The first F3K comp of the year was flown in some of the nicest (but trickiest) weather we have had at Longwood in a long time. There seemed to be plenty of thermals, but they were very broken and tended to disappear as quickly as they formed. Jon Day lead from start to finish flying his well sorted Stream NXT and seemed to have his thermals on a string. Hugh Blackburn flew well to finish second and Dave Milward continues to improve and finished third. Marcus was a little rusty and landed out too many times to finish fourth and Tim Lennon was like the prodigal son making a comeback after a long hiatus and finished fifth.
The sun breaking through high level cloud
Jon Day and Dave Millward...and some very green grass!!
Tim Lennon and Hugh Blackburn
Tim with his NXT and Marcus with his Vibe. Great to see Tim back flying after a break
1st Jon Day
2nd Hugh Blackbrun
3rd Dave Millward
Thanks to all the pilots for making it such a fun day.
The forecast for Sunday 11th September was not looking good mid-week, but things improved very quickly leading into the weekend (normally they get worse!) and in the end we got very lucky with great weather for the first event of the season. It was a day of two halves, the first 3 rounds before lunch saw very light winds, most of the time downwind, and light but consistent thermals. Most pilots were getting their times and the landings were spot on - many 100s, 99s, and 98s.
2016/2017 thermal season gets underway with round one group one
Bob Wilson showing a local Eagle how to thermal. The eagle got away eventually
Dan Haskell with his perfection LS
Dave with his Maxa and Hugh with the clock
Graham Norman with his American made Icon 2.
As we stopped for lunch the forecast 12 knots from the north west kicked in and it got cold! The afternoon was a different competition and in the end everyone except Jim H dropped some time. Jim flew a perfect competition to win the openning round by over 200 points - well done Jim. Dan Haskell was second and Tom Dupuche rounded out the top three.
1st Jim Houdalakis - 5997.1
2nd Daniel Haskell - 5787.6
3rd Tom Dupuche - 5754.4
The next thermal competition is in Wentworth - NSW. See you there!
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