Spring Fling competition fun for newer and intermediate pilots

Spring Fling 2017 La Belle, Florida

April 23th to April 28th

The Spring Fling is a 6 day, paragliding fun competition for beginners to advanced pilots who want to improve their thermal and xc skills, judgement and proficiency. Now in it's 12th year, the event averages 5 out of 6 days flown. It's quite common that pilots will break their personal bests in both time and distance during the competition. Each day there is an XC clinic topic designed to help you maximize the day and improve your flying skills. At the end of each day the top scoring pilots break down their flights and share what worked and what didn't.

From course plotting to GPS operation to thermal efficiency and weather, Spring Fling is an XC Super Clinic.

The entry fee is $300 + $150 tow fee, and includes daily clinics and weather briefings, all the towing you can handle, retrieves, scoring, t-shirt, and awards dinner. Cash awards are given to the top 3 pilots in each class. No previous tow experience required.

Results

Cancelled (Bad weather)
Cancelled (Bad weather)
Number Name Nation Sponsor Points
29 Roland Sanguino USA 597
22 Lee Boone USA 527
20 John Gallagher USA 447
8 David Mcnulty USA 434
37 Tom Lanning USA 345
3 Andrey Kuznetsov USA 296
21 John Murphy USA 291
32 Sue Smith USA 283
15 James Culver USA 218
17 Jan Zschenderlein USA 185
7 Dan Chisholm USA 166
33 Terry Bono USA 164
36 Tom Hensley USA 160
28 Rolan Yang USA 141
26 Peter Wicik USA 119
11 Derek Falls USA 89
23 Marc Pelberg USA 79
30 Ryan Dunn USA 48
34 Tim Kanclerowicz USA 48
2 Sean McGuinnes USA 48
24 Michael Smith USA 48
9 Dean Hatten USA 48
35 Tom Mccormick USA 48
5 Brian Fowler USA 48
31 Scott Settlemier USA 48
19 Jerry Christopher USA 48
10 Del Peck USA 48
4 Bob Chapman USA 48
38 Victor Leshtaev USA 48
18 Jeff Adamiak USA 48
1 John Davis USA 48
6 Dan DeLeo USA 48
13 Gene Lysakov USA 48
16 Jan Schachtner USA 48
12 Evan Schelter USA 0
25 Paul Giri USA 0
Number Name Nation Sponsor Points
33 Terry Bono USA 230
38 Victor Leshtaev USA 190
8 David Mcnulty USA 188
22 Lee Boone USA 168
17 Jan Zschenderlein USA 158
18 Jeff Adamiak USA 137
29 Roland Sanguino USA 127
37 Tom Lanning USA 86
3 Andrey Kuznetsov USA 82
13 Gene Lysakov USA 58
7 Dan Chisholm USA 49
20 John Gallagher USA 44
9 Dean Hatten USA 44
11 Derek Falls USA 44
26 Peter Wicik USA 44
30 Ryan Dunn USA 44
28 Rolan Yang USA 44
5 Brian Fowler USA 44
25 Paul Giri USA 44
24 Michael Smith USA 44
16 Jan Schachtner USA 44
36 Tom Hensley USA 44
15 James Culver USA 44
2 Sean McGuinnes USA 44
23 Marc Pelberg USA 44
34 Tim Kanclerowicz USA 44
19 Jerry Christopher USA 44
31 Scott Settlemier USA 44
6 Dan DeLeo USA 44
32 Sue Smith USA 44
1 John Davis USA 44
35 Tom Mccormick USA 0
4 Bob Chapman USA 0
12 Evan Schelter USA 0
Number Name Nation Sponsor Points
18 Jeff Adamiak USA 879
33 Terry Bono USA 789
19 Jerry Christopher USA 710
3 Andrey Kuznetsov USA 635
26 Peter Wicik USA 603
32 Sue Smith USA 599
