2016 Marks the return of Regional Soaring Contests to Vermont. New England Soaring Association (NESA) will host a sports and bus class regional contest at KVSF (Springfield, VT).
The contest will be held following the recent 2 weekend format to help regional pilots minimize the required use of vacation time to attend and participate. Practice Day, Friday June 24th, with contest days Sat 25th – Sun 26th, June and Fri 1st – Mon 4th, July.
Tows will be available the entire week with an informal OLC type contest available during the week between the contest weekends.
There will be two classes – Sports and ‘Bus’.
The Bus class is intended to encourage clubs to bring a two seater, and more importantly bring members new to contests. Generally, this class features an experienced instructor pilot and a rotating cast of copilots new to the racing scene. What a great way to contribute to the growth of cross-country and competition soaring!
Minimum pilot experience for Regional Contest entry is to hold at least a Silver badge. Don’t have your silver yet?, then encourage your club to enter a “Bus” and experience it that way, with a qualified pilot in the drivers seat.
Additionally we have created two new laser-cut custom trophies that will be awarded to the individual Sports and Bus class winners (or each weekends winners if classes are combined).
Contest Director: Roy Bourgeois (508)-753-7038 Contest Manager: Alasdair Crawford (603)-667-5358 Scorer: Chris Giacomo
Camping and Lodging Options:
Camping is available on field. Limited hook-ups are available. Free on-site showers available.
The Vermont CAP Glider Wing has also generously made their on-airport bunk rooms and trailer facilities available for campers. CAP Accommodation priority will be given first to visiting tow-pilots, visiting junior ‘Bus Riders’ and then to visiting pilots. To request Bunk accommodation please note your request in the ‘Additional Information’ section of your contest application. Available space will be assigned first-come-first-served based upon submitted application dates.
For non-campers, the following local accommodations are available:
Some favorite Local Restaurants & Pubs:
Other things to do in the local area:
There are many local recreation and attraction options including:
- Road Biking; Hiking and Mountain Biking (Ascutney Trails);
- Kayaking (North Springfield Lake, Staughton Pond, Connecticut River);
- Local Brewery & Distillery Tours (Harpoon Brewery, Silo Distillery, Long Trail Brewery );
- Glass Blowing & Pottery ( Simon Pierce, Windsor );
- Local Cheese Makers (Farmstead Cheese) and the VT Cheese Trail;
We look forward to seeing you in Vermont this summer.
For Condor Users, scenery is available if you wish to familiarize yourself with the task area ahead of time – Condor Scenery.
Some live Condor races will also be held leading up to the contest. See the events calendar for details. The first of these, a TAT (turn-area-task) will take place Sunday, Feb 21st.
Parachute re-packs and maintenance will be available on Practice Day for anyone needing these services. To arrange a re-pack contact Daryl Smith at AVpacer@Mindspring.com: