Fly-in and Social
The schedule for 2017 is set out below.For more information and entry details please look out for posts here, on BARCS or email round robins from the club.
Want an informal fly-in and get together with other members? No pressure of competition
As I will be busy all day tomorrow (Frome Chess Congress if anyone wants to come and spectate 😉 ) where I won’t have access to the internet, I have decided to make the weather call for Sunday now. Crazy talk.
The weather looks suitably good for a jolly nice day’s flying at Whitesheet, with a gentle to moderate SW breeze forecast. Some wet stuff may make an appearance later in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about this if you would like to come along and have a fly.
Fingers crossed for a good inaugural event!
Fly-in Event This Weekend (May 14th 2017)
Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins.
All are welcome!
A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on BARCS: www.barcs.co.ukThe club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models – this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying – just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill).
Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions – the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site.
The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you!
Chris Lamming WSRFC
Competition: This Sunday (July 24th)
This Sunday will see a scheduled competition at Whitesheet. I have heard from Joe that the weather is due to be ok (perhaps not as hot as earlier this week) and good for flying. He has asked me to invite you all along as always and to note that there may be a change to the scheduled competition (Slalom) to the postponed event – Nominated Manoeuvres.
Please arrive at the hill around 1000am for an 1100am start
What a glorious day, wall to wall sunshine, rolling country side bursting with spring life, full size gliders being tugged to stratospheric height, most of the Phillips house hold all the way from Eastbourne and a north easterly breeze to keep us cool.
What more could we have asked for?
Whitesheet members, that’s What!
I arrived at the top of the hill at 10.00 shortly to be joined by JP, Wendy and Olivia.
We exchanged pleasantries, loaded ourselves up and headed for the slope. I’m sure the NE facing slope moves further away each year! We set up base just as our esteemed chairman Chris arrived and that was it? No one else arrived, not a sausage!
Well, we had enough pilots, Trophies had been polished, points needed to be earned for the Tallis wining Vagabond, Vino needed handing out to the Victors and conditions were improving.
JP was up first flying his Wildthing and in the slightly iffey lift conditions he went for the further out approach to start his loops. John completed 9 loops and landed 11 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia was up next flying her Wildthing and obviously was going to follow Dads idea by flying safely away from the slope ( I think I need to go to spec savers). Olivia managed 1 loop and landed 10.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris, flying his ELF dlg gallantly forced his model through the by now increasing breeze to pull 13 loops and land 16 mtrs from the spot.
Joe, Flying his trusty McMeekin Predator completed 16 loops and landed 1 mtr from the spot.
JP Now went for the ‘lets try high approach’ with 14 loops and 1.5 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia sticking to the (flying in the next county) approach upped her loops to 5 and landed 18.5 mtrs.
Chris beat us all in this round with the most loops at 18 and landed at 5.5 mtrs (actually he landed a lot closer but the wind caught his little Elf and flipped over before we could measure it)
Joe, managed to gain some great initial height before doing 17 loops and land at 2 mtrs.
JP, Now going for the ‘ lets see how low we can go and still recover to the top’ popping in the most loops for the day at 19. Then worked way back up to land at 2 mtrs
Olivia, Upped her loops to 8 and gracefully landed 3.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris having now switch models to his Mark Drela Allegro (broken fin on the ELF) pulled 8 loops and landed at 10.5 mtrs.
Joe, trying the close in approach managed 15 loops despite landing at the bottom of one! And managed to land at 3 mtrs.
So there you have it, a great day socially, fending off inquisitive cattle, fresh coffee with shortbread supplied and served by Chris and we all agreed that trying to identify the various light aircraft that passed by during the day must be Spitfires!
- Joe Cubitt
- John Phillips
- Chris Lamming
- Olivia Phillips
Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!
And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each.
JoeWSRFC comp sec