Jul 292018

Silent Knight Soaring Society (SKSS)

Blue Hen ALES Challenge
Newark, Delaware
September 15th & 16th, 2018

Come join us September 15th & 16th for the fifth annual Blue Hen ALES Challenge in Newark, Delaware! The contest will be held at the beautiful and recently-renovated SKSS flying field in Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park, located less than ten minutes from the center of Newark.

Novice pilots: Novice pilots are welcome and can fly for free! (A Novice pilot is someone who has competed in no more than one previous electric soaring contest.) If you’ve never competed, bring an electric sailplane and have some fun! If you don’t have an altitude limiter, we’ll have a spare or two for you to borrow.

Prizes: Trophies will be awarded for 1st through 5th place plus “Best Foamie” each day, and there will be a “Grand Champion” award for the weekend.

Flying: Flight groups will be man-on-man (non-seeded). Launch height and flight time will be at the CD’s discretion each day. Unless conditions are extremely bad, we will launch to 150 meters and fly 10 minute rounds. Landing tapes are 5 meters long, 50 points max.

Food: Chef Ed will providing lunch both days. A donation is requested.

Camping: Camping will be allowed for a small fee. No open fires or alcohol are permitted in the park. The field has a port-a-potty, but there are no other facilities or hook-ups. (But if you have a really long extension cord, you can charge batteries from the clubhouse.)

Parking: The state park has waived the parking fee this year. Yay!

Location: The field is on Smith Mill Road in White Clay Creek State Park. Field lat/long for your GPS is (39.728124,-75.732973).

Lodging: As a college town, Newark has a lot of motels, including a brand-new Marriott SpringHill Suites. There is a football game (UDel vs Cornell) on Saturday, but there should still be ample lodging.

Other amenities: Newark suffers from an embarrassment of restaurants and bars. The Deer Park Tavern, Home Grown Cafe, Grain Craft Bar, Iron Hill Brewery, and Klondike Kate’s are just a few of the delightful establishments awaiting your patronage. And if the two miles to Newark’s Main Street is too far for you to drive, McGlynn’s Pub is only a mile from the field.

Registration: We’re open for business on the ESL Web site.

Fee summary:

Contest: $35 for two days, $20 for one day; novices fly free
Camping: $30 per tent or RV for the entire weekend
Lunch: a donation is requested