2009 BMFA Nationals (F3F)
9 - 10 August 2009
Reduced but redeemed
Short term weather forecasts are so good these days that pilots are often don't turn up if the wind doesn't look like playing ball. Such was the situation in the Nationals this year, with a few of the top names missing. However those who came were rewarded with sunshine, good sport flying (at least for those who brought some lightweight toys), and - eventually - a successful competition.
Saturday was almost flat calm as had been expected. Not to worry - just as in 2006, a great evening was spent at Birling Gap, enjoying the sunshine andsoaring off the cliffs. (And wondering how long it will be before Birling Gap disappears into the English Channel...)
By contrast, several rounds were flown on Sunday, at Butts Lane. The wind was just about legal for running a competition, and there was some thermal activity - all in all a 'technical' event.
Mike Evans made full use of his chances with some consistent flying to become BMFA national champion. Runner-up was local pilot Gary Harrison, with myself in third place.
Thanks to CD Julian Perrot, John Phillips, Gary Harrison, Jim Taylor and the rest of the ESSA crew for a successful comp and great weekend.
1 M Evans 6882.50 2 G Harrison 6603.89 3 M Shellim 6545.01 4 P Gunning 6444.50 5 J Phillips 6417.57 6 J Taylor 6408.94 7 T MacPherson 6348.69 8 J Perrott 6289.32 9 J West 6264.73 10 G Reed 6257.20 11 V Eldridge 6220.68 12 T Robertson 6024.43 13 T Noble 2626.89 14 M Lucas 717.14
High res images on SmugMug