Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)

Contest Report:

2016 MOSS Summer Solstice after 6:00 PM Contest - Jim Clark Memorial - Saturday June 18, 2016

Who: AMA license and FAA SUAS registration required for pilots, spectators welcome
What: 2016 MOSS Summer Solstice after 6:00 PM Contest
            Winch launched sailplanes only, after 6:00 PM contest, total of best 3 flights
When: Saturday June 18, 2016
            Winches will be in place by 5:00 and available for test flying.
            Pilots meeting at 5:30 PM, first official launches at 6:00 PM (by definition)
            there will be a drawing for launch order for the first round of launches
            subsequent launches will after on a first come first served basis
Where: Ohio Willow Wood (OWW), 15441 Scioto Darby Road, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143
Why: To have fun!
Event Type: Winch launched sailplanes only, after 6:00 PM contest, total of best 3 flights
Sponsor: Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)
Entry fee: none
Contest Director: Todd Anderson


This contest goes back a good many years, all the way back to Tom Nagel who came up with the idea in memory of Jim Clark for which this contest was named.

This contest is one of two "after 6" contests that MOSS runs during the summer when the days are long. This one in particular is held as close to the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, hence part of it's name the "The Summer Solstice".

A solstice happens when the sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees. It's also known as the Northern Solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.

The format of this Jim Clark Memorial Summer Solstice Contest is the total of the best 3 sailplane flights after 6:00 PM. Simple and sweet rules, not really any other rules other than the flights must be those of a pure sailplane. No electric launches but winch launched, high starts or hand launches are all OK..

Quite often lift is found after 6:00 PM and there has historically been flights in the one hour range.

Later in the summer, usually in mid-August when the days are still long, MOSS holds "The Hanford" a single best flight "after 6" contest. Similar rules, but only the best flight is scored.

I am told these contests are unique and maybe the only ones of there kind held in the USA.

The weather was perfect for this meet, with daytime high in the low 90's and light easterly winds with a slight southerly component. This allowed the winches to be set up on the east-west runway at OWW. The slight southerly component caused the chutes to drift somewhat and we had to be careful to make sure they were not crossed, but it was very manageable.

Todd Anderson brought the club's "Whimpy Winch" and I brought my newly acquired winch out for a full test as I had only had it out once prior for a short test one evening a few months back. The two winches and a high-start, brought by Bill Hoelcher, provided good options for all types of sailplanes.

I was fortunate to have Greg Bell find the area where I repeatably found lift, though light, it kept my AVA aloft for several extended flights. thanks Greg!

I pretty much just flew, not really paying attention to what others were doing, until I was told I was in the lead and the lift was getting harder to find. The exception was I did keep an eye on Mark Groves who continued to put up flight after flight in hopes of hooking some good air. My thought was I wanted to be in the air at the same time, if and when he hooked some air, and thus hopefully keeping pace with him. Several times, I thought Mark was in something, but it turned out to be too light. As the sun was setting the lift became non-existent and it wan't to be.

Thanks for running the contest Todd and special thanks to Jay Watkins, JD Filkins, Carey Songailo, Bill Hoelcher and Larry Basford who repeatably shagged the chutes saving those of us flying many a step.

Joe M


Last night we held the Jim Clark memorial contest at O.W.W. Seven pilots with two winches and a high start competed to see who could fly the longest after 6:00 P.M. We added up the three best flights of each contestant.

Joe Mekina and his AVA handily won the contest with a combined score of over 42 minutes. Congratulations Joe!

I would like to thank Larry, Carrie, J.D, Jay and Bill for shagging chutes and keeping winches ready for everyone. I don't think anyone waited very long for an available winch.

Also, thank you Tom Nagel. I understand you are the genesis of this contest.

I had fun.

Todd Anderson, CD


2016 MOSS Jim Clark Memorial Summer Solstice - Results Summary

place pilot best flight 2nd best flight 3rd best flight total
1 Joe Mekina 18:49 13:39 10:00 42:28
2 Mark Groves 9:51 9:33 9:32 28:56
3 Skye Malcolm 15:52 5:44 5:14 26:50
4 Greg Bell 10:28 8:12 3:35 22:19
5 Todd Anderson 6:05 4:31 3:39 14:15
6 Bill Hoelcher 3:59 3:38 3:00 10:37
7 Gil Perez 3:08 2:43 2:25 8:16


As far as I know, no one took any pictures other than the one shown here in this report. It was pretty much an after-thought after the meet was over.

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