31 August 2008
Scottish Nationals Paragliding photos 30th Aug 08
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|Scottish Nationals Paraglidin|
28 August 2008
14 August 2008
X-Scotia 2008 on TV
The Adventure Show is doing a big piece on the X-Scotia in their next
Here's an early heads up on transmission, although date and time could still
BBC 2 Scotland, 18.00, Sunday 31 August.
(If you are south of the Border, it is also available on Sky channel 990 I
There'll be a further reminder nearer the actual transmission.
06 August 2008
21 July 2008
Photos of The Scottish Open and BPC Saturday 12th July, Abington
Quoting Nigel and Sue Pacey,
"We were on our way back home and stopped to see the very impressive display of paragliders as we turned off the M74.
I am surprised you didn?t cause the odd accident as you were all very visible from the motorway.
I am a keen amateur photographer and took the attached photos which you might like to post here....
With the grey sky you were not the easiest to photograph!!"
17 July 2008
BPC & Scottish open photo galleries
|BPC- Borders round & Scottish Open July 12th 2008|
and on Sunday 13th July - Broughton Heights, near Broughton.
13 July 2008
Lots of pilots about to be in flight at Broughton
BPC & Scottish Open Paragliding Task set .....
Race to Goal, Takeoff ~T09050 1312", Multi launch, thermal right, Window open 11:45, Close 14:30. Race start 12:15. Goal close 17:00, Land by 17:00, Report in by 17:30, Check in asap and closes 19:30.
Takeoff - T09050 Broughton Heights, Prestart2.5km radius round T02055 (TP1) then 4.14km I think to Race start which is a 10km radius circle around M24016 and start of speed section. End of speed section 2km from the goal G09017. Total distance 44.9km.
BPC & Scottish Open - Setting the task
Broughton - BPC &Scottish Open 13th July 08
Conditions - light slightly SW expected to get better during the day.
12 July 2008
Scottish Open - Paragliding Google KMZ 12th June 08
Just showing Takeoff, Turnpoint and Goal
BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status 16:10 Race start
BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status 14:30
Quite a few paragliding pilots went free flying as there is apparently going to be quite some time before the task is started. There had been some discussion about moving site because the wind had veered a bit West but the decision was made to stay put.
BPC Borders & Scottish open -12th July - Task set
Takeoff - T07035 White Hill - external cylinder 2km radius - with takeoff within 1km.
Turnpoint M0404 2.8km down the ridge - 400m radius then speed to Goal 25.7km Go2011 near Moffat - 1km radius.
Elapsed time multi launch attempts allowed, thermalling direction leftWindow and race start 12:30, Check-in closed 17:30. SMS or voice check in.
BPC Borders & Scottish open - 12th July 08 status
Well everyone has decamped to T07 - White Hill- near Abington and at least 18 pilots have taken off for a free fly :-
BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status - as at 10am
BPC - Borders & Scottish open status
08 June 2008
X-Scotia 2008 Videos Part 3
04 June 2008
Chris and unexpected travails during X-Scotia 2008
03 June 2008
02 June 2008
X-Scotia 2008 Videos part 2
01 June 2008
X-Scotia - videos - part 1
X-Scotia - 10th + 11th May 2008 Videos Part 1
Below you will find the first of a series of a tables containing links to numerous videos and their respective sizes ... Please right click and save as to view. I hope that you enjoy and all comments gratefully received.
20 May 2008
X-Scotia - some pictures .....
Please accept my apologies as I have been moving house since the fantastic X-Scotia event completed the other weekend and I have just not had a chance to get this done earlier.
There are loads of pictures and videos available and my plan is to start by giving a flavour here with some unlinked thumbnails and later on add more posts with more complete details and links to new pages and or full size images...
