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BC Cross Country League

BC XC League 2017

The 2017 BC XC League is open

 

Click here to submit a XC flight for 2017

Click here for the current BC XC League Standings

Click here for the final 2016 BC XC League Standings

Click here for the final 2015 BC XC League Standings

Click here for the final 2014 BC XC League Standings

(2017 Prize Pot: $???)

Click the link below to donate to the BC XC League
(Donations can also be made by cash or cheque)



This is an informal competition for both hang- and paraglider pilots whereby pilots can submit XC flights flown in BC to the West Coast Soaring Club database.  At the end of the XC season (mid-to-late October), the total cumulative scores for all flights will be calculated, and the winners decided. The best feature of this contest is the handicap system which evens the playing field significantly.



Objective:  Our objective is that this competition be simple and fun. We would also like to promote HPAC and local club membership (wherever you live in BC), and see this as a way of giving another benefit to the province's pilots.  Hopefully it will also encourage more pilots to go XC!

Rules:  You do not need to be a WCSC member to participate in this competition (unless you're flying WCSC sites, of course).  However, all participants must have HPAC, and must have fulfilled the requirements of the particular flying site (paid site access fees, landing fees, signed waivers, etc).  All flights must take place completely within British Columbia.

There is no entry fee.  Each year, the WCSC allocates $300 as initial prize money. Any prize money that is not paid out for the previous year (winners opt to donate their prize money back into the pot) is added, and that becomes the prize pot for the current year. Pilots and other organizations can also donate additional monies into the pot. Basically, the top 8 winners will split a pot of donations.  See the "Prizes" section below for all the details.

Here’s how the flying works:

Fly XC from a site in BC (any site in BC counts).   An XC flight is any flight of at least 10 km (submitted flights of less than 10 km will be deleted from the database).  The link to log your flights will be at the top of this page.  If you are not already in the database from previous years you’ll need to register first (free!).  Fill in the fields on the submission form to submit the flight.

You are allowed to submit as many XC flights as you wish.  Flights must be submitted within 4 weeks of the date of flight.  At the end of the XC season, the scores from your 5 best flights will be counted for your overall score.  Submitted flights must be verifiable.  There are two ways, in order of preference:

  •   Online GPS track - Paste a link to an online GPS track (Leonardo, XContest, etc)
  •   Pilot Witness - Enter the name of the witness, along with any contact info

For each flight submitted, you will need to indicate the verification method.  Online GPS tracks are preferred, linking to a site like Leonardo or XContest. These sites make it very easy to find your distance travelled, and also provide a great way for other pilots to view your flight and learn new ways of flying our great BC sites. All submitted flights will be monitored, and edited by the moderators if need be.  For flights with only a witness, you (or your witness) may be contacted to provide verification of the details of your submitted flight.



Types of Flights:

  • Open Distance (OD) flights will allow up to 3 turn-points between the start and finish. This is the easiest way to get a big distance, but there is no bonus (a 1.0 multiplier) for this type of flight.
  • Out and Return (OR) flights (also known as a flat or free triangle) also allows up to 3 turn-points between start and finish. There is a 20% bonus (a 1.2 multiplier) awarded for this type of flight. To be considered as an OR you must return to within 20% of the total flight distance as given by the three turn points, otherwise the entire flight will be scored as an OD flight (ie. no bonus, or a 1.0 multiplier).

Only simple OR flights will qualify for the bonus. Complicated OR flights (eg. flights with an OD and an OR component to them, or multiple OR laps) will be counted as OD flights and scored as such. It is permissible (and encouraged) for OR flights to originate from mid-way along a ridge (eg. Bridal or Pemberton), provided you return to within 20% of your start point.

  • FAI Triangle (T) flights are probably the hardest to complete. These triangles must have no side less than 28% of the total distance. A 40% bonus (a 1.4 multiplier) will be awarded for an FAI triangle. For triangles to receive bonuses, you must return to within 20% of the total flight distance as given by the three turn points.

These rules may sound complicated but are the same used to score Leonardo and XContest. The XC distance and type provided by these tools may be entered directly in the BC XC league.


Examples of Typical XC Flights in BC:

Click on the links below for maps and simple flight tracks illustrating how the scoring works for some of the most commonly flown sites in BC.


