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BAPTISTE, CHARLES AND THE OZONE TEAM WIN IN MACEDONIA

The PWC in Krushevo, Macedonia has come to an end after seven valid tasks.

Ozone team pilot, Baptiste Lambert , was the overall winner followed by his teammate Charles Cazaux in second. They flew the Enzo 3 & the Submarine. Third place went to Daniel Tyrkas, also flying the Enzo 3.

In the women’s category, Constance Mettetal took the win followed by Keiko Hiraki (Enzo 3) and Kirsty Cameron (Zeno 2) in third. 

The team winner was the OZONE Team. 

PWC’s Ruth Jessop reports:

With another day of blue skies and lots of sunshine a fast 85 km corridor task was set taking the pilots south, almost to Greece.

With initial climbs maxing out at 2600m, the day and subsequently today’s task started with a super gaggle all compressed tightly up against each other before the start opened and the mass of wings descended onto turn point one as one huge mass.

Ping-ponging between turn point one and two the group held its form well, but at the transition to the third turn point the flats appeared to be the crux and soon enough the gaggle became two and some scattered stragglers.

There were some great climbs in the flats up to 4.5ms and, while not all were as giving, there was an abundance of lift.

The lead gaggle had put some space between themselves and the second gaggle by the transition to the last turn point. True to form this week. the leaders got stuck just before the end of speed and were overtaken by the following gaggle, radically changing the scores. 

The final glide was buoyant and provided a lifty line in for many and a full bar ride to ESS before a glory glide to goal.

What an amazing week. This is only the second time we have had a seven-task competition in Europe. The pilots flew a cumulative 70618 km, more than 1.75 times around the world.

What a stunning performance from Baptiste Lambert winning his third World Cup here in Krushevo. He was in the top 2 in 5 out of the 7 tasks! This morning he knew that he could stay in bed and still win.

Charles Cazaux improved on his 3rd place, in the 2012 World Cup here in Krushevo, by coming 2nd this time.

Well done to Constance Mettetal winning her third World Cup, coming 5th overall in task 6.

Keiko Hiraki was 2nd lady here in 2014, and 2nd lady here again in 2022.

The pilots enjoyed an amazing variety of scenery from lakes, hills and mountains to the wide expanse of corn fields and sun flowers smiling up at them.

Thank you to the people of Krushevo for letting us share their beautiful village and their wonderful blue skies”

For Full results go to: https://live.pwca.org/scores

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the Ozone Team.

Photos courtesy of Paragliding World Cup – PWCA

Nueva ROADRUNNER – vela para hacer campa

La Roadrunner es una vela fácil de usar y muy sana, diseñada específica y únicamente para practicar en el suelo haciendo campa. Está optimizada para usarse con vientos que sean demasiado fuertes para practicar con un parapente de tamaño normal, pero también resulta fácil de usar con viento muy flojo o nulo.

A las escuelas les encantará su facilidad de uso y el ahorro que obtendrán. Reserva tus velas de «volar» para volar en lugar de desgastarlas haciendo campa con ellas. La Roadrunner se diseñó con la premisa de que fuera económica y con el objetivo de mejorar la eficiencia de la formación y para que las escuelas vean reducidos sus costes.

¡A los niños también les encanta! Con ella puedes iniciar a los pilotos más jóvenes y ligeros a que disfruten con el manejo en tierra de una vela.

Alex Yaschenko Repatriation Fund

On 28 September, Alex Yaschenko, was involved in a paragliding accident in the Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Despite many years paragliding experience as one of Australia’s top pilots, as well as having flown extensively in this area several years prior, Alex experienced a collapse soon after take-off and suffered a significant impact on landing.

Please help out by donating whatever you can, no matter how small. Every cent counts, and every dollar gets him closer to home. 

Click here to make a donation

FELIX WINS AT HOME

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. 

He reports: 

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! ”

For full results, Click here.

Congrats and Cheers from all the Ozone Team.

Russ Finishes Top 10 at PWC Ager with the Mantra R07

Final results are in! Russ finished a very respectable 9th place, good job Russ! The R07 is working well and it’s great to see such a new wing doing so well on the PWC.

The Mantra R07 is Ozone’s Competition Research wing, which a select group of top XC pilots are flying this year in National and PWC Competition. The feedback from our team pilots is that the R07 has solid performance with a very comfortable ride, and comparatively agile and easy handling.

Dav Dagault, Ozone’s designer, is constantly experimenting with the countless variables in glider design to achieve maximum performance and feeling from each wing. Knowledge gained from the R07 competition prototypes is immediately applied to current prototypes of our serial class wings. You’ll have to wait until 2008 to see what this year’s research has yielded, but for now we can say that the research is paying off 😉

Cheers from all the team!

Seiko machaca en la PWC

En la etapa de la PWC celebrada en Disentis, Suiza, la piloto de equipo Ozone Seiko Fukuoka Naville realizó el que probablemente sea el papel más brillante logrado por una mujer en la historia de las competiciones de parapente. Con una ventaja de cerca de mil puntos respecto a la segunda mujer clasificada, acabó en el vigésimo puesto de la clasificación absoluta, con lo que batió a la mayoría de los hombres, y con la clara desventaja que tiene de velocidad.

6 de los 10 primeros puestos fueron para pilotos volando Ozone, con Stefan Wyss en segundo lugar con su EnZo 2, justo tras el local Chrigel Maurer. Los suizos locales volaron bien, como suelen hacer, y se llevaron los cuatro primeros puestos. La competición fue preciosa y en unos paisajes asombrosos.

Resultados generales, y femenina.

¡Saludos de todo el equipo!

Pilotos de Ozone copan el podium y 9 de los 10 primeros puestos

El muy disputado Trofeo Montegrappa, en Bassano, vio cómo el podium lo copaban las EnZo 2, así como nueve de los 10 primeros puestos de la clasificación final. Los resultados compoletos los tenéis en este PDF.

Luc Armant dijo, “La competición ha sido fantástica con magníficas condiciones de primavera. Volamos tres mangas a tope, y ahí estaban los mejores pilotos europeos.”

Enhorabuena  a Seiko Fukuoka por ser la primera mujer, y a Ulrich Prinz por subirse a lo más alto del podium.

¡Saludos de todo el equipo!