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Old Aug 21, 2014, 09:31 PM
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How many flights do you expect in a TD contest?

Most of us might agree there are too many variables to come up with any sort of agreement on this topic. Assuming the weather and equipment are all OK and there are a reasonable number of pilots in the event, in general,
How many flights do you expect to make in a thermal duration contest?
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 09:54 PM
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1 day at least 5. 2 days at least 6 and 4 for a total of 10.
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 10:22 PM
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At least 3. Any more would be nice but minimum 3.

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Old Aug 22, 2014, 04:52 PM
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Absolute minimum of three , four would be more fun but I can't remember the last time that happened .
The reason is say four is that it just seems a bit more competitive given the option of throwing out your lowest score and keeping the other three is just more sporting , especially if the results come down to the last flight of the day .
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 06:39 PM
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Wow! In the northwest, we usually would typically get 5-7 rounds the first day, 4-6 the second. A 3 round day would be considered a disaster of a day! Of course, we didn't have 100+ flyers either! (typically about 13-20+, with about half flying multiple classes)
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 07:22 PM
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Most contests I attend are 5-7 rounds per day but 3 is what I consider minimum.

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Old Aug 22, 2014, 08:04 PM
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I would really like at least 4, but have to settle for 3 in this area. Of the three round events, I would like at least 30 minutes of flight time in the contest.

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Old Aug 23, 2014, 11:21 AM
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My answer is as much as possible - especially if I am travelling to an event.

I am happy with whatever works out based on the attendance, weather and other factors, but I don't care for events that plan 4 or less rounds a day. I know at the J events I organize I want a minimum of 7 rounds day 1 and 4 the second if we do flyoffs. I always shoot for more...

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Old Aug 23, 2014, 02:48 PM
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I would really like at least 4, but have to settle for 3 in this area. Of the three round events, I would like at least 30 minutes of flight time in the contest.

Mike l.
As would a LOT of the rest of us.
Properly run, the local contests should start and finish at the same time and have 4 rounds in them. Tom Watson and I co-miserate all the time about the 3 rounders here.
If we stick to 3 rounds, a MoM format would be nice, IMO.
To be fair to the local contest, they try to be wrapped up by 1230 (for those that are not in our local area). But, after driving an hour and a half to the contest location (or even an hour one way) 3 rounds is a bit of a let down to me.
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Old Aug 23, 2014, 05:04 PM
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6 rounds, anything less doesn't seem like a fair test. John
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Old Aug 23, 2014, 07:12 PM
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Our local club typically has to be off the field by 12:30 - 1:00. We ran open winch rounds for years and barely got 3 rounds in. This year we switched to MOM and get 4 rounds easily, and would have had 5 in last contest if we had better up time on the winches.

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Old Aug 23, 2014, 09:53 PM
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How many contest flights at a TD Contest?

That depends on if it is a club contest or a major event hosted at our field.

I prefer club contests to be 4 rounds, then we have open flying the rest of the day.

If we are hosting, or if I am attending an Eastern Soaring League contest with 20 to 40 pilots, typically 6-8 per day at a TD contest.
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 09:12 AM
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I don't fly TD, but have flown a lot of F3K and been a CD at an F3J contest. The F3J contest, we arranged for MoM scoring, and flew 4 flight groups through eight rounds a piece the first day, flew three more rounds the second day, and did 4 flights for a fly-off to determine final winners. '

I'd be seriously disappointed if I went to a contest, and only got to fly three times.

I have been approached about competing at next year's SWC in Phoenix. If I only get to fly three flights, I probably won't bother.

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Old Aug 29, 2014, 09:41 AM
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Greg - the usual at SWC TD is 4 or 5 the first day and 3-4 the second day. Exceptions happen due to weather, but usually that is what is accomplished.

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Old Aug 29, 2014, 09:48 AM
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I have been approached about competing at next year's SWC in Phoenix. If I only get to fly three flights, I probably won't bother.
Via the magic of the interweb you can make an informed decision.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=118
http://www.rmsadenver.com/SWC2014.htm

You can look at recent prior score sheets and see the # of rounds flown. Last year looks like there was 10 rounds of RES, Woody, 2m, Ales, and Unlimited.

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