Boomerang

The Boomerang Trophy

The Blue Ridge Soaring Society’s Boomerang Trophy is designed to promote interaction between soaring sites at the cross country soaring level.

Check out the Boomerang Wiki, for the current location of the Boomerang, along with stories and photos from the pilots.
Pilots, please update and share your claim on the wiki.

Boomerang Trophy Rules:

  1. To claim the Boomerang, you must fly a minimum of 100km (50km if L/D is less than 30:1) and land at the site where the trophy resides. Straight line or dog leg flights are permissible, and FAI rules apply
  2. The flight must originate within a 500km radius of New Castle, VA.
  3. The longest flight of the day wins. In case of a tie distance over different courses, the best speed over the course wins.
  4. Team efforts are permitted, in which case each pilots name will be engraved on the trophy.
  5. A pilot may not be involved in 2 consecutive moves of the trophy.
  6. When the trophy is claimed, the pilot is asked to notify the Blue Ridge Soaring Society of its new location.

Boomerang Trophy Honor Roll

Pilot(s) Distance (OLC dist) From Date
Ben Greene BRSS Winner Strawberry Hill, NC. 9/1/69
Jim Smiley 102 mi. S. Boston, VA. 9/5/69
Greene & Seibels 187 mi. Chester, SC. 9/13/69
Schuemann & Smiley 208 mi. S. Boston, VA. 10/4/69
Greene &Seibels 187 mi. Chester, SC. 3/15/70
George Squillario 110 mi. Beech Mtn., NC. 4/11/70
Wil Schuemann 174 mi. Lexington, VA. 5/9/70
Byars & Schuemann 133 mi. Cumberland, MD. 5/18/70
Jim Smiley 133 mi. Lexington, VA. 5/30/70
Wil Schuemann 133 mi. Cumberland, MD. 6/7/70
Lanier Frantz 164 mi. New Castle, VA. 8/2/70
Jim Smiley 87 mi. S. Boston, VA. 11/8/70
Carl Rohman 81 mi. Lexington, VA. 3/21/71
Jim Smiley 101 mi. S. Boston, VA. 4/16/71
Garland Hopkins 87 mi. New Castle, VA. 5/1/71
Ron Roberts 63 mi. Charlottesville, VA. 5/31/71
Wil Schuemann 164 mi. Cumberland, MD. 6/22/71
Jim Smiley 133 mi. Lexington, VA. 5/11/72
Wil Schuemann 133 mi. Cumberland, VA. 10/1/72
Jim Haynes 75 mi. Frederick, MD. 4/14/73
Joe Gera 160 mi. Lexington, VA. 9/21/74
Marshall McClung 118 mi. New Castle, VA. 6/6/76
Jim Smiley 87 mi. S. Boston, VA. 7/1/76
Joe Gera 118 mi. Garner, VA. 8/6/76
Dan Somers 193 mi. New Castle, VA. 10/9/78
Carl Reed 35 mi. Lexington, VA. 5/3/80

