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Midlothian, Texas

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Practice days July 26 & 27
(not required to compete, however a great time to get used to the area)

Contest Days July 28 - August 4
Awards brunch August 5

1-26 Championships 2004
Texas Soaring Association, Midlothian, TX
Final Results (Official)
# CN Pilot Glider Total points
1 432 John Wrona SGS 1-26D 3983
2 190 Bob Hurni SGS 1-26A 3630
3 480 Ron Schwartz SGS 1-26D 3548
4 194 Bob von Hellens SGS 1-26A 3534
5 125 P. Jonathan Leal SGS 1-26B 3123
6 264 Tom Barkow SGS 1-26C 3117
7 483 Pete Vredenburg SGS 1-26C 3024
8 192 Kevin R Anderson SGS 1-26B 2948
9 144 Harry Baldwin/ Del Blomquist SGS 1-26A 2786
10 238 Bill Vickland SGS 1-26C 2689
11 390 Vern Hutchinson SGS 1-26C 2313
12 091 Norm Miller SGS 1-26A 2286
13 097 Fred Steadman/ Marvin Willis SGS 1-26B 2159
14 357 Jim Walker SGS 1-26C 2122
15 469 John Barr/ Steve Graves SGS 1-26D 2029
16 053 Neil Palmquist SGS 1-26A 1860
17 214 John Denaples/ Pat Denaples  SGS 1-26B 1655
18 429 Russ McAnerny SGS 1-26D 1516
19 459 Mitch Bauer/ Bryan Cepak SGS 1-26D 924
20 574 David Holmes/ Jim Perry SGS 1-26E 718
21 470 William Bentley SGS 1-26D 329

 
Award CN Pilot Honor
Marion C. Cruce Trophy 432  John Wrona Individual with highest score
Bob McNiell/Fred Cuny Memorial Team Trophy 144 Harry Baldwin and Del Blomquist  Team with highest score
President's Trophy 432 John Wrona (39.0 mph) Fastest flight
Old Goat Trophy 144 Harry Baldwin Pilot over 60 with highest average score
Old Toad Trophy 144 Harry Baldwin Pilot over 70 with highest average score
Old Buzzard Award 097 James Walker Oldest pilot
David C. Johnson Memorial Trophy 469 John Barr Pilot competing for 1st time with highest average score
John P. Greene Memorial Trophy 459 Mitch Bauer Pilot under age 30 with highest average score
Turtle Award 053 Neal Palmquist (15.1 mph) Slowest flight
Yardstick Award 144 Del Blomquist (4.0 miles) Shortest distance on task

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2004 1-26 National Championship Update
Midlothian, Texas

The 1-26 Championship is underway this year, hosted by the Texas Soaring Association in Midlothian. Unfortunately, the Championship got off to a very slow start. The two practice days on the 26th and 27th were heavily overcast, with outside temperatures more likened to early April rather than July. The afternoon highs of the low to middle 80’s have left the 1-26’ers with cooled heels while the rest of North Texas celebrated.

The overcast sky did break for a few hours on the 27th of July, and 1-26s did venture out. Vern Hutchison surprised everyone with his 3+ hour adventure hopping from TSA to Maypearl, over to Venus and then to Waxahachie, proving that all is not lost and invigorating pilots with the hope of improving conditions. Later in the afternoon at the 6:00 PM pilot’s meeting, Vicki and John Wrona hosted a wonderful hamburger cookout. TSA’s resident soaring pilot and parachute packer, Norm Snyder, captivated his entire audience with a 30-minute briefing on parachute operations and safety. Norm’s hands-on demonstration provided everyone with the insight on how parachutes deploy. The pilot’s meeting concluded with an entertaining discussion from Dan Mockler on why the 1-26 Championship has so many rules to fly by.

Bryan Cepak



Contest Day 1, July 28

Dealing with no further improvement with the weather conditions, contest day 1 was initially declared a POST with a one-hour minimum time and each pilot deciding his first turnpoint. A 12:30 PM grid was somewhat unorganized as crewmembers brought their ships together in an uncoordinated fashion. Aircraft spacing rapidly became a problem since the wind conditions were rather strong. With 22 1-26s on the line, it was decided that spacing was not an issue for launch, so the grid was reorganized.

