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 website links will be added when supplied by the host club.
|Start Date||End Date||Competition||Venue|
|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
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
Pilots may apply to be an FAI Official Observer. Details are available here.
Competition rules and guidance
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee terms of reference are available here.