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2016 Czech and Slovak Open

11/07/2016 :::

Congratualations to the Czech GIN team pilots for the team win in the Czech and Slovak Open.

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 7 Task 6

25/06/2016 :::

Michael Sigel reports on the final task:

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 6 Task 5

24/06/2016 :::

Today's report is from Michael Sigel...

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 5 Task 4

23/06/2016 :::

After reaching the take off on midday was pretty clear that combination of quite strong south wind and rough thermals is not the best to start the task of fun competition.

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 4 Task 3

22/06/2016 :::

Today's report is from Petra Slivova: "Blue sky in the morning and some little cumulus clouds early in the day with forecast of Thunderstorms in the early afternoon lead us to set a short task with big cylinders and many options.

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 3

21/06/2016 :::

Michael Sigel reports on Task 2:

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 2

20/06/2016 :::

Richard Bungay reports on Monday's action

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2016 GIN Wide Open - Day 1

19/06/2016 :::

Michael Sigel reports from the GIN Wide Open in Saint Jean Montclar, France.

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2016 Paragliding World Cup - Gemona Italy - Task 2

10/06/2016 :::

Cat and Mouse

The organisers sent us up the mountain an hour early in the hope of saving the competition which was in serious risk of ending with a single task. A combination of superb micro-meteorology reports and very precise task setting and timing saw a fascinating game of cat and mouse played out over the flat-lands and foothills of Gemona. The clouds were pouncing on the sun and the competitors were grounded as collateral damage in a game that took the first pilot seconds short of three hours to complete the 60km course. This is ponderously slow for a world cup. It is miraculous that anyone made the goal given that the course was in shadow the entire day let alone a third of the field.

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2016 Paragliding World Cup - Gemona Italy - Task 1

07/06/2016 :::

da Vinci Day

One might be forgiven for thinking the world cup curse had befallen the Gemona del Friuli world cup in Italy after two days of rain. It is never a good thing to start this way. The entire field was crowded under the gazebo tents provided by the organisors as they cowered from the torrential rain on launch yesterday. Even worse, it is almost intolerable for any self-respecting world cup pilot to suffer the insult of descending any mountain by any means other than a paraglider making the drive down the mountain a sombre one.

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