1998 25th Annual CRRC Soar-In
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[Courtesy of John Nillson, August 1998]

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25th Annual CRRC Soar-In, August 15th and 16th, 1998

Saturday opened up with fog and occassional light drizzle. More than one contestant must have remembered some of the past Soar In's where tall boots were needed to keep the feet dry. We had very strong attendance, with 33 contestants - 20 Expert and 13 Sportsman.

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Here are a couple of flight line views from the tent

CD John Nilsson called the pilot's meeting at 9:00 and the first launches (into light mist) were at 9:30. There was concern that the mist would worsen and we would have to stop, but luck was with us and it lighten up. The tasks were: First round 5 min. all other rounds 7 min.

The predicted (10 to 20) wind built during the morning and before lunch it began to rain plane parts. Many poly's folded as the pilots put the pedal to the metal. Jim Reith (a kit and wing producer) blew a wing off his plane (a wing not constructed by him).

1998soarin_gordonstratton_superv_small.jpg (2646 bytes) Gordon Stratton, also ending up with a plane in too many pieces...

Chris Schuch provided a sumptuous feast of Bar-B-Q and cold sandwichs, followed by fruit and desert. Yummmmmm and beside that, FREE.

The afternoon continued the blustery conditions and destruction of planes. It did seem to separate the Experts from the Sportsmen, see below. We completed eight rounds with results:

Expert
Sportsman
1st
Tom Kiesling
3,633
Joe Melchior
2,341
2nd
Mike Lachowski
3,565
Stuart Strong
2,276
3rd
Terry Luckenbach
3,553
Bob Rondeau
2,251
4th
Bob Powers
3,548
Pete Young
2,143
5th
Gerald Zeigenfuse
3,353
Don Black
2,001

Sunday decided to ignore the weather forcasts and gave us tons of sun with light winds. Showing the depth of their hangers, contestants who lost planes on Saturday returned with the backups. We had 29 contestants - 20 Expert and 9 Sportsman.

CD Dave Walter called the pilot's meeting at 9:00 and the first launches were at 9:30. The tasks were: First round 5 min, Second round 6 min, all others 7 min. The day gave us perfect soaring with lift, lift and more lift (but for us Yankees the humidity made it feel like a rain forest in Panama).

Chris pulled it off again with a super lunch; leaving a lot of sleepy pilots looking for shade.

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Gary Cundiff, Pete Young and Dick Williamson
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Tom Kiesling, Bill Miller, Lincoln Ross and Paul Bell

Jim Reith blew the other wing off his plane - the repaired wing held up! Who built that plane anyway?

With long rides home for some and everyone wacked by the sun and humidity, the CD called it after the the seventh round. Those Sportsmen are consistent - the same guys picked up the wood:

Expert

Sportsman
1st
Tom Kiesling
3,417
Joe Melchior
2,990
2nd
Bob Powers
3,394
Stuart Strong
2,681
3rd
Mike Lachowski
3,237
Bob Rondeau
2,625
4th
Gerald Zeigenfuse
3,234
Dick Williamson
2,530
5th
Anker Berg-Sonne
3,203
Bob Doppler
2,471

The winnner of Overall Best for the weekend was (big surprise) Tom Kiesling with 7,050 points. 1998soarin_tomkiesling_expert_small.jpg (3436 bytes)

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Bob Powers took second in the overall standings with 6,942 points.

All in all, a good time was had by all (despite the many busted planes). A huge Thank You to our volunteers: Scoring/Registration - Dave Marshall & Les Gerhard, Impound/Calling - Glenn & Ben Schrader, Food - Chris Schuch, Drinks - Kenny Antonellis, winches - Mike Cormier, Roo Crummet, and many more.


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