Sunday’s winners (L-R): Peter Schlitzkus, David Beach, Tom
Broeski, Jeff Carr, Gordon Buckland, and Robert Johnson.
accomplished, including a beauty by
Brad Baxter from below treetop height
behind the barn.
By the final round six, the wind was
gusting 18-20 mph and not one pilot
out of the four flight groups was able to
make a max in the tough conditions. It
was a topsy-turvy contest where every
second of air time counted. The victor
was David Beach, who had an excellent
final round of 6: 31-93 to seal the win.
I held onto second place with
consistent scores and Jeff Carr clinched
the Grand Champion trophy for the
weekend with a fine third place. Top
in Grey Cup was Tom Broeski (sixth
outright), with Peter Schlitzkus in
second. Top Sportsman for the day was
Tangerine Shootout was
the final act, where the
CD chooses the top
pilots from the weekend
and they have a one-off
flight for the shootout
trophy. The pilots
chosen included Jeff
Carr, Dillon Graves, Jeff
Duval, Jody Miller, Tom
Broeski, David Beach,
Robert Johnson, and me.
The task was set at
10 minutes with a precision landing
and we all launched into the strongest
wind we’d had all day. Four of us
peeled off to the left and hunted down
a thermal draw to find astonishingly
strong lift and specked out deep
downwind in the first 3 minutes.
The other three pilots (Robert didn’t
fly) went right and suffered in horrid
sink to arrive back home early. It finally
came down to the precision landing,
where I nailed a 92 along with a max
for the win.
The 40th Tangerine Soaring
Championship was the best attended
in the last decade and bodes well for
the future of this famous contest. Mark
your calendar for the weekend before
Thanksgiving next year and make the
journey to Florida for a great tradition
in US Soaring.
Go downwind and soar!
Eastern Soaring League
Florida Soaring Society
League of Silent Flight
105 Model Aviation MARCH 2014