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The BGD Weightless is a brand new concept for a paragliding competition. An annual event, it will based on weight classes. Up to now flying heavy has always been an advantage. This has resulted in heavy equipment and ballast for competitions.

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Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

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The BGD Weightless is a brand new concept for a paragliding competition. An annual event, it will based on weight classes. Up to now flying heavy has always been an advantage. This has resulted in heavy equipment and ballast for competitions. BGD would like to change all this and encourage people to fly with light equipment. Women and Men will not be separated as the weight classes will help to even up the sexes.

The BGD weightless is aimed at up and coming pilots looking to improve their Cross Country, competition experience or just enjoy a unique experience hanging out with some of the best pilots in the world. Hosted in a relaxed environment, the first event will be held in France in the beautiful St Jean Montclar from 7th to 13th July 2019.

Leading the event will be Bruce Goldsmith and he will have a world class team behind him to present one of the most advanced events in the world. The event is particularly suited to leisure pilots that have flown some small XC's(20km+) and have flown in one or two fun competitions, but it will not exclude more advanced pilots, who will also benefit from participation. 2-liners will not be allowed to participate

Flying site

Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

Flying site: https://goo.gl/maps/FmUQRntwYyp

Take off plateau de La Chau: 1907 m ASL 6°22'20.2" E 44°24'10.8" N
The main take off used for competitions is the "plateau de La Chau", (1900m) just under the mountain of Dormillouse (2500m). The launch is covered in lush grass and is very large. The wind is usually coming from the south-west to north-west. It is possible to fly with south wind and north wind, but it's more difficult to fly away. It's possible to fly good distance from 13h. If you reach the crests, with another chairlift, the take off can be earlier, from 11h sometime, with east breezes before the sun turns to the south. The easier way to leave is to follow the crests to the south (the sky highway to St André les Alpes). The first 25km are easy, until you reach the "Estrop" (2961m). To the north, the "Grand Morgon" (2324) is often a good waypoint after having crossed the serre-ponçon lake during 5km, reaching the crests of "La vieille" (Old Woman crest).
https://goo.gl/maps/gLj988Ao3i62

Landing col Saint-Jean: 1335 m ASL - 6°21'06.0" E 44°25'03.3" N
At the landing aera, the ground used is of grass and large, at the "", before the entrance of the ski resort of Montclar (1340m). The wind is usually coming from the north. It can be turbulent with south wind. Sometime, especially in the evening, a big convergence can help you to climb easily to 2,000m or higher.
https://goo.gl/maps/6cJkFc91k1o

Take off St Vincent les Forts 1254m ASL - 6°22'17.6" E 44°26'35.7" N
Another famous flight site is not so far, which is called St Vincent les Forts (1240m). It is a small cliff where you land at the side of the car park and then take off again. It works with north wind, even when north wind is too strong to fly elsewhere in France. The launching area made of a green carpet, however it is a bit small for a large competition. Also the area where the pilots can wait for the start is well known and used by many tandem/bi-gliders. The landscape is wonderful, especially in the evening when you are flying in the last solar breeze, with the sun falling on the lake... It's also a site where you can reach easily the top of Dormillouse (2500m), resting on ridgy afforested.
https://goo.gl/maps/uHBnxqwUNmk

Take off Chabanon - 1968m ASL - 6°17'40.7" E - 44°20'03.9" N
The last launching area, Chabanon, can also be reached with a chairlift, from the little ski resort of chabanon, over the village of Selonnet. It works early in the morning, with south or north wind, but is very difficult to leave, because there is no thermal areas working in the immediate area.
https://goo.gl/maps/f4UaDWaKRS82

For free flying, the best time to visit is August and September, with thermal strengh that can easily reach 4m/s at 2pm. The thermal duration : it start from 11h over 2000m, 12-13h at the take off, until 7pm with convergence. The best time to launch is 2pm, when thermals start to be large and easy to take. Competitions will often come earlier in the season when there are less tourists, allowing better access to the facilities for the competitors.

Usual distance flights start from the Plateau de la Chau or St Vincent, then reach the top of Dormillouse (2500m), then turn the north waypoint (Morgon) or the south waypoint (Estrop) and way back to Dormillouse.

The famous distance flight, reaching St Andre from Dormillouse or the other way, is a classic 80km flight, recently done by many pilots during the B-Stof in July 2014.

On non-flyable days, there are plenty of other activities in the area.:
- kiting/windsurfing on the lake
- hiking to the castle on top of Montclar
- downhill biking in Monclar
- market in Seyne

Organizers

Brett Janaway
Event Organiser and Meet Director

Selection and entry fee

PAYMENT
Event cost: 270 Euros ( £245)

Once you have been invited to pay, your entry is not confirmed until you have paid. If you do not pay in the time given your entry will be moved back to the waiting list. Usually this is 7 days. If you need extra time to make a payment then please email us so we can consider giving you a little longer. Be aware, your payment is usually non refundable*, and it cannot be transferred to another pilot.

IMPORTANT The event is full when enough people have paid. Acceptance into the event is according to the order of PAYMENT, not registration. If you are slow to pay then you lose the offer of a place.

BANK TRANSFER
To pay by bank transfer please also email us to confirm the details of your transfer so that we can identify your payment.

