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Southern Winter League F3f 2018/19.

 
  • Here are the dates and details of the coming Southern Winter league F3f competitions. Hopefully the weather will be much kinder to us than last year when only 2 comps were staged, one of these being at Whitesheet the other at The Long Man, Eastbourne.
  • The venues for the coming competitions  are Whitesheet, Butser Hill & Eastbourne.
  • Whitesheet for all wind directions between NNW- S
  • Butser Hill, NE winds
  • Eastbourne. N winds (+ other to be confirmed asap)
  • The chosen venue for each competition being dependant upon the forecast wind direction. A ‘venue & weather call’ will be made on the Friday evening before each competition, note ;- earlier if the various forecast allow. This decision will be announced / posted on the Whitesheet RFC website, the BARCS forum Southern Winter league thread, & via an email to all WRFC members.
 
  • Competition dates ;-
  • Round 1 ;- Sunday Oct 28th,   –   cancelled 
  • Round 2;- Sunday, Nov 25th.
  • Rds 1 & 2 reserve;- Sunday Dec 9th
  • Round 3 ;- Sunday, Dec 23rd.
  • Round 4 ;- Sunday Jan 27th.
  • Round 5 ;- Sunday Feb 24th.
  • Rds 3, 4 & 5 reserve ;- Sunday Mar 10th.
 
  • The Regional winter lg comps are the perfect introduction to this very exciting branch of our sport. Newcomers are encouraged to come along and try F3f for perhaps their first time, always being guaranteed a very warm welcome. Hints, tips & advice on model set up & flying the course are always freely given. Most sports models are perfectly suitable to use, you don’t need an expensive F3f mouldie. It is through these comps that most of us regular F3f pilots ourselves started.
 

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  • Round 1 Sunday Oct 28th.  Cancelled.

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  • Round 2 Sunday Nov 25th ;-  Entry to round 2 on is now OPEN .
  • Venue Advisory ;- The various forecasts are presently showing the wind to be coming from between a NE – SE over the next 10 days. The venue is therefore looking very likely to be be either Eastbourne & Butser . I will post another ‘venue advisory’ on Weds 21st at around 9.00pm.
  • Venue Confirmation ;- I will post this as early as I believe the forecasts allow.
  • ‘Weather call’ ;- will be posted at around 8.00pm on the Friday 23rd.
 
  • To enter, Please send the following entry details to myself at swallacegromit@aol.com
  • BMFA insurance number,
  • Freq, 2.4 or 35 meg incl channel
  • Models, up to 3.
  • important ;- Please state the names of the venues that you will travel to ie, Whitesheet, Butser, Eastbourne, All. I need this info so that I know if we have enough numbers attending any given venue.
  • Please visit the BARCS forum for further / full competition details ;-  https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/8468-southern-winter-league-f3f-201819
  • PLEASE NOTE ;- Whitesheet slope closure information.
  • For reasons of safety, the Whitesheet slopes will be closed to all flying other than for that of the competition while F3f competitions are in progress.
  • Competitions run from 9.00am- 5.00pm
  • Thank you very much for your understanding & cooperation regarding this.
 
  • Stuart Wallace, Whitesheet Competition secretary.
     
   

THE ENGLISH OPEN F3f, 2018.

Whitesheet Aug 18-19th.

Sponsored by South Coast Sailplanes.

 
  • The Competition,
  • Day 1;-  The morning dawned with a very light drizzle in the air, this however quickly cleared enabling racing to get underway only minutes behind schedule.
  • Eight rounds were flown during the day on our SW bowl. Round winners were John Treble, Paul Stubley (2 rds) Mike Shellim(2 rds) Dave Rumble, Nigel Witchalls, Andy Burgoyne.
  • At the end of day one in 1st pace was Paul Stubley, in 2nd place Mike Shellim and in 3rd place was John Treble.
  • Day 2;- Another full day of racing with 7 further rounds being flown. A shift in wind direction required a planned for & quickly made course move at around lunchtime.
  • Round winners were Mike Shellim (2 rds) Graeme Mahoney (2 rds) John Philips, Mark Passingham, & Myself Stuart Wallace.
  • The result;- Consistently accurate flying throughout the competition by Mike Shellim flying his Striborg secured him a well deserved win.  Second place went to Mark Treble flying his trusty Toxic. Third place went to myself Stuart Wallace, I flew my Pitbull on day 1 switching to my Radical on day 2.
  • Fastest time was John Phillips flying a Redshift, with 39.22 seconds.
 

Full Result table.

