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 2018 X-Pyr starts on Sunday 24 June 2018, with 40 teams signed up to race 567km across the Pyrenees from west to east by foot and by paraglider.
The race begins at 10am on Sunday 24th June at Hondarribia on the west coast. First to goal at El Port de la Selva on the east coast, wins. The rest of the teams then have 24 hours until the clock stops. All athletes have to stop and rest overnight.
Follow the live tracking on the X-Pyr website.
The 2018 Belgian Hang Gliding Open takes place in Tolmin, Slovenia in the first week of July.
“In the tradition of the Belgian nationals, we want to offer a competition for all XC pilot levels: from beginners to very experienced pilots. The main idea is to have a fair and enjoyable Cat 2 competition for everyone.
While we will not be pushing the limits of what can be done with hang gliding, we will of course ensure that the tasks are long enough to have a fair competition. Safety is high on our priority list and the inviting area allows us to set nice and scenic tasks for all experience levels”.
Registration and more information on Airtribune.
The third and final round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Kössen, Austria, from 7-8 July 2018.
The event also serves as the Austrian hike-and-fly championships event.
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
The Eigertour hike-and-fly race sets off from Grindelwald, Switzerland on 18 July 2018.
There are pro and amateur categories in the three-day race, which uses Alpine refuges as turnpoints.
The rules are simple:
- A given route to mountain huts
- A photo in front of every hut with equipment uploaded to our FB site
- The first one who arrives after the completed route to grindelwald wins the race
- Only hiking and flying is allowed
- Approved pro-pilots are allowed for the pro-tour
- All the other pilots may compete at the amateur tour
The British Paragliding Competitions committee have introduced a new event for 2018, the All Comers Open, which is an FAI cat 2 learning competition.
It’s aimed at pilots who have flown at least one competition before, and will take place at Feltre, Italy, from 21-28 July 2018.
Brett Janaway is meet director, and the competition tasks, which will be “challenging enough for the most accomplished pilots” will be backed up by briefings and debriefs, events and talks.
“The All Comers Open will attract PWC qualification letters and we therefore hope it will appeal to our young BPRA crew and their fellow pilots from other Euro nations, looking for a fun comp where they may also qualify for that all important first PWC season”.
Registration opens at 09:00 GMT on 3 February 2018, and organisers say:
“The approved pilot list will be ordered by time/date of registration and pilots will be invited to pay in ranked order. Registration for the competition will open on 3rd February 2018 and pilots will be invited to pay beginning 17th February”.
The Hang Gliding Pre-Worlds 2018 will be based in Tolmezzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the northeast of Italy and will run from 27 July until 4 August.
“The competition flying area will develop above extremely different and vast areas: from the sea to the Dolomites, crossing the flatlands, the Alps and the Prealps. The main competition region will be Friuli Venezia Giulia, but pilots could fly also above some other regions and countries: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Slovenia and Austria“.
More information and registration at Airtribune.com
Parafest, the UK’s family-friendly flying-and-music festival, is back in North Wales from 27-29 July 2018.
Mixing live music and family entertainment with paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring, Parafest takes place at Llanbedr airfield on the beautiful Welsh coast, at the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
The event will host the UK’s only manufacturers’ trade show as well winch and aerotowing for suitably qualified pilots. There are hill-launch sites just a short drive away, and local pilots will be on hand to brief visitors.
Powered pilots have a dedicated area of the airfield to use for the duration of the event, from which they can explore the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, the picture-postcard coastal towns and the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia.
“Parafest is not just for pilots it’s for the whole family. Bring your partner, bring the kids, bring non-flying friends – you can even bring the dog!”
A purpose-built stage in the festival arena will host professional live bands who will play until midnight on the Friday and Saturday nights. Party-lovers can then head over to the Asbo Disco, set away from the camping area, where DJs will play on into the wee small hours.
The British Paragliding Championships is being run as a single round in 2018, and it will take place at Kruševo, Macedonia from 11-17 August.
“The British Championship will be contested as a single open competition, the British Championship Open, instead of as in previous years being contested over two open competitions, the rationale being that an increasing number of British pilots with time, family, or financial pressures simply can’t afford to attend both open competitions.
“The meet director will be Goran Dimiskovski. In line with our new FAI status as a Category 2 nation we now offer very good quality PWC qualification letters. Krushevo will be hosting the World Championships in 2019 too and so our Championship Open should be perfect for other nations’ team pilots looking for racing experience in this paragliding Mecca.
“Immediately after Krushevo there’s also a PWC in nearby Sopot, Bulgaria and Goran has offered to put on transport (5hours by coach) for those pilots interested in doing both competitions. As in previous years we expect to be joined by the Dutch for their Championship.
“Pilots registering for the competition will be required to have a minimum level of competition experience in line with previous years’ British Open Competitions. The approved pilot list will be ordered by pilots’ highest World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS) position in the past two years and pilots will be invited to pay in ranked order. Registration for the competition will open on 3 February 2018 and pilots will be invited to pay beginning 17 February”.