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European Paragliding Championships 2012: Competition starts

Monday 3 September, 2012


Let the games begin … The promo clip for the Euros 2012

The 12th European Paragliding Championships is due to kick off in St Andre, France Monday 3 September, for two weeks of high level competition among some of Europe’s best competition pilots.

Poor weather in the region however means the competition may have a difficult time with the weather until mid-week, with storms and winds predicted until Wednesday.


Emile Van Wyk makes the best of conditions on the practice day on Saturday 1 September. ‘Mild compared with Sun Valley!’ he said on his blog.

Twenty-six countries are participating, including: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden Switzerland and Turkey. A full pilot list is here.

As the highest profile FAI Category 1 paragliding competition since the accident-hit World Championships in Spain last year, all eyes will be on safety at the competition.

Meet director is Francois Gerin Jean, with Chris Calvo Burns as safety director. A full list of officials is here.

Last week Team Germany said they were looking for a podium finish for their team and their pilots, while Team GB saw some last-minute shuffling to fill their team slots. (One change is that Craig Morgan, who was planning to blog for xccontent.local has now withdrawn due to work commitments – he sends his apologies to his fans.)

A quirk of the rules means Germany and GB are joined by France, Czech Republic and Spain in sending 10 pilots each – four pilots more than a standard team of six. The large teams include a handful of non-scoring pilots who are there to help make the competition financially viable.

The competition runs until 15 September. Tasks will be broadcast live online via live tracking.

Links

Official website

Live Tracking

Blogs

Air Tribune

Team Portugal

Team GB

PG Forum Thread


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