The Open Santiago 2018 FAI cat 2 paragliding competition will take place from 20-25 November 2018.
“Welcome to the most exciting and challenging competition of the Paragliding in Chile to be held in Santiago and its surroundings of the Andes, sharing with condors and excellent flight conditions with thermal up to +8 that allow us to reach 100 km of straight flight or FAI triangles up to 70 km and more.”
Details and application on Airtribune
This is the second edition of this “new kind of XC paragliding competition”, where pilots choose their own course and fly as far as they can on whatever glider they have. A handicap scoring system takes glider level into account.
The comp is the brainchild of Marko Hrgetic, who wanted to promote competition flying where pilots’ real XC skills are tested, and where it is not the pilot on the hottest wing who takes the shortest line, who wins.
Pilots fly in teams and are scored individually as well as contributing to their team’s score. Scoring takes into account distance flown and average speed, weighted by glider category. (The formula is explained on the competition rules page, here).
Live trackers are provided by the organisation, and there will be lectures in the evenings.
The sixth annual El Peñón Classic Race is back again in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, starting 24 February 2019.
There will be two practice days followed by five competition days, with tasks ranging from around 40km to 65km.
“For those who haven’t visited this magical spot, incredibly, every day is flyable, offering plentiful thermals and convergence lift. Valle itself is a gorgeous little lakeside town with plenty of activities, and top notch restaurants and bars to enjoy a victory mezcal, or recharge after a long day of flying”.