IRISH CONTROL LINE CHAMPIONSPHIPS 2009

LAOIS FLYING SITE, PORTLAOIS 20 SEPTEMBER

With Chris Gilbert away, and John Hamilton not able to be present, the entry for 2009 was limited to a select few. Stoo Holland, Kevin Barry and Maurice Doyle made the journey, now slightly longer from the North side as the access is down a long lane parallel to the new Motorway, but this is still an excellent site, and the Motorway will speed travel next time. The near part of the site had been fully mown, giving a full Control Line circle with ample space for lines and models. The R/C Scale Nationals were flown simultaneously on the far runway, and our thanks are due to the Portlaois Club for the use of their fine site, their warm welcome and to John Molloy for carrying out the Judging so willingly.

When everyone arrived, the weather was as near perfect as can be, with a gentle Westerly breeze and blue sky. The Scale had started on Saturday, and they had to postpone the start until the mist cleared, but there was no need to hurry on such a lovely day. It clouded over later, but stayed very good for flying to the end, with just enough wind to set the direction.

After practice flights, Kevin, fresh from becoming Portuguese Aerobatics Champ at Julio Isidro’s event there, started the ball rolling and produced a good flight with his Trivial Pursuit with a Super Tigre 60. Maurice was next and made his best score in this round flying his Aguila with another Super Tigre 60. Stoo was unable to get off successfully and recorded a zero, his Brodak 40 not performing in the profile Cardinal.

After a break, when Stoo successfully sorted out his motor, the second round was flown in the same order, with lower scores for Kevin and Maurice but a good flight by Stoo helped compensate for his first round problems. Maurice landed slightly too fast, and seemed down safely, but the spats suddenly caught on the grass clippings and the u/c folded neatly below the wing.

Kevin and Maurice had brought Classic models, and with the F2B run off fairly quickly, and John willing to Judge, they set out to run this off. Maurice had a flight with his U2 with a Super Tigre 46, but Kevin’s Fox 35 in his very pretty Tucker Special would not perform, despite a good practice flight, so the event was stillborn.

Not the best Nats for attendance, but it was a very good boost for morale to have such an excellent flying day after such a dismal, windy Summer. Once again the combination of Port Laois and September seemed to produce the right conditions. We would just like to see more entries maybe next year?.

Maurice Doyle

 

Results  F2B

Flight

1

2

Best

Placing

Maurice Doyle

931

814

1745

1

Kevin Barry

808

742

1550

2

Stoo Holland

0

748

748

3

ULSTER CONTROL LINE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST ,27 JUNE 2009

The weather forecast was pretty dire, (this is taken direct from last year’s Report!), but this time we managed it better by deciding to postpone from Saturday 20 to the following week. Thanks to the excellent communications provided by email and telephones, everyone was kept in the picture. Saturday 27 fortunately had excellent weather, with the added bonus that Stoo Holland was able to come along and boost the entry. Mitchell Shaw and John Black also came to Judge, and John Hamilton was moving very freely following his hip operation, so the turnout was very representative of F2B.

 There were 4 entries in F2B, Stoo and Chris travelling from Dublin. Peter showed notable improvement in his scores over last year, as did Chris, and his first flight bettered Stoo’s individual scores, so everyone had something to show for their efforts. The competition between 1st and 2nd, and between 3rd and 4th, was pretty close. No-one had it easy.

Our thanks to everyone for coming along, particularly those travelling furthest, and making the day worthwhile, Mitchell and John B for judging, fortunately in pleasant conditions for once, and John H for Line Pulls.

Maurice Doyle

F2B Results           Flight 1   Flight 2     Total    Placing

Maurice Doyle     1899.5    1982.5       3882.0   1

Peter Bradshaw   1872.0   1924.5       3796.5    2

Stoo Holland          1736.5   1661.0       3397.5   3

Chris Gilbert          1748.0   1585.5       3333.5    4