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2015 - 51st Annual Rally - Course Information
Click for the complete scoring results for 2015. You can also download the complete score sheets for 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.
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:
- Hayward (HWD) - Race Starts
- Isleton Bridge (38-10.32’N, 121-35.62’W)
- Mystery (38-46.22N, 122-34.25’W)
- Gunnersfield Ranch-BONUS (71CL)
- Paskenta (39-53.13, 122-32.36W)
- Checkpoint Howie (40-21.894N, 122-13.038W @ 68CA) - Timing Point
- Redding (RDD) - Landing, Fuel and Lunch
- Adin-BONUS (A26)
- Tulelake (O81)
- Bonanza (42-12.15N, 121-24.53W)
- Silverlake 43-07.41N, 121-03.74W)
- Checkpoint Goering (50OR) - Timing Point
- Bend (BDN) - Landing, Fuel, Race Ends
Approximate 2015 Race 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:
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:
So, the answer was: E. Uncharted grass runway and gliderport. - Who knew that was there?!?