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World Gliding Championships

The World Gliding Championships (WGC) is a gliding competition held every two years or so by the FAI Gliding Commission. The dates are not always exactly two years apart, often because the contests are sometimes held in the summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

HistoryEdit

Gliding had been a demonstration sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics and was due to become an official Olympic sport in the Helsinki Games in 1940. However, since the Second World War, gliding has not featured in the Olympics, and so the World Championships are the highest level in the sport. There are now contests for six classes of glider and so in recent years the Championships have been divided between two locations. The women's, junior, grand prix and aerobatic events are also held separately.

Each of the following entries give the year and location of the contest followed by the winner of each class, nationality and the glider used.

 
Sailplanes at the 1954 Championships with the three Schweizers of the USA team in the foreground
Year Location Class Winner Glider Notes
1937   Wasserkuppe Open   Heini Dittmar Fafnir São Paulo This was thought not to be a true world championship and was just an 'International Competition', but it has been acknowledged as the first World Gliding Championship.[1]
1948   Samedan Open   Per-Axel Persson DFS Weihe
1950   Örebro Open   Billy Nilsson DFS Weihe
1952   Madrid Open   Philip Wills Slingsby Sky Hanna Reitsch was bronze, the first woman to compete.
Two Seater   Luis Juez
  Roberto Bermúdez
DFS Kranich [2]
1954   Camphill Farm, Great Hucklow Open   Gerard Pierre Breguet 901
Two Seater   Zvonimir Rain
  Bozidar Komac
Ikarus Kosava
1956   Saint-Yan Open   Paul MacCready Breguet 901
Two Seater   Nick Goodhart
  Frank Foster
Slingsby Eagle
1958   Leszno Open   Ernst Haase HKS-3
Standard   Adam Witek SZD-22 Mucha Standard
1960   Cologne/Köln Open   Rodolfo Hossinger Slingsby Skylark 3 Rolf on his Swedish passport.
Standard   Heinz Huth Schleicher Ka 6BR
1963   Junín[3] Open   Edward Makula SZD-19 Zefir 2
Standard   Heinz Huth Schleicher Ka 6
1965   South Cerney Open   Jan Wróblewski SZD-24 Foka 4
Standard   François-Louis Henry Siren Edelweiss
1968   Leszno Open   Harro Wodl Schempp-Hirth Cirrus
Standard   Andrew Smith Neukom S-3 Standard-Elfe
1970   Marfa, Texas Open   George Moffat Schempp-Hirth Nimbus
Standard   Helmut Reichmann Rolladen-Schneider LS1-c
1972   Vršac Open   Göran Ax Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-2
Standard   Jan Wróblewski SZD-43 Orion
1974   Waikerie Open   George Moffat Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-2
Standard   Helmut Reichmann Rolladen-Schneider LS2
1976   Räyskälä Airfield, Loppi Open   George Lee Schleicher ASW 17
Standard   Ingo Renner Eiri PIK-20B
1978   Châteauroux Open   George Lee Schleicher ASW 17
15 metre   Helmut Reichmann Akaflieg Braunschweig SB-11
Standard   Baer Selen Schleicher ASW 19
1981   Paderborn Open   George Lee Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3
15 metre   Göran Ax Schleicher ASW 20
Standard   Marc Schroeder Rolladen-Schneider LS4
1983   Hobbs, New Mexico Open   Ingo Renner Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3
15 metre   Kees Musters Schempp-Hirth Ventus A
Standard   Stig Øye Rolladen-Schneider LS4
1985   Rieti Open   Ingo Renner Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3
15 metre   Doug Jacobs Rolladen-Schneider LS6
Standard   Leonardo Brigliadori Schempp-Hirth Discus
1987   Benalla Open   Ingo Renner Schleicher ASW 22B Gliding Club of Victoria
15 metre   Brian Spreckley Rolladen-Schneider LS6
Standard   Markku Kuittinen Schempp-Hirth Discus a
1989   Wiener Neustadt Open   Jean-Claude Lopitaux Schleicher ASW 22B
15 metre   Bruno Gantenbrink Schempp-Hirth Ventus C
Standard   Jacques Aboulin Schempp-Hirth Discus
1991   Uvalde, Texas Open   Janusz Centka Schleicher ASW 22B
15 metre   Brad Edwards Rolladen-Schneider LS6-b
Standard   Baer Selen Schempp-Hirth Discus
1993   Borlänge Open   Janusz Centka Schleicher ASW 22B
15 metre   Gilbert Gerbaud
  Eric Napoleon
Rolladen-Schneider LS6-b
Rolladen-Schneider LS6-b
Standard   Andrew Davis Schempp-Hirth Discus B
1995   Omarama Open   Ray Lynskey Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4
15 metre   Eric Napoleon Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2
Standard   Markku Kuittinen Schempp-Hirth Discus a
1997   Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban Open   Gérard Lherm Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4
15 metre   Werner Meuser Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
