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The American Cup FAI/CIVL Cat 1 Hang Gliding Continental Championships - Past and Future Events.

 
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:29 am    Post subject: The American Cup FAI/CIVL Cat 1 Hang Gliding Continental Championships - Past and Future Events. Reply with quote

The American Cup - Historical Research Project.
(Once completed, reference to "Historical Research Project" will be deleted, leaving this as the thread for upcoming events over the next few decades.)

Tracy Knauss of Chattanooga Tn USA created the Hang Gliding American Cup event and trophy.
See: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2006/2/20/80661/Chattanoogan-Multi-Facted-Tracy-Knauss.aspx
Tracy Knauss The Photo Doctor (423.629.5378) Email: tracy at ultralightflying dot com (Thanks goes out to michaelb51 for this!)

Tracy Knauss was famous as publisher of Glider Rider magazine (Predecessor to the USHPA Magazine.)
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_hang_gliding

The American Cup Trophy, resides in the UK, (in Gordon Rigg's house)
The British were the last "CIVL Cat 1" American Continentals Hang Gliding Championships National winning team.

The American Cup Rules include that the Winning National Team's National Association is to be the next event's Host Nation.

Obviously, I am posting this in the hopes that more American Continentals Cat 1 Hang Gliding Championships will result from this.

Thanks for this to Gordon Rigg. (Who promised an even better picture.)
-Who wants the information needed to put the plaques on the Trophy.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:32 am    Post subject: The American Cup Research Project Reply with quote

Four American Cup Hang Gliding Championships have been held in the Americas
- One was hosted at and at least

1978: Lookout Mt, Chattanooga Tn. Winning National Team:

1979: Lookout Mt, Chattanooga Tn. Winning National Team:

1980: Crystal Mt. & Lookout Mt, Chattanooga Tn.
Winning National Team: USA.

1986: Fairmont Hotsprings Ski Hill Launch, Invermere British Columbia Canada.
Winning National Team: Australia

? 1987: Tumut NSW Australia. Winning National Team: France
(The 1981 HPAC Newsletter, predecessor to the HPAC Air, is the only publication found on any of the American Cup Events.to date.)

? 1988 France. In Europe (in which France competed as the National Host Team.) Winning National Team: United Kingdom.

Stay tuned for updates here...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: The American Cup: Researching Sites at which to Host Future Events Reply with quote

As I said, the BHPA and http://bhgc.wikidot.com/ would therefore be the host of the next event.

I met with the owner of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and he confirmed interest in allowing us to host the event there again.
Note: the site is NOT open to free flying. The launch is only available for Major Competitions and Pre-Qualifier Events.
Contact info will be edited in here later. Stay tuned.

The Fairmont Airport (Columbia Airport Society) (also owned outright by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort) allows Hang Gliders to land there in Emergency Situations ONLY.
At the present time they are unwilling to negotiate access to the site as main LZ for any event there.

The Municipality of Canal Flats ± 15 Km south, has agreed to allow us to use their airport at any time for free flying and as goal for out and return Event Tasks that head south down the Columbia Valley Trench. - and include an invitation to camp / Park RV's there.

Fairmont Hot Springs Launch Site:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:35 am    Post subject: Post 1980 American Cup, Information + Part 1 and 2. Reply with quote

The 1980 American Cup - Crystal Mt. & Lookout Mt, Chattanooga Tennessee USA.

Tasks: Figure 8 Pilons, Reversing 360's, Spot Landings.

Winning National Team: USA.
The US & Brazilian teams all flew UP Comets, while all other national teams flew 1970's vintage Hang Gliders.
(Other than Canada's Randy Rauck who flew his prototype Topless ASG 23 and Willi Muller who switched to a UP Comet part way through.)

The Raven Aviation ASG 23 Topless Hang Glider



Organizational Team: Sean Dever (Meet Director) Stew MacDonald (Master of Ceremonies)

US Team: Brian Allen, Graham Hobson, ± Dave Ledford ?
UK Team: Bailey, Brian Milton (Coach)
France Team: Gerard Thevvenot, Rousset,
Brazilian Team:
Australian Team: Steve Moyes,
Canadian Team: Willi Muller, Lary Croome, Randy Rauck, Andrew Barber-Starkey, Howard Vandall, Lloyd Mathews, Michael Tremblay, Alex Sseeney (Coach) Lloyd Mathews (Alternate) Dwayne Barrett (Launch Assistant) Luc Boucher (Wind Dummy) Jan Cameron (Manager)

1980 American Cup HPAC Newsletter Article: Part 1

(The 1981 HPAC Newsletter, predecessor to the HPAC Air, is the only publication found to date.
My apologies for the image quality, but the HPAC Newsletter was printed on very poor paper to begin with, which is now old.
- The image has been Photo-Shopped to be best of my ability
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1980 American Cup Part 2

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:36 am    Post subject: 1980 American Cup Part 3 and 4 Reply with quote

1980 American Cup Part 3



1980 American Cup Part 4

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:37 am    Post subject: 1980 American Cup Part 5 and 6 Reply with quote

1980 American Cup Part 5



1980 American Cup Part 6

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: 1980 American Cup Part 7 and 8 Reply with quote

1980 American Cup Part 7



1980 American Cup Part 8

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 03:08 am    Post subject: 1986 American Cup, Inveremere BC. Reply with quote

The USHPA Hang Gliding Mrazine 1980 American Cup Article.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 07:47 pm    Post subject: wrong location Reply with quote

the American cup was held at Mount Swansea in invermere, not at Fairmont Hot Springs. you must be thinking of the 1984 BC provincial championship, which was held at the latter location. I was the alternate team member in the 1986 competition, so my memory is clear on this point.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 07:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Stewart! Corrected.

The USHGA Hang Gliding Magazine 1980 American Cup Article. Page 3.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 04:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 1979 American Cup.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 04:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1979 American Cup Page 3



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 04:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1979 American Cup Page 5



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 04:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1979 American Cup Page 7

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 05:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1986: Swansea Mt Launch, Invermere British Columbia Canada.
See info Here and Here: http://lakesideevent.com/history.html

Task Format: Cross Country Out and Return.
- One task was 95 Km out to Golden BC and 95 Km return. The longest XC Task ever in Hang Gliding at that time.

Event Management Team: Don Miller, Bob Wilson-Smith, Jeff Blake, Stu Cameron, Jan Cameron,

Sponsors: Coca-Cola,

Winning National Team: Australia

Australian Team: Steve Moyes, Danny Scott, Steve Blenkinsop, Rick Duncan, Neil Mersham, Ian Jarman
US Team: Jim Lee, Bruce Case, Rick Rawlings, Ken Brown, Lee Fisher, Mark Bennett
Canadian Team: Randy Haney, Jim Bamford, Stu Cameron, Ron Atknson, Don Miller, Rob Sinclair, Stewart Midwinter (Alternate)
Great Britain (UK) Team: John Pendry, Robert Calvert, Bruce Goldsmith, Colin Lark, Colin Graham, Jes Glynn, Austin Clifford
W. Germany Team: Bob Baier, Jesef Goggenmos, Ottfried Heimelt, Fraz Schueller, Ludwig Rauch, Ernst Schneider
Brazilian Team: Paulo Coelho, Lutz Couto, Beto Schmitz, Geraldo Nobre, Pedro Guimares, Formiga Mores, Haakon Lorentzen

A Print was given as a prize to each member of the Winning Team. Thanks for this goes to Steve Blenkinsop



1986 American Cup Points (The only written record we can find to date.)

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