Welsh Open F3F
16- 18 Sept 2011
Joel wins a wet six-rounder
This year' s Welsh Open, which was sponsored by T9 Hobbysport, was attended by fifty-three pilots from the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Hong Kong.
The weather threw everything at us over the three days, however thanks to some excellent weather calls, a full six rounds were completed. That's 318 flights (minus a couple of scratches), pretty amazing considering the conditions.
One of the great things about the Bwlch is the variety of slopes within easy reach. On Day 1 we started at the back of the Wrecker, moving to Mickey's Slope when the wind changed. We stayed on Mickey's all of day Day 2, while the final day's racing took place on the Ice Cream slope.
The standard of flying was very high with a good percentage of sub-40s. It was close near the top, in the end Joel West squeezed through to a well deserved win. Alvaro Silgado took a splendid second place, and Dag Skogland came third despite a launch mishap in the penultimate round. Fastest time was 31.59 by Bjorn Tore Hagen (on Mickey's Slope). Results are at end.
CD's Andrzej and Kevin put in a lot of effort in keeping things running in the wet conditions, and it all paid off handsomely. So sincere thanks to them. Also to Vic Eldridge for getting some of us royally fed on Saturday night.
Finally, please show your appreciation to T9Hobbysport for sponsoring the prizes, including some splendid wing servos from MKS, by visiting their rather nice web-site.
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Days One and Two
1 Joel West England 4682.89 2 Alvaro Silgado Spain 4669.25 3 Dag Skoglund Norway 4655.71 4 Bjorn Tore Hagen Norway 4606.49 5 Simon Thornton England 4602.19 6 Gerardo Plaza Spain 4602.18 7 Kevin Newton England 4600.01 8 Mark Redsell England 4561.87 9 Greg Dakin England 4543.82 10 Mike Evans England 4525.66 11 Espen Torp Norway 4521.02 12 Richard Bago England 4520.33 13 John Phillips England 4519.49 14 Adam Richardson England 4477.78 15 Stephan Bertschi Switzerland 4470.60 16 Martin Newnham England 4437.91 17 Angel Lopez Spain 4427.26 18 Jose Luis Alvarez Spain 4405.61 19 Iñigo Herrera Millan Spain 4382.71 20 William Jul Ringkjob Norway 4368.21
Full spreadsheet is here (with thanks to Simon Thornton)