In January 2018 nearly 70 pilots competed in the Forbes Flatlands HangGliding competition in Forbes NSW.
The weather was good and the competition was fierce. Many pilots flew for 10 days straight with flying happening every day of the 8 day comp and the 2 days of practise before the competition. One of the highlights was the setting and competition of the world's longest competition hang gliding task. In 2016 the competition set a competition world record distance of 368 km and in 2018 a new record was set with a distance of 388.8km and 16 pilots making the distance with 14 new personal bests amongst the pilots - great flying indeed.
There was a changing of the guard on the winners podium with young gun Rory Duncan taking out the honours by just one point from Jonny Durand followed by Josh woods in 3rd place.
Sasha Serbrennikova took out the womens division whilst in the sports class Peter Garrone took the honours followed by Leon Brown and Scott Ireland. Sasha Serbrennikova not only took out the womens division she also managed to break 3 world records including a new world record triangle and longest distance.
The overall competition unfortunately was saddened by the loss of Emma Martin, and the flying community were devastated but managed to pull together to fly on as Emma would have liked us to. We hope she was watching from the clouds above.
The competition was run amazingly well as always with Vicki Cain leading the charge with a huge list of volunteers who helped out. The NSWHPA, always keen to see more competitions were proud sponsors of the event and were happy to see some records being smashed at this amazing world-class event. For more information on the results head to https://www.forbesflatlands.com/results/results-2018
As I was one of the lucky competing pilots and one who made the new competition world record distance thanks to everyone and I hope you come and join us for next years competition.