Air races soar over village

Hang gliders again graced the skies over the White Valley during the annual Lumby Air Races at Freedom Flight Park.

Hang gliders again graced the skies over the White Valley during the annual Lumby Air Races at Freedom Flight Park.

The event was held in conjunction with Lumby Days.

“The weather was not great for all days, however, Saturday was good and most of the competitors from Alberta, B.C. and the U.S. raced around the village’s 10- and 20-kilometre triangles,” said Randy Rauck, organizer.

“Some of the foot launched gliders were in the air for more than three hours on course. Hang glider and paraglider pilots launched from Coopers Launch overlooking Lumby. They all carry GPS navigation equipment to mark their scores and computers calculate the top speeds after the race is complete.”

Prize money was awarded in each category through the support of sponsors: Regional District of North Okanagan, the Lumby Days Society, Sheardown’s Super A Foods, Sun Dog Sun Glasses, Raven Aviation, Gilbert’s Auto Parts, the Blue Ox Pub, Irly Building Supplies, Northwing Design, Muller Kites and Deimos.

“Special thanks also to Area D representative Rick Fairbairn, who joined the 55 out-of-area visitors for dinner Saturday night, and Xanders catering for doing a fine job of feeding the hungry pilots,” said Rauck.

For more detail about the event, go to www.LumbyAirForce.com.

Winners Lumby Air Races 2011:

Hang Gliders Open Class

1st: Gary Braun, Seattle;

2nd: Rob Clarkson, Calgary;

3rd: Ian MacArthur, Kamloops

Hang Gliding Sports Class

1st: Ralph Herten, Vancouver;

2nd: Stewart Trowsdale, Vancouver;

3rd: Steve Parson, Vancouver Island

Paragliding Open Class

1st: Andrew Berkley, Vancouver;

2nd: Robin Sather, Abbotsford;

3rd: Claudio Mota, Victoria

Paragliding Sports Class

1st: Peter Spear, Burnaby;

2nd: Claudia Schwab, Burnaby;

3rd:  Bill Goglin, Williams Lake