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1999 1-26 Championships Standings

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Jo Shaw
Photos and comentary by Jo Shaw, 196.


Final
Rank
1-26 Pilot Cum
Points
1
244
Robert von Hellens
5377
2
221
Mark Keene
4720
3
028
Kevin Cullis
3887
4
459
Pat Tuckey
3837
5
226
Larry Neal
3581
6
238
Clayton Vickland
3263
7
604
Jayne Reid
3083
8
097
Marvin Willis/Team
2910
9
196
Charles Shaw/Team
2909
10
382
Bob Hurni
2359
11
185
Frank Reid
2154
12
233
Steve Michalik/Team
2058
13
378
Joe Frick
1645
14
390
Vern Hutchinson
1141
15
564
Gordon Ewart
993
16
483
Pete Vredenburg
968
17
144
Blomquist/Gough Teamm
753
18
440
Bob Quas
485


Bob von Hellens flew a really nice contest to take top honors and the Marion C. Cruce championship trophy.


Per Ardua for 1998 went to Mark Keene who also placed second in the contest.


Kevin Cullis came in third place over all.


1st place Team (McNeil/Cuny trophy) went to Marvin Willis and Fred Steadman.

The Shaws were the second place team.

Third team was Hank Claybourn and Steve Michalik.


President’s Trophy for fasted speed on a speed task went to Pat Tuckey for something over 55 mph.


Marvin Willis was the Old Toad.


Bill (Clayton) Vicland was the Old Goat.


Larry Neal won the David C. Johnson trophy for highest placer at 1st 1-26 Championships.


Jayne Reid won the Virginia Schweizer women’s trophy. She flew a really good contest!

Charles Shaw was awarded the H. Marshall Claybourn tray for longest straight distance flight in 1998.


Bob von Hellens & SN244 won the Spiffy Award.


1st Practice Day - Monday, August 2:

It rained most of the morning, so CD, Charlie Spratt, scrubbed flying for the day.

Jo Shaw, 196

Rained out
Hanger flyin'

2nd Practice Day - Tuesday, August 3:

Weather was better today. Most of the field of 18 1-26s launched into poor conditions, which improved later in the afternoon - but not sufficiently to consider flying the called speed task 44.19 mi to the Denton Gas Plant, Navajo Refinery and return to Hobbs. All landed safely back at Hobbs without attempting the course. The weather is forecast to continue improving for the first contest day tomorrow (Wednesday).

Jo Shaw, 196

Practice Day 2

Contest Day 1 - Wednesday, August 4 - UNOFFICIAL
Task: Hobbs, Lovington Airport, Hobbs - 33.48 miles

At least two of the field (Mark Keene and Bob von Hellens) got away before heavy rains soaked HIAP and forced most of the contestants to land back. At least eight relaunched for an attempt at the task of Lovinton airport and return (34 miles), none of this “second wave” completed the task.

Jo Shaw, 196

Cum
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Points
1
221
Mark Keene
1
1000 speed 43.92
2
244
Robert von Hellens
2
862 speed 37.86
3
226
Larry Neal
3
773 distance points only
11 DNCs

Day 1 winner - Mark Keene
Contest personel

Contest Day 2 - Thursday, August 5 - UNOFFICIAL
Task: Hobbs, Marathon Road, Hobbs, Buckeye, Hobbs - 72.82 miles

Day 2 is now history, and Hobbs’ continued poor soaring conditions again reigned. No one finished what seemed a reasonable 72.82 mile speed task. Bob von Hellens won the day with a stellar performance of 51.95 miles. Four stalwarts went 39.30 miles: Bill Vickland, Jayne Reid, Kevin Cullis and Pete Vredenburg. The conditions were sufficiently daunting that six ships chose (forced?) not to compete.

