Introduction

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.

Prizes

There will be prizes at the AGM for:

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!

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Rules

Eligibility

  1. In order to take part in this competition you must:
    1. be a paid-up member of SHGC
    2. have a CP rating or above
    3. and have current BHPA membership
  2. 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.
  3. Pilots must be qualified to fly a site in order to score waypoints by taking off from that site according to the site rules
  4. Pilots must respect all airspace laws, flights will be checked and deleted if an infringement occurs

Scoring

  1. All waypoint circles have a radius of 100 metres.
  2. Each waypoint can only be bagged once per pilot for the "most waypoints over the season" prizes.
  3. Each waypoint can also be bagged once per flight for the "most waypoints in one flight" prizes.
  4. 1 point will be scored for every waypoint bagged (therefore maximum score possible for each prize category = 73).
  5. In order to score, a flight:
    1. must take off from a designated SHGC take-off site
    2. must have a GPS track point inside each waypoint circle claimed *
  6. In the event of a tie for a first place, the winner will be the pilot who achieves their total in the shortest time
  7. All igc files are accepted (no security signature or G record required)

Safety

* Pearl of Wisdom from XAlps competitor Richard Bungay: the most common error in competitions is pilots thinking they have left a track point inside a waypoint circle when they haven’t been inside it long enough for their GPS to record one. Set your GPS track point recording interval to 5 seconds maximum to avoid this (less if your GPS has enough memory) and lurk inside the waypoint circle long enough to score.