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2023 F3F English Open

19-20 August 2023

Podium L-R Graeme Mahoney (2nd), JP (winner), Dave Rumble (3rd)

English Open

I always enjoy the English Open, and this year was one of the best that I've attended!

The sun shone, and the wind blew almost straight on the hill for most of the competition. There was a degree of thermal activity, but we managed to fly lots of rounds which helped minimise any variation the times.

JP dominates!

John Phillips won a massive 8 of the 19 rounds rounds with some excellent flying. John also put in the fastest time.

The remaining scores scores were pretty tight. Graeme Mahoney was runner-up, with Dave Rumble very close behind. William Fourie made a splendid late charge to reach fourth place, just missing out on the podium.

Phil Taylor was the popular recipient of the 'Best of the Rest' award. A mention also to Nigel Witchalls and John Treble - it was good to see them competing after a long break.

The Saker

John's win was also notable for the model he was flying. It's called the Saker and it was designed and commissioned by Ian Mason, and manufactured in China. Ian won a round with his own Saker, and would have come higher had he been able to attend the second day. The great thing about this model - apart from its performance - is its competitive price.

Final thoughts

Well done to the leaders... and my thanks to Graeme Mahoney, Nigel Witchalls and all helpers for a splendid weekend!


After 19 rounds:

 1 John Phillips      16377.43  1000.00
 2 Graeme Mahoney     15304.00   934.45
 3 Dave Rumble        15279.90   932.98
 4 William Fourie     15105.21   922.31
 5 Andy Burgoyne      15000.53   915.92
 6 Aleix Ingles Elias 14964.49   913.72
 7 Mike Shellim       14917.05   910.82
 8 Mark Treble        14832.05   905.63
 9 Mike Bleathman     14684.26   896.61
10 Mark Passingham    14658.57   895.04
11 Phil Taylor        14657.92   895.00
12 Mike Evans         14650.78   894.57
13 Graham Hill        14349.19   876.15
14 Nigel Whitchalls   14023.56   856.27
15 Paul Stubley       14017.79   855.92
16 Bruce Hudson       13904.60   849.00
17 Jason Bioletti     13533.72   826.36
18 Ian Mason           9480.59   578.88
19 Ian Falconer        6541.06   399.39
20 John Treble         6116.61   373.47
21 Tony Robertson      2920.75   178.33

Fastest time 38.22 seconds by John Phillips in round 6

Number of rounds won: John Phillips (8), Graeme Mahoney (3), William Fourie (3),
Mike Shellim / Graham Hill / Mike Bleathman / Dave Rumble / Ian Mason (1)