The Willi 2016 – Open for Business

The snow is flying and it might be too cold and too far away to think much about summer flying. But never to early to plan for The Willi XC Challenge 2016. This is a special year, our 20th anniversary . We’re also celebrating 25 years of PG competition in Golden, and 40+ years of HG at our great site.

As well as the usual meet features and events, we’re planning a big Retro Party for Saturday, July 30. Anyone who has flown Golden will be invited to wear a retired flying t-shirt or splashy flight suit, swap tales with old friends, and dance the night away (we’re getting a band) in the Pavilion at GEAR. You don’t need to participate in the Willi to get in, but as a registered competitor you’ll get in free. If you know someone we should be inviting, let us know and we’ll put them on the list.

Here’s what you need to know…

  1. Book the Dates: July 22 to Aug 1(comp days July 23rd thru 31st).
  2. Register Now: You can register now at:
  3. Beat the Cap: Due to launch and other restrictions, registration will be limited to 120 pilots. As of today, almost 50 of your flying friends are already registered.
  4. Save Some Money on Registration:Regular Entry Fee will be $120, but you can save $20 (so pay $100) by registering and paying up before June 15, 2016. Pay by June 15 and you will also be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card to a local Golden restaurant. The registration fee covers the competition, meet goodie bag (with the famous Willi XC Buff), Muller BBQ (July 23), Retro Party (July 30), and Awards Dinner (August 1).
  5. Come to the Retro Party:We want this to be memorable, so we’re getting a band, throwing down some food, and inviting anyone who has flown the valley with us over the last 40+ years. As a registered participant, you will get in for free – guests $25.
  6. Reserve Early at GEAR: Our hosts for the comp will once again be the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch. To ensure Willi participants get their RV or tent spots booked before the place fills up, GEAR has opened their reservation system for us. Contact Trina and her staff, let them know you’re with the Willi, and book a spot now. Contact details here:
  7. Get Discounted Tenting Rates: GEAR is setting aside an area in Group Camping strictly for Willi participants. They are also discounting the rate in this area to $10/person/night (i.e. $20/night for 2 sharing a tent), a great saving on their usual fees. Ask for the discount when you book at GEAR.
  8. Help Us Have a Safe, Challenging Competition: Competition rules will be essentially the same as last year – your best 3 flights count. SPOTS is required, with the tracking option on, and Dannie will be there to watch your back. And we’re going to continue with GPS scoring (you will need a GPS to score XC flights) using XC Canada. You can find more details here:
  9. But Fun Is What We Really Want: We’re not just about the flying of course. Besides the big events mentioned earlier, count on informative (and brief) pilot meetings, daily prize draws, morning breakfasts (at $5/plate, still the best deal in the valley) and bag lunches ($10/bag at this point) prepared by the kitchen ladies, mid-week beers and movies, rainy day distractions, a random kegger, the Sunday spot landing contest, and use of the GEAR pavilion for checking your email or meeting up with friends. It’s all included in the meet fee.
  10. We Need Some Smart People: One piece of feedback we heard loud and clear last year was do more of the morning educational sessions. We need discussion leaders for these. If you have something to share that would be educational for pilots in general, and XC pilots in particular, please let us know and we’ll put you on the agenda.

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See you at the Willi!