4th European Canopy Piloting Championships & 8th World Cup of Canopy Piloting, Day 2

Thursday 27th August 2015

Follow these links for more information/coverage/results from the competition:

CSPA Facebook Live Results from this Competition

ThursdayArrived for 8.0 am start this morning to low cloud and swirling winds so on hold for 1 hour,  Follow the link to watch the great video created by Karine Provost for the opening ceremony:

Video from the Opening Ceremony

9.00 am

Martin Lemay does a trial jump to test the upper winds and general conditions - he stayed dry.   The Meet Director called a release until 2.00 p.m. - meanwhile a Competitors Meeting with the CP Committee members who are present was called for 9.30 am. 

A questionaire on several rules issues had been circulated to all competitors and the results would be presented at the meeting.  A long and very interesting meeting took place and gave the committee members present, Greg Windmiller, Ian Bobo, Marylou Laughlin, Philip Schorno and Bjorn Korth plenty of clearly defined wishes from the competitors - reached after quite detailed discussion.  Buzz reported on the results he had received from the questionnaire which had been handed out to all 76 competitors.  He had received 61 replies, which is a very good percentage.  The discussion started with the desire to allow future organisers to pick from a selection of possible events in their bid for future FCE's.  It seemed that the feeling from the floor was for more carved events, but they gave plenty for the committee to work on.Competitors meeting

They then moved to a long discussion regarding Marker Strikes and whether or not to reinstate the penalty as defined in the previous rules - and to what penalty should be applied.  Again this was a long but fruitful discussion.  There was agreement from all present to move to positive values only on the Accuracy course - and that the maximum wind speed for Zone Accuracy, from any direction, should be set at 5m/s.  There was also a total rejection by competitors of the proposed Gate 6 on the 70m distance course.

There was also a wish from all competitors to have the ability for competitors to request a video review - the committee will work on the parameters.  Finally, again after much discussion, no change to the weight table, but a request that more competitors be weighed, particularly those leading the competition.

The meeting lasted over 2 hours and managed to positively use some of the "released until 2.00" time.  At 2.00 the winds were still unsuitable for the competition to continue and everyone was "released" until 16.00 hrs when a final decision for the day will be made.  At least the sun has come out.


We almost got caught out by a sucker hole at 15.30 and hopes were raised that we would be able to jump finally today - but the rain clouds moved back in so we were all stood down for the day.  So - wheels off 7.30 tomorrow for round 1 of Zone Accuracy (if the conditions allow).Physiotherapists at work

NouveleAir think of everything - with time to spare the physios are in high demand.