Improve your cross-country skills and fly for the Wessex. Please contact
our competitions officer if you
are interested in competing.
The primary aims of the competition are flying, fun, safety and to encourage
teams to visit other areas of the UK and fly new and different types of
sites to help improve the scope of their flying abilities. At the same
time, pilots will have the chance to learn from one another, exchanging
views and ideas on the continual improvement of skills and the sport.
There are three variations of competition:-
There is no semi-final round, so the top six teams based on points scored (our top six scores count) through the year, plus one discretionary place, go through to the final.
When a club has decided that it would like to host a round, the captain's position is to invite other clubs to come along and compete. This is done by logging into the website and registering the day and place of the round. When this has been done, an email will be sent to all the other captains inviting them to compete.
A Smartgroups group has been set up for the BCC competition. It is firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe please send an email to email@example.com, or request the BCC organiser to send you an invitation.
Due to the success of last year and the increased requests to allow more than one advanced pilot per team, the rules have been changed to allow the teams to consist of any level of pilot above Club Pilot (+15 hrs). As before all pilots must be current BHPA members, this is actually a requirement from an insurance perspective,i.e. non members are not insured, and round organisers could be held responsible for non members if there were to be an accident.
To clarify the position on Club Pilots going cross country, the whole premise of the BCC is a coaching environment, and provided a Club Pilot is going cross country with pilots who are rated for cross country in a coaching environment this is fine.
In order to balance the teams now that they can be of quite varied experience, there is a handicapping system in place (see here for full details). In essence the higher your pilot rating, and the higher performance the glider you fly is, the less points you will score for your team. This should allow for Advance pilots, pilots and club pilots to compete on a reasonably level footing.
There have been a number of changes to the website, some to cope with the new scoring system, some to improve the process of round organisation and some to make it prettier.
So no matter who you are in the Club, you can volunteer your services to fly for the team.