The following sad news from Rudi:
Just want to let those of you that knew Donald (Don) King, know that he passed away yesterday morning. He was ill in hospital (Bethlehem) for the last two months or so and eventually died of a rare virus.
I don’t have any funeral details yet, but should be in Bethlehem later this week.
On behalf of the MGA & its members, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Don's family & many friends.
We had 22 pilots entering ( the same number as 2010) which indicates that we are simply not growing the sport - but, that is talk for another thread. The top F3B and F3J pilots were all in attendence and the F3B pilots bravely indicated that they would be flying their F3B models in the event. A tall order when compared to the dedicated soaring machines of F3J, but these pilots are made of tougher stuff (huge quantities of carbon fibre and aramid, I suspect).
Whilst maxing flying time was critical, landings still remain an important aspect with the top pilots consistantly landing under a metre or closer for the best scores. It was also noted that as the conditions became more challenging, launches off the 200m winch were a few seconds longer than the earliest rounds.