Competitions & Awards

Competition flying is an important part of gliding. Although competitions 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.

Organised on-site competitions range from a one day single race event through to nine-day or two-week championships involving multiple races and classes of gliders. Some pilots compete in online competitions, for example the BGA Ladder or the OLC, where pilots upload logger traces of their cross-country flights to compare performances. Each glider type has a performance handicap. Details are in the Competition Rules.


Competition Calendar

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

Start Date End Date Competition Venue
28/5/22 5/6/22 Lasham Regionals Lasham
11/6/22 19/6/22 Open Class Nationals - 2022 Cotswold GC - Aston Down
11/6/22 19/6/22 Standard Class Nationals 2022 Cotswold GC - Aston Down
11/6/22 19/6/22 15M Nationals 2022 Cotswold GC - Aston Down
25/6/22 3/7/22 Bidford Regionals 2022 Bidford Gliding Club
2/7/22 10/7/22 Shenington Regionals Edgehill Gliding Centre
2/7/22 9/7/22 Competition Enterprise * Midland Gliding Club - Long Mynd
2/7/22 16/7/22 FAI European Gliding Championships 2022 Pociunai, Lithuania
16/7/22 23/7/22 Hus Bos Challenge Cup 2022 The Gliding Centre - Husbands Bosworth
23/7/22 31/7/22 Club Class Nationals 2022 Buckminster G.C. - Saltby
23/7/22 6/8/22 FAI World Gliding Championship Matkopuszta, Hungary
30/7/22 7/8/22 Dunstable Regionals 2022 London Gliding Club
31/7/22 14/8/22 FAI Junior World Gliding Championship Tabor, Czech Republic
13/8/22 21/8/22 18M Class Nationals 2022 Lasham Gliding Society - Lasham Airfield
13/8/22 21/8/22 20M Multi Seat Nationals 2022 Lasham Gliding Society - Lasham Airfield
13/8/22 27/8/22 Women's World Gliding Championship The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth
20/8/22 28/8/22 Junior Nationals 2022 TO BE ADVISED
21/8/22 28/8/22 Two Seater Competition * Wolds G C - Pocklington

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic


Gliding Records

Pilots can view existing British gliding records here.

If you intend to or have broken a record, you can apply to have your record recognised using an FAI IGC form available from this link.


FAI IGC Documents

FAI IGC website

FAI IGC documents (eg Sporting Code)


Official Observers

Pilots may apply to be an FAI Official Observer. Details are available here.

The BGA Official Observer application form is here.

An FAI video detailing guidance for Official Observers is available here.


Competition rules and guidance

Rules for rated competitions

Rated competition organisers information

 

A simplified competition rules format has been developed as an alternative to the ‘rules for rated competitions’. The standard rules are necessarily rigorous to cater for National Championships where similarity to International rules is required. However, at UK regional competition level, such rigour is not necessary and the complexity of the standard rules can be a barrier to pilots and potential organisers. It is hoped that clubs will trial this format in 2022 to encourage new cross-country pilots to gain the skills and experience that will enable them to safely take part in higher-level competitions in their gliding journey.

Simplified competition rules

Simplified competition rules organisers information

 

Inter-club league


Other Information

Airspace

Airspace files

BGA ladder

British Gliding Team

Competition licence (online application)

Competition scoring script

Nationals entries 2022

OLC

Task setting

Trophy winners

WWGC 2022 Hus Bos


Competitions and Awards Committee

The BGA Competitions and Awards Committee is always keen to recruit new committee members. If you are interested in learning more about the Competition and Awards Committee, or more generally about competitions and awards please contact the BGA office or email compscommittee@gliding.co.uk

The committee terms of reference are available here.

Previous meeting notes are available here (click on chronologically to date order)