Archive for May, 2005

Cincinatti Memorial Contest (OVSS #1)

Cincinatti Memorial Contest (OVSS #1)

LASS Crew

The Cincinatti Soaring League hosted their annual “Memorial Contest”, the first contest in the Ohio Valley Soaring Series.

Ed, Ron, Gordy, Tony (and son Graham) took part, and Tony took some photos, which I have posted in the 2005.05.21 – Cinci Contest gallery.

Ed Wilson

The scores haven’t been posted yet, but I do know that our own Ed Wilson took top prize in the overall for both days! Congrats, Ed!

Also of note is that Tony got his second 15-minute LSF Level II flight in, so now he’s only lacking some landings and contest points. Keep up the good work, Tony!

Update: Ed has sent in a full report of the action at Cinci this weekend! Read on for the whole thing!

Further Update: Jim Bacus has posted a number of great photos from the contest in his OVSS #1 2005 gallery.

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BASS East Coast Handlaunch Classic

BASS East Coast Handlaunch Classic

Drela launches

Hey all! Just back from the BASS East Coast Handlaunch Classic, and I’ve just posted the photos I took over the weekend in the 2005.05.14 – BASS East Coast Handlaunch Classic gallery.

Bruce Davidson, Ken Marks and I took the 10-hour trip up to Baltimore to fly. The conditions and the contest were great! Bruce got 3rd in Expert on Saturday, and I got 1st in the Sportsman class (out of only 3 pilots). Ken suffered a battery failure that put his nice, clean Taboo XL out of commission, but returned on Sunday with one of Bruce’s back-up ships! Bruce was in the running for wood on Sunday up until he got swamped in the rampant sink behind the lift-producing trees and treed his plane! Ken improved on his standing from Sunday, and I managed 2nd in Sportsman (out of 4 pilots).

Today, I wrote a note to the SALglider Yahoo Group about my experiences at the contest, and Jose Bruzual from the Eastern Soaring League asked if he could use it for the ESL newsletter. Click “Read more” to read my take on the ECHLC contest (and contests in general) from my “sportsman” point-of-view.

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May 16, 2005

May 16, 2005

Gordy finally did it. Yesterday he got his one hour LSF flight in front of a combined LASS and BSS members.

Yesterday four LASS members made a visit to Lexington to fun fly with the BSSers. Even though we had some wind yesterday the air produced good steady lift. I got one flight of 15 minutes while never going much above launch height. All I had to do was hop from one bubble to another as they raced across the field. Ron Allen and Tony Utley both found some good air on several of their flights.

Next weekend is the start of the OVSS series in Cincinnati. I will be there both Saturday and Sunday. Reading the activity on the Internet It looks like there will be a good turnout for two days of Man on Man type of competition. The contest is held at the mile square park that used to be the Voice of America broadcast site. There is a sportsman as well as expert classes flown both days. With a separate contest each day it would be a good time to get a lot of LSF points for your contest requirements.

A last reminder the cut off for Mid-South and Nat’s entries is fast approaching with the first of June.

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