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.

Start DateEnd DateCompetitionVenue
8/1/1721/1/1734th FAI World Gliding Championships (15m, 18m, Open)Benalla, Australia
17/5/174/6/179th FAI Women's World Gliding ChampionshipsZbraslavice, Czech Republic
17/6/1725/6/17Club Class NationalsHusbands Bosworth
17/6/1725/6/1718m NationalsHusbands Bosworth
29/6/1716/7/172nd FAI World 13.5m Gliding ChampionshipsSzatymaz, Hungary
1/7/179/7/17Shenington RegionalsShenington
1/7/178/7/17Competition Enterprise *North Hill
16/7/1723/7/17Booker RegionalsBooker
20/7/1730/7/17The World Games **Wroclaw, Poland
22/7/1729/7/17Standard Class NationalsAston Down
22/7/1730/7/1715m NationalsAston Down
22/7/1730/7/17Open Class NationalsAston Down
22/7/1729/7/1720m Multi-Seat Class NationalsAston Down
22/7/1730/7/17Hus Bos Challenge Cup RegionalsHusbands Bosworth
23/7/175/8/1719th FAI European Gliding Championships (Club, Standard and 20m Classes)Moravska Trebova, Czech Republic
27/7/1713/8/1710th FAI Junior World Gliding ChampionshipsPociunai, Lithuania
29/7/176/8/17Inter-Services RegionalsBannerdown GC
5/8/1713/8/17Dunstable RegionalsDunstable
5/8/1713/8/17Bidford RegionalsBidford
5/8/1713/8/17Bicester RegionalsBicester
10/8/1726/8/1719th FAI European Gliding Championships (15m, 18m and Open Classes)Lasham
13/8/1719/8/17Northern Regionals (NB 7 days)Sutton Bank
19/8/1727/8/17Junior ChampionshipBristol & Glos - Nympsfield
20/8/1727/8/17Two Seater Competition *Pocklington
2/9/173/9/17Inter-Club League Final *Gransden Lodge
3/9/179/9/17UK Mountain Soaring Championship *Aboyne

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic

Start DateEnd DateCompetitionVenue
30/6/187/7/18Competition Enterprise *Aston Down
30/6/188/7/18Shenington RegionalsShenington
7/7/1815/7/18Bidford RegionalsBidford Gliding and Flying Club
21/7/1829/7/18Bicester RegionalsBicester
4/8/1812/8/18Club Class NationalsDunstable

* 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.