     
  • Thank you to our Sponsor, Peter Payne, owner of South Coast Sailplanes. http://www.south-coast-sailplanes.com/
  • Since the events reintroduction back into being by the Whitesheet RFC in 2014, owner Peter’s sponsorship of this event has been truly excellent. In addition to sponsoring the events stunning ‘free flying Eagle’ trophies, Peter has very generously donated ‘cracking’ prizes to the winners. This year Peter presented winner Mike Shellim with an X models 1.5 E http://www.south-coast-sailplanes.com/x-model-blade-1-5-e-glider . I’m certain Mikes going to have a lot of fun with this.
  • Peter arrived at around midday on day 2, spending the afternoon watching the final few rounds & chatting with all the pilots prior to his presenting of the trophies.
  • Peter is the UK’s distributor of the excellent X models range of gliders. Models include Blade’s ,Swords, Swifts , Stingrays, Prismaray, Graecalis, Primarays & more, Pete has them all.
  • On behalf of the Whitesheet RFC & all the pilots who have entered this competition since 2014, thank you so much Peter for your very highly valued ‘Cracking’ sponsorship .
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The English Open F3f Charity Raffle 2018,

  • Thankyou to all who supported the Charity raffle in aid of both Boodwise, & Histio UK. The total raised was an excellent sum of £260.00.
  • The raffle was staged in memory of my Son Tom (aged 26), who died from both blood cancer, & a rare blood / immune system disorder in Nov 2015 .
  • Who are Bloodwise, & Histio UK ? ;-  Bloodwise are the UK’s blood cancer charity, they fund world class research into blood cancer. Additionally, they provide emotional & practical support to patients & their loved ones & raise awareness of blood cancer. They are there for everyone effected by blood cancer, whether its Lymphoma, Leukemia, Myloma or other blood disorder.
  • Blood cancer is the 3rd biggest cancer killer in the UK, each year it claims more lives than both breast & prostate cancer.
  • Blood cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK with over 230,000 people living with it in the UK. 38,000 people are diagnosed each year.
  • To find out more about the very important work that Bloodwise do, please spare a few minutes of your time to visit their website https://bloodwise.org.uk/charity/about
  • Histio UK;- Histio UK are the charity for the rare immune blood disorder Histiocytosis (HLH). This is a very serious rapidly progressive blood disorder that is very difficult to both diagnose & treat.
  • Similarly, to find out about the very important work that is done by Histio UK, here is the link to their website http://www.histiouk.org/

TOM. (26)

  •  Stu, Whitesheet Comp Sec.

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The English Open F3f 2017 .

Winner John Philips. 2nd Tony Livingstone. 3rd Mark Treble.

Team Winners ;- Tea Swillers. pilots ;- John Philips, Erik Heijne, Mark Passingham.

 

Above – Winner John Philips is presented with the English Open ‘Free Flying Eagle’ winners trophie, by event Sponsor Peter Payne, owner of South Coast Sailplanes. (photo courtesy of Mike Shellim)

Above- Runner-up Tony Livingstone is presented with the English Open runners up ‘Free Flying Eagle’ trophie by Peter Payne. (Photo courtesy of Mike Shellim)

Above- Mark Treble is presented with the English Open 3rd place trophie by Peter.(Photo courtesy Mike Shellim)

 

Above-  Winning Team ‘Tea Swillers’. Pilots -John Philips, Mark Passingham, Erik Heijne. (Photo courtesy of Mike Shellim) 

 
  • Above. 2017 Pilot Group Photo.
 
  • Video;- Courtesy of our Club Chairman Chris Lamming ;-      
           

(Below) Winner John Philips was on top form throughout the 2 days of the competition.

       

  • Above ;- JP’s ‘Cracking’ haul of prizes;- English Open ‘Free Flying Eagle’ winners trophie, 1st prize of an X Models ‘Pushy cat’. both  sponsored & donated by South Coast Sailplanes owner Peter Payne.
  • Plus Framed English Open winners & Team winners certificates. (designed & created by WRFC Chairman Chris Lamming). Silver cup for posting the ‘Fastest time’ of the competition with a 43.14       
 
  • Here is the link to my BARCS comp report ;-   Comp report
 
  • Photo’s ;- 
  • Here is the link to my own photo’s from the event ;– https://www.flickr.com/photos/53568953@N02/albums/72157686356013234
  • Mike Shellim,  reports & photo’s  
  • Mike has very kindly given me his permission to include a link to his excellent Rc Soar.com website. Mike has competed in all English Open competitions, he has written his own reports & taken a ‘cracking’ set of photo’s at each event. These are viewable by following the links.
 
  • excellent F3f pilot, Mike is very well known for his ‘Cracking’ photography skills.  Thank you very much Mike
  • Here then is the link to Mikes report & photo’s of the 2017 event  http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2017/engopen/index.php
   

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The English Open 2016.

  • Sadly, the event was not staged during this year. .
 

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The English Open 2015. 

Winner Mike Evans. 2nd Graeme Mahoney. 3rd Martin Drewett.

Team Winners ‘Gifcof’. Pilots Graeme Mahoney, Tony Livingstone. Martin Drewett.

 

Above, left to right ;- Runner up Graeme Mahoney, Winner Mike Evans, 3rd Martin Drewett.

  • Sponsor, South Coast owner Peter Payne was sadly unable to attend, I therefore presented Mike with the English Open winners trophie, & the ‘Cracking’ first prize donated by Peter of an X models 1.9 DS. 
 
  • Here is the link to my Barcs comp report ;-    Comp report
   

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The English Open 2014. 