37 Tom Lanning USA 586
29 Roland Sanguino USA 539
28 Rolan Yang USA 385
24 Michael Smith USA 380
23 Marc Pelberg USA 281
17 Jan Zschenderlein USA 279
8 David Mcnulty USA 273
36 Tom Hensley USA 269
30 Ryan Dunn USA 254
22 Lee Boone USA 208
6 Dan DeLeo USA 120
31 Scott Settlemier USA 71
9 Dean Hatten USA 58
11 Derek Falls USA 58
15 James Culver USA 58
35 Tom Mccormick USA 58
20 John Gallagher USA 58
25 Paul Giri USA 58
7 Dan Chisholm USA 58
13 Gene Lysakov USA 58
2 Sean McGuinnes USA 58
1 John Davis USA 58
16 Jan Schachtner USA 58
34 Tim Kanclerowicz USA 58
4 Bob Chapman USA 58
38 Victor Leshtaev USA 58
Number Name Nation Sponsor Points
15 James Culver USA 367
22 Lee Boone USA 346
17 Jan Zschenderlein USA 258
37 Tom Lanning USA 136
33 Terry Bono USA 90
1 John Davis USA 52
36 Tom Hensley USA 36
32 Sue Smith USA 36
3 Andrey Kuznetsov USA 36
19 Jerry Christopher USA 36
13 Gene Lysakov USA 36
18 Jeff Adamiak USA 36
28 Rolan Yang USA 36
20 John Gallagher USA 36
8 David Mcnulty USA 36
30 Ryan Dunn USA 36
34 Tim Kanclerowicz USA 36
29 Roland Sanguino USA 36
2 Sean McGuinnes USA 0
9 Dean Hatten USA 0
35 Tom Mccormick USA 0
25 Paul Giri USA 0
7 Dan Chisholm USA 0
38 Victor Leshtaev USA 0
16 Jan Schachtner USA 0
6 Dan DeLeo USA 0
24 Michael Smith USA 0
31 Scott Settlemier USA 0
Number Name Nation Sponsor T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 Points
29 Roland Sanguino USA 0 0 597 101/127 539 0/36 1237
33 Terry Bono USA 0 0 151/164 230 789 0/90 1170
22 Lee Boone USA 0 0 527 168 110/208 346 1151
18 Jeff Adamiak USA 0 0 15/48 137 879 36 1067
37 Tom Lanning USA 0 0 345 68/86 586 0/136 999
3 Andrey Kuznetsov USA 0 0 296 65/82 635 0/36 996
32 Sue Smith USA 0 0 283 35/44 599 0/36 917
8 David Mcnulty USA 0 0 434 188 258/273 0/36 880
19 Jerry Christopher USA 0 0 15/48 44 710 36 805
26 Peter Wicik USA 0 0 119 35/44 603 0 757
17 Jan Zschenderlein USA 0 0 57/185 158 279 258 752
15 James Culver USA 0 0 218 44 31/58 367 660
28 Rolan Yang USA 0 0 141 35/44 385 0/36 561
20 John Gallagher USA 0 0 447 44 31/58 36 558
24 Michael Smith USA 0 0 44/48 44 380 0 468
36 Tom Hensley USA 0 0 160 35/44 269 0/36 464
23 Marc Pelberg USA 0 0 73/79 44 281 0 398
30 Ryan Dunn USA 0 0 15/48 44 254 36 349
38 Victor Leshtaev USA 0 0 48 190 55/58 0 293
21 John Murphy USA 0 0 291 0 0 0 291
7 Dan Chisholm USA 0 0 166 49 55/58 0 270
6 Dan DeLeo USA 0 0 44/48 44 120 0 208
11 Derek Falls USA 0 0 89 44 55/58 0 188
1 John Davis USA 0 0 48 44 31/58 52 175
13 Gene Lysakov USA 0 0 48 58 31/58 36 173
31 Scott Settlemier USA 0 0 44/48 44 71 0 159
34 Tim Kanclerowicz USA 0 0 48 44 31/58 36 159
2 Sean McGuinnes USA 0 0 48 44 55/58 0 147
9 Dean Hatten USA 0 0 48 44 55/58 0 147
16 Jan Schachtner USA 0 0 48 44 55/58 0 147
4 Bob Chapman USA 0 0 48 0 58 0 106
35 Tom Mccormick USA 0 0 48 0 58 0 106
25 Paul Giri USA 0 0 0 44 58 0 102
5 Brian Fowler USA 0 0 48 44 0 0 92
10 Del Peck USA 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
12 Evan Schelter USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

