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1-26 National Champtionships - Day 8, Old Buzzards Never Retire, They Just Keep Circling

Steve Statkus opened the pilots’ meeting, “On behalf of Caesar Creek Soaring Club, we want to thank you guys for coming out and making this event happen. We couldn't have done it without you obviously, but it's been an enjoyable experience. I've enjoyed being with you folks. Some are somewhat old acquaintances and meeting new people. We're going to do it again next year, but just down there in New Mexico. Already talked to Ridge and told him to put my name at the bottom if he's building a list, cause that's where it'll be. I guess Larry's planning on coming, so we're gonna start working up to that starting this summer. Gotta get my A game if I have a A game. I don't know if I do. So, without further ado, I guess we ought to get on with the business of thanking the tow pilots and their chief Tim Christman. And to thank Lucy Anne McKosky for being the meal coordinator.

We also wanna thank Mark Miller for organizing our ground crews. We had two teams that worked every other day and that seemed to work out pretty good, thanks a lot Mark. And I would like to recognize the hardest workers here, the team that supported this was the retrieve desk with Norm Leet, Bill Hall and Lynn Anderson. They were busy every day. Busier some days than others, but by about day two they had it down, because they already had eight events by that time. So, then after that, it was pretty much gravy, and I was really pleased to watch that whole system work. I was a little bit unsure of how that was gonna work because they were using GPS coordinates, or lats and longs. I got a GPS and I didn't know I could get lats and longs on that, so I was not the guy to set that up. They did it themselves. Although they did have a good teacher from last year that kinda showed us the ropes.”

Contest Director, Bill Vickland started the awards presentations, “We're gonna start from the bottom and work to the top or from the ridiculous to the sublime, whatever way you want to treat it. Unfortunately the Buzzard's Trophy is at the bottom of that cliff. But surprisingly there's been a rule change overnight. Okay. So I'll take it home again. I guess that's the decision. Do I get to keep the casket too? Okay, we tell the story every year. Actually here at Cesar Creek Soaring Club and I don't remember the year. It wasn't the last year Dudley flew but he flew until he was 84 years old I think. But one of the best friends from California, George Powell, decided he wanted to needle Dudley a little bit. He saw this somewhere, picked it up and he thought it really looks like Dudley. So he brought it and since that time it's been an annual thing. Here are the awards

Old Buzzard (Retired)
Bill Vickland

Old Goat
Jimbob Slocum

Green Memorial
Daniel Sazhin

Johnson Memorial
Philip du Plessis

Philip du Plessis, 16.3 mph

Wick Wilkinson, 6.2 miles

President's Trophy
Daniel Sazhin, 34.1 mph

James Angelou & Ron Schwartz, 3768 points

Cruce Trophy
Jimbob Slocum, 4910 points

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.

Posted: 5/30/2018


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