41st Bailleau International & 18th "Amical" Gliding Contest

Welcome to Bailleau 2014 !

This year, the 41st edition of the Bailleau International Gliding Contest will be held from the 3rd of August (arrival briefing) until the 15th of August (awards ceremony), writing another year of classic flat land sailplane racing..

Whether a seasoned veteran or an aspiring competition pilot, we hope that you will come to appreciate a club spirit geared towards flying but always caring of family & friends.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay with us and that whatever your flying experience or your glider type may be, your goals and expectations will be met by a unique contest.

A significant change has been made in its formula since 2010, to meet the expectations of competitors, who want a contest suited to their desires.

The concept experienced since then will therefore be renewed for Bailleau 2015, and classes will be :

  • International / Speed Race : for those who prefer to fly the fastest, during the best period of the day, or those who prefer to be on time for a drink in the evening ;-)
  • International / Long Flights : this class is the one that best fits a "usual" contest, where tasks are set to maximize the distance, spanning the most part of the flying day ...

If you hesitate between the 2 classes, pleasecontact us

Like every year for 18 years now, Bailleau International will be accompanied by the now famous "Amical" Contest, for which it will be the 18th edition : a very good atmosphere, a competition aimed at pilots of all experience, the "Amical" was initiated by Bernard Launay, and it's one of the best ways for a pilot to take his first steps in competition ...

Its main purpose is to allow the contestants to discover competition, but with the benefit of a specific management, with a stress level close to 0% ! While it definitely IS a gliding contest, the "Amical" can act as a perfect springboard for Bailleau International Contest (One day in 2010, the "Amical" was however close to take off for a 500 km task, so you may expect this again in 2014, in case of an really good weather day ...)

Here are the dates for these 2 contests :

  • "Welcome" Briefing : Monday, August 3rd, at 7 PM
  • First Task : Tuesday,August 4th
  • Last Task : Friday, August 14th
  • Awards Ceremony : Saturday, August 15th, at 11 AM

Trophe Robert Le Maon

As a conclusion, we would like to remind you that there is another competition "inside" Bailleau International : the "Trophe Le Maon" (named after a former and iconic CFI in Bailleau). This trophy awards the "fastest" pilot during the Contest.

Last year saw Julien Henry (Chartres) win the trophy, with an average speed of 110.9 km/h on a 522.8 km task, which is very fast !

The "Trophe Le Maon" is put into play every year, and the first competitor who will win the trophy three consecutive times will earn the right to keep it permanently ...