84 pilots enjoyed 4 challenging tasks set from Beechmont, Mt Tamborine and Flying Fox last week.
Not unlike the Hangy comp earlier, the weather gods were adamant in creating some challenges for the Organisers and competitors alike.
Nonetheless, Canungra provided it's visiting pilots with a spectacularly green landscape with modest thermalling conditions compared to those normally seen during this time of year.
Briefly, our local pilots shone in the results.
Jan Tupy won overall, whilst Peter Slade (3) and Matts Elliason (6) managed to squeeze into the top 10 in a very high quality field.
In Sports class, Andrew Horchner (1) and Matt Minnie (2) finished well ahead of their rivals.
The usual burglars in Fun class Jerry Furnell (1), Geoff Sexton (2) and Martin Havel (3) showed the newbies you don't need the hottest glider to perform well.
Kate Baker had a solid last task to finish on top of the six women flying in this years Cup.
Unfortunately the Cup wasn't without it's share of incidents. One pilot landed in trees on the QLD/NSW border near Woodenbong. An overnight stay in dense bushland gave them plenty of time to contemplate their less than optimal margin for glide out to safe landing areas. Two pilots threw their reserves close to the Tamborine launch, of which one was an accidental deployment when retrieving an instrument on a lanyard. Another pilot was forced to throw their reserve after the lines of the paraglider got caught on a helmet camera after it collapsed. This almost turned to tragedy as the pilot was initially unable to reach their reserve handle due to the line entanglement. None of the Pilots sustained any injuries.
All in all, the Cup was another great success. Another huge effort by the myriad of CHGC members led by Dave Gibbs ensured the Canungra Cup remains one of the countries most popular competitions. Thanks to all involved.
Comp scores and tracklogs can be found here.
Canungra Cup 2017 Registration (opens 22nd May 2017) Airtribune21st to 28th October 2017
PLEASE take note, this year  we will have a priority entry system for Australian pilots. Rego will open 22/5. The top 50 Australian from the previous season will be invited to pay and be confirmed for the comp. the top 50 Aussie pilots have until the 3rd of July to pay in order to confirm there place, after this the remaining places are open to all other pilots where payment guarantees there place provided they placed within the 80 places available. 5 wild cards will also be available.
The Competition has an early bird Entry Fee of AU$430 until the 20th September. After the 20th September the Fee increases to AU$480 The fee for CHGC members is AU$ 400 and AU$ 450 after the early bird date. No refunds will be available after the 20th of September.
All Transaction Fees must be paid with any outstanding fees finalised on Comp Registration night.
Payment details will be informed to registered pilots by email.
The entry fee includes
• Lifts up to the hill for the 8 days of the event
• Retrieves for the 8 days of the event
• Brisbane Airport transfers (Arrival Friday and drop off Sunday)
• Please note: at this stage Brisbane Airport service only but we will endeavor to set up a Gold coast airport service also, TBA
• Excursions organised on non-flying days
• Site fees, $30 for 2 weeks.
• Pilot pack, (official comp souvenir),
• Day prizes,
• Presentation dinner
HGFA - MEMBERSHIP All pilots must be members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia for the duration of the event. Please check your membership status BEFORE leaving home. Overseas visiting pilots to Australia will need to obtain a Visiting Pilot Membership
Visiting pilots have the option of taking out either a full HGFA membership or Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM). The min VPM is 2 months $ 95 . HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership Form HGFA Waiver Form
Please read the following Waiver Information & General Information if you are a visiting Pilot.
All pilots must hold IPPI PARA PRO 4 rating, or the minimum of an (HGFA) Intermediate or PG 3 Paragliding rating with at least 50 hours of inland flying experience. Spring in SE Queensland can produce demanding flying conditions which may be unsuitable for inexperienced pilots. EN A gliders are also not acceptable for this event.
Canungra Cup 2017 Registration Airtribune