Sopot Open Accuracy 2017

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“Shambhala” sport club has the pleasure to invite you to the Sopot Open Accuracy 2017.
The event will be held in Sopot from 10 to 12 of November 2017. The main take-off in Sopot is well known and used for many XC and accuracy competitions from 2003 to 2017.

The competition is sanctioned as FAI Category 2 event. Pilots competing in 3 categorys: overall, female and tandem. Pilots must have valid FAI license.

Competition program:

10 November 2017 – Training day and registration
9:00 – 16:30 – Training flights/Registration
12:00 – 13:00 – Briefing/Numbers draw

11 November 2017 – Competition day
8:00 – 9:00 – Deadline for registration/ Briefing
9:00 – 17:30 – Contest flights

12 November 2017 – Competition day
8:30 – 17:30 – Contest flights
17:30 – Prize giving and closing ceremony

Any modifications or changes will be announced in time by the organizers on the General Information Board at the Headquarters, or by the Meet Director at the Briefings.

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Local regulations

Sopot Open Accuracy 2017
These local regulations are to be used in conjunction with General Section and Section 7C of the FAI Sporting Code and PGAWC Rules

1. Purpose
The purpose of the event is to provide safe, fair and satisfying contest flying in order to determinate Individual and Team Winners, and to reinforce friendship amongst pilots and nations.

2. General organization
Sport club SHAMBHALA
4300 Bulgaria, Sopot, Vasil Levski 5
Contact: Valery Tzvetanov
Tel.: +359899914801
E-mail: freefever@abv.bg
Web site: www.lift-sopot.com

3. Officials and Staff
Meet Director : Simeon Stoilov
Launch Marshall : Nanko Kunov
Safety Director : Hristo Slivkov
Event Judge : Tzvetan Tzvetanov
Target Judges : Hristo Ivanov, Marin Kurtev, Stoika Ivanova

4. Event Schedule

10 November 2017 – Training day and registration
9:00 – 16:30 – Training flights/Registration
12:00 – 13:00 – Briefing/Numbers draw

11 November 2017 – Competition day
8:00 – 9:00 – Deadline for registration/ Briefing
9:00 – 17:30 – Contest flights

12 November 2017 – Competition day
8:30 – 17:30 – Contest flights
17:30 – Prize giving and closing ceremony

Any modifications or changes will be announced in time by the organizers on the General Information Board at the Headquarters, or by the Meet Director at the Briefings.HQ will be situated at the bottom station of Lift Sopot.

5.Flying Site

Sopot
• Take-off: Sopot, 1450 m ASL. (N 42.687330°, E 24.749962°) Wind direction: S, SE, SW, E
• Landing: Grass field, Sopot Football stadion, 530 m ASL

Additional flying site: Dubene training hill, 410 m ASL (N 42.602389, E 24.779206)

6. Entry
During the registration participants must complete the entry form and provide following documents: evidence of competitor ID and nationality, valid FAI sporting license, proof of insurance. Registration fee is 30 Euro. Each pilot must have certified paraglider, harness, helmet and reserve. Changing glider is not allowed without consulting with Meet Director. The organizer will provide numbers for each pilot, who must be displayed on the helmet.

7. Number of Rounds
There will be a maximum of 6 full rounds completed within the time available. A minimum of two rounds must be completed to validate the competition. When the final (6) round of the competition is called, pilots should launch in reverse order of their current competition position, if there is enough available time. If there is not enough time to prepare the order and organize the transportation of the pilots to the TO, the competition will continued without reverse order.

8. Take off and flying order
To determinate launch order all pilots will be entered in a draw. The pilots, who will not be present at the official drawing, will receive order numbers by the organizers.

Competition will be hill launch take off.Competitors must have good nil wind as well as strong wind takeoff skills. At the Launch Marshal discretion, a pilot may be temporarily stood down or permanently withdrawn from the competition if he/she appears unable to launch safely in wind and weather conditions that fall within operating limits. Competitors not ready to fly in the established flying order when called forward to launch by the Launch Marshall, or who take off without the Launch Marshall’s permission, will be liable to a maximum score.

Pilots should land approximately in the same order as takeoff and during the flight observe the rest of competitors in front.

A pilot who did not fly will be indicated as DNF in the results for that round and a maximum score will be recorded.

The maximum wind speed for safe flying during this competition is 6 m/s.

9. Final approach and landing
Competitors should be afforded a fair attempt at a target landing. The competitor is deemed to have started the final approach when, having turned to face the target, the Event Judge considers he/she has made a final commitment to making an approach to the target and is not expecting to have to make any significant changes of direction.

Competitors will be scored according to the distance in centimetres between the first point of ground contact and the edge of the dead centre disc. The radius of dead center is 2 sm. An electronic pad will measure the score from 0 to 16 sm.
The Measuring Field will have clearly marked circles set at 0.5 m, 2.5 m and 5 m.
The maximum result will be 5 m.
Landing must be made on the feet. Falling is not allowed and a maximum score will be recorded, if the competitor falls.
Falling is defined as: any other part of the body or flying equipment (including any part of the harness, but excluding speed bar or foot strap) touches the ground before the feet do, or before the wing touches the ground.
If a competitor lands with both feet together and the first point of contact cannot be determined, then the furthest point of the footprint is measured.

10. Signals for Landing Accuracy
The official signal for pilots in the air to fly away from the target for safety reasons will be the waving of a red signal flag by event judge in the measuring field or by an order from the radio.Competitors will be permitted to re launch if the signal waved because of two pilots approach target in the same time.

11. Scoring
Individual scores shall be an aggregate of all scores achieved by that competitor. When five or more valid rounds are completed, the worst score is dropped. The winner shall be the pilot gaining the lowest aggregate score across all the rounds flown in the Competition. If two or more competitors have the same score, to determinate the overall ranking will be count the dropped score.

As soon as is practical at the end of the round, the recorder will post the scores on the main notice board. These will be marked Provisional, with the posting time and date clearly visible. Any complaint against the Provisional scores must be lodged within 2 hours of the scores being posted. After last round protest for provisional scores must be lodged within one hour.

 

14. Judging
The Chief Judge and Event Judge will be qualified persons appointed by the championship organizer. They will have experience of judging at international Paragliding Accuracy competitions and at least one will be a current paragliding accuracy pilot. In addition there will be three (3) further suitably qualified members of the judging team and one recorder.

15. Complaints and Protests Complaints and Protests will be dealt with according to the procedures in FAI Sporting Code Section 7C and FAI General Section. The time limit for protest is 2 hour after notification of the result of the complaint. The protest fee is 30 Euro. It will be returned if the protest is upheld.

On behalf of organization team we wish you the best of luck in the competition, safe landings and a nice stay in Bulgaria at this special event.

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Arrival/Accomodation

By Plane
Sofia International Airport – regular flights to many destinations. You can easily arrive to the Central Railway Station or the Central Bus Station, using metro. From there you can take bus to Karlovo/Sopot leaving at 12:00 and arriving to Sopot at 14:35
Web site: http://www.union-ivkoni.com or train, check Bulgarian railways official website www.bdz.bg for time-table.

Airport direct transfer Sofia-Sopot can be arrange for 50 Euro for up to 4 pilots (or van for up to 10), but requires booking in advance.

By Car
Just keep your GPS navigator guiding you to the headquarters location: 42° 39.839’N 24° 44.884’E (Lift Sopot).Best option is to use the main road E871 (Sofia-Burgas), which pass through Sopot.

ACCOMMODATION
Organizer can provide accommodation on your request. There is choice between hotels or guest houses, with price from 10 to 20 Euro per person.

For more information about airport transfer or accommodation, please write to: freefever@abv.bg