Salmon River Shootout



AUGUST 24, 2008 – EAST HAMPTON, CT –  Ten combat pilots were on hand for this one.  The weather was most sunny and warm with little or no breeze.

Brian Stas jumped into the early lead with a three cut round one win. Glenn Simpson was close posting a two cut round one win of his own. In round two Brian and Glenn flew to a one cut apiece draw. In the next match Neil Simpson and Ken Hargreaves, who had both posted 620 point round one wins, squared off against each. Neil snuck out a one cut win.  In round three Neil and Brian flew to a one cut apiece draw.
Meanwhile Glenn was posting a two cut win while both Louis Lopez and Roy Glenn emerged as contenders when they flew each other to a three cut apiece draw. Going into the final round Glenn had 1960 points, Brian had 1850 points, Neil had 1750 points while Louis and Roy were within range with scores in the mid 1400 point range.

There were three significant matches in the final round. First, Jeff Vader and Roy Glenn flew to a low scoring draw in a very well flown match, despite no cuts by either pilot. Next Brian and Louis faced off in a match that ended in a mid-air. In the finals Glenn and Neil were going along smoothly until a mid-air in the final minute ended things. When the dust settled, Glenn was first, followed by Neil, Brian, Louis and Roy. On this day, Jake Vader took home the “Sportsman Gold”, after winning a day long battle with Chris Sarnowski.

It was great to have Will Rogers back flying with us after a long lay-off. Will didn’t quite have his stamina built up and had to drop out at the halfway point. His flying skills, on the other hand, showed no rust, however, the comeback tour will have to wait just a little while longer. Thank You to Louis Lopez and Roy Glenn for making the long trip to participate in this one. 

Salmon River Shootout
Formula GX Combat
10 contestants (6 from MA) (1 from CT) (1 from NH) (1 from NJ) (1 from DE)
20 matches-4 mid-airs

(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA2260pts
(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA   2150pts
(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA 2050pts
(E) Louis Lopez-Hockenson, DE   1835pts
(E) Roy Glenn- Southampton, NJ  1830pts
(E) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA      1735pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH         1730pts
(S) Chris Sarnowski-Brookline, MA       1725pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH           1640pts
(E) Will Rogers-E.Hartford, CT      dropped out at halfway point

The trophy winners are Glenn Simpson (1st), Neil Simpson (2nd),
Brian Stas (3rd) and Jake Vader (1st Sportsman)

photos courtesy of Jeff Vader