XC Clinics

Each day there will be an XC super clinic topic. During this clinic, David Prentice and others will share important information about every aspect of XC flying from course plotting, to GPS operation, to thermal techniques and tactics. David has been flying XC for 24 years and brings a vast array of both competition and XC experience. He has been a top competition pilot, and has set multiple state records and at one time the world distance record. He guides pilots in Valle de Bravo and Colombia each winter, and coaches SIV. His passion now is helping P2 and P3 pilots reach new levels in their flying by passing on his knowledge and helping them progress as ever safer, more successful cross country pilots. These clinics are designed to help put theory into practice in simple, applicable terms. In addition to formal clinics, Spring Fling is full of pilots of various skill levels who are eager to share what they know. It's a great atmosphere to learn a lot and have a blast.

Clinic topics are selected daily based on conditions, pilot skill level, and best application for each day's task.

Thermal Flying

  • Optimizing your thermal climb
  • Searching for lift & search patterns
  • Finding and centering the core
  • Cycle timing

XC Technique

  • Shifting gears throughout your flight based on the progression of the day and timing your decisions accordingly
  • Setting altitude comfort zones
  • Lift and sink lines
  • Sink minimization
  • Picking a good glide line
  • Making low saves
  • Reading clouds
  • Ground-based lift sources

Competition Tips

  • Team flying
  • Flying cross-wind/ headwind/ tailwind
  • Speed-to-fly theory
  • PMA
  • Maximizing peak flying conditions
  • Start cylinder management
  • Final glide calculation
  • What to watch on your instrument when you're in a competition

Weather

  • Convergence flying
  • Dangerous weather
  • Judging wind conditions
  • Reading Clouds 2.0: what's forming, what's dying, and what to avoid
  • Gust fronts
  • Lake effect
  • Sea breeze

GPS Operation

  • How to set waypoints and plot a course line
  • Programming your GPS for competition tasks (waypoints, cylinders, goal lines)
  • Airspace
  • Downloading, track logs, and GPS basics

Tow safety & technique

  • Avoiding lockout
  • Optimizing your tow
  • Tow launch timing
  • Release timing
  • Speed Assist
  • Managing collapses on tow

Pilot List 40 pilots registered

Name Glider
Andrew Ekstrom Mac Para Elan, And Eden 5
Andrey Kuznetsov Air Design Pure 3
Bob Chapman Macpara Eden 6
Brian Fowler Ozone Rush 4
Dan DeLeo Gin Atlas
Dan Chisholm UP Summit XC2
David Mcnulty Ozone Rush 4
Dean Hatten
Del Peck BGD Base
Derek Falls Ozone Rush 0
Evan Schelter Advance Sigma 6
Gene Lysakov Ozone Mantra M6
George Rovito Sol Atmos
James Culver 777 Rook2
Jan Schachtner Ozone Kona
Jan Zschenderlein Gradient Avax XC5
Jeff Adamiak Ozone Buzz Z5
Jerry Christopher
John Murphy Triple 7 Queen
John Davis Ozone Mojo3
John Gallagher Ozone Zeno
Lee Boone UP Summit XC2
Marc Pelberg Skywalk Tequila 4
Michael Smith BGD Cure
Paul Giri Ozone Buzz Z5
Peter Wicik Niviuk Ikuma
Richard Gillespie
Rolan Yang Ozone Delta
Roland Sanguino GIN CARRERA
Ryan Dunn NOVA Phantom
Scott Settlemier Skywalk Tequila 4
Sean McGuinness Gin Sprint
Sue Smith Skywalk Chili 3
Terry Bono 0zone D-3
Tim Kanclerowicz Gradient Nevada 2
Tom Mccormick Ozone Delta
Tom Hensley BGD Base
Tom Lanning Skywalk Tequila 4
Tonya Mistretta Swing Sensis
Victor Leshtaev Airdesign Volt 2

Scoring

Each pilot must have an approved GPS device that can record their track log from each day's flight. These tracks will be downloaded by our score keeper into the FAI-approved score software, following the established rules and using the standard algorithms.

