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June 26th, 2012
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Great Lakes Cup
I went to the Great Lakes Cup model rocket contest this weekend. It had both an international (FAI) component as well as a National Association of Rocketry (NAR) sanctioned contest. I nominally competed as Bumbling Brothers Flying Circus as an NAR team. Because of the specific bizarre nature of the contest rules, I flew a couple of very big models with small ("A" sized) rocket engines. Specifically, I flew a "Big Betty" quite a bit because the owner of Quest, Bill Stine, was at the meet and and the Big Betty is a Quest kit. I teased him mercilessly about the performance of the model.

Despite the nature of my models, I did end up placing second in one event, B-altitude.

As my brother Peter peteralway said the other day, girls don't fly rockets. As proof, see the photographs after the cut.


Emma Krystal and her father at Great Lakes Cup 2012


Emma Krystal and father altitude models at GLC 2012

Emma and her rocket flying medals

Emma Krystal and medals 2012

Another girl and her high performance altitude model.

Great Lakes Cup 2012 Girl and altitude rocket

A picture of most of the kids in the contest. Notice how there are no girls flying rockets.

Kids at Great Lakes Cup 2012

Current Location: United States, Michigan, Allegan
Current Mood: amusedamused

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From:catsittingstill
Date:June 26th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
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:-) I see that.

On the bright side it means idiot marketers are not destroying girls' interest in rocketry.
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From:joecoustic
Date:June 26th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Always nice to have a place to point folks to see documented proof :)!
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From:peteralway
Date:June 26th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Glad to see that Emma raked in the medals!

Send these pics off to ehobbies.com!
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From:judifilksign
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I actually know three rocket scientists in real life. They are all women.
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