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Rules Bordairline

1. About Bordairrace

Bordairrace is a competition for paragliders who like the combination of hiking and distance flying. With permission of the organizers of the former Crossalps competition we use their rules and parts of their records – THANK YOU!

During the competition the athletes decide where to go, when to take off and where to land. Each pilot is responsible for his own decisions and for his own safety. It makes this competition suitable for a broad range of athletes from hobby pilots to professional pilots. However, proficiency in mountaineering and in flying in various conditions, including strong conditions, is required.

2. The task

... is to get away as far as possible from the starting point and choose your own personal turning point, and from there make it back to the starting point within 33 hrs from the start. Each athlete decides for him/herself about the route and turning point (according to wind, weather, mood and toughness).

During the competition it is not allowed to use any other means of transport! Each pilot may only hike carrying at least his minimum flying equipment, or fly. When not flying, the equipment must always be carried by the pilot. A pilot may be supported by one or two supporters. They may use any kind of transportation and may provide the pilot with food, drinks, extra clothes, etc. But supporters may not carry (parts of) his/her minimum flying equipment.

3. Evaluation

The validated distance covered by an athlete is the straight distance measured on the map from the starting point to the turning point (furthest point away from the start) and back to the point where pilot was at the second day of the competition at 17:00 hrs. (preferably the finish).

Minimum distance: in order for the track to be validated, the turning point must be at least 15 km (as the crow flies) away from the starting point.

Furthermore, at least 20 % of the total distance must be covered by flying! If an athlete flew less than 20 % of the total distance, hiking distance will be subtracted from the total distance covered, until 20 % of the flying distance is reached (see schedule in German text). But an exception to this 20 % rule is possible. In order to guarantee the safety of the athletes the organization of Bordairrace has the right to cancel the 20% flight rule when weather forecasts are unfavourable. This will be announced during the final briefing before the start at the latest and shall only be done if suitable flying conditions cannot be expected for either race day. In this case, a lower percentage will be adopted, most likely 10%, or even 5%.

If a pilot fails to reach the finish and does not make it back within the 33 hours, the remaining distance to the finish (as the crow flies) will be subtracted from the total distance he covered.

Returning to the finish in time pays off: the competitor will be given a bonus of 20% of the total distance he covered if he/she returns timely. Therefore, it is important that any athlete chooses his turning point accurately!

Any pilot who does not make it back to the finish in time, still has to make sure to hand-over his/her logging-equipment to the race director before 18:30 o’clock at the finish, otherwise his/her track cannot be evaluated in time and he/she will be excluded from the results.

Evaluation examples

Athlete #1 flies to XY (16 km from the start), hikes back to the finish (starting point) and reaches the finish before the end of the task. So his flying part is >20% . Result:(16 km+16 km -/- 0 km) + 20% bonus = 38,4 km.

Athlete #2 lays his turning point at YZ (39 km from start) and makes it back in time. Flying part also >20% . Result: (39 km+39 km -/- 0 km) + 20% bonus = 93,6 km

Athlete #3 also lays his turning point at YZ (39 km away), but does not make it back in time. At 17:00 o’clock on the second day the athlete is still 4 km away from the finish. Flying part >20% . Result: (39 km + 39 km -/- 4 km) + 0% = 74 km

Athlete #4 also lays his turning point at YZ (39 km away) and makes it back in time to the finish, but flew only 12 km. Therefore his flying percentage is less than 20%. Now this athlete’s track will be reduced to (12 km x 5) = 60 km. Since he reached goal, he will get a bonus of 20%, which makes a Result of (12 km x 5) = 60 km + 20% = 72 km.

Athlete #5 lays his turning point at ZX (51 km away) but does not make it back in time. In this case he was 10 km short of the finish. Flying part >20% Result: (51 km+51 km -/- 10 km)+ 0% = 92 km.

In the end, athlete #2 will be victorious, although pilot #5 covered more ground.

In any year when less than 4 competitions are being held, there is no strike result for the overall evaluation.

4. Documentation of the track

The track will be documented via a GPS logger that will be provided by the Bordairrace organization. However, we recommend all pilots to use their own GPS with altitude tracking as a backup during the full duration of the competition. In that case, the athlete must ensure that his/her GPS has the capacity to record for 33 hrs, at a minimum track interval of one trackpoint per minute, e.g. 60 points/hour x 33 hours = 1980 track points total.

Recording gaps >5 min are validated as non-flying distance and must be explained plausibly. The turning point must be recorded! Connection cable and driver unit for back-up devices must be brought along by the athletes for tracklog analysis!

5. Cancellation of competition

The competition can be cancelled in advance by the race director only, after consulting the organizers of Bordairrace, in case weather forecasts or other circumstances don’t allow a safe competition. Cancellation will be announced on the website www.bordairline.com 48 hours before the first briefing planned.

During the competition, the race can be stopped by the race director only, in case weather conditions or other circumstances don’t allow a safe competition any more. Cancellation will be announced immediately to all athletes per SMS on their mobile phones.

6. Safety

Only pilots who are in the possession of the required licenses & the necessary equipment and who are properly insured may participate.