11 May 2008
X-Scotia 2008 - Latest status of pilots on the course as at 14:50 11th May 08
5 John N - 1225 - Landed on Ben Vorlich walking to road.
7 Paul M - 11:30 Tarmachan
8 Helen G - 1pm plodding up Tarmachan at top of pipe
10 Dave T - 1445 Landed on South side of loch Earn
11 Adrian S - 0920 -579346
14- Dave H - Also plodding up Tarmachan with Helen at the pipe
25 Andy M 10am also at top of pipe on Tarmachan
21 Scott R - 1455 About to take off from Tarmachan
24 Peter W - 1300 Tarmachan
30 Jitka P - 1200 About to take off from Tarmachan
X-Scotia 2008 - Winners , Prizes and Sponsors
1st Overall - Steve Nash - Sup`Air X-Ride Light Speed Riding Harness & SHPF X-Scotia Trophy - sponsored by Northern Paragliding
2nd Overall and Longest Flight 2008 X-Scotia - Paul Myerscough - 1 week at La Basse Beaumettes - sponsored by Ulric and Ruth Jessop of www.pottyplace.com
Highest % Walking and 3rd Overall 2008 X-Scotia - £300 Voucher - Mark Leyland - sponsored by Niviuk UK
1st Female 2008 X-Scotia- Skywalk Overall Jacket + Sunglasses - Jitka Polechova - sponsored by Northern Paragliding
2nd Female 2008 X-Scotia - Teva Shoes - Helen Gant - sponsored by TEVA
Special 2008 X-Scotia Sportsmanship award - Teva Shoes - Nick Ogden + Julian Robinson - sponsored by Teva
Heaviest Pack 2008 X-Scotia - Subscription to Cross Country Magazine - Peter Will - sponsored by Cross Country
1st tandem 2008 X-Scotia 2008 - Teva Shoes - John Newton- sponsored by Teva
All pilots competing received T-shirts and other small prizes.
X-Scotia Pack weights more information ...
Just a bit of fun but I took the previously posted data on X-Scotia pilots and their pack weights and generated this - interesting ?.
X-Scotia - some recent things ... 12:30 11th May 08
4 Bob M No reports last seen in Killin boozing
5 John N In Lochearnhead heading for Ben Vorlich at 12:15
7 Paul M - on Tarmachan 1 hour ago
8 Helen G 2km 2 Killin heading North 3 hours ago.
10 Dave T Just landed North of Lix Toll
11 Adrian S - 579346 at 0917 this morning
13 Johan 590365 near Killin 9am
14 Dave H heading towards Killin at 9am 548310
25 Andy M at 10am at top of pipeline at Tarmachan
21 Scott R With Jitka - through Lochearnhead heading for Loch Vorlich
24 Peter W at 917am at 579346
28 Patrick A - heading for Ben More Hotel
30 Jitka P - 2 turnpoints done currently heading up Ben Vorlich
31 Ian W - with Paddy A also heading for the Ben More Hotel.
35 Gordon S - about to launch from lower down on the Tarmachan
Steve Nash - unofficially reached goal First
Paul Myerscough - " 2nd
Mark Leyland - " 3rd
Julian Robinson - equal 5th?
Nick Ogden - "
Mark Harrison, Chris Miles, Peter Shields, Billy Casson, Crawford Coulson
Some photos from X-Scotia 2008
Here are some of the photos that I have managed to upload very slowly of the first day of X-Scotia 2008 event. There will be lots more to come along with videos later.
|X-Scotia Paragliding Competition May 10th + 11th 2008|
X-Scotia status as at 10am Sunday 11th May 2008
06:25 Mark Leyland landed in the finishing field coming third. This was after having walked up Ben Vorlich during the night and flying down at first light. Luckily although unexpected he was spotted and the cameras caught the action - pictures soon...
Julian Robinson and Nick Ogden landed equal fourth - with lots of stories to tell- video to come.
Peter Shields and Billy Casson retired near the Killin Land Rover garage at 1:15am. Other retirements Mark Harrison, Crawford Coulson,
Loads of people staying in Killin at B+Bs.
Steve only just managed to get a flight in from the Tarmachan with what sounds like the very last chance before the weather closed in...
Paul it seems may have had the longest flight of the competition .. all to be confirmed with the GPS / picture data tomorrow...
10 May 2008
X-Scotia 2008 Status as at 9pm Saturday 10th May
Fist Steve Nash who is awesome - having completed all 3 turnpoints and he is expected to complete before midnight. This is an estimate after he just reported his position as just North of Killin a few minutes ago and he is still running ...
Second place - an interesting situation is becoming apparent between Julian Robinson and Nick Ogden - both have completed 2 turn points but in different directions. Julian having gone clockwise to Ben More / Tarmachan and Nick has gone anti-clockwise Tarmachan - Ben More and both have very similar distances to go and the final climb of Ben Vorlich - this will go down to the wire.....
Fourth contenders include - Paul Myrescough currently on Ben Vorlich having done Ben More.
John Newton - on Tarmachan, and a few others.....
Ladies - Both Jitka and Helen are about the same distance from the finish though both have followed completely different routes it will be very interesting to see how this pans out as well ...
Everyone else - well basically a lot of people near Killin with a few staying out on the hills overnight ...
Retirements - Matt Church, Mark Harrison, Crawford Coulson.
X-Scotia - 2008 The leadership contest as at 6pm 10th May
Clearly in the lead Steve Nash - first to round 2 turnpoints, and apparently a close race amongst Julian Robinson, Chris Myles, Mark Leyland and John Newton for the following places.
