The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.
The first Flymaster Open paragliding XC competition is set to take place in Krushevo, Macedonia from 21-27 July 2019. “The first of many”, organisers say.
It also serves as the Macedonia paragliding championship. It’s an FAI 2 competition for pilots of all wing classes. Flymaster are sponsoring the event with live tracking for all pilots and instruments to be awarded as prizes in a draw.
The entry fee is €190 until 30 May, €220 thereafter, and includes a colour map, tracking and retrieves, packed lunches, SIM cards and parties.
Register at Flymasteropen.com
The Willi XC Challenge is an annual hang gliding and paragliding competition that takes place at Mount 7 in Golden, BC. In 2019 it will be held from 26 July – 4 August.
With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America. This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.
Don’t let the word “competition” deter you. The key word for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment. For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, there’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site. This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots. You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day. In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well. This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.
The 16th Paragliding World Championships take place in Krushevo, Macedonia this August.
Will the French be knocked from their top spots? Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville are reigning champions, finishing on top in Monte Avena in 2017.
The site of the 2007 World Hang Gliding Championship, organisers say Big Spring is “the finest cross-country hang gliding competition site in the World”.
They say you can expect big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval and consistent cu’s at 1pm!
Classes are Swifts, Rigids, Women’s, Sport and Open.
Register at Airtribune.com
The Italian Open / Monte Cucco International trophy takes place in Sigillo, Italy from 10-18 August 2019, and is to be a test event for the 2020 European Class 1 Championships.
The flying arena is the Alta Valle del Chiascio and the mountain ridges of the Monte Cucco Massif in Sigillo, a place that has hosted numerous high-level hang gliding competitions before.
The entry fee includes a T-shirt, dinner and packed lunches but pilots need to organise their own lifts to launch and retrieves. The organisation can provide contact details for shuttle drivers if necessary.
Register at Airtribune.com
The Disentis Open is an FAI cat 2 “educational open”, that will be held in Switzerland from 18-24 August 2019.
Meet director Martin Scheel will give daily briefings and weather forecasts (pictured above, photo by Andy Busslinger), and there will be lectures and workshops throughout the week. Speakers include Urs Haari (on emergency systems), Jörg Ewald (instruments) and Urs Braun (mental training).
Prizes and rankings will be for Open and Sport Classes (up to EN C).
Registration opens 1 May 2019. The entry fee is CHF 295 for Swiss nationals, or €250 for non-Swiss. Pilots ranking in the top 50 of the WPRS get a free place.
The French hang gliding Championships will take place in Targasonne in the French Pyrenees from 18-23 August 2019.
The comp will be flown from the site of Picos dels Moros near Font-Romeu, and there will be Class 1, Class 5 and Sports class categories.
Fancy desert racing on hang gliders? The Santa Cruz Flats Race takes place in Arizona, USA from 15 September 2019.
“The Francisco Grande Golf Resort is hosting us for the 12th year. The resort allows us to park fully assembled gliders in the green grass under the shade of many trees just adjacent to the “tower” where all of our rooms are. You can sit in the comfort of your balcony and see all the gliders below“.
Details on Airtribune.com