After the grid, everyone waited for improvements in the weather. Grid meetings were called by the Contest Director, Ralph Kolstad, starting at 1:00 PM, then 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and at 3:30 PM, with the full intent to get everyone flying. Just seconds before the 3:30 PM grid meeting, a rapidly approaching thunderstorm caught the grid by surprise. To everyone’s amazement, the grid was disassembled and all 1-26’s secured with unprecedented efficiency.

Are the 1-26’ers considered drought busters? Ralph declared the 1st contest day a wash and the Championship reconvened in Waxahachie for good spirits, tall tales and fine Mexican food.

Bryan Cepak



Contest Day 2, July 29

Another wash out on Thursday, as the rain meter at the Texas Soaring Association Gliderport exceeds 8 inches since the storm hit. Pilots spent the down time in the annual business meeting and general socializing. It warmed up a bit in the afternoon, so maybe things will dry out sufficiently to get a launch tomorrow afternoon.

Thomas A. Pressley



Contest Day 3, July 30

Flying was canceled on Friday to give the grass field at TSA a chance to recover from the heavy rain. Although we could have launched from the paved runway, the towplanes would still need the grass for their landings, and with the added burden of auto traffic as gliders were moved, we just didn't want to add any ruts to this near-pristine landing strip. The Weather Channel and the local forecasters are more optimistic for the remaining days of the contest, so hopefully, I'll have something to do starting tomorrow.

Thomas A. Pressley

Due to the heavy rain encountered on the evening of the 28th of July, Contest Day 3 was canceled along with Contest Day 2 due to the amount of water standing at the TSA airfield. All pilots and crews were provided an opportunity to some local sightseeing in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.

Bryan Cepak



Contest Day 4, July 31

At long last, the 1-26 National Championship begins! Since the weather did not provide much in the way of practice days, combined with the canceled contest days due to rain, the Contest Day 4 task was kept close to the TSA airfield with turn points near very land able sights. The task coordinators were concerned about the flooded fields in and around TSA that would keep the thermal activity week. Consequently, the flight task was defined as the following: TSA Start to Draggintail, to Bee Creek and back to TSA. This triangular route was to be flow twice around with a north finish at TSA. The total distance measured at 45.7 miles.

The 1-26s were at the grid at 12:30 PM and the first launch was at 1:30 PM. The start gate opened at 2:22 PM and the 1-26ers were on their way. Keeping the course close to TSA was not a bad idea. Of the twenty-four 1-26s launched, only eleven completed the task. Six pilots landed out. The unofficial top three finishers were,

  1. John Wrona at 39.0 mph.
  2. Harry Baldwin of the Baldwin/Blomquist team at 37.5 mph
  3. Tom Barkow at 36.5 mph

Fortunately, the land outs had short retrievals back to TSA and most everyone was in time for the wonderful Bar-B Que dinner. During dinner, all were delightfully entertained by a barbershop quartet. Immediately following dinner, Dave Mockler presented a slide show on his great adventure at the 2003 World Championships in Leszno, Poland.

