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Krushevo has already gained popularity as a venue for many paragliding events and this year it has been again selected for the first stage of Ukrainian Open and Russian cup. It will be held in this Macedonian town from July 1st till July 6th without reserve days.

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Flying site

Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”.

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How to get here

The nearest international airport is at Skopje.

Event info

Krushevo has already gained popularity as a venue for many paragliding events and this year it has been again selected for the first stage of Ukrainian Open and Russian cup. It will be held in this Macedonian town from July 1st till July 6th without reserve days. A small and beautiful country nestled in the southeast of Europe, Macedonia offers its visitors a unique blend of natural wonders, traditions and cultures as well as a long tradition of unrivalled hospitality.
Macedonia is also a warm and welcoming modern-day republic, though its name may evoke images of ancient, great civilizations and exotic adventures. Their cuisine, their love of music, dance and general merrymaking, makes the guests always feel at home. Combining these qualities with the country’s dramatic landscape – its mountains and canyons, its deep lakes and rivers, one may say that Macedonia has something for everyone.
Macedonia is a predominantly mountainous country. The average altitude of the terrain is 850 meters. Highest peak is Golem Korabin Western Macedonia 2764m ASL. About 80% of the country consists of hills and mountains. Lucky them!
Krushevo is a town where the past lives simultaneously with the present. One of the unique features of Krushevo are its narrow streets paved with stone and cobblestone, and architecture dominated by stone, wood and “Krushevo blue” facades. Mentioned in documents from the 15th century, Krushevo is a living museum, famous for its traditional architecture, cultural sites, and legacy as the site of the great 1903 Ilinden uprising against Ottoman domination.
Krushevo is the highest town in Macedonia, in summer, it is a popular centre for paragliding pilots, while for the less daring there are attractive walks in the famous Krushevo “korya” (grove). In winter, Krushevo is an excellent destination for Nordic skiing.

Flying site

Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”. Main takeoff places are East and West starts. Very comfortable even for beginners they also enjoy excellent (in mountain terms) roads connections.
East Start 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east - northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the paraglider out from the car, it is already on the place where it should be open. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead.
All kind of different cross-country flights can be made from East start. Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is quite difficult because in "normal" summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
West Start 1440m ASL
It's a secondary smaller take off place facing west - southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch.
The same cross-country flights can be done from here. Landing fields under this launch are smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy. This launch can also be used for beginners so landings should suit competition pilots too!

Selection and entry fee

The number of participants is limited to 150 pilots

Entry fee
130 Euro - if paid before May 15, 2013
150 Euro - if paid after May 15, 2013
160 Euro - if paid on hte day of competition at HQ.

Bank transfer for foreign pilots
Beneficiary: Oleksandr Perevalov
Beneficiary Bank: Deutsche Bank BLZ 64070024
Account number: 0211540 00
IBAN DE45640700240021154000

Please do send payment confirmation to the e-mail: near_birds@ukr.net

Registration validation:
The registration is only valid once the organization has received the registration fee.

Cancellation of registration
The registration may be cancelled by the pilot, and the registration fee minus banktransfer fees returned, up until two weeks prior to the event. After this deadline the registration fee will only be returned providing another pilot from the waiting list is found to fill the vacant space.

Pilot's documents and eqiupment required during on site registration:
Valid FAI sporting license
Pilot Registration Form
Signed Release of Liability Document - valid CIVL number
Medical insurance covering paragliding (proof will be checked at competition registration)
Third party liability insurance covering paragliding (proof will be checked at competition registration)
Satisfactory evidence of glider airworthiness according to Section 7B
Radio 2m ( few radios are available for rent from organizers)
Entry fee payment

Prize fund and scoring categories

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4rd and 5rd ranked - OPEN Class BEP, Afnor - Competition
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Serial Class: DHV 2-3, EN D
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Sport Class: DHV1 ,1-2, 2, EN A, B, C, Afnor - Standard, Performance
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Woman Overall in the competition (min 7 women)
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Team in the competition
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Ukrainian pilot in the Ukrainian Championship
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Ukrainian woman in the Ukrainian Championship (min 6 women)
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Russian pilot in the Russian Championship
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Russian woman in the Russian Championship (min 6 women)

General schedule

Monday, 01 Jul, 2013
Registration and training day
09:00 - 19:30 Official Registration
19:00 - 20:00 Safety Briefing
starts 20:00 Opening ceremony,

Tuesday, 02 July - Saturday, 06 July, 2013
Competition flying days

Saturday, 06 July, 2013
Prizegiving and Closing ceremony

Daily schedule

08:00 - Headquarter opens
09:30 - Briefing
10:30 - Transportation to Take-off
11:30 - Pilots' briefing
12:30 - Take-off window opens
16:00 - Scoring office opens
18:30- Safelanding report deadline
21:30 - Provisional results announcement
09:00 - Next day – official results announcement

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

HQ locating in Hotel "Montana"

Citizens of EU, Russia and Ukraine do not need visas. Others can get visa invitations from the organizers.

FYR Macedonia, Krushevo, hotel Montana
Krushevo MK


International airports in Skopje and Ohrid connects Macedonia with several major European cities. Close regional airports in Belgrade, Sofia and Thessaloniki can also be used, as they are all within a few hours' drive from Macedonia.

