Sunday, 29 December 2013

Results - SWSA 2013 Woollybacks F3F Chrsitmas Bash

Well as you can see from my previous post things were conspiring against me for this weekend. With only my spare transmitter left which had only had one F3F model, my trusty old Elita in the memory I thought I should have a test fly which resulted in me popping a servo on landing, silly me..! 

That was the final straw and as a result I decide to sit it out in the centre for the day.

The forecast had suggested that the westerly would quickly swing to south-westerly and finally move around to south southwest so Martin and Simon had quickly got the course up on Mickey's.

It was left to Simon to get the Woollybacks which would probably be the last F3F of 2013 in the UK underway.

Mike Evans came out with all guns blazing and took the first round with the only sub 40 for the round with a 39:90. Grag Dakin has been conspicuously missing  from the slopes this year due to the sad loss of his Dad. Greg took second spot with a 43:09. Tony Livingstone took third spot with a 44:88.

Round two saw Mike stamp his authority on the competition by taking the second round with a 41:36.  Martin Newnham was second with 41:95 and Greg was in the frame again with a 43:28.

Round three would see journey man Pete Gunning who had made the long trip from Scotland take the round with a 42.01 with his Stinger.  Mike and Martin were just behind him again with a 43:20 and 42:84 respectively.

Round four saw Mike taking the honours again with 45:15. Martin Drewett took second spot with a 47:31 with Martin Newnham in third with a 48:37   

The fifth round would go to Greg with a 43:47, followed by Simon with a 45:20 and  Martin Drewett again in the frame with a 45:79.

Round six would see Greg in command again flying a 41:76 just beating Martin Newnham and Mike with 42:22 and 42:84.

I don't know if it was the excesses of the festive period and everyone struggling under pressure of Turkey and Christmas pudding or just how the slope was working. The wind speed had been generally pretty good  but we hadn't seen the plethora of sub 40's I had been expecting with these conditions  but all of a sudden thing got a lot quicker!

Greg suddenly found a 34:74 to stake a claim on the competition. Pete was finding the conditions to his liking clocked a 36:13, just beating Martin Newnham 36:29.

This had clearly fired Martin up and he grabbed his next opportunity to fly the fast time of the day a 34:44. Mike sensing the threat pulled out a 36:44 to take second spot and Simon  was just behind him with a 37:10.

Everyone was sensing that it was starting to get very close at the top and with Martin flying a 36:23 to take the penultimate round follow by Greg with a 37:01 and Simon 38:22.

Going into the final round there was hand full of people who could finish on top, especially if anyone made a mistake of got bad air.

Greg would win the final round with a 36:71, Mike wasn't giving up without a fight an flew a 37:29 and Pete would finish third with a 37:98.

So before the final results, a big thanks to Martin, Simon and Peter who organised the course and collected the money. Thanks to everyone for supporting our events this year and helping out.

So who would be the 2013 SWSA Woollyback Champion. Even though the conditions weren't blistering it turned out to be a very enthralling contest.

Maybe quite fittingly after loosing so much of the year due to personal problems it was Greg Dakin who came out as a worthy and deserved  winner, I am sure your Dad will be looking down from on high somewhere enjoying this victory .

Mike Evens who made so much of the early running finished second with Martin Newnham finishing third.
Thanks again and my I wish you all a happy New Year


1 Greg Dakin 8696.29
2 Mike Evans 8658.88
3 Martin Newnham 8637.15
4 Peter Guning 8462.01
5 Simon Thornton 8219.96
6 Graham Mahoney 7848.74
7 Andy Burgoyne 7827.78
8 Martin Drewett 7744.65
9 Tony Livingstone 7490.00
10 Ian Mason 7281.89
11 Clive Jones 7025.28
12 John Treble 6865.95
13 Chris Studley 6477.98
14 Mark Williams 6460.97

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