Thanks for your support in the first two weeks of
We currently have 137 pilots who have signed up for the
three events and 107 pilots who have confirmed their attendance with a payment.
The Open race is still accepting applications but no confirmation payments are allowed for U.S. pilots as we are required to hold slots open for foreign pilots till June 1. Canadian and foreign pilots still have slots available to confirm. I’ll send an update as the status changes.
Still plenty of openings in the Sprint Race and SuperClinic .
I think I may need to order a larger tent for HQ.
Only a few days to go till registration opens…
The Open Race has 80 slots available and is sanctioned by USHPA as part of the U.S. Championship series. So you can expect to be flying with some of the top pilots in the U.S. The Open race also sanctioned by FAI with 20 of the 80 total slots reserved for foreign pilots until two weeks before the event. So you may not want to delay registering and confirming you spot with a payment.
The Sprint Race has 80 slots available. The tasks are a bit shorter in this race but this fun competition can be intense at times with lots of experienced pilots flying wings with similar performance. Its a great way to learn racing in a bit less demanding environment than the Open Race
The SuperClinic has 20 slots available with world class instruction from Kari Castle and Ken Hudonjorgensen. Pilots in this clinic flying in this event can often get more airtime than those flying in the race events while improving their thermalling and XC skills.
Something new this year will be Applegate Open Demo Days scheduled for June 12-14. Running for three days ahead of the Applegate Open it will give pilots a chance to get some hands on experience with a large number of products. As I write this we are expecting at least 6 exhibitors with the following brands represented: Ozone, Gin, Advance, UP, Niviuk, Nova, Phi, Level, Flow, Kortel, Woody Valley, Flymaster, and High Adventure. More to come with updates on the website.
The Competition Committee at USHPA has approved our application for 2019. So mark you calendars for June 15-22.
Registration opens February 2, 2019
Registration fees are lower this year for the Open and Sprint Races:
-$495 for Open and Sprint race pilots (includes club membership)
-$695 for SuperClinic pilots (includes club membership)
-Returning pilots from the 2018 event are eligible for a $50 discount coupon.
We are also planning a trade fair and a chance to demo gliders and other equipment ahead of the competition. More on that later as the plans develop.
Thanks to all who participated in 2018. it was a great first year.
We’re looking forward to making 2019 even better.
Mark your calendars for our tentative 2019 date June 15-22.
2018 Event Organizer
Rogue Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding
When the organizers of the Rat Race announced that 2017 would be their last year producing the competition, a group of local Rogue Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding (RVHPA) pilots got together to look at the feasibility of continuing the event. We knew it was going to be a huge undertaking, but with the outpouring of support from the international paragliding community and the local Applegate community, we have been inspired to create a new competition that will not only uphold the high standards set by the Rat Race but also bring new life to the event as a whole.
We feel very fortunate that nearly all of the key team members who made the events at Woodrat a success over the past 15 years have been recruited and will be collaborating with us on the very first Applegate Open.
This being the first year the local club will produce the competition, there are many start-up expenses and investments that need to be made in order to make this an outstanding competition that we can all enjoy for years to come. We plan on opening the books and sharing our expenses with everyone who has entered and hopefully we can cut expenses and registration fees more in succeeding years.
We are happy to announce that LongSword Vineyard has agreed to host the new competition headquarters. As the primary landing zone and longtime supporter of the local paragliding community, we feel this collaboration is a natural evolution of our existing relationship and will provide a fantastic overall experience for everyone involved.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to our valley.
Rogue Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
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