For five days in early February the sky around the mountain town of Bright in country Victoria was filled with 80 paraglider pilots competing in the annual Bright Open. This is a cross-country competition in which pilots race around a course which is chosen on the day to suit the weather conditions. This year the tasks ranged in distance from 70km to 97km.
If you want some sense of what the racing was like, check out the Ayvri ‘Horse Races’ that Wally Arcidiacono puts together from everyone’s tracklogs:
Here are some tips for watching the horse races on Ayvri:
A particular highlight this year was Task 5, which was a 97km triangle, finishing up close to where we started. Amazingly, one and only one pilot, Brett Robinson, got to goal, and he was flying an EN-C glider (sports class, not a high-performance competition wing).
The overall results can be seen on airScore.