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Bright Open 2020 is a Australian Nationals AAA Sanctioned, FAI Category 2 event.

This event is also the Fai Asian Oceanic Continental Paragliding Race Xc Championships TEST Event for the forthcoming 2020 1st FAI Cat1 A/O Continental Championships.

This year's event will be organised by Wally Arcidiacono in conjunction with the Australian Paragliding Squad. Members of the Aust squad will be responsible for various aspects of the competition organisation prior to the competition start date. Any profits made will be directed back to the Aust Squad for training and coaching purposes.

Also, mentoring will be available to any pilot who wishes to have some mentoring. Those wishing to be mentored and those wishing to mentor, can you please contact Wally at wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.com

This event will also be running parallel with the Gundowring Open. :)


Selection and entry fee

Payment for the Bright Open is now open to all pilots.
Paying is the only way to secure a place in this event.
Early Bird Entry Fee: $280 AUD, Late fee of $50 after the 1st of January 2020
Entry fee will include:
Task setting
Scoring
Weather Information
Launch and Safety Infrastructure
FAI Sanctioning
Maps
Daily and Final Presentations.

(N.B. Refunds will be given up to 31st December 2020 - After this date, the paid fee is not longer refundable)

Flying site

Mystic
Gundowring
Ray's Hill
Mt Emu
Tawonga Gap

Selection and entry fee

The competition is open to all pilots with a minimum of an Australian PG 4 rating or equivalent.
For pilot selection the top 40 from the previous season's Aussie ladder will be invited to pay first. They will have until the 2nd September to pay the entry fee to secure a place. After the 31 Oct the remaining places open to all pilots, allocated in order of payment received.
The entry fee is to be confirmed.
HGFA - MEMBERSHIP - All pilots must be members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia for the duration of the event. Please check your membership status BEFORE leaving home. Overseas visiting pilots to Australia will need to obtain a Visiting Pilot Membership
Visiting pilots have the option of taking out either a full HGFA membership or Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM). The min VPM is 2 months $ 95. HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership Form HGFA Waiver Form
Please read the following Waiver Information & General Information if you are a visiting Pilot.

IMPORTANT: ALL PILOTS MUST CARRY AND USE PERSONAL TRACKING. YOUR DEVICE URL WILL BE RECORDED PRIOR TO THE FIRST TASK. PILOTS WITHOUT PERSONAL TRACKING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE. (It's the 21st century - if you're not flying with personal tracking - then you should be!)
- Spot, Delorme, Garmin or skylines are all suitable tracking devices.

IMPORTANT - No transport is provided, we may use a site which requires 4WD with good ground clearance to access

Prize fund and scoring categories

Trophies for Fun, Sport, Serial, Open, Female, Intermediate and Reynolds categories. Classes will be defined by Aspect ratio and EN certification (as well as PG rating, weight and gender). Individual female pilots may choose to to opt out of the female class.

General schedule

7th Feb - Registration
8th Feb - Mandatory Briefing for all pilots
8th-14th Feb - A whole lot of racing!!!
14th Feb - Presentation

Daily schedule

09:15 Radio briefing
19:00 Check in deadline

Accommodation and Activities

Google 'Accommodation in Bright, Victoria' - You'll find plenty, especially in February.

How to get here

The nearest is Melbourne international airport (Tullamarine).
There is a shuttle bus that runs every 10 min from the airport to Melbourne Southern Cross train station.
Check fares and more: http://www.skybus.com.au/

Bus
The VLine bus service connects Bright with Wangaratta. Busses 2-3 times a day.
Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/


Train
The nearest train stations are Wangaratta and Albury.

Via Wangaratta
There is a train to Wangaratta from Melbourne Southern Cross 3 times a days. It takes about 3 hours to Wangaratta and then you can change for a bus to Bright. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/

Via Albury
There is a train going to Albury from Melbourne Southern Cross 2-3 times a days. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/ The journey takes about 4 hours. it can be a direct train or with change at Seymour. There is no public bus from Albury only taxi or transfer.

Car

Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road (B 500) about 75 kms from the Hume Highway (M31) which is the main road connecting Melbourne to Sydney. Bright is just over three hours drive from Melbourne, seven hours drive from Sydney, five hours drive from Canberra and twelve hours drive from Adelaide.

A great circular tour from Melbourne is to travel from Melbourne to Bairnsdale on the Princes Hwy then over the High Country on the Great Alpine Road and then back to Melbourne via the Hume Hwy.

If you are coming from Sydney or Canberra experience the stunning drive via the Snowy Mountains through Thredbo, Corryong to the Great Alpine Road and on to Bright.

BUT which ever way you come leave plenty of time to spend many days based in Bright and exploring the Ovens Valley and Alpine High Country.

NB Chains need to be carried on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Omeo in the snow seasons and also should be carried between Thredbo and Khancoban in winter

Taxi

It is 115 km from Albury and if you arrived there you can take a taxi.
Taxi – based in Bright. Contact 0408 589 370

See other useful "How to get" tips at http://www.brightvictoria.com.au/getting-here.aspx

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