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The Western Cape Open is a CAT2 ratified competition in the famous paragliding town of Porterville, in the Western Cape, 1 and a half hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa.
The competition will take place from the 2013 PWC site, Pampoenfontein, recently revamped.

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Flying site

Porterville located in the South West of South Africa, in about 90 km from the Atlantic ocean, and 120 km North East of Cape Town. It offers a nice mixture of thermal and dynamic flying, offering big distance flights possible on the ridge and in the flats.

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Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Overall
  • Ladies First!
  • CCC (Comp) Class
  • EN-D (Serial) Class
  • EN-C (Sports) Class
  • EN-B (Intmed) Class
  • EN-B (Novice) Class
  • The Teams...
More information about prizes and categories

How to get here

Porterville is located 120 km North from Cape Town.

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Event info

The Western Cape Open is a CAT2 ratified competition in the famous paragliding town of Porterville, in the Western Cape, 1 and a half hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa.
The competition will take place from the 2013 PWC site, Pampoenfontein, recently revamped. If you are situated in the northern hemisphere, this is the perfect break away paragliding holiday to avoid the winter blues.

Flying site

Porterville located in the South West of South Africa, in about 90 km from the Atlantic ocean, and 120 km North East of Cape Town. It offers a nice mixture of thermal and dynamic flying, offering big distance flights possible on the ridge and in the flats.
The town itself is situated in the vast Swartland valley stretching West, South and North. On the East it is bordered by the Winterhoek Mountain chain, that serves the natual barrier form Atlantic winds passing into the center of the country, known as the Karoo.
Pampoenfontein is the most commonly used take off site in and around Porterville.
It is the safer take off in anything south of west.
It is higher and faces more directly into the prevailing thermic cross-wind.
The latest record was beaten by Wim Verhoeve in January 2016. (Western Cape Record).
http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/1323898

Take off Leuwenkop (also known as Pampoenfontein) - S32º55.616’ E19º02.235’, 800m (ASL).
Winds: W - SSW, thermic SE days.
Take off is a netted area in the fynbos. Top landing is possible.
Landing: Field in front of Take Off.
Cautions:
- It can be more cross and stronger than it seems on take-off.
- In summer, experienced guidance is highly recommended.
- It is not a beginner site.
Directions:
- Drive North out of town.
- Turn right onto the dirt road sign posted "Dasklip Pass" after about 5km.
- Drive up the pass and around the back.
- After 5km take the track to the right.
- Park in the clearing and walk to take off.


Info source: http://www.flyporterville.info/
Also you can find some useful flying tips here. and in XCmag guide.

Organizers

Kaapse Buitepos club
Brad Kruger
Scoremaster and chief blogger!
Allan Livingston
Meet Director

Selection and entry fee

Entry Fee:
Before 01 November 2015 - ZAR 1800-00
After 01 November 2015 - ZAR 2000-00 (approx 135 Euro)

Banking Details
Bank Name: Nedbank, Wellington
Account Name: Kaapse Buitepos Klub
Account Number: 1053434731
Branch Code: 19876500
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
Payment Reference: SAHPA/FAI Number
Foreign Payments: Email us

Pilot Requirements:
Valid FAI Sporting License
Valid SAHPA License
Medical Insurance

Equipment Requirements:
Glider Classification: EN, CCC
Harness with back protection
Helmet
Reserve
GPS
2m Radio
Airtribune application installed on smart-phone for Live tracking. (or GPS with livetracking)
WhatsApp application installed on smart-phone for competition communication.

Included:
Transportation to Take-Off
Recovery
Map with waypoints
Live Tracking (Limited)
Paramedics
Function/ Party

Prize fund and scoring categories

Novice (EN B, less than 1 year of CAT II flying)
Ladies
Tandem
EN-B
EN-C
EN-D
Overall (including CCC)
Teams
(Validation: A minnimum of 5 entrants per class)

General schedule

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015
09:00 - Practice day
16:00 - 19:00 - Registration
19:00 - Competition Briefing
Venue: Flyer's Lodge

Sunday, Dec 13, 2015
07:00 - 08:00 - Registration

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015
18:00 - Scoring Closes
19:00 - Closing Ceremony/Prize Giving
Venue: Rendezvous

Daily schedule

08:00 - Transport leaves the meet centre for take-off.
10:00 - Task briefing
11:00 - Window opens
12:00 - Race starts
16:00 - Land by time/Scoring Opens
19:00 - Scoring closes
21:00 - Provisional Results

