Soar Champs 2017
Soarchamps was planned for Aroangi Road soaring field in Hawkes bay with a four day schedule of various events – F3B, F3j,PD,ALES radian and F3k.Enteries were started a couple of months out and the numbers grew pretty quickly for attendance with talk of both south islanders and Australians coming. All we needed was the weather to play ball. We decided to have a practice day at the local club field (Awatoto) on the Wednesday and many started arriving for a warm up. The south islanders arrived at around midday and we had a great day getting ready.F3b was planned for the next morning and we managed 2 full rounds even with a setup and winch change to suit the wind. Many entered with their thermal ships and quite few flew there first F3b including Andrew Meyer from Australia. The wind build during the day but was not a problem for this event and there were some great times posted with Joe achieving huge amount of laps in his last distance with great air. 15 entries and some spare people allowed us to run 3 up in distance with ease and it was change to have so many on the course. We all meet up for an evening at a great location by the sea for a few beers and meals.
1st Joe Wurts

2nd Chris Kaiser

3rd Richard Thompson

Friday morning same time same place the field was laid out for F3J and F5J which we alternated with two rounds of each and achieved four complete rounds pushing our finishing time very late but with 17 entries in F3J and 16 in F5J. It was a debut competition for the Plus in NZ with Joe Wurts, Kevin Botherway and Ken Fox flying them. Many had Maxa’s all set up for with heaps of power no doubt that F5J is going to be a popular competition for the future and works well to alternate with F3J. For F3j everyone in NZ is starting to shoot some very good landing and this event is helping everyone improve. An evening was held in a function room at a local restaurant exclusively for the group a great night to catch up.


1st Joe Wurts                                                                                  

2nd Kevin Botherway                                                                      

3rd Andrew Meyer                       

 1st Joe Wurts
2nd John Shaw

3rd Rod Hale


Premier duration was flown until a two o’clock cut off. It was great to see everyone working with each other and the timing system kept it all rolling nicely. The day was started with some very hard rounds and limited lift conditions which did improve during the day we managed five rounds and had 18 competitors in this event.

1st Joe Wurts

2nd Andrew Meyer

3rd Peter Williams

Close to this event finishing many extra local competitors turned up for the Radian competition – probably the largest soaring entry for some time we ran three rounds at 30 minutes each and all had lots of laughs with some great air but also lots of early arrivals. We had an Australian (Mark Stone) clean us all up there is no doubt he does lots of practice with this event and can fly his esky well….

1st  Mark Stone

2nd Paul Lagan

3rd Dave Griffin

The Radian champagne fly off was the best mass launch ever seen rules were a 15 minute flight was required by this time we got down to about six competitors left in the air so to decide the winner a 2 minute time until the end of the flight and then a precision landing was required once again Mark Stone achieved the best time and landing to clinch the bottle of champagne. Of to another restaurant in Hawkes bay for a meal and wrap up of the day’s events.

The final day was F3k again with the weather holding out nicely for us we planned to fly until everyone had to depart around two. Again a great turnout with explanations of the tasks before each round. We got to round five and finally the Hawkes bay weather closed in on us and rain started to ensure it was all over. Time for a quick prize giving and some goodbyes and Soarchamps 2017 was done.

1st Joe Wurts

2nd Kevin Botherway

3rd Rod Hale

Many thanks to all the competitors for one of the best soaring events in a long time making the effort to enter and all for helping setting up. Special thanks to the guys on the soaring SIG David Griffin- entries, Len Drabble-loo etc, Joe Wurts-draws and scoring and Kevin Botherway CD ing.

Soarchamps champion

1st Joe Wurts

2nd Andrew Meyer

3rd Kevin Botherway

Joe Wurts and Kevin Botherway were successful aspirants to represent NZ in Romania F3J world championships 2018


Soaring rocks!


Soarchamps 2017 Results

2017 SoarChamps ALES Radian Detailed Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps ALES Radian Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3B Detailed Scores.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3B Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3J Detailed Scores.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3J Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3K Detailed Scores.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F3K Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F5J Detailed Scores.pdf
2017 SoarChamps F5J Results.pdf
2017 SoarChamps Premiere Duration Detailed Scores.pdf
2017 SoarChamps Premiere Duration Results.pdf

North Island F3B Round 2 – Matamata 2016

I had a great time this past weekend flying F3B!  It was nice to get out and fly some speed and distance, and thermal with a plane that isn't a Maxa (what a difference...).  Everyone pitched in and helped which made for a smooth running contest (excepting broken line issues, of which I had a few).  Attached are the results.  Let me know if you find any errors in my score entry.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with the annoyances of flying distance three at a time.  Having an additional plane in the sky really changes the dynamic of distance.  One possibility could be to try doing it similar to how distance has been run in some F3B comps in the US, with the caller working base A button in addition to calling.  This would reduce the pressures of having everyone working/calling/flying 100% of the time.  It does make for a bit more workload on the caller though.

