While learning to fly is great fun, competitive gliding is even more so. Regional, National, and International competitions are held every year. As many of the the CUGC members are pre-solo or early solo we take part in a range of competitions better suited to their level of experience.
The Cambridge University Gliding Club's team is called the Sky Lions. Team members must have at least thier Bronze Certificate and be selected by the Captain. The Sky Lions represent CUGC at a range of competitions each year.
The Inter-University Gliding Competition is hosted at different airfield each year, and brings together many of the major universities for a week of gliding and fun.
This is normally held annually, either at Gransden Lodge or OUGC's home airfield at RAF Bicester, and is the traditional opportunity for us to show our skills against "the other place".
The rules are simple: teams of 5 attempt to soar locally for up to 50 minutes, gaining one point per minute, climbing for 2 points per 100 ft, and then to land before the 50 minutes are up as there is then a deduction of 6 points per minute. Flights which receive no points for time are not allowed to claim height gains.
Women on the Varsity team can get a half-blue if they already have perfomed a 1 hour solo flight. Men can also get a half-blue from the Women's Blues Committee (subject to approval from MBC)
Each year solo pilots can represent their college in the college gliding competition by submitting their flights to the BGA Ladder, colleges can enter as many pilots as they wish and pilots can submit as many flights as they wish, but only the highest scoring flight from each college is taken. Pilots without a cross country endorsement can still take part by doing the CUGC micro tasks.
CUGC pilots can gain banter points for a range of flying and non-flying activities. The winner gets recognition.
Slazenger Trophy for highest cumulative hight gain in a flight less than 70 min
Marshall Papworth Trophy for person who has contributed the most to CUGC
Best Ab-Initio Trophy for best new pilot
Women's Half Blue for women on the Varsity Team who also have Bronze Certificate or higher.
Cross Country Ladder
Unfortunately there is not a gliding competition every day of the year, however you can still record your flights and submit them to the national cross country ladder.
Other Gliding Competitions
For more experienced pilots.
Record Breaking Flights
Some pilots choose to attempt the distance records. As of September 2012 the records are:
Steve Fossett (USA) - 15 460m
Free Distance using upto 3 turn points
Klaus Ohlmann (GER) - 3009 km
However there a many more records, because there are different classes of glider, and because distance records can be set as straight line distance, distance around a triangular task, or distance out and return.
All records can be found on the FAI website many of the records have never been set (because the FAI has minimum standards for a world record flights) or have been held for a long time and could easily be broken.