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2003 1-26 Championships

Hosted by Caesar Creek Soaring Club

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1-26 Championships 2003
Caesar Creek, OH
Final Results
SeeYou competition file
# CN Pilot Glider Total points
1 480 Ron Schwartz SGS 1-26D 2851
2 194 Bob von Hellens SGS 1-26A 2666
3 039 Jeff Daye SGS 1-26A 2268
4 238 Bill Vickland SGS 1-26A 2221
5 609 Irwin Jousma SGS 1-26E 2155
6 190 Bob Hurni SGS 1-26A 2068
7 157 Kevin Ford SGS 1-26A 1875
8 192 Kevin Anderson SGS 1-26B 1852
9 097 James Walker/ Marvin Willis  SGS 1-26B 1585
10 390 Vern Hutchinson SGS 1-26B 1518
11 293 Pat Denaples/ Bob Root SGS 1-26B 1094
12 125 P. Jonathan Leal SGS 1-26B 975
13 578 Milt Moos SGS 1-26E 603
14 429 Russ McAnerny SGS 1-26D 0
15 144 Del Blomquist SGS 1-26A 0

Award CN Pilot Honor
Marion C. Cruce Trophy 480  Ron Schwartz Individual with highest score
Bob McNiell/Fred Cuny Memorial Team Trophy 097 James Walker and Marvin Willis  Team with highest score
President's Trophy 480 Ron Schwartz (34.0 mph) Fastest flight
Old Goat Trophy 480 Ron Schwartz Pilot over 60 with highest average score
Old Toad Trophy 238 Bill Vickland Pilot over 70 with highest average score
Old Buzzard Award 097 James Walker Oldest pilot
David C. Johnson Memorial Trophy 125 P. Jonathan Leal Pilot competing for 1st time with highest average score
Turtle Award 390 Vern Hutchinson (18.2 mph) Slowest flight
Yardstick Award 390 Vern Hutchinson (0.2 miles) Shortest distance on task

Powered by SeeYou, Scored by Thomas A. Pressley,

Updated 07/17/03 from
Frederick De Naples

July 7, 2003
Practice Day 1

Contestants and others arrived at Caesar Creek Soaring Club, in Waynesville, Ohio, on July 6th and 7th, and some had driven through heavy thunderstorms to get there. Leftover storms were still moving through the area on the morning of the 7th, and though the grass runway was draining well, the forecast, provided by Edward (Ward) E. Hindman, implied a lot of hangar flying. Contest Director Tom Holloran said contestants could fly locally if they liked, but no task would be called.

Contest Director Pat De Naples welcomed contestants throughout the day, and Official Scorer Tom Presley helped pilots set up their GPS s. Rules Chairperson Irn Jousma and Bill Vickland, 1-26 Association President, were among the early arrivers, as were Jeff Daye, Milt Moos, Bob Hurni, Russ McAerny, Del Blomquist, and 2001 and 2002 champion Bob von Hellens.

More news on the Championships coming tomorrow.

July 8, 2003
Practice Day 2

Jim Walker and Marv Willis Del Blomquist and Tom Basham Rod Pool and Kevin Ford Bob von Hellens
Practice Day Two began pretty much the same as Practice Day One: overnight thunderstorms giving way to (temporarily) clear skies, with plenty of instability and more storms coming from the northwest. Ward Hindeman’s forecast for the day was uncannily accurate. At the morning briefing, he predicted weak lift and quickly building thunderstorms beginning around 2:00 p.m. CD Tom Holloran called a short task: CCSC to the closest two turnpoints and back.

Days like these bring out the silliness in contest folks, and Marv Willis set the tone today with his rendition of “The Old Gray Mare” on harmonica. Ward Hindeman complained that he has to take naps during the day because he can’t get a full night’s rest. He camps at the gliderport and is kept awake by the bullfrogs honking on the pond, the neighborhood dogs barking and howling, and the late-night thunderstorms rolling through.

Six pilots ventured into the air today: Marv Willis (097), Kevin Ford (157), Del Blomquist (144), Bob von Hellens (194), Kevin Anderson (192), and Vern Hutchinson (390). Other contestants assembled their sailplanes or tried to find cool, breezy places to await the promised storms. True to Hindeman’s word, the lift was weak (about 200 fpm), and none of the pilots left the area. Hutchinson took off into what turned out to be the day-ending system: about five minutes after his release, the skies opened up. Hindeman wasn’t joking when he warned of a 2:00 p.m. thunderstorm moving in from the northwest. Hutchinson kept scratching in 390 to the south of the field until calling it quits, landing during the downpour, water streaming off the wings and fuselage as if from an airborne jet ski.

