Day 2 was quite like the first day of the competition, with wind that started blowing correctly by 11h30 and let us validate the second group of the Round 4. We managed to validate 2 more rounds after that, and one could not be finished by 5 pilots. At the end of that second day, 6 valid rounds, fog and rain that let us leave the slope by 5PM so we could get ourselves clean before the Banquet at the restaurant ‘La Margueria’ in Tende.
This Dinner was also hosting the lottery from the French F3F World Championship Team. A live feed broadcasted the draw while pilots were enjoying Fresh made Socca.
Last day of the competition permitted another 3 last rounds from 11.30 to 2PM. The organizing team and judges decided to stop the competition, as the rain was clearly visible in front of the slope, not letting any more valid round to be made.
All planes were packed while the judges put away the equipment and computed the results.
An error actually was made while typing the results for Sebastien Lanes on round 8, who did a 43 and not a 48sec. Complete results are available on F3XVault.
Winner for this 2018 Edition is Pierre Rondel, followed by Sebastien Lanes and Matthieu Mervelet (all members of the French WorldChamp Team). Team Ranking goes down to MMP, AL LANes Team and Styria. Prize distribution was made under showers comparable to the one in Moscow for the World Cup finals…. I have to admit I was totally soaked!
Many thanks to all the Sponsors for this competition: BlueBird Servos, Lindinger, Region PACA, Restaurant La Margueria, Hotel du Centre, the city of Tende.
Very Special Thanks to the judges, my great small team of pilots and friends who spent their days without flying, always there, motivated, concentrated and devoted to the pleasure of the competitors.Eric, Paul, Manu, Etienne: Without you, nothing could be done! You are the BEST!
First day of competition started with registration of the 30 pilots at 9am until 10.
Light south wind was blowing, unsuffiscient for race.
It died and turned north for a few minutes, and then back south (weather was still unstable).
We eventually could start the competition at 12:00 with 5m/s.
The wind grew up to 9m/s with bursts of 11m/s.
Flights were mostly in the 43-45sec. only one safety line was crossed on round 2 by Mortz Haensli as he entered the race behind the CD and judge on base B.
At 3:00 we had managed to validate 3 rounds and were already half way through the fourth round.
Rain drops started popping, and by 3:15 the organizers were obliged to stop the race, only 5 pilots from the end of the round.
The storm lasted too long and we had to cancel the second group scores (group scoring of half the pilots was announced before the round).
We tried running again but after a few pilots rain and fog appeared again.
The day was announced over at 6:00, with 3,5 rounds validated.
Results are recorded in F3xvault.
Plenty of pilots already there today in Great conditions until the storm and rain and fortunately started.
Get ready tomorrow morning we will be there at 9 a.m. for registration until 10. No more flights will be possible then and we will start the competition as soon as possible.
Biggest worry is the rain this weekend, so we will try to launch rounds as early as possible.
I know I said meeting at 10 to some people today, but please be there before to guarantee a great competition.
Last Weekend, we had our national competition in the slopes of Tende. We managed to do 7 rounds on saturday (south slope, 8-10m/s) and 9 more rounds on sunday (north slope, 10-12m/s). Absolutely smooth, maybe even a bit too fast (only 12 pilots came, too bad for the missing ones). We even decided to end the competition on sunday at 2PM, we had enough to get 2 discards and ranking was pretty well set then.
So for the next few days, please don’t forget to charge your planes, wax your wings, collect all the ballast you have, and get a nice bottle of suncream + water!
We will be arriving on thursday to start the installation (free flights). Dont’ forget to be careful with people walking around there, especially around the landing area.
Meeting and registration will start on friday at 9AM, until 10AM. free flights will be possible until 10 AM. No more free flights after this time. We will start the competition as soon as possible, once all pilots registered and weather conditions sufficient (we could fly at 9AM last weekend…).
In case of marginal conditions, that obliges the round to be stopped, if more than half of the pilots have flown, we will generate a group scoring (half of the pilots) to save those few flights validated. This will only be the case to save the competition, ie. for the 4 first rounds. After 4 validated rounds, there will be no more group scoring option.
In case of a refly, the pilot will have to land his plane and get a new throw 5 pilots after him (ex: pilot is number 8, he will refly after pilot 13). If the round ends before then, we will wait for his return to do the refly, and not start any new round. Coming back from landing may not take more than 5 minutes. It will be considered as against sporting rules to waste time and wait 30 minutes for a refly, to cancel a round. Pilot will be disqualified if such beheavor happens.
That’s it for the little warmup/prebriefing info. Have a nice weekend and let’s get ready for some race!
… registration is already full!!
unfortunately, there seem to be a problem with the f3xvault website and you cannot pay now that the limit is reached….
I am waiting for a solution, very soon hopefully
you can pay once logged on f3xvault, by typing this address: http://www.f3xvault.com/?action=event&function=event_register&event_id=897