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Event info

The British Sports Class Championship will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. It will be open to all pilots flying wings that are certified EN-C and below.

This will be the first of hopefully many such events aimed at the progression of up and coming pilots on a more level playing field.

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Flying site

Gemona located in the North East of Italy has hosted a number of international PWC and CAT 2 events over the years.

The Gemona flying arena has a great variety with a mix of Alpine and Flatland possibilities.

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  • 104 Pilots Confirmed
  • 233 Pilots total registered
  • 240 GBP Entry fee
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  • 108 Pilots max allowed
  • 32 Countries presented
  • ✅ EN-C and below allowed
    ❌ CCC & EN-D wings prohibited
  • 🏆 🏅 FAI Status = CAT 2
  • left before start of event
  • before registration 15/01 19:00 (Europe/Rome)
  • 🛰️

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

    Live trackers supplied
  • 🚁

    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
  • 🚁

    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
  • 🚁

    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
  • 🚁

    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
  • 🚐

    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
  • 🥾

    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
  • 💩

    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

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

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be ballast water available at launch

    Ballast on takeoff
  • 🥪

    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
  • 🗺

    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
  • 💳

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

    ID Cards
  • 🍕

    There will be a social evening with food

    Food
  • 🎉

    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
  • 🎵

    There will be live music or a DJ at the event

    Live music
  • 👕

    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • 🅰

    This event awards PWCA letters

    PWCA Letters
  • 💚

    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue

    Carbon offset
  • ♻️

    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

  • British Leisure Class
  • Leisure Class
  • British Female Champions
  • Female Class
  • Overall Winner
  • British Sport Class Champion
More information about prizes and categories

Event info

The British Sports Class Championship will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. It will be open to all pilots flying wings that are certified EN-C and below.

This will be the first of hopefully many such events aimed at the progression of up and coming pilots on a more level playing field. We are sure to still attract a high level of pilots flying EN-B and EN-C wings that can demonstrate what is possible to achieve while still remaining in most pilots comfort zone.

You can register from Saturday 26th December, at 6pm (UK time)

- The Event will be limited to 100 Pilots mainly to allow everyone to fly with a little bit less stress.
- 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.
- Daily debriefs of the tasks flown, lines selected and discussions of what did and didn't work.

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

Flying site

Gemona located in the North East of Italy has hosted a number of international PWC and CAT 2 events over the years.

The Gemona flying arena has a great variety with a mix of Alpine and Flatland possibilities. Enjoy the views of the Alps to the north and Mediterranean coastline to the south.

For this event we will be using a new HQ/LZ location by the river, with no obstructions and land out options for those that don't make it to goal. The LZ will be a camping area during the event

Selection and entry fee

Registrations for the British Sports Championship 2021

Registration for the British Sports Championship, Gemona, Italy will be processed as follows:

- All pilots may register from 26th December at 18:00 UTC (19:00 in mainland Europe)
- BHPA members with a British Sporting Licence will be offered places immediately*
- Other nationalities will receive payment offers after **7th January

*Section 7 rules dictate only a maximum of 75 places can be offered to Brits at the outset. We will therefore offer the first 70 pilots that registered, in the first instance, according to the order they were put top the waiting list. A further 5 places will be offered by Wildcard allocation.

**Delayed from the original dates to top technical reasons of administration

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.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
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
- Wings are restricted to EN-C and below. EN-D & CCC are disallowed
- Pilots must have recent previous competition experience, for example FAI Cat2, BPCup, GWO, Chabre Open, etc
- 3rd Party insurance
- Medical (travel) insurance

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

PAYMENT
The entry fee for 2021 will be £240 or 260 euro.

BHPA members who confirm and pay their registration fee before midnight on 7th February* will receive a 20% BHPA subsidy (discount), so their entry will be reduced to £192.
*This date be be delayed for technical reasons. In that instance we will update details here.

PAYPAL
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.

BANK TRANSFER
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

CASH
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

REFUNDS
Any pilot who cancels their registration will be given a refund as follows:

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

The following caveat applies:

Any pilot proving (with medical certificate) incapacity to compete through illness/injury should Contact Us the British Paragliding Competitions Panel as soon as possible. Any refund, if appropriate, will be decided by the British Paragliding Competitions Panel. Refunds will NOT be issued to ill/injured pilots cancelling within 7 days of the start of a competition regardless of personal circumstances, rather pilots should contact their travel insurance provider for advise on any compensation due.

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.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Overall Winner
British Sport Class Champion
Leisure Class (EN-B & Below)
British Leisure Class
Female Class
British Female Class

General schedule

REGISTRATION
Sunday 1st Aug

PRACTICE DAY
Sunday 1st Aug
(Only transport to launch + suggested task given)

TASK DAYS
1st task Monday 2nd Aug
Last task Saturday 7th Aug

PRIZE GIVING
Saturday 7th Aug

Daily schedule

07:00 - Headquarter opens
08:00 - Transport to take-off
09:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:30 - 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

HQ Landing Accommodation

We have moved our HQ to the new landing field where we are also allowed to camp for free. This will be the best location to find yourself in as everything will be at your fingertips.

Hotel Willy is a large hotel, also with camping alongside.
The hotel has a restaurant, bar, tavern, beer garden, take away pizza and other facilities.
Camping typically costs € 10 (person and tent / camper). Rooms locally cost from € 25-50 depending on the standard wanted. There are some self-catering options and the campsite also has a restaurant that serves breakfast.

FOR BEST PRICE, RESERVE YOUR ROOM OR CAMPSITE PLACE (INTO HOTEL WILLY) DIRECTLY info@hotelwilly.com

Camping Lago Tre Comuni

The best campsite near Gemona is the "Lake Tre Comuni Camping" one of the most beautiful places in the region (Lake of Tre Comuni).
It's about 8 km from the HQ.

All accommodation infos

The tourist office of Gemona del Friuli

Via Bini 9 - c / o Museo Civico Palazzo Elti
33013 Gemona del Friuli UD
Tel. (0039) 0432 981441 ufficioiat@gemonaweb.it

How to get here

Gemona is situated approximately 150Km from Venice, which has two international airports.
A shuttle service to and from Venice airport will be available immediately preceding and following the competition, if it is needed. Venice airport is around 90 minutes drive from the venue. At Venice airport you can hire cars, use the competition transport or use the rail network for an easy transfer to the Gemona region.

Palovaarantie 260-312, 93100 Pudasjärvi, Finland
Gemona Italy

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Organizers

BHPA Ltd
The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Ltd
8 Merus Court, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1RJ, United Kingdom
British PG Comps Panel
British Paragliding Competitions Panel

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