competition blog

The last day was scrubbed for the Club Class but the Open Class battled bravely and made it a scoring day, with Steve Eyles in his litte LS4 winning the day and moving up to third place overall. If two pilots who rounded the first TP had routed home via CHN and ENS rather than heading straight home, it would have been a higher scoring day.

Official results can be seen online at 

http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/bicester-regionals-bicester-airfield-2016/results

12:10 on Thu 25th August

Well, not even Mel The Magician (and Met) could conjure up flyable conditions for today. So after our sixth contest day in a row yesterday, we have scrubbed today at briefing.

But yesterday was day with lots of drama.

We rebriefed for shorter tasks, and one pilot (EHT) managed to forget to change the first tp, and didn't touch the first sector. But got round all the other tps, to be scored at about 18 km having flown about 250km. Another pilot (379) was persueded to change the units from miles to kilometers on his Oudie to improve his chances of getting into the sectors. Then 379 and JNR both gave up half way along the second leg, returned almost all the way back to the airfield, then changed their minds and continued on! Well done to 379 for completing the task, probably flying 60 - 70 km further than the rest. JNR quit a second time, after getting to the next tp.

846 had instrument problems, returned to the airfield, had a new ASI fitted within 15 mins of landing (!! well done to her super crew !!), launched again but sadly landed out after catching up on the stragglers who set of over an hour before her second launch.

Then there's poor 490, who chose to fly his LS4 in the big boys and girls class, and is doing quite well. He missed a TP yesterday by a tiny amount. I looked at all four loggers and the closest he got was to within 7m - yes seven metres! - and that got him a 50 point penalty. Why turn so short? Because the Oudie said he was in, and it's non-IGC file showed him in by 151m ! 

So two pilots affected by instruments despite flying well.

11:14 on Fri 19th August

Thursday. 12:20

The weather locally is not cooperating and we are delaying launching while we work on a different task to our original ideas.

On the other hand Wednesday was another successful day, our fifth in a row so far. So fingers crossed we can make today into day 6.

12:24 on Thu 18th August

Yesterday was another successful day, and it looks like we will have our fifth day in a row today. The standard scoring software is still throwing its toys out the pram at regular intervals, but seemed a bit better behaved last night than previous days. Fingers crossed for tonight's scoring session. It seems that a couple of other comps have had identical problems to us, as one scorer is here competing and said she knows the pain and frustration I am going through with the software. At least Onglide is working.

11:08 on Wed 17th August

We have had three days in a row so far, and we are planning tasks for today.

Briefing has been delayed to 10:30 while we try kicking the scoring software into submission. If only we could do the same with the pilots...

Onglide has been modified by Mel to operate slightly differently and is now displaying results - thanks for that Mel.

09:46 on Tue 16th August
The Bicester Regionals
Today Sun 13th August: Launching has commenced
Today Sun 13th August: Launching has commenced

competition blog

 

Due to the IT problems on the last day when we lost all internet access, we can't seem to get the IGC files to appear on Soaring Spot for the last day.

The competitors' IGC files are now available for download in a single zip file at BicesterGliding.com/bicester-regionals-2017.htm.

10:00 on Tue 22nd August

 

We forgot to praise our sponsors, so let's do it now.

 

Lxavionics and the BGAShop provided the prizes for first and second in each class - a Personal Location Beacon from LXavionics for the winners, and a Yaesu handheld radio from the BGAShop for second place.

 

Also, Forbes Insurance provided the many bottles of wine given out to the various day winners.

 

Finally, we solved our dead internet problem the day after the comp finished (okay, I carried the scoring computer to a new location, but at least I got it working in the end), and the scores are online here and at soaringspot.com

10:48 on Wed 16th August

We have scored both classes and awarded prizes. But the scoring computer currently can't connect to the internet to upload to the soaring spot. We will solve this eventually, but for now, settle for this:

 

Sport overall

Dave Watt First

Derren Francis Second

Martin Durham Third

 

Club Class Overall

Mike Fox First

Luke Hornsey Second

Alexander Ramsay Third

17:55 on Sun 13th August

It's the Final Countdown (insert musical symbol)

Briefing is at 10:00am

Grid before briefing, same place as yesterday.

 

Yesterday some gliders landed out in the same general area, a couple had pilot induced problems, and some others landed out for the usual reasons. But 12 little wings completed the AAT, including the Ka6e, and 11 out of 12 big wings got round, most managing 220+km, with the one landout scoring 30km.... So the 16yr old in the Ka6E beat the experienced pilot in the LS8...

11:34 on Sun 13th August

Note that today, for some reason, onglide is not showing the results - they may appear soon of course.

But they are also on soaringspot.com

09:36 on Sun 13th August
The Bicester Regionals
Today Sun 13th August: Launching has commenced
Today Sun 13th August: Launching has commenced

competition blog

 

Due to the IT problems on the last day when we lost all internet access, we can't seem to get the IGC files to appear on Soaring Spot for the last day.

The competitors' IGC files are now available for download in a single zip file at BicesterGliding.com/bicester-regionals-2017.htm.

10:00 on Tue 22nd August

 

We forgot to praise our sponsors, so let's do it now.

 

Lxavionics and the BGAShop provided the prizes for first and second in each class - a Personal Location Beacon from LXavionics for the winners, and a Yaesu handheld radio from the BGAShop for second place.

 

Also, Forbes Insurance provided the many bottles of wine given out to the various day winners.

 

Finally, we solved our dead internet problem the day after the comp finished (okay, I carried the scoring computer to a new location, but at least I got it working in the end), and the scores are online here and at soaringspot.com

10:48 on Wed 16th August

We have scored both classes and awarded prizes. But the scoring computer currently can't connect to the internet to upload to the soaring spot. We will solve this eventually, but for now, settle for this:

 

Sport overall

Dave Watt First

Derren Francis Second

Martin Durham Third

 

Club Class Overall

Mike Fox First

Luke Hornsey Second

Alexander Ramsay Third

17:55 on Sun 13th August

It's the Final Countdown (insert musical symbol)

Briefing is at 10:00am

Grid before briefing, same place as yesterday.

 

Yesterday some gliders landed out in the same general area, a couple had pilot induced problems, and some others landed out for the usual reasons. But 12 little wings completed the AAT, including the Ka6e, and 11 out of 12 big wings got round, most managing 220+km, with the one landout scoring 30km.... So the 16yr old in the Ka6E beat the experienced pilot in the LS8...

11:34 on Sun 13th August

Note that today, for some reason, onglide is not showing the results - they may appear soon of course.

But they are also on soaringspot.com

09:36 on Sun 13th August