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Nordic Open 2018 will be held in Macedonia, in the late August, organized by the next FAI Paragliding Worlds Organizers and our counterpart, Nordic organizers...

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Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”.

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Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Nordic Championships, Sports Class (gliders certified up to EN/LTF C, Nordic pilots)1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Nordic Championships, female (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only female, only Nordic pilots) 1st
  • Nordic Championships, (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only Nordic pilots) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Nordic Open, Sports Class (gliders certified up to EN/LTF C, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Nordic Open, female (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only female, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Nordic Open (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, all pilots, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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Krushevo, Macedonia

Event info

Nordic Open 2018 will be held in Macedonia, in the late August, organized by the next FAI Paragliding Worlds Organizers and our counterpart, Nordic organizers.

Flying site

Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”. Main takeoff places are East and West starts. Very comfortable even for beginners they also enjoy excellent (in mountain terms) roads connections.
East Start 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east - northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the paraglider out from the car, it is already on the place where it should be open. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead.
All kind of different cross-country flights can be made from East start. Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is quite difficult because in "normal" summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
West Start 1440m ASL
It's a secondary smaller take off place facing west - southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch.
The same cross-country flights can be done from here. Landing fields under this launch are smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy. This launch can also be used for beginners so landings should suit competition pilots too!

Organizers

Extrema Paragliding Club
Skopje
Paragliding Club Delta
Prilep
Goran Dimiskovski
General Organizer, Meet Director
Martin Jovanoski
Organizer, Safety Director

Selection and entry fee

Entry Fee:
190, 00 € up to 20th of June
220, 00 € up to the 20th of August

Payment instructions:
In favor of:
Goran Dimiskovski
Chemin de la Flechere 13
1255 Veyrier
Switzerland

IBAN CH35 8018 7000 0243 4493 2
Bank details:
Banque Raiffeisen du Salave societe cooperative
Case postale 160
1255 Veyrier
Bank code: 80187
Intermediary bank:
Raiffesen Suisse Societe cooperative
Raiffeisenplatz
Case postale
9001 Saint-Gall
Suisse

Swift:
RAIFCH22



February 15th - Februaty 28th:

Each Nordic country will have 28 spots (23 men, 5 women) based on CIVL WPRS ranking dated February 1st.
If less than 5 women per Nordic country sign-up, the rest of the women spots will be allocated to man, up to a total of 28 per Nordic country.

March1st - March 31st:

Free spots are continuously allocated to Nordic pilots exclusively by CIVL WPRS ranking dated February 1st.
If the selection reaches down to pilots with 0 ranking, further selection will be based on registration time stamp.

April 1st onwards:
Registartion is open to all pilots. Selection is based on the CIVL WPRS ranking dated March 1st.

Wild Cards:
Local organizers preserve the right to alocate 10 Wild Cards after April 1st not following the CIVL WPRS ranking dated March 1st.

Payment:
Deadline for the payment of the entry fee is 7 days after official confirmation has been made to the potentional participant.


Prize fund and scoring categories

Nordic Open (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, all pilots, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Nordic Open, female (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only female, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Nordic Open, Sports Class (gliders certified up to EN/LTF C, all nationalities) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Nordic Championships, (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only Nordic pilots) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Nordic Championships, female (all certified gliders, incl. CCC, only female, only Nordic pilots) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Nordic Championships, Sports Class (gliders certified up to EN/LTF C, Nordic pilots)1st, 2nd, 3rd

Please note:
In case of less than 8 participants in a class there shall be a prize only for the first one.
If there are more than 8 there shall be prizes for place 1-3.

General schedule

Program:

Training day:
26th of August

Official Registration:
26th of August, 16h00 – 19h15
Hotel Montana, Competition Headquarters

1st Team leader meeting:
26th of August, 18h30 – 19h15
Hotel Montana Congress Hall

Mandatory Safety Briefing:
26th of August, 19h30 – 20h45
Hotel Montana Congress Hall

Welcome drink:
26th of August, 21h00
Hotel Montana Bar and Terrace

Contest flying days:
27th of August to 1st of September
(maximum of 6 competition tasks)

Prize-giving and Closing Ceremony:
1st of September 20h00
Krushevo Main Square or Montana Hotel
(depending on weather conditions)

The program is subject to change.
Any changes of the program of the competition before the start of the competition will be announced at the website of the competition. After the start of the competition, changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the official daily briefings and posted on the official board at
headquarters.

