Bovec F3J Eurotour 2010
Again Bovec was the last Eurotour of the year and what an
7-8 pilots could snap the Eurotour title by getting good scores.
So a big number of 118 pilots were entered and the tension was
to be felt. Pilots came from North Cyprus in south (Eser Kismir),
Finland/Norway in North (Tuomo Kokonen / Jojo) and Netherlands
in the west. The weather was showing red alert all over the
local weather forecast and that means heavy rain and floods.
Those that came in early on Wedensday/Thursday did not get much
flying done and on Friday many came and left because the camping
area was flooded. Still many appeared on Saturday morning and a
lively discussion followed at lunchtime if one should cancel or
not. Some were afraid of the radios/safety and some really
wanted to fly anyhow. A few hours of almsot flyable conditions
made up most of the decision to get the entry fees and make up
new matrixes with fewer pilots. 44 pilots entered and a jury was
set up. First work for the jury was to sy go if the weather
improved. Sadly no flying was done on Saturday so we set a start
for 09:00 on Sunday.
Sunday we woke up to sunshine in the distance and clearing sky
from the North. Wind was picking up from the south-east and
people were talking about challenging rodeo-conditions. It
certainly was difficult. First two rounds were predictable in
the sense that if one had read the terrain and dared one could
fly out to a small hill in the west with a river below that
triggered a lot of thermals. The next two rounds was not as easy
but those that flew active with heavy ballast could pick some
good points by flying tactical left-right on the sky according
to the air. We had already set that it was to be flown 4
preliminary rounds today. Most pilots used direct tow and heavy
duty lines (1,4-1,7mm) and those that did not suffered from
After 3 and 1/2 rounds most of the pilots had one or two bad
rounds and it was almost certain that the winner would not get a
full score. The battle of the first place in preliminaries was
to be beetween Philip and Jojo that both carried 3000p and now
flew against each other in difficult conditions. Jojo, NOR (Pike
Perfect) flew longest with a 4:30 and 90p landing but relaunched
as all the others had done so. Philip got only a 3:30 but a 98
landing while Jojo was greedy and got 4:02 but only a 45p
landing. It was no certain that the pressure was up for Philip.
If he could reach 1st or 2nd in the 2 finals he could take the
9 pilots flew 2 finals in what suddenly was calm and thermalling
conditions. 6 of 9 pilots flew full time and in the end Marco
Salvigni, ITA (flying Pike Perfect ET) won both finals and was
at the top in front of Philip Kolb, GER and Stefan Bohlen, SUI.
6 of 9 pilots flew Pike Perfect / ET.
Junior winner at Bovec was Jan Littva jr. (Pike Perfect ET)
and winner of total Eurotour F3J 2010 junior was Jan Littva jr.
(Pike Perfect ET)
Winner of the total senior Eurotour F3J 2010 became Philip Kolb,
GER (Pike Perfect / Prestige)
A great weekend for those that had faith in the weather and it
was a good decision to wait for the weather. Let us all hope the
organizers will go again next year even with low entrance fees
this year. We would strongly suggest that entry fees is
collected saturday morning to ensure that organizers do not have
problems with economy. The fee is only a tiny amount when
looking at travelling and accomodation for a pilot.
Regards Jojo, Norway
Results with poiints Eurotour
- detailed results