March message from Lenny Baron – Meet Director
Hey everyone! It’s almost April, your hoops bracket is busted and your tax returns are done – right? It’s time get back in the air and begin to make plans for the 34th Annual Chelan Cross Country Classic and US National Open Distance Championships, June 28th to July 3rd.
First, a little background last fall I went to the CBCC annual meeting. There, we talked about ways to increase attendance for the upcoming 2015 Classic – our 2014 numbers were down. We decided to either make the meet better suited for fledgling X/C pilots by holding seminars and mentorship opportunities or we could make the meet better suited for the seasoned X/C veteran who wants to compete against the best pilots around. I’m elated to report that for this year we have decided to do BOTH!!!!
So here’s the lineup. Very awesome hang glider pilot, Paul Dees and equally awesome Paraglider pilot, Matty Senior have volunteered to organize events before the Classic (warm up weekend) and during the Classic (evenings and breakfast seminars) to get the juicy X/C information to all of the pilots who seek to improve their game – more details forthcoming. Meanwhile, totally awesome, Lori Lawson (meet organizer), and self-declared awesome, Lenny Baron (meet director) have been successful at getting this year’s meet to be not only USHPA sanctioned but also, because it was the only open distance meet in the US this year, we declared it to be the US Open Distance Championships. Points awarded at the meet will go towards national ranking points. So if that doesn’t draw in the top dogs in both paragliding and hang gliding, I don’t know what will. Lori has also been working to secure seminar venues and low cost camping/RV sites in town. She is also working to set up an organized way to coordinate rides up the hill and retrievals. In-town motels and Beebe Bridge camping ought to be easier this year, since we are the week before the 4th of July and not the week of the 4th.
Rules are more or less the same as last year but we’ve added the scoring required for the sanctioned Championships. Awesome score keeper, Aaron Rinn is coding up the scoring Al Gore Rhythms right now! We’ve had to eliminate some really bogus triangles (better described as slivers). Pilots will still chose their own tasks to get the most out of each day. Multiple glider classes available for both paras and hangs. The last day of the meet and the Friday night BBQ are on the 3rd of July. We’ll tally the scores and award trophies on that evening…then commence to party.
The preregistration window is OPEN!!!! Sorry, we had to jack up the entry fee a bit this year to cover the added sanctioning expenses/insurance. $110 until June 15, $120 regular registration thereafter. That includes: T-shirt, BBQ ticket, seminars, daily outhouse use, accurate scoring of your flights, camaraderie, and much, much more. Pilot early registration is available on the CBCC Website under Calendar of Events. More updates coming soon on the CBCC website, Facebook, Wall Street Journal (kidding), USHPA website and magazine.
I’m seeking volunteers:
launch directors, web site developer, scoring helper, safety focal, site preparation, BBQ organizers, Paragliding coordinator, registration, T-shirt design, etc.
– let me know if you’re willing to join in on the fun. E-mail at: