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Open Slopes 2018 Dates and how we got on in 2017

What happened in 2017?

Five events were staged at The White Sheet over the spring and summer of 2017.

We all tend to visit the slope at different times and it was felt that staging these events enabled more people to put names to faces and to discuss all aspects of model flying and the world in general!

All events were well attended by WSRFC members and visiting fliers.

We were also able to speak with many members of the public to gather any interest and to explain the aims of the club, so some good PR!

Occasional contact was made with the NT warden, which can only be positive.

It was intended that the September date would be an end of season flat field event at Lower Barn Farm, with BBQ and other convivialities. Unfortunately the weather was against this so a late call was made to convert to a slope event.

We feel that these events are good for the membership, allowing people to meet up during the day as and when they are able, without the “burden” of staking out a whole day as we realize that people do have busy lives.

Our Chair excelled at Bacon Butty production this year and has agreed to continue the Good Work!

So, we intend to continue these in 2018, with the addition of a season opener in April, making the suggested dates as:

  • April 8th
  • May 13th
  • June 10th
  • July 8th (potential flat field)
  • August 12th (potential flat field)
  • September 9th
  • We look forward to seeing you there!

    Open Slopes June – Photos

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    Open Slopes June 10, Weather Call – We’re ON!

    June Open slopes is ON!

    We are in for good, fine weather tomorrow, although the wind will have quite a bit of East in it, so it will be a chance to fly in some of the further reaches of Whitesheet Downs.

    Bring along a floater and maybe an electric assisted model to make sure you have the best chance of some good flying on the NE slopes.

    All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

    All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

    Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

    David, Stuart and I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as we did last month, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

    cheers,

    Chris

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    Open Slopes Photos, May 2018

    Open slopes a success again!

    Sunday May 13th saw the return of the Open Slopes events, with the second scheduled event of the year running in absolutely stunning weather.

    A good showing of twenty pilots over the day, together with around fifty models between them meant that the sky was filled with models of all kinds all day.

    Free bacon rolls for all were very well received as ever!

    Why not come along to the next event, to be held on Sunday June 10.

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    Open slopes May 13, 2018 is ON

    After a few months of dreary weather, we are in for a good day tomorrow, with a gentle breeze and no rain forecast for our second Open Slopes event.

    All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

    All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

    Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

    I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as last year, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

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    3 Way Club Day-Out – Thursday 19th April 2018

    Thames Valley Silent Fliers Joint Event

    It looks like we are at that time of year again and Thursday 19th April will be our multi-club slope day out again… weather permitting. TVSF will publish on the TVSF.co.uk web site as to what location will be likely suitable for the 3 way club get together.. and hope fully see you there.

    See here on BARCS for more details.

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    Weather call for tomorrow’s Open Slopes Event

    Weather call – it’s ON

    Apologies, not quite noon, but near enough for jazz. Weather tomorrow looks pretty good – we might get a spot of the wet stuff in the afternoon, but perfectly flyable in the morning with a good SW breeze. Hopefully see you there – I’ll be the one in the tent, on bacon butty duty. Please note we are NOT on the flat field – we are up the slope!

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    Open Slopes Event 5/5 : Sunday September 10th

    Plan change – Now a Slope Event up the hill

    Due to the wind conditions and possibility of rain in the afternoon, this Sunday’s event has now changed to a slopeside event, either at Morgans or in the SW bowl of Whitesheet. A weather call will still be made around noon on Saturday, which will be mailed out, posted on barcs and put on the website here, but right now it looks like it will be a good day for the hill, if not for the original plan on the flat. I’m making this call early as this will give those who were kindly preparing food to bring a chance to change plans. I will be taking my camp stove up to Whitesheet as I did for the English Open, and will be supplying bacon rolls and tea/coffee.

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    Fantastic day at Whitesheet for the July Open Slopes Event

    Perfect weather and a great turn out for the third Open Slopes Event of 2017

    More info to come, but for now, here are the photos.

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    Open Slopes Event Tomorrow! Sunday July 9th

    Tomorrow’s Open Slopes Event is ON!

    The weather looks light tomorrow with gentle winds from the SW

    All welcome to come along and fly at Whitesheet. There will likely be some of us with bungees, dlgs and electric assisted models.

    As usual, tea, coffee and doughnuts will be provided, free of charge!

    Hopefully see you there

    Last month’s fly-in

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    Open Slopes ’17 Event 3 of 5

    Fly-in Event This Weekend (July 9th 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!

    cheers,

    Chris Lamming
    WSRFC

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    Photos from the Scale Day On May 4th

    Scale day at Whitesheet draws large numbers

    Despite the threat of rain, there was finally a chance for the Scale fly-in to run on May 4th.

    Here are a few of the pictures

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    Open Slopes June 11th Event

    Great day’s flying with top people

    Thanks to all for turning out to another good event today, coinciding with near-perfect weather at Whitesheet, for haring around the skies. Next event July 9th.

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    Second Social Fly-in of 2017, this Sunday. Event is ON!

    Fly-in Event This Weekend (June 11th 2017)

    Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the second of the 2017 social fly-ins.

    All are welcome!

    The weather is set to be fine with a good breeze into the SW bowl – the event is therefore ON!

    Once again, the club and the hill look forward to seeing you!

    cheers,

    Chris Lamming
    WSRFC

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    Weather call for Open Slopes ’17, May 14

    Weather call

    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.

    It’s ON!

    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!

    cheers,

    Chris

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    Open Slopes ’17

    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!

    cheers,

    Chris Lamming
    WSRFC

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    Winter League F3f

    Southern Winter League F3f

    Please see the new ‘F3f’ page for details of the forthcoming Southern Winter League F3f events.

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    21/07/2016: Competition this Sunday – July 24th

    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

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    8/6/16 Slalom update

    Hi Guys Looking forward to the upcoming event Joe comp sec

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    8/6/16: Training at Rib’s place

    This is some text for a training post!
    WSRFC Logo Old Version

    WSRFC Logo Old Version

    bold text – link to barcs

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    30/5/16: Competition Report – Loops and Spot

    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.

    Round 1

    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.

    Round 2

    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.

    Round 3

    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!

    Final results

    1. Joe Cubitt
    2. John Phillips
    3. Chris Lamming
    4. Olivia Phillips

    Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!

    Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

    Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

    And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each.

    Perfick

    Joe

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