As I closely predicted last year, Daniel Sazhin had an awesome year. He
captured the Diamond Class Sweeps in the East Division and was a close second
in the Central Division with his Championship winning performance at Moriarty!
Unfortunately, yours Truly didn't get to log even a modest/dismal Sweeps
flight in 2013 but I retire this November so look out! Again, thanks go
to Chukar for his timely reports on the Sweeps and OLC !
Here are the full results:
In the Diamond Class, Garry Dickson had a stellar season, logging one of
the best flights ever in a 1-26 at 424 miles scored by the Sweepstakes software.
Hangman Levy flew his usual long flights for a very respectable second place
and veteran George Powell came back to the Sweeps standings in third place.
In the Central Division Jim Hard retained the title with a great set of
flights with Daniel Sazhin taking a close second, giving him a good run
with his Moriarty performance. Bob Hurni returned to the roster with an
excellent set of flights at Moriarty and a nice long flight from Aguila.
Daniel Sazhin logged the third highest number of miles in the overall Sweeps
to take first in the Eastern division. Ron Schwartz flew fewer miles in
the past but took second place with the fourth highest number of Sweeps
miles. Paul Leal logged a good number of flights to keep up the pressure
in the East and take third place..
#1 Garry Dickson
#2 Doug Levy
#3 George Powell
#1 Jim Hard
#2 Daniel Sazhin
#3 Bob Hurni
#1 Daniel Sazhin
#2 Ron Schwartz
#3 Paul Leal
In the Gold Class, Western Division, Lane Decker and Tom McMullen continued
their First and Second place standings with each of them logging nearly
twice as many miles as in 2012. THAT is what the Sweeps is about! Progress
!! Kevin Ford won the Central Division once again and was the only Central
entry in Gold Class. Gus Johnson and James Angelou also maintained their
First and Second standings with flights in the East.
#1 Lane Decker
#2 Tom McMullen
#1 Kevin Ford
#1 Gus Johnson
#2 James Angelou
Ken Ekman took first place in the Central Division for the last time because
he will be moving up to Gold Class in 2014. Keep moving up Ken! Pete Vredenburg
came in Second in Central Division and will be the one to watch this next
year. Robert Herren moved up to Silver this year and won the East Division.
#1 Ken Ekman
#2 Pete Vredenburg
#1 Robert Herren
Steve Whiting maintained his First place position in the West by logging more
than five times as many miles as in 2012. Another good story of progress inspired
by the Sweeps. Steve Barry joined the ranks with a single Second place flight
showing that logging flights is as important as flying them !! It was disappointing
to see no Bronze entries for the other two divisions.
#1 Steve Whiting
#2 Steve Barry
2013 was a good Sweepstakes year but it could have been much better. I challenge
each of you avid 1-26 pilots to take one newbie under your wings and get them
headed towards cross-country flight. The minimum distance is Silver Distance.
Let's see how many newbies we can get in 2014! It's so simple to log your
Sweeps flight after entering your OLC flight! To all who did participate,
Let's have another safe and fun year of 1-26 flying in 2014 !