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Past reports
= Past reports =
== 2018 ==
The match was held from June 20th to 22nd, with the 21st being 'the day of the decade' with numerous 750km flights being conducted around the country.
'''Day 1:'''
Day 1 was weakly soarable, but we made the most of the day with both teams completing check flights and getting some practice in. Thursday and
Friday were forecast to be big days so we were
looking forward to the two day match. The
Varsity match task is simple: points are earned for
each 100ft of height gained within 50 minutes,
with points also being awarded for time up to 50
minutes. However, points are taken away after 50
minutes so it is important to judge your flight time
'''Day 2:'''
The conditions on the second day were perfectly
suited for the first scoring day. The match began
at noon, with an Oxford pilot launching first.
CUGC’s president Chris Barrott launched soon
after, completing what turned out to be the second
highest scoring flight of the day in the Junior,
earning CUGC 280 points. He managed to make
the most of the strong conditions and achieved
over 10,000ft of height gain. The next Cambridge
pilot to launch was Tomasz Cebo, who completed
an hour-long flight in the ASW19b. Just like the
year before, he forgot about the 50-minute flight
time limit – however he managed to find thermals
towards the end of his flight that were so strong
that this didn’t turn out to be a disadvantage,
earning him a score of 238. Next in line was
Cambridge’s captain Nat West. Launching in the
K21, he didn’t have as much luck finding strong
thermals, achieving a score of 147 during a 49-
minute flight. An hour later, Tomasz Cebo
attempted a second flight and managed to improve
upon his previous flight with a score of 255, this
time adhering to the 50-minute flight limit. Hugh
Hudson completed the last scoring flight of the
day for Cambridge in the K21, achieving 209
Oxford put up a strong performance on the first
scoring day. Artur Doshchyn achieved 323 points,
by far the highest score of the day. After the
second day, Oxford was leading the match with
432 normalised points vs Cambridge’s 384.
{| class="wikitable"
! Team !! Pilot !! Normalised Points !! Total
! scope="row" rowspan="4" | Cambridge
| Chris Barrott
| 121
| rowspan="4" | 384
| Tomasz Cebo
| 110
| Hugh Hudson
| 90
| Nat West
| 63
! scope="row" rowspan="4" | Oxford
| Artur Doshchyn
| 239
| rowspan="4" | 432
| Tor Walberg
| 117
| Chia-Man Hung
| 88
| Dinant Riks
| 88
'''Day 3:'''
The conditions were mostly blue and provided a
more challenging day – a chance for a Cambridge
comeback, perhaps.
A small grid formed at the end of runway 04 and
launching started at about 11:30. The match
started at shortly after noon with the Oxford K21
taking the first launch again. Cambridge pilot
Bonan Zhu launched right after in the ASW19b.
He manged to connect with a thermal at 800ft and
then climbed to 3000ft. Despite the sky being
blue, he found an energy line near the airfield and
rode along it. A flight duration of 49 minutes was
achieved, gaining Cambridge 177 points. The
second Cambridge pilot was Hugh Hudson. He
scored 164 points in his flight with four
respectable climbs in a K21. In the meantime,
Tomasz Cebo was flying in the ASW19b and he
achieved the highest score of the day in his third
flight, 237, in six climbs. Afterwards Timo
Wilken performed the fourth scoring flight of the
day. He achieved a respectable score of 156 with
two long climbs. The conditions started to
deteriorate around 15:30 with increasing difficulty
to connect with thermals off the winch. Daniel
Morales Valdivia was the fifth pilot to attempt a
score. He took off in the SZD-50-3 with safety
instructor Peter Warner at 1509 but had to land
shortly after. At this point the thermals had
become too weak, yet he still managed to achieve
a respectable score of 55 given the conditions. We
would also like to thank Cambridge pilot Stepan
Chrz who acted as launch marshal to ensure
efficient operation for both teams and kept the
logs up to date.
In the meantime, Oxford achieved a score of 190
and 184 in their first two flights but then struggled
to get away for the third one. Two more successful
scoring flights of 50-minute duration were
achieved later in the day, despite weak conditions.
Due to the fantastic performance of Cambridge’s
pilots on the second scoring day, Cambridge made
up for day one and won the Varsity match with a
score of 814 vs Oxford’s 802!
== 2014 ==