President and Contest Director Eric shared this report:
We had the Silent Knights Soaring Society’s Spring Fling contest over the weekend of May 14th.
Ten contestants showed up to brave the not-so-great weekend weather forecast. But Saturday dawned to a beautiful day. Clear and calm. The wind ramped up to between 10 and 14 mph by 11AM. Still not too bad but very turbulent. By 3PM it was apparent that the forecast of afternoon thunderstorms was accurate. The sky to the northwest was turning black and we started packing while the last of the competitors were still flying. The last round started at 4 and it just barely finished as the gust front hit.
Phil Barnes, a local hand launch legend, showed up as promised with some stuff to sell. It was like the arrival of Santa Claus. He started pulling models, wings, fuselages, carbon fiber, brass tubing, servos, 3M adhesive and a myriad of other supplies out of his car. We fell on the booty like starving men. True to his word he sold all this great stuff at giveaway prices. Gotta love that Phil Barnes guy.
As Sunday’s forecast was promising even more wind the out-of-towners decided to call it quits and head home. We declared it a contest and handed out the awards. After that we headed over to McGlynn’s pub to eat, drink and talk toy airplanes.
On Sunday a few local guys showed up at the field early to see if we could fly at all. And yes, it was windy (20 gusting to 25 then up to 30 by the afternoon) but one brave soul was even flying an Alula. We flew some AULD for about an hour before deciding to take our gliders home while they were still in one piece.
We had the Flitzebogen raffle on Saturday and Charlie Reeve won it. As he is not a DLG guy he then donated the kit to the club to be auctioned off. Such generosity! Walt Leipold ended up getting it, and the cash will go to the SKSS treasury. Thanks Charlie and Walt.
I want to thank some people for helping to make the contest a success. Our most valuable volunteer is Walt’s wife, Sharon. Every year Sharon gives up her time to be the score keeper for our contest. She is meticulous about putting all the little numbers in the correct little boxes and adds a much needed feminine touch to the proceedings. And that’s her photobombing Walt in the awards picture. Thanks Sharon!!!
Walt Liepold, Ed Filkins, Tony Guide, Phil Taylor also helped.
And I have to thank John Bitzer. John volunteered to pick up lunch for the crowd on Saturday but he didn’t say he planned on paying for the food as a donation to the contest. Wow! We have some great members. Thank you, John.
If I’m forgetting anyone I apologize.
And the winners are:
1st Place Expert: Walt Leipold
2nd Place Expert: Tony Guide
We only had two Experts signed up so there is no 3rd place winner.
1st Place Sportsman: Jim Noel
2nd Place Sportsman: Steve Youse
3rd Place Sportsman: David Immuanuel
That’s it. We’ll be back next year. Always the weekend after Mother’s Day. Clear out your schedule and plan on coming.