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aeajr

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Posted - 07/24/2007 :  9:00:46 PM  Show Profile
We had another successful HLG contest this year,
with 16 fliers on Saturday, and 13 fliers on Sunday.
About a dozen spectators came by at various times
during the weekend, most of them because of the
article/announcement that Dick Williamson submitted
to the local newspaper.

The weather was sunny, low to mid 80's, and fairly
comfortable. But the thermal and wind conditions
varied wildly over the weekend.

Edited by - aeajr on 07/24/2007 9:02:37 PM

aeajr

475 Posts

Posted - 07/24/2007 :  9:01:33 PM  Show Profile
CRRC 5th Hand Launch Classic, July 14,15 2007

We had another successful HLG contest this year,
with 16 fliers on Saturday, and 13 fliers on Sunday.
About a dozen spectators came by at various times
during the weekend, most of them because of the
article/announcement that Dick Williamson submitted
to the local newspaper.

The weather was sunny, low to mid 80's, and fairly
comfortable. But the thermal and wind conditions
varied wildly over the weekend.


Saturday was mostly calm, with shifty thermal-driven
winds. Some rounds had plenty of weak to moderate lift,
and some rounds had nearly dead air. After all 11 rounds,
the Saturday results for Expert and Sportsman classes
went as follows:

1st Ex: Phil Barnes. Wash.DC area
2nd Ex: John Erickson. California (!)
3rd Ex: Mark Drela. Cambridge, MA

1st Sp: Stuart Austin. Frederick, MD
2nd Sp: Frank Nisita. Long Island
3rd Sp: Felix Tang. Bethany, CT


Sunday started with about 10 mph SW wind in the morning,
with the wind gradually picking up speed close to 15 mph
by early afternoon, with some gusts over 20 mph. There
was massive lift as well as massive sink, all moving
fast past the field. The last two rounds after lunch
were especially wild, with many off-field landings.
The Sunday results after all 7 rounds went as follows:

1st Ex: Mark Drela.
2nd Ex: Phil Barnes.
3rd Ex: Shane Spickler. Smithburg, MD

1st Sp: Craig Killer. Stratford, CT
2nd Sp: Ed Byron. Fairfield, CT
3rd Sp: Stuart Austin.


Mark Drela won the coveted Weekend Champion beer mug trophy
based on the total weekend score.


As last year, we had sponsors generously providing raffle prizes:
Enduro Composite Models (Jose Bruzual)
Polecat Aero Works (Denny Maize)
Descriptions of the prizes and links to the sponsors are at
www.flyecm.com/crrc/ .


The CD Mark Drela had great help from Jose Bruzual
and Dave Walter, who provided tents, timing equipment
and coolers. Chris Schuch, Dick Willamson, Lincoln Ross,
and Alan Marshall also provided equipment and support.


A thread on RCGroups has a few pilot's reports:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701089&page=3



Mark Drela

Edited by - aeajr on 07/24/2007 9:04:15 PM
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