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A week-long international, stress-free competition for pilots flying EN-A, B or C wings. Providing a learning environment for experienced XC pilots new to competition, the week includes task briefings and de-briefings as well as a number of social events.

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Flying site

Laragne is the best known of the local sites . Many Paraglider and most Hang glider pilots will have heard of Laragne Chabre, but only recently have paraglider pilots discovered how good it is. Although it is better known to the Germans, Swiss, Czechs, Belgians etc.

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Event info

A week-long international, stress-free competition for pilots flying EN-A, B or C wings. Providing a learning environment for experienced XC pilots new to competition, the week includes task briefings and de-briefings as well as a number of social events. Sponsored by Ozone and Cross Country Magazine, the Meet Director is Jocky Sanderson. Now in its 14th year, the event is organised by local club, Chabre Vol Libre (English-speaking).

Flying site

Laragne is the best known of the local sites . Many Paraglider and most Hang glider pilots will have heard of Laragne Chabre, but only recently have paraglider pilots discovered how good it is. Although it is better known to the Germans, Swiss, Czechs, Belgians etc. even the Brit paraglider pilots have now started to match numbers with the hang gliders, Conditions are often strongly thermal in early afternoon, especially in mid summer, as is the case with most other popular French Alpine sites. The site has enormous XC potential, particularly to the North and North East and is a great site for ridge flights to the West and back to land either to Laragne or Sisteron.
The site has a Balise on top giving weather information every 15 minutes on the FFVL frequency, 143.9875MHz this information can, however, require interpretation. There is a forest road to take off, which it is hoped will be upgraded in 2005.. Please do not park in the turning circle as it is also the emergency helicopter landing!
The main, South East, take off at Laragne only really works in thermal conditions. Flying in soaring mode means flying in relatively strong wind, not generally advised on a spine back, Take off is huge with plenty of room to lay out lots of gliders, the 30 or 40 hanggliders (or more) often found on take off in July and August set up clear of the main paragliding launch and tend to launch later than the 'floppies' they often regard as wind dummies. With three take off spots and room for at least 10 paragliders to lay out, take offs are luckily not overly pressured, unlike some sites further North. The site often has gentle breezes in the mornings and is often used by schools. However thermals become strong from midday hence the site's enormous potential for cross country flights. The terrain to the North West through South East consists of big flat open valleys with lots of fields for a 'Vache' (out landing) between the Orchards, but with big hills in, amongst and around them to find that second thermal source the site is ideal for safe departures from the hill. Indeed a recent article in a French magazine listed Laragne to Aspres (and back), as one of the five best 'cross countries for all', the article title having been changed from 5 easy cross country's.
The North take offs at Laragne are more committed and, while fine for hang gliders, require a level of confidence and competence on a paraglider. Luckily the wind generally blows from the South and if it doesn't then there are several gentler North facing sites in the area. Laragne North has no less than three huge official landing fields (two are big enough for light aircraft and used for such).

Organizers

Chabre Vol Libre
www.flylaragne.com

cvl@flylaragne.com

Selection and entry fee

The entry fee is 280 € or 260 € for pilots flying Ozone wings.
Registration is only at the competition website at www.flylaragne.com

Prize fund and scoring categories

Classes will be based on a combination of flat aspect ratio and EN certification.
There will be four glider Classes: Fun, Recreation, Sport and X-Class, plus a Rookie class and a Women’s class.

General schedule

Daily schedule

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

None
Laragne FR

Plane

Marseille Airport. Then see train section

Bus

don't even bother

Train

Laragne-Montéglin station. take a train from Marseille-Saint-Charles, direction Briançon

Car

Use a GPS

Taxi

Shout "hep, taxi !"

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