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 competition where pilots upload logger traces of their cross-country flights to compare performances. The ‘BGA Ladder‘ is an excellent resource.

Each year, a range of trophies are presented for the best performance in the preceeding year in a number of categories. Details of the current trophy holders are available here.

Competition Calendar

Start DateEnd DateCompetitionVenue
5/4/156/4/15Dan Smith Memorial Trophy **Dunstable
20/5/1524/5/15Glider Aerobatic Nationals **Saltby
23/5/1531/5/1515m Class NationalsHusbands Bosworth
23/5/1531/5/15Standard Class NationalsHusbands Bosworth
20/6/1528/6/15Shenington RegionalsShenington
27/6/155/7/15Booker RegionalsBooker
4/7/1511/7/15Competition Enterprise *Sutton Bank
11/7/1519/7/15Club Class NationalsBicester
12/7/1525/7/15European Gliding Championships (18m, Open classes)Ocseny, Hungary
18/7/1526/7/15Hus Bos Challenge CupHusbands Bosworth
18/7/1526/7/15Bidford RegionalsBidford
25/7/152/8/15Dunstable RegionalsDunstable
1/8/1514/8/15Women's World Gliding ChampionshipsArnborg, Denmark
1/8/159/8/15Open Class NationalsGransden Lodge
1/8/159/8/15FAI 20m Two Seater NationalsGransden Lodge
1/8/159/8/15Northern Regionals **CANCELLED**Sutton Bank
1/8/159/8/15Bicester RegionalsBicester
1/8/159/8/15Inter-Services Regionals (civilians welcome)Bicester
2/8/1515/8/15European Gliding Championships (Standard, 15m. Club classes)Rieti, Italy
15/8/1523/8/15Lasham RegionalsLasham
15/8/1523/8/1518m Class NationalsLasham
22/8/1530/8/15Cotswold RegionalsAston Down
22/8/1530/8/15Junior ChampionshipsAston Down
23/8/1530/8/15Two Seater Competition *Pocklington
28/8/1530/8/15Saltby Open **Saltby
5/9/156/9/15Inter-Club League Final *Husbands Bosworth
6/9/1512/9/15UK Mountain Soaring Championship *Aboyne
1/12/1512/12/15Junior World Gliding ChampionshipsNarromine, Australia

* Non rated competition
** Glider Aerobatic