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The venue for 2021 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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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.

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  • 24 Pilots Confirmed
  • 24 Pilots total registered
  • 395 EUR Entry fee
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  • 24 Pilots max allowed
  • 8 Countries presented
  • ✅ CCC and lower allowed
    ❌ Uncertified wings prohibited
  • This is not an FAI sanctioned event
  • left before start of event
  • 🛰️

    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
  • 🚁

    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
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    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
  • 🚁

    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 🛰️

    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory
  • 🚐

    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
  • 💩

    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
  • 🥪

    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
  • 🗺

    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
  • 💳

    The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed

    ID Cards
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
  • ♻️

    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Where is it

Tolmin, Slovenia

Event info

The venue for 2021 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 5 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, social evenings 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 & British Comps, XC guide) and Martin Long (PWC pilot).

The event starts with a 1to1 interview of every pilot by a mentor to establish their current abilities, ambitions, weaknesses and strengths. All the pilots will then be separated in to 5 groups of 8 pilots, with each group being allocated a mentor to coach them during the week. The pilots within each group will be of similar ability and level, so you will not feel out of depth. For example, you can expect one group to be all EN-B wings, getting to know their first cross countries, whilst at the other end we will have some top pilots on CCC wings, learning the arts of racing, probably from multiple champion Nicole Fedele.

Each day will begin with all groups together, for weather forecasts and other information for the day. Then we go to launch, and separate in to our separate groups. At the end of the day, once you are all retrieved, you will first have a debrief with your mentor, and then a larger debrief of everybody. At the end of the week, we hope all pilots will achieve personal bests and/or significantly improved understanding of how to achieve their goals.

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.

In order to ensure that all participants receive plenty of personal coaching we are limiting this event to just 40 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 IPPI 4 (or equivalent national licence),
- GPS instrument,
- Medical insurance (including rescue and repatriation),
- Third party liability insurance (750,000€ minimum).

All the above will be checked at registration

Also:
- Mobile phone,
- Recently repacked reserve parachute,
- Helmet,
- Harness with back protection,
- 2M Radio, capable of 143.900 Mhz FM
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.

The event will be conducted in English, although among our guides we also have speakers in Italian and Polish.

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.

Selection and entry fee

PAYMENT
Event cost: 395 Euros

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.

ENTRY FEE ADMINISTRATION
All 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 received.

Documents required at registration

  • The FAI IPPI card is an International card that states your skill level. It is issued by your National Association and matches the level or your flying Licence

    FAI IPPI Card
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • The organiser wishes for you to provide a summary of your experience on arrival.

    Experience summary required
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents

    Liability Insurance
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune

    Rescue/Medical Insurance

Cancellation Policy

We do not anticipate cancellation of the event however, Pilots should note our cancellation policies, in keeping with all major events and adapted to allow for the current Covid situation;

Any pilots who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:
- Cancellation within 7 days of paying* = Refund less 10€ of the amount paid
or
- Cancellation more than 30 days before competition start date = Refund of balance paid less 50€ to cover our costs.
- Cancellation 30 days or less before comp start date = 0% refund of entry price

ˣ Payments made less than 7 days before the event are excluded

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, if due, 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.

Cancellation of a Competition by the Organization ie Covid19 interference etc
In the event the organizers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to transfer your entry to another FlyEvent contest, or to carry it over to the 2022 season. You will not lose any of your entry fee.

The organizers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.

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 FlyEvent, on behalf of the competition and local organisers.

Prize fund and scoring categories

This is not a competition. The only reward is knowledge and a fun week.

General schedule

Sunday 18th July: Check in and Introduction at HQ
16h00 – 18h00: Registration, GPS Upload and pilot interviews
(Let us know if you will be later)

After each pilot has registered individually at our HQ they will then go for a 10 minute, 1to1 interview with one of our guides in order to establish a detailed background of where you are and what your aspirations are. From this we can then determine the best group/mentor for you for the week.

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

Daily the same pattern through the week.....

Friday 23rd July, Fly Day 5
09h00 Daily Briefing
09h30 Transport to launch
17h00 - 19h00: GPS Download @HQ

Saturday 24th July
Free flying for those that want it. Transport to launch will be provided for free.

Everything is subject to change, according to the weather.

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.

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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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