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Competitions & Group Flying Weeks

There are a number of types and sizes of gliding competitions in Australia.  They are posted in the Gliding Australia calendar and newsletters notify of the upcoming competitions nationally. 

Regattas

Regattas are locally-run low-key competitions.  Suitable for new cross-country pilots and experienced competition pilots.  Often there is opportunity for low experience pilots to fly a two-seater with an experienced coach to ‘learn the ropes”.  All you need is a GPC and a glider.  Regattas are a fun way to start your competition experience.  Regattas fly mostly with unballasted handicaps and some also handicap the pilots.

Narromine Cup

The Narromine Cup gets a mention of its own.  Held at Narromine every November, the Narromine Cup is a fun week of flying for pilots and gliders of all standards.  Flights are scored on the OLC and prizes awarded for all sorts of achievements – personal best flight, fastest, longest.  Check out the cup details on the Narromine club website http://narromineglidingclub.com.au

State Competitions

State Competitions are held in WA, SA, Victoria, NSW and Qld each summer.  They usually run two classes – Sports Class and Club Class.  If there are a large number of entries, there may be more sub-set classes.

 

National Competitions

There are 4 Nationals held each year for the following classes:

  • Two Seater Nationals – 20m Two Seaters and Open Class Two Seaters
  • Open and 18m Class – often classed together
  • 15m and Standard Class – often classed together
  • JoeyGlide – has a limit on the highest performance glider that can be flown

The Nationals and State Competitions use the Gliding Australia National Rules

Scoring and Live Tracking

Most competitions are scored by glider handicap and you can look up the scores of competitions at www.soaringspot.com or sometimes by link on the competition’s website or link.

Many competitions have live tracking so you can follow them in real-time or nearly (e.g. 15 minute delay) realtime.

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