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Doonside Launch 28th July 2012

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Today was NSWRA's competition day with 4 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 event happen.

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 feet.

Spot Landing: Paul K. landing his rocket 29m from the flag.

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.

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A good turn out for the competition day

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Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali (orange vest)  launching the “City Games” rocket to officially start the competition

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