The annual bash took place on the 14th December and in spite of scraping frost off windscreens there was a good turnout of 14 members.
Anagrams were provided for studious members- lasting pond and the warm lake. Ken Aslett worked it out just ahead of Simon Turner, the answers being spot landing and weak thermal, so Ken had his entry fee returned.
who vehemently denies
ever working in
the gentlemen's clothing department of Grace Brothers provided festive
Santa hats, these hats surprisingly
fitted even the largest heads, no names including the
chairman’s were mentioned,
There were 4 tasks with several rounds per task
Not just one spot but 10 spots – 2 of each colour red 5 points - blue 4- green 3 -yellow 2 - white 1 point
This required an element of luck to avoid the white spots placed close to the red spots. Distance measured from where the plane landed to the nearest spot. Three rounds were flown and the two pilots of this round who came out top were Chris Corrin and Barry O’Hara.
THRO THE GAPS
Two vertical 2.4M poles supported 4 horizontal poles hence 3 gaps. Points were awarded for successful flights through the gaps.
An incredible 8 there and back rounds were flown. No less than our chairman was the top pilot whilst the manufacturer of the planes was at the other end of the pile.
8 green Depron bottles balanced on 2M long pole 1.50m above the ground, the object was to knock down as many as possible.
The bottles had to be hit fairly, hitting the framework and dislodging did not count. It was an amazing sight that several planes were clearly observed to fly between the bottles. On re-examination –it was deemed to be physically impossible .Yet such are the skills of MSA flyers. A total of 4 rounds were flown. The Santa hat still fitted yet again the most successful pilot.
The task was to safely land your plane on the landing strip. Points were deducted for flattening any of the 100mm high Depron men surrounding the airstrip. It was getting late so just 2 rounds were flown, Hugh Webber, Ken Humphries and John Freeman all landed safely.
While the rest of us were munching on mince pies, John F sat at the far end of the gym studiously totting up the scores of 238 individual flights ( That is not a misprint)
Steve Hannon wisely spending MSA funds to provide bottles of wine and mince pies.
John Freeman for very quickly calculating the results from the 238 flights.
Dave Laycock and his elves for repairing, rebuilding the depron planes and producing and providing the equipment
And to all those MSA members who came along to make it an enjoyable evening – spread the word for 2019.
Top three gents won bottles of wine. However our chairman who came 2nd generously handed his bottle to Ken Humphries in 4th place who was only 1 point behind.
The rest – position names points
B O’Hara 26 7th K
8th D Laycock
most important thing
in the Xmas bash is not
winning but taking part.” So goes the famous saying by
Pierre de Coubertin, the
father of modern Olympic Games.
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