The storm passed after about 10 minutes, but it was enough to end the day. Tomorrow and Thursday’s weather will be about the same.

July 9, 2003
Day 1

Ward Hindman’s welcome for his
weather report.
Kevin Ford holds the Yardstick Award.
The first day of the 2003 1-26 Championships continued two themes established during the practice days: soupy flying conditions and goofy pilots. After some preliminary orientation to the field by Pat De Naples, Ward Hindman stood up to give the weather report and was greeted by the opening of umbrellas. Ward got a kick out of it, and the umbrellas appropriately validated Ward’s weathercalling and introduced today’s forecast. As Ward put it, soaring opportunities would be hard to come by because it was “too wet, too cloudy, and there’s no lift.” Tom Holloran called a short task, just for laughs, and declared today “treat your crew day,” as contestants consulted the information packet put together by Chuck Lohre for sightseeing information. Kevin Ford inaugurated a new trophy, the Yardstick Award, for the shortest scored flight in the Championships, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of his 1.07 mile flight in #566 in Albert Lea, MN.

More news tomorrow.

July 10, 2003
Day 2

Ward Hindman predicts the weather.
Tom Holloran’s optional task for crews.
Pilots, crews, and interested locals met at 10:00 a.m. today to hear news they already knew from just one look at the gray cloud deck: there’d be no flying. Pat De Naples apprised drivers of alternate routes to Caesar Creek Soaring Club if the Little Miami River overflows its banks. The river has been rising steadily, and most of southern Ohio is under a flood watch.

Ward Hindman, whose forecast was greeted yesterday with umbrellas, was
Ward consults the weather portal.
serenaded this morning with “Singin’ in the Rain,” led by Marv Willis’s lively tenor. Ward said he has never made a forecast where the trigger temperature is higher than the day’s high temperature, but today’s prediction changed all that. It’s unlikely that pilots are “happy again” with another no-fly day, though Tom Holloran’s COST (Crew Option Sightseeing Task) assignment probably made crews happy.

Ward managed to upstage the chorus today when he explained that his weathercalling success can be purchased for $6.99 at the local Odd Lots: he simply asks the Magic 8 Ball.

If the field dries out after Friday’s early morning passage of a cold front, we may be flying.

July 11, 2003
Day 3

Day 1, 7/12/2003, Official Results
Assigned Speed Task
25 CCSC Start - 11 Hook - 03 Clinton - 26 CCSC Finish
Task length 54.2ml
Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time mph ml Points Penalty
1. 238 Bill Vickland 14:55:32 16:38:32 01:43:00 31.6mph 54.2ml 1000
2. 192 Kevin Anderson 15:18:16 52.3ml 955
3. 039 Jeff Daye 15:18:51 46.9ml 858
4. 480 Ron Schwartz 14:45:43 46.6ml 851
5. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:44:36 43.1ml 788
6. 194 Bob von Hellens 15:07:44 42.0ml 768
7. 157 Kevin Ford 15:09:56 41.7ml 762
8. 293 Pat Denaples/ Bob Root 14:56:59 36.6ml 670
9. 609 Irwin Jousma 14:56:10 28.1ml 514
10. 097 James Walker/ Marvin Willis 16:08:55 14.3ml 262
11. 190 Bob Hurni 15:27:55 13.5ml 247
12. 390 Vern Hutchinson 14:44:47 0.2ml 3
13. 578 Milt Moos NVS
14. 429 Russ McAnerny DNC
15. 144 Del Blomquist DNC
NVS: No valid start
DNC: Did not compete

Powered by SeeYou, Scored by Thomas A. Pressley,
Bill Vickland.
Bob Root.
Russ McAnerney.
Milt Moos.
Bob Hurni.
Ron Schwartz.
Vern Hutchinson.
Jeff Daye.
They looked like cloudstreets.
Ward Hindman prepares his HP 14
to make sure his forecast was correct.
The long-awaited change in the weather occurred just after midnight. At the morning meeting pilots had flying on their minds and a song in their hearts. Marv Willis led the group through a verse of “Blue Skies” as Ward Hindman stepped forward to describe the flying conditions. Though absent of rain, the forecast included strong winds all day: 26 knots at 2,000 AGL and increasing with altitude. Tom Holloran called a minimal task of 33.6 miles, the first two turnpoints upwind, setting up a 16-mile downwind leg to finish. Holloran estimated an average of four hours to get around the course.

