Sports-Class Racing Series
It’s high time the successes of sports class pilots are celebrated in equal measure to those flying EN-D and CCC wings. And the Sports-Class Racing Series is here to do just that. Each year, we will crown a Sports Class Champion through four highly competitive events.
So what is it?
The Sports-Class Racing Series (SRS) is being organised by a group of pilots led by Brett Janaway. It is aimed at all competitive sports pilots flying apart from the EN-D and CCC classes. Our idea for a racing series has been in discussion for around 10 years. In fact, I remember the first discussions in August 2013, after we ran the first Gin Wide Open in Italy. But with the birth of 2-liner EN-Cs, the time is now right. Of course, you don’t have to fly a 2-liner EN-C. All pilots flying all kinds of EN-A, EN-B and EN-C certified wings can apply to enter and race.
Who is behind the SRS series?
The series is partnering with some of the leading names in the sport. These include Airtribune, Cross Country Magazine, Ozone, Naviter, Gin Gliders, Skywalk, BGD gliders, Flymaster and many more. With these partners, the SRS can ensure access to technologies, knowledge, support and development to remain at the forefront of paragliding racing.
In addition, we have some strong team members behind the administration and organisation of the series. These include:
Brett has been organising competitions and events since 2001. In the last 10 years, he has organised over 50 paragliding events. Brett is the owner of Airtribune and FlyEvent, a service which has a fleet of nearly 1,000 trackers that are rented to paragliding events worldwide. Brett will be focussing his efforts on technologies, scoring and tracking, as well as steering the development of the SRS in the early years.
Charles is the current chairman of the British Competitions Paragliding Committee. Charles will be focussed on media development with an ambition to bring the sport to a whole new platform in the general media.
Joerg is the creator of the FScomp scoring software, and more recently of the TBS (Time Based Scoring) system. He is going to assist our team to further develop scoring to suit the objectives of the SRS series.
Andy is passionate about safety in competitions. A regular competitor himself, he has accepted the role of ensuring we take this aspect of competitions to a new level!
Nicole has been World Champion, PWCA champion and test pilot for several brands and certification houses. Nicole has a wealth of experience around competitions and her guidance will be invaluable.
Magdalena has been organising the administration of events for over 5 years. With her input we can expect a smooth registration system for all.
Chris was the backbone behind the PWCA series for many years. He has now taken on the role for the SRS series, and will be developing some great systems to manage memberships and a ranking system for us.
This is just some of the people assisting in the background. But we are always looking for more assistance. If you feel you would like to get involved then do contact us.