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2015 - 51st Annual Rally - Course Information

2015

View the 2015 Picture Gallery and the 2015 Movie Gallery

Click for the complete scoring results for 2015. You can also download the complete score sheets for 2015:

The Rally awards much more than just 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Here are some of the other fun awards given out in 2015:

Special 2015 Awards
Almost Red Baron Award Race 55, Kevin McCully & Heather Gamble
Red Baron Award Race 6, Roger Stenbock
Stenbock MPG Award Race 6, Roger Stenbock (26.46 MPG)
Worst Fuel Score Race 10, Patricia Gregory (41.1 gallons)
Best Overall Time Score Race 111, Michal Koenig (9 seconds)
Most Lost (biggest distance to a checkpoint) Race 10, Patricia Gregory ( 22.84 nm)
Best Rookie (First Time) Racer Race 4, Mark Wanrer & Paul Melmon
Top Gun (highest % speed @ Timing) Race 1, Chris Verbil (113% of cruise)
Wright Flyer (lowest % speed @ Timing) Race 33, Kahleen Emerian (40.1% of cruise)
Masters Class Race 73, Sam Sun, solo
Tail End Charlie Race 41, Ron Rhode (6659 points)

A very special thank you to world famous airshow performer Julie Clark who joined us as our guest speaker at the awards dinner in Bend.


2015 Information Video




Each of the Rally's two legs each include:

  • 1 Start Point
  • 3 Mandatory Checkpoints
  • 1 Timing Point
  • 1 Stop Point

The checkpoints, and therefore the course, change every year.  The required checkpoints which define the course are announced the day before the race (see the race schedule) at the briefing and are documented in the race book provided to each team.  The exact course flown is chosen by the pilot of each aircraft.  Remember, this is not a speed race, it is a proficiency race; accuracy counts.

So that prospective racers can get better idea of the materials provided during the briefing, a PDF copy of the 2015 Race Book is available for download here.

Checkpoints are to be overflown by race aircraft. Each checkpoint can be adequately identified from the air. The two timing points at Checkpoint Howie and Checkpoint Goering are also overflown and race officials on the ground will record the time overhead the timing line. The answers to the checkpoint questions are here.

The 2015 course is described here to provide an example only, the 2016 course will be different, and will not be announced until shortly before the race during the briefings

The 2015 course included the following checkpoints and stops:

Approximate 2015 Race Course:

2015 Course

Here's where they really went:

You can review the 2015 Hayward Air Rally POH

Here are the answers to the checkpoint questions: 2015 Checkpoint Answers

Each checkpoint has a question to be answered to ensure positive identification. A typical checkpoint question looks like this:

Checkpoint #2

Mystery

Elevation ~975 '

Lat N 38 deg. 46.22

Overfly above 3500'

Long W 122 deg. 34.25'

   

What is the dominant feature found near these coordiantes?


D. A housing development


   
E. Uncharted grass runway and gliderport
   

F. A circular pond/lake


 

The checkpoint at Mystery looked like this from the air:

2013 Mystery 

So, the answer was: E. Uncharted grass runway and gliderport. - Who knew that was there?!?

The winner of the 2015 Rally was Race 9, Steve and Kathy Davis, in Digital Class, in their Cirrus SR-22 with 176 points!

Race 9
Race 9 Crew