16 total comp pilots not that many on Sunday. A mix bag of pilots -One from Hawaii (2nd owner of Western HG), 2 from SoCal, a few locals, a McClure pilot and to finish off the pack were Bay Area pilots.
We may not of had the top dogs there this time but we had a good competition between the Aero’s (Brian aka Noman) and a Litespeed RS (John). The kingposted also had a good race. John H has flown the Steeple chase before and he was the one to beat this year. Not even Kenny showed up between work and family stuff he could not come. We missed ya Kenny well I am not speaking for the comp pilots
I am sure they did not. Although I thought Don M who came in 3rd had the best turn at the turn point. His time was slower than a kingposted Laminar by 3 secs.
My job this year was the turn point 3miles out. The most boring job you can have when the action is slow. I did get some good footage of the turn point. But that meant I missed all the action going on at the ramp between free flyers and comp pilots. I guess there was a close call and one resulted in a pilot breaking a DT. This same pilot broke another DT returning low and slow trying to eeeck it across back to ramp. I got some video but Rex caught it on the SLR. I think he was lucky not too had taken out a family. But a true comp pilot was not worried about the broken DT but what was his time.
Most pilots ran two some ran three on Saturday. The fastest time was 9:42 on up to 25 mins or more. The next day everybody only ran one. I forget the time ~14 mins. One guy tried for two and ended up having a loooooong walk. A SoCal pilot on a Litespeed landed pass the turn point tried to relaunch and ended back on the beach. He broke down and hitches a ride back from the turnpoint judges.
Saturday the conditions started nicely and picked up from there. Sunday it started out okay picked up for what was looking like a nice day and then died down.
I did not get as much as video as last year but I think got enough to put something together. I am hoping Noman gives me his in air video. If anybody else has the action for Saturday for the launch and finish that would be cool to add footage. I will be sure to give you credit.
I think I missed Noman landing it was exciting especially when he was heading towards the ocean and a sloping beach. He pulled it off no problem.
John H 1st Litespeed RS
Brian H 2nd Aeros (Noman3)
Don M. 3rd Litespeed
Tom aka Dogboy 1st Laminar (?) vg
Urs K - 2nd Region 2 director Laminar - ? Easy (no vg)
Scott W. (cost him more in DT’s than he won in prize money) – 3rd Sport 2
I’ll post the times tonight if someone else does not beat me to it. This time I went to award ceremony and got the official times.
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