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Russia Report
My personal opinion about 2018 Elbrus Cup and Naloev Cup

From:Ismet Yurtseven

Free Flight World Cup Contests on the Kabardino-Balkaria Land

Starting from April-9 2018 to April-17 2018, there were two FAI Free Flight World Cup Contest on the Nartkala field near the Nalchik city which is the capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria region. First contest was Elbrus Cup; second contest was Naloev Cup.

There is only one word to define the whole free flight week in Nalchik: Excellent
I want to tell my last words in advance: Many thanks to Naloev family, many thanks to all participants.

Mainly, Naloev family was organizing both of the contests. However, all participants were helping to organization. You could see the world champions while keeping time for the contestants.
The schedule was as follows:
April-9 2018:   Opening, registration, training
April-10 2018: Elbrus Cup – F1A day
April-11 2018: Elbrus Cup – F1B day
April-12 2018: Elbrus Cup – F1P and F1C day
April-14 2018: Naloev Cup – F1A day
April-15 0218: Naloev Cup – F1B day
April-16 2018 Naloev Cup – F1P and F1C day

Winners of the F1A and F1B categories:
Elbrus Cup, F1A winner: Anton Gorsky
Elbrus Cup, F1B winner: Albert Bulatov
Naloev Cup, F1A winner: Mikhail Kochkarev
Naloev Cup, F1B winner: Andrey Burdov

How to reach Nalchik:
There are many international airports around Nalchik (Stavropol, Mineralnye-Vody, Nalchik, Grozny, others). I went to Mineralnye-Vody and rented a car. Reaching to Nalchik is not easy, but not very difficult.

Accommodation:
In Nalchik and around Nalchik there are very good hotel opportunities. Mainly, competitors were staying in Nalchik; Hotel Russia and Hotel Alpinist. I stayed in Hotel Grand Kavkaz. Hotel Grand Kavkaz is a very nice place. The field is almost 40 minutes from Nalchik by car. There are other good hotels near to the field. It is also possible to stay in thermal hotels which are almost 30 minutes far from the field.

Food:
Very good. Meat is fresh and excellent. Vegetables are fresh. Very good breakfast at the hotel.

Shuttles to the field:
Organizer was providing transportation support from Hotel Russia to the field for contest and training days. Two busses were carrying the people between the hotel and field.

Field:
Excellent. The field is near Nartkala. It is on the foothills of the mountains. The open area of the field is at least 4 km X 4km. Although there are some small obstacles, the field is very good. Ground was green grass.

Weather:
Varying but generally very good. In early morning, evening and night, the weather is generally cold (about 4-5 Celsius degrees). During the day it is varying from day to day. In Elbrus Cup – F1A day, in the morning there was fog in the morning. First round was opened at 11:00 am. Other days, there was no fog. First rounds were opened at 9:15 am. Naloev Cup – F1A day, the weather was totally cloudy and cold (about 8 – 10 degrees). In Elbrus Cup – F1B day, the temperature reached to 30 degrees. In both F1C days, weather was excellent. In summary, wind was generally low, weather was generally clear and sunny. During the day, temperature was between 8 and 25 degrees. Weather conditions were excellent for training and competitions. Organizer said the weather is generally good.

Organization:
Amazing, excellent. The quality standards were very high. There was a very high level of discipline. The jury was actively involved in the decisions. Everything was on time. Organizer was trying to open the first round at 9:15 am. Rounds were 55 minutes and there was a 5 minutes’ break. Competitions were five rounds. First and fifth rounds were four minutes while the others were three minutes. Announcements were timely and very informative. First fly off rounds were around 5:00 pm. Second fly off rounds were around 6:00 pm. Sun set was about 7:00 pm. There was an ambulance waiting all the day in the field. There was a buffet for eating and drinking. The meat and the soup was very delicious. For each contest, organizer gave a present to each participant (a very nice sticker and t-shirt).

Time keeping:
Excellent. Experienced competitors or trainers were helping for time keeping. F1A competitors were helping on F1B and F1C days. Similarly, F1B competitors were helping on F1A and F1C days. Time keepers were always waiting in the starting poles. There were three competitors at each pole. Time keeping was very correct.

Contestants:
There were many young and experienced competitors. There were about 70 F1A competitors, 60 F1B competitors. In F1P and F1C days, there were about 50 competitors. Almost all the competitors were very strong. I can easily say that about 80% of the flies were very good. It is possible to select a national team from at least half of the contestants. Russian team selection should be very difficult. There is a special attention to the young competitors and to the trainers of them. Young F1A flier Mikhail Lomov was the third in Elbrus Cup and Naloev Cup. This was a very big success. Elbrus and Naloev Cups are the contests with highest number of local competitors. As I see, the only foreigners were myself, Mr. Ron Felix from USA and Mr.  Artem Babenko from Ukraine.

Touristic visits:
Kabardino-Balkaria region is a very beautiful part of Russia and there are many different places to visit. Nalchik is a very nice city with parks, buildings, restaurants, museums, monuments. It is possible to go to Aushiger for thermal swimming. You can follow this road to reach to Babugent for excellent panorama and meat restaurants. If you wish, you can go to Elbrus mountains and see the snow. If you like, you can ski. The nature is wonderful at this region.

