The British Paragliding Championships is being run as a single round in 2018, and it will take place at Kruševo, Macedonia from 11-17 August.
“The British Championship will be contested as a single open competition, the British Championship Open, instead of as in previous years being contested over two open competitions, the rationale being that an increasing number of British pilots with time, family, or financial pressures simply can’t afford to attend both open competitions.
“The meet director will be Goran Dimiskovski. In line with our new FAI status as a Category 2 nation we now offer very good quality PWC qualification letters. Krushevo will be hosting the World Championships in 2019 too and so our Championship Open should be perfect for other nations’ team pilots looking for racing experience in this paragliding Mecca.
“Immediately after Krushevo there’s also a PWC in nearby Sopot, Bulgaria and Goran has offered to put on transport (5hours by coach) for those pilots interested in doing both competitions. As in previous years we expect to be joined by the Dutch for their Championship.
“Pilots registering for the competition will be required to have a minimum level of competition experience in line with previous years’ British Open Competitions. The approved pilot list will be ordered by pilots’ highest World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS) position in the past two years and pilots will be invited to pay in ranked order. Registration for the competition will open on 3 February 2018 and pilots will be invited to pay beginning 17 February”.
BGD’s Weightless is a friendly, FAI cat 2 competition based on weight classes. 2018’s will be the first annual event, and it will be held in Tolmin, Slovenia from 2-8 September.
“Up to now flying heavy has always been an advantage. This has resulted in heavy equipment and ballast for competitions. BGD would like to change all this and encourage people to fly with light equipment. Women and Men will not be separated as the weight classes will help to even up the sexes.
The BGD weightless is aimed at up-and-coming pilots looking to improve their cross country, competition experience or just enjoy a unique experience hanging out with some of the best pilots in the world. Hosted in a relaxed environment, the first event will be held in Slovenia in the famous beautiful Soca Valley.
The event is particularly suited to leisure pilots that have flown some small XCs (20km+) and have flown in one or two fun competitions, but it will not exclude more advanced pilots, who will also benefit from participation. Two-liners will not be allowed to participate and the focus will be on the B and C classes, without excluding the As and Ds.“
The classes will be Overall, Sport and Leisure. Within each class there will be weight catagories of <80kg, <90kg, <110kg and >110kg.
Prizes, lectures, coaching and fun is guaranteed throughout.
HQ will be Camp Gabrje, and the preferred goal field will be just a few metres from HQ and the bar.
The event is organised by BGD and meet director Brett Janaway. Pilots can register on Airtribune
It’s a race-to-goal format, with 80-100 pilots racing around the Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee, and the results affect US national rankings and the US World Team selection.
The event is run by Flying Camp.
After a year off, the Santa Cruz Flats race is back in 2018. Run by Jamie Sheldon, organisers say:
Yes! After a year off, we’re coming back to the Francisco Grande for another week of fun in the desert. Come join us again!
Because our tug resources are limited, we are only allowing a maximum of 50 pilots, so you might want to register early.”
You can register at AirTribune by clicking here.
The 2018 Argentinean Paragliding Championships will take place at La Rioja from 14-20 October.
Organisers say you can expect excellent thermal conditions, and enjoy the newly transformed 500m² launch, complete with synthetic grass.
Register at Airtribune.com