With the trials for The F3k Team in 2013 the team was selected to be the successful Gold team from 2012 Peter Williams, Kevin Botherway and Joe Wurts.
F3K 1st Sweden, 2nd New Zealand, 3rd USA.
With the addition this time of a team manager John Shaw who would also be the alternate pilot should any one of the selected team be unavailable. With some where near 30 odd planes and 7 x Tx’s the team meet up in Auckland airport for our long travel to Herring – Denmark. Stopping through Shanghai was entertaining with some 7 hours waiting for the next Aluminum winged bus to take us onto Denmark. On arrival we had some accommodation booked 11/2 hours away from the airport – time for a quick sleep then on to the airfield arriving around lunchtime ready for some practice for the next couple of days.
F3K Eric offical CD looks at Joes new Snipe with interest.
We meet up with various teams (29 off) as they arrived in preparation for the pre-worlds this was a contest held before the world championships which also allowed people such as team managers helpers etc to also participate this was called the: “6th Swinging Denmark F3k 2013” and consisted of 119 competitors with juniors included. The weather for most of this competition was light to medium winds and we got in six rounds over two days. This allowed one round to be used as a dropper and lose your worst score. Team NZ used this as a warm up event to get used to the field layout and conditions we were to expect in the W/C. We were in this to support our team manager – John Shaw and ensure he enjoyed this to the fullest. Within this competition there was some serious blood shed. When you look at the results the world champion to be (Henrik Vogler) placed 39th. One of the most respected pilots another German – Martin Herrig 41st !!!! - 2011 3rd place W/C Mike Stern – 52nd There were some great pilots well down the results list. All up NZ featured very well – Joe 7, Kevin 16, Pete 60, John 81.During this Competition all pilots for the W/C were able to enter 5 models in total both Pete and Kevin entered one un-built model. This was the new “Snipe” designed by Joe Wurts and manufactured by Vladamir models. We had 2 weeks testing this model before leaving NZ and there was no doubt in all of the kiwi’s minds it had an advantage in some conditions.
F3K John Joe and Kev return from one of Kevs flights
W/C started with the usual “Palava” Teams all dressed up in there countries colours and logos. John had even sorted out a team a Kiwi mascot. Everything was all go for the next morning (Monday) ready for 5 to 6 days of fierce competition. Most would fly in a group 2 to 3 times a day which meant keeping track of our slots with nice breaks in between but then some would be back to back. The team generally had the pick of callers ie: If Joe was flying he had either Pete or Kevin but with back to back slots there were limited options for our pilots. During the course of the week we had our ups and downs on the score board with Joe leading or 2nd most of the way through and Pete and Kevin jostling up and down as throw outs came into play the team sitting mostly at second to third although early in the week touching gold.
Conditions were great nice days cool in the early mornings and warm by 8.30 (start time) moving into large lift and sink cycles with wind in the afternoons with the possible need for ballast. Joe is as always complete class and is flying well. He saved Peewees bacon in the last round with a “drive drive drive, call to get Peewee way out and fairly low until he hooked up a very happy thermal. We start each day at 6.30am and get back to the motel at about 8pm, I suspect we are drinking 16 litres of water a day between the team members as the conditions are hot and dry. Team Manager John Shaw is running the team like the professional he is and keeping us all on track. The contest is very well run, with meals provided on the field. They have closed the Herning airfield for the week of the contest.
As the week progressed we hit what we called Black Thursday and we left hundreds of points on the table, we decided to press on and try and minimize stupid mistakes and fly to the conditions. Both Pete and Kev had model failure and produced instant throw out rounds. On the Friday after 17 rounds we really weren’t sure where we had ended up in the teams race, even Joe the walking tactician had lost track of the other pilots that had made mistakes etc. Well when the results came up and we were hopping on bronze and to get our long term goal set over a year ago “to get on the podium” we jumped to second place this certainly showed 2011 result wasn’t just a fluke!!!! There was a huge amount of hugging and high fives with this news. We immediately went over to Team Sweden tent and congratulated them as they had the gold locked in the cabinet over the last few rounds. We had a few beers but not enough as there was another job to do in the morning both Joe and Kevin had made the flyoffs.
Saturday morning the competition begun Joe and Kevin were no longer team mates and like there many practices together it was all about beating each other! It was a light and fluffy day with the whole sky going up in our minds it was “a turnaround day” The entire fly off pilots in poker called the maximum (9:58) and only one didn’t make it! The top 11 pilots had less than one percent difference after six rounds! We are sure the officials tried to slow things for a little harder weather to cause some separation. The two top placed pilots first equal the officials called for a tied fly off. This was an awesome spectacle and it was about the turnaround speed until one pilot slipped that was it Vogler was World champion with Igor Butseroga from Ukraine in second this guy was a real talent. He could catch a plane inverted (by the peg) and re-launch quicker than our normal turnaround and of course flying one of Joe’s Snipes! Jonas Ekman was third from Sweden a well deserved placing. With Joe finishing fifth and Kevin Seventh the F3k World Champs 2013 were over and we stood proudly as a united team on the podium for New Zealand and received a Silver Medal !!!! There were a few beers after this.
F3K New Zealand on the podium Silver .
F3K New Zealands silver medal.
F3K Team New Zealand.
The next morning we said our goodbyes to the many new and old friends that had camped with us at the motel for the week and headed towards Copenhagen. We travelled across one bridge that was 18km long between the two islands then the tiredness of a week of strenuous flying set in and it was time to find a motel for the night and bed early for a change. The next morning we set out again and got to Copenhagen in time for a tour of the city on foot. We hunted high and low for Hansel and Gretel but could only find a statue of Hands Christian Anderson and a mermaid on the rocks smaller than Paina of the reef in Napier. The next and last day for some of the team we hired bikes and raced through the city on them in our usual competitive nature. I will just call it a tie for all and there was no aero involved!
F3K Peter Williams Joe Wurts Kevin Botherway John Shaw .
A huge thanks to the official team in Denmark a very well organized event and it showed the huge amount on hours put in preparing it. Thank you!
F3K R & R !! Joe in front and John in second Pete against the lamp post looking at the map in the team NZ Copenhagen bike race.
To the many friends we made and met again we will see you soon I hope!
To Model flying NZ thank you for your support and we hope we represented NZ well. Thanks for all the kind wishes.Most of all a special thanks to our families and wives left at home and allowed us all that time for practice and supported this fully.
To the team Pete (Pee Wee), Joe (Wurtz), John (Flick), we did some great things and proved the same team of 2011 was still one of the best in the world of F3k!
From what I am led to believe this is the first FAI silver won by New Zealand.
Might as well!!!!!!!!!!! Soaring Rocks!!!!!!!
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Cheers (Kevin)Rowdy. August 2013.