Bryan Cepak

Day 1, 7/31/2004, Official results
Assigned Speed Task
59 Start - 17 Draggintail - 05 Bee Creek - 57 TSA - 17 Draggintail - 05 Bee Creek - 58 Finish Line Center
Task length 45.7ml
Number of Finishers = 11, Number Achieving Any Distance on Task = 20, Number Achieving Distance Greater than 30 miles = 12, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 432 John Wrona 15:09:33 16:19:55 39.0mph 45.7ml 1000 1000
2. 144 Harry Baldwin/ Del Blomquist 15:12:27 16:25:40 37.5mph 45.7ml 979 979
3. 264 Tom Barkow 14:49:01 16:04:10 36.5mph 45.7ml 965 965
4. 192 Kevin Anderson 14:56:48 16:21:11 32.5mph 45.7ml 909 909
5. 238 Bill Vickland 14:53:44 16:20:29 31.6mph 45.7ml 896 896
6. 190 Bob Hurni 14:54:31 16:22:42 31.1mph 45.7ml 889 889
7. 194 Bob von Hellens 14:52:52 16:26:48 29.2mph 45.7ml 862 862
8. 480 Ron Schwartz 14:55:46 16:30:03 29.1mph 45.7ml 860 860
9. 459 Mitch Bauer/ Bryan Cepak 14:31:57 16:23:27 24.6mph 45.7ml 797 797
10. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:29:06 16:21:40 24.4mph 45.7ml 794 794
11. 357 Jim Walker 14:32:36 16:32:36 22.9mph 45.7ml 772 1 772
12. 483 Pete Vredenburg 15:55:34 37.6ml 629 629
13. 097 Fred Steadman/ Marvin Willis 14:26:27 24.9ml 417 417
14. 214 John Denaples/ Pat Denaples 14:36:56 22.0ml 368 368
15. 390 Vern Hutchinson 14:28:07 21.9ml 366 366
16. 469 John Barr/ Steve Graves 14:32:23 21.7ml 360 2 360
17. 574 David Holmes/ Jim Perry 14:23:52 16.3ml 272 272
18. 091 Norm Miller 14:49:36 16.7ml 268 12 268
19. 470 Bill Bentley 15:20:19 9.1ml 152 152
20. 053 Neil Palmquist 14:28:40 9.6ml 147 13 147
21. 429 Russ McAnerny 0 0

Penalties represent missed turnpoints
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Contest Day 5, August 1

Contest day 5 proved to be a challenging second fly day. The farm and ranch lands around TSA had begun to dry, but plenty of moisture in the ground still made for weak soaring conditions. Consequently, the competition director Ralph Kolstad and his appointed task team for the day declared the first turn point at Luscombe Acres and a two-hour minimum POST to follow.

Ralph could not have made a better decision to launch all gliders at 1:30 PM. Any sooner and the ground crews would have been taxed heavily with re-lights. Any latter and the lift conditions would have quit on most of the pilots. Nonetheless, the 1-26ers were challenged. Eleven pilots completed the task, but there were seven land-outs.

The unofficial results are as follows:

  1. John Wrona wins a second day with a 66.6-mile flight at 33.3 mph.
  2. Kevin Anderson made a strong second place finish with 57.4 miles/27.5 mph.
  3. Bob von Hellens was a close third place finisher with a 54.8 miles/27.4 mph.

The unofficial overall standing after day 2 of flying is:

  1. John Wrona at 2000 pts.
  2. Harry Baldwin/Del Blomquist team at 1839 pts.
  3. Kevin Anderson at 1813 pts.

Bryan Cepak

Day 2, 8/1/2004, Official results
Pilot Option Speed Task w/ Mandatory First Turn
59 Start - 42 Luscombe Acres - ... - 58 Finish Line Center
Number of Finishers = 11, Number Achieving Any Distance on Task = 20
Number Achieving Distance Greater than 30 miles = 13, MTT = 2 h, MTD = 30 ml, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 432 John Wrona 14:56:51 16:55:40 33.3mph 66.6ml 1000 2000
2. 192 Kevin Anderson 15:38:37 17:43:51 27.5mph 57.4ml 904 1813
3. 194 Bob von Hellens 14:58:06 16:54:27 27.4mph 54.8ml 903 1765
4. 480 Ron Schwartz 15:37:36 17:31:06 26.5mph 53.0ml 888 1748
5. 190 Bob Hurni 14:56:16 17:06:00 26.1mph 56.5ml 882 1771
6. 144 Harry Baldwin/ Del Blomquist 14:35:08 16:34:04 24.9mph 49.7ml 860 1839
7. 483 Pete Vredenburg 14:49:16 16:34:52 24.3mph 48.7ml 852 1481
8. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:59:36 17:02:11 23.8mph 48.7ml 844 1638
9. 390 Vern Hutchinson 14:31:12 16:36:48 20.1mph 42.0ml 781 1147
10. 091 Norm Miller 14:40:01 17:17:41 19.8mph 52.0ml 777 1045
11. 053 Neil Palmquist 14:30:16 15:42:34 15.1mph 30.1ml 683 16 830
12. 264 Tom Barkow 14:43:06 58.4ml 593 1558
13. 469 John Barr/ Steve Graves 14:37:54 40.4ml 411 771
14. 214 John Denaples/ Pat Denaples 14:32:14 25.6ml 260 628
15. 238 Bill Vickland 14:35:10 20.8mph 25.0ml 254 1150
16. 357 Jim Walker 14:45:05 22.4ml 227 999
17. 429 Russ McAnerny 14:33:58 16.9ml 172 172
18. 574 David Holmes/ Jim Perry 14:36:54 16.5ml 168 440
19. 459 Mitch Bauer/ Bryan Cepak 14:35:34 12.5ml 127 924
20. 097 Fred Steadman/ Marvin Willis 14:43:31 8.7ml 89 506
21. 470 Bill Bentley 0 152
Penalties represent missed turnpoints

