2020 NSW State Championships

Lake Keepit, Australia,   14 November 2020 – 21 November 2020

Champions

Sports (Club/Std/15)
1 S7 Allan Barnes 6,062
2 UKC Paul Dickson 4,939
3 RT David Turner 4,695
18m / Open
1 QR Bruce Taylor 6,182
2 1M Mak Ichikawa 5,915
3 1B Brad Edwards 5,812

Gridding - D3

Last night’s cold front & associated cloud continues its passage to the northeast as temperatures continue to rise. In the direction of the first TP (2nd pic), some charitable Cu starts to pop on this ‘blue’ day. Thank you to comp tasksetter & 18/Open class leader Bruce Taylor (QR) for the pics  
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 17 November 2020 at 04:47.

Flashback - Practice Day

Keepit regularly experiences some pretty funky airmass action, keeping us on our toes. On this day, Brad Edwards (1B) flew Keepit to Kaputar *above* the clouds.   Bruce_Day_P
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 17 November 2020 at 04:41.

Tasking - D3

Competitors woke to 8/8ths overcast skies this morning as the cold front passed the airfield overnight.   Comp weatherman Mac Ichikawa (1M) advised soarable heights approaching 6000ft with 10kt westerlies resulting in a potential flight distances of 330-440km.  The ay should start wtih 4-5kts to 4,500' AGL at 12:30, be 6kts in the blue to 6,500' AGL at 3pm and die by 16:30-17:00 with the chance of a lift-destroying sotherly. Rasking tasks have been given to both fleets: 235km SW, 250km LW. May o...
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 23:42.

Winners are Grinners - D2

These three smiling faces are creating a feeling of Dejavu.  Didn't we see them yesterday?  Yes, it's Paul Dickson (UKC), Allan Barnes (S7) and Bruce Taylor (QR) collecting the rewards for their efforts. Mak Ichicaka our comp weatherman had this to say about the day: "Matthew (Scutter) would have said: "the forecast was perfect".  Day developed as advertised except start was slower but that is the nature of this year. The crucial decision was where to turn in the top sector.  Bruce showed us ano...
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 23:33.

Report - D2

Wow!  What a day.  Climbs to FL125 and maximum task speeds of 135kph.  And it's only spring!   In Sports Allan Barnes (S7) took out line honours at over 102kph and David Turner (RT) rose 4 places overall with a 2nd place at 101kph. In 18m/Open, Bruce Taylor (QR) preserved his overall lead, topping the leaderboard with 135kph.  He was closely followed by Mak Ichikawa (1M), 0.5kph behind. Tomorrow looks to be a challenging day that will really spread the pack across the leaderboard.  
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 15:06.
Edited by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 15:22.

Winners are Grinners - D1

Allan Barnes, Paul Dickson & Bruce Taylor (L to R) sporting the first bottles of liquid celebration and engraved glassware to go out the door at NSWSC20
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 00:42.
Edited by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 07:33.

Tasking - D2

Day Two briefing has been completed, at COVID-friendly spacing in a re-purposed tug hangar.  Tasks have been uploaded for an excursion that promises 10-20kt northwesterly winds, the very direction of the strongest conditions.  High level cloud threatens to the southwest whilst 3.5hr (SW) & 4.0hr (LW) tasks have been set for the day.
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 00:38.
Edited by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 07:37.

Report - D1

Blue skies greeted today's competitors on the first formal day of racing.  The fleet made good use of bubbly, broken thermals and few visible indicators of lift to acheive a high rate of task completion and only two outlandings. Among the short wings, Allan Barnes (S7) walked away with the even ton and Kel Burgess (XBY), showing great consistency, occupied 2nd place yet again with 880pts. Bruce Taylor (QR) lead the long wings home yet again with an even 900pts, closely followed by his usual spar...
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 15 November 2020 at 09:52.
Edited by: Casey Lewis on 16 November 2020 at 15:23.

Scoring

Presentation of scores on SoaringSpot will be amended to two groups only: 'Sports' (Club/Std/15) and '18m/Open'. The final awards for the 5 class-based winners and state champions won't be affected. Further details from your friendly CD at briefing.
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 15 November 2020 at 09:28.

Practice Day

All bar one of the fleet took to the skies on Saturday, practice day.  Conditions were reported as 'tricky' in what many declared understatement of the week.  Paul Dickson took line honours in the shortwings, closely followed by Kel Burgess 22pts behind.  In the longwings it was Bruce Taylor that lead the charge with Jacques Graells 23pts behind. Sunday marks the first day of formal competition in what's forecast to be blue day.  
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Written by: Casey Lewis on 15 November 2020 at 05:40.

Latest winner

1. Allan Barnes 114.87 km/h
2. Paul Dickson 98.03 km/h
3. Kel Burgess 97.06 km/h
Updated: 21/11/2020, 21:07
1. Bruce Taylor 138.31 km/h
2. Jacques Graells 132.51 km/h
2. Mak Ichikawa 133.70 km/h
4. Brad Edwards 138.95 km/h
Updated: 21/11/2020, 20:52

Latest task

Task 7, 21 Nov 2020
Task distance: 228.70 km  /  489.91 km  (333.88 km)
Task duration: 3:30:00
Updated: 21/11/2020, 11:01
Task 7, 21 Nov 2020
Task distance: 250.25 km  /  592.89 km  (393.26 km)
Task duration: 3:00:00
Updated: 21/11/2020, 17:16

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