By Jim Bonnardel
What are the words for June's Electroglide? Hmm...
The list goes on and on.
Today's E-glide was flat out fun. We had a very strong showing of 13 pilots, with a brand new competitor, Tak Hara. Although we started under grey skies, the blue started showing early enough. We had great thermals and long flight times across the board. Once again, I
flew too long during round 2 for a Zero Zero score.... Sheesh, I need to start listening to the timer! Don Wemple flew also, it was good to see Don there and doing so well. We had pilots in Radian and Open class, no one for Easy Star class.
I think everyone is really getting used to the electronic start and
timer, its nice to see folks coming to the line on time for a good,
prompt start. Its important that you come ready to fly out of respect
for all those that are ready. Since we started the electronic timer,
we have not had to 'hold' a start while someone shoves a battery in at
the last minute. That alone has lessened the stresses of someone
holding the whole group up, and is worth thanking you all for.
Being ready means you are committed to Electroglide and the rest of
the pilots who are ready to go.
Don had us a fresh target right laid out early enough for some
practice, and with the field getting soft and fluffy again, it
didnt take long to start to disappear.
The thermals cooperated, we had good lift in spots for all 4
launches. We only had one bird showing us the way in round 3, and he
was not fooling us at all, he was simply saying "Under me, is where
you want to be!". It was natures way of showing us where the lift
was, and it was really going off.
As far as scoring goes, we had good ones in both active classes.
Robert Stinson and Pedro Brantuas both broke the 300 point mark, with
good times and landing points each round. Remembering that Bob was
flying a Radian, and Pedro with his unlimited class ship, Bob was
only was only 8 points behind Pedro, Awesome! It is easy to see
that the trusty Radian is always a good, competitive ship. Kudos Bob
(should we be happy that Pedro does not have a Radian??)
On to the scores...
In Radian Class:
1st Place Bob Stinson 301 points
2nd Place Norm Arndt 279 points
3rd Place Don Wemple 209 points
In Open Class:
1st Place Pedro Brantuas 309 points
2nd Place Jim Bonnardel 212 points
3rd Place Jim Shelton 134 points
Everyone deserves a hearty pat on the back for making Electroglide
what it is. When other events are being cancelled/rescheduled/
postponed due to folks not being able to make it, its nice to see
the flock of birds jumping to altitude during Electroglide. There is
no doubt that Electroglide is still going strong, and is a vital part