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it is with regret that we have to announce you that we decided to cancel the 2018 Belgian Open. We simply did not get sufficient participation by Belgian pilots. The decision to cancel the competition was voted by the majority of the organising committee.

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Kobala is a famous flying site in Soca river valley in Slovenia. With the landing place in Tolmin it is intended for flying hang gliders and paragliders, for sport flying, competitions, events and training hang glider and paraglider pilots.

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Event info

it is with regret that we have to announce you that we decided to cancel the 2018 Belgian Open. We simply did not get sufficient participation by Belgian pilots. The decision to cancel the competition was voted by the majority of the organising committee. We very much wish to apologise to the pilots who already made arrangements to take part in this competition. This is definitely not the scenario we had in mind.

Tom, William & Jochen

Flying site

Kobala is a famous flying site in Soca river valley in Slovenia. With the landing place in Tolmin it is intended for flying hang gliders and paragliders, for sport flying, competitions, events and training hang glider and paraglider pilots. Kobala ia a popular paragliding and hang gliding take-off, as well as an excellent starting point for long cross-country flights on the southern crest of the Julian Alps and a well-known competition site. The best conditions for long cross-country flights are with a very weak general N or E wind. However, the western wind, more suitable for local flying, will normally predominate. Allowed airspace up to 2900 m AMSL.

Kobala take-off 1080 m ASL, N46° 10.86, E13° 46.76.
Suitable wind direction: E, SE, SW, W.
A very large ,nicely maintained meadow on the pointed top of the forest-covered Kobala hill. Two take-off directions are possible depending on the direction of the wind. It is located above the town of Tolmin offers good conditions to launch in a wide range of winds, from ENE to WNW. Although not too big, on a flying day gentle breeze allows many pilots to launch quick without any problems. Access 4 km by car, right to the take-off area.

Landing: official Kobala landing is 2 km after the city of Tolmin on the road going to Kobarid, rigth side of the road along a dirt road, 500m from main road. good reference point is the helipad, there're two windsocks on this field. the emergency landing field is in front of Tolmin, where the road splits like figure V. During the competition we will be using the main landing by the campsite Gabrje, located 2,5 km NW from the official Tolmin landing.

Organizers

BVVF-FBVL
Jan Lauwers
Meet Director

Selection and entry fee

The competition is open to all competition hang glider pilots. Pilots will need to present the following valid documents at registration:

- an IPPI 5 or equivalent hang gliding license issued by your NAC
- an FAI sporting license
- a 3rd party liability insurance

There's an early bird fee of 80 euro (until May 1st). After that, the entry fee will be 110 euro.

Pilots are admitted to the competition on a first come, first serve principle: the first 50 pilots to pay the entry fee will be on the competition list, other pilots will end up on the waiting list. 15 Spots are reserved for Belgian pilots (across all classes). In case we have less than 15 Belgian pilots by May 1st, these places become available for foreign pilots.

The entry fee can be paid by bank transfer to

IBAN: BE 93 9731 5186 6567
BIC: ARSPBE22
Account holder: Tom Haagdorens
Bank name & address: Argenta Heide-Kalmthout
Heidestatiestraat 55
2920 Kalmthout

We will also provide a PayPal option soon.

Prize fund and scoring categories

The following rankings are scored:
- Belgian Open
- Belgian Women's Open
- Belgian National Championship

Each of those in the following categories (at least 5 competitors are required to have a valid category):
- Class 1
- Class 1 Sport
- Class 5

General schedule

Sunday, July 1st
18:00 - 20:00 - Registration

Monday, July 2nd
9:00 - 9:30 - Mandatory Safety Briefing

Monday, July 2nd - Friday, July 6th
Contest flying days

Friday, July 6th
19:00 - Prize-giving, dinner & party

Daily schedule

9:30 - Briefing at HQ

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
Tolmin SI

Plane

The nearest international airports are Ljubljana (85 km away) and Trieste (70 km away) in Italy. From there you can catch a bus to Tolmin.

Bus

You can get to Tolmin by bus from most of the major cities in Slovenia.
If you travel from Ljubljana, you will find the timetable here:
http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/
If you travel from Nova Gorica, you will find the timetable here:
http://www.avrigo.si/potniski_prevozi/linijski_promet/vozni_red/

Train

There is a train station at the nearby town of Most na Soci. It is about 10 minutes by taxi to Tolmin. Connecting trains are hard though as it is a small service. You can come from the north, through from Austria, with a change at Jesenice. You can also board at Nova Gorica in the south.

There is a Car Train service from the north than can turn a 1 hour car drive into a 35 minute ride through the beautiful valleys. But there are only 3 or 4 services a day, from Bohinska Bistrica.

Car

You can get to Tolmin either from Kobarid, Nova Gorica or Ljubljana/Idrija. The Headquarters are located at Gabrje Campsite, which is ca. 4 km NW from Tolmin by the Soca river.

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