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Now in it's 7ᵗʰ year, pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world. You will find this to be the perfect springboard into competition flying, or maybe you will see it as the ideal environment in which to improve your XC 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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  • 5 Pilots Confirmed
  • 241 Pilots total registered
  • 290 EUR Entry fee
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  • 125 Pilots max allowed
  • 34 Countries presented
  • ✅ EN-D & below allowed
    ❌ CCC wings prohibited
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    01/12 12:00 (Europe/Ljubljana)

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    The organiser will supply Live trackers 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 rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    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
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    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
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

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

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
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    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
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    There will usually be goal beers for winners

    Goal beers
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    There will be a social evening with food

    Food
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    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
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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

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Overall Class
  • Sports Class (EN-C and below)
  • Leisure Class (EN-B and below)
  • Womens Class
  • Team Trophy

Event info

Now in it's 7ᵗʰ year, pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world. You will find this to be the perfect springboard into competition flying, or maybe you will see it as the ideal environment in which to improve your XC skills. Or simply to just enjoy flying in an international, friendly setting where the flying and social experience counts for much more than the results.

Naviter are specialists for instruments, so expect there to be plenty of teaching on how you can improve your flying in this area. Indeed, Naviter are considered the leading instrument manufacturer for XC & Competition flying, and you will rarely see a top pilot without one.

The Naviter Open is a CAT 2 competition open to all Serial Class pilots (Pilots flying EN-A to EN-D wings). It is being held in Tolmin, Slovenia. The event is being supported by Naviter and and the Naviter Team.

At the end, we will be giving away lots of prizes through our famous 'names in a hat' system we have used each year. There will be several Naviter Oudie N's and more. But you have to be there to win.

Slovenia is a beautiful venue and the flying is awesome. Set in the heart of the Julian Alps, you have it all. Grassy launches, amazing scenery and huge landing fields. Typical tasking is 40-80km flying in a pure Alpine environment. The Soca valley is very friendly, with land outs throughout in generally large, open grass fields. Typically we do not have strong valley winds. The backdrop of the Julian Alps is stunning, often still with Snow capped mountains in June. The camp site, where the event is based, makes the perfect venue for us to be hosted, with a bar, food and landing field all on hand. Otherwise, it is just a short drive to the town where you can find an array of hotels and accommodations to suit all budgets.

We look forward to flying with you here!

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

QUALIFYING
The event is a Serial Class only competition. That means no CCC gliders. But EN-D's and below are allowed. We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly.

SELECTION
First selection will be made on 8th December. Selection is based on an algorithm that considers early registration, past attendance, WPRS and pilot experience. The organisers decision is final.

PAYMENT
♦ 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!

INCLUDED
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.



In addition, you must supply a copy of a Certificate of Airworthiness valid in the 2 years prior to the event start & or a photo of the certification label in the wing (for wings less than 2 years old and with the manufacture date published in the wing, that is sufficient). You can upload this in Airtribune

Documents required at registration

  • 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 Sporting Licence
  • 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
  • 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

CANCELLATION BY YOU
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 be refunded 50% of the entry fee.
♦ Cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the event start will not be refunded.

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

Overall - All gliders in the competition
Sports - All gliders EN-C and below
Leisure - All gliders EN-B and below
Women - All females

Teams - Top 3 score from a team of 5 persons
(At least x3 Sports wings per team)

Please note CCC gliders are not allowed.

General schedule

REGISTRATION
Saturday 17 June

PRACTICE DAY
Saturday 17 June
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.

SAFETY BRIEFING
Sunday 18 June
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing”

TASK DAYS
1st task Sunday 18 June
Last task Friday 23 June

PRIZE GIVING
6-7 pm Trophies & Naviter Open Prize Draw

Daily schedule

On competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
09h00: Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h30: 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

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 Naviter Open. 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. We will try to provide morning transfers from the town centre to HQ though, on task days.

How to get here

Camping and caravans

By car:
Tolmin is about a 14 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 6 hours from southern France and around 2 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.

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.

Camp Gabrje Tolmin Slovenia
Tolmin, Gabrje 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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