At the AGM it was announced, somewhat perfunctorily, that the loop league trophy would be retired after being awarded for the 2013 season. There were a number of reasons for this, including:
- Needing to submit flights to a second league (Leonardo) made it more complicated
- Technical issues with the league website meant it didn't work as smoothly as it should
- Further technical issues meant it didn't display properly (or at all sometimes) on the club website
- The existence of the grid challenge, which it was felt duplicated some of the elements of the point of the loop league
But the committee has changed its mind! It regards loop flights as something to be encouraged. Independently planning and executing a loop flight (out & return or triangle) is an challenge that can push forward a pilot's skills without the additional concern of arranging retrieves that downwind XCs require, and is sufficiently distinct from the grid challenge that it's worth keeping on.
We are therefore announcing that the loop league WILL be returning for the 2014 season, with some modifications. For full details see http://www.penninesoaringclub.org.uk/index.php/competitions/loop-league