Other Bonuses:


Experience Bonuses will be given for less experienced pilots, based on their experience level at the time of their flights.   We ask that you keep track of your total hours of airtime, and that you report which category you are in for every flight that you record, as it may change during the year.  The 4 categories are:



Category
Total Airtime (hours)
Bonus
Multiplier

Student / Novice

0 - 50
100%
2.00
Beginner
50 - 200
50%
1.50
Intermediate
200 - 400
25%
1.25
Advanced
400 +
0%
1.00


Glider Bonuses will be given, based on the class of glider flown.  All gliders are given a bonus (or deficit) based on their typical XC performance relative to a topless hang glider, as follows:



Glider Class
Bonus
Multiplier

Rigid

-20%
0.80
Topless HG
0%
1.00
Performance Kingpost HG
20%
1.20
Leisure Kingpost HG
50%
1.50
Single Surface HG
100%
2.00
Open or Unrated PG
20%
1.20
DHV 2-3 or EN D PG 45% 1.45
DHV 2 or EN C PG 60% 1.60
DHV 1-2 or EN B PG
80%
1.80
DHV 1 or EN A PG
100%
2.00


Scoring Example:

Each flight’s score will be calculated as follows:


(XC Distance) x (Flight Type Multiplier) x (Experience Multiplier) x (Glider Multiplier)


Examples:

 

a)  An open-distance XC flight of 25 km, flown by a pilot with 80 hours airtime, flying a EN B paraglider, would get a score of:


    (25 km) x (1.00) x (1.50) x (1.80) = 67.5 points

b)  An out-and-return flight of 48 km, flown by a pilot with 230 hours airtime, flying a performance kingpost hang glider, would get a score of:

    (48 km) x (1.20) x (1.25) x (1.20) = 86.4 points

 

Prizes

The WCSC directors have decided to divert the $300 previously designated as "Comp Pilot Funding", and instead use it to seed the donation pot money for the BC XC League.  Additional donations to the prize pot can be made via Paypal (click the donation button below), and also by cash or cheque.  All participanting pilots are encouraged to donate. All donated monies will go out as prizes! This includes any prize money that winning pilots opt to donate back into the prize pot.

Placing Prizes are dependent on the total donations received throughout the year.  So, you could win a little (few donations) or a lot (lots of donations!)   Percentages below are calculated on that total.

 

Placement

Percentage

of Winnings

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to the BC XC League

(Donations can also be made
by cash or cheque)

1st overall  
2nd  "
3rd   "
4th   "
5th   "
6th   "
7th   "
8th   "

19%
17%
15%
13%
12%
10%
8%
6%


Examples:


a)  If the WCSC contributes $300 to the prize pot, and 3 of the previous year's winning pilots donate their winnings back into the pot (let's say they total to $135), then the total prize pot available at year's end will be $435 - 1st place would get 19% of that or $83, 2nd place would receive 17% or $74, etc.

b)  If a flight school donates an addtional $250 to the example above, then the total prize pot available would be $435 plus $250, for a total of $685 available - 1st place would get 19%, which works out to $130.15, 2nd place would receive 17%, or $116.45, etc.

Participant Prizes will be awarded again this year in random draws throughout the year. The participant cash prizes will be $50 each.  The number of prizes awarded will depend on the number of flights submitted. These prizes are over and above the monies in the prize pot.

For every 50 flight entries a cash prize will be randomly awarded to a pilot who submitted one of those 50 flights. Multiple flight submissions by any one pilot count as multiple chances to win the next participant prize. Draws will take place at the WCSC AGM or another suitable event after the XC season ends. To encourage more pilots to participate in the league in 2015 we will change the award policy: each pilot can only win one prize per year. Pilots winning placing prizes are not eligible for random draw participation prizes.

If you have any questions or comments about these rules, or are unsure how to categorize a specific flight, please contact the club's Comp director (click here for contact info).

 


Results from Previous Years

2014 Final Standings

2013 Final Standings

2012 Final Standings

2011 Final Standings

2010 Final Standings

2009 Final Standings

2008 Final Standings (Click here to read forum post with 2008 prize details)

2007 Final Standings (Click here to read forum post with 2007 prize details)

2006 Final Standings (Click here to read forum post with 2006 prize details)

2005 Final Standings

2004 Final Standings



Last updated:  February 15, 2017