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Old 09-20-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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Chatham CAN-AM 2005 Contest Report

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The annual Chatham CAN-AM IMAC contest, held this last weekend September 17
and 18 was a big success- with an attendance of 34 pilots from Canada and
the USA. Pilots came from Michigan, Ohio, as well as Ontario- and even one
from Moncton NB! Glad you came along Mike! The pre-registration process
was very helpful, thanks to Bob Hudson. Another improvement in contest
organization that we took advantage of, is the National Unknown program.
This is a program that is run like a library where a CD can request unknown
sequences in advance with no hassles, no delays. They are well thought out
and flow well- and every contest held on that particular date uses the same
sequences all across the nation. Many thanks to Wayne and all on the National Unknowns Committee!
Friday the 16th was really poor, rainy and windy, so not too much practicing
was happening. But Saturday morning was good, just cloudy, and the wind was
light, so the contest began. Flying started almost sharp (!) at 10am and
went on till 6, with most of the classes getting in 3 rounds of knowns.
Basic was quite full, with 12 flyers, next in size was Advanced, with 8.
Participation by our own club members was excellent, with 6 in Basic, 1 in
Sportsman and 1 in Unlimited. The rounds moved right along as everyone
wanted to get in as many sequences as possible.
The competition was close in each class. In Basic, John Wing (team Hawaii
shirts) and Rick Kroeze switched lead a couple times, this is what creates
the excitement. 16 yr old Chris Robert showed real talent as he was right
on these guys' heels, flying a .40 Twist. He'll be a real contender in a very
short while, watch out. Kevin R, Louis M and Mike Milos battled it out in
Sportsman with some pretty close scores. Intermediate- close again with each
pilot winning at least one sequence..
However Cam McCausey pretty much dominated Advanced with the exception of
one sequence where Tony Kreg scored 1000. Same story in Unlimited- Killer
Kurt dominated, and I was trying hard to catch, but not hard enough. We
really appreciated Kurt attending Chatham, when he was so busy practicing
for the Tucson shootout.
We tried to get the Basic class fliers to do as much scribing as possible.
I really feel that this is a good way to gain exposure to understanding what
the judges are looking for. We also got lots of help in this department
from Brian Facey, who attended just to help out! Thanks Brian. Also Mat
Labombard's family (Michelle, Holly and Sarah) did a lot of recording for
us. Thanks girls! And in the judging department, Sammy Monteleone really
contributed, both days.. Thanks very much Sam!
Unknowns were handed out at the end of the day, and a large part of the
group assembled at the local steakhouse for some dinner and laughs. A few
of us went back to the field to sit around the campfire for a few hours, and
sample some hi-test.
Sunday morning came around and the field was completely socked in with fog.
However it was short lived and the flying started just after 9 with some
gorgeous weather. The unknowns were flown. Here is where some contests are
won, by the ability to concentrate well enough to avoid the dreaded zeros.
In Sportsman, Kevin won the unknown, but 1st to 4th was only separated by
less than 40 pts. Cam again dominated, winning the advanced unknown by
almost 100pts. Unlimited was the closest I've ever seen, Kurt winning with
me a 1/4 point behind! Flying the unknown is definitely some of the best
excitement in IMAC competition in my opinion.
Following the unknowns, one more known round was done by all. Up to this
point, after each round the standings had been very quickly posted by the
scoring team of Cliff and Val Bailey. They did a great job of keeping tabs!
Also, the big prize table was put on display Sunday afternoon, and I'll mention
all the sponsors in a bit...
But what everyone was waiting for was the Freestyle.. we had 4 entrants and
a great sound system, so the tunes could be cranked! Kurt began as first
pilot, and absolutely wowed the whole place. He flew some high speed,
extremely high G maneuvers that had those 'beat up old Edge' wings flexing- it had to be
flexing a couple inches!! A figure 8, knife edge, just off the ground, and
I think at full throttle. Well choreographed to his custom mixed music, it
was a real hard act to follow. I flew next, with some smoke and a little
3D, then Mike C and Tsai flew some very graceful freestyle ballet, as Bob
Hudson called it. The crowd seemed to really get into the flights, and it
turned out to be a great way to finish a weekend of competition flying.
Then the awards ceremony was begun, starting with Basic class. The
standings are attached below.
Since this was also the Points Championships and Finals for Ontario, Chairman Mike
Clemmens awarded the following;
Basic--Rick Kroeze, Sportsman--Kevin Reinhart, Intermediate--Ken Wiersma,
Advanced--Tony Kreg, Unlimited--Don McLellan.
The winners got their pick of
prizes donated by Hobbico/GreatPlanes. There were 4 foamy kits to choose
from and a frequency checker. Nice prizes! Also Bob Hudson graciously
donated plaques, with pictures, to the winners. Big thanks to both guys for
taking care of this championship and the awards.
At the conclusion of the main awards, all the pilots' frequency pins were then
thrown into the hat for the first pick of the prize table. This year we had
some fantastic prizes for the pilot draw, and I want to give a huge thanks
to the sponsors, as follows:

Desert Aircraft-- Emcotec powerbox
Hover Haven Hobbies (our local hobbyshop) with a big donation by club member Ray Cofell--
Three foamy kits and two lipo chargers
Bisson Custom Mufflers-- sunglasses and gift certificates
Amsoil by Kevin Reinhart-- synthetic oil
MSC Propellers-- two big wood props
HiFlight RC (Edmonton--DougCurrie)-- two big props
Robart/Zap-- dozens of bottles of CA
Great Hobbies-- gift certificates

Again, a BIG thanks to these people, this really adds a lot of fun to a
contest. If you won something (and that's everyone) from the prize table,
please email a thanks to the sponsor-- they deserve that!
This contest ran very smoothly and the folks that deserve the credit for
that are the club members that donated their time and efforts to help out.
They are:
Cliff and Val Bailey-- scoring
Rick Kroeze, Norm McLellan (Pops), Peter Dick, and John Smyth-- organizing,
running, paperwork, you name it.
Jim and Donna Easter, John Edmonson and Ralph Devolders-- the concession
booth that kept everyone fed!

In conclusion, it was very pleasing to see people come from such long
distances, and also so many from our own backyard, to get together and have
a weekend full of flying and having fun. Can't wait till next weekend to do
it all again at the NC Finals in Lansing!

See y'all next year, eh!!
Don McLellan
CD Chatham CAN-AM 2005
IMAC 2536


John Wing 5947.37
Rick Kroeze 5934.17
Chris Robert 5597.90
Randy Claypool 5468.44
Frank Klenk 5412.11
Kevin LeBoeuf 5386.83
Mathew Labombard 5324.14
Michael Roxberry 5037.70
Ray Cofell 4943.05
James Daly 4121.99
Darcy Want 3238.76
Cliff Bailey 1249.30


Kevin Reinhart 4942.33
Mike Milos 4736.83
Louis Matustik 4625.77
James Bisson Jr 4597.04
Jim Moss 4418.45
Art Reaume 3916.65


Ken Wiersma 6881.94
Dave Dietrich 6688.17
Woodrow Reynolds 6622.54
Randy Brown 5860.72


Cam McCausey 7000.00
Tony Kreg 6714.26
Brian Sanik 6411.70
Bob Hudson 6331.01
Tom Wheeler 6103.22
Jim Neal 5609.97
Mike Sebastien 5260.66
Tsai Chen 5224.16


Kurt Koelling 5000.00
Don McLellan 4864.31
Guillaume Saucier 3510.52
Mike Clemmens 3294.86


Kurt Koelling
Don McLellan
Mike Clemmens
Tsai Chen

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