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Aug 22, 2019, 04:16 PM
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Aug 23, 2019, 01:06 PM
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Lots of smiles

Day zero practice.
Aug 23, 2019, 09:38 PM
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And more importantly, thermal forming clouds. Lots of happy pilots today!!!
Aug 25, 2019, 05:40 PM
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The 2019 BAM F5J Soaring Classic is now in the bag. Thanks to all 25 pilots who flew and to the many Albuquerque Soaring Association members who made this our greatest event ever. Scores are posted on, so I won't repeat them here, but will just offer congratulations to the First Place Winner, Toby (the Gorilla) Herrera, Second Place Skyler Raver, Third Place Lenny Keer.
I'll have some pics posted later today, once I've gotten over a needed shower and nap.
Aug 26, 2019, 07:44 AM
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I can’t thank the members of ASA, Richard Shagam, and CD Greg McGill enough for yet another terrific BAM. This is a must fly event, IMO. And this year, despite blue skies and mostly light breezes, the air was often a cruel mistress. With several hotels within a 10 minute drive of the lush grass field, this is an event I’ll return to as long as ASA will hold it. Congrats to Toby, Skyler, and Kenny for going 1, 2, 3. The flyoffs were no gimme. Sign me up Richard for 2020!

Aug 26, 2019, 07:56 AM
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Thanks for the great words, Ed. See you next year!!!
A lot of credit also goes to our hardworking volunteers who hauled canopies, tables, water, sound system, etc and provided the food, and who came out early in the morning to make things happen. Without them, we couldn't have put on this event. And, of course, there's the Balloon Fiesta Park staff to thank for making the field the great venue it is.

And we will be busy once again preparing for our next F3RES contest at the McIntosh Sod Farm, Nov 9-10 . Hope you all can come out for that, too.
Aug 26, 2019, 09:04 AM
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Congrats to my team mate Skyler for a decisive victory in the prelims!
Congrats to Toby, Skyler, Lenny for the podium places in the flyoffs!!!
I see there were some high launches there and quite a few zero scores - must have been windy? or just sinky?
Aug 26, 2019, 12:06 PM
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Results Files

For your viewing pleasure, attached are the Overall Results and Flight Score Reports for both the Qualifying and Flyoff Rounds . Also available at

Also, I'd like to point out that Don Scegiel did make the flyoff, but had to leave early, so John Lovins got bumped up into the group. Maybe next year, Don?
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Aug 26, 2019, 01:10 PM
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Here are some pictures I took, all on Sunday (I left my camera home for Saturday)

And... some practical advice: if you aren't a good photographer, then take a LOT of photos - and delete the bad ones. That's how I did it.

It was a very good contest weekend. Conditions never really settled and lift never became general or strong. If you could sniff them out, the lift could carry you home just fine. But, I don't recall any rounds where every single flyer broke nine minutes. You were smart, or you landed. Temperatures were in the low nineties, but everyone looked like they staid hydrated OK, and occasional breezes helped.

As CD, I learned some lessons, again. First, have your electric/electronic experts get it right before showing up for the contest, which mine did, BIG TIME! Thanks, Richard and Tom! Second, make the contestants responsible for getting their own scores entered. The guys are busy, and me hounding people for scores is not a good thing. There were other lessons learned as well, and the Albuquerque Soaring Association thinks that next year will be better than ever. We miss Buzz Averill, but we remember him all the time.
Aug 26, 2019, 01:23 PM
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Here is a shout-out to all the Albuquerque Soaring Association club members who staged this contest:

Don Kawal: Field set up and physical plant manager.
Richard Shagam: Paperwork, organization and scorekeeping.
Tom Tichy: Sound system assembly, electric power and score entry.
Steve Moskal: Gate Keeper.
Tom Rawdon: Gate Keeper (it took two of them!)
Charley Zachery: Lunch, both days. We nearly broke even on lunch.
Bob Galler: Assistant to the lunch provider, both days.
Tom English: My personal assistant, keeping me awake the whole time.
Kirby House: Hydration Specialist, water and Gator-Aid for everyone.
Dan Tanberg: Sanitation Engineer par excellance.

Also critical for us was our outstanding support from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Mike (on Saturday) and Sarah (on Sunday were both superlative and fast dealing with potential intruders. In Albuquerque, Balloon Park intruders are typically unauthorized soccer teams, or occasional drone flyers. We had some intruders, but they were headed off very efficiently.

Thanks to all the helpers and all the participants, too.

Yours, Greg McGill
Contest Director

My motto: "There they go, and I must hasten after them, for I am their leader."
Aug 26, 2019, 07:23 PM
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Tour standings updated

The F5J USA Tour season standings are updated with the Buzz Averill F5J results and are available on this page.

What a great event, looks like it was plenty challenging. Wish I could have been there. See some of you in Hollister soon I hope.

Aug 27, 2019, 05:42 PM
Camber down and screw it up.
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Re: Greg's picture of Skyler launching:

How was that Hungarian food in Budapest at the F5J WC, Skyler ?

Aug 27, 2019, 06:13 PM
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We were actually in Slovakia for the WC, and the food was really good.
Aug 27, 2019, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by skylerraver
We were actually in Slovakia for the WC, and the food was really good.
Yeah, I know. I was commenting on the caption on the picture of you launching at the BAM that Greg (glidermang) posted.


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