The first hang gliding competition of the Australian calendar, the Canungra Classic is an eight-day, FAI cat. 2 competition. It starts on 5 October 2019.
“It will be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites“.
Take-off is Mount Tamborine. The entry fee is AUS$300 plus AUS$30 site fee for non-members. Pilots must hold at least temporary membership to the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
A The Argentinean Championship takes place from 13 October 2019 at La Rioja, and it is also a pre-PWC event.
Organisers say the launch site is well known for its excellent thermals, and the take-off has been recently improved, with 500m² of synthetic grass to lay your wing out on.
Australia’s popular paragliding season-opener, the Canungra Cup is back. This year’s dates are 19-26 October.
The Canungra Cup is an eight-day, FAI 2 cat. comp, with scores counting towards pilots’ WPRS scores. Pilots must be IPPI4 rated or equivalent to take part, and need to be members or temporary members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
The AU$400 (Early Bird) or AU$450 entry fee includes retrieves and airport transfers.
Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.
Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.
Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.
Racing hang gliders along the Pacific coastline in Ecuador in constant sea breezes with fabulous views – that’s the Canoa Open!
The competition has been on the calendar for an incredible 24 years. Take-off is a pilot-owned launch site called The Nest, at 165m and pilots reach heights of up to around 600m. It’s all about low-to-the-ground speed flying. There’s no airspace to worry about and you can land on the beach.
The fifth and final round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour will now be held in Loma Bola, Argentina (the event planned in Mexico was cancelled).
The other dates on the tour are:
Fly with condors in the strong thermals of the Chilean Andes at the Chilean Open 2019, which is also a pre-PWC event.
Base is the flying site of Vizcachas, Santiago. Sign up for “exciting and challenging paragliding”, 8m/s thermals, 100+km flights and memories to last a lifetime!
In December 2019, Bright, Australia, is to host a test event for the forthcoming 2020 Cat. 1 Asian Oceanic Continental Championships.
The test competition is open to all registered FAI competition pilots with a minimum of Australia PG4 / IPPI4 equivalent. Pilots will be selected based on Australian National and WPRS rankings.
Register at Airtribune.com
BGD’s Weightless is back in January 2020, this time in Roldanillo, Colombia.
The competition scores pilots in weight categories, the thinking being to even things out with a handicap system that favours lighter pilots. Organisers say:
“Being big has less of an advantage, and carrying excessive ballast will not help you so much. We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly, and how heavy they fly“.
Organisers can’t praise the venue enough, listing off attributes including: “grassy launches, colourful valleys, masses of landing options, some of the friendliest people on the planet, sun, flowers, music, good food and loads and loads of good flatland flying which everyone can enjoy”.
The competition precedes the British Open and Colombian Nationals to be held at the same venue, so if you have the time and the inclination there’s the possibility to do all three.