X-Scotia 2008 Who is carrying how much --kg
Early this morning prior to race start there was a fun competition to find glider weights for the participating paragliding pilots to the X-Scotia event. Here are the results of the pilots who agreed to be weighed and in no particular order ...
All up weight Kg / Without Paraglider / Paraglider + kit weight Kg / Name92.5 / 73.0 / 19.5 / Andy
106.5 / 82.5 / 24.0 / Paddy
112.0 / 87.5 / 24.5 / Gordon
106.5 / 82.5 / 24.0 / Ian Wall
109.5 / 84.0 / 25.5 / Peter
115.0 / 91.5 / 23.5 / Dave Hutchinson,
94.0 / 77.0 / 17.0 / Dave Thomson
114.0 / 99.5 / 14.5 / Julian Robinson
80.0 / 63.0 / 17.0 / Scott
96.5 / 81.5 / 15.0 / Paul M
92.5 / 72.0 / 20.5 / Jitka
82.0 / 64.0 / 18.0 / Johann
109.5 / 87.0 / 22.5 / Crawford
114.0 / 91.5 / 22.5 / John - 5
89.0 / 78.5 / 10.5 / Steve Nash
109.5 / 89.5 / 20.0 / Adrian Smith
101.576.5 / 25.0 / Matt Church
83.5 / 63.5 / 20.0 / Helen
X-Scotia 2008 Where are people now 2.15pm Saturday 10th May....
Pilot 1 Mark Leyland, 444197 at 11.55
3 Steve Nash 11.05 Balquidher Ben Vorlich achieved
4 Bob Mathews 13:10 Ben More
5 John Newton 11:05 Ben Stoibhienen?
7 Paul Midgely 11:35 Ben More
8 Helen Gant 12:45 Rounded Vorlich, Balquidher
9 Julian Robinson 12:00 430230
10 David Thomson 11:30 492232
11 Adrian Smith 10:39 454188
12 Mark Harrison 11:55 511230
13 Johan Kritzinger 13:05 585234
14 David Hutchinson 10:48 Kirkton Glen
15 Nick Ogden 13:45 Killin having rounded TP2 Tarmachan
16 Paul Myerscough 13:35 Leaving Ben More
21 Scott Rigg 12:27 Ben More
24 Pete Will 13:45 Cleared TP3
25 Andy McGregor 13:55 535298
26 Cris Miles 13:45 Killin Road,
28 Paddy Angier 11:50 Balquidder Braes
29 Peter Shields 12:45 Rounded TP3, Lochearnhead
30 Jitka Polechova 14:05 439210
31 Iain Wallace 13:30 534237
32 Billy Casson 12:45 Rounded Ben Vorlich now Lochearnhead
34 Crawford Coulson 13:45 Ben More
35 Gordon Smythe 12:45 Landed near Start/Finish having rounded TP3
36 Matt Church 13:10 494821
X-Scotia 2008 Status - tactics becoming apparent..
Tactics and routes are varying quite significantly ....
There have been a group who have headed West along the road towards Ben More and then headed North into the spurs of Ben More. And an equivalent group headed into the Balquidder Braes and then apparently planning to fly towards Ben More.
Another group has headed SE up Ben Vorlich and have flown down to near the start finish line again. Who are then splitting to either head West or Nortth to the other turn points.
1 person at least headed from the start straight North to Ptarmichan (Nick Ogden) and has now turned South West heading for Ben More having rounded turn point 1.
More soon ....
X-Scotia 2008 Race on... Status as at 1315 10th May
What has been happening at base whilst all the competitors are doing the hard stuff well...
Computing crises - especially wrt to GPS tracks from different types of machine and connectivity and Google Earth issues (This should be put into context as there was a relaxed breakfast earlier of course.
Lots more pilots reported their positions by radio or text message and even after looking out there glasses!....
X-Scotia text status as at 11am, 10th May 2008
Last night the pasta party was a huge success and the chance for everyone to start casing out the competition. Then the briefing from Steve Durkin, Cliff Smith and Dave Thomson (who summarised a very complicated weather situation very clearly and having already had the invidious task of choosing the weekend of the event must have felt some pressure..) hopefully you will soon be able to see the video of this. Most people went to bed fairly early in the tents or campervans based near the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre in preparation for an early start today.
Saturday morning 10th May- X-Scotia 2008 - race weigh in - Heaviest pack wins a prize - results for this fun bit of fun will be shown below asap.
Race start - at 07:30 this morning - different strategies apparent from the onset, most notable being Steve Nash who must win the lightest pack competition if there were one! with a running start. And just a few minutes ago he reported that he was above Balquidder and had just rounded the TP3 - the first reported TP rounding. Just 2 more to go!