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With the restrictions finally starting to lift around Europe, the organisers in Slovenia are keen to offer an event to celebrate our release, and the ability to get back in to the air.

The Freedom Open will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points.

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The Soca valley has been a long time favourite for pilots of all levels for many years. It offers grassy launches with easy access, a long valley system with many task options, high mountain peaks up to 2,200m (2,850m occasionally) and large, grass landing fields throughout the valley.

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

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    The region supports helicopter rescues

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    There will be medical and/or rescue services at launch

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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

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

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

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

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Event info

With the restrictions finally starting to lift around Europe, the organisers in Slovenia are keen to offer an event to celebrate our release, and the ability to get back in to the air.

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 90 pilots (unless vehicle restrictions are lifted closer to the event)
- All pilots must have some prior competition experience
- All pilots must be travelling from an EU origin only. Travel from outside the EU will not be allowed
- 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 be of particular interest to Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Austrian and German pilots, although some other participation from further afield in the EU is possible.

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 EU pilots that have been looking for an opportunity to compete. 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!

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
These are being amended daily. See news blog tab, above, for what we have seen to be the latest information.

Generally, across the EU, transit through countries is allowed without restriction.

NOTE: It is for the individual pilot to confirm any restrictions that may apply to him individually, either for the travel to Slovenia, or for returning back to their home country. The organisers cannot take responsibility for any travel problems encountered by pilots.

Flying site

The Soca valley has been a long time favourite for pilots of all levels for many years. It offers grassy launches with easy access, a long valley system with many task options, high mountain peaks up to 2,200m (2,850m occasionally) and large, grass landing fields throughout the valley.

When the event is based at the Tolmin end, HQ is located at Camp Gabrje. The campsite has lots of grass pitches and is situated on the banks of the Soca river. There are many accommodation options in the twon of Tolmin, just a few kms away and organisers usually offer some transport options to the HQ on a daily basis.

The valley offers reliable weather in the summer months, although it is the Alps, so rain may occur.

The Kobala launch is at 1,080m ASL and has east & west launching options. It favours a southerly or westerly moving airmass, although it can cope with a (very) light NE wind.

Possibly one of the most beautiful flying sites in northern Europe.

Selection and entry fee


Entry fee will be 225 euro total, paid in two parts (reduced from 240 euro due to the delayed start)

1/ Upon registration through Airtribune, a 40 euro, non refundable deposit shall be paid.
2/ The balance of 185 euro shall be paid on arrival at the venue in June

We are keen to give pilots confidence that they can make travel plans as soon as possible. Therefore we will start offering places to pilots from Saturday 6th June, or sooner if we have more than 200 pilots registered. Places will be offered on the following basis:

> Any pilot ranked top 500 WPRS on 1st May will immediately be offered a place.
Thereafter, from 6th June, or when 200+ have registered, by the following:
> The top 5 ranked females that have registered
> WPRS order for the top 60 pilots (including those already selected above)
> At organisers discretion for the remaining places, up to a maximum 80

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We do not anticipate cancellation of the event, but the 40 euro non refundable deposit is intended to be sufficient for the organisers to establish the event and cover initial costs for setting up, 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.

Payment of the deposit will be by Paypal and details will be sent by email, once your application to participate has been accepted.

The payment will get you:
- Daily transport to launch for all 6 tasks, which will be in a manner to allow for restrictions on pilot numbers in vehicles#
- Retrieves daily, when needed
- Daily lunch packs
- Trackers, for safety and scoring
- Typical tasking/scoring services, although they may be implemented in an abnormal manner to comply with distancing
- We have commissioned some quality, reusable, cloth face-masks* for all. In addition, there will be alcohol dispensers at various locations
- T-shirts are now in production

# Vehicle costs for this event will be particularly high as we cannot fill the minibuses with pilots, as we normally would. The additional cost is reflected in the entry price.
* We recommend you consider if you should have something better for indoor activities. However, these will be sufficient for most situations. It may be mandatory that a mask is worn in vehicles at all times.

What is not planned to be included, to account for the unusual situation.
- There is not planned to be a social evenings/party organised. But we will give some meal/drink vouchers instead
- There will be no daily talks or shows and we will not be having a big tent for such. It is not that sort of event anyway.
- Final awards may be of a limited nature

That said, if opportunities open up at the last moment for any of these, then we will try to include them. But just so your expectations at the event are aligned with the situation we have at hand.

Prize fund and scoring categories

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

General schedule


REGISTRATION
Sunday 21st June

PRACTICE DAY
Sunday 21st June
(Only transport to launch + suggested task given)

TASK DAYS
1st task Monday 22nd June
Last task Saturday 27th June

PRIZE GIVING
Saturday 27th June

To limit the opportunity for viral spread, there will be no organised social evenings/parties.

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

Gabrje 29, 5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
Tolmin Slovenia

Plane

The nearest main international airports are:

Venice(VCN), Italy (2 hours drive)

Trevesio, Italy (2 hours)

Trieste, Italy (50 mins)

Ljubljana, Slovenia (90 mins)

Venice airport is serviced by many airlines is is the most convenient for most people. Unless hiring a car, the Ljubljana option is no easier than Venice.

There are no direct transfers to Tolmin from any of the airports, so consider hiring a car or taking public transport to Most na Soci, from which the organisers could take you the last few kms.

Bus

Bus options are limited to the venue, but you could look at GoOpti

https://www.goopti.com/en/transfers/italy-venice/slovenia-nova-gorica

Train

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

Contact the organisers on arrival at the Most na Soci train station to be transported to Camp Gabrje, or get a taxi for around 10 euros into Tolmin.

Car

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.

Your own car:
Just head for Tolmin, and then drive around to Gabrje. The camp site is well signposted.

IMPORTANT: To drive on the main highways in Slovenia you MUST have a vignette. You can buy them before the Slovene borders, or at the 1st fuel station in Slovenia. They cost around 15 euro and last for 7 days. The fines are VERY expensive, so do not avoid them.

https://www.dars.si/vignette_system/about_the_vignette

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Organizers

Airtribune
An Airtribune organised event.
Gasper Prevc
Local Organiser

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Confirmed pilots
Allowed pilots
Total registered
Women
Men
# Name WPRS Rank Sponsor Glider Status

Freedom Open

We beat the virus!

Female Class

  1. Adel Honti (301)
  2. Katalin Juhasz (307)
  3. Anca Tabara (302)

Female Class results

Sports Class (EN-C and below)

  1. Kay Kuehne (452)
  2. Kai Wissel (455)
  3. Sergey Lukashevich (587)

Sports Class (EN-C and below) results

Overall Class

  1. Philipp Haag (593)
  2. Joze Molek (450)
  3. Simon Mettetal (675)

Overall Class results

Tasks and results

Task 1

23 Jun, 2020

64.7 km β€” Race to goal

Task 3

26 Jun, 2020

70.5 km β€” Race to goal