The pictures were kindly shared by Bick and Robert McCoy. Thank you! Please contact the webmaster if you have pictures that you would like to see on our site.
A great event
Once again, thanks for running a great event this past weekend. The
site, the flights, the people, the food were all top shelf. The contest was run smoothly and efficiently. And the contrast between conditions the first and second day made for a great way for us to test all of our skills ( how did you arrange that?).
Good job! [..] I am sure I speak for the rest of the guest flyers. I had a great time!
Eastern Soaring League
Web Site & Newsletter
Great job and thank you
Great job to all involved with the ESL , everyone had a helpful hand in
making this a great event, as event chairman I could have not asked for a better event.. CUDOS TO JOHN KIRCHSTEIN, JIM FAASSEN, ROBERT BICKERTON, AND THE MASTER CHEF RICK SHELLY, […] and to all club members involved.
Great job to all
PS.: Thank you Dick for the use of the wagon, it was a great help!
ESL – A Novice’s View
I gave up “Competition flying” many years ago, I was involved with the
Scale Masters Championship when I was a glow flyer. I had promised
myself I would never get dragged into competitions again but this past
weekend was different.
Being a rank amateur when it comes to sailplanes I figured I would
just try it out and hope for last place. Saturday saw me “popping off”
due to a bending tow hook and with Bill’s suggestion for a replacement
I returned on Sunday. Again last place was all I wanted but after 5
rounds it looked like I might do fairly well.
Bob Jones and I were neck and neck for first place and I finally
squeeked past him on the last round.
I am not mentioning any of this to “toot my own horn” but to let other
novice flyers in our club know that anyone can enter the contest and
have fun doing it. My total winch launches before the contest could be
counted on one hand and still have fingers left. I learned a great
deal this past weekend and look forward to next years contest. You
don’t need a fancy plane or an expensive radio just the desire to have
My thanks to all who offered help, suggestions, and encouragement,
After the gale force winds we had at last years contest, the 20 mph zephyrs that were present for this year’s Saturday rendition were almost peaceful! Despite frequent line breaks and consequent dropping of the retriever lines, the wind-hardened launch crew dug in and got the job done with minimal interruption. Six rounds wee completed by 3:00 and scores were very competitive: 73 points separated the top three Experts. Pete Schlitzkus pulled first place and John Hauff and Luis Bustamante took second and third with but two points separating them.
A ribs and chicken, dogs and burgers buffet was held at noon. Food supplied by a professional caterer member of the club, beautifully prepared and presented, and greatly appreciated by all present.
John Hauff put on a winch launching seminar that was well attended and closely followed. Some of his suggestions were obvious in the techniques observed on Sunday.
Sunday dawned cloudy and calm, staying that way all through the day. Lift was where you found it but generally good enough that if you messed up a landing you moved out of contention.
Leszek Zyga took first honors, followed by Steve Lucke, Kerry Cochrell and Pete Schlitzkus. Pete made enough to garner high points for the weekend.
Five Novice flyers took part and all seemed to enjoy their first attempts at competition.
After seven rounds, we called it an early day at 2:00. Having put in only one round after the lunch which was a repeat of Saturday’s feast.