Tag Archive for competition

Region 5 West at Chilhowee

This Region V West contest was a very demanding one. It required the best of every pilot. My congratulations to those who topped the field, they did an exceptional job of reading the weather and finding the energy lines. Fernando Silva came in first, Frank Paynter second, and Mamad Takallu third. All very experienced contest…

Florida Sailplane Grand Prix – USA

The Florida Sailplane Grand Prix has been designed to bring back the good old days of racing. Over the past few years, grand prix racing has been rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. Following requests from many sailplane enthusiasts, there will now be a series of weekend Grand Prix style races at Seminole Lake Gliderport in Clermont, Florida. This…

Grand Prix Racing for the Rest of Us

This is a cropped but close translation of part of an article published March 27, 2013 in the OLC Magazine in German. “The argument can be made that traditional glider racing rules are such that spectator interest and involvement is near zero. Complex rules that are not relatable by the lay person and technical details that take substantial time to sort out delay daily racing results for hours if not until the next morning. Whoever comes home first from a contest flight is most likely not involved in the decision regarding the day’s winner.”

Chilhowee Cross Country and Team Flying Training Camp

99 Soaring Fans, This is Bravo Zulu   I am reporting from Chilhowee Glider Port, home of Chilhowee Soaring Association, http://chilhowee.com/   Like others,  I too doubted that the weather would hold good enough for a contest this past weekend, but I arrived Friday afternoon to prepare for the Region V contest and planned to stay over for…