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Event info

The traditional Macedonia Open this year will include the 2017 Czech Nationals and the Dutch Paragliding Cup...
Made by the usual team that hosted all the big events here, this years comp will add some more features for the young competition pilots that are looking to get more experience in a friendly environment with top level sportiveness.

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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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Event info

The traditional Macedonia Open this year will include the 2017 Czech Nationals and the Dutch Paragliding Cup...
Made by the usual team that hosted all the big events here, this years comp will add some more features for the young competition pilots that are looking to get more experience in a friendly environment with top level sportiveness.

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!

Organizers

Light Aircraft Association of the Czech Republic
Aeronautical Federation of Macedonia
Dutch Aeronautical Assotiation
Goran Dimiskovski
Organizer
Martin Jovanoski
Organizer

Selection and entry fee

Selection is on a first come, first serve basis.
50 places are reserved for Czech and 30 for the Dutch

All applications made through the official web site must be made at least one day prior to the beginning of the comp.

• 140 Euros per pilot up to 20th of May
• 175 Euros per pilot afterward
• Non competing pilots that want to use transport and other facilities during the comp, wind dummies etc, need to register also. Entry fee for such a pilots is 90 eur.

Includes:
- transport and retrieval
- color map
- lunch package
- competition shirt or similar gift
- free access to all championship events and parties
- 2 free drinks partys
- sim cards
- Free internet (Wi-Fi) access at the HQ
- 2 evenings with paragliding lectures by Martin Jovanoski

Prize fund and scoring categories

There will be Cups and Medals for each category.
Also, additional prizes from the Partners will be given to the winners.

Overall
Sport Class EnC
Standard Class EnB
Women
Czech Championship
Macedonian Championship
Dutch Paragliding Cup

General schedule

Sunday, July 23, 2017
17:00 - 20:00 - Official Registration

Sunday July 23, 2017
20:30 - 21:30 - Mandatory Safety Briefing and Opening Ceremony

Monday July 24 2017
10:00 - Transport to the Take-off, first official task

Monday, July 24 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
Contest flying days

Saturday, July 29, 2017
21:00 - Prize-giving and closing ceremony

Daily schedule

typical competition day schedule

08:00 - Headquarter opens
10:00 - Transport to take-off
11:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:30 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definitio
12:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
21:00 - Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

www.montanapalace.com

Accommodation Info and support:
Jovanoski Martin
jovanoskimartin [ at ] gmail.com

On non flyable days we will organize activities and trips to local touristic places such as Ohrid, Bitola, Peshna...
For your family and friends, Krusevo have nice hiking and biking trails, museum, monuments etc...
Further more, the country, have wide range of things and places to go and most of the attractions are within 2h of the town.

How to get here

Libya
Krusevo MK

Plane

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

Bus

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.

Train

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).

Car

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).

Rent-a-car
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.

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