Standard   Jean-Marc Caillard Rolladen-Schneider LS8-a
  İnönü, Eskişehir World   Frederic Hoyeau PZL PW-5
1999   Bayreuth Open   Holger Karow Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4
15 metre   Giorgio Galetto Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2
Standard   Jean-Marc Caillard Schempp-Hirth Discus-2a
  Leszno World   Henry Julien PZL PW-5
2001   Mafikeng Open   Oscar Goudriaan Schleicher ASW 22 BLE
15 metre   Werner Meuser Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2ax
Standard   Laurent Aboulin Schempp-Hirth Discus-2a
  Gawler Club   Peter Masson Glaser-Dirks DG-101
  Lillo 18 metre   Stephen Jones Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2
World   Olivier Darroze PZL PW-5
2002   Musbach Club   Tomas Suchanek Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus
2003   Leszno Open   Holger Karow Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4M
18 metre   Wolfgang Janowitsch Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2cx
15 metre   John Coutts Schleicher ASW 27B
Standard   Andrew Davis Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a
  Nitra World   Sebastian Kawa PZL PW-5
2004   Elverum Club   Sebastian Kawa SZD-48-3M Jantar 3
2006   Eskilstuna Open   Michael Sommer Schleicher ASW 22 BLE
18 metre   Phil Jones Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2cxt
15 metre   Janusz Centka SZD 56-2 Diana 2
Standard   Leigh Wells Rolladen-Schneider LS8
  Vinon-sur-Verdon Club   Sebastian Kawa SZD-48-3M Jantar 3
World   Christophe Ruch PZL PW-5
2008   Rieti Standard   Michael Buchthal Schempp-Hirth Discus 2
Club   Matthias Sturm Glasflügel 206 Hornet
World   Laurent Couture PZL PW-5
  Lüsse Open   Michael Sommer Schleicher ASW 22 BLE
18 metre   Olivier Darroze Schleicher ASG 29-18
15 metre   György Gulyas Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
2010   Prievidza Standard   Sebastian Kawa Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a 3 – 18 July 2010[4]
Club   Arndt Hovestadt Glasflügel Standard Libelle
World   Laurent Couture PZL PW-5
  Szeged Open   Michael Sommer Binder EB29 20 July – 7 August 2010[5]
18 metre   Zbigniew Nieradka Schleicher ASG 29-18
15 metre   Stefano Ghiorzo SZD 56-2 Diana 2
2012   Uvalde, Texas Open   Laurent Aboulin Schempp-Hirth Quintus M 28 July – 19 August[6]
18 metre   Zbigniew Nieradka Schleicher ASG 29-18
15 metre   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56-2 Diana 2
2013   Adolfo Gonzales Chaves, Buenos Aires Standard   Sebastian Kawa Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a 6 – 19 January 2013[7]
Club   Santiago Berca SZD-48 Jantar Standard 2
World   Sebastián Riera PZL PW-5 Last World class world championship
2014   Räyskälä Airfield, Loppi Club   Eric Bernard Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus 22 June – 5 July 2014[8]
Standard   Bert Schmelzer Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a
20m Multi-Seat   Steve Jones
  Howard Jones
Schempp-Hirth Arcus T
2014   Leszno Open   Michael Sommer Binder EB29 26 July – 10 August 2014[9] Photo-gallery [10]
18 metre   Karol Staryszak Schleicher ASG 29-18
15 metre   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56-2 Diana 2
2015   Pociūnai 13.5 metre   Stefano Ghiorzo Diana 2 Versus 2–15 August 2015
2016   Pociūnai Club   Jan Rothhardt Rolladen-Schneider LS1-d 31 July – 13 August 2016[11]
Standard   Louis Bouderlique Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a
20m Multi-Seat   Laurent Aboulin
  Julien Duboc
Schempp-Hirth Arcus T
2017   Benalla Open   Russell Cheetham Jonker JS-1C 9 – 21 January 2017[12]
18 metre   Killian Walbrou Jonker JS-1
15 metre   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56-2 Diana 2
2017   Szatymaz 13.5 metre   Sebastian Kawa GP 14 VELO 3–15 July 2017 [13]
2018   Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland Club   Rasmus Ørskov Schleicher ASW 20 7–21 July 2018 [14]
Standard   Sjaak Selen Schempp-Hirth Discus 2a
15 metre   Sebastian Kawa Schleicher ASG 29
2018   Hosín, Czech Republic Open   Michael Sommer Binder EB29 27 July – 11 August 2018 [15]
18 metre   Wolfgang Janowitsch Schempp-Hirth Ventus 3T
20 m Multi-seat   Christoph Matkowski
  Sebastian Kawa
Schleicher ASG 32 Mi
2019   Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy 13.5 metre   Stefano Ghiorzo Diana VersVS 1–14 September 2019[16]
 
Uvalde 2012 award ceremony

A list of future events is available here

World Grand Prix Gliding ChampionshipsEdit

Gliding Grand Prix, or Sailplane Grand Prix (SGP), is a newer type of gliding competition. It has simpler rules and a more spectacular appearance than conventional soaring competitions.[17]