Pilots gridded on the quickly drying field, Pat De Naples was dispatched to sniff the conditions not once but twice. Hindman, flying his HP 14, found lift and soared for about three hours, radioing back the improving conditions. Pilots on the ground discussed asking him to drop his flaps 60 degrees and try flying like a 1-26. At 2:00, yet another sniffer, Vern Hutchinson, went aloft, and Holloran ordered pilots to their cockpits.
Pat De Naples prepares for one
of his sniffing voyages.

Pilots gather round for De Naples’s
Even with a two-mile start cylinder, the wind challenged pilots trying stay in the area as conditions slowly continued to improve. By 3:30, six pilots were out on course, some landing out in short order and at short distances. Ron Schwartz, Del Blomquist, and Hutchinson all came down within three miles of CCSC. Other pilots had slightly better luck: Jeff Daye, Bob von Hellens, and Kevin Anderson landed at the first turnpoint. Flight tracks from GPS’s graphically demonstrated the wind’s influence on the day: turns in thermals registered like elongated springs, the wind making spirals look like flattened coils on the track record.

Pilots and crews looked to Saturday for lighter winds, better soaring conditions, and a first official day.

July 12, 2003
Day 4

Day 2, 7/13/2003, Official Results
Turn Area Task
25 CCSC Start - 06 Fayette Co. - 12 Jamestown Lake - 26 CCSC Finish
Task length 66.9ml min/79.9ml max
MTT = 2 h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 480 Ron Schwartz 14:50:58 16:58:29 34.0mph 72.3ml 1000 1851
2. 194 Bob von Hellens 14:15:13 16:54:07 28.3mph 74.9ml 909 1677
3. 238 Bill Vickland 14:06:39 16:39:46 27.4mph 69.8ml 895 1895
4. 609 Irwin Jousma 14:50:33 17:37:38 24.8mph 68.9ml 853 1 1367
5. 190 Bob Hurni 14:38:07 17:39:17 23.1mph 69.6ml 827 1074
6. 039 Jeff Daye 14:35:27 17:52:41 21.8mph 71.7ml 807 1665
7. 390 Vern Hutchinson 14:02:27 17:47:57 18.2mph 68.3ml 749 752
8. 192 Kevin Anderson 14:18:23 57.7ml 592 1547
9. 097 James Walker/ Marvin Willis 14:16:29 33.2ml 341 603
10. 157 Kevin Ford 14:38:54 34.1ml 325 25 1087
11. 293 Pat Denaples/ Bob Root 14:04:14 28.2ml 290 960
12. 578 Milt Moos 14:05:38 21.1ml 216 216
13. 125 P. Jonathan Leal 14:03:37 18.2ml 187 975
14. 429 Russ McAnerny 0 NVS
15. 144 Del Blomquist 0 DNC
Penalties represent missed turnpoints
NVS: No valid start
DNC: Did not compete
Powered by SeeYou, Scored by Thomas A. Pressley,
The weather improved just enough to have an official contest day. Ward Hindman was greeted with “You Are My Sunshine,” and he presented pilots with an encouraging forecast of soaring conditions beginning weak but building through the day. The main problems in Hindman’s forecast would be low cloudbases in the early afternoon and only moderate lift.

Kevin Anderson
Encouraged by the significant decrease of wind in the forecast, Tom Holloran called a 62.6-mile Turn Area task, with a more forgiving 54.2-mile Assigned Speed task as backup. Pilots had many questions about the Turn Area task for scorer Tom Pressley. Because each turnpoint had a three-mile-radius cylinder, a pilot could successfully fly the course by touching the edge of each turnpoint cylinder and land at CCSC having flown 62.6 miles. To make things interesting, however, Holloran had set two minimums for the task: 65 miles and two hours.
Jonathan Leal
The time minimum was easy enough to understand, but pilots wanted to discuss how and why they were supposed to add three miles to the course. Pressley helped clear up both questions. Since the four turnpoint cylinders were each three miles in radius, a pilot needed to fly to the center of only one turnpoint to add the extra distance; at the remaining turnpoints, a pilot only needed to touch the outer edge of the cylinder. That answered the how of the 65-mile minimum. The why was even more straightforward: because Holloran said so.

