Today was NSWRA's competition day with
separate categories. The competition day was also
promoted through the Blacktown city Games which meant we had
a few more spectators than usual. The conditions were great
with clear skies except for the breeze that increased
throughout the day which resulted in a couple of lost
rockets and made for some long walks.
Thank you to Blacktown council and WSPT for
their assistance with this event. Thanks also goes to
Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali for helping to kick off
the competition and send a number of rockets skyward.
A big thank you also goes to all the club
members who volunteered their time to set up and prepare the
site and then run the competition on the day. Thanks to Tim
for keeping the spectators entertained and informed about
what was happening, John for running the BBQ - he always
makes very yummy sausages, David and Neville for their
judging duties, Phil with the finger on the button as LCO.
And of course thank you to all the fliers who had a go on
the day. We would also like to thank the people behind the
scenes filling in all the paper work to actually make the
Congratulations to the following winners:
Egg loft competition: Ben P. with a flight time of 6
seconds because the egg payload and booster separated (as designed),
but the booster's parachute failed to open and landed first.
(According to the rules it is the first part of the rocket that hits
the ground that counts). The egg survived.
Glider Duration: David H. with clocks stopped at 80
seconds when the glider flew out of sight and off into the distance.
It most likely glided for at least another minute.
Altitude Competition: David H. with a recorded altitude of
344 feet which was only 3 feet away from the target altitude of 341
Spot Landing: Paul K. landing his rocket 29m from the
The raffle was also drawn for the Interrogator G rocket from
Sirius Rocketry (supplied by Suburban Rocketry).
The winner was: Chris V.
If you have photos from the day that you would like to share here
please let me know.
A good turn out for the competition day
Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali (orange vest) launching the “City
Games” rocket to officially start the competition