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Old 07-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Talking Report: F3K World Champ in Sweden

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July 1st – 3rd Arrival and Nordic Trophy
The team (Pat and Ivan) arrived in Copenhagen on July 1st. A Canada Day drive from Copenhagen to Arboga took us about 6 hours. Thanks to GPS, no wrong turns, just lots of nice Swedish countryside. We arrived at the field to find almost wind-free conditions and lots of test flying going on. We were tuckered out from the long trip, so we headed to the hotel to unpack our model boxes and get some shut eye.

When we woke the next morning, we could hear the wind blowing in the trees outside our room. The wind never let up all day, topping out at around 6 m/s. This is well below the 9 m/s limit set by the FAI, but still plenty windy.

Nevertheless, the Nordic Trophy, a pre-contest contest with 100 competitors, took place on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd. The weather did not improve on Sunday: it was in fact a bit windier and there were also periods of rain. As a result of the weather, the contest was cut short at 6 rounds, even though most of round 7 had already been flown. This was not good for Pat, as he had a good round 7 and could not improve on his placing.

Nordic Trophy Results:
1st – Joe Wurts, New Zealand
2nd – Roland Border, Germany
3rd – Mattias Hammerskjold, Sweden

July 4th – Welcome Day
Monday July 4th was processing, opening ceremonies, etc. We did a little more practice flying, in (the still) windy conditions. There were a number of concerns raised at the Team Manager’s meeting on Sunday night, and the organizers did a good job of addressing them prior to the start of the contest. Most importantly, they agreed to increase the number of planned rounds from 9 to 12, or roughly 4 rounds per day for the 3 days of the preliminary competition.

July 5th – Competition Day 1
The weather on Tuesday July 5th was just like when we arrived: calm and cloudy. Out came the ballast, and all the test flying from the last few day basically went out the window. Pat stuck with his Stobels (V2 and V3), but I switched from my Sirius to my LightHawk II, as it is a great ship in light lift.

Pat did well in the first round (Task A, last flight 5 minute max, 7 minute window), and managed a 3:02, for normalized score of 630 (the pilot(s) with the best time in the round get 1000 points, and the other pilots get a percentage of 1000 based on their time in comparison to the winning time). I didn’t have as much luck, only managing a 1:28 in very tough air (for me at least), earning a 396.

In the second round (Task F, best 3 of 6 flights, 3 minute max, 10 minute window) Pat and I both did fairly well. Pat got 1 max and two 2 minute flights, for an 807, and I got 2 maxes and another fairly long flight for a 937.

For the start of round 3 (Task H, 1, 2, 3, 4 minute flight in any order, 10 minute window), the air got really nice. I had an early round so I made my times, dropping only 14 seconds from the total and scoring a 986. By the time Pat’s slot came around, the nice air had left and he struggled a bit, missing the 3 minute flight by a minute and 30 seconds. This earned him an 851.

They managed to get round 4 started (Task D, increasing time by 15 seconds, aka “the ladder task”) and I flew my slot. Everything seemed to be going well, I made all my times up to 1:45, but when it came time to land and start my 2:00 flight (the last in the ladder) there was somehow less than 2 minutes left in the round! We still not quite sure what happened. As this is a World Champs, they are using official timers, and our timer in this case wasn’t the most communicative guy, so Pat was having trouble confirming that we’d made each time. But even with these delays, we can’t see how they added up to 75 seconds, the slack time in this task (if our math is correct…). So, I ended up with an 875 in the round, but this could have easily been my first 1000 of the champs: the air was there and easily reachable from launch height. Oh well, live and learn (to manage the slot time better!!!).

to be continue...

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Old 07-08-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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Keep it up Ronald , Excellent!!
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He sounded disappointed in those scores, I would hhave been elated! I know its a world class event, I'm positive that the guys are doing everything possible to represent. With gliders timing is everything. If momma nature decides to rear up, it happens!

From what I understand a lot of these events are won on lost on taking off just at the right time. Kinda like the rythm method of birth control!

Glad Canada was represented by a couple guys that gave it their all!
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