The competition is based around 6 of our sites, Caburn, Devil's Dyke, Ditchling, High and Over, Bo Peep and Firle. Scattered around them we've placed 73 waypoints; some easy to reach, some much harder. Each waypoint is marked with a blue circle and labelled “SHGC001” to “SHGC073”. View the waypoints here.
There will be prizes at the AGM for:
- PG and HG pilot (any rating) who bags most waypoints over the season
- PG and HG pilot (any rating) who bags most waypoints in one flight
- CP-rated (on 01 Jan this year) PG and HG pilot who bags most waypoints over the season. CP rated pilots with extensive experience may be excluded from the CP competition at the discretion of the competition organisers.
What do I have to do?
Take off and fly into one or more waypoints (blue circle). See examples. It’s up to you to decide when conditions are suitable to fly and which waypoints are safely reachable. That’s all there is to it!
Sounds fun! What’s next?
- Read the rules
- Download the waypoint file in format
- Load the waypoints onto your GPS (see Very Basic GPS Instructions)
- After landing upload your track log (igc file). Closing date is the Friday before the AGM or the end of the year (whichever comes first)
- See where you rank in the results
- In order to take part in this competition you must:
- be a paid-up member of SHGC
- have a CP rating or above
- and have current BHPA membership
- If a CP-rated pilot plans a route that goes from one site to another and would therefore count as a "proper xc", a briefing from a club coach or P/AP-rated pilot is required before take-off and a CAA chart should be carried.
- Pilots must be qualified to fly a site in order to score waypoints by taking off from that site according to the site rules
- Pilots must respect all airspace laws, flights will be checked and deleted if an infringement occurs
- All waypoint circles have a radius of 100 metres.
- Each waypoint can only be bagged once per pilot for the "most waypoints over the season" prizes.
- Each waypoint can also be bagged once per flight for the "most waypoints in one flight" prizes.
- 1 point will be scored for every waypoint bagged (therefore maximum score possible for each prize category = 73).
- In order to score, a flight:
- must take off from a designated SHGC take-off site
- must have a GPS track point inside each waypoint circle claimed *
- In the event of a tie for a first place, the winner will be the pilot who achieves their total in the shortest time
- All igc files are accepted (no security signature or G record required)
- Learn how to use your GPS on the ground. You should not be looking at it or pressing buttons in flight, other than minimal checks.
- Collision avoidance is your primary responsibility whilst flying.
- Only attempt tasks that have a good chance of success. Please do not simply fly out towards a remote waypoint and land out. You will not score and you will risk upsetting the landowner.
- It is each pilot’s responsibility to take all necessary actions to maintain their own safety during the competition and to ensure that they do not act in any way that might endanger any other pilots or members of the public / horses / livestock etc. The SHGC committee accept no responsibility for any losses or injuries incurred whilst taking part.