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Lakes Charity Classic - 2019

Location - Grasmere

Dates - 22 and 23 July 2019

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Saturday coaching on Jenkin Hill. Photo by Ed Cleasby.

For 2019, the Lakes Charity Classic was held at the Grasmere Sports Showground in the centre of the Lake District. The event was held on a Saturday and Sunday with the possibility of a low key competition on the Friday/Monday

Although Friday was not a competition day, conditions were excellent. John Westall showed what could be achieved by taking off from Alcock Tarn, above Grasmere, and flying to Rillington in the Vale of Pickering! He took off at 11:45 and landed at 17:48. His big problem was that he had to get back in order to compete in the LCC. Everyone else had some good flying around Grasmere, flying until late.

On Saturday, the A and B competitions went to Blease Fell on Blencathra and the coaching group went to Jenkin Hill.

Sunday started with very calm conditions but with a forecast of strengthening south easterly winds later. The A and B comps set off for Coniston; by the time take off was reached, the wind was too strong and the competition was cancelled. On return to Grasmere, we had an entertaining ground handling race to complete the competition.

Many thanks to Grasmere Showground for all their help and assistance over the weekend.

You can see a video of the 2019 LCC coutesy of Matt Burton by following this link

2019 smashed our records for donations to charity with a record £5,460. Many thanks to everyone who helped us reach this amount.

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On behalf of Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team, Jaysen Metcalfe receives a cheque for £1,000 from Jackie Knights.

Beneficiaries of the 2019 Lakes Charity Classic were

Mungrisdale Village Hall £210 A donation to cover 2 years cost for maintenance of the defibrillator.
Great North Air Ambulance £1,000 Fly three air ambulance helicopters across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team £1,000 Provide Mountain Rescue services in the SW Lakes region. The donation is a contribution towards the cost of a new base hut
Cockermouth Mountain rescue Team £500 Provide Mountain Rescue services in the NW Lakes region.
Flyability £250 We help disabled people fly hang gliders and paragliders
Grasmere Reading Room £250 A place where the parishers and boni fide guests can socialise and a place for the village to hold meetings.
Blackwell Sailing Trust £500 Provide Sailing for People with learning and physical difficulties from all Cumbria on Windermere
Cave Rescue Association £500 Saving Lives Above & Below Ground in the Yorkshire Dales
Royal Society for Protection of Birds £250 The largest nature conservation charity in the country
Alder Hey Children's Charity £250 Alder Hey Children's Charity funds life-saving medical research into childhood conditions.
The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund (A comp winner selection) £250 Provides specialist equipment for children with disabilities
Daisy Chain Project (B comp winner selection) £250 Daisy Chain is a unique charity which addresses the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Wasdale Village £250  
TOTAL £5,460  

A Competition

The task setters for the A competition were Mike Cavanagh and Richard Bungay.

For the A comp we were considering the Langdales or Seat Sandal as a starting point, with a big transition, flying on to the Blencathra, Skiddaw range to extend the distance before heading out to Southwaite services on the M6, hopefully aided by sea breeze convergence.

The spreadout at the start of the day made it look like the big transition would put too many on the ground so we skipped it by starting on Blease. Conditions on Blease were pretty much as expected and the task was called directing the pilots to fly along to Scales Fell, then back to takeoff area and out to just past the A66, off to Scales again and then back again west to just past the spur coming down from Carlside, then tagging Scales for last time before heading out to Southwaite services.

At the briefing conditions were quite light which saw the keener pilots heading further up the slope to gain any benefit they could, but such action was not needed as the normal takeoff area was soon quite breezy.

An elapsed time format was utilised to take as much pressure of the pilots as possible.

I was a bit surprised to see pilots heading back from Scales so low, it looked like keeping high towards the back ridge was easier, although with the risk of stronger winds. As predicted the wind went off to the west as the day progressed.

Bud Paterson was one of the pilots who landed after a while back at takeoff as was having trouble getting his head around the task. Once he had it clear, although it seemed like he would then be playing catch up, as it was elapsed time he then stormed around the task, and almost took the win.

Ian Miskin was the winner and here is his track log

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On Sunday the A comp had a walking circuit of the slate quarry on Coniston Old man before calling it a day for those pilots with a bit of metal to have a head to head at groundhandling and beer slurping.

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The A comp Winners on the podium. 1 - Ian Miskin, 2 - Bud Paterson, 3 - Richard Bungay

You can view an animation of the 3 winners flights by following this link.

 

B Competition

The task setters for the B competition were Ben Keayes and Phil Kew.

We'll publish their report as soon as we get it.

 

Coaching

Lead coaches were Ed Cleasby and Jackie Knights.

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Saturday coaching on Jenkin Hill. Photo by Tom Cummings.