It is highly recommended that all pilots have completed a wing control/SIV course.

Each athlete must carry a working and always switched-on mobile phone. In the evening of the first day of the competition, each athlete must announce his/her current position and further plans to the race director between 20:00 and 21:00 o’clock.

On the second day, each athlete who has not made it to the finish until 17:00 o’clock must announce to the retrieval coordinator his/her position until 17:30 at the latest. The telephone number of the retrieval coordinator and the race director will be announced during the briefing. In case of need, every athlete will be notified per SMS.

Those athletes who violate the law, those who disregard flying rules for paragliding or competition rules, fly before sunrise or after sunset, commit air space violations or otherwise present bad sportsmanship, will be disqualified. If a third party suffers from such a violation, the pilot will be called to account.

7. Equipment

The equipment of the athletes must comply to the legal requirements of the country (EN, LTF or DHV) where the competition takes place.

When hiking, each athlete must always carry his/her minimum flying equipment consisting of a certified paraglider, harness with certified protector, helmet, certified emergency parachute, 3D GPS and switched on mobile phone. Participants are only allowed to change any equipment in case of damage. The organiser must be informed about such a change. Any athlete who fails to comply with the rules will be disqualified and banned from bordairrace for the whole season

8. Admission

Athletes are admitted from the age of 18. Qualified pilots aged under 18 are allowed to compete, provided they are supervised by a parent/legal guardian. The identity of a pilot will be proved by an identification document issued by or on behalf of the government of the pilot’s country or country of residence according to FAI Section 7 rules.

All participating pilots must hold an International license with IPPI card level 4 or 5.

The number of athletes is limited to 60 or 70, according to the sequence of registration (a tandem counts as a single registration).

In the participation fee of € 47,-- an information package, a T-shirt, and retrieval service within 20 km from the starting point is included. In case of cancellation by the organisation all registered pilots be refunded within two weeks.

The general bank account is:

Veranstaltungsteam Bordairrace Raiffeisenbank Weiz-Anger, Austria

IBAN: AT77 3818 70000015 0219 BIC: RZSTAT2G187

The online registration mask will be provided on the official Bordairrace homepage, as from 30 days before the race. Pilot entries will be ranked according to the moment of payment. This ranking will be decisive for the order in which pilots will be admitted to the competition – apart from “wild cards” issued bij the Bordairrace organisation.

9. Insurance

All participating pilots must have a valid medical health care insurance (covering all hospital expenses, rescue and repatriation), including:
Proof in English or German of third party liability insurance (Euro 750k minimum)
Proof in English or German of medical evacuation and repatriation.

A statement from your insurance company in English or German must be shown at registration, proving that you have met the insurance requirements. Pilots who do not present a valid insurance document at registration will not be allowed to compete.

10. Awards

The prizes for the winners depend on the number of pilots competing:

20 athletes or less:             1st prize: € 150, 2nd prize: € 100, 3rd prize: € 50.

21-40 athletes:                   1st prize: € 200, 2nd prize: € 150, 3rd prize: € 100.

41 or more athletes:          1st prize: € 250, 2nd prize: € 200, 3rd prize: € 150.

The three prize winners also receive trophies, as does the winner of the ladies competition, and material prizes will be raffled among all athletes.

The winner of the overall standings receives a challenge cup for 1 year. Each year, special prizes will be awarded for:

Bordairrace athlete of the year

supporter of the year

rookie of the year for those those who never scored in the top 10

An independent jury will decide the winners. In addition to their performance athletes and supporters will be judged on their team spirit, support to other athletes and creativity.

11. Retrieval

If required, each athlete can claim the retrieval service within a radius of approx. 20 km from the finish. These athletes must announce their position to the retrieval coordinator at the second day of competition by 17:30 o’clock at the latest.

12. Protests

Protests must be submitted 30 minutes after the announcement of the results at the latest. The jury will decide if the protest is applicable.

13. Time table

Evening before competition

18:00-19:00 Registration

19:00-20:00 Briefing

1st day of competition

06:30-07:30 Distribution of loggers to pilots

07:45 Final weather briefing

08:00 Start

20:00-21:00 Athletes report their current positions to the race director

2nd day of competition

17:00 Finish closed - game over

17:00-17:30 Athletes still under way report their position to the retrieval coordinator

18:00 Latest submitting of GPS data, otherwise no valuation of the athlete’s track

19:00 (Approx.) Award ceremony and party.

14. Ranking

1st place 100 points

2nd place 90 points

3rd place 80 points

4th place 75 points

5th place 70 points

6th place 65 points

7th place 60 points

8th place 56 points

9th place 52 points

10th place 48 points

11th place 44 points

12th place 41 points

13th place 38 points

14th place 35 points

15th place 32 points

16th place 30 points

17th place 28 points

18th place 26 points

19th place 24 points

20th place 22 points

21st place 20 points

22nd place 18 points

23rd place 16 points

24th place 14points

25th place 12 points

26th place 10 points

27th place 8 points

28th place 6 points

29th place 4 points

30th place 2 points

From the 31st place 1 point.