Accommodation and Activities

In Town
De Herberg Guest House: +27 (0)22 931 3187
Flyers' Lodge: +27 (0)22 931 3416
Home World B&B & Self Catering: +27 (0)83 564 3018
Isabella's Self Catering: +27 (0)82 564 4749
Melanie's Home Stay: +27 (0)82 790 6079
Mountain View Guest House: +27 (0)22 931 2626
The Palms: +27 (0)22 931 2282
Porterville Hotel: +27 (0)22 931 2178
Rendezvous Guest House: +27 (0)22 931 3484
Talani : +27 (0)82 921 8316
Twin Trees Guest House: +27 (0)82 304 6868
Villa Cho-Co-Latt: +27 (0)22 931 3877
Welkom Self Catering Unit: +27 (0)83 236 6246

Out of Town
Laatson & Waterval Camping & Chalets: +27 (0)22 931 2339
Mooi Berg Plaas: (0)83 542 7700
Peace of Africa: +27 (0)22 931 2181
Voorberg Self-Catering Guest House: +27 (0)22 931 8133

On the Mountain
Beaverlac Camping & Cottages: +27 (0)22 931 2945
Berghoff Fynbos Farm Chalets: +27 (0)83 954 5276
Cedar Peak Cottages: +27 (0)21 438 7702
Coen's House & Heidedal Homestead: +27 (0)83 630 8217
Groot Winterhoek Mountain Conservancy: +27 (0)21 483 0190
Pampoenfontein Farm Cottages: +27 (0)21 689 7792
Tygerkloof Cottage - Groot Winterhoek: +27 (0)83 946 6050

How to get here

Porterville, Porterville, 6810, South Africa

Porterville is located 120 km North from Cape Town.

Porterville, Porterville, 6810, South Africa
Portervillle ZA

Plane

The nearest is Cape Town International airport.
Web: http://www.capetown-airport.com/
Form there you can take a car or hire a taxi to get to Porterville.

Car

As you exit the Airport Oval, continue onto Airport Approach Road towards the N2, Settlers Way.
After 1.8km, merge onto Settlers Way South towards Somerset West.
After 4.0 km, take exit 22A to merge onto R300 North, toward Bellville.
After 16 km, exit right to merge onto N1 East, toward Paarl, Worcester.
Drive for 21 km, and take exit 47 onto R44 toward Wellington, Stellenbosch
Turn left onto Adam Tas Street / R44 (North) toward Wellington.
After 23 km, turn left onto Stokery Road (R44) toward Wellington, Porterville.
After 41 km, turn left onto R44 toward Gouda, Porterville
After 35 km, you have reached the town of Porterville.

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Confirmed pilots
Allowed pilots
Total registered
Women
Men
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

Overall

  1. Stephan Kruger (4)
  2. Stef Juncker (121)
  3. Leon Viljoen (130)

Because it was not possible to hold a task on day 7 (that would have just been too good to be true!), the final results were as posted after task 6 with a "minor" difference... Pilots flying in a lower class, that flew better than their counterparts in a higher class, could beat that pilot in his higher class... see Theunis and Eugene - flying out of their skins! Those consolidated results are now available below... And a very generous prize announcement by Bruce Zaayman of Skywalk SA was made to the South African resident pilots: any pilot on the podium was able to purchase a new Skywalk wing with a R10 000.00 discount, or any other SA pilot not on the podium, could claim a R5 000.00 discount... Thank you Bruce :-) And to end... some final stats for the competition... there was a total of 12 029kms flown with 121 pilots in goal over the six days... that averages a distance of 280km PER PILOT with each pilot making goal 2,8 TIMES... I'd say it was a VERY "LEKKER" Competition with heartfelt thanks to the Kaapse Buitepos Klub. Brad has left the 'ville...

Overall results

Ladies First!

  1. Nanda Walliser (2222)
  2. Marion Plagge (111)
  3. Florence Sexton (9)

Ladies First! results

EN-D (Serial) Class

  1. Theunis de Bruin (728)
  2. Remko Bolt (707)
  3. Eugene Claase (172)

EN-D (Serial) Class results

EN-C (Sports) Class

  1. Theunis de Bruin (728)
  2. Eugene Claase (172)
  3. Nanda Walliser (2222)

EN-C (Sports) Class results

EN-B (Intmed) Class

  1. Jacint Jozsa (11)
  2. Beat Wegmueller (31)
  3. Stephan Ferreira (77)

EN-B (Intmed) Class results

EN-B (Novice) Class

  1. Grant Smith (222)
  2. Cilliers Louwrens (30)
  3. Florence Sexton (9)

EN-B (Novice) Class results

The Teams...

  1. The Cloudbusters
  2. Kaapse Buitepos Klub
  3. Team Swiss

The Teams... results

Tasks and results

Task 1

13 Dec, 2015

63.5 km — Race to goal

Task 5

17 Dec, 2015

84.0 km — Race to goal

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