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Old Feb 12, 2014, 09:31 PM
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F3F Race at Thornton Beach

Happy 2014 F3F Racing season!

This Saturday there's an F3F compression slope clinic, and the weather on the coast is showing south at all the weather sites I've been looking at.

http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/fort_funston_no_pg
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...st?query=94132

We can't have the clinic, but It looks like we might be able to race Sunday.
I'll post an update very late Friday evening when I get back in town. By Saturday at 5:30, I'll post the final decision about whether the event will be held.

- Steve
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Old Feb 12, 2014, 09:32 PM
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Directions to Thornton Beach

If you have GPS in your car or want to use Google Maps use the Mar Vista Stables address - 2152 Olympic Way, Daly City, CA. This is right where we park.

Once you are parked on Olympic Way you walk through the empty lot just south of the horse stables and take the long 45 degree angle path that goes down the hill right behind the stables. If you magnify the Google Satellite Photo you walk through the 2 white horse trailers south of the main stables right across from where the red car is. Park in the area of the red car and to the south.

Old school directions:

DIRECTIONS From the Golden Gate Bridge US-101 S. From Stanta Rosa
to Mar Vista Sables 2152 Skyline Boulevard, Daly City, CA 94015

1: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge US-101 S. 0.4 miles
2: Take the CA-1 exit towards 19TH AVE/GOLDEN GATE PARK. 0.1 miles ( 0.2 km)
3: Merge onto CA-1 S. 5.1 miles ( 8.2 km)
4: Turn RIGHT onto SLOAT BLVD. 1.1 miles ( 1.8 km)
5: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SKYLINE BLVD/CA-35 S. 2.4 miles ( 3.9 km)
6: Turn RIGHT onto OLYMPIC WAY. 0.1 miles ( 0.2 km)
TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 20 minutes

DIRECTIONS From Oakland, CA over the Bay Bridge
to Mar Vista Stables 2152 Skyline Boulevard, Daly City, CA 94015

1: Take the I-80 W exit on the left towards SAN FRANCISCO. 0.6 miles ( 1.0 km)
2: Merge onto I-80 W. 7.7 miles ( 12.5 km)
3: Take US-101 S. 2.1 miles ( 3.4 km)
4: Take the I-280 exit towards DALY CITY. 0.4 miles ( 0.6 km)
5: Merge onto I-280 S. 3.9 miles ( 6.2 km)
6: Take the exit towards DALY CITY/WESTLAKE DIST. 0.5 miles ( 0.8 km)
7: Turn RIGHT onto JOHN DALY BLVD. 1.4 miles ( 2.2 km)
8: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT. 0.0 miles ( 0.1 km)
9: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto SKYLINE BLVD/CA-35 N. 0.2 miles ( 0.4 km)
10: Turn LEFT onto OLYMPIC WAY. 0.1 miles ( 0.2 km)
TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 20 minutes

DIRECTIONS From San Jose, CA
to Mar Vista Stables 2152 Skyline Boulevard, Daly City, CA 94015

1: Take the US-101 N ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO. 0.3 miles ( 0.4 km)
2: Merge onto US-101 N. 32.5 miles ( 52.3 km)
3: Take the I-380 W exit towards I-280/SAN BRUNO. 0.9 miles ( 1.4 km)
4: Merge onto I-380 W. 1.1 miles ( 1.8 km)
5: Take the I-280 N exit towards SAN FRANCISCO. 0.2 miles ( 0.3 km)
6: Merge onto I-280 N. 3.8 miles ( 6.2 km)
7: Take the CA-1 S exit towards PACIFICA/MISSION STREET. 0.1 miles ( 0.2 km)
8: Take the CA-1 S exit on the left towards PACIFICA. 0.3 miles ( 0.5 km)
9: Merge onto CA-1 S. 0.6 miles ( 0.9 km)
10: Take the CA-35 N/SKYLINE BOULEVARD exit. 0.3 miles ( 0.6 km)
11: Merge onto SKYLINE BLVD/CA-35 N. 2.3 miles ( 3.7 km)
12: Turn LEFT onto OLYMPIC WAY
TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 40 minutes
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Old Feb 14, 2014, 07:35 PM
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We're still on for Sunday.

Weather looks like it won't be strong enough until the afternoon.

I'll make the final call tomorrow but it looks like we should all be there by 1:00 PM

Here's the forecast:
http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/fort_funston_no_pg

- Steve
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Old Feb 15, 2014, 05:45 PM
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Hi everyone. The race is on for 1:00 Tomorrow.
It should be North West about 12 mph at the hill at 1:00.
See you there - Steve
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Old Feb 16, 2014, 08:41 PM
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Where's the wind??

Soooo, we had very little wind until 1:30ish, then it was about ten mph wnw I would guess. We all got a chance to get up and dial in.
Then Steve went first, he was in the 70s and 80s I think.

Then it died!!

We waited till 4ish for the wind to come back, then we all got in an official race!
Most times were around high 60s and 70s.

I will let Steve fill in all the particulars.

Great flying with you guys today!

Mike R
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Old Feb 16, 2014, 10:39 PM
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What a really nice day of racing. Safe landings, 8 rounds, and beautiful day to fly F3F.
Shawn Davison 7643.71
Steve Situm 7539.56
Mike R. 7475.74
Lou Fox 6003.34

As Mike had mentioned in the previous post, the wind was light and variable. The weather was nice, and the conditions made for real a pleasant day of flying. The Hill works in a variety of conditions, and has just enough compression at the edge that even in light conditions, the plane usually felt like it was happy.Because we only had a few people today, Mike, Lou, and Shawn were always working a base or working the timing gear. Thanks for all the help, and keeping everything running smoothly.

Also really enjoyed watching Shawn fly the Secret. Way to start the season, Shawn!

See you at the next race

- Steve
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Old Feb 16, 2014, 11:35 PM
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It was a really beautiful day at Thornton. Warm and mild, just an awsome day to be there! The conditions were light but its surprising how much compression the hill makes in very little wind. I'm not sure if I won the race or if the airplane won it for me... It's sure a pleasure to fly. Thanks to Steve for running the race. it was great flying with Steve, Mike and Lou! A beautiful day, good friends and no broken airplanes. A nice way to start the season.
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