Come fly in the beautiful sunny Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island, where you can fly all day and drink wine and beer at one of the many world class vinyards in the area. We will be holding a FAI cat 2 event over 5 days in the middle of our awesome flying season.Expand page for more details
- left before start of event
The region supports helicopter rescues
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
There will be an organised party during or after the event
The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles
- Sports Class
- Fun Class
- NZ Airspace 2022 to 2023
- HB Local Rules 2023
- Competition National Rules
- HB PG XC 2023 Safety Management Plan
Come fly in the beautiful sunny Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island, where you can fly all day and drink wine and beer at one of the many world class vinyards in the area. We will be holding a FAI cat 2 event over 5 days in the middle of our awesome flying season. The competition will be held at any number of our inland sites depending on weather. We can also head to the Paeroa Range or Kaimais if weather looks really bad in Hawkes Bay.
Event is 5 days Feb 21 -25, but we have allowed an extra day (26TH) as a backup day in case weather is really bad at the start of the competition and we want to get that extra task in. Decision will be made during the comp on whether the extra day will be needed
Selection and entry fee
A minimum pilot qualification of PG2 (or international equivalent) plus 40 hours logged flying, or, Approved as being capable of competing by an NZ registered paragliding instructor.
FAI Sporting Licence is required
Note that the entry fee does NOT include any transport or lunches.
10 places will be held for international pilots until 60 days before the competition starts, as per FAI2 rules.
Priority will be given to Hawkes Bay club members first, then other places will be offered by the organiser. If payment is not received by one month after being offered a place, the offer will be withdrawn and the next pilot will be offered a place.
Documents required at registration
FAI Sporting Licence
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)
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
Signed Application form
You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Signed Waiver/Release 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.
Refund request received before 01 December 2022 = 50% refund
Refund request received after 01 December 2022 = no refund
All refunds will have any administration fee, such as bank transfer deducted.
If you decide to drop out then it is possible to nominate someone to replace you or you can be refunded and the slot will be filled by another pilot at the organiser's discretion
Pilots who are deemed to detract from the safety, or successful organisation, of the competition may be refused entry. A reason may nor may not be given and correspondence on this will probably not be entered in too.
CANCELLATION ( By Organiser):
100% refund if cancellation occurs 6 weeks before the start of the event.
80% refund if cancellation occurs 4 weeks before the start of the event.
60% refund if cancellation occurs 2 weeks before the start of the event.
any refunds within a week of the start of the event is at the Organisers discretion.
Please note, this refund policy is only applicable if the event is cancelled by the organisers.
Organisers will be keep an eye on Government restrictions and endeavour to inform registered pilots of any necessary news ASAP. l pilots to plan Pilots are advised to plan their trip very carefully taking into account refund policy's on travel and accommodation.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Fun - EN A and EN B
Sport - EN C
Open - EN D and CCC
16:00-18:00 - Registration
18:00 Mandatory Safety Briefing
19:00 Competition BBQ
Morning briefings to be held at.... TBC
Contest flying days
February 21st - 25thFebruary 26th reserved for bad weather days on previous days
Pilots are encouraged to use Airband radios where possible.
Satellite trackers are mandatory
09:00 / 09:20 - Transport to take-off
10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:30 - Pilots' briefing / Task definition
11:00 - Take-off window opens
17:00 - Scoring office opens at the Headquarter
18:00 – Goal closure
18:15 – Landing Deadline
18:45 - Safe landing report deadline
19:00 - Scoring office closes/ Flight downloads completed
21:30 - Provisional results
23:00 - Complaints resolution published
Accommodation and Activities
We highly recommend to camp as we may need to relocate north to the Paeroas or the Kaimais, and we cannot compensate for any accomodation booked
There will be free camping at Waimarama and Hastings, and plenty of accomodation in Havelock North, Hastings, and Napier
How to get here
Havelock North is around 5.5 hours from Auckland or 4 hours from wellington by car or there are flights from all main centres
61A Harper Road, Waimārama 4294, New Zealand
Havelock North New Zealand