The 2019 Panchgani Open is a Pre-Paragliding World Cup, as well as the Indian Nationals.
Panchgani is close to Mumbai, in the Western Ghats, and offers stunning XC flying across tablelands and lakes.
GSM trackers are provided to participants, who must all have AirTribune’s app installed on a smartphone for live tracking.
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.
The British Winter Open 2020 will take place in Roldanillo, Colombia from 18-25 January 2020.
The British Championships will be determined by the combined results of this competition, and a Summer Open.
Flying is in the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental. The Cauca Valley is now well known as a cross-country paragliding destination, thanks to its good infrastructure and plenty of open space to land.
The New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals are to be held at Murchison on New Zealand’s South Island, from 23 January – 1 February 2020.
It’s the same site they used last year, when pilots enjoyed “a phenomenal week of flying with five tasks flown”. It offers 360-degree take-offs and is situated “bang in the middle” of the east and west coasts. Easy landings at the foot of the mountain and plenty of good out-landing opportunities mean the site lends itself well to competitions.
The New Zealand Paragliding Open/New Zealand Championship is set to take pace in Roturua, the “thermal wonderland of New Zealand’s North Island”, from 29 February to 2 March 2020.
Organisers say the venue is within reach of two of the North Island’s top sites: the Kaimai Range to the north and the Paeroa Range to the south.
In case of non-flyable days, there is plenty to see and do in the area which is renowned for geothermal activity and Maori culture.
Pilots must be NZHGPA members to take part, and must have a tracking device (Spot or similar). Details on Airtribune.com