Getting up at 4:30 to travel 230miles in order to fly for less than 30 minutes is madness but on Sunday morning I did that and headed off to East Sussex. You need good company for a trip like that and so I took the dog ad left the missus.
4 hours later I was arriving at the horseshoe bowl of the Long man and starting the walk along it’s edge to the furthest and highest point to set up the course and race. Only the local were late and that gave time for the pilots bitten by the F3F bug last time at whitesheet to have a fly and get their bearings. If the winter leagues are to offer a way into racing then the southern league is definitely doing a good job.
It was great to see F3F’s golden couple of Martin and Simon at the comp, showing we mortals that the air we were thinking was 46 second air was 41 but you can’t argue with the times. It was god to see Garry Harrison fly his Rotmilan with an ultra aggressive style that seems to get him a great time or cut but rarely anything in between.
Despite having to stop because of the sun on base A 8 rounds were flown.
The Turbulent air was coped with really well by the Willow- particularly John Philips flying his, carving around the turns, particularly base B seemed to be giving the best results but with thermal variation between and during different pilots runs the knack was to know your model and trust it- about right for a Willow!
Although the golden couple took first and second place in the race I was happy with my 5th that puts me in second place for the Sounthern winter league just behind John. A willow 1-2 can’t be bad!Thanks to John and the ESSA boys for a great day's racing.