Before the meeting adjourned, Del Blomquist described his landout of the day before. Not wanting to land in what looked like a very wet, muddy field, he opted for a country lane, which turned out to be a driveway. As he rolled out, Blomquist spotted a few hazards he hadn’t seen from the air, managing to clear a couple concrete posts but, unfortunately, not completely clearing the cast iron mailbox pillar, which passed under 144’s wing about three feet from the
Bob Root and Pat De Naples (team).
cockpit, denting the leading edge and opening up a three-inch gash in the aluminum underside. Blomquist wasn’t hurt, but he’ll be heading back to California in a couple days. His crew, Tom Basham, also had an adventure that same day. Blomquist had landed just 4.2 miles from the field, but Basham read the numbers as 42 miles, which shows he has a lot of confidence in Blomquist’s flying, and wound up in Oxford, OH, near the Indiana border. Pilot and crew were reunited later that evening at their motel.

Tom Pressley and Marv Willis
singing the Turn Area Task rules.
The arcane discussion about the Turn Area task encouraged Holloran to revise the task as pilots began to grid. The minimum distance was reduced to 62.6 miles, so that pilots could fly along the edges of the cylinders and complete the task without penalty. That detail out of the way, Hindman flew his HP 14 to report conditions for about 45 minutes before Vern Hutchinson went sniffing in 390: their findings convinced Holloran to go to Task B, the 54.2-mile Assigned Speed task with a very friendly 28.1-mile downwind leg between the first and second turnpoints, and a 12.6-mile upwind leg to complete the task. Half the field came back for relights, including the day’s winner, Bill Vickland, the only pilot to complete the task. Kevin Anderson landed about two miles short of CCSC for second place, three pilots landed at the second turnpoint, and Pat De Naples and Jeff Daye landed well along the way between the first and second turnpoints. Daye retuned to CCSC with De Naples and crew, got into his own car, and returned to where he had landed to earn the distinction of retrieving himself.

At the other end of the score sheet, Hutchinson made a bold challenge for the Yardstick Award, landing just 0.2 miles outside the start cylinder (he gets points, then, for a 0.2-mile flight). Milt Moos, flying in his first Championships, landed within the cylinder (and on a beautiful lawn), so didn’t qualify for the Yardstick competition. Hope springs eternal, however, for Sunday looks to be a better flying day.

July 13, 2003
Day 5

Day 3, 7/14/2003, Official Results
Assigned Speed Task
25 CCSC Start - 11 Hook - 15 Moraine - 04 Dayton Wright - 03 Clinton - 26 CCSC Finish
Task length 66.2ml
Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish mph ml Points Penalty Total
1. 480 Ron Schwartz 15:45:41 18:22:45 25.3mph 66.2ml 1000 2851
2. 190 Bob Hurni 15:50:34 18:30:24 24.9mph 66.2ml 994 2068
3. 194 Bob von Hellens 15:47:51 18:30:27 24.4mph 66.2ml 989 2666
4. 097 James Walker/ Marvin Willis 15:29:18 18:15:24 23.9mph 66.2ml 982 1585
5. 609 Irwin Jousma 15:38:46 53.7ml 788 2155
6. 157 Kevin Ford 15:32:59 53.7ml 788 1875
7. 390 Vern Hutchinson 15:28:21 52.2ml 766 1518
8. 039 Jeff Daye 15:28:35 41.1ml 603 2268
9. 578 Milt Moos 15:41:57 26.4ml 387 603
10. 238 Bill Vickland 15:31:03 24.7ml 326 37 2221
11. 192 Kevin Anderson 15:58:55 20.8ml 305 1852
12. 293 Pat Denaples/ Bob Root 16:26:01 9.1ml 134 1094
14. 125 P. Jonathan Leal NVS1 975
13. 429 Russ McAnerny DNC 0
15. 144 Del Blomquist DNC 0
Penalties represent missed turnpoints
1Completed task, but premature start
NVS: No valid start
DNC: Did not compete

Powered by SeeYou, Scored by Thomas A. Pressley,
Tom Holloran in another competition:
1973, Cleveland, OH, with wife
Shirley. Tom and Shirley won
2nd place in ice dancing.
Soaring conditions improved today, prompting Marv Willis and Irn Jousma to break into “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” as soon as Ward Hindman stepped forward at the morning meeting to deliver his weather report. They got into the second verse before pilots took seriously Willis’s promise to keep singing until told to stop. Hindman’s forecast was for moderate lift and improving conditions throughout the day, leveling off at around 5:00 p.m. and 6,000 ft. MSL cloudbases. Tom Holloran called a Turn Area task of 73.2 miles, the pilots gridded at the west end of the runway, and by 2:00 p.m. everyone was in the air.

