What a weekend, the Welsh open never fails to deliver a fantastic weekend of good company. This year’s race was 3 days of seeing some top draw flying that was like a mast class at times. The first obvious lesson was don’t turn up to the race tired, damaged models and poor flying will most likely follow- In my case the pre-production Harrier I have enjoyed for nearly 18 months was cartwheeled on fight 1.
The day did allow my to sit and watch some stunning examples of EM turn flying, particularly from the Austrian team. With some brain picking the weekend really did turn out to be an educational experience. The delay in the day 2 start allowed me to test fly my first production Harrier and that was it- I wasn’t going to put it down for the weekend. With the stock set up, my times started to come down and scores up. This continued through day 3 and some respectable flying showed how
The typically thermic conditions gave everyone a chance of a good run but as always the better pilots just seem to make that bit more of what ever they get- regardless of style, model or slope. Flying EM turns certainly seems to give more air speed but further travelled, when compared to the straight lines flown by many British pilots.
A great weekend, well run by Kevin and the SWSA team. Now to practise those turns!