Introduction

Clube de Voo Livre Vertical, is a free flight club that operates in the Serra da Estrela mountain range in Portugal. It is one of the oldest free flight clubs in Portugal and one of the initial members of FPVL, the Portuguese federation that regulates our sport.

Clube Vertical manages its own paragliding school which have enabled the growth of the sport locally and nationally.

Serra da Estrela is the main mountain ridge in Portugal and presents unique conditions for the practice of nature sports. Clube Vertical have been responsible, over the last 20 odd years, for its exploration and exploitation as an area for free flight, discovering new sites and negotiating with the local authorities and land owners for their usage and maintenance.

There is also a long tradition in competition, in particular in hosting them, with the first ever paragliding competition to be held in Portugal, being organized by Clube Vertical back in 1992 at Linhares da Beira.

Building on this heritage Clube Vertical has been hosting several competitions at Serra da Estrela, most of them international paragliding CAT 2 competitions, and its team has been supporting other clubs and venues to host their own competitions in other areas of Portugal.

But our home is Serra da Estrela, which is the region that has nurtured our passion for flying and the region to which we feel we need to give back.

So Clube Vertical have been providing services to the pilots on every flyable day in the area, such as transport to take-offs, retrievals on cross country flights, and technical advice. This way we aim to attract and promote the sites, sharing our skies and welcoming pilots to the local communities.

One of the most effective ways of promoting a site is to showcase it via a competition and we aim at international competitions because the pilot quorum in Portugal is not enough even to make CAT 2 competitions score their full weight in the CIVL rankings. We also believe that international competitions are a way to evolve our sport in the country by dipping in the wealth of experience some top pilots can bring.

With all this in mind we approached the BHPA Paragliding Competitions Panel, and we came to an agreement to host the second leg of the 2016 British Paragliding Championships, at Serra da Estrela, Manteigas - Portugal - from the 9th to the 16th of July 2016.

The British Paragliding Championships are an open competition sanctioned by FAI as Second Category event (CAT 2).

Clube Vertical will be providing the local logistics and technical support, we will not be handling any pilot registration. For more informations please visit the BHPA Paragliding Competitions Panel website.

Club address

Largo da Reboleira - Sameiro, Manteigas

N 40º 24' 43.98'' W 7º 28' 07.20'' 

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Managers

Paula Martins, Pedro Patrício and Fernando Pereira