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French Open 2019: Ozone R&D team member, Luc Armant, reports:
“The French Open was an incredible event with four nice tasks in the beautiful mountains of the Aravis (north of Annecy) in good summer conditions. This is, to me, one of the nicest places in the alps. The Ozone team flew quite well with Honorin winning the comp, becoming French Champion for second year in a row. I finished second followed by Julien Wirtz in third.In the Women’s category, Seiko not only dominated the field but also finished 4th overall.The top 13 pilots flew the Enzo 3, which seems still to be the reference for competition wings”
“Chelan, Washington is one of the top flatland paragliding competition arenas in the World! This year the US National Championship’s final leg was held in this part of Washington where pilots get to fly through beautiful mountains, across incredible flatlands with rivers and hanging lakes cutting the wheat filled landscapes where a glacial explosion carved a swath from Canada through Washington and Oregon million of years ago. Passing over historic cities like Coulee City, which houses one of America’s greatest engineering achievements of the 1930’s, Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington, built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation water.
Racing paragliders is similar to sailboat racing. In this competition 150 competitors launch in an hour-long window and get into position for the start. We then race for 2 to 5 hours across wide expanses ranging from 40 to 100 mile-long courses averaging speeds of 20-40 mph per day. The first person to come in gets 1000 points and one point for every second behind the winner is deducted from competitors who arrive after the day winner. For every four days raced, one day is dropped to take away any luck factors and after seven days the scores are added and we have a winner! It is a glorious game of real life aerial chess that is one of the finest sporting contests in the world, and the fact that we live in a time where we can race around the sky hanging from nylon and string is always celebrated at these events!
This year I was able to hang on and grab the second place spot! I am over the moon thrilled to be able to place with such a stiff level of competition and a huge congrats to Donizete Lemos who after 5 days of racing, deservedly, earned first!
Hopefully we’ll have a World Cup in Chelan next year!!!! “
The 14th Ozone Chabre Open has come to a close, with a great week of “warm weather” flying. Five tasks were scored, although a few were stopped early because of storms. Like every year, there were many “goal virgins”, pilots who had not yet made goal in a comp, and did at Chabre. Prizes abounded! All of the winners received an Ozone rucksack full of accessories, and the 2019 prize draw winner was Russell WIllings, who now gets a free Ozone wing! The band, Magnetic Dust, played well into the final night, wrapping up an awesome week of flying and fun in the southern Alps.
Ozone Glider Winner
Russell Willings. — Overall 1. Wessel Du Plooy (Ozone Alpina 3) 2. Richard Meek (Ozone Alpina) 3. Colin Rathbun (Ozone Delta 3)
Fun Class 1. Ali Matthews (Nova Ion 3) 2. Rosie Ireland (Advance Epsilon 8) 3. Isabella Lau (Ozone Geo 5)
After winning the first stop of the Spanish League in Algodonales, Ozone team pilot Felix Rodriguez continues to dominate the national league by winning the second event in his home state, Castilla de La Mancha.
Caudete is the last town between Castilla de La Mancha and Valencia. It is located in the beginning of the main plato of La Mancha. It is the first time that the Spanish league has been held in this area, even though this zone offers a massive potential for XC flying.
We flew 4 out of 4 days of competition, with great conditions and high cloud base. Actually we had to be careful and avoid to pass the maximum altitude restriction.
I led the comp from the 2nd day only a few points ahead of Mika and Wilfred. On day three Wilfred won the task, but received a penalty for breaking the max altitude. The last day was a fast task of 60 km in which the lead gaggle pushed bar 15 km from goal barely making it to final line. In the end I won the task to get the final points to win the comp. It was an honor to win at home! ”
Task setting, briefings and de-briefings are being led by the inimitable Jocky Sanderson. Jocky’s skill and experience in cross country flying, SIV, safety and training, his enthusiasm to help pilots improve and his animated briefings and de-briefings truly make the competition the best learning environment for any budding competition pilot and even for experienced XC pilots. Plus, he provides great entertainment for everybody.
The Ozone Chabre Open has always been a Serial Class event. This year the organization is going one stage further, restricting the competition to Sport Class and below. No EN-D class gliders allowed! Pilots will still be scored by class. There will be prizes for winners in each glider category: Fun, Recreation, and Sport, determined by aspect ratio and certification, plus prizes for the girlies and rookies.
The Paragliding World Cup in Manteigas, Portugal will take place from the 29th of June to the 6th of July 2019.
Serra da Estrela is one of the Paragliding World Cup’s favourite mountain ranges having held competitions there in 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2016.
Take off is on the east side of the Serra da Estrela mountain range but the tasks will be, for the most part, over rolling hills, with a dry, arable landscape giving plentiful thermals.
Serra da Estrela is well known for its 100km+ tasks. It can often be quite windy so the tasks are frequently fast and furious with a long downwind component and a remote goal.
Many of the pilots taking part this time have already got a proven track record of flying well having come in the top ten here in the past.
The level of pilot is going to be one of the highest in the 2019 World Cup circuit. 9 pilots have got AA letters and 9 have already won a World Cup. Podium places are going to be very hard to win.
The best in the World are coming from all over the World with 125 pilots taking part from 25 different countries; from as far afield as Russia, Iran, New Zealand and Chile.
In addition, the Paragliding World Cup now has 19 partners, each with a team, making the team competition even more challenging to win.
Keep up with all the action on the PWCA app and the pwca.org website where you can read the live Commentary, follow the pilots on the tracking, keep up with all the scores and relive each task on World Cup TV.
This year our pilots will be flying the new Zeolite in the race. Legendary adventurer and Ozone team pilot, Antoine Girard, says:
“This is the ideal sail for vol-biv, without compromise! Easy, agile, powerful, fast and especially ultralight. The takeoff and landings have never been easier. It is a real Swiss army knife for vol-biv. It’s a pleasure to carry, and a pleasure to fly. The performance and overall ease of use makes it very difficult to give back after having tested it!”
Gavin McClurg, Gaspard Petiot, Nick Neynans, Cody Mittanck, Rodolphe Akl, Thomas Juel Christiensen, Manuel Nübel, Dominika Kasieczko, and Maxime Pinot, are all competing under the ZEOLITE in this year’s race.
After opening the season with an impressive 162 km declared goal flight, our friends, Wayne Seely and Graham Steel, scored another epic day.
“We had another great weekend In the Cotswolds. Light wind and a good cloud base prediction saw us towing from the Cotswolds, an early start at 11am for myself and Graham Steel ( both flying our trusty Zenos) we started with a 1000m base heading to tp1 that quickly went to blue conditions for 40km but as we approached tp2 we were connected with clouds which gave amazing 5ms climbs to 2000m giving us an easy run back to goal, 105k declared FAI Triangle in just under 5 hrs. Not epic by alpine standards but a good day for the UK”