Sunday, 24 March 2013

Champions of Champions Race

So far still no flying in Wales, unfortunately due to the bad weather that has descended upon the UK it is not letting up.  We are hopefully that the cloud base will lift, it's currently at the same level we are (apprx. 500m) temperatures outside are pretty cold: -3.6 deg C, wind speed 14m/s which adds up to -15 deg C wind chill.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Unfortunately due to a change in weather the trip to Wales on Sunday 17th proved to be all about the driving.  The wind failed to remain consistently on or above legal, so eventually at 1:30pm the last SWSA Winter league event was called off.  I was hoping to tryout the recently purchased GoPro 3 , but without the comp it didn't seem worth getting it out of the bag.  I did however try out the new Canon EOS  600D I had purchased the day before.  Although its only an entry level camera it seems to do all the basic functions well, along with many more, of which I have absolutely no idea what they are for at this stage.

I have loads to learn, we all have to start somewhere.  This coming weekend is the Champ of Champs 2 day contest in Wales, hopefully this will be a good opportunity to experiment. I did take a few snowy pictures on Sunday before we headed off.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Just  returned from one of the most epic competitons I have attended in the UK. Last year we had our first  ever BMFA League event in Scotland, it contained 8 rounds of absolute madness, it was one of those once in a life time events.  I can't remember the exact figure but there was something like 100 + sub forties the UK record fell twice.  I took it first with a 30.70 and 2 rounds later Simon Thornton posted a 30.01.

Then a couple of weeks ago Mark Abotts was the first UK pilot to go sub 30 with a 28.75.  To be honest I never thought we would get anywhere close to that time for a long time, how wrong I was.

We had our first UK league event of 2013 on Sunday the 10th March in Wales, on what is the best slope in the country and world known as the Wrecker.  With 20 - 23 m\s and 16 sub thirties later, the UK record not only falling once but twice in one day.  The sub 30 pilots and all there times are below, this includes Mark Abotts who was the original all conquring pilot to break the sub 30 barrier in the UK:

  • Joel West:                29.46;   29.87;   29.12;   29.69
  • Mark Abotts:           28.75
  • Mark Redsell:         28.73;   28.90;   29.97;   29.71;   28.79;   29.81
  • Martin Newnham:   29.61;   29.56;   26.84;   29.11
  • Paul Garnett:           29.24
  • Richard Bago:         29.44
Lets hope we get plenty more events like this one.

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