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孤独の星カーボーイ:テキサスで501km

セバスチャン・カイルーは2020年6月7日、M7に乗りテキサスで501kmを飛び、初めてのアメリカ合衆国における500km越えフライトを達成すると言う金星を射止めました。

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シャルル・カゾーがPGのスピード新記録を達成

オゾンチームパイロットのシャルル・カゾー(フランス)が2020年8月24日、コル・デュ・バンシェ(フランス)で彼自身の25kmトライアングルスピード記録を破る46.9km/hを出し、新しい世界新記録を達成しました。

彼のレポート:

「ディゼンティスの1週間にわたるワールドカップから戻ってきたばかりで目を覚まし、子供らと朝食を食べ、庭を数歩歩いて空を見上げました:爽やかな空気、乾燥した草、鳥たちはすでにサーマルソアリングをし始めており、上空は東北東の風、リッジの東側には雲はほとんど無し。フーン…良い日になりそうな…とても良さそうだ。家族全員の予定は?子供たちは昨日のハイキングのため家でゆっくりしたい。本当?と言うことはこの大気を試すためにちょっと時間が取れるってこと。テイクオフはここからたったの10分の場所。

予報をもう少し注意深くチェック、計画には少し風が強いかも…でもトライしてみるか!計画は何?25kmのFAIトライアングルのスピードレース!何だって?そう、それだ!

数年前、私は私自身を向上させるための特別な練習をスタートさせました;アクセルの使い方、心の限界を押し広げる、この特別な瞬間に集中し、リラックスしそして効率的になる。コンペでフルスピードで飛ぶファイナルグライドはフライトのほんの数分でしかありませんが私はあまり得意ではないことに気が付きました。最高のパイロットと戦えるように、練習に時間をかけました。上手くいくようです!25kmは大変短く毎秒が平均スピードに影響してきます。特に気を付けなければならないのは、FAIの記録ルールによれば500m以下でなければならないスタート地点とアライバル地点の高度差です。速く飛ぶには加速し高度を失いますが、一方この最大高度差を考慮しなければなりません。私のホームエリアは地形と気象的には悪くないと思います。

2006年に最初の”25kmFAIトライアングルスピード”世界記録を達成し、2010年にオゾンR10で更新しました。その後プロトタイプがコンペから消えたため最高スピードが遅くなり、ここ数年限界を超えるのに適した気象条件を見つけるのが結構難しくなってきました。

現在に戻ると、私は火が付き準備が出来ています!必要書類をFAIに送信し、GPSでタスクを設定し、準備万端、バラストをいっぱいにし、エンツオ3とエグゾシートはいつでも飛び立てます!オーストラリア、テキサス、ブラジルでのいくつかの記録挑戦を経験しているので、この記録挑戦のルーチーンには慣れており、ホームではいたって簡単でした!テイクオフ、崖近辺の最初のサーマル、ちょっと計画には強いかも、北東10~15km/h、リフト3~4m/s。気にしないで、この競技場で何ができるかやってみよう!特に対地300~400mでフライトしていたにせよ、リッジ上でサーマルとアゲインストに向かってBライザーとアクセルを多用しなければならないかなり厳しいコンディションでした。私はこの日のタスクの正しい対処法を持ち、そのような挑戦に立ち向かう準備ができていました! 一線を越えて結果を確認するのはとてもいい気分です!スピード新記録…

エアリンクスアカデミーのチームメートである福岡聖子・ナヴィルに感謝します。彼女はいつも安全トレーニング、フルスピードトレーニング、詳細な報告で私のスキルを向上させるように私を促してくれます。このタスクに私を集中させるべくアドバイスをしてくれた1日コーチングに感謝します。

もっと速くできるような適切な気象条件あるいはもっと良い場所での来るべき日を心待ちにしています!」

これほどの速いフライトおめでとうシャルル。オゾンチーム全員から祝福します。

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18 YEAR OLD CAIO BUZZARELLO SETS NEW RECORD IN BRAZIL.

Caio Henrique Buzzarello has set a new record flying his Enzo 3 in the South of Brazil.

He shares:

“Montes Claros – Minas Gerais is the man stage at the moment for the biggest flights in Brazil! A privileged region with great potential for flights over 350 km and an incredible flight average.

We just caught a beautiful day, blue sky, where the convergence lines ended up being the best options for lift.

It took us 7h and 48 minutes, for 352.2 km of distance, establishing the new record of Mineiro and the center-south of Brazil!

Add to this flight my companions and friends, and it will stay in memory forever!”

For the flight track, Click HERE. 

Congrats and cheers from All the Ozone Team.

Photos courtesy of Caio Buzzarello

HORACIO LLORENS AND FELIX RODRIGUEZ SET A NEW DISTANCE RECORD IN THE PYRENEES.

Cousins Horacio Llorens and Felix Rodriguez Fernandez have just landed from a week long bivy mission in Spain.

On Saturday, June 27th, after spending a full day on the ground due to strong winds, they launched from Alanos and flew 227 km to set a new Pyrenees distance record.

In their words:

“Our goal was simply to enjoy the beautiful Pyrenees, and fly as a team. During the first three days we flew 180 km to the west, where the crest of the Pyrenees ends.

On the fourth day, we were forced to take the day off due to strong wind. The big surprise came on day five when, with decent conditions (nothing special), we were able to fly 227 km for a new distance record in the Pyrenees… we flew back to the east following the predominant wind flow and in a single day we surpassed the full route of the first three days. It was UNREAL!!!!

After that incredible flight, conditions deteriorated. So we decided to stop for now and put our energy into our next vol-bivouac mission. Stay tuned to find out where and when this will be!”