Jo Shaw, 196

Cum
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Day
Points
Cum
Points
Distance
1
244
Robert von Hellens
1
1000
1862
51.95
2
226
Larry Neal
6
735
1508
38.20
3
221
Mark Keene
13
0
1000
DNC
4
238
Clayton Vickland
2
757
800
39.30
5
604
Jayne Reid
2
757
757
39.30

Day 2 winner - Bob von Hellens

Jayne Reid

Contest Day 3 - Friday, August 6 - UNOFFICIAL
Speed: Hobbs, Tatum, Hamilton, Hobbs - 90.67 miles - NO finishers

Hello, all you 1-26 fans! If you saw us struggling, you might be glad you stayed home. And, yes (Virginia), it does occasionally rain at Hobbs!

All who attempted the task got caught out. Pat Tuckey won the day, followed closely by Mark Keene. Kevin Cullis has been one of the more consistent pilots, placing third both in today's and cumulative standings. Bob von Hellens remains in first place cumulatively, but placed fourth for the day. Fifth for the day was Marvin Willis. Charles Shaw finished in 6th today.

Jo Shaw, 196

Cum
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Points Cum
Points
Dist
1
244
von Hellens
4
742
2604
59.09
2
221
Keene
2
943
1943
75.07
3
028
Cullis
3
771
1528
61.37
4
226
Neal
13
0
1376
0
5
238
Vickland
8
261
1061
20.82
6
459
Tuckey
1
1000
1000
79.62
7
604
Reid, Jayne
11
130
887
10.39
8
097
Willis
5
532
813
42.40
9
483
Vredenburg
13
0
757
0
10
196
Shaw, Charles
6
530
658
42.20
11
378
Frick
7
457
457
36.42
12
185
Reid, Frank
9
175
339
13.93
13
440
Quas
13
0
334
0
14
233
Claybourn
10
156
247
12.38
15
144
Blomquist
13
0
191
0
16
382
Hurni
13
0
94
0
17
390
Hutchinson
12
32
32
2.58
18
564
Ewart
13
0
0
0

Day 3 winner - Pat Tuckey

No Contest Day - Saturday, August 7
Task: Cancelled.

I think I mentioned we had rain yesterday. Most of it apparently fell right in the vicinity of the airport. Today we were in a big blue hole with lovely-looking cu in about a ten-mile circle all around us. Tantilizing, but realistically out of reach of 1-26s, for the immediate area was weak, weak, weak. Practically the whole field took at least two tows. At about 14:35, CD, Charlie Spratt, read the handwriting on the wall and cancelled the day. In my opinion, he had no other choice for fair competition.

Jo Shaw, 196

Pete Vredenburg

Contest Day 4 - Sunday, August 8 - UNOFFICIAL
Task: Hobbs, Andrews, Intersection 180/303, Hobbs - 123.86 miles.

The weather at Hobbs definitely improved today. Charlie Spratt called a 123.86 mile task from Hobbs to Andrews to Intersection 180/303 and back to Hobbs. Five speed finishers with Bob von Hellens blistering at 45.21 mph and Pat Tuckey a close second at 44.76 mph. The soaring to Andrews was reported to be very good, but the rest of the task required a dramatic shift down-shifting of gears.

Jo Shaw, 196

Cum
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Points Cum
Points
Speed
1
244
Robert von Hellens
1
1000
3604
45.21
2
221
Mark Keene
3
846
2789
38.26
3
028
Kevin Cullis
6
695
2223
dist: 113.77
4
459
Pat Tuckey
2
990
1990
44.76
5
226
Larry Neal
9
551
1927
dist: 90.16
6
238
Clayton Vickland
7
587
1648
96.17
7
196
Charles Shaw/Team
5
764
1422
35.55
8
097
Steadman/Team
12
527
1340
86.23
9
604
Reid, Jayne
14
399
1286
65.37
10
378
Joe Frick
13
478
935
78.26
11
440
Bob Quas
8
579
913
94.71
12
382
Bob Hurni
4
803
897
36.30
13
185
Reid, Frank
10
551
890
90.16
14
483
Pete Vredenburg
task info unavailable at this time
15
144
Del Blomquist/Team
9
562
753
92.02
16
233
Hank Claybourn
15
310
557
50.75
17
564
Gordon Ewart
15
310
310
50.75
18
390
Vern Hutchinson
task info unavailable at this time
Contest Day 4

Contest Day 5 - Monday, August 9 - UNOFFICIAL
Task: Hobbs, Andrews, Hobbs - 101.21 miles. Five Speed finishers.