Kevin Ford, Jeff Daye, and
Del Blomquist debate what’s spiffy
and what’s not about 293.
Ron Schwartz won the day at 34.0 mph, and six other pilots finished the task: Bob von Hellens (28.3 mph), Bill Vickland (27.4 mph), Irn Jousma (24.8 mph), Bob Hurni (23.1 mph), Jeff Daye (21.8 mph), and Vern Hutchinson (18.2 mph).

Notable among the aircraft was #293, team-flown by Pat De Naples and Bob Root.
Bob Root in the open cockpit of 293.
“Open Class” 1-26
An entrant in the Spiffy contest, 293 was flown today with a sport canopy. “That makes it open class,” Root said. Maybe. Root didn’t get around the course like he was in an open class sailplane, landing before the first turnpoint. Perhaps 293 will have better luck in the Spiffy competition.

July 14, 2003
Day 6

The pilots of the 2003
1-26 Championships.
Pilots and crews.
For much of this afternoon, Tom Holloran kept a watchful, waiting eye on the sky he had sent his pilots into. Ward Hindman’s forecast was for good soaring, though early convective clouds might dry up by mid-afternoon, leaving only dry thermals. Holloran called an 85.2-mile Turn Area task, which he revised after Hindman returned quickly to the field having sniffed nothing. Soaring conditions were developing very slowly, and with time running short, Holloran shifted to Task B, a 66.2-mile Assigned Speed task. Pilots began taking off at 2:35 p.m., and the task opened shortly after 3:00. Holloran’s waiting game began right around then and continued for another three hours.

Early reports were not good: Bob Root, Milt Moos, Kevin Anderson, Kevin Ford,
Vern Hutchinson napping on the
flight line.
and Irn Jousma landed out. Bill Vickland and Jeff Daye returned to the field, but neither went to the fourth turnpoint (cutting nearly 33 miles off the task). There was a lull of about half an hour, during which Holloran consulted with Mary De Naples at the retrieve desk, hoping that at least a third of the pilots had flown 30 miles or more, otherwise this day would not count. In short order, though, three pilots returned to the field having flown the full course: Ron Schwartz, Bob von Hellens, and Bob Hurni. On the radio, Marv Willis blew a short tune on his harmonica, signaling his final glide. Perhaps Holloran’s call had been just about right, after all. Young pairs of eyes spotted Jonathan Leal circling in #125, about four miles short of the finish but with enough altitude for a final glide. Some ground crew members were tempted to hail Leal on the radio and tell him to quit circling and head for home, but he made two more turns and landed with a whoop from the cockpit. In all, five pilots flew the course, and more than half went the minimum distance; today was a contest day, the third in a row.

[A possible wrinkle in Jonathan Leal’s flight: according to Leal’s GPS track record, he was outside the start cylinder when he headed for the first turnpoint. A preliminary discussion of the rules suggests that despite flying the entire course, Leal will receive no points for his flight.]

Marv Willis and Ron Schwartz,
in concert.
Special Note: Ward Hindman was not greeted with a song this morning, but
Sarah Anderson sings “It’s Hard to be
Humble” with Schwartz and Willis
after dinner pilots and crews (and Hindman) learned why: Marv Willis and others were conserving their energy. As the sun drew even with the horizon, Willis and Ron Schwartz pulled out mandolin and ukulele. Willis introduced Sarah Anderson, a rising star on the ground crew entertainment circuit, who sang “It’s Hard to be Humble” with very little humility but with lots of talent. Willis and Schwartz, stalling for time, plinked through “You Are My Sunshine” and told a few (lame) jokes. Anderson returned with Joan Moos in grass skirts for some Hawaiian dancing. Jeff Daye, whose sense of shame is on the level of guests on the Jerry Springer Show, joined Moos and Anderson, but in drag, with cocoanuts for breasts, and showed remarkable indifference to rhythm, grace, and time. The good-natured pilots and their scandalized crews, families, and pet dogs gazed in awe at Daye’s gyrations while Moos and Anderson helpfully held his cocoanuts in place. Since the audience was plainly not sure whether they should applaud this, um, display, Karen Jousma stepped forward to confess that it was all her idea. It may be imagined that Tom Holloran is now devising a task for tomorrow that will ensure that Daye, who has no crew, lands out – in Wisconsin.

