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 Date End Date Competition Venue
30/3/18 1/4/18 Dan Smith Memorial Trophy ** Dunstable
16/6/18 22/6/18 Dunstable Regionals Dunstable
23/6/18 1/7/18 Shenington Regionals Shenington
30/6/18 7/7/18 Competition Enterprise * Aston Down
8/7/18 21/7/18 35th FAI World Gliding Championships Club/Standard/15m Ostrow Wielkopolski
20/7/18 22/7/18 Saltby Open ** Saltby
21/7/18 29/7/18 Bicester Regionals Bicester
28/7/18 12/8/18 35th FAI World Gliding Championships ( 20m Multi-Seat/Open/18m Pribram Czech Republic
4/8/18 12/8/18 Club Class Nationals Dunstable
4/8/18 12/8/18 Inter-Services Regionals Bannerdown GC
12/8/18 18/8/18 Northern Regionals (NB 7 days) Sutton Bank
18/8/18 26/8/18 Junior Championships Lasham
18/8/18 26/8/18 Standard Class Nationals Cotswold GC - Aston Down
18/8/18 26/8/18 15m Class Nationals Cotswold GC - Aston Down
18/8/18 26/8/18 Lasham Regionals Lasham
18/8/18 26/8/18 Open Class Nationals Cotswold GC - Aston Down
19/8/18 26/8/18 Two Seater Competition * Pocklington
23/8/18 26/8/18 National Glider Aerobatic Championships ** Saltby
2/9/18 8/9/18 UK Mountain Soaring Competition * Aboyne

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic

Start Date End Date Competition Venue
25/5/19 2/6/19 Club Class Nationals Cotswold GC - Aston Down
22/6/19 30/6/19 Bidford Regionals 2019 Bidford Gliding Club
6/7/19 21/7/19 FAI European Gliding Championships (15m, Std & Club Classes) Prievidza (Slovakia)
13/7/19 21/7/19 18m Nationals Husbands Bosworth
13/7/19 21/7/19 Booker Regionals Booker
13/7/19 21/7/19 20m Multi-Seat Class Nationals Husbands Bosworth
20/7/19 27/7/19 Bicester Regionals Bicester
3/8/19 11/8/19 Standard Class Nationals Lasham
3/8/19 11/8/19 15m Nationals Lasham
3/8/19 11/8/19 Open Class Nationals Lasham
3/8/19 11/8/19 Hus Bos Challenge Cup Regionals Husbands Bosworth
17/8/19 25/8/19 Junior Championship Bristol & Glos - Nympsfield
18/8/19 25/8/19 Two Seater Competition * Pocklington
1/9/19 7/9/19 UK Mountain Soaring Championship * 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)