Annecy’s hike-and-fly competition, Bornes to Fly is now in its seventh edition. It runs from 8-10 June 2019.
It’s a three-day hike-and-fly competition with two bivouacs in nature (or beds in hotels, as you like). The exact route will be announced on departure day, but it will be between 100km and 250km in distance, around turnpoints in the beautiful landscape of France’s Haute Savoie, starting at Talloires beach on the shores of Annecy lake.
The route will be set where the weather dictates, and could encompass the Aravis, Bauges, Beaufort, Chablais or Mont Blanc massifs.
2019 is a Red Bull X-Alps Year! The ninth edition kicks off with the Prologue on 13 June, when all athletes race around a course, aiming to win one of three available extra night passes.
The race itself starts on 16 June. 32 athletes will be taking part, including five-times winner Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Romanian running man Toma Coconea who hasn’t missed a single race. Fourteen of the athletes to line up at the start are rookies, including the two female participants, Kinga Mastalerz (NZL2) and Dominika Kasieczko (POL).
The exact route for the 2019 event will be announced in March, and thousands will be following the athletes’ progress day and night via the live tracking and media updates.
The Tarent’Airtour offers hike-and-fly pilots the perfect way to explore the Tarentaise – the Mont Blanc, Vanoise et Beaufortain regions of the Alps – by paraglider and by foot.
It’s a three-day hike-and-fly tour around a circuit, demarked by five refuge turnpoints. Pilots have to stop at one of the refuges each evening, which means no chase-cars or supporters are necessary, and everyone gets a hot meal and a bed for the night. The event starts with a meal and briefing at the Val Joli refuge in Séez on 13 June 2019.
Points are earned by tagging lakes, summits etc which are assigned different point scores. Pilots must accumulate as many points as they can, before making their way to the finish at Bourg Saint Maurice by 3pm on the Sunday.
The €200 entry fee includes the meal on the first night, and the following two nights’ food and accommodation in refuges. Pilots can opt to stay in the Val Joli refuge on 13th for an extra €15.
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
Jura’ltitude XC is an accessible two-day hike-and-fly competition in the Swiss Alps, with two categories:
In the Access category, a five-turnpoint 56km course is defined around Moutiers which pilots can follow either clockwise or anticlockwise; The Adventure category has 20 turnpoints, each allocated a certain number of points. Pilots visit as many of the turnpoints as they like, in any order, to gather as many points as possible.
The usual hike-and-fly rules apply and asistants are allowed, but not compulsory.
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.
The second edition of the Eiger Tour four-day paraglider adventure race takes place in Grindelwald, Switzerland in July 2019.
It is an unsupported hike-and-fly race. Competitors have to fly from mountain hut to mountain hut, top-landing at each one to taking a selfie, before launching and racing by foot and air to the next one.
Race creator and X-Alps and Vercofly veteran Michael Witschi says,
“Having to land, you get a whole different experience of the Alps switching between bird and man. All these beautiful huts in Switzerland: they provide shelter, food, toilet and even safety if needed. At the end you don’t need a supporter, which makes the freedom even bigger compared to the X-Alps and of course also cheaper and easier to plan.“
There is a challenge race and a pro race, and prospective pilots have to demonstrate high alpine take-off and landing experience before being accepted to either race.
The UK’s music and flying festival, Parafest, returns to the stunning setting of Caerwys in North Wales in July 2019.
Parafest is the UK’s only event for all foot launched and single-seat trike aviation. The festival site is ideally placed for access to both coastal and mountain flying, with several North Wales flying sites a short drive away for free-flyers, and a dedicated field for powered craft to use from Thursday to Sunday.
There will be a trade show with demo equipment available, and the British Vintage Hang Glider Rally will be on site with up to 40 fully rigged gliders charting the history of UK hang gliding from its beginnings to the present day.
The pilot-run ‘Fly Inn’ bar will be stocked with Welsh real ales, gins, rums, Pimms, Prosecco, cocktails and more. In addition there will be arts and crafts markets, a children’s area, live music from 1pm to 1am on the Friday and Saturday nights, sideshows and much more.
Tickets are on sale now and cost £65 for pilots (Thursday to Sunday) or £55 for non-flyers. Under-16s are free and dogs are welcome. Organisers warn, “Parafest sells out to capacity every year and tickets must be bought in advance from the website”.
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.