Conclusion:
I am very happy for participating those two world cups, for meeting with Russian friends, for meeting with my old friend Ron Felix, for visiting this region. It was totally perfect experience. Once again thanks to all people participating in these contests. I missed the opening ceremony. Mr. Ron Felix said, the opening ceremony should not be missed. I have following conclusions:
1-) There is the spirit and future of free flight in Russia.
2-) The time keeping methodology can be applied to World and European Championships. For example, an experienced F1B fliers can keep time on F1A day and can be paid for this (For example entry fee can be reduced by 25%). Today, the teams may declare time keepers but it is not working efficiently.
3-) Nalchik is a perfect location for a World and/or European Championships. Very good hotels, restaurants, places for perfect opening and closing ceremonies, very good field, very good organization, touristic attractions. In short, everything is there for an unforgettable championship.

Oz Results
Results from 3 of  the 4 World Cup Events held in Australia

Tui Cup 2018 – Narrandera
A New Zealand World Cup event

F1A                         1    2    3    4    5  Flyof Total
1  Mitchell, Phil    AUS  240  180  180  155  180        935
2 Sanjaa, Tumur      MGL  161  180  180  179  180        880
3  Campbell, Malcolm AUS  172  121  180  141  180        794
4 Van  Nest, Brian   USA  240  180  180  135   0         735
5 Fathers, Albert    AUS   0   180  100  134  180        594

F1B                         1    2    3    4    5  Flyof Total
1 Hemsworth, Craig   AUS  240  180  180  180  180  310   1270
2 Sheng Xin Pu       CHN  240  180  180  180  180  308   1268
3 Blackam, Richard   AUS  234  180  169  166  180        929
3 Ackery, David      NZ   240  180  149  180  180        929
5 Morgan, Vin        AUS  240  180  180  141  180        921
6 Goodwin, Gary      AUS  240  130  180  180  180        910
7 Hao, Bruce         AUS  240  180  122  180  180        902
8 Rossiter, Paul     AUS  240  180  180  69   27         696
9 Maynard, Graham    AUS  240  180  15   143  86         664
10 Jones, Charlie     USA  234  180   0    0   180        594
11 Liu, Jia Hing      CHN  240  64    0    0    0         304

F1C                         1    2    3    4    5  Flyof Total
1 Gao, Yuan          CHN  240  180  180  180  180  405   1365
2 Summersby, Roy     AUS  240  180  180  180  180  360   1320
3 Pope, Gary         AUS  240  180  180  180  180  352   1312
4 Ji, Wei            CHN  240  180  180  180  180  341   1301
5 MC Donald, Shayne  AUS  240  180  180  180  180  310   1270
6 Mijiddorj, Gongor  MGL  230  180  180  180  180        950
7 Tolmie, Shannon    AUS  177  180  117  122  111        707
8 Pollock, Neil      AUS  132   0    0    0    0         132

All results unofficial, apologies for any errors.

WIDGIEWA CUP 2018
Australian World Cup
19-Apr-18
F1A
NAME                FAI NUMBER   R1   R2   R3   R4   R5    TOTAL  FO1  PLACE
Brian VAN NEST      USA23122     240  180  180  180  180      960  389   1
Phil MITCHELL       AUS12594     240  180  180  180  180      960  346   2
Tumur SANJAA        111695       240  180  164  180  133      897        3
Malcolm CAMPBELL    AUS52060     176  180  180  180  180      896        4
Albert FATHERS      AUS65586     114  155  156  180  158      763        5
Rob WALLACE         NZL2550      234   0    0    0    0       234        6

F1B                              R1   R2   R3   R4   R5    TOTAL  FO1  PLACE
Gongor MIJIDDORJ    111688        240  180  180  180  180     960 411    1
Charlie JONES       USA45287      240  180  180  180  180     960 371    2
Xinpu SHENG         105481        240  180  180  180  180     960 360    3
Craig HEMSWORTH     AUS8828       240  180  180  180  180     960 349    4
Bruce HAO           AUS77201      240  180  180  180  180     960 307    5
Gary GOODWIN        AUS12808      240  180  180  180  180     960 289    6
JiaHong LIU         111706        240  180  180  180  180     960 250    7
Richard BLACKAM     AUS8740       240  180  180  177  180     957        8
David ACKERY        NZL76         235  180  180  180  180     955        9
Paul ROSSITER       AUS2057       240  180  180  128  180     908        10
Vin MORGAN          AUS19046      240  180  180  125  180     905        11

F1C
R1   R2   R3   R4   R5    TOTAL  FO1  PLACE
Roy SUMMERSBY       AUS2153       240  180  180  180  180     960 456    1
Yuan GAO            90603         240  180  180  180  180     960 378    2
Wei JI              90610         240  180  180  180  180     960 246    3
Gary POPE           AUS38115      240  180  171  180  143     914        4
Shane McDONALD      AUS82086      240  180  180  180  117     897        5
Shannon TOLMIE      AUS56015      240  180  180  102  131     833        6
Neil POLLOCK        AUS22264      240  180   96  107  136     759        7
Gongor MIJIDDORJ    111688        240  109                    349        8

