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May
24
Thu
Dalmatian Open 2018 (PG)
May 24 – May 27 all-day

Dalmatian Open 2018The Dalmatian Paragliding Open will be held at Hrvace, Croatia, from 24-27 May 2018.

The FAI cat 2 competition will be meet-directed by Igor Eržen. The entry fee is just €40 up until 15 April, after which it rises to €50. It includes lunch, transport to launch and a free T-shirt.

More information can be found on the event’s website, here.

May
26
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria
May 26 – May 27 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria @ Styria | Austria

The second round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Schöckl, Austria, from 26-27 May 2018. 

2018 Series
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

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

May
29
Tue
Skytribe XC 2018 (PG), Romania
May 29 – Jun 3 all-day
Skytribe XC 2018 (PG), Romania @ Clopotiva | Județul Hunedoara | Romania

Romania’s Skytribe Paragliding Club host the Skytribe XC FAI cat 2 competition in Clopotiva from 29 May – 3 June 2018. 

They say it was such a success in 2017 that they have made it a six-day event this year, instead of five.

“Clopotiva is part of the Retezat National Park, one of the highest and most beautiful mountain ranges in Romania. The highest peak is Peleaga, at 2,509m. It’s a peak that can be reached fairly easy, crossing from Pelegii meadow. On the way you will pass Bucura lake (the largest glacial lake in Romania, with a surface of almost 90 000m²) which can be admired in all its splendour from the top of Peleaga.

The event’s details can be found on Airtribune.com, where you can also register. Contact the Skytribe paragliding club

May
31
Thu
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen
May 31 – Jun 3 all-day
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen | Kössen | Tyrol | Austria

 

The tenth Kössen Paragliding Testival is on from 31 May to 3 June 2018.

Last year saw record crowds at the Austrian event, with 4,300 pilots and 7,500 flights flown over four days. It’s rapidly becoming a must-attend for everyone in the paragliding industry.

The idea of the festival is that pilots can turn up, drop off their passport in exchange for a demo wing, and then use the cablecar to swiftly head up for a test fly. Dedicated pilots can fly lots of wings.

www.fly-koessen.at

Jun
1
Fri
El Yelmo International Festival of the Air 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

El Yelmo International Festival of the Air is back in Segura de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, on 1-3 June 2018. Now in its 19th edition, the free-flying festival promises three days of fun in the Spanish sun, with airshows, a trade fair, conferences, a competition and the International Festival of Air Cinema.

Hundreds of paraglider and paramotor pilots are expected, with 20,000 spectators over the weekend.

fiaelyelmo.com

El Yelmo 2018

Jun
3
Sun
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018
Jun 3 – Jun 9 all-day
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018 @ Targassonne | Occitanie | France

A second French Pre-PWC for 2018 is to be held in the Pyrenees in June 2018, hosted by Pôle Espoir Vol Libre.

The site of Targassonne, near Font-Romeu, is where a host of top French pilots (Charles Cazaux, Laurie Genovese, Jérémie Lager, Maxime Pinot, Méryl Delferrière, Simon Pellissier … ) learned to fly.

Base camp will be L’enclave campsite in the town of Estavar.

More information and registration on Airtribune

pwca.org

Jun
9
Sat
Airtour 2018, France
Jun 9 – Jun 17 all-day

The sixth edition of the Airtour hike-and-fly competition will take place from 9-17 June 2018, starting as always at St Hilaire du Touvet in the French Alps.

This year for the first time pilots can choose to fly in Adventure or Competition categories, tackling three different tasks of increasing difficulty, graded green, blue and red, like ski pistes. In all, the course covers over 300km through the Alps.

Adventure category
Pilots taking part in the Adventure category are not ranked, though they are tracked and their positions displayed on the website as with the competition pilots. They follow the green, blue and red courses in order. Adventure-category pilots can race alone or teams, and pilot and supporter can alternate. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and some cross-country experience.

Race category
In the Race category, pilots follow the green, blue and red courses in order, and first to goal wins the race. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and either competition experience or proof of significant cross-country flights in order to be selected.

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The courses
Green: small Chatreuse tour with optional turnpoint la Sure
Blue: loop to the south around Trieves, Devoluy, Le Buech, le Vercors and an optional turnpoint at Aspres sur Buech
Red: loop in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc as an optional turnpoint

Pre-registration is open on the Airtour website, and closes on 31 January 2018.

 

Airtour.frFacebook page

Applegate Open (PG) @ Woodrat Mountain
Jun 9 – Jun 16 all-day
Applegate Open (PG) @ Woodrat Mountain | Ruch | Oregon | United States

The Applegate Open is a USHPA sanctioned paragliding race-to-goal competition.

It is run by the Rogue Valley Hang Gliding and paragliding Association and will take place at Woodrat Mountain, Oregon from 9-16 June 2018.

rvhpa.org/news/applegate-open

British Paragliding Cup 2018 – Macedonia
Jun 9 – Jun 14 all-day

British Paragliding Cup 2018 MacedoniaDuring the week of 2-8 June 2018, the British Paragliding Cup team are running a training week in Krushevo, Macedonia, in preparation for round 2 of the BPCup the following week.

Organisers write:

“The BP Cup is an entry-level paragliding competition for Pilot rated pilots. No previous competition experience is necessary but you do need to be confident thermalling. Our aims are – flying, fun and learning – in that order! The intention is to provide a friendly, supportive environment to facilitate pilots’ development, pushing PB boundaries and achieving competition goals”.

The Krushevo round HQ will be the Hotel Montana Palace, just above the town of Krushevo, Macedonia.

bpcup.co.uk

Jun
23
Sat
PWC Gemona, Italy, 2018
Jun 23 – Jun 30 all-day
PWC Gemona, Italy, 2018 @ Friuli-Venezia Giulia | Italy

The third competition of the 2018 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place in Gemona, Italy from 23-30 June 2018.

Photo: Laurie Genovese

pwca.org

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