Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Booker Rules Competition: Day 2

Sunday proved as wet as forecast, so the Comp reconvened on Monday for Day 2.

The briefing started with prize giving: 3rd place Jim and Jeremy (315), 2nd place Nils (EN), 1st place Bob (279) whose 'how I dunnit' included highlights like hanging around for 45 mins at Didcot and 45 mins at Bicester. The champagne was well deserved for endurance and determination.

Results on SoaringSpot

Met Man Nils was cautiously optimistic about tasks, displaying complex graphs and diagrams which suggested a window of opportunity for a short task. He also enlivened his briefing with some more hints and tips for those going on the June expedition to Klippeneck in Germany. An example of the German v. English approach to forthrightness was:

'Would you like to come for dinner on Friday?'
English response: 'Well, that's a lovely invitation, I'll have a look at my diary'
German response: 'No.'

Back to the flying. The task set was Didcot-Bullington-Goring. As the sky became more threatening this fell back to Oxford East-Chieveley. The grid launched, milled around for a while and then arrived back at ground level, in time to derig before the heavens opened.

At least we tried.

Next opportunity may be Wednesday.

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