Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)

2012  ALES #3    Saturday, June 30, 2012   -   Results

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This was the 3rd of 5 MOSS sponsored Altitude Limited Electric Soaring (ALES) contests for 2012
Click HERE for info on the other events

Location: Ohio Willow Wood plant; 15441 Scioto Darby Road, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143

If you stayed home because the weather did not look good this morning, You missed another good day of soaring and comraderie! I arrived at OWW wondering if anyone else would show as i drove through rain and wind. Mark Groves was patiently waiting and we started to set up around 8:45. About 9:15 Gilbert Perez and Bill Hoelcher showed up. The 4 of us were getting ready to start the first round about 9:55 when Dave Rice and Don Harris arrived. Now we had a contest! A few minutes later, Paul Wiese pulled in with a new Pike Perfect set up for ALES. OH Yea! Paul got to madian and trim the new plane then had electrical problems and had to drop out before the contest got started.

Don, Dave, and Bill would fly Radians, Mark his Radian Pro, Gilbert his Contest Red E Cumulus, and I would fly my new 2M Magic.

The Morning conditions were blue skies with high cirrus clouds, winds 2-4 mph initially out of the southeast swinging around to the southwest by the lunch break. We flew 10 min tasks with 10 meter landing tapes. 5 pts per meter.

Lift was light and variable with the wet bean fields sucking up much of the sun's energy. The first round was highlighted by Mark and his Radian Pro outlasting Don in very light lift conditions. Don's 50 pt landing made up most of the time difference. Bill and Greg had the best air of round 1 with Bill flying for an 8:42 a 40 point landing. Gil with his Big Cumulus stayed up longer than Dave with his Radian to finish up the 1st round. Lift conditions for round 2 improved with Don winning the first flight group with a 7:47. Bill got his max of 10:00 and a 50 point landing to win the second flight group. In round 3 Gilbert won the first flight group with a 7:04 and Bill continued to dominate the 2nd flight group with a 9:58 and 50 pt landing besting Don by 4:36 and Greg by 2:42. This dropped Greg to the first flight group and moved Gilbert up to fly with the leaders for the next round. All the pilots of the fisrt flight group in round 4 flew times between 6:42 and 5:22 with Dave getting a 40 pt landing and Greg setting the Magic down on the spot for 50 pts. Gilbert put the hurt on the leaders winning the 2nd flight group with 8:07 and a 40 pt landing Besting Bill by 2:15 and Don by 0:42.

Hotdogs were grilled to perfection by grillmaster Groves. High over cast moved through making the after noon conditions very challenging.

The 5th round started with Don having been bumped to the first flight group and Greg moving up to fly with the leaders. The first Group launched with Dave Rice winning the flight with a 4:43 and a 40 pt landing Mark flew a 4:27 and Don 4:25 with a 40 pt landing. Greg won the second flight with a 7:51 and 45 pt landing. Gilbert came in at 7:21 and Bill at 7:05 with a 50 point landing. With one round left, Bill had a good lead but was not assured of the win and 2nd and 3rd wood was anybodys to take. Flight group 1 launched with Don and Dave chasing a buzzard to the southwest and Mark headed to the west. Initially Mark was in good lift and was climbing better than the buzzard and the other 2 pilots. This eventually changed and by the time Mark made the move to join the gaggle they were up and away leaving Mark only sink. Don and Dave came in at 9:55 and 9:54 respectively with 45 pt landings each. No buzzards showed up for the second flight group and Gilbert out flew Greg and Bill with a 6:39 and a 40 pt landing. Bill finished at 6:20 and Greg at 5:43.

Final Results:

6th    Mark Groves    4593    Radian Pro
5th    Dave Rice        5369    Radian
4th    Greg Bell          5428    Reichard Magic
3rd    Don Harris       5463    Radian
2nd   Gil Perez          5707    Cumulus E
1st    Bill Hoelcher     5936    Radian

Conditions were challenging. Consistent soaring and landing, as always, were the key to victory. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to all who attended. .

Greg "Doc" Bell

Next up in the MOSS ALES series is MOSS ALES #4, Saturday July 21, 2012     Click HERE for more details

Here is an summary of results: see below for the detailed results
place pilot score normalized score
1 Bill Hoelcher 5,936.47 1,000.00
2 Gilbert Perez 5,707.37 961.41
3 Don Harris 5,462.57 920.17
4 Greg Bell 5,427.63 914.29
5 Rice Dave 5,368.84 904.38
6 Mark Groves 4,593.00 773.69
7 Paul Weise 0 0.00

Detailed Results from the WinSoar scoring program:

2012-06-30-moss-ales-3-results.pdf
2012-06-30-moss-ales-3-round-scores.pdf

Pictures from the event:

Thanks to Greg Bell for taking the pictures of this event

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The happy winners: Don Harris - 3rd place, Bill Hoelcher - 1st Place, Gilbert Perez - 2nd Place
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Paul Weise and Gilbert Robbins have there noses in the nose of this ALES ship between rounds
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Gilbert Robbins takes his model out the flight line, Paul Weise his timer follows closely behind
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Bill Hoelcher with his trusty Radian and his timer Dave Rice
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Our grillmaster was Mark Groves, seen here turning some hot dogs!
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Dave Rice concentrates on flying while Bill Hoelcher is on the stopwatch
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Dave Rice's radian lines up on final approach for the landing tape
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The group shot, left to right: Paul Weise, Dave Rice, Don Harris, Bill Hoelcher, Gilbert Perez and Mark Groves
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