Fly the way you like

You may remember that 2010 was the year of change for Bailleau International Contest...

Indeed,3 years ago,we focused on changes on the tasks : some of us wanted to keep the genuine "Bailleau Spirit" initiated by Robert Le Maon,who always wished to maximize the distance. While the others had a real envy of bringing real changes to the tasks. So,since we had different ideas,but the same common aim to innovate and improve Bailleau International Contest,we finally decided to do both!

So this year again in Bailleau,you will no longer have to choose in which class you compete according to the type of the sailplane you pilot,but rather according to the type of tasks you prefer...

How that? The gliders will be divided into 2 classes: one for Long Flights,while the second one will be more oriented towards Speed...

To give you an overview of each class of the 2010 contest, click here for a few flight statistics (let's forget 2011,which was not a memorable year in the best sense,due to poor meteorological conditions throughout Europe)  

International / Speed Race

A true innovation,introduced 2 years ago in Bailleau. This class will give all pilots the opportunity to fly under the best possible conditions. It relies on a main "ingredient“:

Tasks will be designed to use only the best part of the day's weather, thus minimizing out-landing risk during the whole length of the race.

These "Speed Race" tasks should spice things up for the best pilots,while allowing less experienced pilots to compete within shorter tasks ...

Exceptionally the "Speed Race" gliders could take off after the "Amical" Contest,if on that day the weather was good enough to try and set an unusually long distance for the rookies ...

International / Long Flights

In "Long Flights" class,we will keep the spirit that initiated Bailleau International Contest: long flights,as much as the weather allows it.

For this reason,"Long Flights" sailplanes will take off first,as soon as convection is well established,and the tasks will be optimized to take the best advantage of the day... but without exhausting pilots,and striving to avoid "multiple outlandings" tasks...

This "Long Flights" class is primarily devoted to sailplanes having a coefficient equal to or larger than 108.

"Amical" Contest

We respectfully consider Bernard Launay,who unfortunately passed away a few years ago,and with whom we originally designed the Bailleau "Amical" Contest.

We would like to remind you that the "Amical" Contest is an ideal initiation to competing in gliders. It can act as a perfect springboard for the Bailleau International Contest.

It is a gliding Contest,with a cooperative spirit between pilots. This spirit is reflected by collective task preparation,experience sharing on the ground and in the air,and common debriefings.

All these points make the Bailleau "Amical" Contest a unique competition of its own.

As a conclusion, each year we find that the "Amical" Contest has indeed worked as advertised, when we see pilots of the previous "Amical" edition, who evolve to the International Contest !


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 2013 »)

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


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 2013
  • OACI-IGN Map France Nord-Est 1/500.000 - Ref. OACI942 - édition Avril 2013
  • OACI-IGN Map France Sud-Ouest 1/500.000 - Ref. OACI943 - édition Avril 2013

Warning: These 3 maps do not contain aeronautical information related to airspace located above 5000AMSL or 2000ASFC (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 6th 2013.

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. The list of approved FLARM compatible devices can be found here:

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 : 140 € (The price for camping is billed per registered glider, for the full length of the contest. Price will be the same regardless of the number of people in the team, within a reasonable limit. We will therefore not charge for multiple team members with varing lengths of stay)
  • 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

Some might think “at last”, others will appreciate the following: CVVE Bailleau now offers a debit/credit card payment terminal, to help facilitate your fees payments.