The weather in 2015 seemed to take its toll on the overall number of flights logged in the Sweepstakes. Only 153 flights were successfully logged to the website.
Daniel Sazhin had an amazing year in 1-26 flights and was the only one to log over 2,000 miles to take first in the East Division in Diamond Class. He also had the longest flight of 508 miles as has been reported elsewhere. Awesome job, Dan! Second place in the East went to Ron Schwartz with 1,985 miles in six flights, only 20 less miles than Daniel! Third place went to Paul Leal. His 734 miles put the East Division in the lead for total miles in the top three places of the Diamond Class. This battle between East and West divisions has gone back and forth several times in the past few years. Great soaring on both coasts!
In the West Division, Hangman Levy held onto his lead from 2014 with a total of 1,608 miles and Garry Dickson held onto his 2014 second place by flying 1,454 miles in 2015. Bob Hurni came in third with 931 miles. Good participation in the West, as usual.
In the Central Division Jo and Charles Shaw battled it out with 14 flights between them and Jo ended up in the lead with 727 miles. Charles flew 533 miles. Andrew Askwith held on to third place from last year, flying 371 miles.
#1 Doug Levy
#2 Garry Dickson
#3 Bob Hurni
#1 Joann Shaw
#2 Charles Shaw
#3 Andrew Askwith
#1 Daniel Sazhin
#2 Ron Schwartz
#3 Paul Leal
In the Gold Class, Western Division, James Neff vaulted into first place with 634 miles. Tom McMullen held onto second place with just two fewer miles in his 632 mile total. Lane Decker remained on the podium in third place with 377 miles in only 3 flights. The Central Division only had two flights, both by Ken
Ekman for a total of 168 miles. The Eastern Division only had one Gold flight logged and that was by Gus Johnson for 131 miles.
#1 James Neff
#2 Tom McMullen
#3 Lane Decker
#1 Ken Ekman
#1 Gus Johnson
In Silver Class Pete Vredenburg came
in First in Central Division with a total of 297 miles. Dan Bryan took second place with a flight of 35 miles. Robert Herren again took first place in the East Division this year with a single flight of 38 miles. For the second year in a row there were no West Division flights logged this
year in Silver Class.
#1 Pete Vredenburg
#2 Dan Bryan
#1 Robert Herren
In the Bronze Class, Stephen Layton took another first in Central Division with a total of 124.62 miles. See you in Silver Class in 2016, Stephen!
Steve Barry logged a very respectable 9 flights in the West Division for a first place finish of 161 miles. I think he's been bitten by the soaring bug! There were no Bronze flights logged in the East Division.
#1 Steve Barry
#1 Stephen Layton
2015 was another disappointing Sweepstakes
year in my opinion. I do think the weather played a part in the lower turnout of logged flights. But some the flights that were logged were epic. As I said last year,
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,
And once again, yours truly didn't get
to log even a modest/dismal Sweeps flight in 2015. Let's have another safe and fun year of 1-26 flying in