Trophy Moved Back To New Castle, VA. 1/1/82

Pilot(s) Distance (OLC dist) From Date
Bill Savory 217 mi. Fairfield, PA. 8/3/85
Mike Smith 84 mi. Julian, PA. 9/6/86
Buddy Denham 84 mi. Fairfield, PA. 9/13/86
Bill Savory 84 mi. Julian, PA. 9/14/86
David Pixton 84 mi. Fairfield, PA. 3/21/87
Bill Vickland 80 mi. Warrenton, VA. 8/15/87
Don Pollard 150 mi. New Castle, VA. 8/21/87
Dan Somers 193 mi. Garner, VA. 4/30/88
Russ Perkins 147 mi. Danville, VA. 6/29/91
Jake Alspaugh 146 mi. Swan Creek, NC. 4/25/92
Herbert Kilian 133 mi. Lillington, NC. 4/18/93
Al Tyler 170 mi. Manning, SC. 5/9/93
Ray Galloway 170 mi. Lillington, NC. 5/15/93
Chris Stoia 170 mi. Manning, SC. 5/23/93
Jim Frantz 170 mi. Lillington, NC. 7/31/93
Ken Haney 133 mi. Swan Creek, NC. 4/2/95
Greg Godsey 81 mi. Johnson City, TN. 5/20/95
Charley Shuffler 144 mi. New Castle, VA. 9/3/95
Bill Watson 136 mi. Louisburg, NC. 6/1/96
Cole Frantz 136 mi. New Castle, VA. 4/20/97
Greg Godsey 144 mi. Johnson City, TN. 4/10/99
Dan Cole, Bruce Kristof
Adnan Mirza
144 mi. New Castle, VA. 6/12/99
Jim Smiley 89 mi. Clover, VA. 8/4/99
Dirk Elber & Cole Frantz 89 mi. New Castle, VA. 8/22/99
Greg Leslie 230 mi. Fairfield, PA. 9/16/00
Shane Neitzey 75 mi. Front Royal, VA 3/25/01
Dan Cole, Jim Frantz & Adnan Mirza 141 mi. New Castle, VA 4/8/01
Shane Neitzey 141 mi. Front Royal, VA 6/17/01
Dan Cole & Adnan Mirza 141 mi. New Castle, VA 7/14/01
Fred Mueller & Dave Weaver 141 mi. Front Royal, VA 4/7/02
Jim Garrison 75 mi. Waynesboro, VA 7/12/03
Dan Cole, Dave Cole, Dirk Elber 75 mi. New Castle, VA 7/26/03
Jim Garrison 75 mi. Waynesboro, VA 10/18/03
Dan Cole/Tina Grove 75 mi. New Castle, VA 5/9/04
Heinz McArthur 164 mi. Erwin, NC 9/4/05
Bob Hills 110 mi. Farmington, NC 9/18/05
Ray Lovinggood 110 mi. Erwin, NC 5/29/06
Charles Cook 110 mi. Farmington, NC 4/22/07
Peter Pulfer 63 mi. Morganton, NC 4/28/07
Charles Cook 63 mi. Farmington, NC 5/26/07
Ken Bell 110 mi. Erwin, NC 7/21/07
Roger Fowler 63 mi. Ball, NC 10/7/07
Dave Postlethwaite 102 mi. Garner field, VA 10/8/07
Roger Fowler 153 mi. Erwin, NC 6/18/08
Gary Garavaglia 109 mi. Farmington, NC 6/25/08
Roger Fowler 109 mi. Erwin, NC 6/28/08
Dave Postlethwaite 153 mi. Garner field, VA 8/03/08
Todd Wichman 153 mi. Erwin, NC 8/09/08
Gary Garavaglia 109 mi. Farmington, NC 10/02/08
Roger Fowler 109 mi. Erwin, NC 4/25/09
Claudio Palmaz 153 mi. Garner field, VA 4/18/10
Eric Lambert 71 mi. Merlin Aerodrome- Amelia, VA 8/08/10
Dillon Krapes 71 mi. Garner field, VA 8/08/10
Eric Lambert 71 mi. Merlin Aerodrome- Amelia, VA 8/21/10

Begin OLC Era

Pilot(s) Distance (OLC dist) From Date OLC Link
Matt McKrell 145 mi. Erwin, NC 9/25/10 OLC
Shane Neitzey 259 mi. Front Royal, VA 8/16/12 OLC
Mike Higgins and Baude Litt 75 mi. Fairfield, PA 9/23/12 Higgins | Litt
Shane Neitzey 75 mi. Front Royal, VA 11/24/12 OLC
JP Stewart 141mi New Castle, VA 5/18/14 OLC
Piet Barber 141mi Front Royal, VA 5/19/14 OLC
Pete Appleby 69mi Eagle’s Nest, VA 5/25/15 OLC