Sullivan Lake XXIII - September 16 - 18 2016
The CRA's longest running Annual High Power Event, Sullivan Lake, is held near Wrentham, Alberta.
Sullivan Lake often attracts fliers from all over western Canada and the north western United States. Many shapes and sizes of rockets are usually flown, from the small Estes models to massive high power rockets that are capable of super-sonic flight. Spectators are always welcome and can expect to see a number of exciting flights. Whether you're new to rocketry or have been doing it for a long time, Sullivan Lake is an excellent launch to meet with fellow rocketeers and to see what everyone else has been building.
Be sure to bring your current CAR-ACF membership cards for registration.
The launch site is located about 15 km east of Highway 36 and 9 km south of Highway 61. When travelling south on Range Road 154, turn west over the Texas Gate into the gravel pit and follow the road marked by plastic ribbon. Additionally, there will be signs to watch for on Highway 4, Highway 61, and Range Road 154 marking the site.
In the event of poor weather conditions, Sullivan Lake XXIII has an alternate date of September 23 - 25 scheduled. A call to scrub the primary date will be made within a couple days of the proposed launch.
New to Sullivan Lake?
Sullivan Lake is a three day launch. Typically, the most active day for flying is the Saturday. Very often, the range is pulled down early on Sunday so that people can head home earlier. If you're only planning on coming down for a day, Saturday is usually your best bet as there is a chance we'll already be shutting down by the time you arrive on Sunday.
Another rule of thumb to pay close heed to while at Sullivan Lake is to pay close attention to the weather. We've learnt over the years that you should fly whenever the conditions are sufficient for your flight (wind, cloud cover, etc.). If you wait for a "better" chance, you may not be able to fly. We're at the mercy of mother nature.
Lastly, please be prepared to pitch in. A launch like this cannot happen unless everyone does their part. If at all possible, please try to be on site to help setup and tear down. All the equipment has to be stored after the launch and everyone is just as eager to get home as you are. While the launch is going on, there are a number of jobs that everyone, vetern and newbie alike can perform. If you're not sure what to do, just ask someone. We won't bite.
Camping is allowed on-site although trailers and vehicles are recommended.
Past experience tells us that the camping area can change. What was the camping area a few years ago is now at the bottom of the gavel pit. As a result, we endeavour to mark the entrance to the camping area at the Y in the road as one enters the pit. Just watch for the rebar and tape, it will guide you to the camping area. The path to the camp can be rather bumpy what with gopher mounds, take it cool to save on the suspension.
Be aware that winds can pick up at anytime. We may get the 30 second warning during the day, and as veterans can attest many people have been saving their awnings during the day or others breathing their tent walls during the night. Bring sturdy tents along with long strong tent pegs... the ground is VERY rocky and a small peg will break or bend very easily. Old screw drivers work well as tent pegs here.
Private campfires are not allowed, the use of propane stoves and BBQ's is ok.
Bring lot's of sunscreen and bug repellent! The sun is still high in the September afternoon, and the mosquitos can still be out in full force.
There are a couple of small towns close by. Milk River is 51km away, and has the nearest hospital in case of a medical emergency. Taber is 57km away and has a hospital, grocery stores, hardware stores, refreshment stores, dining places, accomodations, and fast food.
A Port-a-Potty will be on hand, and a sani-dump is available at the Taber Municipal Park or just check here.