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Aug 11, 2018, 08:04 PM
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Combined F3J and F5J National Tour Events on the Cen Cal Coast

F3J and F5J National Tour Events on the Cen Cal Coast
Edit: NOTE THE DATES AND FORMAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED. There will be two separate contests on separate weekends.

F3J and F5J National Tour Events on the Central Cal Coast – F5J Saturday and Sunday October 27/28 2018; F3J Saturday and Sunday November 17/18

Location: Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita CA Lat 3523'43.11"N Lon 12036'32.46"W
Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Monday-October 26,27,28,29- 2018
Club Sponsors: San Luis Obispo Flyers Inc., Pismo Beach Soaring Society
CD: Phil Renaud F3J, F5J
Size(F3J): 30 pilot limit
Size(F5J): 32 pilot limit
You’re invited to this the fourth year for the F3J National Tour contest on the Central Coast area of California and the second year for the F5J USA Tour contest. Team size for the F3J contest will be 4 man.
F5J planes must be equipped with an FAI approved limiter. A list of approved limiters is here: . The F5J contest will be following rules and processes found here: Rules and processes for F3J are found here:

Phil Renaud will be returning as CD for F3J and now also the F5J contest. Phil was involved in establishing F5J in New Mexico from its beginning so is well versed in the format. Trophies to third place

The site: The Santa Margarita Ranch is a historic 3600 acre commercial ranch hosting weddings, horse activities, an annual 5000 people food and wine tasting, ZipLine rides(over vineyards) and now again, glider contests... The place is huge. Google: This is a good central location for pilots from both Norcal and SoCal and Central Valley and out of state to meet in a great venue.

Weather: Santa Margarita (zip 93453), California, gets 25 inches of rain per year. The US average is 39. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 28. On average, there are 286 sunny days per year in Santa Margarita (zip 93453), California. The August high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 31. Sperling's comfort index for Santa Margarita (zip 93453) is 83 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.

The contests will be scored as follows: F3J with live updates on Jim Monacos’ on line system on the website with F5J scored live using Gliderscore at
The entry fee is $85.00 with registration available on website.
There will be free camping on site Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

San Luis Obispo Airport(10 miles) has connecting flights from San Franscisco, Phoenix and Denver
Santa Maria Airport(40 miles) has flights from Denver.
Motels in Atascadero(6 miles) and San Luis Obispo(12 miles). Beach cities Pismo Beach(18 miles). Morro Bay(26 miles)

I hope you can make it to this fourth annual F3JNational Tour event and second annual F5J USA Tour event.

Rick Johnston ( [email protected])

NOTE THIS CHANGE TO THE FORMAT AND CONTEST DATES: I think our idea of a three day mixed contest was a good idea that isn't going to work out. So we will be changing it to two two day contests:
F5J will be on Saturday and Sunday October 27/28.
F3J will be on Saturday and Sunday November 17/18.
F3J tour events require 16 registered pilot sign up by two weeks in advance the the contest(November 3). If we don' get 16 signed up the that date contest will be still be held but it won't be an official National Tour event.

Come and enjoy flying at the Santa Margarita Ranch
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Sep 21, 2018, 11:09 AM
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Notice of a contest format change. See above introduction.
Sep 25, 2018, 07:14 PM
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Hi Rick,

I entered F5J but will only attend if it is on Saturday and Sunday.

Darwin N. Barrie
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Sep 29, 2018, 04:25 PM
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We are going to be able to survey pilots that might be wanting to fly F,3J next week end at Visalia so we'll know enough to be able to make a decision then. I think it's more than likely the F5J contest will be the only contest and will take place Saturday and Sunday.
Oct 08, 2018, 04:54 PM
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Change to contest dates

Since the format to combine F5J with F3J back to back to save resources is not working out, the contest is now changed to a two day for F5J only held on Saturday and Sunday October 27/28. The F3J contest is postponed to Saturday and Sunday November 17/18 as a two day contest so that those of us interested in that format can make a weekend contest. So if you signed up for F3J at F3Xevents your entry will be carried to the new dates. All other announcements for the combined contest hold for the two contest dates. The field will be open for flying for both contests the Thursday and Friday before each contest. So sign up on and come and enjoy the central coast and Santa Margarita Ranch.

Oct 19, 2018, 09:33 AM
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We are prepping the field for the October 27/28 F5Jcontest, (weekend after next) and looking forward to seeing everyone. We have 15 very talented pilots signed up so far, so if you like to test your skills amoug the best, come on down. If you haven't signed up yet and want to, time is growing short. Registration is at:
Oct 21, 2018, 08:39 AM
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DIRECTIONS to the field:
From the north traveling on Hwy 101, take the Santa Margarita exit ( about 8 miles south of Atascadero) proceed to and pass thru Santa Margarita. Proceed 1/2 mile past town to field gate on the left(there will be a sign and you will see the site)
From the south traveling on Hwy 101 take the Santa Margarita exit( about 12 miles north of San Luis Obispo) proceed as above.

The weather forcast looks ideal. Flying conditions yesterday were excellent.
See next weekend.
Oct 21, 2018, 02:16 PM
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Great Rick.
Oct 22, 2018, 11:49 PM
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Thanks for the directions Rick. See you this weekend.
Oct 23, 2018, 09:58 PM
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Be sure to go through town to the field gate; don't take the Yerba Buena St entrance.
Oct 28, 2018, 07:55 PM
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F5J in Santa Margarita Scores

Scores for Prelims and finals are now on GliderScore;

Oct 28, 2018, 07:58 PM
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Had a fun time at F5J Contest in Santa Margarita, CA this weekend. It was held at a cattle ranch, which was historically a stagecoach. Really a neat place and great company. Thanks to Rick and the SLO Crew!
Oct 29, 2018, 04:06 PM
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I just updated the Tour standings with the Santa Margarita results. Check them out on the F5J-USA website here as well as in a horizontally scrollable version here.

I had a blast. Santa Margarita is a trip to fly at: flat fields, clusters of trees here and there, small and big rolling hills, and buildings and roads in town way to the SSE that was the most consistent source of lift many of us found all weekend. You just had to be willing go long and hope you had enough altitude to get back and land in time. My light Explorer worked great right up to the last 2 rounds in the flyoffs when the breezes picked up--I should have switched planes

The SloFlyers club members put on a great event. Rick Johnston gets a big thumbs up for organizing this one and thanks Tim Johnson for stepping up to help CD and keep score. And thanks to my timers Frank Campbell and Steve Willison--you guys doubled the fun I had. Can't wait to come back.


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