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Feb 26, 2018, 08:10 AM
400' is a bad winch launch.
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Great photos, Gordon!

(... except for the leg )
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Feb 26, 2018, 09:18 AM
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Congratulations Gordon on yet another successful event, looking forward to the “Gordon Report”
Feb 26, 2018, 02:11 PM
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Dont mess around here. Buttkicking is our business, business is good.
Feb 27, 2018, 08:25 PM
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Indeed it was!
Feb 27, 2018, 08:40 PM
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F3b Gator

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Feb 27, 2018, 09:33 PM
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A Gator Tale

Dedicated to all the pilots and volunteers at the Gator F3B World Cup in Palm Bay FL
They all helped to make this the BEST Gator EVER!!!

Gather Ďround me people, thereís a story I would tell
About a group of pilots, who flew, and flew quite well

They flew the Gator World Cup, in February of 2018
The conditions were spectacular, the field, it was supreme

They travelled many miles and they came from different lands
From far and wide, east, west, & middle, and even from Japan

The prize they sought was a Gator head, mounted on a stand
But only one could win the World Cup, a coveted prize in any land

Let me tell about the contest, the Gator World Cup itís called you see
They fly an event called F3B, the Formula One of Soaring, this F3B

They fly 3 different tasks, Duration, Distance, and Speed
They launch their planes on mono line, with power thatís hard to believe

Task ďAĒ is called Duration, 12 minutes is all they get
To launch their planes, thermal exactly for 10, and land it on a spot
Land on the spot, for a 100, thatís the most landing points they can get

Task ďBĒ, itís called Distance, and the time allowed is 7 minutes
In that time they launch, and fly 150M legs of the course, as many as they can
If they fly well, and fly many laps, thereís a chance that they could win it

Task ďCĒ itís called the Speed task, and the time is more reduced
They only have 4 minutes, if they go over it theyíll lose
But there a little catch to Speed, a 60 second twist, youíll soon see

Once launched they only have 1 minute
To enter the course to start 4 legs each of 150 M again
Fly them fast, fly them clean, a low time will win it
The piloting skills required amaze most men

So there you have it my friends, thatís what they call F3B
Again, it's the F-1 of Soaring, at least it seems to me
Come out some time and witness it, Iím sure you will agree
Thereís nothing thatís quite like it, this event called F3B

Sandy Smith Ė CD
2018 Gator World Cup
Feb 28, 2018, 08:01 AM
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Now we got home Japan.
We say thanks Sandy, Gordon, all of volunteers and all pilots.
I learned very much so getting better and better.
We want come and see you again, if we can. Shuji & Shuzo
Feb 28, 2018, 08:19 AM
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We will be glad to have you back!
Feb 28, 2018, 03:32 PM
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Sandy that was great sir! Thank you!!!!
Feb 28, 2018, 06:05 PM
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Sandy, Gordon, all.. I want to thank you for creating such a great event. I hope we will have another one coming shortly.
Mar 14, 2018, 07:56 AM
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Where and when we do something similar again? Many of us a working and or traveling professionals.. need some heads up.
Mar 15, 2018, 02:33 AM
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I'll second that!!!

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