2008 English Open F3F
2-3th August 2008
Small comp, lots of rounds
Due to various commitments this report is a bit late, but here goes.
The English Open has fond memories for me, having won here a couple of years ago. And, while it's not a massive slope by any means, access is very easy making for a relaxing weekend, and the racing, while not ballistic, can be very technical.
With the holiday season in full swing, just 12 competitors attended. While this kept us all unusually busy helping with buzzing, it meant we managed to fly an almost unprecedented 21 rounds over the two days!
In terms of sheer speed, there was little to set the pulse racing, with times mostly in the late 40's and 50's. However, by the end of the weekend, we all had a much better appreciation of our model setups.
With the rounds flying by quickly, keeping track of the scores was difficult, and at the end it was a surprised Mark Redsell who was the winner. Mark hadn't had much air throughout the whole weekend, but flew very consistently. Keith Wood took second place, and third was Graham Reed. Fastest time was 44.05 by Graham.
On Saturday evening, there was a huge (portions, that is!) banquet at the Hunters Lodge. As usual it was excellently supported by Cubitt Models - there were so many raffle prizes that few if any went away empty handed.
Our thanks to Cubitts large and small, and to Lynda Blythe, for their hard work organising the competition.
Full results are here