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Zawody będą rozgrywane na terenie trzech Beskidów: Śląskiego, Żywieckiego i Wyspowego. W zależności od warunków będziemy korzystać z różnych startowisk: Skrzycznego, Żaru oraz kilku lokalizacji w Beskidzie Wyspowym, gdzie będzie nas gościć SPBW - chcemy móc wykorzystać pogodę na maksa!

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Żar is one of the most popular sites in Poland, mainly because of its easy access and the possibility to accomodate almost 300 degress of wind directions. The three main take-offs face South, West and North and are located within 50 m from each other.

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The HQ will be located in the world famous Gliding School ŻAR, 20 km SE from Bielsko-Biała in the South of Poland close to the Slovakian border.

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Zawody będą rozgrywane na terenie trzech Beskidów: Śląskiego, Żywieckiego i Wyspowego. W zależności od warunków będziemy korzystać z różnych startowisk: Skrzycznego, Żaru oraz kilku lokalizacji w Beskidzie Wyspowym, gdzie będzie nas gościć SPBW - chcemy móc wykorzystać pogodę na maksa!

Flying site

Żar is one of the most popular sites in Poland, mainly because of its easy access and the possibility to accomodate almost 300 degress of wind directions. The three main take-offs face South, West and North and are located within 50 m from each other.

Location: 49°47'12.9"N 19°13'29.4"E, 761 m asl
To get to the top you need to go to Międzybrodzie Żywieckie and go up in a funicular - it takes about 5 minutes. There is also a tarmac road to the top, but entry on it is restricted to the local inhabitants - if you go up by car you run a high risk of getting a fine.

North Take-Off
Wide and grassy, not very steep, so you need to wait for a bit of breeze. Be aware of the fences on both sides. Launching is quite easy. There are trees on the end of the slope, but they aren't a problem. With the northerly it's easy to soar. Landing is right below - the biggest grassy meadow you can spot - but be attent, as it might be turbulent down there.

South Take-Off
You can either launch from the top, or go about a third way down along the funicular. Be aware of the fence on the left side, the posts and the trees on the right. It's better not to try to take-off if there is a considerable westerly or easterly component, as it creats nasty rotors. Landing is right below, next to the building of the gliding school, on the slope. It is slanted so be careful not to fly too far, because below begins the sailplane airfield. The airfield is clearly marked with white signs - it is absolutely forbidden to land there. Be aware of the sailplanes taking off and landing there.

West Take-Off
Again, it's a nice grassy field right at the top, but below it there are some taller trees, so you need to choose a good time to launch - with direct westerly (rather don't do it with no wind). If there is a northely component it tends to be turbulent right after taking off. With stronger winds it's possible to soar even late in the evening. Be careful not to go too low on the west side, as there is no landing there - you need to have enough altitude to get to the south landing.

The area is very good for XC flying. Practically you can go any direction, apart from the South, as there begins a controlled airspace a few kms from the take-off. On a good flying day you can expect strong thermals with tops easily going above 2000 m. Remember that in Poland maximum flying altitude is FL95, which is ca. 2900 m asl. With stronger westerly or northerly winds the best idea is to fly an open distance - the longest flight from the site is over 200 km. With lighter winds it's nice to plan a triangle.
Some flights from Żar

A Video by Mariusz Wiśniowski/paralotniarz.pl

Apart from the Zar mountain we might be using other launches located in the Beskid Slaski, Beskid Zywiecki and Beskid Wyspowy mountain ranges, especially Skrzyczne mountain, which is a half-an-hour drive from Międzybrodzie.

Selection and entry fee

Wpisowe 200 zł płatne w biurze zawodów.
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Entry fee is 50 EUR, which can be paid directly at the HQ.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Klasyfikacja generalna
Klasa serial
Klasa sport
Kobiety
*(klasa serial: EN-D trzyrzędowe lub o maksymalnym wydłużeniu 6,51)
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Overall
Serial Class
Sport Class
Women
*Serial class (max EN-D either with less than 6.51 aspect ratio or three-liners)

General schedule

Orientacyjny plan zawodów:
Czwartek, 30 kwietnia 2015
19:00 - 21:00 Rejestracja

Piątek, 1 maja 2015
8:00-9:00 Rejestracja
9:00 - Obowiązkowa odprawa bezpieczeństwa

Piątek 1 maja - niedziela 3 maja
Konkurencje

Poniedziałek 4 maja - dzień rezerwowy (w przypadku mniej niż 2 konkurencji)
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Thursday, 30th Apr 2015
19:00-21:00 Registration

Friday, 1st May 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00 Mandatory Safety Briefing

Friday, 1st May - Sunday 3rd May 2015
Task days

Monday, 4th May
Reserve day in case of less than 2 tasks flown

Daily schedule

08:00 - Otwarcie biura zawodów
09:30 - Transport na start
11:15 - Odprawa przedstartowa
12:00 - Otwarcie okna
17:00 - Otwarcie biura zawodów
20:00 - Prezentacje i podsumowanie dnia
22:00 - Wstępne wyniki
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08:00 - Headquarter opens
09:30 - Transport to take-off
11:15 - Pilots' briefing
12:00 - Take-off window opens
17:00 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Presentation and D-briefing
22:00 - Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

Rooms at the Gliding School Żar: http://osrodekzar.pl/
Many B&Bs and apartments in the radius of 5 km
A few hotels
Prices range from as low as 8 EUR in private rooms.

How to get here

Building of the Mountain Gliding School

The HQ will be located in the world famous Gliding School ŻAR, 20 km SE from Bielsko-Biała in the South of Poland close to the Slovakian border.

Międzybrodzie Żywieckie, Górska 19.
Międzybrodzie Żywieckie Poland

Plane

The closest international airports are Katowice and Cracow.

Bus

Use this website to find a connection by to Bielsko-Biała by bus.
From Bielsko-Biała you can take a bus to Żywiec (use the above service to find a connection) and from the main bus station there take the local bus number 17, which will take you to Międzybrodzie Żywieckie.

Train

It's quite easy to get to Bielako-Biała from any place in Poland. You can use this website to find a connection by train.

Car

From there you should go to Bielsko-Biała and then take the road 52 east from the city and then turn into 948 heading south. In Międzybrodzie Żywieckie look for the signs for the funicular (Polskie Koleje Liniowe). The gliding school is right next to the bottom station of the funicular.

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Polskie Stowarzyszenie Paralotniowe
Stowarzyszenie Paralotniarzy Beskidu Wyspowego
Karolina Kociecka
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