We convened the full coaching group on the Saturday morning for introductions and outlined our role (as coaches) and expectations for the weekend. In total we had 20 pilots of varying levels of experience, for many it was their first LCC and with only a few hours airtime were a little nervous, others having in excess of 50 hours were keen to extend their flying experience. Some had already had an introduction to Grasmere at its best, enjoying excellent flying on the Friday evening from Alcock Tarn and were already buzzing from that. The LCC was off to a good start.

With the A & B comp already making their way up Blease we opted for nearby Jenkin. This afforded us more space whilst allowing us to enjoy the flying spectacle of the comp pilots flying their task. Conditions were pretty much ideal with a nice breeze, large grassy take off areas and mostly smooth thermals out front. The presence of a good number of coaches 'White Caps', meant there was plenty of help and reassurance on hand during the launch period and everything went smoothly with no incidents. The flying period extended over 3 hours until around mid-afternoon, when the sea breeze made itself felt, not in any rough way - the abundant lift just quite suddenly switched off. However, the sky still looked good, the sun was out and whilst some had had their fill of flying - often well over an hour, Malcolm and I offered them an evening options of flying from Seat Sandal and a 2000 top to bottom into the Grasmere base. Quite a few took up this offer.

We set off up Seat Sandal on a beautiful evening with seven pilots who may not have been fully aware of the stiff walk-up they had embarked on. Malc and I took the direct route (not doing that one again), whilst the others took a longer, but easier track via Grizedale Tarn. By 8pm we had all found each other again and the still, cooling evening air meant forward launching was going to be increasingly tricky! And so it proved. Before the life went out of the air the first three were away without too many issues. For the rest it became a multiple attempt struggle - however by 9.15pm I became the lone pilot on the hill. It felt a little lonely. A solitary Swiss wild camper became my salvation. With hand signals and speaking loudly I got him to hold up my wing and was soon (very) happily away.

Sunday, although sunny, brought more wind and we deemed it not flyable for coaching purposes. We ran three sessions and tried to squeeze in a fourth (by popular demand) on Rasp but time eluded us. With the A & B comp enjoying a walk up Coniston Old Man it gave us the time and space to run a one hour groundhandling session that proved very popular, colourful and seemed highly appreciated. This was followed by a general debrief from the Saturday that spilled over into a general Q and A session. Finally, after a short coffee break, there was a quick whiz through some photos from the previous day – with brief added commentary.

Personally, I found it really rewarding and enjoyed the experience immensely. The coaches worked superbly, a well-oiled machine that quite frankly made my life easy enough to take photos and shoot video. I don't have much from the top of Seat Sandal however. Special thanks to Malcolm and David May for leading groups.... and all the other coaches and helpers. Finally, I’d also like to add my thanks to the coaching group pilots, they were enthusiastic, very appreciative of the help and advice on offer and contributed to a great LCC event.

Photo link: https://aeros.smugmug.com/Flying-2019/Lakes-Charity-Classic-2019/

 

22 June 2018

Start - Blease Fell. Finish - near Southwaite Services on M6

Task Details

No Leg Dist. Id Radius Open Close Coordinates Altitude
1 0.0 km LT004 400 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.62554 Lon: -3.07174 493 m
2 SS 0.6 km LW011 2500 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
3 2.7 km LW011 400 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
4 7.1 km LW007 4000 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.5847 Lon: -3.11888 284 m
5 11.4 km LW011 400 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
6 19.3 km LT001 9000 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.60764 Lon: -3.2853 266 m
7 27.5 km LW011 400 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
8 ES 45.2 km LW032 2000 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.7974 Lon: -2.87477 132 m
9 46.8 km LW032 400 m 12:45 18:00 Lat: 54.7974 Lon: -2.87477 132 m

