US Nightly Soaring

Contest Rules

  1. Purpose

    The purpose of the US Nightly Soaring is to provide a friendly, fun, and exciting contest to glider pilots of all age, gender, and soaring skills.

  2. Champion

    The pilot who achieves the highest cumulative score in 1/3 of all the races will be the champion.

  3. Period of the contest

    The contest will be held as long there is an interest from participants and people willing to define tasks and host the races. Tasks will be held at 21:00 EST (02:00 UTC) on every day of the week except Monday unless otherwise specified.

  4. Contest Personnel

    Competition Director: Daniel Sazhin (DS)

    Scorers and Task Setters: JP Stewart (D1), Mark Rebuck (821), Philip Chidekel (PC)

  5. Classes

    The contest will be flown in the following classes: World, Club, 15 Meter, 18 Meter, Standard, Open, and Sports. The Sports and Club classes will use Sailplane handicapping in an effort to measure pilot soaring skill, even though sailplanes of different performance will be flown.

  6. Communication

    The primary means of communication between contest organizers and contestants will be use of the forum.

    For general information contact the contest administration at

    For scoring questions contact us. To submit flight documentation, pilots must use the "upload" feature on the webpage.

    Both an IGC file and an FTR file must be submitted for TATs/AATs, usually hosted on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    A tutorial on how to upload files can be found here: How to convert FTR to IGC file.

    The deadline for IGC tracks to be uploaded on Turn Area Tasks is 10 minutes after the last finisher completes the task, or 11:30pm if every finisher completes before then.

    Any person with a copy of the Condor soaring simulator is welcome to participate in the contest. To be scored, it is necessary to make an account by registering on the forum, and using the link on the homepage to Register for US Nightly Soaring. It is also necessary to register for the Grand Prix race, usually held on Sundays.

    Anyone who wants to start participating in the contest can do so by joining the contest server at the time of race at or

  7. Fees

    Participation in the contest is free of charge, although donations are encouraged. The link to donate is on

  8. Contest ID

    Each entrant must have a unique contest ID during the competition. If there is a clash, the pilot who joined the contest later will be required to elect new contest number. Pilots are allowed to change their contest number during the contest, but this is not advised.

  9. Prizes

    Winners will be awarded glory and 90 virgins.

  10. Protests

    If an entrant feels that an incident or interpretation of these rules has caused an inequity, an informal protest ( must be delivered to the contest administration within 24 hours of the incident. The decision of the competition director will be final.

  11. Joining the race

    The servers are available on a first come - first serve basis. In case there is more entrants trying to join the race than there is room on the server, a second server will be provided at the same time.

  12. Hardware or software failures

    In case there is a hardware or software failure that prevents the race to continue, Pilots should continue to fly the race offline, and upload tracks to be scored. If the race does not continue, it is up to the contestants to upload their IGC AND FTR tracks for scoring.

    In case there is a hardware or software failure on the entrant's computer, the pilot may elect to continue the race. If the pilot is not able to continue the flight offline, the flight will be scored as if it was a land out.

  13. Non-finishers

    Non-finishers will get points for the achieved distance only if the pilot landed safely.

  14. Re-launches

    Multiple launches are allowed as long the pilot lands safely lands back in the airport. Condor allows a maximum of three launches.

  15. Multiple starts

    Multiple starts are allowed in the allotted start time window. Once the start window closes, the start is flown as a regatta. A pilot who completes the race will not be able to restart.

  16. In race communication

    Pilots are allowed to communicate between each other, either on Condor's chat feature or on Teamspeak. It is permitted to exchange tactical and weather information during the flight. If pilots choose to team-fly, it is encouraged that they use another channel or radio frequency to avoid congestion.

  17. Mid-air collisions

    Pilots can repair their gliders in the air with a 200 point height recovery and 200 point plane recovery, totalling 400 points.

  18. Task types

    Tasks will vary between Assigned Tasks and Turn Area Tasks.

  19. Task parameters

    Standard Minimum Task Distance: 30 miles (Sports and Club) and 30 miles (FAI).

    Standard Minimum Task Time: 1 hour or at the discretion of the task-setter.

  20. Scoring

    The scoring formula will be very similar to the FAI contest rules used in real life soaring contests.

  21. Penalties

    Disconnections: there is no penalty.

    Cloud flying: 10 point reduction/minute of cloud flying or the discretion of the task-setter.

    Entering restricted zones: Penalty is defined in task parameters.

    Crashing will result in a 400 point penalty if the pilot chooses to Q. Otherwise, the score for the flight will be zero points.

    Mid-air collisions will be treated like crashes, as they result in the complete annihilation of the aircraft. However, your benevolent contest administration allows you to continue the task and repair your aircraft with a 400 point penalty. The administration understands that under certain circumstances the pilot damaged may not be the pilot most responsible for the accident, but, just like in real life, ALL pilots are responsible for collision avoidance. Crashing prior to start and on course by fluttering, over-stressing the airframe, crashing on landout, and midairs are all treated equally and will be penalized unless under special circumstances directed by the contest administration. Pilots are encouraged to wear parachutes, install FLARM, and use a quality surge protector for your computer.

    Unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind, cheating: Severity of the penalty depends on the offense, up to the disqualification from the contest. It's only glory and 90 virgins on the line.