Yesterday several of us flew a cross-country race to various locations in Greece. We only had 5 participants as team members are so busy it's hard to find time to spend flying, but even with only 5 it was pretty cool. With 16 it would have been awesome. We have set-up a course in such a way that you need to use the navigation equipment in the aircraft to complete it, and some of the waypoints are visual landmarks with references to navaids for those that get lost. This type of racing isn't for everyone and is really designed for those that like to use real-world piloting skills. Definitely not friendly to the yank and bank crowd 🙂
We flew it in the Baron which felt pretty good. In a faster aircraft the race time would have been shorter and made the turnpoints a little tougher, but people (or the host) can pick whatever aircraft they want to use anyway.
Not sure if we will ship this particular race or not, but it's an interesting experiment. It certainly was clear to us that the shorelines around Greece are in desperate need of correction! Maybe we can get that in regardless of the race...
Today we are going to fly the sailplane race again (in about 2 hours) as it has proven to be a popular race event and we need to test out some changes recently introduced. I'm looking forward to it!