It's kind of like a cross between weekend sailboat buoy racing and a geo-cash rally only in the air flying Paragliders or Hang Gliders.
If you have been thinking about trying figure out how they fly comp style GPS tasks, this a great low stress fun way for Intermediate pilots to start expanding there site flying into a new dimension.
From the Socal League site:
"Sprint tasks are designed for pilots that are new to cross-country and task flying. Tasks are typically around 20km in length which is about an hour of flying for top pilots, or possibly two hours of flying for newer pilots.
The format for the tasks will generally be an elapsed time start with a launch time, meaning pilots can launch after a set time and start flying the course once they are ready once they are flying. Scoring will ignore all time points and reward pilots solely for flying the greatest length along the course.
Unlike traditional XC competitions, this means several or all pilots could be awarded 1000 points for the day provided they all make it to goal. This will reinforce the idea to pilots that making it to goal is the primary factor and getting there quickly is only an ancillary goal. I believe this will promote more thoughtful, conservative and safe flying as well as establish excellent habits for all future cross-country flights by Sprint league pilots."
Palomar Tip: Pay attention to wind shifts and evaluate your best soaring and thermal trigger options to those wind shifts when making your moves. Read our short article on "Effective Ridge Lift & Thermal Flight - Mountain Sites" with Palomar examples.
Flying Palomar can also be a fairly technical site as there is not a simple ridge line and prevailing winds shift through out the day depending on your location on the mountain or valleys.