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Les Ailes du Grand Bornand is proud to host the 2021 edition of the Dutch
Championships. Located in the French Alps, not far from Annecy, this venue is offering a spectacular backdrop for some fast racing through some magnificent terrain.

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Flying site

Le Grand-Bornand is located in Haute-Savoie, France, 30 km east from Annecy. The flying site allows many flight possibilities both in winter and summer. Take off is at the top of Mont Lachat, highest point of the ski resort.

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  • 240 GBP Entry fee
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  • 130 Pilots max allowed
  • 0 Countries presented
  • ✅ All certified wings allowed
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    18/01 19:00 (Europe/Paris)

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    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
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    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 🛰️

    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory
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    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
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    The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed

    ID Cards
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    There will be a social evening with food

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    There will be an organised party during or after the event

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    There will be live music or a DJ at the event

    Live music
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
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    This event awards PWCA letters

    PWCA Letters
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    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event and/or Plant a Tree for each competitor

    Carbon offset / Plant a Tree
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    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Dutch Female
  • Dutch Championships
  • Overall Class
  • Female Winner (Overall)
  • Sports Class (Overall)

Event info

Les Ailes du Grand Bornand is proud to host the 2021 edition of the Dutch
Championships. Located in the French Alps, not far from Annecy, this venue is offering a spectacular backdrop for some fast racing through some magnificent terrain.

Originally the event also contained the British Championships, however due to Covid restrictions, the British will not now aware a champion at the event. The British can still however take part in the event. There will still be PWCA letters available, but awarded by the Dutch federation.

The Dutch Championship will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. The purpose of the competition is to find the Dutch champion, for 2021.

You can register from Monday 18th January, at 6pm (UK time)

- The Event will be limited to 130 Pilots
- The Covid situation will have hopefully settled down by the time of the competition but in the case it is required, additional Covid related measures will be discussed prior to the event.
- The event will have a full Flymaster Live tracking system present for safety.

Look forward to plenty of prizes to be give away during the event from our awesome Sponsors.

Flying site

Le Grand-Bornand is located in Haute-Savoie, France, 30 km east from Annecy. The flying site allows many flight possibilities both in winter and summer. Take off is at the top of Mont Lachat, highest point of the ski resort. This large grassy slope faces South West in front of the village, with a stunning view on the Bargy in the East and on the Aravis chain on the west. We can also see the top of Mont Blanc behind Aravis Chain. On the south is the Tournette which leads to Annecy Lake and Bauges massif.
Access to take off is done by cable car and charilift, which removes all car problems and allows to make easily several flights in the day. The landing is 1100m below, near the village.
It’s an awesome start for cross country flying. In the morning the East faces of the Bargy allows to start the day with the discovery of Jalouvre and its many chamois and birds. Then west faces in the Aravis opens the road towards Annecy, or Chamonix in the North-west. Grand-Bo has the advantage to allows early cross country starts thanks to east faces, and in case of early landing, you just have to take the chairlift to fly again !
This site is not only for expert pilots but also for beginners. Indeed the thermal is most of the time above the Arces, small relief in front of the take off. We reach it higher than the relief, and so we can turn in the thermal without worrying about thermal. It’s really safe to learn how to climb in a thermal.
The official landing is in la vallée du Bouchet, because as soon as the breeze went through the village landing become turbulent and dangerous.
GPS take off : 45°57'35"N - 6°28'34"E 2060 m ASL.

Selection and entry fee

Registrations for the Dutch Championship 2021

- All pilots may register from 18th January at 18:00 UTC (19:00 in mainland Europe)
- BHPA members with a British Sporting Licence will be offered places almost immediately*
- Dutch pilots will also receive an offer of payment almost immediately.
- Other nationalities will receive payment offers from 14th February

*Section 7 rules dictate only a maximum of 97 places can be offered to Brits at the outset. A further 30 places are reserved for Dutch pilots.

Your place at the competition is not confirmed until we have received your payment. The Pilot Lists show the current status of your registration.

Once the competition is full, pilots will be added to a waiting list and then if a place becomes available it will be offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list. The pilot will receive an email from us inviting them to pay their entry fee and will have 1 week to do so before the place is offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list.

