Date of last update: 3/19/2017 6:00 AM
The VSA Race Series was started in 2004 here at WSC. With a single exception (2016) we have raced every year – that’s a total of twelve years that The VSA Race Series has been conducted at Williams. The Race has always been appreciated as a day of fun flying, an opportunity to have social events, and a day for learning experiences for even the more experienced pilots.
Details of the contest
- The schedule of the Contest Days will be:
VSA RACE DAY SCHEDULE for 2017
March 18 – Practice Day – Cancelled due to weather.
March 25 – DAY 1 – See Forum for details: https://www.williamssoaring.com/news/showthread.php/948-Race-Day-March-25-2017
April 8 – DAY 2
April 29 – DAY 3
May 13 – DAY 4 / Doc Mayes Memorial Contest
May 27 – DAY 5
July 8 – DAY 6
July 29 – DAY 7
August 19 -DAY 8
September 9- DAY 9
October 7th – DAY #10 / OKTOBERFEST
- Pilots planning to participate on a scheduled Race Day should post their intentions to race on the Forum (aka: Williams Today) the night before the Race Day. Participating pilots are encouraged to review the weather forecast and then post suggested tasks both the night before, and on the morning of the race day. Inputs for suggested tasks will be accepted by the pilots who are present 30 minutes prior to the pilot meeting. Pilots in attendance will form a committee and will evaluate inputs and will then announce the details of the race no later than 11 AM.
- In order to be considered a contest pilot for the day, and thus receive a score, each pilot is expected to place his name on the racing roster for that day and to also place one dollar in the trophy jar BEFORE takeoff.
- Sometime before the first takeoff for the day a minimum of four of the participating pilots are required to agree on the details stated on the task sheet, to include – The turnpoints, Start time, Minimum time, minimum and maximum distances. If a minimum of four pilots are not in agreement, then no contest that day.
- A minimum of four racing pilots must launch to qualify as a race.
- One class will be raced, using the most recent SSA Sports Class handicap list.
- Either a Turn Area Task (TAT) or a Modified Area Task (MAT) will be declared.
- Declared tasks should follow SSA guidelines for regional competitions. The following sub paragraph applies to TATs. This is a small quote from a long set of task calling considerations that pilots should read. See contest rules on this link: http://www.ssa.org/ContestRules
- It is important to look at the minimum and maximum possible distances. In general, the shortest possible distance should be really short – about how far a pilot would fly in the declared minimum time if he maintained half the winner’s estimated speed. The longest possible distance should be almost impossible to achieve in the minimum time, requiring perhaps 150% of the winner’s estimated speed.
- The most recent Williams Turnpoint Database will be used. It is available at the Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange: http://soaringweb.org/TP/NA.html#US_CA
- GPS flight recorder will be used to validate scores, and a digital flight record will be submitted to the office within 30 minutes of landing.
- Launch time is at the discretion of each pilot and the sequence or order of launch will be determined by use of the signup board.
- The Gate will be opened at the time stated on the task sheet.
- Scoring: In the event that a pilot does not complete the assigned task, Distance Points will be awarded, since the soaring program automatically computes all points. Routinely 1000 points are awarded daily, however, since this is a single day, fun contest, and the SSA Winscore program may apply devaluation formulas for short tasks, or many land outs, the highest number of total points, rather than a total of 1,000 points will determine the winner.
- At the end of each race day, the winner is awarded 60 % of the trophy money (60% rounded to the nearest dollar). The pilot with second highest number of points will be awarded the remainder of the trophy money.
- Pilots are encouraged to remain overnight at Williams after each race event, thereby affording a social hour with other members of VSA, as well as the opportunity to fly another good flight the following day.