Low cost airlines flying to Macedonia
TurkishAirlines http://www.turkishairlines.com - Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, China, Korea, Norway, France, CzechRepublic, SouthAfrica, Japan, UnitedStates,Ukraine.
SWISS http://www.swiss.com - Denmark, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, Norway, Poland, France, CzechRepublic, Japan, SouthAfrica, UnitedStates
WizzAir, WizzAirUkraine http://wizzair.com/ - Great Britain, Italy
Air Berlin http://www.airberlin.com, TUIfly http://www.tuifly.com/de/index.html - Germany, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, UnitedStates
Pegasus http://www.flypgs.com - Denmark,Israel,Ukraine
CroatiaAirlines http://www.croatiaairlines.com -Netherlands, France, Croatia
Adria http://www.adria.si/ - Slovenia


A number of bus lines connect Macedonia with all neighbouring countries and other European cities. Buses are frequent, and offer relatively inexpensive fares and professional service. Usually they depart from Skopje bus station.
Travelling on public inter-city buses in Macedonia used to be quite an interesting experience, since it usually included loud folk music and the risk of having to travel next to very different people with sometimes not so pleasant habits, subject to many urban legends and jokes. At present, public buses have improved and most of them have air-conditioning as well. Still, if you decide to travel by a public inter-city bus, do check it first before buying a ticket.


An international train, operating daily, twice a day, connects Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) via Macedonia. It stops at Tabanovce (the Macedonia-Serbia border crossing point), Kumanovo, Skopje, Veles, Gradsko, Negotino, DemirKapija, and Gevgelija (Greek border crossing point), as well as a few small villages. From Skopje, Veles and Gradsko there are train connections to Prilep (35 km from Krusevo).


The international highway E-75 runs north-south from Serbia to Greece, bisecting Macedonia. This is the most common route for overland tourists to take for entering Macedonia. There are also good roads connecting the country with Bulgaria to the East and Albania to the West.
Krusevo is on around a 2 hour drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport, via Motorway "Alexander of Macedon"/A1/А1 and A1, or on about 1 h 36 min drive (119.7 km) from Ohrid Airport via E65 and R1305 (note that this path is not a highway).

Numerous car-rental companies, run by both Macedonian companies and local representatives of recognized Western companies are available in Macedonia. Among the latter there are Sixth, Avis and Hertz, whereas among the most prominent Macedonian companies one should name Biveks, Ineks, Mn, Ni-Mar Komerc and Putnik-Eurodolar.
Rental car prices in Macedonia generally start from 40-50 euros per day, though for longer periods the rate can be somewhat lower. In order to rent a car, be prepared to present a valid passport and driver's license from your home country.

Driving tips
Driving in Macedonia by car: While roads in Macedonia are generally good, drivers should watch out for falling rock zones in mountainous areas, and dogs, cows and sheep in rural areas. Drivers should also note that in Macedonia it is illegal to talk on a mobile phone while driving, seatbelts are mandatory and headlights have to be on during the day.



Paragliding club NearBirds
Director Perevalov Volodymyr
Tel. +38050-364-0133
Fax. +38044-410-3528
Email: near_birds@ukr.net
Mershavka Tatiana
Tel.: +38097-627-78-28
Email: morza@ukr.net
22/5 L’va Tolstogo Street,
Moscow, 119021, Russia
Contacts: Alexei Tarakanov, Dmitry Korolev
Tel: +7 (985) 762-72-38
Email: info@airtribune.com
Perevalov Volodymyr
General organizer
Tel.: +38050-364-01-33
Email: near_birds@ukr.net
Mershavka Tatiana
Organizer administrator
Tel.: +38097-627-78-28
Email: morza@ukr.net
Goran Dimiskovski
Meet Director
Borjan Jovanoski
Transport and retrieve
Mikhaylishin Nazar
Transport and retrieve
Stanislav Velchev



Confirmed pilots
Allowed pilots
Total registered
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

The skill decided it all!

Kushevo again has proved itself to be a very welcoming place. This unique sunny place gave us an opportunity to fly 4 perfect tasks out of planned 5. Vladimir Perevalov and his ream skillfuly made all the event organization. We'd like to express our gratitude to Goran Dimiskovsky for his participation as Meet Director. It played a most important role in the competion organization - his great organizing skills and experience made it possible to set excellent tasks regarding the local conditions and also to take important decisions in the course of event.


  1. Yury Mishanin (101)
  2. Alex Tarakanov (80)
  3. Stefan Vyparina (311)

Overall results


  1. Klaudia Bulgakow (708)
  2. Daria Krasnova (123)
  3. Marina Olexina (700)

Women results


  1. Yury Mishanin (101)
  2. Alex Tarakanov (80)
  3. Stefan Vyparina (311)

Serial results


  1. Daria Krasnova (123)
  2. Grey Hamilton (34)
  3. Grzegorz Fiema (155)

Sport results


  1. Igor Sharabkhanov (499)
  2. Andrii Kulykovskyi (77)
  3. Kostiantyn Goncharenko (1275)

Ukrainian results


  1. Yury Mishanin (101)
  2. Alex Tarakanov (80)
  3. Pavel Makarov (222)

Russian results

Russian Women

  1. Daria Krasnova (123)
  2. Marina Olexina (700)
  3. Svetlana Piskareva (220)

Russian Women results


  1. Airtribune
  2. Near Birds
  3. Flying Bitcheezzz

Teams results

Tasks and results

Task 1

02 Jul, 2013

67.2 km — Race to goal

Task 2

03 Jul, 2013

83.8 km — Race to goal

Task 3

04 Jul, 2013

60.8 km — Race to goal

Task 4

05 Jul, 2013

59.6 km — Race to goal