This past weekend I attended the East Coast Hand launched Glider Festival in Wilson NC. Some of my reflections from this event are posted here and if you do not know about Discuss launched gliders take some time to learn a little as it is one of the best parts of the RC world.
I am still recovering from the 7+ drive home at midnight (and the subsequent Monday as a small business owner that has been off 4 days) and I could feel the wear and tear in my arm and legs this morning at the Gym but “Wow” what a good time I had this past weekend.
I learn so much at these events and am thankful for the opportunity to fly with the best pilots in the world who are so willing to share their knowledge with everyone.
Thanks to the club, for hosting us, the hospitality and organization you provide is unmatched! Thanks to my team mate Al Pernell for spotting and timing for me, Jeff Carr for radio help (you would think I would know how to program a transmitter) and to my Brother Bob for the support, plane builds, and the research on these killer new wings!
The funniest part of the event for me was watching my neighbor Lou run around the field during a round trying to get the bugs off of him (all while flying the round). He looked like Pig Pin from Charlie Brown as he ran back and forth with the swarm following him but they were relentless and would not leave. Finally after some coaching he changed from a yellow shirt to white and they left him alone.
The conditions were varied enough to keep you on your toes with one thermal so strong I was higher than I think I have ever flown (testing the limits of my new 6255 receiver) and then during other rounds with strong winds and nasty punchy little bullets (thanks for the snap flaps Jeff). As a recreational pilot I am still getting my new T2 dialed in and found myself more and more out of my comfort zone (for expense and retrieval) pushing farther and farther down wind to find the lift (go big or go home) and then circling lower and lower, one time for 1:40+ at tent height and below to get my times. I love how these new wings perform and the sight of them rushing down wind and not loosing as well as the ability to make it home is a nice site to see, I just wish you could add and subtract ballast during the flight ;-)
For the first time I was lucky enough to get to the fly-offs only besting Eric Brown (also flying a T2) by 21 points. From that time forward my performance immediately took a @!#$ and did not match my first 14 rounds. I was disappointed in myself but learned a lesson, I had read the conditions correctly and added 1oz ballast for the fly-offs and flew with it the first three rounds. After second-guessing myself during the break I pulled the ballast out for the last all up round, which really hurt me when I needed to stretch it out.
Kyle Clayton was on and was kicking all our sportsmen’s asses in the first 14 but due to equipment issues had a hard time in the last 4 which cost him.
My hat goes off to Walter Roos for the Sportsman win. I thought I might have a chance against him when I saw his plane in the tree on the first day but then I looked in the back of his van and lost all hope! If you have not had the opportunity to watch Walter fly he is a machine and not to be underestimated. It took a lot of us (and his brother Buddy) to convince him to come and compete with us in the various contest but he has jumped in with a force and continues to kick my but all over the sky!
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