The 2019 round of the Alderney Island Air Race, including the Schneider Trophy race,  will be held on 21st and 22nd September 2019.

The Aurigny Air Services’ Trophy will take place 1600-1730 (all times are local time) on Saturday 21st (with the practice session 1145-1300) and on Sunday 22nd the Schneider Trophy race will take place 1015-1145 (with a backup slot at 1430-1600 in case of weather delays). Please note the airfield will be closed to non-race aircraft at these times. 

The 22nd Alderney Island Air Races will close the 2019 race season, and will see the crowning of this year's British Air Racing Champion. The Air Races, which take place over the weekend of the 21st & 22nd September, will also provide us with the winner of the title of European Champion.

The races are organised by the Royal Aero Club Records, Racing & Rally Association and after discussions locally and with Guernsey some really good news for this year is that the course has been changed to make it much more ‘viewer friendly’. The race starts at the airfield and now follows the coastline around the east end of the Island, by way of Forts Isle de Raz, Houmet Herbè, Quesnard, Les Homeaux Florains, Château a l’Étoc then onwards to Les Casquets Lighthouse from where the aircraft will return to the Coque Lihou area south of the airfield, fly along the south coast and do it all again for five laps.

To ensure that the finish of the race is easier for the public to see, the ‘chequered flag’ line is now positioned from the end of the Breakwater northwards. All races are flown on a handicap basis, with the slower aircraft taking-off first, followed at pre-determined time intervals by those with a higher airspeed. In theory, if the handicappers get their sums right they should all arrive at the finish line at the same time. Because of the nature of the new course, spectators looking for a good observation site should have little difficulty choosing their spot. Fort Albert should provide excellent views, and Braye beach and the harbour area will also be good places to watch the finish.

There will be a practice session on Saturday morning with the  ‘Aurigny Air Services’ Trophy taking place 1600-1730On Sunday morning the prestigious Schneider Trophy race will take place between 10:15 and 11:45.

Over the weekend, pilots will also be vying for other awards. The Reynards ‘Special Awards’, are presented to the pilots who achieve the best aggregate points score over both races, whilst the AEL ‘Les Casquets’ Salver is an award aimed at rewarding a new race pilot for their overall achievements in their first years of racing. Brand new for this year is the ‘Spirit of Air Racing’ cup, donated by the Alderney Flying Club. This award will give recognition to anyone involved in Air Racing, who has gone that ‘extra mile’ and been a true ambassador of the sport.

 The new course is here

The 2018 Race report written by Ralph is now here

The 2015 Alderney Air Races were filmed as part of a new six, one-hour episode observational documentary series, which has been commissioned by BBC 2, to be broadcast in a primetime slot in early 2016.  It is expected to be one of the biggest BBC documentary series of year, taking as it will, a fresh look at Britain's air space, bringing to life the invisible and largely unknown infrastructure of our skies through a broad range of characters and situations, including, we are glad to say, Air Racing.

The 2016 Race report written by Ralph is now here

Pictures of the 2016 race weekend can now be seen here

Further Information

Course of the Annual 'Island Air Races