"No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal." - Bonnie Blair, American Gold Medal Speedskater
Parlick Grid Challenge 2017
Parlick Grid Challenge has been completed successfully just once - April 2nd 2017, Phil Colbert rode a Niviuk Icepeak 8 round all 15 cylinders in order in just under two hours. The challenge remains open to all pilots, whether or not they're members of Pennine Soaring Club. Non-member visitors submitting valid tracklogs will appear on the this-season and all-time scoreboards, but are not eligible for trophies at the annual prizegiving. Now that the challenge has been completed, trophies will be awarded for best scores in Fun Class (EN A or B), sport class (EN C) and overall (open).
You can get the grid challenge waypoints by simply clicking HERE, which will open XC Planner and show you the route. Click "Download" there to get the waypoints onto your PC. I suggest you enter the prefix "PGC" so you know what they are. From there you'll need to build them into a route. Good luck.
IMPORTANT NEWS on the grid challenge - an extra scoring rule has been added for the 2017 season. As ever, the idea is to fly to each of the fifteen cylinders in order, and you score one point per cylinder you tag. However, if you score at least eight then you can get a bonus half point by making it back to the hill. So if you land in cylinder 11 that scores 11, but if you tag 11 and make it back that'll score you 11.5, putting you above anyone who went on a death glide to get there.
Details of the rule: pilots must tag cylinders in order as before. Any score more than eight will attract a bonus half point if, AFTER tagging the last (highest scoring) cylinder, the pilot continues flying and records at least one track point in the air east of a line tangent to the western edge of cylinders 1, 2 and 3.
- tag 7 and get back: score 7.
- tag 8 & 9 then bomb out: score 9.
- tag 8 & 9 then get back: score 9.5
- tag 8 & 9, then get back, then tag 10 & 11 and bomb out: score 11
- tag 8 & 9, then get back, then tag 10 & 11, then get back: score 11.5
"I don't know if it's just me or everyone, but the whole vibe with skiing is not so much thriving on competition against others as it is against myself and the clock." - Picabo Street, American Gold Medal Skier