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Phil Barnes

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Posted - 07/14/2004 :  08:01:55 AM  Show Profile
The ESL owns some winch equipment which travels from contest to contest. There are some reasons for having the ESL provide winch equipment for ESL sanctioned contests;

1)Clubs will be more likely to sponsor contests if they know that their club winches won't get worn out by heavy usage at a large contest.
2)Many clubs just don't have enough winch equipment to run an ESL contest.
3)Contestants know that the winches used at an ESL contest will be consistent from contest to contest and all winches at a particular contest will be similar in power.
4)The ESL maintains the winches thereby relieving the individual clubs of the rather substantial cost and hassle of winch repair and refurbishment.

The following equipment is owned by the ESL and travels from contest to contest during the flying season. The CRRC club is the only club which does not use the ESL equipment due to their far North geographical location and the fact that they have a good set of club equipment and know how to use it;

Four winches with foot switches
Four winch batteries with plastic cases
Four turnarounds mounted on stakes
Large sledge hammer for pounding in the turnaround stakes
Large nails for staking down the winches
One battery charger
Walston airplane locator reciever and antenna
Yellow cord with outlets to conect battery chargers to a generator

There is also some extra equipment such as addional turnaround stakes, foot switches and maintenance supplies that do not travel with the winches.

It is the responsibilty of the contest director for each ESL sanctioned contest to arrange for the transport of the above equipment from the previous ESL contest to his own ESL contest. This is most usually done by having a club member deliver the equipment. There is usually at least one club member who is competing in the contests and can just pack up the equipment after the previous contest and deliver it to his own club's contest.

The person in charge of ESL winch maintenance will make arrangements to get the winches into his shop and deliver them to the next contest when/if neccesary.
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