XCBusa is an annual paragliding competition that has been run by the Busa Flying Team in the Lake Garda area of Italy since 2014.
Scores take into account three flights. These can be flown any time between February and October but must meet specific criteria. Two must be declared before the flight is flown, and a third can be declared within 24 hours afterwards. The specific criteria can be studied on XCbusa.com.
There are always good prizes on offer, and this year the first prize is a Woody Valley GTO Light harness.
Bag as many Wainwrights (peaks over 1,000ft in England’s Lake District National Park) as possible in under 32 hours, by foot or by paraglider.
Hike-and-fly rules – you carry your kit, or it carries you. All athletes must stop at night. They can choose to bivy with their kit where they finished up, or book a hotel in town (any transport allowed to get there and back) and return to the spot they stopped at, to restart the next day.
All the rules and sign-up form here.
The first ever Hand’Icare Cup is to take place at Saint Hilaire, France from 30 May – 2 June 2019. It’s a friendly paragliding competition open to all, with places reserved for pilots with disabilities.
Pilots take part in teams of two, though participants can sign up individually and will be allocated a team partner.
The tasks are diverse and audience-friendly, and will include “Le Ponpon” – catching two balloons tied together with string, endurance, spot-landing and cross-country.
Wings, harnesses, GPSs, wheelchairs and other equipment are available to borrow if required – contact the organisers for more information.
Moyes are running a trip to Inner Mongolia for hang glider pilots, comprising a week-long competition followed by sightseeing or free-flying.
The base will be Guyuan, China, four hours northwest of Beijing, and the trip starts 6 June. It will be aerotowing, so pilots need to hold the appropriate rating.
The cost above includes the competition entry fee, welcome and presentation dinners and a T-shirt, but does not include aerotow fees, retrieves or airport pick-ups.
For more information or to register your interest, email Vicki at Moyes.
There will be a training day and registration on 6 June, and then three task days, with a fourth as a reserve day, to be used if there have not been two valid tasks.
The Dutch Hang Gliding Open will take place in Kandel, Germany, from 15-22 June 2019.
The competition is open to all competition hang glider pilots (IPPI 5 or equivalent required), and limited to 50 places. There will be Class 1, Class 5 and Sports Class divisions.
Information and registration at Livetrack24.com
Registration is through Airtribune. The competition has a limit of 50 pilots, and Icelanic nationals have priority over the first 30 places until 15 March.
HQ is the campsite at Arnes, about 100km east of Reykjavik. You will need a car to get there.
The annual international hang gliding competition, the Ludesch Open, has been going for more than 20 years.
The €100 entry fee includes transport to launch, retrieves, food and drink and a pilot party on the Saturday evening in the Lee Bar.
There is prize money of €300 for first place, €200 for second place and €150 for third place.