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  2. How our sport is (always) changing
  3. Rules

World Cup Update
The latest and presumably final scores can be found at

http://www.freeflightnews.org.uk/wcup/WC17/WCP17F1.HTM
The top places in each class are shown below. Go to the link above for all the details. The page includes results from all contests that counted.
A few observations:
The Russian ladies cleaned up the power classes winning both F1C and F1P
In winning F1Q Omri Sirkis was the first Israeli to win a World Cup
The only person not a “European resident” to finish in the top 6 was Alexander Andriukov

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1A

1    Per Findahl       SWE         2131
2    Aviv Balassiano   ISR         2098
3    Thomas Weimer     GER         1981
4    Gerhard Aringer   AUT         1912
5    Sergey Makarov    RUS         1908
6    Emmanuel Ragot    FRA         1895

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1A-Junior

1    Vitek Rossler     CZE                 2044
2    Tamara Kiss       ROU                 2032
3    Filip Klobusicky  SVK                 2025
4    Alexey Khoroshev  RUS                 1957
5    Capucin Ragot     FRA                 1612
6    Martin Bencik     SLO                 1516

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1B

1    Oleg Kulakovsky   UKR                 2133
2    Alexander AndriukoUSA                 2125
3    Stepan Stefanchuk UKR                 1967
4    Mickael Rigault   FRA                 1958
5    Dag Edvard Larsen NOR                 1855
6    Oleh Ischenko     UKR                 1750

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1B-Junior

1    Bojan Gostojic    SRB                 2025
2    Ekaterina DemtsenkLAT                 2006
3    Vladislavs DreiersLAT                 1906
4    Kristina Ivanova  BUL                 1905
5    Juliette TisserondFRA                 1401
6    Sebastian Jackel  GER                 1311

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1C

1    Larissa Savukhina RUS                 2070
2    Volodymyr Sychov  SLO                 2063
3    Viacheslav AleksanUKR                 2040
4    Juri Roots        EST                 2003
5    Xinpu Sheng       CHN                 1931
6    Reinhard Truppe   AUT                 1925

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1P-Junior

1    Elizaveta KlimakovRUS                 2009
2    Ekatirina KlimakovRUS                 1409
3    Vladislav Lipov   RUS                 1004
4    Soma Bauer        HUN                 1000
5    Aleksey Kabalin   RUS                  802
6    Maxim Poliakov    RUS                  765

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1Q

1    Omri Sirkis       ISR                 2027
2    Zeljko Grepl      CRO                 2008
3    Ian Kaynes        GBR                 2002
4    Pavlo ZolototrubovUKR                 1470
5    Stanislaw Bolko   POL                 1224
6    Ron Assmuss       GER                 1146

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1E

1    Jacek Zurowski    POL         2039
2    Jaromir Orel      CZE         1677
3    Fritz Mang        AUT         1621
4    Reinhard Mang     AUT         1569
5    Daniel Bildea     ROU         1463
6    Pierre ChaussebourFRA         1424

FAI World Cup 2017 top positions for class F1E-Junior

1    Theo Laura        FRA         1835
2    Jakub Wisniewski  POL         1816
3    Florian Winker    GER         1732
4    Boby Florian BuligROU         1625
5    Nils Finke        GER         1571
6    Nathan Laura      FRA         1324

How our sport is (always) changing
From: Ross Jahnke

I think the title of Aram’s post should be “How our sport is (always)
changing.” The implied parallel between the changes he lists and the rule
changes we’ve seen of late is only that – implied. So let me imply an idea
about cohort size vs. evidence for rule changes:

1. The small the cohort (number of participants), the more influence one
contest, one person or even one flight has had on the rules.

2. The small the cohort, the *less* influence one contest, one person or
even one flight *should have* on the rules.

rulesFrom: Daniel Berry

Well, now I know the meaning of irony.
Dan Berry

Note –because so many of readers are not native English speakers and they might not understand Dan’s observation.  So we have included a dictionary definition to help them

irony
noun
The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

“‘Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,’ he rejoined with heavy irony”

A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.