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British Open Competition 2015 - Mersea Island

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Just to re-remind all of you that this year things are a little different to encourage more participants at all levels. Comps can be a lot of fun, and make you a better pilot.

My first comp was in 2006 as a complete newbie. I went on to join the British Team, learned absolutely loads and helped bring home Silver and Bronze medals. It made me a better pilot and I never looked back.

This year among the sponsors is our very own "Paramotor Club" so it would be fantastic to see many of you come along.

So back to this year....here is an excerpt from the PPGCOMPS website, more info on http://www.ppgcomps.co.uk/index.php/201 ... nd-details

When and where?

30 May to 3 June 2015 in West Mersea, Essex, CO5 8SP, home to the Footflight Paramotors flying school.

A new format for 2015?

- There will only be one event, the 2015 British Open, with no other minor League events.

- It will be a 5-day event, starting on Saturday 30 May 2015, with the Wednesday as a reserve day in the event of bad weather, and for British Team training and selection.

- The first briefing with be early morning on the Saturday.

- There will be two distinct groups: the Open group and the Discovery group.

- The Open group is the normal group as we have now, UK pilots and foreign guests trying to win the Open trophy, and with the British National title being awarded to the highest placed UK pilot.

- The new Discovery group is for people who may want to have a go at competing without feeling pressured or intimidated in any way.

- No overall scoring for this new Discovery group that anyone can join at any time throughout the event. Separate easy tasks. GPS allowed. No 6am start. Several tasks will be ready made that can be briefed as required and flown any time throughout the event.

- Anyone with insurance can participate and join the Discovery group at anytime throughout the event.

- There will be a different Task director(s) for the Discovery Group.

- British Team pilots will be on hand to give lectures on various topics, especially when not flyable. Constructive debriefings from task winners in the Open group will also be encouraged.

- Free flying will be accommodated as much as possible at the Open, and hopefully most people would join the fun in the Discovery Group.

- Camping on-site with usual facilities and comprehensive catering options

Why the new format?

- The Committee is keen to increase participation following several years of declining numbers.

- We are hoping that the Discovery Group will be more like a Rally or a Fly-in, with a very relaxed ambiance with a view to be more inclusive and hassle-free.

- The advantage of running the two groups in parallel is to offer a great spectacle for all, with some of the world's best pilots coming over to fight for the Open trophy in the area where the next World Championship will take place, in August 2016.

- The best way to recruit talent at grass root level is to encourage British Team members to give something back, through lectures, debriefing and practical sessions.

- With more numbers expected to participate, more traders will be attracted to come and exhibit their products, especially as we are very keen to allow free flying.

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