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dbeach

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Posted - 08/26/2013 :  4:55:31 PM  Show Profile
The 2013 ESL Mid-Season contest at Daniel Boone Homestead

While the beginning of the 2013 ESL contest season may not have had the best weather, the Mid-Season contest on August 24th and 25th gave us the best contest weather of the season (perhaps several seasons). Not only did we get fair skies and moderate temperatures, we also got light winds coming from the forecast direction.

The 31 pilots in attendance at the pilots meeting on Saturday decided to take advantage of the great conditions and extend the contest such that a new round would not begin after 4PM. We also welcomed newcomer Jeff Fink, who turned out not to be a newcomer at all. No one recognized him, since his last ESL contest was sometime in the 1970's. Ten minute tasks were the order of the day, and we started with two random groups before switching to seeded. The first few rounds of launching east into a bright sun were sometimes interesting (to say the least). In round three "Maximum" Don put a hurt on the highest ranked group and got to relax the last three minutes of the flight task by himself at the landing zone, while everyone else picked up their planes and watched. The lift was generally abundant by round four and the scores were really close as landings became critical to success. We really had to push a bit to start round eight just before 4PM, but the lift was still good. Final standings in Sportsman: 1st Regis White, 2nd Jeff Fink. Expert Standings: 1st Leszek Zyga, 2nd David Beach, 3rd Mike Lachowski. Special thanks go Jeff Fink's grandchildren who spent the entire day in the golf cart bringing back winch lines.

Sunday we launched to the south-west and again into the wind. Lift was harder to come by, and only four flight groups in the first round had at least one pilot with a full ten minute flight. Through the day lift was difficult for many, and some memorable saves were made. Paul got in trouble early in a round and had to walk over by the corn field to avoid losing sight of his plane behind the trees. Several of us peered through the branches for what seemed like minutes before his plane eventually emerged above the trees circling in very light lift. Joey also got a nice save from in front of the trees to the east with his Ava. Despite those two, the real show was put on by Steve who demonstrated the benefits of practicing three-meter hand launch. He struggled early in a round but was able to eventually thermal out from about 5 feet above ground. After six hard fought rounds David Bradley Jr. held on to secure his first win as an ESL Expert. Leszek finished second for the day (also weekend champion), and Lenny third.

Attached below are the detailed scoring reports. Note that Leszek a.k.a. "The Landing Machine" averaged 73+ point landings for the weekend which even includes one zero. Wow, maybe I should switch to Mode 1!

I want to sincerely thank all the flyers and volunteers for coming to the contest. Being a CD in the ESL is easy because everyone is willing and able to pitch in and help make the contest successful.

CD David Beach

Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Saturday Standings


Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Saturday Scoring Detail


Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Saturday Report Cards


Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Sunday Standings


Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Sunday Scoring Detail


Download File: 2013 Mid-Season Sunday Report Cards

dbeach

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Posted - 08/28/2013 :  5:05:49 PM  Show Profile
Kerry asked about some reports regarding landing scores. Here are a couple of ideas that I'm considering.

The first reports simply shows the average landing for each pilot in order by total score for the contest.
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This graph shows every landing in the contest, and the resulting score for that flight.
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Are these useful? What conclusions do you draw?
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Duane

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Posted - 08/28/2013 :  5:26:19 PM  Show Profile
Wow, that's really cool. Would be nice to see the first table also ordered by landing score. It seems Leszek is a landing machine, and David Bradley, Jr. must need to work on his timing, or perhaps his missed the task time in one round. As expected, the scatter plot shows the majority of points in a shallow wedge between 900 and 1000 score, with more of those points in the narrow end. The majority of the scores under 900 have 0 landing, and just a couple outliers under 900 with landing points.

Duane
CASA, FARM, LSF III #7971
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aeajr

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Posted - 08/28/2013 :  9:26:23 PM  Show Profile
Very interesting stats.

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

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Posted - 08/29/2013 :  1:04:05 PM  Show Profile
Duane, If you want to know what happened to a pilot you only need to look at his report card to see when things went bad. David Jr. had a bad round 5, with a 5:27 & 0.

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Originally posted by Duane

Wow, that's really cool. Would be nice to see the first table also ordered by landing score. It seems Leszek is a landing machine, and David Bradley, Jr. must need to work on his timing, or perhaps his missed the task time in one round. As expected, the scatter plot shows the majority of points in a shallow wedge between 900 and 1000 score, with more of those points in the narrow end. The majority of the scores under 900 have 0 landing, and just a couple outliers under 900 with landing points.

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