BANK TRANSFER; €270 Euro
Bank: Nova KBM D.D.
Ulica Vita Kraigherja 4, SI-2000 MARIBOR
SWIFT CODE: KBMASI2X
IBAN; SI56043470262961675
Brett Janaway, Zg Sorica 58a , 4229 Sorica

BANK TRANSFER; £245
SORT CODE: 11-07-72
ACCOUNT: 13704969
NAME: Mr BA Janaway
BANK: Halifax Bank

PAYPAL
You can arrange payment via our Paypal account, which is secure and accepts international payments.

EUR (Euro) payments
To pay by PAYPAL, please send €270 EUR to email address "paypalEUR@flyevent.org".

GBP (English pounds) payments
To pay by PAYPAL, please send £245* GBP to email address "paypalGBP@flyevent.org".

Sending it 'to a friend' avoids the fees and gives more money for competition prizes and event organising.

Please include your name in the messages box if using someone elses Paypal.

Paying by Paypal means your entry fee is paid immediately, unlike bank transfers which can take several days. This ensures you do not miss out on your place if you are close to the payment deadline.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Pilots should note our cancellation policy, inkeeping with all major events;
Any pilots who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:
> Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date = 50%
refund of entry price
> Cancellation date less than 60 days before comp start = 0% refund of entry price
Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund.
Please be aware, refunds are not immediate. If we are busy in the main flying season then we only do admin 1 day per month. Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable. There is a strict selection process and you cannot bypass this by passing your payment to another pilot.
Please ensure you have adequate holiday travel insurance to cover any losses if you later find you are unable to participate!

ENTRY FEE ADMINISTRATION
All competition Payments are being handled by Brett Janaway, on behalf of the competition. They shall be transferred into and kept in a separate holding account for the purposes of administrating the competition.

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The event is open to all pilots, however, a strict selection process will be applied to participants and a place is not assured. Entry fee is EUR270.

All Pilots must hold the following:
- A minimum of IPPI4 (or equivalent national licence),
- GPS which records a 3D track log,
- Medical insurance (including rescue and repatriation),
- Third party liability insurance (750,000€ minimum).
All the above will be checked at registration
Also:
- SMS text phone,
- Recently repacked reserve parachute,
- Helmet,
- Harness with back protection,
- Altimeter (to comply with air traffic restrictions),
- 2M Radio.
If you do not have ALL of the above you will NOT be permitted to participate.
2-liners will not be allowed to participate

Prize fund and scoring categories

But all categories will be based on your take off weight of the wing.

In addition we may introduce a handicap based on Aspect Ratio.

Classes and prizes will be confirmed nearer the event.

General schedule

Sunday 7 July:
12pm- 18pm: Registration

Monday 8 July Task 1
9am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing” - Brett Janaway
10.30: Chairlift to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk

Tuesday 9 July Task 3
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Chairlift to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.30pm onwards - "Party in town"

Wednesday 10 July Task 4
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Chairlift to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk

Thursday 11 July Task 5
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Chairlift to launch
5pm - 6pm: GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk

Friday 12 July Task 6
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Chairlift to launch
5pm - 6pm: GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk

Saturday 12 July Task 7
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Chairlift to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
7pm Drinks and Food
8pm The BGD Weightless Prize Draw: Free Glider, Instruments and more
9:00pm Party and merriment

Daily schedule

On competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
09h00: Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing

Accommodation and Activities

St Jean Montclar is an Alpine holiday village, both winter and summer. It has a multitude of options to suit all budgets

The base for the competition will be in the village center. It will be well signposted when you arrive.

The local campsite is just a 100 metre walk. It is expected to offer a 10% discount to competitors for the period of the competition. The campsite caters for tents,caravans and camper vans. It has on site shower facilities, a bar and restaurant as well as several swimming pools and saunas, indoor and outdoor.

Also just a short walk away is the main landing field, which will be the preferred goal field during the competition.

The village has a multitude of accommodation with rooms between 15 and 50 euro per person, depending on your tastes.

TO BOOK ANY ACCOMMODATION OR CAMPING
We will be arranging ALL accommodation and camping in the region for the competitors, so we ask you not to try to book direct, but to go through us. Our direct booking service will give you the most competitive rate for the area, and allow us to ensure that you get the best and most suitable for your needs.

Please go to the following URL for details:

Naviter Accommodation

Please be aware, there is an event the week after, so you are encouraged to not book your accommodation for dates after the Saturday so as not to limit the options of the pilots the week after. Thank you for your understanding.

How to get here

By car:
St Jean Montclar is about a 10 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 3 hours from southern France and just under 3 hours from Nice Airport. There are other airports in the region too.

Airports
The nearest main international airport is Nice (3 hours drive) or Marseille (2 hours). Both airport are serviced by several airlines from around Europe.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports.

04140 Montclar, France
St Jean Montclar FR

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Airports
The nearest main international airport is Nice (3 hours drive) or Marseille (2 hours). Both airport are serviced by several airlines from around Europe.

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An hour's drive from Gap.

St Jean Montclar is about a 10 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 3 hours from southern France and just under 3 hours from Nice Airport. There are other airports in the region too.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports.

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