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THE ENGLISH OPEN F3f, 2018.

Whitesheet Aug 18-19th.

Sponsored by South Coast Sailplanes.

 

 
  • The Whitesheet RFC are proud to announce that we will be staging this years English Open F3f competition over the weekend of aug 18-19th 2018.
  • Sponsor;- We are proud of our excellent relationship with South Coast Sailplanes, (owner Peter Payne). Peter continues to give truly excellent sponsorship & support to the event. 
  • In addition to sponsoring the stunning & prestigious English Open trophies, Peter has donated a ‘Cracking’ first prize of a glider from the quality ‘X Models’ range of gliders to the winner of the event.
  • Check out the South Coast Sailplanes website ;- http://www.south-coast-sailplanes.com/ .
  • Supporters;- We are similarly proud of our relationship with both Steve Webb models https://www.stevewebb.co.uk/ https://www.servoshop.co.uk/, & Bucks Composites (owner Graeme Buckingham) https://www.bucks-composites.com/. Both continue to give their excellent support to this event and are again donating modelling goods to this years English Open raffle.
  • Last years raffle was held to raise funds in memory of my son Tom (26), for the UK’s blood cancer charity Bloodwise ;-  https://bloodwise.org.uk/, & the UK’s rare immune disorder charity Histi UK ;- http://www.histiouk.org/
  • Entry to the event is now OPEN.
  • Entry closure date is 10.00pm Friday Aug 10th 2018.
  • Entries are to be sent to myself at swallacegromit@aol.com .
  • please include the following;-
  • Name,
  • Frequency,
  • Models. (up to 3)
  • BMFA / insurance details.
  • As well as individually, you can also enter as a team of 3. Each team member receiving a trophy.
 
  • The BARCS forum has a dedicated thread to the event, please visit for news & updates ;-  https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/7973-the-english-open-f3f-2018/
  Stu ,Whitesheet RFC Comp Sec.

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English Open F3f 2018 entry. 

(Last edit15/07/2018)

 
  • The entry list has been steadily building, we presently have 20 entries, and 5 team entries.
                        Stu, Whitesheet Comp Sec.                                                                                                                                           

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The English Open Charity Raffle 2018,

In aid of Bloodwise & Histio UK.

 
  • Throughout the 2 days of the event, we will be staging a charity raffle to raise very much needed funds for the charities of both Boodwise, & Histio UK. This we are doing 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.

  • Here is the current list of those who are kindly & generously supporting the English Open F3f competition, & are donating goods to the raffle ;-
  • Whitesheet RFC. ;- http://whitesheet.org.uk/
  • Steve Webb Models & Servo shop ;- https://www.stevewebb.co.uk/ https://www.servoshop.co.uk/
  • Bucks Composites, ;- https://www.bucks-composites.com/
  • Ace Models, ;- https://www.acemodel.co.uk/
  • BARCS ;- https://www.barcs.co.uk/
  • GBSRA ;- http://www.gbsra.co.uk/
  • Sincerest thanks ;- to all the above, your kind & generous support of the English Open F3f comp & raffle. Your donations ‘will make a difference’ in the fight against all types of blood cancer & Histiocytosis.. Additionally your donations will help improve the lives of those suffering from these serious & very cruel illnesses.My family, Gill, myself & our sons Ben & Sam, wish to publicly give our very sincerest thanks.
 
  • note;- If you too would like to similarly support the event, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact myself at swallacegromit@aol.com thank you.
 
  • Stu, Whitesheet RFC Comp Sec.

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Memories of the English Open 2017.

  • 26 pilots competed in the 2017 English Open .
  • Winner of the event was John Philips, runner up Tony Livingstone, 3rd place Mark Treble.
  • The spreadsheet is available to view here    English Open 2017 (3)
 
  •  Video ;-  ‘Cracking’ English Open video courtesy of Whitesheet RFC Chairman Chris Lamming (Ribs).
     
  • Photos;- 
  • A selection of my own photo’s of the event can be found here ;- https://www.flickr.com/photos/53568953@N02/sets/72157686356013234
  •  F3f pilot & excellent photographer Mike Shellim’s photo’s of the 2017 event ;- https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2017/English-Open-F3F/
  • Reports & pics of previous English Open F3f comps coming soon 🙂 .
 
  •   Stu. Whitesheet Comp sec. 
   
   

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.