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Welsh Open F3F

16- 18 Sept 2011


Sport flying at the back of the Wrecker

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

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The Banquet

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Day Three

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Top 20

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)