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Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Macedonia Paragliding Open 2016 is the unique competition for the first time in history uniting these four nations famous for thier paragliding achievements. When Slovenia and Serbia has united their Open comps for three years consequently, Macedonia organized joint comps with Ukraine, some other nationals, two World Cups and Pre Europeans last year.

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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”.

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Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Serbia Overall
  • Serbia Sport
  • Slovenia Overall
  • Slovenia Sport
  • Lithuania Overall
  • Macedonia Overall
  • Macedonia Team
  • Competition Overall
  • Competition Overall Woman
  • Competition Overall Sport
  • Competition Team Overall
More information about prizes and categories

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Krushevo, Macedonia

Event info

Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Macedonia Paragliding Open 2016 is the unique competition for the first time in history uniting these four nations famous for thier paragliding achievements. When Slovenia and Serbia has united their Open comps for three years consequently, Macedonia organized joint comps with Ukraine, some other nationals, two World Cups and Pre Europeans last year.
Krushevo is famous paragliding destination and already built up a reputation as more than suitable place to organize most important comps like Pre World Cups, World Cups and will host 14th FAI European Paragliding Championship.
This comp is supposed to gain great international attention as training event for The Euro 2016.

However, main intrigue remains - all four Nations have very strong and talented pilots. According to CIVL rankings we may expect that the main rivalry will happen between Jurij Vidic, Dušan Orož, Primoz Susa, Joze Molek, Vladimir Bacanin, Zeljko Ovuka, Jovan Severov, Aleksandar Gacevski,.....Not to forget the new stars coming from Lithuania.

The event will have race vizualization based on Airtribune Live Tracking so, be welcome to support your favourites and let it be a fair and fascinating comp.

Welcome to Krushevo!

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

Vozduhoplovna Federacija na Republika Makedonija
VFM
Miroslav Krleza 1
1000, Skopje, Republika Makedonija
Goran Dimiskovski
Organizer
Martin Jovanoski
Meet Director
Organizer
Accommodation Coordinator
Zeljko Ovuka
Co-Organizer, Serbia
Igor Erzen
Co-Organizer, Slovenia
Paulius Jonaitis
Co-Organizer, Lithuania

Selection and entry fee

The maximum number of participant is limited to 150 pilots.

Prize fund and scoring categories

1,2,3 Overall Ranking
1,2,3 Women Ranking
1,2,3 Team Ranking

1,2,3 Ranking in Serbian National (overall, sport class)

1,2,3 Ranking in Slovenian National (overall, sport class)

1,2,3 Ranking in Lithuania (overall)

1,2,3 Ranking in Macedonia (overall)
1,2,3 Team ranking in Macedonia

General schedule

01.08.Monday - Training and Registration day:

11:00 : Strat of transportation to the Take Off
16:00 : Retrieve start from the Official Landing
16:30 : Start of the Registration at the HQ
19:30 : End of Registration process
19:40 : Mandatory Informational and safety Briefing
21:00 : Welcome drink

02.08.Tuesday - 06.08.Saturaday - Task days

08:30 : HQ Opens
09:00 : First informational Briefing at HQ
09:30 : Strat of transportation to the Take Off
10:45 : First Task Briefing
11:45 : Window opening (flexible)
15:00 : HQ Opens
18:00 : Last Landing (flexible)
22:00 : Provisional results

06.08.Saturday

09:30 : Strat of transportation to the Take Off
10:45 : First Task Briefing
11:45 : Window opening (flexible)
15:00 : HQ Opens
17:30 : Last Landing (flexible)
20:00 : Provisional Results
21:00 : Final Results
21:15 : Closing Ceremony











Daily schedule

08:00 - Headquarters open
08:30 - Deadline for protests of the previous day
10:00 - Transport to take-off
10:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:15 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
11:45 - Take-off window opens
15:00 - Scoring office opens
18:00 - Safe landing report deadline
21:30 - Scoring office closes
22:00 - Provisional results
23:00 - Complaints resolution published

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily Pilot Briefing.

Accommodation and Activities

www.montanapalace.com

Accommodation Info and support:
Jovanoski Martin
jovanoskimartin [ at ] gmail.com

How to get here

Krushevo, Macedonia

Питу Гули, Крушево, Македонија (БЈРМ)
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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Tasks and results

Task 1

03 Aug, 2016

66.2 km — Race to goal

Task 2

04 Aug, 2016

82.0 km — Race to goal

Task 3

05 Aug, 2016

83.7 km — Race to goal

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