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1-26 News You Can Use.
2014 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy
January 15, 2015 by Ron Schwartz

As Bob Root would say, the sun just set over the yard arm, so it's time for a cocktail. And today it also signals the end of the official time limit on submitting claims for the Claybourn Trophy. Not much happened most of the first half of the year as far as serious straight out distances were concerned. There were as couple of good flights, but they didnít fit the straight out requirement. But June usually heralds the beginning of the cross country season out west and this year was no exception. For those who were following the trophy battle, it was a cliff hanger.

Early in each of the typical four x-c months, June to September, two of the Associationís best would make a flight that caught our attention. On June 7th, Garry Dickson led off with a strong flight of 294.8 miles. A month later on July 5th Doug Levy mounted an impressive challenge that came within a mile of Garry at 294.0. So close, but no cigar. Another month passed then Doug captured the lead with a performance that broke the 300 barrier by soaring 309.7. As September rolled around Doug was still holding on, but that didnít discourage Garry from trying to knock him off the number one spot.


Ron Schwartz
1-26 Assn Record Keeper

December 2014 OLC
January 6, 2015 by Bob Spielman


December 2014 was a better month than November with 12 flights on the OLC. That put the 1-26 Association into 3RD PLACE in the whole USA. Wow!

All flights were from Blairstown.

  1. RON SCHWARTZ who flew 165.97sm (267.11km).
  2. PAUL LEAL with a 103.9sm (167.21km) flight.
  3. PHIL WEBER who went 85.56sm (137.7km).
  4. GUS JOHNSON flying 64.14sm (103.23km).
  5. JIM ANGELOU with a 59.6sm (95.92km) flight.


Bob Spielman
SN555 & SN525

2015 1-26 Association Executive Board Election Results
December 12, 2014 by Wayne Walker

Here are the results of the election from our web site and the 5 mail votes Iíve received.

As you can see weíve had a very good turnout of voters, probably the best in several years, thank you all for voting.

Congratulations to the winners! All new officers will start January 1, 2015.


Wayne Walker
Secretary / Treasurer

1-26 Association Election Results

Office Candidate Online Mail-In Total
President: Wick Wilkinson 50 5 55
Sec/Treas: Wayne Walker 49 5 54
VP East: Ridge Moreland 22 2 24
VP Central: Tony Condon 12 1 13
(write in) Kathy Williams 1 0 1
VP West - Gary Swift 15 2 17

Association Goals

The Association is formed for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and promoting the sport of soaring in the Schweizer 1-26 sailplane; to establish standards for competition in the 1-26; to establish categories for record flights made in the 1-26; to disseminate information relating to the 1-26 and flights made in the 1-26, and to give recognition to its membership for accomplishments related to soaring in the 1-26.

The Association's goal is to foster the helpfulness, the camaraderie, and the opportunity for head-to-head competition that is found in One Design groups in sailing. It is an organization of people who share the common ideal that soaring should be fun, not frantic - people who include pilots, families, crews and others who are interested. Membership is open to everyone. Owning a 1-26 or being a pilot is not required.

The Association has evolved a whole range of challenges and rewards to fit the ambitions of pilots at all levels of experience and skill. It has, for example, special recognition for those who complete FAI badge legs in a 1-26 with a very special Roll Of Honor for those who complete all three Diamonds in a 1-26.

The Sweepstakes is an all-year X-C competition that lets you fly at the time and place of your choosing against pilots of comparable experience levels. It provides an opportunity to pit your skills against the best in your division - on your own home turf.

The Association maintains and publishes Regional (including Canada) 1-26 records which, are essentially the same as the SSA State Records. Categories and classes include speed triangles, distance tasks, absolute altitude and altitude gained for each class (Open, Senior, Feminine and Junior).

A multitude of local, regional and other trophies and awards are available to honor the best accomplishments of all our"achievers". The longest straight-line flight of the year is especially honored with the H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Award.

The 1-26 Championships is the high point of the year for many pilots. Open to any 1-26 pilot in the world, the winner is indeed the 1-26 World Champion. Since team flying is encouraged, the highest scoring team is designated Champion Team. Numerous local and regional competitions throughout the year give pilots and crews a chance to break into competition in a low-key environment before going for The Big One .

Soaring is exciting, it's relaxing, it's challenging, and it's fun - we know the 1-26 is the most fun. We'd like to have you join the 1-26 Association. Annual dues for individuals are $15.00 and family members at the same address are $5.00 each. For informationon joining the 1-26 Association, click on the information listed below, or contact the Secretary / Treasurer.


"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
Helen Keller

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