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2016 - 52nd Annual Rally - Course Information
The 2016 Hayward Air Rally was held June 23-26, 2016. The new destination this year was Reno/Stead (RTS), Nevada.
Click on these links to download PDF versions of the final score sheets:
View the 2016 Picture Gallery
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
Tim Ronan and Michael Saboff, Race 24 with just 86 points.
In addition to the usual 1st-10th place awards, several other special awards were handed out. We like to recognize outstanding performance at both ends of the spectrum!
Special 2016 Awards
|Red Baron Award||Race 8, Kim Purcell and Rob Kirkpatrick|
|Stenbock MPG Award||Race 6, Roger Stenbock|
|Worst Fuel Score||Race 13, Sandy Munns & Steve Alcorn (17.6 gallons wrong)|
|Most Lost (biggest distance to a checkpoint)||Race 5, Mike Citro (where are those
|Best Rookie (First Time) Racer||Race 16, Mark Ryan & Colleen Patton|
|Top Gun (highest % speed @ Timing)||Race 20, David Hindi (117.7% of cruise)|
|Wright Flyer (lowest % speed @ Timing)||Race 15, Ken Dyche (40.8% of cruise)|
|Masters Class||Race 73, Sam Sun, solo|
|Tail End Charlie||Race 13, Sandy Munns & Steve Alcorn (4891 points)|
As a bonus, this track earned the Most Lost award:
Each of the Rally's two legs each include:
- 1 Start Point
- 3 Mandatory Checkpoints
- 1 Bonus Checkpoint
- 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 event; 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 Hallelujah are also overflown and race officials on the ground will record the time overhead the timing line. The answers to the 2016 checkpoint questions are here.
The 2016 course is described here to provide an example only, the 2017 course will be different, and will not be announced until shortly before the race during the briefings.
The 2016 course included the following checkpoints and stops:
- Hayward (HWD) - Race Starts
- Bottimore Ranch (65CN)
- Alta Mesa
- VanVleck (57CN) - BONUS
- Checkpoint Howie (40º 21.894' N, 122º 13.038' W @ 68CA) - Timing Point
- Redding (RDD) - Landing, Fuel and Lunch
- Fall River Mills (O89)
(SVE) - BONUS
- Checkpoint Hallelujah Junction (39º 46.47' N, 120º 02.30’ W)- Timing Point
- Reno/Stead (RTS) - Landing, Fuel, Race Ends
Approximate 2016 Race Course:
Apparently someone expected that the Arbiter of Penalty Points Awarded and Subtracted (aka the scoring official) might be bribed. To that end, this was presented to him at impound:
Please rest assured that his integrity cannot be compromised with fudge graham crackers (but to be fair, he does really enjoy those). It's going to take at least a really nice bottle of champagne!