I'm planning on putting in another line order for 300m and 400m rolls of japanese line (and see if they can color the line so that it is easier to see, I really like megaline in that regard).  Let me know if you want some.  As per the usual, I will bring in enough to last for a while.

Round 2 Results
Overall Results

North Island F3B Round 2 – Matamata 2015

This event (Formula One of soaring) was to be held on the previous weekend but we all agreed to push it back a week so a couple of the regulars could attend the Matamata event. We all assembled at the Waharoa cabins on the Friday Night for the usual catch up and prepare for the next day. The setup the following morning was a little slow and we did set up a downwind course which was a bit un-nerving but as predicted around 11.00 o’clock it swung around to be straight on the winches. We ran Duration for the first round with slight downwind launching which was fine for all competitors. On the Saturday we managed two complete rounds and duration for round three which put us well ahead to have 4 completed rounds for the weekend.

We had Len Drabble with his newly acquired Cyril F3b Model certainly improving on every flight and starting to record some very respectable times despite some worries about the timing function on his transmitter. Neal Moss recorded his first sub 20sec on day 2.

On the second day we had the same course already setup with again the downwind launching until the wind swung around and then had two back to back distance groups with some awesome match racing then into speed with everyone starting to get into the groove and flying some smooth and tight speed times the fastest being on the final run by Joe at 15.50. Peter Williams is really sorting his Fossa and had a PB of 15.50. Richard Thomson also popped in a PB of 16.99 even with real bad flutter on one aileron on his Fossa. Dave James made his Big Sting travel the fastest it’s ever been with a PB of 17.97. Most laps in distance was Peter Williams with 25 laps. There were lots of 10.00 minutes and 100 landing exactly as everyone improves in duration and the landing spot is so large compared to our other events, although the duration task had more influence than normal on the results due to the challenging air in the mornings. As per classic Formula 1 competition, the performance in the pits can be very important.  Kev demonstrated some fast pit work as he broke his fuselage on his first landing on Sunday, and got the plane repaired and ready to fly in just a few minutes.  He had to repeat his fast repair work a couple more times as the day progressed.

The Saturday night was a very quiet social night although thanks to Fraser Briggs turning up we had some great Indian Jokes and a catch up as the aero boys also had a competition and AGM on. We had planned to have the Monday there as a fun fly day but with the inclement forecast not to good we all abandoned this with and early start on the road home. Thanks to Aneil Patel for organising the field and accommodation- Dave James for sorting the loo and Len Drabble for once again bringing all the SIG gear up and Joe Wurts for doing the score calcs.

Joe Wurts flew his new and annoyingly bright Shinto with consistent results to earn 1st overall with Kevin Botherway not far off in second place and Peter Williams right behind him in third place.  Richard Thompson flew well to finish in fourth place a bit ahead of Dave Larson in fifth place.

1          WURTS,            Joe                   11934.8
2          BOTHERWAY,  Kevin                11734.4
3          WILLIAMS,        Peter                11659.7
4          THOMPSON,     Richard             11428.3
5          LARSEN,          Dave                11410.0
6          KAISER,           Chris                 11391.8
7          JAMES,            David               10303.8
8          MOSS,            Neal                  10104.5
9          PATEL,             Aneil                 9806.7
10         DRABBLE,        Len                   9466.9
11         BEALING,         Ted                   8262.9

2015 F3B Results after Round 2
2015 F3B Round 2 Results
2015 F3B Round 2 Flight Scores

F3K 2015 Results

2015 F3K Series 3 of 4

Soarchamp 2015 Results
Soarchamps 2015 Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3B Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3J Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - F3K Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - Premier Duration Overall Results
2015 Soarchamps - RADIAN Overall Results

67th Nats Results
Event 053 Premier Duration Flight Scores
Event 053 Premier Duration Overall Result

Event 054 ALES200 Flight Scores
Event 054 ALES200 Overall Result

Event 055 Thermal A Flight Scores
Event 055 Thermal A Overall Result

Event 056 Thermal A RES Flight Scores
Event 056 Thermal A RES Overall Result

Event 057 ALES123 Flight Scores
Event 057 ALES123 Overall Result

Event 058 ALES Radian Flight Scores
Event 058 ALES Radian Overall Results

Event 059 F3J Flight Scores
Event 059 F3J Overall Results

Event 060 F5J Flight Scores
Event 060 F5J Overall Results

Event 061 F3B Distance Flight Scores
Event 061 F3B Duration Flight Scores
Event 061 F3B Overall Results
Event 061 F3B Speed Flight Scores

Event 062 F3K Flight Scores
Event 062 F3K Overall Results

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