Competitions & Awards


Many glider pilots take part in competitions. Although these usually involve racing sailplanes around pre-planned cross-country tasks, pilots also take part in aerobatic competitions where they are scored for accuracy of flying. Competitions can be great social occasions too, and following the cross country racing action from the ground is getting easier thanks to online tracking.

In addition to organised competitions, which can be competed in a day, or in the case of most regional or national competitions over nine days, pilots also compete in online competition where pilots upload logger traces of their cross-country flights to compare performances. The ‘BGA Ladder‘ is an excellent resource.

Each year, a range of trophies are presented for the best performance in the preceeding year in a number of categories. Details of the current trophy holders are available here.

Competition Calendar

Competition website links will be added when supplied by the host club.

Start DateEnd DateCompetitionVenue
28/5/165/6/16Club Class NationalsPocklington
28/5/165/6/16Lasham RegionalsLasham
12/6/1618/6/16Northern RegionalsSutton Bank
18/6/1626/6/16Standard Class NationalsAston Down
18/6/1626/6/1620m Multi-Seat Class NationalsAston Down
18/6/1626/6/16Cotswold RegionalsAston Down
25/6/163/7/16Shenington RegionalsShenington
2/7/1610/7/16Competition Enterprise *Shobdon
2/7/1610/7/16Booker RegionalsBooker
9/7/1616/7/16Wenlock Olympian Games *Long Mynd
9/7/1617/7/16Bidford RegionalsBidford Gliding and Flying Club
9/7/1617/7/16FAI Sailplane Grand PrixBicester
30/7/167/8/1615m NationalsLasham
30/7/167/8/16Open Class NationalsLasham
30/7/167/8/16Hus Bos Challenge Cup RegionalsHusbands Bosworth
30/7/167/8/16Dunstable RegionalsDunstable
30/7/1613/8/1634th FAI World Gliding Championships (Standard, Club, 20m Multi-Seat)Pociunai, Lithuania
13/8/1621/8/16Bicester RegionalsBicester
20/8/1628/8/1618m NationalsTibenham
20/8/1628/8/16Junior ChampionshipTibenham
21/8/1628/8/16Two Seater Competition *Pocklington
4/9/1610/9/16Mountain Soaring Competition *Aboyne

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic