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The venue for 2018 is Tolmin, Slovenia, with HQ being at Camp Gabrje, a beautiful location in the heart of the mountains, next to the winding river Soca.

The "FlyFurther" is the perfect training camp for cross country pilots interested in improving their XC flying skills.

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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

The venue for 2018 is Tolmin, Slovenia, with HQ being at Camp Gabrje, a beautiful location in the heart of the mountains, next to the winding river Soca.

The "FlyFurther" is the perfect training camp for cross country pilots interested in improving their XC flying skills. It’s a 6 day XC camp based in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Task-focused XC flying will be fully supported with in-depth task briefs and debriefs. It also features plenty of extras, including talks on XC related subjects, parties and more.

Your hosts for the event are Nicole Fedele (World Champion & World Record holder), Brett Janaway (World record holder), Stan Radzikowski (X-Pyr, XAlps & PWC Pilot, XC guide), Pat Dower (Sports Coach) and Bernie Hertz (XC guide).

All pilots will be given trackers for their safety and so we can give pilots a detailed review of their XC flight for the day.

As well as the personal coaching and feedback from these world-class guides, special evening talks held in our event marquee will feature guest appearances.

In order to ensure that all participants receive plenty of personal coaching we are limiting this event to just 50 pilots.

This isn't a competition. The rules are simple:
- Fly a long way,
- Have fun,
- Learn,
- Don't get lost,
- Buy your hosts a beer,
- Read the following:

All Pilots must hold the following:
- A minimum of IPPI4 (or equivalent national licence),
- GPS which records a 3D track log,
- Medical insurance (including rescue and repatriation),
- Third party liability insurance (750,000€ minimum).

All the above will be checked at registration

Also:
- SMS text phone,
- Recently repacked reserve parachute,
- Helmet,
- Harness with back protection,
- Altimeter (to comply with air traffic restrictions),
- 2M Radio.
If you do not have them ALL, you will NOT be permitted to participate.

Gliders:
There are no restrictions on the gliders you can fly, but we do ask that you fly a glider within your abilities, that you are comfortable with.

Harnesses:
It is highly recommended that all pilots fly with a harness certified to EN1651, LTF09, or LTF03 and back protector certified to LTF09 or LTF03.

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

Competition Organisers
Telephone:
+44 (0)7770 619 567
Email:
info@flyfurther.org
CampSite (HQ venue)
Tolmin Tourist Office
Brett Admin
Organiser
XC Guide
Brett has been guiding pilots for a number of years with xTc Paragliding. He has been Meet Director for the GIN Wide Open from the outset as well as for other competitions such as the British, Nordic, Belgian and Italian Championships. Brett also holds World Records for XC and has had considerable success at competing over the years. He will be managing this event.
Nicole Fedele
World Champion - XC Guide
Nicole has been guiding pilots in the Julian Alps for a number of years. She is current vice Womens World Champion, and former World & European champion. Nicole also holds countless World Records for XC. Nicole will be leading our more competitive pilots on competition style tasks in the region.
Hertz Bernie
XC Guide
Bernie is an accomplished XC and competition pilot who has been guiding pilots for a number of years though his company burnair.
Pat Dower
XC Guide
Pat is has been organising coaching workshops for pilots for many years, both for XC and for competition flying. He also specialises on 1to1 coaching and pilot development.
Stan Radzikowski
XC guide
Stan has earned podium placings internationally since his first season flying–including multiple PWC and FAI events, X-Alps Supporter, X-Pyr competitor, Coach & XC guide.
His dedication and training have given him the skills to fly deep into extremely remote and hostile mountains while always maintaining a healthy safe risk to reward ratio. Eager to pass the knowledge he has accumulated as one of the world’s ultimate self funded flying explorers. See more of Stan at Parakros.com.
Robbo Roberts
Tracking & Safety
A veteran of various competition scenes, Robbo will ensure your retrieves go smoothly and you are back at base with minimal fuss allowing more time to enjoy your evening.
Gasper Prevc
Logistics

PWC Pilot, tandem pilot and 2x XC flight World record holder

Selection and entry fee

PAYMENT
Event cost: 395 Euros ( £360)

Once you have been invited to pay, your entry is not confirmed until you have paid. If you do not pay in the time given your entry will be moved back to the waiting list. We generally give 7 days to make payment. If you need extra time to make a payment then please email us so we can consider giving you a little longer. Be aware, your payment is usually non refundable*, and it cannot be transferred to another pilot.

IMPORTANT The event is full when enough people have paid. Acceptance into the event is according to the order of PAYMENT, not registration. If you are slow to pay then you lose the offer of a place.

BANK TRANSFER
To pay by bank transfer please also email us to confirm the details of your transfer so that we can identify your payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Pilots should be aware of our cancellation policy, in keeping with all major events;
Any pilots who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:
> Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date = 50%
refund of entry price
> Cancellation date less than 60 days before comp start = 0% refund of entry price
Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund.
Please be aware, refunds are not immediate. If we are busy in the main flying season then we only do admin 1 day per month. Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable. There is a strict selection process and you cannot bypass this by passing your payment to another pilot.
Please ensure you have adequate holiday travel insurance to cover any losses if you later find you are unable to participate!

ENTRY FEE ADMINISTRATION
All competition Payments are being handled by Brett Janaway, on behalf of the competition. They shall be transferred into and kept in a separate holding account for the purposes of administrating the competition.

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The event is open to all pilots and your entry will be processed in the order they were recieved.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Coming soon

General schedule

Thursday 7th June: Check in and Introduction at HQ
12h00 – 18h00: Registration and GPS Upload

Friday 8th June, Day 1
08h30 Introductory and Safety Briefing MANDATORY, all participants
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ

Saturday 9th June, Day 2
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ

Sunday 10th June, Day 3
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ
21h00 Mid week party

Monday 11th June, Day 4
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ

Tuesday 12th June, Day 5
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ

Wednesday 13 June, Day 6
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ
19h00 Drinks and Food
21h00 Party and merriment

Thursday 14th June
Free flying for those that want it. Transport will be provided for free.

Daily schedule

On event days:

08h30 Headquarters open
09h00 Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30 Transportation to take off
10h15 Tasks decided
11h15 Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30 Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
19h00 Debrief in groups

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing

Accommodation and Activities

Slovenia has accommodation options to suit all budgets. The camping options are ideal because they are centrally located and within 2 minutes walk of the competition headquarters.
Camper vans and Tents:
The Camping Gabrje campsite are the hosts for the FlyFurther this year. All the facilities you need including electricity, toilets & showers, restaurant & bar, Wifi, and the competition HQ are within 2 minutes walk of the camping pitches. For camping there is no need to pre-book, simply register at the front desk on arrival.
Further details of the campsite can be found at:
CampGabrje http://www.camp-gabrje.com/

Hotels & Pensions:
There are several pensions and hotel options in and around Tolmin.

The Tolmin Tourist website: https://www.dolina-soce.com/en/
Local goings-on and services.
In: English, Italian, German, French & Slovene

Booking.com https://www.booking.com/
A large selections of hotels in the region available for booking.
NOTE: Almost all hotels will require some form of transport to get to the HQ as they are minimum 1km from the camp site.

How to get here

By car:
Tolmin is about a 14 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 6 hours from southern France and just under 3 hours from Venice, Italy.

Airports
The nearest main international airport is Venice(VCN) (3 hours drive). Trevesio (3 hours), Trieste (45 mins) and Ljubljana (90 mins) airports represent attractive alternatives. Venice airport is serviced by many airlines.

Minibus transfer to and from Airports:
The Fly Further organisers might organise airport transfers on the Thursday if there is enough interest. Please register your airport transfer by emailing brett@xtc-paragliding.com.

Transfers from Tolmin back to the airport might also be available on similar terms on the following Thursday, as required. If you have any special transfer requests please email us.

Train:
Trains from Venice to the Tolmin region (Most na Soci) cost about 40 Euro.

Taxis:
Taxis from Venice to Tolmin cost about 300Euros.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports. If hiring your car in Italy please make sure you have insurance and permission to cross the border into Slovenia. There is not normally any additional charge for this.

CampGabrje
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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