UK HANG GLIDING NATIONALS/OPEN: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the British National Hang Gliding Championships, and the British Open.  The combined events will take place in Ager, Spain, from the 27th August to the 2nd September.  We recommend that you register and book your accommodation early, since the British Paragliding Nationals will take place in the week following the HG Nationals.

Register for the competition and pay your entry fee on Airtribune, here:
British Hang Gliding Championships and Open 2023 (airtribune.com)

Entry costs £150 - bucking the inflationary trend, down by nearly 10% from last year!
See you in Ager!

British Open Series 2023 - DATES & LOCATIONS

The Competitions Panel are pleased to announce the dates and locations of the British Open Series for 2023 as follows:

BOS 1:  Saturday 10 June to Wednesday 14 June (inclusive)
Yorkshire Dales, based around Streethead Caravan Park

BOS 2: Saturday 1 July to Wednesday 5 July (Inclusive)
Mid Wales, based around Fforest Fields Caravan Park

Reserve Dates:  Saturday 9 to Wednesday 13 September, Yorkshire Dales

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British Open Series and Great British Aerotow Revival 2

GBAR 2023 points will count towards BOS

We are pleased to announce that Great British Aerotow Revival results will partially count towards the British Open Series in 2023.  Full details have yet to be finalised, but essentially a proportion of task scores from GBAR will count towards the overall BOS series.

We realise that for many pilots, attending both BOS meets and GBAR is not easy. So we want to encourage those who enter GBAR to also try the BOS, by making it possible to score well in the overall series by flying GBAR bt not all BOS meets.
For pilots without aerotow rating, it will also remain possible to compete effectively by entering only the hill-based BOS meetings.

To be clear, GBAR and BOS remain proudly independent.  Our joint objectives here are to incentivise hill pilots to get aerotow trained; to widen the appeal of the BOS by opening the door to more aerotow pilots; and to broaden the skill base of the population of British pilots in general, to the wider benefit of the sport.

Each BOS meet has its own awards where each task is scored to its full value up to 1000 points.
The annual series usually scores a maximum of 6 tasks (if there are more your best 6 count) but for each high scoring task the winners score is reduced to 500 points and all other scores normalised in line with that. This ensures that it is still worth competing in the unlikely event of below average weather. when the winners score is less than 500 points the scores count as they are.

The same scaling will apply to GBAR tasks that count towards the BOS series.
We will provide more details soon.

This is the first of a number of small changes that are proposed to BOS this year.  Stay tuned for more details, which will always be announced first on https://hgcomps.uk/
https://airtribune.com/gbar2/
(as I write this, the gbar link isn't working, but that should be temporary)

World Hang Gliding Championships 2023: Team selection

The main event of the 2023 hang gliding competition season is the World Championships, to be held in Macedonia from the 6th to the 19th of August.  The United Kingdom plans to send two full teams, most likely six in Class 1 and up to four in Class 5, the team sizes to be confirmed later. 

Applications for places in the team were invited from competition pilots.  We received nine applications for Class 1 and seven for Class 5.  Therefore a selection process was carried out in accordance with the rules in the Competition Panel's constitution: you can find those rules elsewhere on this website.  As always the discussion was detailed, lengthy and robustly-argued.  We offer our congratulations to the pilots who were selected, and our commiserations to those who were not.

The teams are as follows:

Class 1

Grant Crossingham
Andy Hollidge
Steve Penfold
Gordon Rigg
Ollie Chitty
Jeremy Soper

Class 5

Tim King
Neville Almond
Paul Harvey
Mike Armstrong

Reserves will be confirmed once team sizes are finalised.

Team Manager: To be arranged.

Oliver Moffatt
Competitions Panel Chairman

Planning Meeting for season 2023

Dear Competition Pilots,
The Competitions Panel will be holding its annual planning meeting at the end of November.  We have a full agenda, but please let us know if you have any suggestions for items which you think we ought to address, or if you have any strong opinions on items already on the agenda.  Briefly, we will be discussing:

-  Team selection for the 2023 World Championships

-  Locations, dates and formats for the BOS and National Championships

-  Administration of the UKNXCL

-  Communications with pilots

-  Addressing the implications of declining entries

-  Competition funding

-  Working in collaboration with other domestic comps (aerotow, winch etc.)

-  Working in collaboration with other international comps.
 

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British Open Series 2022 Registration Open!

BOS 2022 Registration is now open at these links:

https://civlcomps.org/event/british-open-series-2022-round1/info

https://civlcomps.org/event/british-open-series-2022-round2/info

REGISTRATION GUIDE: https://hgcomps.uk/sites/default/files/BOS%20Registration%20Guide%20V2.pdf

You can still find all details on this website (BOS Info pages) but ensure you register using the links above and do not try to register via this website.

British Nationals 2022 are go!

The Hang Gliding Competitions Panel is pleased to announce that all required permissions have now been granted, and the arrangements for the 2022 British Hang Gliding Nationals are CONFIRMED. The competition will run in parallel with the 2022 Chabre Open. Details for the combined event are as follows:

Dates: 7th - 13th August 2022
Location: Laragne, France
Competition base: Camping de Montéglin, 26 Av. de Montéglin, 05300 Laragne-Montéglin

Further details, including how to register, can be found on Airtribune (https://airtribune.com/british-hang-gliding-championships-and-chabre-open/info). Entry fees can be paid by PayPal via Airtribune.

We look forward to seeing you there.