The Manilla XC Camp 2018 is a FREE event for pilots of all levels. It will be held at Mt Borah, Manilla, from 27 January – 3 February 2018.
“Come for as many days as you like, fly XC as far as you can, fly with and learn from some of the best XC pilots. No pressure, no worries… just fly”.
Flight distances are scored using the online system of your choice, or your straight-line Open Distance from your GPS – nice and easy. You just write your distance on the score sheet.
Organisers say many pilots achieve personal bests every year. In 2015 and 2017 pilots flew over 300km and many novices flew PBs over 100km in easy, safe conditions.
Mt Borah has 4 huge astro-turfed launches for nearly all wind directions and easy landings, and was developed for the World Championships in 2007.
Daily XC weather briefings are given by byGodfrey Wenness, plus there will be tips and trick sessions, campfire discussions, regular day prizes and scoring updates in all classes (Fun, Sport, XC and Comp). Pilots with open Class gliders are welcome to attend but will not be scored.
Pilots need to have a VHF Airband radio endorsement to allow them to fly through CAR166 airport zones.
More information at flymanilla.com
Photo: Paragliding map
The 2018 Naviter Open will take place at St Jean Montclar in southern France from 24 – 30 June.
The event is an FAI 2 competition, aimed at pilots wishing to learn the art of competition flying. Organisers say, “Pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world”.
Photo: Benoit Morel
The 13th Ozone Chabre Open will take place from 30th June to 6th July 2018.
The friendly, low-stress competition welcomes experienced pilots who are new to comps and emphasises safe, achievable tasks.
There are prizes for Fun, Recreation and Sport categories, determined by wing aspect ratio and certification. Only EN A, B and C wings are allowed in this competition – no EN-Ds this year. There are also separate prizes for women and rookies.
Team flying is strongly encouraged, ideally teams with four pilots of mixed abilities and glider ratings, and those from clubs and schools. “We especially welcome those where the team leaders are willing to help less competition-savvy members, with advice and guidance”, say organisers.
In addition to the flying, the comp has a full programme of activities including talks and lectures, briefings and debriefings by meet director Jocky Sanderson, and of course the legendary Ribiers paella/pizza evening.
The entry fee is €270 euros, although Ozone sponsors pilots flying Ozone wings giving each a €20 discount. The fee includes seven potential flying days with transport and retrieves, live tracking, T-shirt, talks and de-briefs, two meals and the Ozone party. For family and friends, there will be a special entry ticket to cover all the extra events around the competition, and a T-shirt. All registered pilots will be entered into a draw for great prizes including a brand new Ozone wing.
The Ozone Chabre Open is organised by the Laragne-based club, Chabre Vol Libre, with support from Ozone, local and regional authorities, local businesses, and Cross Country Magazine.
The 2018 Gin Wide Open will take place in Àger, in the Catalonian Pyrenees.
Ager is known for reliable flying conditions with both mountains and flatlands, and plentiful land-out options. Organisers say that this comp is:
“Less about full-bar racing, and more about flying with friends old and new. Think of it as a social event with the emphasis on fun and learning”.
The format includes daily lectures, task briefs and debriefs and guest speakers, €30,000 of prizes include a brand new Gin wing, harness, holidays and more.
This competition is primarily aimed at EN-B and EN-C pilots with previous XC experience, but not necessarily competition experience.
BGD’s Weightless is a friendly, FAI cat 2 competition based on weight classes. 2018’s will be the first annual event, and it will be held in Tolmin, Slovenia from 2-8 September.
“Up to now flying heavy has always been an advantage. This has resulted in heavy equipment and ballast for competitions. BGD would like to change all this and encourage people to fly with light equipment. Women and Men will not be separated as the weight classes will help to even up the sexes.
The BGD weightless is aimed at up-and-coming pilots looking to improve their cross country, competition experience or just enjoy a unique experience hanging out with some of the best pilots in the world. Hosted in a relaxed environment, the first event will be held in Slovenia in the famous beautiful Soca Valley.
The event is particularly suited to leisure pilots that have flown some small XCs (20km+) and have flown in one or two fun competitions, but it will not exclude more advanced pilots, who will also benefit from participation. Two-liners will not be allowed to participate and the focus will be on the B and C classes, without excluding the As and Ds.“
The classes will be Overall, Sport and Leisure. Within each class there will be weight catagories of <80kg, <90kg, <110kg and >110kg.
Prizes, lectures, coaching and fun is guaranteed throughout.
HQ will be Camp Gabrje, and the preferred goal field will be just a few metres from HQ and the bar.
The event is organised by BGD and meet director Brett Janaway. Pilots can register on Airtribune
Hang glider and paraglider adventure pilot Antoine Boisellier, and the UK’s young acro star Jack Pimblett, will be among the speakers at the Ozone Free Flight Session on 15 November 2018.
Hosted by Jocky Sanderson, the session is just one part of the four-day Kendal Mountain Film Festival, which runs from 15-18 November 2018.
The Ozone Free Flight Session starts at 19:30 on Thursday 15 November at Kendal Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now and cost £12.50 for adults, or £7.50 for under-18s.
The full program of events can be seen here.