37th Bailleau International & 14th "Amical" Gliding Contest


Bienvenue à Bailleau en 2011 !

From the 2nd to the 12th of August, this summer, will be held the 37th Bailleau International Gliding Contest (and the 14th "Amical" Contest), a classic flat-land gliding contest.


Wether you are a regular or not, in Bailleau you will discover a club that empasizes flying and a good time.

A significant change has been made in its formula since last year, to meet the expectations of competitors, who want a contest suited to their desires.

The concept experienced last year will therefore be renewed for Bailleau 2011, and classes will be :

  • International / Speed Race : for those who prefer to fly the fastest, during the best period of the day, or those who prefer to be on time for a drink in the evening ;-)
  • International / Long Flights : this class is the one that best fits a "usual" contest, where tasks are set to maximize the distance, spanning the most part of the flying day ...



If you hesitate between the 2 classes, you can see a "comparative" by clicking here, or you can contact us, then obviously you will be allowed to change the class in which you participate, if you change your mind after your have registered (but after the first task, it won't be possible anymore ... :-)

Like every year for almost 15 years, Bailleau International will be accompanied by the now famous "Amical" Contest, for which it will be the 14th edition : a very good atmosphere, a competition aimed at pilots of all experience, the "Amical" was initiated by Bernard Launay, and it's one of the best ways for a pilot to take his first steps in competition ...

Its main purpose is to allow the contestants to discover competition, but with the benefit of a specific management, with a stress level close to 0% ! While it definitely IS a gliding contest, the "Amical" can act as a perfect springboard for Bailleau International Contest (One day in 2010, the "Amical" was however close to take off for a 500 km task, so you may expect this again in 2011, in case of an really good weather day ...)

Here are the dates for these 2 contests :

  • "Welcome" Briefing : Monday, August 1st, at 18:00
  • First Task : Tuesday, August 2nd
  • Last Task : Friday, August 12th
  • Awards Ceremony : Saturday morning, August 13th
Trophée Robert Le Maon


As a conclusion, we would like to remind you that there is another competition "inside" Bailleau International : the "Trophée Le Maon" (named after a former and iconic CFI in Bailleau). This trophy awards the "fastest" pilot during the Contest.

Last year saw René-Louis Gavard (from Buno) win the trophy, with an average speed of 127.2 km/h on a 373 km task, which is very fast ! (79 mph / 231 miles)

The "Trophée Le Maon" is put into play every year, and the first competitor who will win the trophy three consecutive times will earn the right to keep it permanently ...