Baldock, N.Herts 30th April 2006
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As I sit and type this
report the following day looking out at Wind and Rain, I feel we were
very lucky to have had ideal conditions for the competition yesterday.
As people began to arrive mainly from the south we heard stories of
torrential rain 20 miles away, but with a light northerly wind non hit
the patch all day. The sun was up early and no early morning mist that
often hits early season comps.
With 2 late standard
entries and a grid of 16 flying started on time at 9.00 am. Our judges
for the day were Gary Peacock, ably assisted all day by daughter
Alice. Judge 2 was Steve Birchall, alternating with Bill Michie in
standard class as Steve helped newcomer Robbie Meek to promotion in
his first comp!!
We were well represented
in Standard with 6 entries, and 5 each for Senior and FAI. No one
choosing to enter Masters. Competition was good and close in all
In the Standard class
honours were taken by Robbie Meek, flying electric and achieving
promotion scores in each round. Also very close to promotion was Jason
Collins, coming in second and just 3.5 points of a promotion it won’t
be long before Jason moves forward.
Third place went to my
own clubs Nigel Kern, In only his second comp, Flying an ex John
Harrop (and my brothers!!) Typhoon with YS1.40FZ, Nigel struggles with
the lines and boxed a few centre manoeuvres in the first round.
Improving through the day Nigel managed a credible 193 in round 3.
Chris Bond flying an older Rubin purchased from me some years ago was
improving through the day and finished 4th.
The final 2 places were
taken by my own clubs comedy duo – as some said the blind leading the
blind but credit to Matt Marshall and Ken Bones flying ‘Sport’ models
for having a go. Having seen me practicing the previous day they were
convinced that they should have a crack. Armed with schedules (the
wrong ones) the both went home and sat on the simulator. Calling for
each other they stayed the course and improved through the day – ken
achieving a very creditable 181 score in round 2. With some
preparation and practice both these guys could do well.
Senior class honours
were in no doubt, Mike Williams flying an ex Malcolm Corbin Majestic/YS
was in a class of his own, promoting in every round, everyone stopped
to watch the flights. It was worth noting that Mike had a very able
caller and assistant and it was great to see Andy Nicholls back out on
the flightline again helping a newcomer into the hobby. Andy had
obviously not lost his touch and some were looking for the buddy box
lead the flying was that good. Andy was not the only ex Champion to
attend, Terry Westrop also made an appearance together with Steve
White, both out for a Sunday afternoon blast on the bikes. 2/3rds of
the 1988 – 1991 Team all that was lacking was Ken. Second and
Third place was a very close run thing with just 1.5 points separating
Alan Connelly (2nd) and Nick Sprankling (3rd). Alan flew his ex
Brandon Ransley Caprise / YS whilst relative newcomer flew an electric
powered YAK. I am sure when he gets hold of a 2m ship he will really
Graham Martin had a
nightmare of a day with engine cuts in the first up line of the figure
M in the first 2 rounds and a scratch round 3. Roger Marples flying
his ‘OTOP’/ YS 1.40DZ also struggled with 2 engine cuts and managed
4th place after a completed 3rd round flight – later in the day a
dislodged clunk was found to be the culprit.
FAI was an even closer
run event, with perhaps the exclusion of myself !! The Stanstead
contingent practice and fly together so it is perhaps expected that
the results will be close. Amazingly still without a caller Alan Wild
took top slot having won round 2. Again by a hairs breadth 1.5 points
separated George Drever in 2nd place and Bill Michie in 3rd. James
O’Neill was close behind flying his immaculately finished Twister/YS
1.60 in 4th. My own ex Mike Pole Loaded Dice FS/YS 1.40 battled into
last place in its final competition before retirement – Now I’ve
written it I have to get the Smaragd airborne and slow down my
All in all a great day.
We were fortunate with the superb weather, thankful to the North
London club for the facilities and our Judges and marshals. Despite
running on the same day as a centralised a good entry made the effort
and a good clean competition ensued. We look forward to hosting
another comp at the venue.
Greg Butterworth CD