INTER CLUB LEAGUE REPORT 2001 EASTERTON

11th – 13th AUGUST

THE COMPETITORS:

Highland Gliding Club
Cairngorm Gliding Club
Deeside Gliding Club
Scottish Gliding Center
Borders Gliding Club

INTRODUCTION:

As with every other Inter Club League weekend I have been to we waited all week with baited breath to see what the weather would bring. As ever, even when it was not suitable to fly it still threatened to improve. Luckily however, it did allow us two competition days that provided some interesting and challenging conditions. We had a good turnout from all the clubs and were very grateful for the use of the tug from Feshie which proved invaluable.

SATURDAY:

The Saturday forecast was for a front to move steadily across the country with associated rain. This it did but in its usual patchy form with regular threats of breaking into wave and giving us a competition day. We waited and waited and eventually scrubbed flying and went to the alternative task. Ten pin bowling! Nearly everybody took part proving that you need to send an all round team if you want to win. We had three lanes split into Novice, Intermediate and Pundit class. Each club fielded a member per lane  with spare places given to those who were available from other clubs. As the results show, Highland members misspent youth paid off for once and we won the day! Luckily, we did not have to rely on these results to decide the competition.

The days booby prize went to Elizabeth Eddie for an outstandingly low score of  82. A presentation of a captured thermal (Helium Balloon) with Get Better Soon was awarded!

SUNDAY:

The prospect for Sunday had always been the best with light winds and thermals forecast and on this basis the tasks set initially were quite ambitious. By the time we gridded however, it became obvious that there was serious spreadout and the sniffers sent up were falling out. Eventually a POST task was set with Rothes as the mandatory first turning point and Dallas as the mandatory final TP. There were 8 other turning points taking us to the west and southwest as far as Loch Moy and Feshiebridge. After a while, conditions improved enough for us to launch. They only stayed good for about one hour though and we rapidly had seven out landings. Happily, there was no damage and no irate farmers. Most people did manage the first TP and one or two others. Only two gliders managed to turn the Dallas TP and not surprisingly these were the Duo Discus and the ASH 25. However, it was a competition day and Deeside narrowly took the lead over Highland by 1 point.

The days last place prized went to Cairngorms John Whyte. He also received a captured thermal but in keeping with the days weather it had condensed (Bottle of water). He gave us a splendid rendition of  How I done it.

MONDAY:

The MET for Monday had always been so bad that some of the furthest flung competitors left on Sunday to get a good run home. As ever at Easterton, NEVER write off a day with southwesterly winds because the wave in the morning was ripping the heather off the moors. There was much rigging of gliders and tasks were set. Ballater, Inverness and back for the Pundits, O/R to Loch Muick for the Intermediates and O/R to Loch Kinord for the Novices. We gridded up and just as we finished doing so the wave started to collapse forcing us to change the remote start point to Rothes. The grid was launched but with conditions rapidly deteriorating many were forced down onto the ridge. However, one or two did contact the wave, in particular the ASH 25 which proceeded to complete the pundit task in about 2 ½ hours. However, on landing the logger failed to work properly and after recharging batteries the ASH took off again, contacted the wave and set off round the pundit task for the second time. Ballater was reached and turned but at Tomintoul they were forced down and had to return to Easterton. However, no one else had gone much beyond Dufftown so Highland won the day. Special mention has to be made for the effort by Andy Henderson of Borders who spent 7 ½ hours on the ridge! Unfortunately, it was not an endurance task! Still, he did claim 7 points!

 

See below the results for the competition and for the first time ever Highland have won the Inter Club League. Lets hope that next year we get better weather.

Robert Tait
CFI
Highland Gliding Club

 

SCOTTISH INTER-CLUB LEAGUE
EASTERTON                                    
             
Saturday 11 August 2001 Score Pts  
The alternative bowling competition in view of the heavy rain.
PUN Borders Andy Bardgett 88 2  
PUN Cairngorm Ray Lambert 84 1  
PUN Deeside Al Eddie 146 5  
PUN Highland David Chalmers 115 4  
PUN SGU John Williams 90 3  
 
INT Borders Mark Brown 95 3  
INT Cairngorm Hugh Stevenson 70 1  
INT Deeside Alister Spark 126 4  
INT Highland Geddes Chalmers 135 5  
INT SGU Ian Benzie 78 2  
 
NOV Borders Ian Thomson 92 3  
NOV Cairngorm Nick Norman 153 5  
NOV Deeside Beth Eddie 82 1  
NOV Highland Anne Burgess 116 4  
NOV SGU Teresa Tait 88 2  
 
