In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended. However, in the summer of 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised. And so the Freedom Open came into being.Expand page for more details
Mt Cuarnan, Gemona
Gemona located in the North East of Italy has hosted a number of international PWC and CAT 2 events over the years.
The Gemona flying arena has a great variety with a mix of Alpine and Flatland possibilities.
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Registration will open on
01/12 12:00 (Europe/Rome)
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring
The region supports helicopter rescues
Medic on takeoff
There will be medical rescue services at launch
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly
Live trackers mandatory
Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.
There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch
There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ
Toilets on takeoff
There are toilets at, or near, the launch
The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring
The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores
There will be daily lunch packs for pilots
The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed
The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ
There will usually be goal beers for winners
There will be a social evening with food
There will be an organised party during or after the event
There will be live music or a DJ at the event
You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift
The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue
The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles
Prize funds and scoring categories
- Female Class
- Sports Class
- Overall Class
- Serial Class
- Brett Janaway
In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended. However, in the summer of 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised. And so the Freedom Open came into being. Assembled in just 3 weeks, it became one of the highest scoring WPRS events of the year.
Now in 2023, we will continue with the 4th Freedom Open. But this year there is a twist..... we are off to Gemona, in Italy. Time to battle at the other end of the soca valley. But wait... there is more. (Subject to confirmation from the authorities), we will also be allowed to fly over the border, in Slovenia. Be prepared for some epic tasks!
Hosted early in the calendar, the event allows pilots to gain those valuable WPRS points. Come and join some of the best in the world as they battle in the skies of the Julian Alps and lets again celebrate our freedom.
The Freedom Open will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. It will be open to all pilots and wings.
For 2023 we will adhere to the following:
- The event will be limited to 130 pilots
- Scoring is by Flymaster Trackers
- There will be no FTV or other form of task dropping
- All pilots must have prior competition XC experience
- Sports pilots (EN-C & below) shall benefit from MRT scoring, 1km.
- Safety briefing will be predominantly by PDF document, in advance
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.
The venue offers FREE camping, with showers, water, electric and a bar (not free ;-) ) all on site.
Selection and entry fee
♦ The event is open to all pilots of any level of wing.
Places will be offered on the following basis:
♦ Any pilot ranked top 500 WPRS will immediately be offered a place upon registering.
Thereafter by the following:
♦ The top 10 ranked females that have registered
♦ WPRS order until 70 places are filled
♦ At organisers discretion for the remaining places
♦ Payment will be made by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.
♦ If you receive a payment offer you should pay immediately, otherwise we will offer your place to another pilot on the waiting list.
♦ Do ensure you have read the cancellation policy before making any payment!
The payment will get you:
♦ Daily transport to launch for all tasks
♦ Retrieves daily
♦ Daily lunch packs
♦ Trackers, for safety and scoring
♦ Typical tasking/scoring services
♦ 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
♦ There will be a few social evening with drinks organised, and as has become custom, an open, free bar on some evenings
REQUIRED BY YOU
All Pilots must hold the following:
♦ An FAI IPPI 4 licence
♦ An FAI Sporting Licence (Don't confuse this with an IPPI card)
♦ Medical/Travel insurance
♦ Third party liability insurance (usually from your National Organisation)
♦ A mobile phone
♦ Recently repacked reserve parachute
♦ Helmet, certified for paragliding use
♦ Harness with certified back protection
♦ 2M Radio capable of 143.900 Mhz FM
If you do not have ALL of the above you will NOT be permitted to participate.
Documents required at registration
FAI Sporting Licence
Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)
FAI IPPI Card
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
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
Signed Application form
You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Signed Waiver/Release 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.
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune
Pilots who want to cancel their registration should do it as soon as possible.
♦ A pilot who cancels at least 45 days before the event start can ask for:
a. His or her entry fee to be used for the next event where he or she will be selected.
b. A refund of the entry fee (an administrative fee of €60 will be deducted).
♦ Cancellations received less than 45 days before the event start will lose the deposit and not be refunded. Nothing further will be due.
Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund, if one is due.
♦ Refunds are not immediate. We have one admin day per month.
♦ Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable to another pilot. 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.
CANCELLATION BY US
In the event the organisers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund:
♦ Up to 45 days 45 days before the event start : 100% less a 30€ admin charge
♦ Less than 45 days before the event start: 75% refund
♦ Less than 7 days before the event start: A percentage of funds once any costs incurred by the local organiser have been deducted.
♦ After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.
The organisers 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.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Serial - All gliders EN-D and below
Sports - All gliders EN-C and below
Women - All females
Saturday 29 April June
Saturday 29 April
Unofficial practice. Transport will be available at the camping and a task displayed. No retrieves or scoring. The transport cost this day is the standard parataxis charge and should be booked through the camping reception, as normal.
Sunday 30 April
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing”
1st task Sunday 30 April
Last task Friday 5 May
Friday 5 May
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
For 2023 we are going to take you on an adventure in Italy. Gemona is a fantastic venue for pilots from low airtime to world class.
It has it all. With a grassy launches, plentiful landing options, flatland flying, mountain flying, friendly locals, good food, great wine and exceptional ice-creams; there is something for everyone to enjoy. Even the inexperienced pilots will find a nice challenge to help them improve.
How to get here
- Brett Janaway