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Old Sep 28, 2012, 03:00 PM
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2013 mid-winter ales contest

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This is to announce the 2013 Second Annual Mid-Winter ALES Contest to be hosted by the Mid-Florida RC Club, located at Fantasy of Flight RC field.
(2375 Barfield Rd., Polk City, FL 33868)

This is a 2-day contest: Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013. (These dates are on the off-weekend of the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl.)

All sailplanes in one class, with two classes of pilots: Expert and Sportsman. Awards to third place in both classes, with a Grand Champion award for highest points.

Pilots' Meeting: Pilots and Timers must attend - 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. This is a Sanctioned Event. Current AMA card required - no exceptions!

Entry fee is $20 per day, which includes lunch.

Altitude limiters set to 150 meters. Limiters will be available at the field for $40.

Dry camping is available, but no fires on the ground. A grill is okay.

Full service RV park is available less than one mile away. Make reservations early!

Vendors are welcome - no charge.

For planning purposes, please let us know if you will attend via this thread.

For more information contact Don Grisham - CD - dongrisham@hotmail.com or 863-291-4314.
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 06:54 AM
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Tailwind Gliders is not only a proud supporter of the Mid-Winter ALES event but testing for use of my scoring spreadsheet is taking place too!

I'm happy to support wonderful groups such as this.

Black Friday Sales here:
http://tailwindgliders.com/Sales.html

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Old Nov 23, 2012, 10:21 AM
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I am looking forard to being there.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Paul: Good to hear from you. Look forward to seeing you in January.
Regards, Don
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 10:14 AM
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I am also planning on being there.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Hello

I will be there.
Who else is coming?

-Jeff DuVal
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:33 PM
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Mid-Florida/Mid-Winter ALES Contest

Jeff:
The guys aren't talking a lot, but we are expecting a pretty good turnout. Ray Alonzo is coming. We have contestants coming from Tenn, Mass and Louisiana, plus a few of the Buzzards. Hopefully you can get David to come. Kiburas said he would come if the weather is good. On Saturday the forecast is for a high of 75, winds N at 6. Sunday, high of 75, winds NE at 9. Doesn't get much better than that in January.
Look forward to seeing you.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:04 AM
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There is no doubt in my mind that this weekend saw the best winter weather I have experienced in 13 years in Florida. It was simply marvelous with high 70's and even into the 80's on Sunday and a gentle breeze of 7 to 8 mph each day. Perfect conditions for any sort of soaring event and with the ALES event planned by Don Grisham you couldn't ask for better.
Don ran the event with military like precision with the erection of a flag and the blast of a horn providing the signal for the start of a 5 minute prep time - the removal of the flag with one minute to go for launch and then the blast of the horn again for the start of a 15 second window to launch our models.
With a 7 minute flight time and the Alt limiters set to 150 m it was fairly clear after round 1 on Saturday that this day would be won with precision landings. Lift was abundant and more than adequate to keep any decent sailplane flying for the prescribed time. Hitting the 50 point max on the landing tape wasn't quite so easy.
To be continued.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:44 AM
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Great Contest

Thanks to Don and Mid FL RC for putting on another great contest. Had a great time and met some new folks.
A big thank you to the Raffle prize donors, there were alot of prizes raffled off over the two days.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:06 PM
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Great job Don and all the MFRCC guys..........

Thanks to all who worked so hard all weekend. Unless you'e run one, you don't know how much effort goes into doing one of these right. You boys do it right!!!!!
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