Sunday, 3 February 2019

Welsh Open 2018

Welsh Open 2018

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Welsh Open 2017 - results - photos - report

Welsh Open 2017

Welsh Open 2017

Another year and another Welsh Open.  We’ve been running them for 20 years now, which makes them quite an institution. 
The last six or seven years it’s just been down to Andrzej and myself to organise and run them, and I live 400+ miles away.  Of course the reality is that people like Mark Treble, Joel, Stefan, Jon Edison and others step up over the three days and provide the real work that the competition couldn’t run without. We’re all indebted to them. 
This year I decided that I’d use this year’s event to make up my mind whether or not I attend any more - is it worth all the hassle? For the last few years I have only flown in Spain and at the the Welsh Open (other than one Scottish comp), so I need get to Wales a day early to have a fly. That means three days off work, 18 hours driving and getting home at 1 in the morning for work the next day. Also, because we have so few people to organise it, there’s always a last minute scramble and more pressure that there needs to be.  Anyone who didn’t occasionally question the sanity of that should probably not be allowed out unaccompanied!
The competition was, as ever, good fun. It was brilliant to see some old friends come back and to make some new friends too. 
Plenty of rounds flown. Plenty of fast times. Notable performances from many, particularly Rich Bago and Mark Abbotts. 
A great tussle between Iñaki and Fernando finally saw Iñaki come out on top. He’s always been awesome to watch - 100% commitment - and over recent years has converted exceptional rounds into exceptional competitions, and that's brought plenty of richly deserved trophies. 
As for me, I had an excellent time - thanks largely to the aforementioned who helped out. So much so that my pot of enthusiasm feels replenished, hopefully for another 20 years!

1 Iñaki Elizondo6672.49
2 Fernando Moro6507.86
3 richard bago6420.04
4 Mike Shellim6296.60
5 Joel West6225.48
6 John Phillips6120.35
7Mark Abotts6107.28
8 Alvaro Silgado6076.53
9 Greg Dakin6071.90
10 Kevin Newton6067.16
11 Arjen van Vark6066.52
12 Mark Treble6000.12
13 Graeme Mahoney5966.67
14 Stefan Bertschi5948.36
15 Andy Burgoyne5889.46
16 Jose Luis Alvarez5886.74
17 Stefan Fraundorfer5857.99
18 Paul Stubley5845.14
19 Daniel Schneider5803.36
20 Peter Aanen5800.10
21 Dave Rumble5797.46
22 Thomas Deinert5780.94
23 Keith Wood5741.02
24 Jose Ramon Azcona5713.63
25Mark Passingham5698.21
26 Klaus Brettner5694.05
27 Stefan Bernardy5675.20
28 Martin Drewett5659.08
29 Bernardo Gomez-Mayan5635.72
30 Mike Evans5585.87
31 Jason Bioletti5558.28
32 Martin Ulrich5530.15
33 Tony Livingstone5495.09
34 Martin Overberg5463.77
35 Rick Ruijsink5460.85
36 Nigel Witchalls5400.40
37 Stewart Wallace5395.34
38 Mick Walsh5348.64
39 John Treble5342.17
40 Tony Robertson5239.51
41 Jon Edison5180.41
42Les Wood5172.72
43 Allen Elliott5150.14
44 Peter Burgess5122.05
45scott ravenscroft3285.93
46 George Young2614.21
47 Peter Gunning2613.36
48 Dave Watson1555.7

Monday, 28 August 2017

Added a new page for those Scotland bound...

Scotland has some amazing slopes, like anywhere though, if you know where you're going it makes life a whole lot easier. So, with huge thanks to all the chaps who contributed to this, here you go...

Monday, 2 January 2017

Welsh Open 2017 dates and entry details confirmed

The 2017 Welsh Open F3F will be held on 15, 16 & 17 September.

Entry will open at 9:00 on Monday, 6 Feb and close at midnight of 25 August.
More details are here.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Welsh Open 2016

We've run a Welsh Open for the last 20 years or so.  Each one tends to have its own epic tail, usually involving weather, personal bests and people charging up and down the leaderboard - this one was no different.

This year it was a bit of a challenge to run as Andrzej couldn't arrive until Day 3 and I was feeling a bit jaded as the WO was the only completion I've entered this year and I was hoping to enjoy it rather than simply organise it. Up stepped Mark Treble, Joel, Andy, Stefan B, Graeme, Jon and Martin to help in such a spirited way it was actually fun to run - thanks chaps.  It's worth mentioning that Mark's timing software means that CDing the middle of the course is transformed into a pleasure rather than a chore.

