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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

New ROADRUNNER – ground handling wing

The Roadrunner is an easy to use and highly forgiving paraglider that is designed specifically, and only, for ground-handling training. It is optimized for use in wind speeds that are too high to practice with a standard sized paraglider, but is also easy to use in light or zero wind conditions.

Schools will love the ease of use and the cost-savings. Save your “flight” wings for flying, instead of wearing them out for ground-handling. The Roadrunner was designed from the start with price in mind, with the goal to increase training efficiency while lowering costs for schools.

Kids love it too! Introduce younger and lighter pilots to the joys of kiting.

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!

The Delta Gets Reviewed…

Recently ‘Thermik Magazine’ published a review of the Delta. Obviously, they really liked it… and we weren’t surprised, because the feedback from pilots all over the world has been exactly what we hoped for, and expected: Great handling, a very comfortable feel, and glide performance that beats many wings in the category above.

Thermik Magazine tested the Delta and measured a l/d of 9.6, which is the second highest performing wing they have ever tested, behind the Mantra M3 which is the highest ever at 9.7 (it should be noted that our tests and the tests of other private pilots have exceeded this number but Thermik Magazine is very professional, and conservative, in their testing).

Here are some excerpts from Thermik’s review:

“It seems that never before there was such a stable sport wing than we have now with the Delta. It is pure pleasure!…
The behavior of the Delta in accelerated flight is an advantage for pilots with XC and competition needs”

“In summary: Usually, promised revolutions don´t happen. However, with the new sport wing Delta, Ozone managed indeed a massive performance jump… There is this massive glide performance plus the fact that the Delta will inspire you with its launch, its handling, its stability and its maneuvers…
…Congratulations to the Ozone Team!”

-From Thermik Magazine, September 2010 Issue (translation by Sabine Konrad).

We are pleased that the Thermik team agrees with our assessment of the wing, and we hope that if you’re considering an EN C class wing in the future, you will try the Delta. Please let us know what you think, and send us news of your favorite flights.
Thermik Test Catalogue:

http://www.thermik.at/tests/gleitzahlen.html

Seiko DOMINE LA PWC

Lors de le dernière épreuve PWC qui s’est tenue à Disentis, en Suisse, le pilote Ozone Seiko FUKUOKA-NAVILLE a probablement réalisé les plus belles performances de l’histoire du parapente féminin de compétition. Seiko a en effet terminé l’épreuve à presque 1000 points de plus que la seconde femme, se classant 20 ème. au général, battant ainsi une grande partie des hommes alors qu’elle volait avec un handicap au niveau de la vitesse.

Les pilotes Ozone ont remporté 6 des 10 premières places, Stefan WYSS se classant second sous son Enzo 2, juste derrière le pilote local Chrigel MAURER. Les pilotes suisses locaux ont pour leur part remporté les quatre premières places. Le compétition fut, selon les observateurs, magnifique dans un cadre à couper le souffle !

Résultats généraux, etféminins.

Salutations de toute l’équipe !

BASSANO : OZONE RAFLE LA MISE avec 9 victoires sur 10

Le très disputé Trophée Montegrappa de Bassano a été remporté par des pilotes Ozone qui ont trusté neuf victoires sur 10, tous sous Enzo 2. Réusltats dispos ici this PDF.

Commentaire de Luc ARMANT ” La compète a été superbe, avec des conditions de Printemps fantastiques. On a fait trois manches d’enfer en compagnie de la plupart des meilleurs pilotes européens . ”

Félicitations à Seiko FUKUOKA-NAVILLE pour la première place femmes et à Ulrich PRINZ pour sa victoire en hommes.

Salutations de toute l’équipe !