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Sep 28, 2005, 03:09 PM
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Eastern Soaring League Open in Reading, PA 10/8-9


This is just a reminder that the ESL Open is just a few weeks away. Pre-registration is required and you must register here by October 5th:


The entry fee for this contest has been lowered to $5 per day.

We will be trying something new and exciting for this years Open. We will be flying man on man with retrievers. There will be four people in each group.
At the moment I plan on flying the experts and sportflyers separately.

We will also allow people to pair up for timing. We are going to encourage a mentor approach to the timer pairings. This is not necessarily experts timing for sportflyers,just more experienced pilots timing for the less experienced. This will not be required, but it will
be encouraged.

So if you are new and need a timer or if you just have reached a plateau in your flying skill level, PLEASE let us know and we will arrange a timer for you that will be able to help you fly better.

The idea is to make the contest scene less intimidating and provide a free flow of information. The experts have no secrets. Some of us may be socially challenged and have little time to answer questions - the mentor approach is intended to provide an opportunity to watch, ask questions, and get pointers from some of the more experienced flyers. This will only work if you are willing to let us know and you are willing to listen.

This will be a soaring contest so we will be flying long tasks. In some cases the task may not be achievable for
the conditions. Not to worry though, since you will not be punished for not making your time, you just have to stay up longer than the people in your group ;-)

LISF is bringing their master coordinator, Rich, to orchestrate the calling of flight groups to make sure you are ready and don't miss you're flight. If you have never been to an LISF contest and watch Rich work, it is worth going just for this!

So if you're getting bored with the same old open winch contest or would like to work with an expert timer and improve your flying skills, make it a point to attend the ESL Open. Just remember to bring an open mind and patients, since this will be the first time we try this and there may be some bugs that need to be worked out. I promise though that if you set realistic goals, a positive attitude, and are willing to do a little work, you will have a great time.

Feel free to pass this along to anyone that may be interested. Thanks!

Tom Kiesling
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