Everyone who attempted today’s task finished with speed points. Pat Tuckey posted a speed of 55.04 mph over a 101.21 mile-course to Andrews and back. He was followed closely by Mark Keene whose speed was 54.03 mph. Bob von Hellens placed third with a speed of 52.81. All pretty amazing, and proof Hobbs’ weather has definitely improved, although there were contestants who had trouble finding good lift over the airport, and getting high enough to make a satisfactory start. The lift around Andrews was excellent with cloud bases in the vicinity of 11,500. It took a whole lot longer getting to Andrews, bucking a 10 kt head wind, than returning. Charlie Spratt made a lot of people happy today with what I think was an excellent task call.

Jo Shaw, 196

Cum
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Points Cum
Points
Speed
1
244
Robert von Hellens
3
960
4564
52.81
2
221
Mark Keene
2
982
3771
54.03
3
028
Kevin Cullis
5
815
3038
44.86
4
459
Pat Tuckey
1
1000
2990
55.04
5
226
Larry Neal
4
821
2748
45.17
6
236
Clayton Vickland
9
772
2420
42.50
7
097
Marvin Willis/Team
6
798
2138
43.90
8
604
Jayne Reid
7
797
2083
43.89
9
196
Jo Shaw/Team
12
656
2078
36.11
10
382
Bob Hurni
8
791
1688
43.55
11
378
Joe Frick
11
710
1645
39.07
12
440
Bob Quas
15
608
1521
33.49
13
185
Frank Reid
17
524
1414
28.84
14
144
Al Gough/Team
14
609
1362
33.49
15
233
Stephen Micalik
10
729
1286
40.10
16
390
Vern Hutchinson
16
591
1101
32.55
17
483
Pete Vredenburg
18
0
968
DNC
18
564
Gordon Ewart
13
643
953
35.37

Joan & Bill Vickland

Jo Ann & Bill Vickland

No Contest Day - Tuesday, August 10
Task: Cancelled.

The air over Hobbs’ airport was stable for the most part today, and most of the field of 1-26s were unable to stay up in 15/18 mph wind.

Jo Shaw, 196

Charles Shaw (team 196)

Stephen Michalik (team 233)

Contest Day 6 - Wednesday, August 11 - OFFICIAL
Task: Hobbs, Eunice, Andrews, Oasis Gin, Hobbs - 115.52 miles.

It’s all over but the shouting (and griping about the weather). Today was won by Jayne Reid!! She and Mark Keene were the only finishers on a 115.52 mile task to Eunice, Andrews, Oasis Gin, and Hobbs. Again, Mother Nature intervened quite forcefully. It was a real struggle to get high enough to go through the start gate, and then she decided to pour at the third turn point, which brought down most of the contestants.

Jo Shaw, 196

Final
Rank
1-26 Pilot Day
Rank
Points Cum
Points
Speed
Dist.
1
244
Robert von Hellens
8
813
5377
99.92
2
221
Mark Keene
2
949
4720
44.09
3
028
Kevin Cullis
3
849
3887
104.40
4
459
Pat Tuckey
4
847
3837
104.16
5
226
Larry Neal
6
833
3581
102.38
6
238
Clayton Vickland
5
843
3263
103.62
7
604
Jayne Reid
1
1000
3083
46.44
8
097
Marvin Willis/Team
9
772
2910
9
196
Charles Shaw/Team
7
831
2909
10
382
Bob Hurni
12
671
2359
11
185
Frank Reid
11
740
2154
12
233
Steve Michalik/Team
9
772
2058
13
378
Joe Frick
DNC
0
1645
14
390
Vern Hutchinson
14
40
1141
15
564
Gordon Ewart
14
40
993
16
483
Pete Vredenburg
16
0
968
17
144
Blomquist/Gough Teamm
DNC
0
753
18
440
Bob Quas
13
180
485

Rosalee & Mark Keene

Bob Hurni

Hank Claybourn

Two on tow