AFFS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
Australian World Cup and Local events
20 APRIL 2018
F1A
NAME              FAI NUMBER R1   R2   R3   R4   R5   TOTALFO1  PLACE
Tumur SANJAA      111695      240  180  180  168  180   948       1
Malcolm CAMPBELL  AUS52060    240  180  180  90   180   870       2
Rob WALLACE       NZL2550     175  180  180  107  180   822       3
Phil MITCHELL     AUS12594    230  180  180  98   122   810       4
Albert FATHERS    AUS65586    181  22   180  145   0    528       5

F1B                           R1   R2   R3   R4   R5  TOTAL FO1 PLACE
Gongor MIJIDDORJ  111688      240  180  180  180  180   960 358   1
Charlie JONES     USA45287    240  180  180  180  180   960 347   2
Richard BLACKAM   AUS8740     240  180  180  180  180   960 207   3
Yun Sheng WU      90599       240  180  180  180  180   960 16    4
Craig HEMSWORTH   AUS8828     240  180  180  180  180   960 DNF   5
Graham MAYNARD    AUS9879     240  180  180  172  180   952       6
Vin MORGAN        AUS19046    240  151  180  180  180   931       7
Rob WALLACE       2550        204  180  180  159  180   903       8
Xinpu SHENG       105481      240  180  155  180  124   879       9
Bruce HAO         AUS77201    210  180  165  144  180   879      10
David ACKERY      NZL76       204  180  180  132  180   876      11
Paul ROSSITER     AUS2057     240  180  180  76   180   856      12
Gary GOODWIN      AUS12808    26   180  180  180  176   742      13
J H LIU           111706      155   5   180  146  111   597      14

F1C
R1   R2   R3   R4   R5  TOTAL FO1 PLACE
Roy SUMMERSBY     AUS2153     240  180  180  180  180   960 445   1
Yuan GAO          90603       240  180  180  180  180   960 364   2
Gongor MIJIDDORJ  111688      240  180  180  180  180   960 325   3
Shannon TOLMIE    AUS56015    240  180  180  173  180   953       4
Shane McDONALD    AUS82086    240  180  180  180  162   942       5
Wei JI            90610       240  180  180  142  180   922       6
Neil POLLOCK      AUS22264    240  122  180  180  127   849       7
Gary POPE         AUS38115    13   180  38   149   0    380       8

17 APRIL 2018
COMBINED % OPEN                %    %    %            TOTALFO MoFO %   PLACE
Chris BIRCH       Vintage Pow  100  100  100            100      146%       1
Malcolm CAMPBELL  F1H          100  100  100            100       73%       2
Phil MITCHELL     F1H          100   75  100           91.6                 3
Kathy BURFORD     F1H            3  100   54             52                 4

21 APRIL 2018
F1H                                                        H’TimPLACE
Phil MITCHELL                  120  120  120  120  120  600  360    1
Dave ACKERY                    120  120  120  120  120  600  190    2
Brian VAN NEST                 118  120   72  120  120  550         3
Rob WALLACE                     97  103   82  120   48  450         4
Malcolm CAMPBELL               120  120  120   40   24  424         5
Kathy BURFORD                   62  120  120  120    0  422         6

21 APRIL 2018
F1G                                                        H’TimPLACE
Xiangxue JI                    120  114  120  120  120  594  147    1
Gary GOODWIN                   120   88  120  120  120  568  360    2
J H LIU                             120  120  120  120  480    0    3

21 APRIL 2018
F1J                                                        H’TimPLACE
Chris BIRCH                    120  120  120  120  120  600  263    1
Shannon TOLMIE                 120  120  105  120   60  525  147    2

21 APRIL 2018
HLG/DLG/CLG 09/05/2017                                     Best 3 Total
Mal CAMPBELL                    38   34   60            132  1
Kathy BURFORD                   60   23   47            130  2
Phil MITCHELL                   30   36   31             97  3
Dave ACKERY                     26   14   20             60  4
Chris BIRCH                      5    5    4             14  5

IVOR F MEMORIAL &
RUSS HAMMOND SCRAMBLE
Chris BIRCH       Event Postphoned
Phil MITCHELL     Event Postphoned

21 APRIL 2018
COMBINED VINTAGE              R1   R2   R3  TOTALR1 HIPLACE
Mal CAMPBELL      Nebula 1954  180  118  180  478  321    1
Phil MITCHELL     Nebula 1954  143  178  149  470  143    2
Chris BIRCH       Eliminator    47  180  106  333   47    3
Kathy BURFORD     Nebula 1954   68    0    0   68   68    4

AFFS CHAMPION 2018 Malcolm CAMPBELL

BEST JUNIOR 2018  Chris BIRCH

JUNIOR ENCOURAGEMENT  Xiangxue JI

Found at Lost Hills
Small multitool, similar to Leatherman in a pouch.  With name of well known outdoor store

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