Winners

  • 1st overall: Carlo Borsattino, Niviuk Artik 4 (1424.7 points)

  • 2nd overall: Philip Wallbank, Ozone Mantra M6 (1416.7 points)

  • 3rd overall: Hugh Miller, Ozone Mantra M6 (1403.7 points)

  • 1st woman: Nancy Elliott, Advance Iota (560.8 points)

  • Top club: Southern (Carlo Borsattino, Hugh Miller, Mark Watts and Roger Turner, 4807 points)

  • Distance League winner: Carlo Borsattino, Skywalk Cayenne 5 (1197.7km)
  • Weekend League winner: Hugh Miller, Ozone Mantra M6 (1158.4 points)

  • Winter League winner: Mark Watts, Ozone EnZo 2 (283.6 points)

  • Overseas League winner: Robert Smith, Ozone Rush 4 (782.8 points)
  • Longest* turnpoint flight on EN C wing: Carlo Borsattino, Skywalk Cayenne 5 (244.3km)

  • Longest* FAI triangle: Guy Anderson, Ozone Enzo 2 EN CCC (78.3km)

*Longest refers to kilometres flown.

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Summer XC

Summer 2015 XC Paragliding in the UK

7th June turned out to be a record day for XC flying in the UK: 130 pilots logged XCs totalling 12,261km. The biggest flights of the day were from Leckhampton in Gloucestershire, and The Lawley and Long Mountain in Shropshire. Ceri Brown (Niviuk Icepeak 7) and Guy Anderson bagged the highest scoring flights from Leckhampton, with a 152km flight to goal.

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2015 UK Paragliding XC Season

Flying cross country in the UK offers many challenges and special experiences.

Carlo Borsattino summarises the action from the most successful XC season in history ... grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure.

There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

The Pilots' Tales section offers a unique perspective from some of the leading pilots in the UK.

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Introduction

2015 UK PG XC Season (by Carlo Borsattino)

Flying cross country in the UK offers many challenges and unique experiences. In this article I have tried to summarise the action from the most successful XC season in history, so grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure. There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

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Flybubble News March 2016

Inspiring stories, XC Secrets and many new wing reviews in our free flying news. In this month's edition:

  • Wings Over The Cloud Award articles

  • Flying XC: Going fast or going first?

  • Wing review: ADVANCE ALPHA 6

  • Wing review: NIVIUK HOOK 4

  • Wing review: ADVANCE PI 2

  • Wing review: NOVA ION 4

  • Safety Notices

  • Flybubble Presents: Club Talks

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XC Secrets: Going First or Going Fast?

Getting the most out of a good XC day often comes down to a simple decision: do you leave the hill as soon as you can (and try to stay up all day) or do you wait till it's good and blaze a trail on speedbar to cover more ground during the strong part of the day?

Carlo Borsattino recounts his decisions and tactics on an epic flight from Selsely common, when his leading position on his Skywalk Cayenne 5 (EN C) was put to the test against the relentless racing of Mark Watts on his Ozone Enzo 2 (CCC).

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XC Secrets

Going First or Going Fast?

By Carlo Borsattino

Having already enjoyed some of the best XC flights I've ever had in the UK spring and early summer, you might suppose that the XC monkey would get off my back and let me be. Quite the opposite, in fact! These experiences were so amazing that I just wanted more.

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Wings Over The Cloud Award

BHPA Wings Over The Cloud Award

Each year the BHPA presents the Wings Over The Cloud award for inspiring writing published in Skywings Magazine.

This year Carlo Borsattino has won the award for his articles: Super Sunday and If We're Lucky We'll Make Bexhill.

Wings Over A Cloud Award

In these articles, Carlo shares his knowledge of analysing the weather forecasts, planning a route and making the right tactical decisions to remain airborne to enjoy some extended flatland cross country flying.

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Nova ION 4 paraglider reviews

The Ion 4 is Nova's new entry level EN B glider. It's suitable for talented beginners, but most pilots will enjoy its superb performance to safety ratio. With its lightweight concept it should also be a hit with the Hike & Fly market and those who just want a lighter pack. It can be ordered with student risers or with a speedbrake riser (for XC pilots wanting to steer on the rear risers without affecting the camber and spoiling performance). Greg and Simon at Flybubble tested the Ion 4 out. Read their reviews below.

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