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Contest Day 6, August 2

Tomorrow may be a first for a contest. We may need to cancel the day because of airspace problems. George Bush is in town, and they are excluding general aviation from the area.

Thomas A. Pressley

Ralph Kolstad hands over the Contest Directorship reigns over to Mike Westbrook, and the excellent CD work is continued. Mike makes 1-26 Championship history by being the youngest CD ever and declares the first TAT for a 1-26 Championship contest.

The TAT decision was brilliant! Uncertain how dry the area had become, but with more promising ROAB soundings, the TAT turn points were defined at Embry to the west of Interstate 35W, and Flying-O near Lake Waxahachie with a TSA finish. Using 10-mile radiuses around the two turn points; the minimum turn area task resulted in a 32-mile flight, and a maximum of 111 miles.

With the TAT, each 1-26 pilot judged his skills according to the lift conditions, resulting in only one land-out! The unofficial results are as follows:

  1. John Wrona wins again with 79.9 miles/37.1 mph.
  2. Bob von Hellens takes second with 68.5 miles/33.1 mph.
  3. Harry Baldwin of the Baldwin/Blomquist team scores a third place finish with 66.4 miles/31.2 mph.

The unofficial overall standing after day 3 of flying is:

  1. John Wrona at 3000 pts.
  2. Harry Baldwin/Del Blomquist team at 2704 pts.
  3. Bob von Hellens at 2673 pts.

The 1-26ers finished the evening with good ol’ Southern style fried catfish in Waxahachie at, of all places, a haunted restaurant.

Bryan Cepak

Day 3, 8/2/2004, Official results
Turn Area Task
59 Start - 19 Embry Ranch - 24 Flying O - 58 Finish Line Center
Task length 31.6ml/68.2ml/111.0ml
Number of Finishers = 17, Number Achieving Any Distance on Task = 20
Number Achieving Distance Greater than 30 miles = 18, MTT = 2h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 432 John Wrona 14:55:50 17:05:07 37.1mph 79.9ml 1000 3000
2. 194 Bob von Hellens 14:33:46 16:38:04 33.1mph 68.5ml 908 2673
3. 144 Harry Baldwin/ Del Blomquist 14:22:16 16:29:58 31.2mph 66.4ml 865 2704
4. 480 Ron Schwartz 15:08:41 17:38:46 31.0mph 77.5ml 860 2608
5. 190 Bob Hurni 14:49:18 16:51:06 30.9mph 62.8ml 859 2630
6. 238 Bill Vickland 14:32:27 16:35:20 28.0mph 57.4ml 792 1942
7. 264 Tom Barkow 14:18:35 16:03:10 27.1mph 54.1ml 770 2328
8. 390 Vern Hutchinson 14:16:34 16:51:18 26.6mph 68.6ml 759 1906
9. 091 Norm Miller 14:30:01 16:27:18 26.2mph 52.4ml 750 1795
10. 214 John Denaples/ Pat Denaples 14:11:41 16:12:21 25.6mph 51.5ml 737 1365
11. 097 Fred Steadman/ Marvin Willis 14:46:32 16:49:22 25.3mph 51.8ml 730 1236
12. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:20:53 16:01:11 23.4mph 46.8ml 686 2324
13. 483 Pete Vredenburg 14:30:33 16:31:15 22.8mph 45.9ml 673 2154
14. 192 Kevin Anderson 15:04:51 17:55:43 22.2mph 63.1ml 658 2471
15. 357 Jim Walker 14:25:08 16:58:13 19.9mph 50.7ml 605 1604
16. 429 Russ McAnerny 14:15:20 15:57:10 17.2mph 34.4ml 544 716
17. 469 John Barr/ Steve Graves 15:22:34 16:36:13 16.1mph 32.1ml 518 1289
18. 053 Neil Palmquist 14:46:18 39.4ml 253 1083
19. 470 Bill Bentley 14:31:43 27.6ml 177 329
20. 574 David Holmes/ Jim Perry 14:24:27 16.0ml 103 543
21. 459 Mitch Bauer/ Bryan Cepak 01 924