TOTAL Borders     8 3rd  
  Cairngorm     7 4th =  
  Deeside     10 2nd  
  Highland     13 1st  
  SGU     7 4th =  
 
Sunday 12 August 2001
 
Class Club Name Glider Call Handi Start Finish Dura- Dist- Minutes % Penalty Speed Standard 1/.75   Final League  
  Type Sign -cap Time Time tion ance   Penalty Points   Score     Score Points  
 
PUN Borders Andy Bardgett LS4b HVV 95 13:42 14:18 00:36 17.07 36     29.95 44 0.75 33 33 1 Borders
PUN Cairngorm Bob Forrest ASW20 600 97 13:22 14:40 01:18 21.99 78     17.44 49 0.75 37 37 3 Cairngorm
PUN Deeside Roy Wilson DG600 39 105 13:11 14:00 00:49 39.23 49     45.75 114 0.75 85 85 4 Deeside
PUN Highland Robert Tait ASH25 925 114 13:09 15:34 02:25 53.59 145     19.45 103 1.00 103 103 5 Highland
PUN SGU John Williams LS7WL Z7 98 13:21 13:50 00:29 17.35 29     36.63 47 0.75 35 35 2 SGU
 
INT Borders Andy Henderson Std Jantar HBS 91 14:02 16:06 02:04 17.07 124     9.08 38 0.75 29 29 1 Borders
INT Cairngorm Ray Lambert Skylark 4 1066 78 13:32 14:30 00:58 28.43 58     37.71 99 0.75 74 74 3 Cairngorm
INT Deeside James Davidson Duo Discus 3D 102 13:33 15:22 01:49 53.59 109     28.92 127 1.00 127 127 4 Deeside
INT Highland Martin Knight Astir CS 770 88 13:43 15:00 01:17 22.90 77     20.28 57 0.75 43 43 2 Highland
 
NOV Cairngorm John Whyte Ka 6E CCA 80 13:50 14:35 00:45 11.67 45     19.45 32 0.75 24 24 1 Cairngorm
NOV Deeside Duncan Mackay Oly 2b BKU 62 13:32 14:15 00:43 11.67 43     26.26 44 0.75 33 33 3 Deeside
NOV Highland Teresa Tait Astir CS HSE 88 14:03 15:41 01:38 17.07 98     11.88 40 0.75 30 30 2 Highland
 
TOTAL Borders 2  
  Cairngorm 7  
  Deeside 10  
  Highland 9  
  SGU 2  
 
Monday 13 August 2001  
 
Class Club Name Glider Call Handi Start Finish Dura- Dist- Minutes % Penalty Speed Standard 1/.75   Final League  
  Type Sign -cap Time Time tion ance   Penalty Points   Score     Score Points  
 
PUN Borders Andy Bardgett LS4b HVV 95 17:00 18:35 01:35 21.78 95     14.48 48 0.75 36 36 3 Borders
PUN Cairngorm Bill Longstaff DG600 G-KOFM 107     00:00   0               1 Cairngorm
PUN Deeside Al Eddie Duo Discus 3D 102     00:00   0               1 Deeside
PUN Highland Robert Tait ASH25 925 114 11:37 14:17 02:40 201.19 160     66.18 739 1.00 739 739 4 Highland
 
INT Borders Andy Henderson Std Jantar HBS 91 11:57 19:11 07:14 3.00 434     0.46 7 0.75 5 5 4 Borders
INT Cairngorm Hugh Stevenson ASW20 600 97     00:00   0               1 Cairngorm
INT Deeside Terry Cawthorne DG100 DHL 89     00:00   0               1 Deeside
INT Highland Geddes Chalmers ASW19 HXU 92     00:00   0               1 Highland
 
NOV Cairngorm Chris Fiorentini Skylark 4 1066 78     00:00   0               1 Cairngorm
NOV Deeside Alister Stark ASW19b ELA 92     00:00   0               1 Deeside
NOV Highland Roger Christie Junior JMY 82     00:00   0               1 Highland
 
TOTAL Borders 7  
  Cairngorm 3  
  Deeside 3  
  Highland 6  
  SGU    
 
GRAND TOTAL Without bowling With  
  Borders 9 17  
  Cairngorm 10 17  
  Deeside 13 23  
  Highland 15 28  
  SGU 2 9  
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Easterton Airfield
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Scotland
United Kingdom
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