2008 F3F Nats, Hole of Horcum
12-13th July 2008
The Hole of Horcum never fails to surprise, and this year it was the variety of wind conditions - light, strong, dead-on, cross wind, thermally, sinky, rough, smooth... and sometimes no wind at all.
Despite periods of inactivity, fifteen rounds were flown thanks to a smaller than usual entry of 21 competitors.
Top place went to Peter Gunning, who made the most of each round with some consistently accurate flying. Second was Mark Redsell who aggressively juggled his Sting and Skorpion combo. In third place was Mike Evans alternately flying his Sting and Ascot.
Fastest time went to Mark Redsell who flew the sole sub-40 of 39.44.
Chop and change
There was a lot of swapping of models and ballast, as pilots struggled to achieve consistency.
Day 1 (Levisham) After a slow start, the wind increased steadily as the day wore on, giving some advantage to those flying later in the round. By evening, the wind had swung to the NW.
Day 2 (HoH, SW bowl) The day started in almost total calm with the pilots assembled on the 'wrong' slope, some distance from the car park. In an inspired move, CD Jon Edison directed pilots towards the south bowl. His silent incantations must have worked because the wind started blowing, and by mid-day the competition was resumed.
Many thanks to Jon Edison and all helpers for hosting a successful competition. It was great to see a few new faces too.
Full results on the North Yorks Moors web site.
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