Sep 232012

Eric Teder kindly provided this report. Thank you, Eric! Great write up!

I want to thank everyone who came and flew at our contest. We had a light turnout (11 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday) but everyone had fun and flew a lot so that’s what counts.

From my point of view as CD the contest was chaotic and I ran around all day stamping out brush fires and making sure everything went as planned. But that’s what the CD does and I didn’t get much of a chance to observe the action. On Sunday it was a “bit” windy with winds out of the north at fifteen with occasional gusts to twenty. Twenty is the limit for an HLG contest but we never stopped flying. Nevertheless the good pilots, as always, were making their times. On Sunday the wind died but unfortunately so did the lift. We had light lift all day but I still think it was easier without all that wind. I don’t think anyone can complain that they didn’t fly enough. On Saturday we flew until 5:30 and on Sunday I promised not to start any rounds after 3:00. True to my word, the last round on Sunday started at 2:57. I’m a taskmaster but no one complained, they came to fly!
I need to thank some of our members for stepping up and lending a much needed
hand. Walt Leipold was an able second-in-command and a computer trouble shooter
without equal. I’m just glad we didn’t have to pay his hourly rate! Ray Plepys and Jim Cannuli helped with the setup and jumped in wherever help was needed. John Bitzer volunteered to go and pick up lunch on both days which is a much bigger help than it sounds. John Kirchstein and Gerald Terfloth
both showed up with cameras and took a lot of pics to help document the proceedings. If there is anyone I’m forgetting you know who you are and thanks to you as well. The real hero (or heroine) of the day was Walt’s wife, Sharon. She was volunteered for the critical and thankless position of score keeper and excelled at it. She’d never seen the “F3K Score” program that we use but jumped
in and by the end of the first day she had it mastered. On day two we just got
out of her way. Thanks Sharon! Now we have to figure out a way to get her to do
it next year.

And we are going do it again next year. We’d like to see more SKSS pilots sign
up and fly, so get a hold of a hand launched glider and start throwing it.
You’ll have fun.