Fly the way you like

For those of you first timers in 2017 and for participants who may have not flown with us for a while…

The Bailleau International Gliding Contest is singular in the choice of racing class options :

Rather than using the traditional glider type driven categories (standard, racing, 18m, Open, twin seater, etc…), we have turned the tables around and given you the option to fly « à la carte » guided by your cross-country aspirations.

You can opt for either speed or distance, unconstrained by your glider type, so be sure to come and fly as you feel fit.

  • The International/Speed Race class for high speed achievers with tasks designed to make use of the day’s best weather conditions, and alternatively designed to get you back in time for a cold one
  • The International/Long Flights class with a traditional heritage, where distance and length are maximized using weather forecasts using weather forecasts.

International / Speed Race

You appreciate intermediate distance flights, and wish to improve your average cross country speed. You like to make use of the day’s best weather conditions, and improve your completion rate, giving you enough time to spend with your family and friends: the Speed Class is designed for you.

A true novelty in France, the Speed Class offers all pilots a chance to race in optimal conditions thanks to a key ingredient: Task cut out to use the day's best flying window, minimizing outlandings from start to finish.

This type of task allows experienced pilots to compete in a friendly but spirited atmosphere, while junior pilots can build up time flying shorter tasks than those assigned in the Long Flights Class.

On occasion, the Speed Class can be launched after the Amical, weather conditions permitting (as in 2010), providing the opportunity of increased flying range.

International / Long Flights

In the Long Flights Class, the Bailleau contest spirit lives on with long distance tasks, maximized according to weather forecasts  (2016 saw a 610 km task for exemple)

With maximum flyable distance in mind, the Long Flights Class will always be launched first, as soon as convection is established. While attempting to safeguard against pilot fatigue and a high number of outlandings, the distance achieved will mostly be far above that assigned in the Speed Class.

This class is mostly geared towards gliders with a minimum handicap of 108 but all are free to join, knowing that a lower handicap will probably mean a reasonable amount of sight-seeing…by car.

To give you an idea of the types of flights completed in each class, please follow this link and browse through the stats

"Amical" Contest

The Amical is the best way to get started in competition, before entering the International Contest. While truly a contest in all its forms, mutual aid and learning are hallmarks of this race.

This spirit is built through collective task preparation, experience sharing both inflight and on the ground, as well as common debriefs, all leading to a truly particular contest. Tasks are generally designed to take advantage of the “Beauce” region’s large and plentifully available outlanding fields!

The Amical is a yearly hit, with contestants often moving up to the International Class the year after.

We purposely limit the number of entries to 10 pilots, privileging small group cohesion.


The list of gliders handicaps which will be used is the official list approved by the French Soaring Federation in the current issue of Competition Rules NP4.1, available on the website of the French Soaring Association Sports Commission.

You can also find these Rules and the List of Gliders Handicaps in the "Downloads" section.

Aeronautical Maps

The airspace map in which the International Bailleau contest tasks will take place is the following:

  • SIA Map France 1/1.000.000 (available in the « Pochette VFR Avril 2017 »)

This map provides aeronautical information for airspace included between SFC and FL195.


You can also buy this one :


For further contestant information, the following 3 maps provide a more detailed view of the lower airspace in which the International Bailleau contest tasks will most probably take place:

  • OACI-IGN Map France Nord-Ouest 1/500.000 - Ref. OACI941 - édition Avril 2017
  • OACI-IGN Map France Nord-Est 1/500.000 - Ref. OACI942 - édition Avril 2017
  • OACI-IGN Map France Sud-Ouest 1/500.000 - Ref. OACI943 - édition Avril 2017

Warning: These 3 maps do not contain aeronautical information related to airspace located above FL115 or 3000ASFC (whichever is highest)


Here are some locations in France where you can order the above described maps:

Towing Material

If you do not take-off aided by your own propulsion system, you will not need to bring your towing cables : The Bailleau CVVE will provide the necessary towing material.

Medical Certificate

French Regulations now require a simple medical certificate certifying that there is no known medical restriction to your enrollment in a gliding contest.

This certificate must be less than 12 months old and can be delivered by any physician.

You will not be required to obtain this medical certificate if your aeronautical medical certificate is less than 12 months old on the day of the first task, which is Tuesday, August 1st 2017.

FLARM and Anti-collision marking

We remind you that FLARM is now mandatory in French Competitions, as well as anti-collision marking.

Hereunder are the 2 excerpts from the current issue of Competition Rules, named "NP4.1", edited by the French Soaring Federation, that mention these obligations.

  • 7.2. Glider markings that increase collision awareness are mandatory. Any glider participating in a FFVV registered competition must have a bright colored (red, orange or pink) strip on each wing and on the fuselage. The recommended minimum width of each strip is 20cm.
  • 7.3. The use of a FLARM compatible anti-collision device  is mandatory in all FFVV registered competitions. Disabling the FLARM device during any length of the flight is forbidden.

Click here for a document showing the ideal collision awareness markings.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions...

Registration Fees

  • International Contest : 265 €
  • "Amical" Contest : 160 €
  • Pilots aged less than 25 : 130 €
  • Camping package for the period from July 29 to August 12 : 70 € per adult, 35€ € per child aged less than 14 years old, 0€ for childs aged less than 5 years old
  • Towing : 33 € (We will ask you to pay 10 towings in advance. Towings that you will not have done will be refunded at your departure)

We remind you that only a fully paid registration submittal will be considered valid (instructions for payment can be found at the end of the acknowledgment email you received, or by simply asking us)

Given our limited space, we have to limit the number of contestants to 70 gliders in the Bailleau Contest, with a maximum of 40 gliders per class.

Therefore, registrations will be validated on an ongoing basis, and will be closed without prior notification as soon as we receive the 70th payment.

(The on-line list of registered pilots is for information purposes only)

Debit/Credit Cards

CVVE Bailleau offers a debit/credit card payment terminal, to help facilitate your fees payments.