The father’s day 2016 precision aerobatics contest in Victoria was held this past June 18 & 19th at the Michell field. Friday practice was in a strong breeze, but excellent conditioning for what was to come! The forecast was looking pretty grim, with 60-80% chance of rain or hail on Saturday, which may have had something to do with the lower than hoped for attendance.
Saturday dawned overcast but dry, and after the pilots meeting there was a brief shower for a few minutes before we started the rounds. Lots of great flying, and the battles started shaping up in the sportsman, intermediate and Masters classes. Lunch arrived around noon from Sarpino’s pizza in Saanichton, who even delivered to the field for us!
We had to sit out a 30-minute downpour around 4:00 which opened up on our own intrepid Bruce Watson, who elected to continue flying, much to the chargrin of the judges J. A half an hour later we finished on the 4th round of Masters and FAI in much calmer conditions and prepped for Sunday.
Sunday was much brighter but with a brisk wind, which made for some challenging conditions. With the scores so tight, everyone wanted to put in those great rounds and the flying was excellent. We made quick work of the remaining two rounds before lunch arrived; then finished off FAI. The scores were then tallied, awards presented, the raffle drawn and another contest was in the books.
Special thanks to Stan Anderson, Bill Hawkes, and Michi Akimoto for their stalwart support in getting so many of the prep tasks done, my wife Corrine for arranging lunch and accessories, Michael Bird for running the scoring, Leanne for running scoresheets, all the flyers who stepped up to repeated judging tasks and the out of towners who came down from Parksville and over from greater Vancouver. Our key sponsor, Island Muffler and Brake made the whole event possible – thanks Bill!
As a first time CD, it was more work than I expected, but a great experience. See you at Pattern in the Valley in July!