1Completed task, flight recorder failure
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Contest Day 7, August 3

What does al Qaeda terrorists, the President of the United States and TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) have to do with the 1-26 National Championship? Well, a lot more than anyone would have ever imagined.

President Bush made a fund raising visit to Dallas, Texas, landing at Love Field and then making the short hop over to his Crawford Ranch. This effectively squashed all general aviation activity in North Texas. CD Mike Westbrook was left no choice but to grid the 1-26s at 4:15 PM with an expected lunch at 4:30 PM when the moving TFR would be canceled. The TFR was indeed lifted and pilots were away with a turn point at Maypearl and a 1-hour minimum POST to follow.

Unfortunately, the canceling of the TFR came too late as no pilot had the opportunity to fly cross-country in the weakening afternoon conditions. Westbrook’s intellect and strong leadership skills saved an almost certain land-out day by declaring a no-contest. Pilots meandered their way back and finished the evening at a Waxahachie local Mexican restaurant.

Bryan Cepak



Contest Day 8, August 4

Day 4, 8/4/2004, Official results
Pilot Option Speed Task
59 Start - ... - 58 Finish Line Center
Task length ---
Number of Finishers = 11, Number Achieving Any Distance on Task = 19
Number Achieving Distance Greater than 30 miles = 12, MTT = 1h, MTD = 30ml, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 190 Bob Hurni 15:17:50 16:25:37 31.9mph 36.0ml 1000 3630
2. 432 John Wrona 15:13:54 16:37:44 30.9mph 43.2ml 983 3983
3. 480 Ron Schwartz 15:50:15 16:59:06 28.6mph 32.8ml 940 3572
4. 097 Fred Steadman/ Marvin Willis 15:23:53 16:54:04 27.6mph 41.5ml 923 2159
5. 483 Pete Vredenburg 15:22:21 16:36:59 24.7mph 30.7ml 870 3024
6. 194 Bob von Hellens 15:03:26 16:20:16 24.2mph 31.0ml 861 3534
7. 429 Russ McAnerny 15:00:24 16:47:52 20.9mph 37.4ml 800 1516
8. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:55:42 16:32:39 20.8mph 33.6ml 799 3123
9. 264 Tom Barkow 15:00:43 16:56:22 20.2mph 39.0ml 789 3117
10. 053 Neil Palmquist 15:00:44 16:40:45 19.6mph 32.7ml 777 1860
11. 238 Bill Vickland 15:01:08 16:45:22 19.7mph 34.2ml 747 321 2689
12. 469 John Barr/ Steve Graves 15:05:17 39.3ml 673 1962
13. 357 Jim Walker 16:13:39 25.2ml 431 2035
14. 091 Norm Miller 15:50:14 23.9ml 409 2204
15. 192 Kevin R Anderson 15:19:55 23.2ml 397 2868
16. 390 Vern Hutchinson 15:22:35 19.8ml 339 2245
17. 214 John Denaples/ Pat Denaples 14:55:08 14.1ml 241 1606
18. 574 David Holmes/ Jim Perry 15:01:40 8.5ml 146 689
19. 144 Harry Baldwin/ Del Blomquist 15:01:38 4.0ml 68 2772
20. 459 Mitch Bauer/ Bryan Cepak 02 924
21. 470 William Bentley 0 329

1Missed turnpoint
2Flight recorder failure

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