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2014 1-26 Sweepstakes Results

The 2014 1-26 Sweepstakes are over and it's time to get this summary out !

(full Sweepstakes standings and flights)

Here is a summary of the results:

In the Diamond Class, Hangman Levy flew his usual long flights and swapped places with Garry Dickson in the West to take first this year. Veteran George Powell continued his Sweeps standings in third place and more than doubled his logged miles from the previous year. In the Central Division Charles Shaw put on a good display of flying for first place. Jim Hard came in second place with fewer total flights than he usually completes each year. Andrew Askwith improved his sixth place finish from last year to take third. In the East Paul Leal improved last year's second place finish and came in first! Ron Schwartz finished in second place and Daniel Sazhin rounded out the Eastern division in third.

Diamond West
#1 Doug Levy 1,946.18 Miles
#2 Garry Dickson 1,875.92 Miles
#3 George Powell 1,092.18 Miles


Diamond Central
#1 Charles Shaw 636.31 Miles
#2 Jim Hard 580.41 Miles
#3 Andrew Askwith 482.31 Miles


Diamond East
#1 Paul Leal 1,294.67 Miles
#2 Ron Schwartz 1,229.50 Miles
#3 Daniel Sazhin 1,092.00 Miles


In the Gold Class, Western Division, Lane Decker and Tom McMullen once again took First and Second place! Ken Ekman moved up from Silver Class to take third in the Western Division. Kevin Ford doubled his miles from the previous year winning the Central Division once again and was the only Central entry in Gold Class. Gus Johnson took first once again in the East increasing his miles from 2013 by nearly 50%! Paul Siefried took second with only one flight logged. James Angelou took third with two flights logged.

Gold West
#1 Lane Decker 931.27 Miles
#2 Tom McMullen 638.65 Miles
#3 Ken Ekman 178.81 Miles


Gold Central
#1 Kevin Ford 749.71 Miles


Gold East
#1 Gus Johnson 996.51 Miles
#2 Paul Siefried 334.84 Miles
#3 James Angelou 217.00 Miles


In Silver Class Pete Vredenburg came in First in Central Division with one flight of 118.89 miles. Dan Bryan came back to the Sweeps with a second place flight of 49.13 miles. Robert Herren moved to the East Division this year and took first place there. Second place was taken by Richard Healy. There were no West Division flights logged this year in Silver Class.

Silver West
No Entries 0.00 Miles


Silver Central
#1 Pete Vredenburg 118.89 Miles
#2 Dan Bryan 49.13 Miles


Silver East
#1 Robert Herren 262.55 Miles
#2 Richard Healy 45.96 Miles


In the Bronze Class, Stephen Layton joined the ranks of Sweeps pilots with a flight of 58.83 miles. Welcome Stephen! Keep them coming this year. It was again disappointing to see no Bronze entries for the other two divisions.


Bronze West
No Entries 0.00 Miles


Bronze Central
Stephen Layton 58.83 Miles


Bronze East
No Entries 0.00 Miles


2014 was another disappointing Sweepstakes year in my opinion. I did get the article done on the history of the Sweeps and maybe that will inspire some to take part this next year. If any of you have ideas on how we can increase the participation, please let me know. Again I implore each of you avid 1-26 pilots to take one newbie under your wings and get him/her headed towards cross-country flight. The minimum distance for a Sweeps flight is Silver Distance. It is a great step in the education of a glider pilot towards longer cross country flights and it's so simple to log your Sweeps flight after entering your OLC flight! To all who did participate, Great flying!
Once again, yours truly didn't get to log even a modest/dismal Sweeps flight in 2014 but now that I am fully retired I should get more soaring done in 2015, hopefully some in our club's 1-26, Tweety Bird! Let's have another safe and fun year of 1-26 flying in 2015 !

-Sheriff Jay