IMAC @ – Galatea – 2017 North Island Series Round 3

Round 3 of the 2017 IMAC Series was held at Galatea on 25/26 Feb.

One word describes the weekend … scorching !! Man was it hot. Until now the 2016/2017 summer in NZ had been windy, raining lots, and generally been described as being total crap. The prior weekend was hosing down in Hamilton. Not much chance for flying.  But for once the weather gods were in our favour, and a huge high was settling in over the middle of the North Island.

This is our 3rd trip to Galatea, since the first comp there in May last year, and its working out to be a great place to fly IMAC, and the social atmosphere is really great.

Smokey Oakley and Baldrick arrived on Thursday and sorted out the field prep. Smokey just loves mowing a massive strip for us to fly off, and it seems to get a little longer each time he mows it !! One of the problems we have at Galatea, is both the sides of the runway are cropped in lucern. This stuff grows fast. The first time we visited in May 2016, it was a total fluke that the stuff had just been harvested. Most of the time though it will be up at around a foot high, so finding a place to park, and setting up the pit area, a safe enough distance from the flightline is tricky. However we now have a parking solution in the farm paddock on the opposite side of the road that worked out perfectly. Drive up the road, drop off your gear, and park up. Worked well and only cost us a dozen beers to the farmer. By the end of Thursday Smokey and Baldrick had managed to get the field all sorted, and even managed a few flights.

Practise on Friday
Practise on Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrod and I drove down on Friday morning, and as usual got held up in Rotorua with a small (read that large) list of stuff required to run the comp. Plus the Warehouse happened to have a sale on Sleeping Bags, so we thought we’d better get a couple of those too. Where everyone gets a Bargain !! So we got to the field about 2pm. A few guys were there already namely John and Shelley Knox from up north, Ross Heald and Ian Hill from down south. But it was so hot, the best place to be was a seat in the shade under gazebo. Pretty soon the Galloways arrived, and Steve Gene with his model that needed “a few jobs” doing to it. Ditcho disappeared for a few hours, last seen heading to the clubhouse with my soldering iron, new batteries, and various other parts that had literally arrived in the post from Boomer RC in Ozzy that day under his arm. He test flew Anthony Halls old 3.1m EG Raven as the sun was setting, and the cold beers were being liberated from various chilly bins. Dinner in the club house, Shelley Knox had whipped up my favourite … Nacho’s … they were pretty good. If you know me, you’ll know just how much I love those beans !! The Hamilton crew “Gavin and Stacey”, and their crew caller Jesse soon arrived, they were on a mission to get to Galatea before dark. Not sure why, assembling tents in the dark is normal stuff. It makes no sense to do it any other way, if the sun is up, fly !! Best acquisition in Rotorua … the new “Galatea Brazier” that we scored at Bunnings. Ditcho was the firewood man, and we had to hold Smokey Oakley back when it came time to light it. Lots of funny stories around the fire.

Baldrick starting Big Foot

Saturday Morning – After “Chef” (that’s Ross Healds new nickname btw)  had smashed out the bacon and eggs, it was time to get started with some contest flying. Smokey Oakley had promised me that he’d ordered some grey skies, to hide the morning sun, and he was right !! The sky was grey till about 11am, which worked out perfect, by midday it had burnt off, and we were melting again. We flew Known rounds all day, and at one stage we gave the Sportsman guys a bit of a shakeup by making them fly over two flightlines. Its been ages since I’ve done this at a comp, and I forgot the few little things that are needed to make it run smooth, but we soon had it sorted. Man does it get those flights through fast. At times it was like a ralley with 2 guys flying, one guy getting airborne, while another waited clearance to land. As Ian Hill said, we just need to get out of our comfort zones every now and again. The days flying ended with Knoxy and Ditcho flying their Unknown, as John was scarpering that night to get back up north for a Pylon comp.

The boys at the Local. Who is that lurking behind Smokey ?

