with the weather we aint going flyin' this weekend!
F3F Winter League 7 Nov 2015
Great start to the new season NOT! A band of rain is forecast to hit Horcum between 9am and some time after Midday on Saturday. What bad timing. Rain late, rain early, but not rain over the morning period. With shortening days, the best part of the day are the mornings. Sadly the Comp has been called OFF.
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