Winner Mike Evans, 2nd Mark Treble, 3rd Tony Livingstone.

  • Above left to right, South Coast Sailplanes owner Peter Payne, 2nd place Mark Treble, Winner Mike Evans, 3rd Tony Livingstone, Sloperacer owner Tony Fu.
 

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The event was not staged between 2008-2014

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The English Open 2008.

Winner Mark Redsell, 2nd Keith Wood, 3rd Graham Reed.

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The English Open 2007.

Winner Kevin Newton, 2nd John Philips, 3rd John Bennet.

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The English Open 2006. 

Winner Mike Shellim, 2nd John Bennet, 3rd John Philips.

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The English Open 2005.

Winner Mike Evans, 2nd Mark Southall, 3rd John Bennet.

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The English Open 2004.

Winner, Kevin Newton, 2nd Simon Hall, 3rd John McCurdy.

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The English Open 2003.

Winner Ken Woodhouse, 2nd Andy Ellison, 3rd, Johb McCurdy. 

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  • I plan to add more information & photos for each year creating a history of the English Open F3f event. Be sure to visit again soon. 
 
  • Stu, Whitesheet Competition Secretary. 
 

   

Southern Winter League F3f round 1.  29/10/17.

  • The Southern Winter League of “17/18 got off to a ‘Cracking’ start on Sund Oct 29th, with a trip to The Long Man’ Nr Eastbourne West Sussex.
  • Ten pilots arrived eagerly early ahead of the meet time, all offering helping hands both to myself & Pete Burgess, to help carry all the comp gear up the hill. The walk up is a steady incline all the way to the top, taking around 30 minutes I guess. The beautiful views across the Sussex countryside, certainly help you forget the pain of your aching legs.
  • On arriving at the top, we set up the course directly over the top of The Long Man’ figure. The wind started the day being a steady 15 mph N -NNW , this built to a max of 25 mph. This steady breeze blew consistently throughout the day, no turbulent gusts or lulls & only a few thermals came through. This made for very similar flying conditions for each pilot in each round, perfect.  Cloudy skies steadily cleared during the morning to give way to blue skies & sunshine, it was a beautiful late October day.
  • With conditions such as they were, & 10 pilots competing we flew a ‘crow through’, thus enabling 2 rounds per flight. This we did so as to maximise the number of rounds flown, & to avoid a continuous rush in every round for everyone to fly, then land as quickly as possible & then get to a base to buzz as quickly as possible so as to avoid holding up the comp.
  • With conditions being so very consistent throughout the day, no one pilot had the advantage of flying their 2 rds in ‘very good air’.  The crow through & 2 rds per flight proved to be a very good decision, all pilots giving very positive feedback on this both throughout the day, & again after the comp. This decision enabled us to fly a total of 16 rds.

  • Fastest time of the day;-  Graeme Mahoney 36.66 (rd 14)
  • Spreadsheet available at GBSRA ;-  http://www.gbsra.co.uk/league-result-sheets
  • Stu, Whitesheet Competition Secretary.

 Southern Winter league F3f round 2. 26/11/17.

  • Round 2 of the Southern Winter Lg was very successfully staged on the Whitesheet RFC slopes on Sund Nov 26th.
  • On arriving at the slope 13 pilots were greeted onto our slopes with bright sunshine, blue skies and a very chilly WNW breeze, it was a ‘Cracking’ November morning.
  • With the course erected, models assembled, & pilots briefing held, racing got underway just before 10.00am.
  • Conditions were variable throughout the day, the early bright sunshine was replaced by cloud cover, the WNW breeze ranged from 4-7 M/s. The breeze fell away below the legal limit causing a slightly early end to racing at around 3.00pm.
  • It was a days racing requiring accurate flying to get the most out of the air. The few thermals that came through were very weak affairs. Winning round times were in the high 40’s to low 50’s

  • Fastest time of the day, Martin Drewett 46.17. (rd 5).
  • Spreadsheet available at GBSRA ;- http://www.gbsra.co.uk/league-result-sheets
  • Stu. Whitesheet Competition Secretary.

Southern Winter League rounds 3 & 4 comp dates ;

  • Southern Winter League round 3  Sunday January 28th 2018.      Cancelled .
  • Southern Winter League round 4, Sunday February 25th 2018.    Cancelled.
  • Reserve date of March 11th for these two comps.                               Cancelled.
  • Stu, Whitesheet Competition Secretary.


Southern Winter League F3f result. (2 contests counting.)

  • With the Southern winter league now completed, the tables are available to view on the GBSRA (Great Britain Slope Racing Association) website ;-  http://www.gbsra.co.uk/winter-league-2017-18
  • The following 5 pilots have qualified for the 2 day Champion of Champions F3f competition. This takes place at the Bwlch in South Wales 7-8th April.
  1. Mike Shellim
  2. Tony Livingstone.
  3. Ian Falconer.
  4. Stuart Wallace.
  5. Graeme Mahoney.
  •     Stu, Whitesheet Comp Sec.