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2018 Club Class Nationals - Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018:


We woke up to heavy rain that surprised everyone. The stalled front backed up and made us think we wouldn’t even fly. At the morning pilots meeting hope was provided as the sky began to clear. A grid time of 12:30 pm was provided with a note that the task was forthcoming. A task was set to keep us north and west of the airfield. ND was launched to the east as the sniffer at 1pm and was able to hang in there. FZ was launched to the west and had to relight. The fleet was launched and it became apparent that there would be a blue hole if we continued to go to the first turnpoint of Hana’s Acres Airport.  The CD changed the first turnpoint to Avoca and we were off. The task was now a 2 hour TAT with the turnpoints of 22 Avoca (6 mile radius), 64 Centerville (15 mile radius), 57 Seven Gullies (6 mile radius), 50 Swain Ski Area (6 mile radius) and return.  The Task had a minimum distance of 50.71 miles and a maximum  distance of 173.13 miles. We had a good run under nice clouds at around 4,500 ft MSL to the Prattsburg area. Things still went well as we crossed the Hornell Valley. Things changed as we started to get into Centerville. The clouds were small wisps that cycled quickly. There were several markers out there with Sports Class and Club Class being on the same tasks. As we bumped out to the clouds over Rt 390 near Seven Gullies, we were able to glide back and hit the Swain Ski area turn and final glide at the same time. In Club Class, Hank Nixon wins the day fly his ASW 28, 46.96 mph over 95.20 miles. The handicap speed was 41.68 mph over 83.58 handicap miles. Tim Hanke (I) was second flying a Discus 2a, 41.68 mph over 83.58 handicap miles.


Overall, Hank Nixon remains in the lead with Ryszard Krolikowski in second place.


For the Region 3 Sports Contest, this was the final day of the contest and day number 3. John Seymour wins the day flying has ASG 29, 49.84 mph over 101.11 miles. The handicap speed was 43.93 mph over 89.12 handicap miles. Second was Peter Scarpelli with his ASG 29 at 42.60 mph over 89.12 handicap miles.


The Region 3 Sports Class Champion is Peter Scarpelli, with Sean Murphy second, and John Seymour  in third.




Tim Hanke




Posted: 8/11/2018


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