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 competitions – the BGA Ladder or the OLC – where pilots upload logger traces of their cross-country flights to compare performances.

Competition Calendar

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

There are no competitions for 2017.
Start DateEnd DateCompetitionVenue
30/3/181/4/18Dan Smith Memorial Trophy **Dunstable
16/6/1822/6/18Dunstable RegionalsDunstable
23/6/181/7/18Shenington RegionalsShenington
30/6/187/7/18Competition Enterprise *Aston Down
7/7/1815/7/18Bidford RegionalsBidford Gliding and Flying Club
8/7/1821/7/1835th FAI World Gliding Championships Club/Standard/15mOstrow Wielkopolski
20/7/1822/7/18Saltby Open **Saltby
21/7/1829/7/18Bicester RegionalsBicester
21/7/1829/7/18Booker RegionalsBooker
28/7/185/8/18Hus Bos Challenge Cup RegionalsHusbands Bosworth
28/7/1812/8/1835th FAI World Gliding Championships ( 20m Multi-Seat/Open/18mPribram Czech Republic
2/8/1813/8/18World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships - Zbraslavice, Cz **Zbraslavice, Cz
4/8/1812/8/18Club Class NationalsDunstable
4/8/1812/8/18Inter-Services RegionalsBannerdown GC
12/8/1818/8/18Northern Regionals (NB 7 days)Sutton Bank
18/8/1826/8/1815m Class NationalsCotswold GC - Aston Down
18/8/1826/8/18Standard Class NationalsCotswold GC - Aston Down
18/8/1826/8/18Open Class NationalsCotswold GC - Aston Down
18/8/1826/8/18Junior ChampionshipsLasham
18/8/1826/8/18Lasham RegionalsLasham
19/8/1826/8/18Two Seater Competition *Pocklington
23/8/1826/8/18National Glider Aerobatic Championships **Saltby
2/9/188/9/18UK Mountain Soaring Competition *Aboyne

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic

More Information

The following information will be of interest;


Airspace files

BGA and FAI sporting badges

BGA ladder

BGA trophy winners

British gliding records

British gliding team

Competition licence and nationals entries

Inter-club league

Notification of significant gliding activity;

Task setting

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, please contact the BGA office.

The committee terms of reference are available here.

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