Saturday night – Well this was the crème de la crème. 4omm thick steaks cooked by Chef to perfection. Just magic. Next mission, a PR excersise. It took some effort after two long days in the hot sun, but I think it was worth it. We all walked down to the local “Galatea Club”, to have a few beers, shoot some pool, and meet the locals. Some of which were very friendly to say the least !! When we arrived “ladies night” was just finishing, and the DJ was relieved we had arrived, cause otherwise he would have had no one to talk to. Yep, the 12 of us trippled the patronage. A good nights entertainment away from the flying field, with guys being able to mozie off back to the flying field accom when they were done. The main thing we learned this night, was we are all crap at Pool. Except for Jesse who is a bit of a shark it seems. The night ends with the Galatea Brazier getting another workout, and more hilarious stories from the past.

Chef !!!
Ian Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning – More bacon and eggs. But no cloud cover, so its foamy time until the sun moves out of the box. This worked out well for Gavin and Stacey, Jesse, Ian Hill and Smokey, who all got 5 mins each on Baldricks 150cc PBG Extra 260 via buddy lead. Big smiles around, Gav was about ready to get the cheque book out !!

After the previous days flying, and the heat, it was hard going to get the rounds through, and we aimed to be wrapped up by 2pm. Looking at the scores, Sportsman was taken out by Ewan Galloway, with Baldrick very close in 2nd. They pretty much shared the win in the Unknown Round with Ewan getting 1000 and Baldrick 999. These two guys are now aiming to start practising the Intermediate schedule, which will definitely help with Judging duties.

Gavin and Jesse

Judging was a bit of a problem for us on Sunday, now being a man down. We are spread a bit thin through the middle classes at the moment. Ditcho and Knoxy both flew Advanced, and it won’t be long before Ditcho is back up in Unlimited now that he has an airframe going again. Which will leave Knoxy on his own in Advanced. Of course he too might move up to Unlimited, but we need that Advanced / Unlimited split for the judging to work. So Advanced and Intermediate flyers, we know you are out there. I can probably count a half a dozen of you with big fancy airframes that are depreciating in value, getting flat spots on the tires, and gathering multiple layers of dust. Time to make a positive effort to get to Galatea and start competing in IMAC again. We only need a couple more guys to turn up and fly in these middle classes, and it will make it a lot easier to get the judging side of things evened out.

Steve and Jesse

Right. Yet again another bloody great weekend of flying. If you get there on Friday in time for some practise, fly all Saturday, by the you are driving home on Sunday afternoon you really feel like you’ve clocked up some flights, and had a great catch up with the guys. Big thanks to all those involved. Everyone does their bit to make the weekend run smoothly which is great. When I got home on Sunday night, old mate on the TV One News weather report announced that the countries high for the day was a little place south of Whakatane called Galatea. Only 28c. It felt more like 38 to me !!

The next comp is first weekend of May. Mark you calendar. This is the last comp for the season, we will break for winter and resume again in Oct / Nov … so don’t miss it. I am collating the season points, so we will be handing out those big silver series trophies too. That is if I can track all 4 of them down !!

 

Click here for the full results page 2017_Galatea_Round_3_Results

Click here for the 2017 Series results after 3 rounds 2017 NI IMAC Series Results

2017 Rnd 3 Galatea – Contest Results

 


Sportsman

Final scores in Sportsman ranged from a low of 3,084.2 to a high of 6,996.5 (a range of 3,912.3)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Unknown Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 1
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Ewan Galloway (Slick 360) 6,996.5 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 966.3
thrown
996.5 1,000.0 989.6
thrown
964.7
thrown
1,000.0 23
2 Mike Briggs “Baldrick” (PBG 260 Big Foot) 6,853.2 942.6 950.3 934.0
thrown
990.9 1,000.0 1,000.0 895.3
thrown
872.9
thrown
969.8 999.6 14
3 Ross Heald “Chef” (Extra 260) 6,607.3 912.2 895.7 835.9
thrown
949.8 994.6 852.8
thrown
907.3 1,000.0 891.9
thrown
947.7 7
4 Gavin Madsen “Gav” (Extra 260) 6,423.6 837.5
thrown
863.9
thrown
748.7
thrown
893.7 951.7 888.4 909.8 888.4 1,000.0 891.5 5
5 Ian Hill (Edge 540) 5,973.2 860.3 958.4 785.0
thrown
806.8 803.0
thrown
835.5 807.6 576.8
thrown
811.5 893.1 3
6 Steve Sherbourne “Stacey” (Extra 300L) 5,409.7 816.3 680.9 813.0 745.6 840.9 645.3
thrown
803.2 644.4
thrown
661.8
thrown
709.9 2
7 Kerry Oakley “Smokey” (50cc Raven) 3,084.2 468.8 [pp] 710.1 [pp] 493.3 [pp] 383.7 [pp] 589.0 [pp] 313.8 [pp]
thrown
439.2 [pp] 0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
missing flight score(s)
1