'nough said...

July 15, 2003
Day 7

Rich Carroway — Crew Chief. Bill Gabbard — Ground Crew. Tow pilots Roy Hennig and Bob Anderson.
Today's weather forecast was for a cold front to pass swiftly through the region, and though Tom Holloran called a 31-mile Assigned Speed task, neither he nor anyone else took it seriously. The front should depart the area this evening, and tomorrow looks more likely for contest flying

July 16, 2003
Day 8

Tom Pressley — scorer and sniffer.
The last day of the 1-26 Championships started with clear skies and a falling dewpoint. As the sun burned off last night s rain, pilots gathered for the final meeting of the 2003 Championships. Ward Hindman s forecast was for an adequate soaring day, Tom Holloran called a 65.3-mile Turn Area task, and pilots gathered on the flight line anticipating a good though cloudless contest day.

We’re going to Task B!
Unfortunately, though the weather may have matched Hindman's forecast, pilots expectations were higher. Sniffers found weak lift and could stay up (there would be no relites today), but all optimism for Task A vanished after just a few reports from the sniffers. Holloran went to a Pilot Option Speed Task, with a mandatory turnpoint at Greene County Airport (which would guarantee minimum distance 30 miles for pilots returning to CCSC). With thermals very few and far between, especially to the north, Greene County played host to five landouts, and three other pilots landed nearby. Only three pilots finished the task:

Irn Jousma, Bob von Hellens, and Bill Vickland, less than the minimum to make this a contest day.

Irn Jousma.
Russ McAnerny chose not to compete today, but he declared that he was going to have fun, and for two hours he piloted #429, enjoying every minute. Playing around in the local thermals, Russ watched the other contestants set out for the turnpoint at Greene County Airport, and he may have seen, way off on the horizon, the maneuvers of aircraft preparing for the Dayton International Airshow. Perhaps, as he turned and climbed, Russ was thinking of two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, who, one hundred years ago this December, created powered flight at Kittyhawk, North Carolina. Russ, and other soaring pilots like him, have challenged the notion that having fun among the clouds requires an engine. For years, 1-26 pilots have been quietly asserting that high-performance sailplanes are not required for strong competition, that 150-mile tasks and 65-mph speeds don't always separate good pilots from great ones, and that landing out doesn't mean losing the day. Flying these little Schweizers requires humility, yes, but the single design places all pilots on a level glide path: a pilot s skills win the day.

July 17, 2003
Awards Breakfast

A table full of trophies. Ron and Betty Schwartz with the Marion C. Cruce Trophy. Jim Walker and Marv Willis won the McNeill/Cuny Memorial Team trophy.
Bob von Hellens. Jeff Daye. Ron Schwartz holds the President’s Award.
Pat De Naples hands Ron Schwartz the Old Goat. Bill Vickland picks up the Old Toad trophies. Jim Walker is the Old Buzzard.
Jonathan Leal holding the Johnson Memorial Trophy. Vern Hutchinson carries off the Yardstick. Bob von Hellens won the Spiffy Award.
Pilots, crews, and 1-26 fans met for breakfast in downtown Waynesville, Ohio, for the 2003 1-26 Championships awards breakfast. Bill Vickland, President of the 1-26 Association (and 4th-place finisher this year), made the presentations. Notable among the awardees were Vern Hutchinson, whose 0.2-mile flight earned him the Yardstick and 18.2 mph speed locked up the Turtle; at the other end of the spectrum, Ron Schwartz picked up a triple crown: the Old Goat, the President s Trophy (34.0 mph), and the Marion C. Cruce Trophy (1st place). Jim Walker picked up the Old Buzzard and shared the McNeil/Cuny Memorial Team trophy with Marv Willis. Bill Vickland was this year s Old Toad, Jonathan Leal won the Johnson Memorial Trophy as the best finisher in his first Championships, and Jeff Daye won the third place award. The Spiffy award went to Bob von Hellens and #194, which is good-looking outside and in.

Everyone involved in this year s Championships will be taking home a cockpit full of memorable events, in-flight and on the ground. Kevin Anderson never gave up, and was usually just one thermal away from completing a task. Jonathan Leal will never again forget the diameter of the start cylinder. Bob Root and Pat De Naples will continue to fly topless. Jeff Daye, whose dancing needs improvement, will never again forget a turnpoint. Next year, these and other pilots will meet at Texas Soaring Association in late July for the 2004 Championships. Please join them and be a part of the fun competition.