The Green Swamp Sports Klassic hang gliding competition takes place in Groveland, Florida from 18-24 March 2018.
It’s a sports-class only hang gliding competition, with experienced pilots mentoring those with less experience. It is run by the Oz Report, who write:
“We are very excited about this competition (as well as the huge Quest Air National Series coming in April). Moyes, Icaro and Wills will all be represented among the mentors. We’ll get to show off the changes happening at the Quest Air Soaring Center (Wilotree Park).
Sport Class competition provides an entry point for newer hang glider pilots who wish to improve their cross-country flying skills and who would like to get a taste of hang gliding competition. Competition has become very complex and this is a great opportunity to get help to learn the many aspects of competition”.
Explore this remarkable Caribbean island and combine it with a unique flying trip. The Cuban Nationals take place in Guisa, Granma, in the south east of the country. The area is the best place to fly paragliders in Cuba.
The Quest Air National Series takes place in Groveland, Florida, from 15-21 April 2018. It is open to Open, Sports and Rigid class hang gliders.
The competition is USHPA and CIVL sanctioned so USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded. Flymaster trackers will be used in the event, and there are places for 120 pilots.
The entry fee is $150 before 1 April, which goes up to $250 afterwards. An aerotowing fee of $350 is payable on check-in
The 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series kicks off in Germany’s Kampenwand/Chiemsee on 21 April.
The series has historically served as training for Red Bull X-Alps athletes, including Paul Guschlbauer, Lars Budack, Pascal Purin, Thomas Hofbauer and Simon Oberrauner. This year for the first time there will be a rookie class, and the events will have live tracking.
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)
More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com
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The X-Berg Challenge four-day adventure race starts on 26 April 2018. The race sees paragliders, mountain bikers and runners racing against each other around turnpoints in the Drakensberg, South Africa.
The length of the route differs from race to race, but organisers say it will be around 90-180km in a straight line. Athletes choose their own routes to best suit their sport, taking in the turnpoints, and it’s a race to the finish.
The event is now in its sixth year, and the solo category has been won once by a trail runner and twice each by mountain bikers and paragliders.
Pilots can enter solo or as part of a team of two to four, and can mix disciplines. It’s recommended to have a dedicated supporter, but if a willing volunteer can’t be found there is a resupply service for unsupported athletes. Read about the team and solo entry combinations and more, here.
The pre-race briefing takes place on 26 April at The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass, with race days from 27-30 April.
There is a 10% discount on the entry fee for athletes who have entered before. Registration closes 9 March 2017.
The 9th Mosel Paragliding Open 2018 takes place from 27-30 April 2018 at Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany.
“For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the famous Moselle is running down from France through Luxembourg until it joins the mighty Rhine. The Moselle twists and turns its way between Trier and Koblenz along Germany’s most beautiful river valleys, exactly where our takeoffs are located – at the steep wineyards of the Moselle, which allows us short ways for any wind direction.
Safe flatland flying with tricky technical handicaps because we are surrounded by some airspace. Apart from the big SW take-off at Klüsserath, our take-offs are pretty small. That is the reason our competition is limited to a maximum of 85 Pilots”.
Information and registration at Airtribune.com.
The Soča Valley Open is an FAI cat 2 competition based at Camp Gabrje, which takes place from 27 April – 2 May 2018.
The main scheduled competition days are 27-30 April, which 1 and 2 May as reserve days in case fewer than three tasks have been validated.
There are places for 110 pilots, and the €115 entry fee includes transport and retrieves, take-off fees, maps, packed lunches, food and drink coupons and the all-important goal beer!
Register at comps.sffa.org.
Photo: Wojciech Kocot