Last year saw our second New Zealand Nationals competition to be held in Murchison. The weather turned on for another phenomenal week of flying with 5 from 8 days/tasks flown. Again we saw the quality and consistency of the location for competition class flying.View more
Murchison is roughly 3h 40min inland from Christchurch via SH7 (290km) or 2h 17m from Picton via Blenheim SH63.
Last year saw our second New Zealand Nationals competition to be held in Murchison. The weather turned on for another phenomenal week of flying with 5 from 8 days/tasks flown. Again we saw the quality and consistency of the location for competition class flying. The competition saw Steve Blackler (UK) taking the win, Shane McKay (NZ) taking second place and Ollie Chiitty (UK) taking third place. We're now looking forward to another epic event and encourage international pilots to plan to come over to enjoy the atmosphere and flying on offer.
Selection and entry fee
The main focus of the week will be to facilitate the Nationals Open Class for Intermediate and Advanced pilots. In conjunction with this we will also run a Sport Class for king-posted gliders. Novice pilots are welcome to attend and fly when conditions permit (and are within the parameters of their rating).
The competition fee is $200. The fee can be deposited in the account below or paid at the event during registration.
Bank Account: 02-0600-0020697-067. Put your own name in the 'Particulars' field, and your PIN number in the 'Reference' field. You will be sent a receipt.
In order to register for the 2020 Nationals, please:
- Register for the event through Air Tribune.
- Follow the Instructions that come in your event registration confirmation email.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Open - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Sport - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
10:00 head up to launch
Friday, Jan 24, 2019 - Registration and Practice Day
10:00 head up to launch
- Official Registration
- Waypoint uploads
Saturday, Jan 25, 2019 - Saturday Feb 1, 2019
Competition flying days
Saturday Feb 1, 2019
19:30 Prizegiving and BBQ
Sunday, Feb 2, 2019
Reserve Flying Day
08:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
08:30 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:00 - Transport to take-off
12:00 - Take-off window opens
18:00 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Scoring office closes
22:00 - Provisional results
Accommodation and Activities
Accommodation: Linda & Robin Sanford Riverside Holiday Park Murchison 0800 523 9591 or +64 27 756 9016 or +64 27 667 3012 19 Riverview Road 7077 PO Box 140 Murchison 7049 NZ www.riversidemurchison.co.nz . Go here to book your accommodation. This place is amazing! It's located right beside the Buller river. Linda and Robin have kindly allocated us full and exclusive use of the open air dining and lounge facility which comes complete with its own kitchen and toilets including plates, knives, pots, pans etc so travel light as everything you need is there. Camping sites are $12.50 per night, and cabins are $30 per night. Camping sites can probably be booked on arrival however if you want to make sure just book ahead of time. If you want a cabin it would definitely pay to BOOK NOW as there is a popular country music concert happening 27-30 Jan 19 and they stay at the Riverside Holiday Park too. We can't speak highly enough of Riverside Holiday Park. It is extremely clean and just such good value for money, and so well positioned in terms of its proximity to the river, town, flying etc.
How to get here
Riverside Holiday Park 19 Riverview Rd, Murchison 7077, New Zealand