This is a very informative and easy-to-read introduction to cross-country soaring written by Kai Gertsen, an eastern US pilot, 10 years ago. It has a lot of tips that I haven't seen in other works on the subject. The text has been edited and updated to reflect changes in evidence requirements coming into effect Oct 2009, in particular the elimination of cameras. I highly recommend it for early XC pilots. Tony Burton
This an absolutely "must read" for cross-country pilots. It has excellent and clear information. It explains exactly the best way to fly a final glide, and the trap that a low final glide presents to a pilot. The article is by John Cochrane in the USA, a noted commentator on sailplane racing.
SAC uses the current USA handicap list. The 2012 US list has been reviewed for discrepancies and follows the European values and also includes the sailplanes that are only flying in N. America such as the HP series.