2012 South of England Open F3F
5 - 6 May 2012
Up on the Downs
Thirty-five competitors, eleven rounds, and nice views from the South Downs - a pretty good combination for a Eurotour event. The only thing missing was a bit of warmth - taking into account wind-chill, the temperature wan't much above freezing on the first day.
Saturday saw us at Bo Peep which was a new slope to many of us. It's a good slope with a reasonably well defined edge and easy landing, and is used a lot by parascenders (fortunately they stayed away). On day 2, we moved to the more challenging Butts Lane.
The expected rain held off and all in all it was a good weekend's racing. For once our German visitors didn't have it all their own way, with Simon Thornton taking top spot from Dieter Perlick, with Stefan Bertschi a fine third. Simon got fastest time with 36.42 flying a Needle 124.
Thanks are due to the ESSA for their hard work and smooth organisation. I'll leave the round by round analysis to others, meantime here's the top 10:
Full scores on ESSA.
High res images are on my SmugMug site .