Springs Season Finale Speed Navigation Rally – 27 Nov
The South African Power Flying Association (SAPFA) organised the 2021 Season finale Speed Navigation Rally on Saturday 27th November 2021 to take place at Springs, this being the 4th event in Season 3 of the Speed Rally series. As a season finale, it would end with a black-tie gala dinner on the Saturday evening against the standard already set in 2020 ending Season 2. Our Season 3 events were held in Witbank, Middelburg, Secunda and lastly Springs.
Some of the Saturday competitors. Many could not attend because of the weather at their home fields.
Century Avionics’ Sean and Mark were, as per usual, present to assist with the disabling certain devices
Holding such events in the height of the rainy season has its risks, doubly so with this past week’s weather characterized by a cut-off low, which brought abundant rain to all our provinces with significant flooding, particularly in the Cape, where it is unusual to have summer rainfall of this sort of magnitude. Thus, lots of weather watching and predictions were the order of the day from the beginning of the week and it seemed that it would be ok by Saturday.
David le Roux and the author.
With the main course enjoyed by all, it was time for prize giving, where only the season’s prizes could be handed out to the overall winners, fastest on handicap winners and accuracy winners. For this season, the top honours went to Mike Blackburn & Steven Briggs in their Yellow Sling ZU-IBM, Mike having been a competitor from the start of the Speed Rally series.First L – R Steven Briggs and Michael Blackburn
Second Mary de Klerk and Phil Wakeley
Third Martin Meyer and Leon Bouttell
Season Overall Winners
Ryan and Chris Shillaw season’s fasest team winner.
Second and third not present.
Season accuracy winners Fanie Scholtz and Herman Haasbroek not present.
Second Lourence Matthee not present and Christo Erasmus
Third Quintin Krugers and Johan Whiteman
Many Thanks to all the officials who put in the effort to make the Speed Rally series what it has become, namely Adrian Cronje as the Chief Marshall, Bernhard Jansen supporting marshalling, Nigel Musgrave as the Safety Officer, Iaan Myburg doing the scoring, Mauritz du Plessis & Sean Cronin doing test flights and starting, Marc & Shane from Century Avionics for GPS & Fuel Scrutineering, Lizelle Kruger, Leoni du Plessis and Chareen Shillaw on papers handout with Chareen also acting as the Race Secretary. Scrutineering of the crew ably handled by Clarissa Dacostaesilva and Anthea Cronin. ATC from the Special Air Events team was always on hand to support our events, as well as Santjie White as our guardian angel. Anneke Pretorius supported us in the last two events for catering for the officials as well as for the season finale and who put together a fantastic gala dinner spread with all the décor and trimmings fitting for a black-tie event. Thanks also goes to David le Roux who took on the Race Master role, this being his baptism of fire event, as well as Frans Smit and the rest of the Pilot Insure team. Thanks also extended to the team at Springs, Raymond Ayre, Eric & Antoinette Addison who graciously supported the officials in their hangar and Gavin Brown for the use of the Classic Wings hangar for the gala dinner.
To round off the evening, an auction was held for 11 table cloths that were part of the décor of the dinner tables, each representing previous Speed Rally events and their competitors, the photos kindly provided by Flightline Weekly with the layout design done by Anneke Pretorius, the auction became very lively as the values went up with the first table cloth going for R500 and the last one going for R 4000! This was for sure a high note to close on the formal proceedings before Leon Joubert and his band WASP got everybody into the mood for party time.
Our next Speed Rally event will be in Witbank in the 5th of March 2022.