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
[pp] – “Missing scale pilot/panel” penalty was assessed.
 


Advanced

Final scores in Advanced ranged from a low of 6,909.7 to a high of 7,906.6 (a range of 996.9)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Unknown Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 1
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Steve Gene “Ditcho” (Raven) 7,906.6 1,000.0 [pp] 1,000.0 [pp] 941.0 [pp] 801.7 [pp]
thrown
889.3 [pp]
thrown
903.4 [pp]
thrown
1,000.0 [pp] 1,000.0 [pp] 1,000.0 [pp] 1,000.0 [pp] 965.6 [pp] 8
2 John Knox “Oil Tycoon” (Extra 330SC) 6,909.7 961.4 948.4 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
missing flight score(s)
1,000.0 4

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
[pp] – “Missing scale pilot/panel” penalty was assessed.
 


Unlimited

Final scores in Unlimited ranged from a low of 5,195.3 to a high of 6,000.0 (a range of 804.7)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Unknown Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 1
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Frazer Briggs “Bogan” (PBG 300) 6,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
1,000.0 11
2 Jarrod Briggs “Grommet” (PBG 300) 5,386.2 864.0 946.6 846.5
thrown
874.0 836.8
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 701.6 6
3 Hamish Galloway “Worms” (Slick 360) 5,195.3 765.8
thrown
768.8 753.8
thrown
854.5 887.4 953.3 952.1 779.1 3

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


Seniors

Final scores in Seniors ranged from a low of 3,084.2 to a high of 7,000.0 (a range of 3,915.8)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Unknown Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 1
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Ewan Galloway (Slick 360) 7,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 966.3
thrown
996.5
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 994.7
thrown
1,000.0 14
2 Mike Briggs “Baldrick” (PBG 260 Big Foot) 6,883.4 942.6 950.3 934.0
thrown
990.9 1,000.0 1,000.0 895.3
thrown
882.2
thrown
1,000.0 999.6 8
3 Ian Hill (Edge 540) 5,998.5 860.3 958.4 785.0
thrown
806.8 803.0
thrown
835.5 807.6 582.9
thrown
836.8 893.1 4
4 Kerry Oakley “Smokey” (50cc Raven) 3,084.2 468.8 [pp] 710.1 [pp] 493.3 [pp] 383.7 [pp] 589.0 [pp] 313.8 [pp]
thrown
439.2 [pp] 0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
missing flight score(s)
2

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
[pp] – “Missing scale pilot/panel” penalty was assessed.
 


[pt] – Points are computed as follows:

Each pilot gets a set number of points, based on their ranking (1st place, 2nd place, etc.).
Specifically:

  • A 1st place win gets 5 points
  • A 2nd place win gets 4 points
  • A 3rd place win gets 3 points
  • A 4th place win gets 2 points
  • A 5th place win gets 1 point
  • A 6th place win gets 1 point
  • A 7th place win gets 1 point

In addition, each pilot gets bonus points for each competitor defeated, based on their ranking (1st place, 2nd place, etc.).
Specifically:

  • A 1st place win gets an additional 3 points
  • A 2nd place win gets an additional 2 points
  • A 3rd place win gets an additional 1 point
  • A 4th place win gets an additional 1 point
  • A 5th place win gets an additional 1 point
  • A 6th place win gets an additional 1 point
  • A 7th place win gets an additional 1 point

Note: Flights without a scale pilot and panel installed are assessed a penalty.


Report Parameters: Divisions=Sportsman,Advanced,Unlimited,Seniors; Knowns=Yes; Unknowns=Yes; Freestyle=No; Rounds=1-20

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