2015 Race

This year, 2015,  marks the eleventh anniversary of The VSA Race Series.  The Race has always been appreciated as a day of fun flying, an opportunity to have social events, a day for learning experiences for even the experienced pilots, an opportunity to compete, and a day to experience the many enjoyable aspects of the sport of soaring.


Details of the contest


The Contest director (CD) will be Rex Mayes or his designee.

One class will be raced, using the 2014 SSA Sports Class handicap list.

Williams Turnpoint Database (04/28/2014) will be used.

Available at the Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange: http://soaringweb.org/TP/NA.html#US_CA

GPS flight recorder will be used to validate scores.

The CD will be calling Assigned Speed or Assigned Area tasks depending upon the weather with the specific task rules each day..

Launch time is at the discretion of the pilot and the order determined by signup board.

The gate will open at the discretion of the CD and will be announced on 123.3

No points will be issued for incomplete tasks.

4 pilots must start to have a valid contest day.

Daily prize will be issued to the winner of the day.

Winner of the series will be calculated using best 10 out of scheduled 14 contest days.

The Race is scheduled on these 14 Contest Dates:

3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30, 6/27, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10

Additional Info:

Doc Mayes 5/2 & Oktoberfest 10/10. 

William Soaring Center will be hosting a contest at Montague – Montague Classic Invitational (6/7-Practice) 6/8/15-6/12/15

We will have Pilots Meetings every Morning at 10:30am. (If the time changes it will be announced over the PA system)

Saturday Night Dinner

Social Hour begins at 5pm-ish & Dinner served at 6pm-ish (depending on Soaring Conditions): $15-$20 per person. Please RSVP to Noelle 530-473-5600 or noelle@williamssoaring.com


Post Season Summary

There were nine race days this year, and a page was created and published which summarized each day.  In order to simplify this web site, as web manager, I have opted to delete the nice pages, but will include the contents of the first and last page here on this page.  See the following.

The first Race Day page for 2015:

Race Day 1

First race day of the 2015 series was conducted on 3/ 21 and was a huge success for lots of reasons.

Prep by WSC Staff:

  • Ships were ready to fly
  • Three tow planes with tow pilots were ready to tow
  • Line personnel had everything ready to go
  • Briefing room, with snacks was ready for the pilots

Field and Weather:

  • New parking and launch ramp made the positioning of ships much easier than in previous years
  • Ramp was marked and organized
  • Runway in good condition
  • Soaring weather conditions probably had never been better – for this early in the year

CD had a clear concise briefing and (in hindsight) called the best task possible, given the conditions.

Participants were motivated , attentive and eager to fly.

The task for the day was:

Turn Area Task:

  • Start #117 Walker with 5 mile radius
  • 1 #5 Alder with 10 mile radius
  • 2 #93 Rumsey Gap with 10 mile radius
  • 3 #101 Stonyford with 5 mile radius
  • Finish #1 Williams with 1 mile radius

Launch went smoothly with most all towing to the start gate at Walker, but once there the pilots revealed themselves.  SD headed south and turned Bessa Towers, thus indicating he was more interested in enjoying the day, than going all out to win the race.  7V stayed a bit closer to the gate, while the others – G3, 1B, OJ, KF, C2, MG and myself (in 88) all started as soon after the gate opened as was possible.

Looking at the tracks, 1B led the way past Snow Mtn, with 88 and OJ approaching the south side of Snow Mtn.

















But from there, 88 stayed in strong lift, remaining on the upwind side of all clouds, whereas those under the clouds (1B, OJ, G3) were not able to maintain higher speeds or achieve the higher altitudes.

cu2Although there was a nice line of Cu from St John to Sheet Iron to Alder Springs, the lift directly below those clouds was apparently weak as compared to the lift a mile or two upwind of those cu.

It was an odd day in that the stronger lift was west side of the clouds, and not under the clouds.

The RASP forecast convergence line and forecast cu cloud bases appeared relatively accurate, but the clouds did drift east after forming.

Ray and I found out, the best lift was not under the line of clouds, but on the western edge of the clouds by quite a margin.











All Tracks

all tracks




The last race day for 2015:

Race Day 9

The last race day of the 2015 soaring season.

Contest day was 10/10/2015 which was also the Annual Octoberfest at Williams (this was the 30th annual)

Congratulations to Ray Gimmey on winning the VSA Race Series for 2015.

Here is the final score sheet for 2015:




















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