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.

History

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.

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 108 Weihe
1950 Örebro Open Billy Nilsson DFS 108 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 Junin[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 Brawo
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 Brawo
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

A list of future events is available here

World Grand Prix Gliding Championships

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.[16]

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 Championships

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.[17]

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 Championships

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

FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships

World Glider Aerobatic Championships take place each year[18] (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).[19] 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.[20]

See also

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