2012 F3F Nationals, Hole of Horcum
23 - 24 June 2012
Paul Upton wins fine Nats
This year's Nats were held at the Hole of Horcum. Seeing the flooded fields on the way up from London, I couldn't help thinking that it was going to be a lost cause. But we've been surprised before, and we were surprised this time too - it turned out to be a (mostly) splendid weekend with some great conditions and minimal rain.
Saturday saw us at Levisham facing a stiff SW breeze. There was some thermal influence, but also some fantastic energy around if you could find it, and several pilots broke their PBs. Thanks to slick organisation by the CDs, we managed to complete all of nine rounds before packing up for the day. Heading the leader board was Paul Upton followed by Rich Bago, Simon Thornton, and Dave Wright. All were flying Needle 124's, a slightly unusual state of affairs which merited a photo call.
Sunday saw us chasing a constantly shifting breeze, and after a long hike across the moors and various stoppages we only managed to complete one round. The top four table remained unchanged, so Paul Upton was declared the new Nats champion after flying superbly all weekend. Paul also achieved the fastest time of 34.07 seconds.
The hills are alive with some pretty advanced machinery these days - the Needle, latest Freestyler and Radical being three top-end airframes which are finding favour. At the other end of the scale, the Willow F3F is also proving popular as a relatively cheap yet fast model.
The amount of ballast that some models are carrying would have been considered reckless only a few years ago. Pilot skills are improving too, and it was interesting seeing the different flying styles in particular energy management ('EM') turns and 'pumping' to gain height during the climbout. These are interesting times for F3F!
My thanks to Martin Newnham, Jon Edison of the NYRSC, to the CDs, and the helpers. Last but not least to T9 Hobbysport for their generous sponsorship and their ongoing commitment to our great sport. You can show your appreciation by wandering over to their web site.
Pilot score normalised ============== ======= ========== 1 P Upton 8298.33 1000.00 2 R Bago 8236.81 992.58 3 S Thornton 8116.38 978.07 4 D Wright 8108.95 977.17 5 G Dakin 7920.60 954.48 6 M Abbotts 7911.81 953.42 7 M Shellim 7888.23 950.58 8 A Richardson 7882.37 949.87 9 M Redsell 7808.95 941.02 10 D Watson 7650.86 921.97 11 M Evans 7614.83 917.63 12 R Lampe 7582.74 913.76 13 P Gunning 7549.64 909.77 14 M Newnham 7387.99 890.29 15 P Middleton 7357.16 886.58 16 K Wood 7327.60 883.02 17 T Foreman 7317.10 881.75 18 F Hulton 7161.83 863.04 19 T Mcpherson 7149.76 861.59 20 M Treble 6702.78 807.72 21 M Freeman 6543.21 788.49 22 P Stubley 6475.77 780.37 23 E Lewin 6151.68 741.31 24 J Edison 2969.04 357.78 25 J Treble 1322.90 159.40
Full results with link to Excel spreadsheet are here
High res images are in gallery on SmugMug.