hit a small piece of lift over the tents
(remember that hot air I was telling
you about?), and he started to circle
up on one side and down on the other.
Oleg, high but downwind, was heading
back. He hit some killer sink and was
in trouble. The sink pushed him down
and he landed before Dave, who won
a nice bottle of bourbon. We were in
Kentucky—so what would you expect?
It was a great display of never giving
up. Congratulations to Dave.
Saturday was the main event. Bruce
held a short pilots’ meeting, which was
quickly followed by the start of round
one at 8: 30 a.m. With daylight an issue
this time of year and 75 contestants,
the contest must start early to get in as
many rounds as possible. We found that
lift does exist in rain. We had a short
rain delay and the last round ended at
6: 30 p.m.
Saturday night, we all went to the
Claudia Sanders Dinner House for
dinner and the pilot prize giveaway.
Many sponsors sent great prizes to be
randomly distributed. Nathan Bartley,
from North Carolina, was the winner
of a Brko DLG with The Bruce logo
and an American flag on the wing.
The contest started again Sunday
at 8: 30 a.m. Preliminary rounds
continued until roughly 1 p.m. and the
scores were totaled before the flyoff
began. The tasks are secret until the
finalists are determined.
In addition to Nathan, Oleg, and
Dave, the flyoff group included Jason
Cole, Tennessee; James Hohensee,
South Carolina; Paul Crittenden,
California; Craig Greening, Illinois;
Frank Dumas, North Carolina; Paul
Anderson, California; and Mike Seid,
California. These men flew four tight
In the end, Mike Seid was the
winner. Mike had a great year in 2015.
He won the San Felasco F3K contest,
the International Hand Launch Glider
Festival, and now The Bruce.
Paul Anderson is a consistent pilot
and he finished strong. Frank Dumas
has stood on the podium at least three
times, and is probably one of the best
DLG pilots in the country.
So, The Bruce 2015 is in the books.
It was supposed to end last year, but it
has been said that it will happen again
in 2016. This is one of the contests
you want to attend. See you there in
Thank you, Jeff, for a great report. If
you have a special Soaring contest that
you would like featured in this column,
please write to me.
Until next time, go downwind and
Team USA F3J
League of Silent Flight (LSF)
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