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aeajr

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Posted - 10/13/2010 :  09:26:40 AM  Show Profile
Here is how it works:

Any club in the Eastern Soaring League geography can host an ESL contest weekend. There is no membership fee for the club or the pilots who fly in the ESL.

For Hand Launched or F3K, the geography is any state East of the Mississippi.

For TD/winch launched contests the states are MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD or VA. The smaller area for TD is due to the logistics needed to move winches and related support equipment around the league.


Edited by - aeajr on 10/13/2010 10:48:30 AM

aeajr

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Posted - 10/13/2010 :  09:27:37 AM  Show Profile
WOULD YOUR CLUB LIKE TO HOST AN EASTERN SOARING LEAGUE CONTEST IN 2011?

Here is how it works:

Any club in the Eastern Soaring League geography can host an ESL contest weekend. There is no membership fee for the club or the pilots who fly in the ESL.

For Hand Launched/DLG/F3K, the geography is any state East of the Mississippi.

For TD/winch launched contests the states are MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD or VA. The smaller area for TD is due to the logistics needed to move winches and related support equipment around the league.

Contact the ESL contest coordinator and work with him to find an open weekend on the ESL calendar. ESL has expanded the calendar so there will be more open dates in 2011.
http://www.flyesl.com/about_esl/officers.asp

Now that the contest weekend is on the calendar, pilots can see the event and register to attend. Typically there are two one day contests over a weekend making it practical and worthwhile for pilots to travel 4-8 hours in order to attend two contests. Here is a typical contest listing:
http://www.flyesl.com/contest_registration/c_detail.asp?cid=9


The pilots fly the contest and the club reports the results to the ESL. The results are then posted on the ESL standings pages.
http://www.flyesl.com/scores/default.asp


As the season progresses, each pilot's top scores are added into the season standings. For Hand Launched Division it is your top 5 contest scores. For Thermal Duration Division it is your top 6 contest scores. So pilots don't have to fly all the contests to be in the running for top scores.
http://www.flyesl.com/scores/HL_oVe.asp

At the end of season contest the ESL provides awards for the top 10 pilots in each division as well as a top combined pilot who flew at least 4 contests in each division.

Our club, the Long Island Silent Flyers, http://www.lisf.org , hosts 3 ESL contests weekends a year, or four TD and two HL contests each season. You will see them listed as LISF 1, LISF 2 and the Long Island Hand Launched Classic.

These three contest weekends are major events for our club. We totally enjoy them and look forward to them every year. Our TD contests typically have 25 to 40 pilots and our HL contest typically has 15 to 20 pilots.

Hosting ESL contests really boosts interest in soaring at our club. The pilots who fly the ESL contests tend to advance in their skills more quickly. Pilots get to meet and make friends with pilots from other states, forming a network of relationships that would not have occurred without the ESL contests.

In 2010 our two ESL Hand Launched contests were also recognized as qualifying contests for the US F3K team that will compete in Sweden in 2011. I am proud to say one of our pilots made the team.

Note that the list of clubs on the ESL web site are not "members" of ESL. They are clubs who have hosted ESL contests in the past. Any club in the ESL geography can host an ESL contest weekend.

As President of the Long Island Silent Flyers, I can tell you I am thrilled to have our club hosting 3 ESL contest weekends, 6 ESL contests a year. Perhaps your club would like to host an Eastern Soaring League contest weekend too. If you would like to discuss our experience as an ESL host club feel free to contact me at aeajr@optonline.net .

Best regards,
Ed Anderson
President, LISF
Newsletter Editor, ESL


Edited by - aeajr on 03/24/2011 11:58:07 AM
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