Tuesday, November 25, 2008

F3B Team Trials - Groengoudt - Nov 2008

Early morning setup at Groengoud
Below are the round by round results of the F3B Team Trials held at Groengoud on the 22 November 2008.

In order to make this event as "man-on-man" as possible and because there were only 8 pilots competing, all pilots flew together in Duration. The Distance task was divided into 2 slots per round with 4 pilots at a time and matrixed into different groups for each round so as to give all pilots as much chance to fly against different combinations of pilots. The Speed task were, as per normal, one after the other.

Round 1 started bang on the advertised time of 08:30 (a first for us F3B pilots. Well done guys and girls). Duration first, then distance, then speed. Then Round 2 started with speed, then distance and then duration and round 3 duration, distance, speed etc. etc. This format worked very well and was very well received.
Very busy base A during the distance task
Congratulation to all the pilots for a very good event and of course all the helpers.

Wolfgang doing distance with Peter Joffe callingBig team effort: Dion flying speed with Herman and Michelle callingF3B is impossible to run without flagmen and base A timers. I cannot put into words just how grateful I am to those special people that always willingly and selfishly offer their help whenever there is an F3B event. You guys are very special.


Lionel preparing to launch Michelle's Ceres

The Team trial scores are added to the best of the two qualifiers.

Well done to Craig Goodrum, Michelle Goodrum, and Dion Liebenberg who qualify for the 2009 SA National F3B Team. Paul Carnal as first reserve, Herman Weber as second reserve, etc…
Ricky Mitchell holding Herman's Ceres
Still smiling - Martie manning the refreshment tent
Michelle and helpers doing emergency repairs to her broken off Ceres nose - had to get it flying to finish the round.Craig took his eyes off his model for a moment and when looked back up started flying someone else's model. The result ...
Dion bringing back the peices with Peter Moore after a high speed stall on the base A turnWolfgang discussing damage with Michelle and Jason after unexplained lock-out

A more detailed report can be found on the MGA Blog. http://mgasa.blogspot.com/ with more on the BERG Blog http://www.berg-gliders.blogspot.com/

Some kids just can't keep clean - lovely grass fields and they still get all dirty. Clockwise left to right Craig, Michelle (nail varnish still intact), Lionel and Dion