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TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST, 23/24 MAY

For the twenty fourth time, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were all represented at this unique event and were warmly welcomed by Belfast MFC as hosts. The Belfast City Council sponsored the event with a Reception on Friday evening, and for this facilitated the use of the local Sydenham Bowling Club hall, behind the site, as the City Hall is being renovated and is not available. The local Councillor, Jim Rogers, who has a particular interest in Sport, made everyone welcome, and came along to see the flying on Saturday. The site at Tommy Patton Park is also provided by the Council and has tarmac and grass circles which are very much used and appreciated by the Belfast Club. Kevin Barry, who flew in the Irish Team, is also President of the Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland, who contributed to the finances of the event.

Saturday morning saw the event under way. The English Team was Bill Draper, Barry Robinson and Eddie Sharp, with Dave Roberts, Ray Lloyd and John Allcock for Wales. Ian Galt and Peter Miller represented Scotland, and the Irish team was Peter Bradshaw, Maurice Doyle and Kevin Barry. The English Judge was John Bonner, the Welsh Judge Dave Copeland, and Mitchell Shaw and John Black from the local Club completed the Judging panel. All the fliers and the organisers are indebted to these four, who gave their time and endured very inclement conditions to allow the event to proceed.

The weather forecast was to be wet and windy on Saturday am, but to clear and calm somewhat after lunch. Sunday was to be similar to Saturday pm. Unfortunately, the first part was accurate, but the improvement was not sustained. The first Round was flown in marginal conditions, but the turbulent wind was a problem. The light rain ceased. After the Lunch break, the wind became more unpredictable, and the second Round was abandoned when some fliers had difficulties. The site has trees about 6m high on three sides, with some gaps between, and the wind direction was causing turbulence over the trees and through the gaps. It was hoped that by the start of the third  Round the forecast reduction in wind speed would make flying more predictable, and so it proved, but not by as much as we had hoped.

Flying in his first Home International, John Allcock was a victim of circumstances in the third round when a stray dog somehow got through the fence (newly mended by the Council) and into the circle. After a short time, it was persuaded out of the way, and John resumed his schedule. As an experienced Team Racing flier, John has applies his knowledge of engines to achieving the perfect Aerobatics run. His four stroke ran very sweetly throughout the event, and he was very willing to share his expertise with other fliers. Most fliers used tried and tested models and motors, since success in Aerobatics is aided by reliability, and nearly all schedules were completed inside the seven minutes.

 The most popular motor was probably Super Tigre, with Bill Draper, Peter Bradshaw and Ian Galt using ST51s, and Kevin Barry and Maurice Doyle ST60s. Peter Miller used an Enya, which used to be Bill Draper’s choice, Barry Robinson and Eddie Sharp used Retros with tuned pipes, and Ray Lloyd a Rustler Merco. The models were even more diverse, showing that there is no fixed formula to win in Aerobatics. Bill Draper had his Super Hawk, no 35, Barry Robinson a Dago Red, Eddie Sharp a Super Staris, Dave Roberts a Cobra in National colours, Ray Lloyd his Pendle Witch, John Allcock a Cappicat, Ian Galt a Joelle(?), Peter Millar an enlarged Spectre, Peter Bradshaw a new Blue Pearl, Kevin Barry a Trivial Pursuit variant, and Maurice Doyle his Aguila.

 From the start, the English team set the pace, closely followed by Wales, and they were even more closely followed by Ireland. In the third round, many fliers showed remarkable consistency in their scores, as did the team totals. The team totals for each round were within about 90 points of each other, with the exception of the Scots, who raised their score by nearly 500 points in the third round, thanks to the mysterious A N Other. Ireland raised their score slightly, but not enough to catch Wales. The relative positions therefore remained the same, so the order was England first, Wales second, Ireland third and Scotland fourth.

Two rounds were therefore safely on the board as everyone set off to Bangor on Saturday evening for a well earned meal in agreeable surroundings. The evening was very settled and the indications were good for Sunday. Unfortunately, the morning was fine but at least as windy as on Saturday, and the fourth Round was abandoned after some major problems were caused by the swirling wind.

It was again hoped that the wind would slacken, but it was still stretching the windsock literally to breaking point when it was decided to abandon the fifth Round. The event was decided on the two Rounds flown on Saturday, a big disappointment for everyone, but dictated by circumstances outside our control.

The prizegiving was held in the hall at nearby Blanchflower Park, again courtesy of the Council, and the location of our previous flying site (before it was submerged below a dual carriageway! You should see what that did to the (relatively) flat circle!). This event started here in 1986, so this was its twenty fourth year, and John Hamilton, who started it off, was present to see the event continue and prosper. The Belfast Club were very pleased to see the strong support, and appreciate the effort made by all present. To the visitors in particular for travelling to the event, to arrange accommodation, organise the Reception and meals, run the competition, Judge and tabulate the results, Thank You to everyone. After some welcome refreshment, the Cool Products Cup was once again presented to England, so congratulations to them, with Wales second (for the first time?), Ireland third and Scotland fourth.

This Report will be published in Aviation Modeller International, which will likely have more Photos

Maurice Doyle

Photographs Kevin Barry (most) and Maurice Doyle

RESULTS

 

ENGLAND

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

TOTAL

W DRAPER

3845.8

0

3790.4

3936.4

7636.2

B ROBINSON

3936.6

0

3985.0

0

7921.6

E SHARP

3257.0

0

3339.8

0

6596.8

TOTAL 22154.6
WALES
RAY LLOYD

3701.0

2914.1

3664.1

0

7365.1

DAVE ROBERTS

3466.0

0

3341.2

0

6807.2

JOHN ALLCOCK

3395.8

0

3466.9

2444.5

6862.7

TOTAL   21035.0
IRELAND
K BARRY

3280.1

0

3398.1

0

6678.2

P BRADSHAW

3367.6

0

3337.2

3266.0

6704.8

M DOYLE

3792.9

0

3794.2

0

7587.1

TOTAL 20970.1
SCOTLAND
IAN GALT

3571.2

0

3483.2

0

7054.4

PETER MILLER

2878.8

0

3238.1

0

6116.9

A. N. OTHER

2573.9

0

3795.6

3384.9

6369.5

TOTAL   19540.8

England 22154.6

england

Wales 21035.0

wales

Ireland 20970.1

ireland

Scotland 19540.8

scotland

The Belfast Model Flying Club wish to thank all competitors travelling from far and near for making this a memorable weekend.