Auckland Hang Gliding league this weekend

As per our rules, we wish to post notification of a the possibility of a Auckland club HG league this coming weekend.


• Name & contact phone number of the Competition Organiser :- Leslie Graham 0211653320

• Time & location of the first briefing :- Corner of Waikite Valley Road and Ngapouri Road. 11.30am Saturday 24 February 2018

• Probable sites to be used for the competition :- Paeroa Range. Kaimai Range

• Format for the competition (Standard or XC only) :- XC

• Entry requirements :- HG Intermediate rating. Waypoiunts downloaded to instrument.

• Cost :- $5 for scoring


Confirmation or cancellation will be posted on thursaday night 22nd Feb 2018.

PG Open 2018 Wanaka – Results are in!

After opening the competition with a good couple of tasks and record breaking high temperatures in the region, the weather packed in. Two days of gale force wind, rain and even a bit of snow for the mountain tops, all kept us out of the sky for a couple of days.

Mountain bikes and climbing equipment came out, as well as a reserve re-pack session with Itai and Instructor seminar lead by Russell to keep pilots occupied.

We were getting ready for a third day of being grounded on Friday, but the organisation wasn’t going to give up so soon. We were called for a late morning re-brief and ended up racing up to TC.

The 38.2km task sent us to Wanaka, with a bit of a cat's cradle along the way. Visiting pilot Anthony Shepherd was the first of nine pilots in goal. This may have been Anthony's first visit to NZ, but I daresay it won't be his last.

The final task on Saturday started with another cat's cradle near TC, then over Roy and finally to Jeff’s Folly at Lake Hawea. 

Louis was the task winner, coming second in to End of Speed but making it up with lead-out points.

As an aside, if anyone knows the story of how Jeff’s Folly got its name, please share. 

Jakub Leder's stunning photo of Kirsten Seeto on Task 2 won the photo competition

The fun continued after the flying was done - Freedom of Flight Film Festival came to Wanaka on Saturday night, getting rave reviews. It was open to the public, and what a way to showcase our sport. See more here: FOFF 

Then Johnny Hopper stole the show at the prize-giving dinner, providing lots of laughs and entertainment, as usual.
You've outdone yourself, Johnny
Photo: Dominique Le Sellin Washer

Congratulations to our big winners:
  • Overall winner: Anthony Shepherd
  • Sport class: Abe Laguna
  • Fun class: Lukas Walton-Keim
  • Women: Eva Keim
  • NZ National Champion: Louis Tapper
  • Jill Borst: Johnny Hopper

A tremendous amount of effort goes into pulling together an event like this, and it wouldn't be possible without those who are willing to put their hands up to make it happen. 

Thanks to the event sponsors, task and safety committees, launch marshals, drivers, wing fluffers and other support crew who helped to make this a successful event. 

And the most massive kudos to Mark Hardman for organising another successful competition.

It’s not all been rosy though. We’ve seen more incidents recently, in and outside of the comp, than any of us ought to accept as ‘normal’. It should serve as a good reminder to all of us to respect the conditions and constantly keep safety as our number one priority. 

Fly safe everyone, and see you next year!

PG Open 2018 was organised by Mark Hardman (Paraventures), and included 100 competitors from 32 different countries. It ran in Wanaka from 27 Jan to 4 Feb.

Find the scores here: PG Open 2018 Wanaka results