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The US Open of Paragliding will be a Cat 2 Race to Goal USHPA sanctioned XC Competition held in Chelan this coming June. Registration opens February 1st @ 7pm (Pacific Time Zone...

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Flying site

The take off at Chelan is on top of the Chelan Butte located between Lake Chelan and the Colombia River. Access to the Butte is via the Chelan Butte Road. All vehicles driving to take off must be equipped with a shovel and a fire extinguisher.

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  • 130 Pilots Confirmed
  • 130 Pilots total registered
  • 650 USD Entry fee
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  • 130 Pilots max allowed
  • 15 Countries presented
  • ✅ All certified wings allowed
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    01/02 19:00 (US/Pacific)

  • 🚁

    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
  • ⚕️

    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
  • 📱

    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
  • 📻

    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 🛰️

    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. You must provide your own livetracker.

    Live trackers mandatory
  • 🚐

    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
  • 🥾

    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
  • 💩

    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

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

    Airtribune blogging
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
  • 🍺

    There will usually be goal beers for winners

    Goal beers
  • 🎉

    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
  • 🎵

    There will be live music or a DJ at the event

    Live music
  • 👕

    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • 🅰

    This event awards PWCA letters

    PWCA Letters
  • 🌲

    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event and/or Plant a Tree for each competitor

    Carbon offset / Plant a Tree

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Open
  • Women
  • Sport
  • Reynolds
  • Masters

Event info

The US Open of Paragliding will be a Cat 2 Race to Goal USHPA sanctioned XC Competition held in Chelan this coming June. Registration opens February 1st @ 7pm (Pacific Time Zone).

Flying site

The take off at Chelan is on top of the Chelan Butte located between Lake Chelan and the Colombia River. Access to the Butte is via the Chelan Butte Road. All vehicles driving to take off must be equipped with a shovel and a fire extinguisher.

The Butte is a sensitive site managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) we have permission to take off from the designated launches only and launching from any other location on the Butte is strictly forbidden. There are 4 main take offs on top of the Butte - Ants, Between the Rocks, Green Monster and Lakeside. On light wind days each take off will work depending on the time of day and orientation of the sun. Dust devils are very common on the Butte and all pilots must take extreme care when getting ready and especially once they are attached to their gliders.

The designated bail-out landing zone is the Chelan Falls Park soccer fields located east of the Butte on the western edge of the Colombia River. Chelan Falls Park is the daily meeting place for rides to Take Off and is equipped with a large car park, BBQ area and toilets. The Park is managed by the PUD which is the same group that manages Beebes Campground and Park on the eastern side of the river.

It is strictly forbidden to land at Beebes Park. The PUD has made it clear that if pilots are caught landing at Beebe’s the flying community will face loosing access to the Chelan Falls Park.

Selection and entry fee

Automatic Qualification:

Top 25 + 5 ladies on NTSS
33 Top ranked international pilots based on WPRS
37 spots allocated to USA based on WPRS points
25 spots other registered pilots
5 organizer wild cards
Any unused international spots will be allocated to US pilots 45 days prior to the event based on sign up date

Lale Chelan Flyer membership is mandatory. https://lakechelanflyers.org/join-the-club/



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 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
  • The organiser wishes for you to provide a summary of your experience on arrival.

    Experience summary required
  • You will need to provide photo ID on arrival. This could be Passport, Driving Licence or National ID, for example.

    Identification documents needed
  • 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

50% refund for cancellation before May 10.
May 10 and after no refund

Entry fees are non-transferable

Prize fund and scoring categories

Open
Women's
Sport (EN-C, EN-B, EN-A)
Reynolds Class
Master Class

General schedule

Saturday 24th June: Practice Day. Vans Leave the soccer field 10AM. (no retrieve provided) Registration is at the Chelan Falls Park soccer field @ (4pm) followed by the MANDATORY pilots meeting (7pm) at the same location.

Sunday 25th June: Comp day 1 Vans leave 9am
Monday 26th June: Comp day 2
Tuesday 27th June: Comp day 3
Wednesday 28th June: Comp day 4
Thursday 29th June: Comp day 5
Friday 30th June: Comp day 6
Saturday 1st July: Comp day 7, awards ceremony and closing party

Daily schedule

08:00 - Headquarter opens
09:00 - Transport to take-off
10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:30 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definitio
11:30 - Take-off window opens
14:30 - Return Trackers office opens
22:00 - Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

Camping:

Most pilots choose to camp at Beebe Campground on the Colombia River. Beebe is an awesome facility with pristine grass, clean bathrooms and nice camp sites. Sites are $35/night, there is a max of 8 people and 3 vehicles per site. Site must be booked in advance Reservations open May 3rd at 10am. chelanpud.org

Beebe Campground is located 10 minutes drive from Chelan and 5 minutes from Chelan Falls Park.

There is also the Lakeshore RV Park located near downtown Chelan. While the Lakeshore RV park has a more central location within walking distance to restaurants and shops it is not as nice, more expensive.

http://cityofchelan.us/parks/rv/rv_park.aspx

Hotels:

http://www.momsmotel.com/

http://appleinnmotel.com/

http://lakesidelodgeandsuites.com/

http://www.midtowner.com/

http://www.deepwaterinn.com/

https://campbellsresort.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g58395-Chelan_Washington-Hotels.html

Houses:

https://www.chelanvacationproperties.com/vacation-rentals

https://www.vacasa.com/usa/Lake-Chelan/

http://www.rentchelan.com/

How to get here

R2P9+R4 Chelan, WA, USA
Chelan United States

Downloads

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Organizers

Northwest Paragliding
Matt Senior
Organizer, Meet director
Austin Cox
Organizer, technical admin
Scott MacLeod
Safety director

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Tasks and results

Task 1

25 Jun, 2023

107.1 km — Race to goal

Task results:
Overall results:
Tracks:

Task 2

26 Jun, 2023

55.3 km — Race to goal

Task 3

27 Jun, 2023

68.8 km — Race to goal

Task 4

28 Jun, 2023

103.6 km — Race to goal

Task 5

29 Jun, 2023

129.0 km — Race to goal

Task 6

30 Jun, 2023

99.7 km — Race to goal

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