Thursday - pre-competition - Southerdown
When I lived in Wales it made everything to do with the Welsh Open a lot easier but inevitably I ended up working right to the wire before and immediately afterwards, and I stayed in my own bed just 45 mins away. Now, living 400 miles away brings other challenges but it does mean I get to make a real occasion of it, come down for a practice, and spend more time with friends, which is a good enough reason to do the event in its own right. 
I'd only flown once since the Welsh Open last year so it was great to spend Thursday at Southerndown with Stefan, Tony and Jose learning how to fly again.

Friday - South West on Mickey's Slope - bloody windy
We managed three rounds of high energy flying and one or two significant soakings! Simon was peerless with his Shinto in the challenging conditions - he'd hurt his back and I'm sure the pain brought out extra aggression and focus! Greg Dakin was a solid second followed by Mark Abbotts in third, Alvaro Silgado in fourth and Inaki in fifth. Just behind that was Martin in sixth and me in seventh, followed closely by Joel, Stefan and Peter making the team event a close three-way thing.

Day 2 - West, on far end of Mickey's Slope - building from light to moderate
We flew five rounds in building conditions on what is probably the most user friendly slope at the Bwlch. Simon held the lead, Greg moved a bit closer, Alvaro moved into third, I climbed to fourth, with Martin sneaking into fifth.  
It was a long day and it was noticeable that there were quite a few mistakes as tired pilots tried desperately to make up ground in the final round.

Day 3 - South on El Bastardo (formerly known as the back of the Wrecker) - building from light to moderate
This has always been a fickle slope and my despise of it is well known around those parts!  It certainly works, it just seems to have it's favourites and I've never been invited to that party!  And thus it followed that the slope did shine upon our Spanish friends who selfishly flew tremendously well to turn the leader board on its head!  Thanks to the wisdom and creativity of Mark Abbots the slope shall henceforth be known as El Bastardo (if you need to use Google translate you probably shouldn't be allowed on the internet alone).  
Alvaro flew superbly to take the win, Inaki was his usual crowd pleasing self and took second with Greg Dakin securing third. I managed to hold fourth, Joel made up huge ground into fifth with poor Simon suffering the curse of El Bastardo and dropping from first to sixth.

Team GBU did just enough to win the team event... again! :)

Top three teams were:
1 GBU - Kevin, Simon, Martin
2 TWC - Alvaro, Inaki, Jose
3 Mickey's Massive - Joel, Peter, Stefan B

Individual results
1 Alvaro Silgado 1000.0
2 Inaki Elizondo 994.8
3 Greg Dakin 989.24
4 Kev Newton 987.62
5 Joel West 986.05
6 Simon Thornton 980.57
7 Martin Newnham 973.67
8 Peter Gunning 964.08
9 Mark Treble 954.27
10 Rich Baygo 952.2
11 Frank Holtz 951.23
12 Stefan Bertschi 950.69
13 Graeme Mahoney 949.92
14 Mark Abotts 949.9
15 Stefan Fraundorfer 946.74
16 Martin Drewett 941.06
17 Jose Ramon Azcona 939.01
18 John Philips 931.3
19 Jose luis Alvarez 930.65
20 Jack Cubitt 926.37
21 Tony Livingstone 918.4
22 Dave Rumble 913.86
23 Kurt Planitzer 913.47
24 Mike Evans 905.22
25 Stefan Bernardy 902.98
26 Daniel Schneider 898.84
27 Arne Finkeldey 896.29
28 Josef Wiklicky 895.59
29 Mike McCracken 891.29
30 Andy Burgoyne 890.13
31 George Young 888.19
32 Ronnie Lampe 885.23
33 Christian Schnepfleitner 878.98
34 Paul Stubley 875.73
35 Keith Wood 874.06
36 Arjen Van vark 870.05
37 Eric Heine 869.09
38 Mike Shellim 866.25
39 Jon Edison 865.41
40 Ewan Maxwell 864.63
41 John Treble 862.18
42 Rick Ruijsink 861.18
43 Les Wood 839.37
44 Manfred Knuppel 837.98
45 Jason Bioletti 819.98
46 Alfred Salmhofer 813.59
47 Allen Elliott 797.6
48 Tony Robertson 435.27
49 Lazaro martinez Neito 0.0

Fastest time: 30.31 by Greg Dakin in round 3.

Many thanks to our sponsors MKS/T9 HobbySport

More at GBSRA 

Welsh Open 2016

Also see Mike Shellim's photos