2010 BMFA L3 - Whitesheet
13 June 2010
A result at last!
I like flying at Whitesheet. It's beautifully situated at the end of a long ridge, and the slopes are easily accessible. And while the main bowl doesn't lend itself to ballistic flying, it makes a relaxing contrast to the adrenalin rush that is South Wales.
After the first two competitions this year were abandoned due to the weather, it's good to report that Whitesheet provided the first result of 2010. The wind wasn't brilliant and there was some thermal variation, which contributed to the slightly party atmosphere. Nevertheless, by the time the rain finally came, a full six rounds had been flown. The winner was John Bennett, Simon Thornton was runner up and John Phillips third.Mick Walsh achieved fastest time of 42 seconds (five seconds faster than than anyone else!). Full results are here.
My thanks to Vic Eldridge for taking on the task of organisting the event, to the helpers, and to the launchers for their forbearance with my flashgun.
Preparation and flying
The poor light during the afternoon provided the perfect opportunity to play with flash. This time I concentrated on the horrid faces we make when we launch (even if we don't know it!).
Black and white
This was shot as England were drawing 1-1 with the USA, and the roads were empty.
A high resolution slideshow (but sans captions) is available in my SmugMug gallery