2015 Welsh Open F3F
11 - 13 September 2015
Simon Thornton conquers the Crest
This was without doubt one of the most successful - and physically challenging - Welsh Opens that I can remember.
The competition took place over three days and attracted 48 pilots including teams from Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain.
The weather was much better than forecast. We did, however, have to endure Easterly winds on two days, which meant two arduous trips to the Crest. and not every competitor was able to complete the journey. Those that did were rewarded with the most geologically imposing slope on the calendar.
Our legs enjoyed a little respite on the middle day, at Mickey's slope.
A good weather call on the first day ensured that we got off to a good start (you know it's the right call when the muttering stops, and the pilots end up flying loads of rounds!). That set the tone, and the rounds flew onto the scoresheet pretty quickly. I won't go into the detail as Clayt Landells has a great report on his blog, see link at end. Suffice to say that conditions were average to very good with few lulls in the lift and times where mostly in the 40s.
By close of play on Sunday, Simon Thornton, who flew superbly all weekend, had done enough to win the trophy. Joel West was runner up, and Peter Gunning third. Fastest time went to Iñaki Elizondo with 32.51. Well done to all.
The event was also an organisational tour de force. In total, 624 competition flights were flown over three days. Sincere thanks to Kev Newton for organising, with preliminary work done many miles from the Bwlch (Scotland to be precise!), also to Clayt, Jon Edison and Rich Bago, and all other helpers.
A special mention too for Mark Treble and his Android scoring system. It saved several sets of vocal chords from premature wear (pity it couldn't do the same for my boots!). And last but not least thanks to T9Hobbysport/MKS for their continued sponsorship of this event.
One of the things I love about F3F is the way it brings people together. Did I mention Stefan Bertschi? He organised the curry night in Bridgend - all the way from Switzerland!
1 Simon Thornton 10949.04 2 Joel West 10873.91 3 Peter Gunning 10780.76 4 Martin Newnham 10606.39 5 Greg Dakin 10602.92 6 Inaki Elizondo 10417.80 7 Mark Treble 10335.98 8 Mike Evans 10250.86 9 Richard Bago 10249.23 10 Stefan Bertschi 10210.18 11 Graeme Mahoney 10194.47 12 Kurt Planitzer 10186.40 13 Ronnie Lampe 10074.38 14 Kevin Newton 10051.00 15 Jose luis Alvarez 10012.71 16 Daniel Schneider 9959.05 17 John Phillips 9953.30 18 Stefan Fraundorfer 9941.96 19 Stefan Bernardy 9857.97 20 Lazaro Martinez 9793.96 21 Fernando Moro 9776.22 22 Frits Donker Duyvis 9759.22 23 Keith Wood 9715.88 24 Clayton Landells 9678.49 25 Jorge Medina 9673.09 26 Tony Livingstone 9627.25 27 Martin Drewett 9583.61 28 Reto Blumer 9569.39 29 Inigo Herrera 9548.21 30 Dave Rumble 9528.69 31 John Treble 9516.02 32 Alejandro Gil Garcia 9486.13 33 Mike Shellim 9447.50 34 Paul Stubley 9392.71 35 Andy Burgoyne 9373.67 36 Ewan Maxwell 9370.90 37 Erik Heijne 9348.00 38 Christian Schnepfleitner 9261.29 39 Scott Ravenscroft 9220.91 40 Rick Ruijsink 9047.12 41 Marcelino Punal 8956.90 42 Jon Edison 8837.83 43 Jason Bioletti 8735.97 44 Ian Mason 8634.13 45 Mark Abbotts 7254.93 46 Tony Robertson 6185.69 47 Frank Hulton 5776.88 48 Vic Eldridge 3983.62
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