The event is open to all pilots. However they MUST fulfil the following criteria
- IPPI 4 or 5 qualified (BHPA members must be Pilot rated or above)
- Pilot MUST hold a current FAI Sporting Licence
- To participate in the Championships, they must hold a British (BHPA ) Sporting card, available from the BHPA office
- Pilot must have flown a 50km flight to goal in a FAI competition in the past 2 years
- 3rd Party insurance
- Medical (travel) insurance

A more complete list of the requirements can be found at the following URL CLICK HERE

The entry fee for 2021 will be £240, paid in two stages

Payment 1: £50 to confirm your entry. Payable now.
Payment 2: Due on 14th May 2021*

*If the second payment is not paid by May 28th there will be a 10% penalty. We will send a payment reminder on 14th May, and a second reminder on 28th May. If you have still not paid by 1st June we will assume you have cancelled and offer your place to another pilot.

BHPA members and Dutch pilots who confirm and pay their registration fee before midnight on 7th March will have priority over other nationalities.

Fees and dates will be strictly adhered to. Payments can be made on our website via PayPal with a Credit Card, Debit Card, or using your own PayPal account. PayPal uses data encryption for the protection of your card details. The pilot entry fee includes the fee charged by PayPal for administering your online payment. If you wish to pay for more than one person’s entry fee on-line you must name each pilot in the Paypal notes box.

You may pay by bank transfer, however the payment may take some time to arrive. If the event is full prior to receiving your payment then your payment will be refunded and your place will not be secure. We therefore recommend Paypal if your bank does not offer instant payments.

We are looking to offer Euro payments but this is not yet finalised and so is not immediately available

If you are offered a place at a competition venue, at the start of the competition, then you must pay your pilot entry fee in cash, in the local currency. This is the only time cash will be accepted as payment for your entry.

The pilot entry fee for the competition is set according to the real cost of organizing and hosting the competition. The competitions panel aim to operate as a non profit organisation.

Please Contact Us if you have a difficulty making payment.

Documents required at registration

  • Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)

    FAI Sporting Licence
  • The FAI IPPI card is an International card that states your skill level. It is issued by your National Association and matches the level or your flying Licence

    FAI IPPI Card
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents

    Liability Insurance
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune

    Rescue/Medical Insurance

Cancellation Policy

For each competition entered, any pilot who cancels their registration will be given a refund as follows (based on Full Entry Fee):

Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date: 50% refund*
Cancellation date between 60 and 30 days before competition start date: 30% refund*
Cancellation date less than 30 days before competition start date: 0% refund*

Cancellation of a Competition by the Organization ie Covid19 interference etc
In the event the organizers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund. This will be on the scale as follows:
- Up to 30 days before the first official event day: 100% less a £20/20€ admin charge
- Between 30 and 7 days before the first official event day: 75% refund
- Less than 7 days before the first official event day: a lesser percentage to be determined. This lesser percentage will be the balance of funds once any costs incurred by the local organiser have been deducted.

After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organizers.

The organizers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.

*In the event that less than the full entry fee has been paid then the refund may be less, or nothing.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Dutch Champion
Dutch Female Champion

Overall Winner
Female Winner
Sports Class (EN-C & Below)

There will also be various prizes from our sponsors

General schedule

Sunday 4th July

Sunday 4th July
(Suggested task given)

1st task Monday 5th July
Last task Saturday 10th July

Saturday 10th July

Saturday 10th July

Daily schedule

08:30 - Headquarter opens
09:00 - Chairlift to take-off
10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
11:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Provisional results

*** Daily schedule can change, depending of the weather conditions.

Accommodation and Activities

As Grand Bornand is a thriving ski resort in winter and holiday area in summer there are many options locally for all types of accommodation and activities. From mountain biking, hill walking and even mountain lake swimming. A great map of the area at a useable scale for family adventures is La Clusaz - Grand Bornand IGN 3430ET
Further information can be found at:
Grand Bornand tourist information website

How to get here

The nearest airport is Geneva with bus and tram links to the city centre and bus routes to Annecy. From Annecy it is possible to get the local buses to Grand Bornand.

LE GRAND-BORNAND Gare Routiere, 74450 Le Grand-Bornand, France
Grand Bornand France


The nearest international airport is Geneva (http://www.gva.ch/). With the new motorway A41, it takes about 35 mins to get there by car. A little further away is Lyon (http://www.lyonaeroports.com/), a full international airport, and Grenoble, which is focused on low cost and winter flights. Both are about a one-hour drive by car or bus. The local airport of Annecy (http://www.annecy.aeroport.fr/) only has flights to Paris-Orly.


There is a bus to Le Grand-Bornand from Annecy 8 times a day. Visit http://www.voyages-crolard.com to get exact time.


If you fly to Paris or you live in France you can get to Annecy by railroad. Visit SNCF web site http://www.sncf.com/ to check the time table to Gare d'Annecy.
Also you can get to Annecy by train from Lyon and Nice.


It takes about half an hour to get to Le Grand-Bornand by car from Annecy - 30 km.


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