Season Location Winner Second Third
Pilot Glider Pilot Glider Pilot Glider
2005   Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56 Diana 2   Mario Kiessling Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax   Petr Krejcirik Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax
2006–2007   Omarama   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56 Diana 2   Uli Schwenk Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax   Ben Flewett Schleicher ASW 27
2008–2009   Santiago   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56 Diana 2   Carlos Rocca Vidal Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2b   Mario Kiessling Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax
2010–2011   Wasserkuppe   Giorgio Galetto Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax   Sebastian Nägel Schleicher ASW 27   Peter Hartmann Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax
2012–2014   Vaumeilh near Sisteron   Didier Hauss Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2cxa   Sebastian Kawa SZD 56 Diana 2   Uli Schwenk Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2cxa
2014–2015   Varese   Maximilian Seis Jonker JS-1 evo   Christope Ruch Jonker JS-1 evo   Sebastian Kawa Schleicher ASG 29-18
2015–2016   Potchefstroom   Holger Karow Jonker JS-1 evo   Oscar Goudriaan Jonker JS-1 evo TJ   Christophe Abadie Jonker JS-1 evo TJ

Women's World Gliding ChampionshipsEdit

The Women's World Gliding Championships (WWGC) is a women-only gliding competition. From 1979 to 1999 women's gliding competitions were held as International European Women's Gliding Championships.[18]

Year Location Class Winner Glider Notes
2001   Pociūnai Club   Tamara Sviridova SZD-48 Jantar Standard
Standard   Sarah Steinberg Schleicher ASW 24 née Harland
15 metre   Gillian Spreckley Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
2003   Jihlava Club   Christine Grote Glasflügel Standard Libelle
Standard   Cornelia Schaich Rolladen-Schneider LS8-b
15 metre   Alena Netusilova Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
2005   Klix Club   Hana Vokrinkova Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus
Standard   Jana Veprekova Rolladen-Schneider LS8-b
15 metre   Mette Pedersen Schleicher ASW 27B
2007   Romorantin Club   Gillian Spreckley Rolladen-Schneider LS1-f
Standard   Sarah Kelman Schleicher ASW 28 née Harland
15 metre   Katrin Senne Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
2009   Szeged Club   Nathalie Hurlin Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus
Standard   Sue Kussbach Rolladen-Schneider LS8-b
15 metre   Susanne Schödel Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2a
2011   Arboga Club   Agnete Olesen Glasflügel Standard Libelle WL
Standard   Sue Kussbach Rolladen-Schneider LS8-b
15 metre   Susanne Schödel Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2ax
2013   Issoudun Club   Christine Grote Glasflügel Standard Libelle WL
Standard   Sue Kussbach Rolladen-Schneider LS8-b
15 metre   Anne Ducarouge Schleicher ASG 29
2015   Herning Club   Sabrina Vogt Glasflügel Standard Libelle
Standard   Aude Grangeray Rolladen-Schneider LS8
15 metre   Anne Ducarouge Schleicher ASG 29
2017   Zbraslavice Club   Sabrina Vogt Glasflügel Standard Libelle
Standard   Aude Grangeray Schempp-Hirth Discus-2A
18 metre   Katrin Senne Schleicher ASG 29

Junior World Gliding ChampionshipsEdit

The Junior World Gliding Championships (JWGC) is a competition for glider pilots under the age of 26. From 1991 to 1997, international junior gliding competitions were held as European Junior Gliding Championships.

Year Location Class Winner Glider Notes
1999   Terlet Standard   Gunther Stahl Schempp-Hirth Discus-2b
Club   Robert Scheiffarth Schleicher ASW 19b
2001   Issoudun Standard   Jay Rebbeck Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Peter Toft Glasflügel Standard Libelle
2003   Nitra Standard   Jeremy Hood Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Michael Streit Schleicher ASW 19
2005   Husbands Bosworth Standard   Mark Parker Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Christoph Nacke Rolladen-Schneider LS1
2007   Rieti Standard   Patrick Gai Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Killian Walbrou Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus 75
2009   Räyskälä Standard   Felipe Levin Schempp-Hirth Discus-2
Club   Volker Sailer Glasflügel Standard Libelle
2011   Freudenstadt Musbach Standard   Felipe Levin Schempp-Hirth Discus-2a
Club   Tim Kuijpers Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus
2013   Leszno Standard   Peter Millenaar Schempp-Hirth Discus-2a
Club   Valentin Grit Glasflügel 206 Hornet
2015   Narromine Standard   Matthew Scutter Schempp-Hirth Discus-2a
Club   Tom Arscott Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus
2017   Pociūnai Standard   Sjoerd van Empelen Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Julian Klemm Glasflügel Standard Libelle
2019   Szeged Standard   Simon Schröder Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Club   Jake Brattle ASW-20

FAI World Glider Aerobatic ChampionshipsEdit

World Glider Aerobatic Championships take place each year[19] (every two years until 2011) since 1985 under the auspices of the FAI. They are administrated by the FAI Aerobatics Commission "Commission Internationale de Voltige Aerienne" (CIVA).[20] The 2001 championships were part of the World Air Games. Since 1994, European Glider Aerobatic Championships are held in the years between the World Championships. Since 2010, an additional event is organized in a slightly less demanding "Advanced" category – the World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships (WAGAC). WAGAC is organized yearly, usually accompanying the WGAC.[21]

See alsoEdit

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