New Zealand paragliding champs sceduled for next week around Tasman region

The NZ paragliding champs are being held around the Tasman region next week.
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The NZ paragliding champs are being held around the Tasman region next week.

Up to 50 pilots are expected to contest the New Zealand paragliding championships scheduled to be held around the Tasman region next week.

Championship organiser, Frog Twissel, said there were 40 confirmed entries four days prior to the first scheduled race day on Saturday but was expecting more pilots, including likely Nelson entries, to sign up.

While the competition was obviously reliant on favourable weather conditions, Twissel said they hoped to fly on each of the eight scheduled days of competition from various launching sites around the Tasman region including Murchison, Havelock, St Arnaud and Rainbow.

"We just look at the weather in the morning each day and decide where to go," Twissel said.

"We'll fly every day that's possible to fly, it could be up to eight, realistically though we could be looking at five or six days of flying."

The week-long competition is the second of two category 2 competitions for the New Zealand season, with the first being in held in Manilla, Australia several weeks ago. Being a category 2 competition, the results all count towards world rankings.

The cream of New Zealand's leading pilots, including Reuben Muir, Grant Middendorf, Jeff Ripley, Glen Stevens, Tim Brown and Evan Lamberton, are competing, with a couple of Chinese pilots and some Europeans also among the field.

Racing is scheduled to start on Saturday and finish on Saturday March 5.

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