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aeajr

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Posted - 01/18/2009 :  05:22:40 AM  Show Profile
LISF 2 9/20 – 9/21 - A PERSONAL CONTEST REPORT

The ESL LISF 2 contest was only a week away. Preparations were being made to be sure everything would be ready. The grass was cut, the CDs were finalizing the registration and the LISF club members were working on their last weekend of practice before the contest.

When registration was finished, on Saturday we had 13 experts, 10 sportsman and two novices. A nice field that would allow us to fly many rounds.

Best regards,
Ed Anderson
Long Island Silent Flyers
ESL Newsletter Editor

Edited by - aeajr on 01/18/2009 05:23:53 AM

aeajr

476 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  05:24:56 AM  Show Profile
LISF 2 9/20 – 9/21 - A PERSONAL CONTEST REPORT

The ESL LISF 2 contest was only a week away. Preparations were being made to be sure everything would be ready. The grass was cut, the CDs were finalizing the registration and the LISF club members were working on their last weekend of practice before the contest.

Thursday night’s club meeting finalized who would bring what. The weather looked like it would cooperate too with a forecast of partly cloudy skies, in the 70s with winds of 5-8 mph. You could not ask for a better forecast.

When registration was finished, on Saturday we had 13 experts, 10 sportsman and two novices. A nice field that would allow us to fly many rounds.

LISF always flies their ESL contests in a man on man format. The pilot’s meeting covered the basics and flight groups were handed out.

Just as we were getting ready to call up the first launch group, a problem was discovered with one of the ESL winches. To the rescue came Tony Guide, Rich Watson and others. After the magic words were said, the secret dust sprinkled and a soldering iron found, the winch was fixed and performed just fine for the rest of the contest.

Lunch was included in the fee so no one starved either day, and very little was left at the end. People relaxed, tuned their planes and spent time with friends.

We flew 8 rounds on Saturday in beautiful weather. There were no line breaks and very few pop-offs. Everyone seemed to be in good trim and good spirits.

At the end of the day Saturday, among the experts, we had Luis Bustamante in first, John Hauff in second and Peter Schlitzkus in third. For Sportsman, Ed Anderson took first. George Hill was second, a mere 23 points off Ed’s score. Robert Buxton came in third. There were only 80 points separating first and third.

Our two Novice pilots showed some skill in the air. Howie Applegate, flying a RES plane of his own design, took first. Rudi Oudshoorn, flying his Easy Glider took second.

Sunday’s weather was even more beautiful than Saturday. While a 5-8 mph wind was forecast, I don’t think the wind ever exceeded 5 mph. Thermal cycles could be felt coming through fairly easily. If I am not mistaken, the RES planes were out in force on Sunday.

We had 14 expert pilots, 10 sportsman and our two Novice pilots flying on Sunday. Once the winches were set and the flight groups formed, the launches began.

After 6 rounds of flying, we had seen some great flights, especially by our Novice Pilots who put their planes high in the lift several times.

On Sunday Dave Walter took first in Expert with Luis Bustamante second and Steve Lucke in third. A mere 35 points separated first and third place.

In Sportsman, Pete Nicholson captured first place, Robert Buxton was second and George Hill taking third. Again a tight pack with just over 100 points between first and third.

The Novices showed improving skill on Sunday with Rudi taking first and Howie coming in second. This was Rudi’s last day as a novice. He announced that he would be coming back next year in Sportsman. Based on the flying he did Saturday and Sunday I am sure he will be taking trophies in no time.

I would like to say thank you to the CDs, Phil Abatelli and John Hauff for running the event. Thanks to Cathy Gewante, Frank Nisita and Dennis Cook for taking care of the scoring. Also thanks to Dennis for arranging lunch. And a big thanks to Dale Cook and Sam Hauff for handling the tractor that retrieved the lines. And finally, thanks to all the volunteers who brought equipment, helped with set-up and all the other jobs that helped make this so much fun for everyone.

Best regards,
Ed Anderson

Best regards,
Ed Anderson
Long Island Silent Flyers
ESL Newsletter Editor

Edited by - aeajr on 01/18/2009 05:30:15 AM
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