A Comp Results

#   Name SS ES Time Dist Dist.
Pts
Dept.
Pts
Time
Pts
Arr.
Pos.
Pts
Total
1 1008 Ian Miskin M 13:11:00 14:50:00 01:39:00 27.0 46.82 506.2 493.8 1000
2 1046 Keith Paterson M 14:37:43 16:16:46 01:39:03 27.0 46.82 506.2 490.1 996
3 1002 Richard Bungay M 13:21:20 15:08:02 01:46:42 25.1 46.82 506.2 387.5 894
4 1041 David Ashcroft M 14:31:23 16:21:10 01:49:47 24.4 46.82 506.2 360.7 867
5 1040 William Maxwell M 13:34:31 15:33:18 01:58:47 22.5 46.82 506.2 294.3 801
6 1037 Paul Jiggins M 13:08:46 15:18:23 02:09:37 20.6 46.82 506.2 226.9 733
7 1006 Tim Oliver M 13:23:25 15:33:11 02:09:46 20.6 46.82 506.2 226.1 732
8 1045 John C Westall M 13:11:15 15:27:41 02:16:26 19.6 46.82 506.2 188.7 695
9 1013 Harold Postill M 13:25:22 15:47:56 02:22:34 18.8 46.82 506.2 156.2 662
10 1007 Edmund Bewley M 13:36:33 16:19:05 02:42:32 16.5 46.82 506.2 59.7 566
11 1047 Harvey Foster M 13:19:02 16:56:59 03:37:57 12.3 46.82 506.2 506
12 1011 Gary Stenhouse M 13:09:13 15:17:16 02:08:03 20.9 45.38 490.6 491
13 1034 John Murphy M 13:15:21       42.18 456.1 456
13 1026 Paul Winterbottom M 13:15:21       42.18 456.1 456
15 1016 Simon Baillie M 13:17:13       38.59 417.2 417
16 1009 Viv Fouracre M 13:19:34       33.89 366.4 366
17 1035 Peter Hope M 13:20:00       33.68 364.1 364
18 1023 Yannick Le Gall M 13:23:47       33.54 362.6 363
19 1005 Andy Archer M 13:22:05       31.31 338.6 339
20 1036 William Barstow M 13:17:53       30.98 334.9 335
21 1032 Mark Gravestock M 13:22:18       28.56 308.8 309
22 1020 Jan Little M 13:34:46       27.81 300.7 301
23 1019 Chris Little M 13:31:45       19.96 215.8 216
24 1029 Lester Gordon M 13:22:08       16.20 175.2 175
25 1001 Nikolas Valiris M 13:28:21       13.88 150.0 150
26 1024 Alan Birtles M 13:09:24       13.49 145.9 146
27 1003 Kevin Mcloughlin M 13:13:30       11.16 120.6 121
27 1042 Greg Poole M 14:01:08       11.23 121.4 121
29 1027 William Scott M 13:30:14       4.95 53.5 54
30 1004 Chris Foster M 13:19:03       4.17 45.1 45
31 1018 Michael Rawsterne M 13:39:19       3.00 32.4 32
31 1043 David Fentum M 13:46:54       3.00 32.4 32

 

22 June 2018

Start - Blease Fell. Finish - near Southwaite Services on M6

Task Details

No Leg Dist. Id Radius Open Close Coordinates Altitude
1 SS 0.0 km LT004 1000 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.62554 Lon: -3.07174 493 m
2 2.1 km LW011 400 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
3 4.9 km LT004 400 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.62554 Lon: -3.07174 493 m
4 7.9 km LW011 400 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.63993 Lon: -3.02285 524 m
5 ES 26.7 km LW032 1000 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.7974 Lon: -2.87477 132 m
6 27.3 km LW032 400 m 13:00 18:00 Lat: 54.7974 Lon: -2.87477 132 m

B Comp Results

# Id Name SS ES Time km/h Distance Dist.
Points
Time
Points
Total
1 2018 Jonathan Greenwood M 13:14:34 14:13:48 00:59:14 27.1 27.31 695.4 304.6 1000
2 2030 Kevin Dines M 13:20:13 14:22:03 01:01:50 25.9 27.31 695.4 266.9 962
3 2013 Ross Mason M 13:09:29 14:14:11 01:04:42 24.8 27.31 695.4 242.7 938
4 2041 Chris Breeds M 13:08:39       24.87 633.2 633
5 2024 Benjamin Ireland M 13:18:02       22.14 563.8 564
6 2007 John Farbridge Lewis M 13:49:17       21.75 553.8 554
7 2039 Kaloyan Paunov M 13:57:43       19.58 498.5 499
8 2027 Alan Dunn M 13:35:01       14.42 367.1 367
9 2014 Wayne Glossop M 14:39:56       13.91 354.2 354
10 2017 Glenn Stockton M 13:00:00       12.80 325.9 326
11 2026 Rosie Ireland M 13:17:24       12.18 310.2 310
12 2015 Chris Webb M 13:26:54       8.51 216.7 217
13 2031 Mark Leach M 13:32:10       4.64 118.1 118
14 2021 Darren Odell M 13:18:06       3.30 84.0 84
15 2025 Charles Mcdonald M 15:51:39       3.19 81.2 81
16 2004 Conor McClure M 14:12:00       3.00 76.4 76
16 2022 Ralf Klinnert M 13:27:31       3.00 76.4 76
16 2043 Ian Mancey M 14:10:47       3.00 76.4 76
16 2020 Matthew Burton M 13:35:10       3.00 76.4 76
16 2037 Mark Limb M 13:28:36       3.00 76.4 76
16 2005 Theano Pitrakou M 14:12:00       3.00 76.4 76

Sunday - Ground Handling Competition

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