New England Championships


OCTOBER 17, 2010-WORCESTER, MA -This year’s New England Championships attracted eleven pilots for the twenty first annual running of this very successful Formula GX happening. The location was Boynton Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The weather seasonably warm and clear , however, a pesky breeze made it less than perfect.

The best start in a low scoring first round was 620 point one cut win by Lloyd Seymour.  In round two Lloyd and Dick Sherman flew to a one cut draw. Meanwhile Jeff Vader got past Jake Vader with a one cut win while Chris Sarnowski posted a two cut win over Richard Sherman. At the half way point Chris has a five point lead over Lloyd, Dick and Jeff who each had accumulated 1130 points. In round three Jeff got a 520 point  airtime win over Chris while Dick got past Brian Stas by the same score. Next Lloyd and Richard flew to a one cut apiece draw.  Next, Neil Simpson, after a slow start, used a two cut win over Kevin Seymour to climb into the hunt. In the final round three match,  Jake Vader earned a one cut win over Paul Kubek to also move into the mix. Jeff, Dick, Lloyd, Neil, Richard, Chris, Jake and Brian were all in contention with cumulative scores ranging from 1650 points down to 1225 points. In the fourth to last match Chris got an airtime win over Brian to post the clubhouse lead. Next Richard and Jake hooked up. These two talented young flyers had a good one with Richard earning the win two cuts to one. In the semi final Lloyd and Neil flew to low scoring draw. Next it was a Jeff and Dick flying to a one cut apiece draw and  a tie at the top of the leader board. Three fly off matches later Jeff got the better of Dick to take home the “gold”. The final order of finish was Jeff, Dick, Richard, Lloyd, Neil and Chris. Richard, by virtue of his third place finish, also took home the Sportsman Division win.

The top three flyers plus the sportsman winner received beautiful awards. Every competitor received a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in this annual GX happening. In addition, every pilot also received a raffle prize which included a Smoothie ARF, a OS Max 25LA engine, ready to fly airplanes, fuel, Gotcha t-shirts and GRW tanks. GRW Model Products, J&J Sales, The Corehouse, Hog Heaven Hobbies and the Connecticut Ringer Model Airplane Club all made serious cash or merchandise contributions. Thank You to all these great sponsors from all of us. A special thank you to Brian Stas and Jeff Vader  who donated  RTF combat ships to the raffle. Thank You to everyone who shared in the judging of this event and to Kevin Seymour who made an in contest emergency repair to the contest clock.

New England Championships
Formula GX Combat
11 contestants ( 9 from MA ) (2 from NH )
21 matches- no  mid-airs

(E) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH 2160pts*won fly-off
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA  2160pts *lost fly-off
(S) Richard Sherman-Andover, MA     2145pts
(E) Lloyd Seymour-Leominster, MA   2050pts
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA    1955pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA      1855pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH      1640pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA   1520pts
(S) Kevin Seymour-Leominster, MA   1410pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA     1325pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA     500pts  withdrew after two rounds

The trophy winners were Jeff Vader(1st), Dick Sherman (2nd) and
Richard Sherman (3rd and 1st Sportsman)

photos courtesy of Jeff Vader