Daily schedule

Competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
08h45: Team Leader meeting - Complaints , Protests status - result
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings (flexible timings)
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing (flexible timings)
12h00: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions) (flexible timings)
16h00: Scoring office opens
21h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved) (flexible timings)

The daily schedule is subject to change.
Any changes of the daily schedule before the start of the competition will be announced at the website of the competition. After the start of the competition, changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the official daily briefings and posted on the official board at headquarters.

Accommodation and Activities

Hotel Montana Palace is providing all services during the comp.
HQ, parties, Opening and closing ceremony.
Highly recommended accommodation venue.
http://www.montanapalace.com/

How to get here

Krusevo is about 2h30 drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport. Local transportation, from and back to, Skopje airport will be provided by the Organizers.
Fee applies.

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Krushevo MK

Plane

International airports in Skopje and Ohrid connects Macedonia with several major European cities. Close regional airports in Belgrade, Sofia and Thessaloniki can also be used, as they are all within a few hours' drive from Macedonia.


Low cost airlines flying to Macedonia
TurkishAirlines http://www.turkishairlines.com - Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, China, Korea, Norway, France, CzechRepublic, SouthAfrica, Japan, UnitedStates,Ukraine.
SWISS http://www.swiss.com - Denmark, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, Norway, Poland, France, CzechRepublic, Japan, SouthAfrica, UnitedStates
WizzAir, WizzAirUkraine http://wizzair.com/ - Great Britain, Italy
Air Berlin http://www.airberlin.com, TUIfly http://www.tuifly.com/de/index.html - Germany, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, UnitedStates
Pegasus http://www.flypgs.com - Denmark,Israel,Ukraine
CroatiaAirlines http://www.croatiaairlines.com -Netherlands, France, Croatia
Adria http://www.adria.si/ - Slovenia

Bus

A number of bus lines connect Macedonia with all neighbouring countries and other European cities. Buses are frequent, and offer relatively inexpensive fares and professional service. Usually they depart from Skopje bus station.
Travelling on public inter-city buses in Macedonia used to be quite an interesting experience, since it usually included loud folk music and the risk of having to travel next to very different people with sometimes not so pleasant habits, subject to many urban legends and jokes. At present, public buses have improved and most of them have air-conditioning as well. Still, if you decide to travel by a public inter-city bus, do check it first before buying a ticket.

Train

An international train, operating daily, twice a day, connects Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) via Macedonia. It stops at Tabanovce (the Macedonia-Serbia border crossing point), Kumanovo, Skopje, Veles, Gradsko, Negotino, DemirKapija, and Gevgelija (Greek border crossing point), as well as a few small villages. From Skopje, Veles and Gradsko there are train connections to Prilep (35 km from Krusevo).

Car

The international highway E-75 runs north-south from Serbia to Greece, bisecting Macedonia. This is the most common route for overland tourists to take for entering Macedonia. There are also good roads connecting the country with Bulgaria to the East and Albania to the West.
Krusevo is on around a 2 hour drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport, via Motorway "Alexander of Macedon"/A1/А1 and A1, or on about 1 h 36 min drive (119.7 km) from Ohrid Airport via E65 and R1305 (note that this path is not a highway).

Rent-a-car
Numerous car-rental companies, run by both Macedonian companies and local representatives of recognized Western companies are available in Macedonia. Among the latter there are Sixth, Avis and Hertz, whereas among the most prominent Macedonian companies one should name Biveks, Ineks, Mn, Ni-Mar Komerc and Putnik-Eurodolar.
Rental car prices in Macedonia generally start from 40-50 euros per day, though for longer periods the rate can be somewhat lower. In order to rent a car, be prepared to present a valid passport and driver's license from your home country.


Driving tips
Driving in Macedonia by car: While roads in Macedonia are generally good, drivers should watch out for falling rock zones in mountainous areas, and dogs, cows and sheep in rural areas. Drivers should also note that in Macedonia it is illegal to talk on a mobile phone while driving, seatbelts are mandatory and headlights have to be on during the day.

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