Late Night Soaring

Contest Rules

  1. Purpose

    The purpose of the Late Night Soaring contest is to provide fun and excitement to glider pilots worldwide of all age, gender, and soaring skills.

  2. Champion

    The pilot who achieves the highest cumulative score in 50% of all the races for each � quarter will be the champion. When total number of races is an odd number, the 50% of the races will be rounded up.

  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.

  4. Classes

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

  5. Communication

    The primary means of communication between contest organizers and contestants will be an e-mail.
    For general information contact Tom Holloran at
    For scoring questions and submitting flight documentation contact contest organizer or Wiktor Kozlik at

  6. Entries

    Any person with a copy of the Condor soaring simulator is welcome to participate in the contest. There is no official registration process. Anyone who wants to start participating in the contest can do so by joining the contest server at the time of race.

  7. Fees

    Participation in the contest is free of charge.

  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. Fees

    Each entrant shall use unique contest number 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.

  10. Prizes

    No prizes are being considered at this time.

  11. Protests

    If an entrant feels that an incident or interpretation of these rules has caused an inequity, an informal protest (e-mail) must be delivered to the Competition Director (Tom) within 48 hours of the incident or act. The decision of the Competition Director will be final.

  12. Joining the race

    The servers are available on the first come - first serve basis. In case when there is more entrants trying to join the race than there is room on the server, some of the pilots will not be able to participate in the race.

  13. Hardware or software failures

    In case there is a hardware or software failure that prevents the race to continue, it is the decision of the Competition Director to annul the race and re-schedule the replacement race to provide a fair chance to most of the pilots to complete the race.

    In case there is a hardware or software failure on the entrant&s computer, the race will continue. If the pilot is not able to continue the flight offline, the flight will be scored only if there is sufficient proof that the pilot completed the race.

  14. Non-finishers

    Non-finishers will get points for the achieved distance regardless if the pilot landed safely or crashed.

  15. Proof of the flight completed offline

    Due to recent complaints about cheating, the IGC files won't be accepted as a proof of a flight.

    Credible witness reports that the pilot had enough altitude to finish the task are sufficient as a proof in cases when pilot is unable continue the race due to technical malfunction. The remaining final glide will be calculated using the average speed achieved by the pilot at the time of the failure.

  16. Re-launches

    Multiple launches are allowed as long the pilot land safely lands back in the airport.

  17. Multiple starts

    Multiple starts are not allowed. A pilot who completes the race must land immediately.

  18. In race communication

    Pilots are allowed to communicate between each other. It is permitted to exchange tactical and weather information during the flight. Once the pilot completes the task, he is not allowed to provide tactical information to pilots who still continue the race. The tactical information consists of the weather information, results, or any kind of advice that may help other pilots in any way.

  19. Mid-air collisions

    Pilots can repair their gliders in the air without any penalty.

  20. Task types

    All tasks will be assigned speed tasks.

  21. Task parameters

    Standard Minimum Task Distance: 50 miles (Sports) and 60 miles (FAI)
    Standard Minimum Task Time: 1.25 hours

  22. Scoring

    The scoring formula will be very similar to the SSA contest rules used in real life soaring contests. The only exception is the lack of the day devaluation.
  23. Penalties

    Disconnections: there is no penalty.

    Cloud flying: the penalty given by Condor applies.

    Entering restricted zones: the penalty given by Condor applies.

    Mid-air collisions: there is no penalty.

    Unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind, cheating: severity of the penalty depends on the offense, up to the disqualification from the contest.