Bailleau Contest

Welcome in Bailleau for 2024 contests !

49th Bailleau International and 26th "Amical" Gliding Contest

This year, the 48th edition of the Bailleau International Gliding Contest will be held from the 30th of July (first task) until the 9th of August (last task), writing another year of classic flat land sailplane racing.

Regisrtration will open in February 2024.

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. Our contest brings a significant change compared to other traditional competitions, to meet the expectations of competitors, who want a contest suited to their desires.

Therefore, classes in Bailleau Contest are:

  • International / Speed Race, for those who prefer to fly the fastest, during the best period of the day, or those who prefer to land in time for the barbecue !
  • International / Long Flights is the class which most likely matches with a "usual" contest, where tasks are set  to maximize the distance, spanning the most part of the flying day...

If you're not sure which class to choose, you can contact us.

Just like every year since 25 years, the 25th "Amical de Bailleau" (friendly contest) will take place during the same period. A very nice atmosphere, a contest dedicated for newcomer competitors, the Amical contest were set up by Bernard Launay from Groupe l'Air association, and it's still the best way to discover competition.

It's goal is to allow competitors to discover soaring competition without any stress, thanks to a specific management. It's the perfect springboard to the International Contest ! (in 2019, the good weather allowed a task up to 303 km for Amical competitors).

Here are the dates for these contests:

  • Welcome briefingMonday 29th of July 2024 (evening)
  • First TaskTuesday 30th of July 2024
  • Final TaskFriday 9th of August 2024
  • Awarding CeremonyFriday 9th of August 2023 (evening)

To conclude, we would like to remind you that another competition take place during these contest, which awards the fastest pilot of the contest, rewarded by Le Maon Trophy (former Chief Flying Instructor and creator of this contest). In 2023, Le Maon trophy was awarded to Daniel Vincent-Genod for his flight of 232 km in his AS 33 es 15m, at the average speed of 116 km/h. Le Maon trophy is put into play every year, and the first pilot who will win it three years in a row will earn the right to keep it...