Terms & Conditions 2016

The Estrela XC Challenge is a paragliding cross country challenge based out of Serra de Estrela (Manteigas) open to all pilots, with prize money awards for the best flights.

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Terms and Conditions

Promoters and Objectives

Clube Vertical, supported by the Mayory of Manteigas, launches and supports the Estrela XC Challenge, a paragliding cross country challenge which aims at promoting and increasing the free flight potential of the Serra de Estrela (Manteigas) region. 

Several prize money awards will be given to the pilots who make the best flights across different wing categories (see Standings). 


The Estrela XC Challenge will run from the 7th of May to the 30th of October, 2016. 

The award ceremony will take place at the beginning of next season (date and venue to be announced). 

Participation Conditions

The Estrela XC Challenge is open to all licenced pilots covered by a valid and suitable insurance policy. 

Every pilot who participates in the Estrela XC Challenge:

  • is responsible for the decision to fly, for his/her flights and for the assessment of the aerological and orographic conditions;
  • should be available to attend the award ceremony and press requests;
  • must register at Clube Vertical's website: www.clubevertical.org.

Proof of Flights

Every flight must be claimed on XContest: www.xcontest.org

Only flights from the municipality of Manteigas are valid; 

The type of flight and corresponding score are validated and awarded by XContest (see rules here: www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/); 

Flights made in a competition context are not valid. 

Wing Categories

There are five wing categories:

  • Standard (homologation EN A or B);
  • Sport (homologation EN C);
  • Expert (homologation EN D or CCC);
  • Standard tandem (homologation EN A or B);
  • Sport tandem (homologation EN C).


The standings are obtained based on XContest's scoring (www.xcontest.org); 

There will be two types of standings: i) ongoing and ii) season: 

     i) Ongoing Standings

     Within each wing category, each pilot that beats the best current XContest score receives a retrieval voucher of up to 100Km, a takeoff lift card or another prize in the same price range. 

     Initial XContest scores:

     Note: in the sport category, for example, 150pts may correspond to a distance of 150km between a start-point and end-point with up to three turn-points, or a FAI triangle of approximately 150/1.4=107km or a flat triangle of 150/1.2=125km. 

     These prizes are noncumulative, except one mono category with one tandem category. 

     ii) Season Standings

  • Best flight in each wing category. Criterion: biggest XContest score
    • Standard category: 200€;
    • Sport category: 200€;
    • Expert category: 200€;
    • Standard tandem category: 150€;
    • Sport tandem category: 150€.
  •      These prizes are noncumulative, except except one mono category with one tandem category.. 
  • Notable achievements. Criterion: longest free distance between the two farthest points (without intermediate turn points)
    • 300km achievement: 300€;
    • 350km achievement: 600€;
    • 400km achievement: 900€.
  •      These prizes are noncumulative. Only one of these prizes will be awarded. 
  • European FAI record (current record: 429 km): 2000€.

     The prizes of the season standings are noncumulative between them. 

Results Contestation

A pilot who wishes to contest the standings should contact Clube Vertical ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); 

For such cases a juri will be designated, whose decisions are irrevocable. 

Lifts to Takeoff and Retrievals

Depending on staff and vehicle availability, lifts to takeoff and retrievals can be arranged under prior reservation, according to the current rates:

    • Lifts to takeoff
    • The price for a takeoff lift card with 6 credits is 15€ (associates) or 20€ (non associates). The lifts to Vale de Amoreira and Azinha takeoffs cost 1 and 2 credits, respectively. 
    • Retrievals
    • The following table contains the prices (in €) per pilot, according to the van's occupancy and the distance to takeoff: 
number of pilots \ distance to takeoff up to 30Km 31 to 70Km 71 to 100Km 101 to 150Km 151 to 200Km 201 to 250Km 251Km or more
1 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
2 15 23 30 38 45 53 60
3 13 19 25 31 38 44 50
4 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5 8 12 16 20 24 28 32
6 7 10 13 17 20 23 27
7 6 9 11 14 17 20 23
8 5 8 10 13 15 18 20

Remark : The prices indicated above envisage to support longer distance flights and are only possible due to Miguel Ferrand's volunteering work and the Mayory of Manteigas support.

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Club address

Largo da Reboleira - Sameiro, Manteigas

N 40º 24' 43.98'' W 7º 28' 07.20'' 

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Paula Martins, Pedro Patrício and Fernando Pereira