Future team selection
The selection of the British Team was discussed at a meeting of the Competitions
Panel held in Piedrahita earlier this year.
A consensus was reached that the current WPRS (World Pilot Ranking System) is
now a better selection criteria than using the results from the British Championships.
After the selection of the team for the European Championships in 2008, which
will be based on the existing criteria, team selection will be based entirely
on the WPRS. There will be no discretionary element. A team place based on this
selection process is no guarantee of financial assistance to attend an event
Martin Sandwith wins XC League 2007
Martin Sandwith has won the 2007 XC League with a score of 737.7. Neil
Roberts was second on 704.0 with Mark Watts 3rd on 673.0.
Notable flights during the year included the straight distance record set
by John Silvester at 194km and the straight distance to a declared goal record
being broken three times and now at 135.36km set by Neil Roberts.
The prize-giving will be at the Sport Leisure and Aviation Show at the NEC,
at 2.00pm on Sunday 25th November.
Russell Ogden is British Champion 2007
Russell Ogden has won the 2007 British championships. Thirteen tasks were flown over
the 2007 series in France, the UK and Spain.
See the full British Championship
results and presentation
British Open St Andre 2007
27nd September, St Andre, France
The third round of the British Championships was held in St Andre from 16th to
27nd September 2007. Mads Syndergaard from Denmark was the winner, closely
followed by Jamie Messenger who was only 17 points behind
This competition was combined with the Dutch and the Belgian Opens.
All competitors were competing individually for the open title, but each nation
has a separate championship ranking for their National championship.
Report and results
UK win Blériot Cup 2007
September 2 to 7, Corrèze, France
The British paragliding and hanggliding team hold on to the Blériot Cup
for a fourth consectutive year. The weather didn't play ball with strong north
wind allowing the PG team only 1 task and the HG team 2 tasks. The event took
place in the Limousin region with the main site being Le Suc au May.
British Open Long Mynd 2007
August 8 to 11, Long Mynd, UK
This competition was probably the most successful round of the British
Championships held in Britain. Four tasks were flown out of 4 days, including a
record distance of 82.6km for an achieved British championship task held in
Britain. A total of 10,750 Kilometres were flown and 112 pilots made goal.
Russell Ogden was the overall winner of the round, beating visiting Danish
pilot Mads Syndergaard by just 5 points.
Report and results
Ulric, Aidan and the X Alps
August in Europe
Ulric Jessop and Aidan Toase are entering the X Alps; paragliding's toughest
competition. Aiden competed in 2005, shining for his walking endurance rather
than his map reading ability. This sort of event is just Ulric's cup of tea.
Ulric and Ruth were seen training during the Piedrahita open whilst Aidan is known
to have been training in the Alps.
Best of luck to them.
More UK cross country records broken
July in the UK
The UK straight distance and the straight distance to a declared goal records
were broken on consecutive days at the end of July.
On Sunday 29th July, John Silvester, flying a Gradient Avax, flew for 5 hours
39 minutes from Moel Elio near Llanberis in North Wales to the Severn Bridge
near Chepstow to increase the straight line distance record to 194K.
The next day Neil Roberts flew from the Long Mynd to a declared goal at
Bicester, increasing this record to 135.36K. This is the fourth time this record
has been broken this year.
Neil's account of the two flights can be read here.
British Open Piedrahita 2007
24 to 30 June, Piedrahita, Spain
Nearly 130 pilots competed in the Piedrahita Open 2007. Four tasks were flown,
the longest being 154km (with 28 making it to goal). Unfortunately the wind
stopped us flying on the other days.
Lars Jonsson won the mens and Jolanda de Zeeuw the womens, pictured right.
Report and results
Fiona Macaskill beats her own world record
17 April, Plaine Joux, France
Fiona Macaskill has extended her own Female World Record of Speed over a
Triangular Course of 25km to 24.12kph. Fiona has now broken this record 4 times,
the first almost 10 years ago.
Flying from Plaine Joux in France, she sped around the course in just over an
hour, reaching over 3250m on the way. Fiona says that it was a strong day and no
other paragliders were flying: just after completing the course she hit an 8 m/s climb!
It is interesting to note that for FAI records, the difference between start
and finish altitudes must not be more than 2% of the task distance; in this case only 500m.
UK goal record falls again
18th April, Combe Gibbet
The British (Local) Straight Distance to a Declared Goal record, extended to
114.0km by John Kennedy last month, has been broken again. Adrian Thomas
(Airwave Magic FR3) and Mark Watts (Gradient Avax SR7) flew together from
Combe Gibbet to near Lewes, setting a new record of 116.6 km. This is Mark's
10th (straight line) 100km flight in the UK and Adrian's 5th.
Adrian's report on the day can be read here.
UK goal record falls
21 March, Wrekin, UK
Congratulations to John Kennedy (JFK) who took off on his Gradient Aspen 2
from the Wrekin at midday and flew to a declared goal at Cirencester to set a
new British (Local) Straight Distance to a Declared Goal Record of 114.0km. The
previous record of 108.9km was set by Mike Aston, flying from the The Lawley
to Cirencester in August 2005. The flight also sets a record for the earliest
straight line 100km ever flown in the UK; the temperature at cloud base was -7°.
"As we prepared for take off I wore no less than 7 layers of clothing
including 4 fleeces and a flying suit.. so padded out was I that I could not even
fasten the zip on my suit!"
"The two pairs of gloves and heat pads were not up to the job in hand however.
At only about 15 km into the flight I was very very cold. Upon landing I could
not stop shaking from the cold for 30 minutes but I would not have missed the
flight for anything."
Recent rule changes give goal flights a multiplier of 1.5 so this flight has
earned John 171.0 points in the XC League and the chance of winning the Winter
League with just one flight. John flew most of the flight with Neil Roberts on
his Avax SR7. The photo was taken by Diane Bevan from Bewdley as they flew over.
Bruce Goldsmith is the World Champion
24 February to 9 March, Manilla, Australia
Bruce Goldsmith won the 10th FAI World Championships in Manilla 10 years
after it was last won by a British pilot (John Pendry). The British team was
Bruce, Adrian Thomas, Russell Ogden, Steve Ham, Mark Watts, Louise Burnham and
Nicky Moss. The competition had some rain, but eventually managed to complete
British Squad 2007
The British Squad selected for training in 2007 is as follows:
Men: Adrian Thomas, Bruce Goldsmith, Craig Morgan, Innes Powell, John Ellison,
Kai Coleman, Mark Leavesley, Mark Watts, Steve Ham, Steve Nash, Russell Ogden.
Women: Fiona Macaskill, Louise Burnham, Nia Harland, Nicky Moss.
Many of the squad are intending to enter the Paragliding World Cup tour,
the highest competition circuit in the world. It is hoped that Bruce Goldsmith
and Russell Ogden will be mentoring our top pilots during the World Cup events
in preparation for the Europeans in 2008.