Paragliding State of Origin 17
Mt Borah, Manilla NSW. For The Novice (P2), it’s a great way to get into Comp and XC flying in a fun & safe way. It’s about the promotion of Skills and Safely. The Comp is based on Flying Crews(5 pilot teams, 1 Adv. & 2 P2 pilots & then 2 other Pilots)
Handicapping is used for scoring. (see Pilot pack)
Reserve, UHF Radio and at least 3 hours XC / Thermalling experience.
Comp Fee $30.00. Early bird discount fee $20.00 (Registering before 01/04/17
Things will be very busy down in Manilla on Thursday and through the weekend. Preparing stuff before you get to Manilla will help reduce the stress.
Contact; James T. [refer Register contact]
Make sure you bring the manuals for your radios, vario, GPS (especially if you do not know how to change settings)
Have everything fully charged BEFORE you drive down.
Load the Manilla waypoints into your GPS before you come down.
or [havel.com.au/public/Manilla2013.zip Link not working: Contact Martin https://www.fly2base.com.au/ ] Manilla2013.zip file - (Maps with waypoints on them)
Getting to Manilla:
There are a few different ways to drive down. If you are driving around dusk or at night be VERY carefull of Skippys. They are everywhere.
Also, don't speed, there are Cops everywhere aswell. They love hanging around the small towns and pinging people speeding. Being Easter, Double fines and Points will apply!
The best map to get is the NRMA Road Map of the area. It has all the little dirt tracks which can be handy.
Telstra has the best coverage. Optus is a close second. You may struggle with other networks.
On the hill there is a Toilet. That's it nothing else. Bring enough food and water to get you sorted throughout the day.
Basher rides from the bombout to launch will be running (they are usually $7 per ride). They will more than likely run from HQ in the morning up the hill aswell. (save taking your car up the hill)
HQ (Godfreys) has toilets and bar for visitors. Campers have access to pool aswell. There are two harness hangers at HQ aswell if you need to fine tune your harness.
The local club is 'The Manilla Sky Sailors'. Club fees are either $20 or $25 (This is normally paid to the Basher driver, Lucas. For this event, someone else maybe be at HQ to collect this from you.)
The event costs (see above) .. payable either Thursday evening or first up Friday morning.
Food , accom and XC retrieve are your responsibility.
Remember, EVERYTHING is shut on friday! Make sure you have enough food and drink to get you through until atleast Saturday.
Thursday: 17:00 - Registration at HQ (Godfrey's)
19:00 - Briefing for Novices about State of Origin (MANDATORY) - If can't make this one, it will be given again at 8am friday.
Friday: 8am - Registration for the late punters. Mandatory briefing if you couldn't make it thursday night.
8:30am - Weather briefing and daily schedule - HQ
Saturday: 10am - Briefing
Sunday: 10am - Briefing
20:00 ish - Presentation. SWANN Catering $25pp and entertainment by Singer/Song writer Kristy Coote!
Educational talks will be held each evening from 19:00
In past years we have used a system to communicate/report where we are when we are flying. If you have a GPS, before you launch program a 'GO TO' "BORAH" (launch). As you fly away XC the GO TO will tell you how far away from launch you are. Easy then to report on the radio " This is Brandon, 22km north of launch, 2000 metres, gliding north. It may be that an advanced pilot is very close to you (but doesn't recognise your wing) and can come and hook up with you and help you along.
Generally we have formed teams Thursday night or friday morning when we know who has turned up. Idea is to get one Advanced Pilot with two intermediates and two Novice. If you want to form a team before you come down, then no problem... or just wait until Thursday/Friday.
Look forward to catching up and sharing some fun flying with you all.
ps. If any of the advance pilots want to add to the above feel free. Sure I've missed something.
So how was it?
With about 120 pilots registered, the 25 member QLD team (99% CHGC Members) pulled together and revelled in great conditions for novice pilots throughout the weekend. Cloudbases above 2400m asl were enjoyed with some silky smooth thermals.