|09-17-2009, 05:17 PM||#71|
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I am: Don M
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chatham, Ont
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Re: 2009 Chatham CAN-AM IMAC
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Well it was a success...
21 pilots, from far and wide (Ottawa and Sudbury all the way to Ohio and Michigan), great weather, and everyone on their game. All but a couple were IMAC members.
Pilots arrived Friday afternoon and started practicing. We were happy to have guest judges- Guillaume and Randy helped quite a lot. Thanks guys!
Saturday started with perfect weather- and with Mike M serenading the pilots on the PA.
We had the flight line skewed at 45 degrees to the field, for a couple reasons. Our neighbour has a horse farm that we needed to stay far away from, and it also lengthens the effective runway. This caused a bit of trouble for some guys, as they were having trouble getting a good flight line reference. We'll try to improve that next year.
However it also put the flight line exactly east-west, so no one had to look into the sun all day! (not that bad eh!)
We flew 3 rounds, plus an extra for basic, and finished somewhat early.
It was kind of difficult to arrange judging and flight lines due to the imbalance of class populations- this is where our rent-a-judges came in very handy! The pilots were great at keeping themselves moving along.
Saturday night was good eatin! A crew of more than 30 ended up at T-Bone's steakhouse for some beer and grub and some stories. Later, a smaller crew went over to RM Restoration for a tour of the shop. Even later, another crew ended up at the campfire at the field for an evening blast (eh Dave n Tom!)
Sunday morning was really foggy, then cleared up for the Unknowns.
All classed completed their unknowns, and Basic got an extra round of knowns in. What fun...
Following another round of knowns for everyone, we set up some Basic Unknowns to try for our 3 brave Basic pilots. They did really well, and had fun at it! Thanks Isabel for that idea. It was done as a separate thing from the contest.
Lunch was served both days by Dad (Norm) and his crew- Dave, James (my boy) and his two buddies. The sausages and TexBurgers were great! Thanks guys!
Freestyle this year was very good- I'm glad to see more participation in this part of IMAC. We had 3 solos and one team compete. Dave and Tom from Ottawa flew a formation routine with their matching pilotless ( ) Dalton extras, and did an excellent job. Much easier said than done!
Bryan M won the freestyle with a well choreographed routine- with custom arranged music even!
Scoring was expertly handled by Cliff and Val Bailey- reports showed up right after each round and no problems! Many, many thanks to these two, it's a long thankless job.
So, the standings were announced and trophies awarded, and we could see the sometimes very close races in the classes- in particular first and second in Intermediate and Advanced- less than 50 points out of 8000 between Bryan M and Tom H in Intermediate, and less than 30 between Mike M and Louis M in Advanced. Great race!
Unlimited was less than exciting however...
The seniors race was good with Mike Roxberry winning with .749 points. Way to go old guy!
Thanks have to go to the helpers with the event- Cliff and Val for scoring, Norm and crew for food, Rick for overall help, my wife Penny for many things, my boy James for being the photographer, and the club for donating the field for the event.
Hope to see you all again next summer and thanks for making a good last event for Ontario IMAC.
See here for scores: http://www.mini-iac.com/Portals/0/Re...t_results.html
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