You can download the waypoints for the competition here

Awards and Prize money:

The Spring Fling has 3 classes:

  • Sport Class (A and B gliders)
  • Performance Class (C and D gliders)
  • Comp Class (Comp wings)

The top 3 pilots in each category, along with the top female pilot are given awards.

We believe that the top-performing pilots deserve recognition, so we ensure that 10% of each entry fee goes toward prize money. (A $300 entry fee means $30 towards prize money.) Prize money is split among the top three places in each category, according to the number of pilots in each class.

Transportation

Spring Fling is hosted in La Belle, Florida. (see map below)

Most pilots fly into either Fort Myers or West Palm Beach (FLL). Fort Myers is the closest airport - a 45 minute drive away. FLL often has more frequent and cheaper options - a 1.5 hour drive away. Because our event HQ is located in a more rural area of Florida, many pilots will want the convenience of a rental car to get around to their lodging and dining needs. We encourage pilots to share rides and rooms whenever possible, and they can coordinate through the NeverLand Flight Park Facebook page. Airport pick-ups can be arranged for a fee. Contact Neil Sirrine for details and scheduling.

The event is Headquartered at the Glades RV Resort in La Belle, Florida. Transportation is provided daily from HQ to the launch site. Each pilot will also be retrieved from the XC task route to goal. If you pass goal and decide to fly further, retrieval will be up to you. Pilots are encouraged to ride share and can use our NeverLand Flight Park Facebook page to organize this.

Lodging

Many lodging options are available. Each year pilots choose to camp, bring their RVs, or rent cabins or rooms at local hotels. We've listed some of the more common lodging options below. If you're interested in staying at The Glades, we encourage you to book quickly, as these options sell out fast.

Glades RV Resort:
6 cabins for rent which have a small kitchen and can house 2-3 pilots per cabin.

Port La Belle Inn:
Will offer a pilot discount if you stay for the week.
Speak with Terry at:
(863) 675-4411

La Belle Motel:
(863) 675-2971

The Rivers Edge:
(863) 675-6062

La Belle Woods:
(863) 675-3641

Camping:

Ortona Lock:
Improved camping sites and rv hook-ups with hot showers and laundry facilities
(863) 675-8400. Camp fee is $30 per night.

NeverLand Flight Park:
Improved camping: We have water and electricity now! $5 a night.

What to bring

Most of you have this figured out, but just in case you need a check list:

  • Clothes for hot and cool conditions. It's commonly quite hot and humid on the ground. It can be cool at cloudbase which is commonly at 6-7000 feet, but mostly it's a perfect 65 degrees.
  • Rain gear, if desired - it can rain at times and some rain gear may be needed if you plan outside time.
  • Tow bridle and hook knife (these are also available on site for purchase if needed).
  • Radio capable of transmitting on 148.500.
  • Cell phone capable of sending your location to the retrieve driver is recommended.
  • For those who plan to camp at NeverLand flight park, remember to bring everything you need - this is primitive, dry camping.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bug spray.
  • Extra water and snacks.

Weather

We can't control it, so we plan well and work with what we got! The Spring Fling is held during what is statistically proven to be the best two weeks of the year, with an average of 5 out of 6 days flown. We have a team of experienced pilots who are constantly evaluating the weather and sharing the analysis with pilots during each day pilot briefing. Our best conditions are anything with the word South in it, and our worst is North and Northeast. We have good flight potential to both the East and West.