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In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended from March onwards. But in the latter part of May 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised.

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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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  • 186 Pilots total registered
  • 230 EUR Entry fee
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  • 120 Pilots max allowed
  • 31 Countries presented
  • ✅ CCC and lower allowed
    ❌ Uncertified wings prohibited
  • left before start of event

Hospitality and Responsibility

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    The organiser will supply LiveTrackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
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    There will be medical and/or rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

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

    Airtribune managed
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    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue

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

    Plastic reduction

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Event info

In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended from March onwards. But in the latter part of May 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised. And so the Freedom Open came in to being. Assembled in just 3 weeks, it became one of the highest scoring WPRS events of 2020. But more than just a much needed competition, the local task setting committee managed to set some supreme tasks, covering territory never flown before in Slovenia. The result was considered one of the greatest events the territory had ever held.

So for 2021 we are going to do it again, one last time. The event will again be hosted early in the annual calendar to allow pilots to gain those valuable WPRS points. Come and join some of the best pilots in the world as they battle in the skies of Slovenia. Lets celebrate the freedom that this years vaccine should promise to bring us as the paragliding world strives back towards normality.

The event has been scheduled such that top pilots will have time to travel from the Worlds, in France, which are in the weeks before.
The week after the Freedom Open is the Naviter Open. More information here: Naviter Open

The Freedom Open will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. It will be open to all pilots and wings, but with the following restrictions, to support the minimal restrictions and common sense approach we must still all make:

- The event will be limited to 100 pilots
- All pilots must have prior competition experience
- Safety briefing will be predominantly by PDF document, in advance
- Vehicles may be limited to 2 persons per row (empty seats between pilots)
- The initial registration fee is minimal, but non refundable (see details below), with the balance paid on arrival

The event will have a full Flymaster tracking system for safety, as at all the events in Slovenia.

The focus on the event is to deliver a safe competition to pilots that have been looking for an opportunity to compete at high level. There may be some restrictions whilst we are on the ground, such as wearing masks etc, but once in the air, we can fly, compete, and grab some needed WPRS points!

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


Entry fee will be 230 euro total, paid in two parts

1/ Part 1, upon registration through Airtribune. €80 euro, non refundable*
2/ Part 2, the balance of €150 euro shall be paid on arrival at the venue in June

*see cancellation policy

Places will be offered on the following basis:

> Any pilot ranked top 300 WPRS will immediately be offered a place.

Thereafter, from 31.01.2021, or when 200+ pilots have registered, by the following:
> The top 5 ranked females that have registered
> WPRS order until 90 places are filled
> At organisers discretion for the remaining places

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We do not anticipate cancellation of the event, but the 80 euro deposit is intended to be sufficient for the organisers to establish the event and cover initial costs, whilst allowing for the possible cancellation at short notice either by the organiser in the event the COVID-19 situation deteriorates again, or by the individual pilot if they find they cannot attend at short notice. Whilst we realise there is some risk in making this payment, please consider there is also continued risk from the organisers if they must cancel the event. This risk must be shared. However, we do not anticipate any problems in the organising of the event in 2021, just as we were successful in 2020.

Payment of the deposit will be by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.

The payment will get you:
- Daily transport to launch for all 6 tasks
- Retrieves daily
- Daily lunch packs
- Trackers, for safety and scoring
- Typical tasking/scoring services
- Facemasks available for all that require them
- T-shirt & other souvenirs as we are able
- Discounts for alternative activities in the event of bad weather
- Other event benefits, as they are made available
- If the Covid situation allows, there will be a social evening with drinks organised

Prize fund and scoring categories

Overall Class
Sports Class (EN-C and below)
Female class

General schedule

REGISTRATION
Sunday 6 June

PRACTICE DAY
Sunday 6 June
Unofficial practice. Transport will be available and a task posted. No retrieves or scoring.

TASK DAYS
1st task Monday 7 June
Last task Saturday 12 June

PRIZE GIVING
Saturday 12 June

To limit the opportunity for viral spread, it is unlikely there will be any organised social evenings/parties. But if the opportunity exists, we will make the party mid week.

Daily schedule

On competition days:

09h00: Headquarters open
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

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

The venue will be the Camping Gabrje. We therefore recommend this to most pilots. They will be operating as normal throughout the competition.

You may also book various accommodation options in Tolmin, or the surrounding area.

How to get here

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Tolmin Slovenia

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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Gasper Prevc
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