About competitions

In simple terms a gliding competition is a series of time trails spread over nine days. Each glider competes to go the fastest (or fly the furthest) round a fixed course for the day that is designed to optimise the soaring conditions.
Competing gliders carry a secure GPS logger that is downloaded after flight that shows when they crossed the start and finish line and also that they successfully flew in to all the control points at the corners.

Types of competition

There are several types of competition recognised in the UK:

  1. Local inter-club competitions
    These are informal competitions held at most clubs throughout the country.
  2. Regional championships
    These competitions are handicapped based on glider type which allows different gliders to fly against each other.
  3. National championships
    National competitions are usually not handicapped but gliders are divided into classes (read more here). Lower performance gliders can enter in a higher class, but not a more restrictive one. There’s also a handicapped national competition for older glider designs called the Club Class.