Subject: Ocean Shores Kite Festival Fighter Update Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 15:56:14 -0700Howdy!
What a great way to start the kite festival fighter kite season!!
On Saturday of the Ocean Shores Kite Festival, we had a wide range of weather conditions!! Winds from 4mph to 17mph, cold winds, rain, mist, and, believe it or not, beautiful sunshine, blue skies and warmth! A little bit of every kind of ocean weather! Saturday was the scheduled fighter kite competition.
After all, that is what fighter flyers love to do, fly, fly, fly!! It is especially fun when you can fly with friends, like we did on Saturday!!
Ten flyers entered the line touch competition. We did a round robin; each flyer flys 4 points against each other flyer and the total of the points won for each flyer is added up and the high score wins, etc. The round robin was not completely finished, as some flyers chose not to fly any longer or had to leave before it was completed, etc.
However, since the majority of the flying had been completed, using the points that were accumulated, the top 3 scores were determined for 2 separate categories. Novice and experienced. The Novice was defined as a flyer who has not won an award in previous fighter competitions. Experienced have won fighter awards in the past.
1st Tom Humphrey
2nd Ron Lowry
3rd Rich Hurd
Winners of Experienced category are
1st Bruce Lambert
2nd Jeff MacInnis
3rd Jim Wilson
Another observation made and expressed my many flyers is the issue of line touch judging in difficult visual conditions. During much of the day, there were bright light gray clouds as a background against which judges had to make line touch calls. In these conditions, the lines are virtually invisible. So the judges were not the best people to determine when a touch was made and who won the point. The flyers' integrity of calling the touch made against them was the most effective and accurate method of determining the point. Maybe we should judge more of the line touch competitions that way!
There are additions to the NFKA fighter flying schedule! Yup, more places to have fun flying with other fighter flyers!! Brian will have the additions posted on the website in a day or so. The flying season is really here!!
By the way, if you would like to include reports about fighter kite event results in your area or to list scheduled fighter kite events in your region or area on the NFKA website, please email the information to Brian and he will be happy to include your information!
We all enjoy hearing about each others experiences flying fighters, so how about sharing yours!!