2015 SKSS Blue Hen ALES Challenge
Silent Knight Soaring Society (SKSS)
Blue Hen ALES Challenge
September 19th & 20th, 2015
Come join us September 19th and 20th for the second annual Blue Hen ALES Challenge in Newark, Delaware! The contest will be held at the beautiful and immaculately-maintained SKSS flying field in Delaware's White Clay Creek State Park, located less than ten minutes from the center of Newark. Last year's contest was a lot of fun, and we're hoping that this year will be even better.
Novice pilots: Novice pilots are welcome and can fly for free! (A Novice pilot is someone who has competed in no more than one previous electric soaring contest.) If you've never competed, bring an electric sailplane and have some fun! If you don't have an altitude limiter, we'll have a spare or two for you to borrow.
Prizes: Trophies will be awarded each day for 1st through 5th place, as well as for "Best Foamie" and "Grand Champion".
Flying: Flight groups will be man-on-man (non-seeded). Launch height and flight time will be at the CD's discretion each day. Unless conditions are extremely bad, we will launch to 150 meters and fly 10 minute rounds. Landing tapes are 5 meters long.
Food: Lunch will be provided both days, and we will have a barbeque on Saturday evening. A small donation will be requested for each meal.
Camping: Camping will be allowed for a small fee. No open fires or alcohol are permitted in the park. The field has a port-a-potty, but there are no other facilities or hook-ups. (But if you have a really long extension cord, you can charge batteries from the clubhouse.)
Parking: The state park imposes a daily parking fee, which we will collect at registration. Parking is per vehicle, not per visitor, so you can save money by carpooling.
Location: Field lat/long for your GPS is (39.728124,-75.732973).
Lodging: As a college town, Newark has a lot of motels. There is no football game or homecoming scheduled for the contest weekend, so rooms should be available.
Other amenities: Newark suffers from an embarrassment of restaurants and bars. The Deer Park Tavern, Home Grown Cafe, Iron Hill Brewery, and Klondike Kate's are just a few of the delightful establishments awaiting your patronage. And if the two miles to Newark's Main Street is too far for you to drive, McGlynn's pub is only a mile from the field.
Registration: We're open for business on the ESL Web site.
Contest: $35 for two days, $20 for one day; novices fly free
Last edited by leipold; May 25, 2015 at 01:05 PM.
The altitude limit will be 150 meters. We're trying to make it more of a thermalling contest and less of a landing contest.
Hey Walt, Can I be sure that the bottom gate will be open Friday before noon? I am bringing my trailer and it is so much easier to get in the first gate. Getting out is not a problem.
This event ought to be equivalent to PoleCat; great venue, great food, plenty of parking and good fun.
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