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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.
== Results ==
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| 1999 || ||
| 1998 ||
X- Country Ladder || Oxford 14671 Cambridge 13112
| 1997 Aug || RAF Bicester || Oxford 80 Cambridge 40
# Each pilot can enter only one scoring flight for each day of the competition. A day should be declared void if it is not possible for at least three members of each team to fly.
# Teams must record on their own logs the takeoff and landing time for each scoring flight made by a member of their team. Failure to do so renders a flight invalid. An observer from each team shall be present at the launch point during all flights.
# A barograph trace must be submitted for a flight to be awarded height gain points. If this is not available only time points will be awarded for the flight. It is the responsibility of each team to make sure a working barograph is carried in each scoring glider.
# Instructors may fly in scoring gliders and may verbally assist the competitor. They may not physically fly the glider at any time. The only exception to this is to maintain normal safety.
# All flights made during the days of the competitions are potentially valid scoring flights. At the end of each day, teams will submit the takeoff/landing times and trace for the best flight made by each team member.
The match was held from June 20th to 22nd, with the 21st being 'the day of the decade' with numerous 750km flights being conducted around the country.
Day 1 was weakly soarable, but we made the most of the day with both teams completing check flights and getting some practice in. Thursday and
The conditions on the second day were perfectly
CUGC’s president Chris Barrott launched soon
after, completing what turned out to be the second
highest scoring flight of the day in the Junior,
earning CUGC 280 points. He managed to make
the most of the strong conditions and achieved
over 10,000ft of height gain. The next Cambridge
pilot to launch was Tomasz Cebo, who completed
an hour-long flight in the ASW19b. Just like the
year before, he forgot about the 50-minute flight
time limit – however he managed to find thermals
earning him a score of 238. Next in line was
Cambridge’s captain Nat West. Launching in the
K21, he didn’t have as much luck finding strong
thermals, achieving a score of 147 during a 49-
minute flight. An hour later, Tomasz Cebo
day for Cambridge in the K21, achieving 209
Oxford put up a strong performance on the first
scoring day. Artur Doshchyn achieved 323 points,
The conditions were mostly blue and provided a
more challenging day – a chance for a Cambridge
taking the first launch again. Cambridge pilot
Bonan Zhu launched right after in the ASW19b.
manged to connect with a thermal at 800ft and
then climbed to 3000ft. Despite the sky being
blue, he found an energy line near the airfield and
to connect with thermals off the winch. Daniel
Morales Valdivia was the fifth pilot to attempt a
score. He took off in the SZD-50-3 with safety
instructor Peter Warner at 1509 but had to land
shortly after. At this point the thermals had
For some, the events of that day started earlier than for others. The O*ford team had to leave the other place at 6:30am whereas most of the Cambridge team members decided to start off the day with an unhurried breakfast to gather strength and be prepared to face the gruesome challenges of competition day. All pilots met at the airfield at 9:00am. After every pilot had a chance to introduce himself, the aircraft were removed from the hangar and transported to the launch point. Andrew Watson, CUGC’s experienced instructor, did check flights with the O*ford pilots to make sure they were fit to fly solo. After all preparatory actions were taken, the match was ready to begin.
Chris Barrott, a CUGC fresher with a solid background in gliding, started off the match by scoring a phenomenal 73.2m in the PZL Junior, the shortest distance achieved that day in the Junior. Considering that this aircraft does not have wheel brakes, a significant handicap, this was all the more impressive. But CUGC was yet to make use of its most fierce weapon, experienced Polish glider pilot Tomasz Cebo. Flying the K21, he scored an incredible 54.1m, the shortest distance achieved during the entire competition. O*ford’s hearts sank in despair.
Next in line was Bonan Zhu, long-time CUGC member, who scored a respectable 82.6m in the Junior, despite the lack of wheel brakes. Bonan was followed by Nathanael West, CUGC’s captain, who, in light of his team mates’ successes, was determined to deliver a top score as well. He was able to compensate his lack in piloting skill by utilising his arm strength to pull back extra hard on the wheel brakes, thereby scoring 54.9m, less than a meter behind Polish weapon Tomasz.
This year we were blessed with some fantastic weather for the Annual varsity match. The Oxford team came to Gransden for 2 days, where a strong performance on the first day secured their ultimate victory, with the scores at '''525 to Oxford, and 478 to Cambridge'''.
Oxford brought their Astir-CS (single seat), and ASK-21 (two seat) gliders to fly in the competition, while Cambridge flew their ASW-19 (single seat) with one of CGC's SZD-Juniors (single seat).
Flying for Cambridge,
* Joe Roberts