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
3/1/20 17/1/20 Women's World Gliding Championships Lake Keepit Soaring Club
11/7/20 17/7/20 Booker Red Kite - Chiltern Challenge Cup * C/O Booker Gliding Club
8/8/20 16/8/20 Cambridge Cloud Rally * Gransden Lodge
6/9/20 12/9/20 UK Mountain Soaring Competition * Deeside Gliding Club (Aboyne)

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic

Start Date End Date Competition Venue
29/5/21 6/6/21 Standard Class Nationals Lasham
29/5/21 6/6/21 UK 15m Nationals Lasham
29/5/21 6/6/21 UK Open Class Nationals Lasham
26/6/21 4/7/21 Bidford Regionals 2021 Bidford Gliding Club
17/7/21 25/7/21 Club Class Nationals 2021 The Gliding Centre - Husbands Bosworth
7/8/21 15/8/21 Hus Bos Challenge Cup International The Gliding Centre - Husbands Bosworth
7/8/21 15/8/21 Gransden Regionals Cambridge G.C. - Gransden
21/8/21 29/8/21 UK Junior Nationals 2021 Cotswold Gliding Club - Aston Down
21/8/21 29/8/21 UK 18m Multi-Seat Class Nationals Lasham
21/8/21 29/8/21 UK 20m Multi-Seat Class Nationals Lasham
21/8/21 29/8/21 Cotswold Regionals Cotswold Gliidng Club - Aston Down
5/9/21 11/9/21 UK Mountain Soaring Championships Deeside Gliding Club - Aboyne

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic


Related Information

Airspace

Airspace files

BGA and FAI sporting badges

BGA ladder

British Gliding Team

Competition licence

Competition organisers information

Competition rules

Inter-club league

International Gliding Commission (FAI)

Nationals entries 2020

OLC

Records

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)