Horacio was flying his Zeolite and Felix his Z-Alps. Both of them flew with the Ozium 2.

For flight track Click HERE

Congrats guys for such a great adventure and a new record for the family!

Cheers from the all the Ozone team.

SEBASTIEN KAYROUZ SETS A NEW US RECORD ON HIS MANTRA 7

Congrats to Sebastien Kayrouz, who set a new US Paragliding record in Texas flying his Mantra 7. On June 7th, Sebastien launched from a small hill near Camp Wood and flew a straight-line distance of 503 km.

He flew for 9 hours 45 minutes with an average speed of 52.5 kmh and a maximum altitude of 2,707 m. This might be the longest flight ever done on a 3-liner.

Previous to Sebastien’s flight, the longest paragliding flight in the US was 463km, set by Ozone R&D team member Luc Armant on 2 July 2014.

Sebastien sent us this message after his flight:

“The strong wind made the conditions challenging but the M7 took on everything the day threw at us like a champ and delivered when I needed it to deliver. I loved the M7 before, and I love it even more now. Thank you Ozone.”

Amazing flight Sebastien! Cheers from all the Ozone Team.

For flight track Click HERE

NEW SWEDISH RECORD – 223 km

On May 6th, Gillis Bengtsson set a new Swedish distance record on his ZENO. He took off from Ålleberg, a small mountain (90 m) in the Swedish flatlands. He landed, after 6 hours, close to the city of Kalmar.

Gillis is one of the most active paragliding pilots in Sweden. In his early paragliding career he practiced a lot of ground handling and soared a lot on small slopes and even castles. 

He has been focused on distance flying for the last few years, and it’s great to see that all his earlier practice and consistency is now paying off.

Congrats and cheers from all the Ozone Team!

For the flight track-log click here

Brigitte Kurbel sets new world record

Brigitte Kurbel (GER) set a new women’s world record in Free Distance around a triangle course on her Zeno.   After a long walk to launch in Grente (ITA), she spent more than 11 hours in the air to achieve an amazing 269 Km flight. For the flight track, click here. 

Brigitte flew six triangles this year, making her the winner of the World XC contest 2019 (women). She flew her Zeno for all but one, for which she piloted the new M7 for a “test-flight” of 231.44 km.

Ramona Eckert (GER) placed second in the XC contest flying her Alpina 3. In Third place was Gabriela Jacober-Wüest (CH) on her Swift 5.

Congrats, and cheers from all the Ozone Team. Thanks for flying OZONE

記録づくめの1週間

先週、素晴らしいコンディションのブラジルでパラグライディング史上最も長いXCフライトがいくつか生まれました。 

10月9日、オゾンチームパイロットの福岡聖子が、10月4日にヤエル・マルゲリシュの出した442kmを破り460kmを飛んで新しい女子記録を達成しました。聖子はチームメイトのシャルル・カゾーとフェリックス・ロドリゲスと一緒に飛んでいました。3人ともエンツオ3に乗っていました。

10月10日、地元の教祖ともいえるラファエル・サラディニ(エンツオ3)、マルセロ・プリエトそしてラファエル・デ・モラエスバロスが582kmを飛び、これまた新しい世界記録を達成しました。

同じ日、メキシコ人パイロットのアレックス・ロヤルテはゼノに乗り、パツのハングテイクオフから離陸し、素晴らしい509kmを飛びました。

10月12日、聖子は少し距離を伸ばし、離陸地点から472km飛びました。

一方、スイス人パイロットのヤエル・マルゲリッシュ(エンツオ3)は驚くべき553kmを飛び記録を伸ばし、500kmを超えた最初の女子パイロットとなりそうです。

間違いなく記憶にとどめる1週間です!全パイロットにオゾンチーム全員から祝福と声援を送ります。

これら全ての長距離フライトが続かんことを!

UK DELIVERS AGAIN

After opening the season with an impressive 162 km declared goal flight, our friends, Wayne Seely and Graham Steel, scored another epic day.

Wayne reports:

“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”

For Wayne and Graham’s flight, click here

Congrats and Cheers from all the Ozone Team. 

MARCELLA UCHOA FLIES 411KM, SETTING THREE NEW WORLD RECORDS.

Brazilian pilot, Marcela Ochoa has just set three new distance records with a single flight: Straight Distance, Straight Distance to a declared goal and Free Distance using up to three turnpoints

Marcela launched from Assu, in Rio Grande do Norte, landing 10 hours later at Tamboril in Ceará, with a straight distance of 411 km.

In Marcella’s words:

“The flying conditions of my record flight was very difficult. Turbulent, blue and very challenging. I was the last one to be towed, so I flew the first kms by myself, then I was able to connect with Frank Brown and Marcelo Prieto and later on we connected with Samuel Nascimento and Rafael Saladini. It was very very turbulent, it was not easy to fly the Enzo S in those conditions, so I was able to eat something only after 2pm. I think I did not fly very well, I always climb well, but that day I could not do it very well. Only between 10-12pm we had clouds. After Quixeramobim, turned blue again and the whole flight there was a thermal inversion making it more turbulent. We had several low saves. And when I thought it was getting weaker (I was even thinking of releasing the ballast) we took a 8m/s thermal in the lee side that we climbed out as we were papers. Although, the end of the flight was extremely difficult, very weak, blue and we were stopping at any bubbles we found along the way. It was very difficult to maintain concentration after beating the women’s world declared goal record at km 377. But I swallowed the celebration and concentrated on my main dream. I was 10km to record, 1000m above the ground. Theoretically, I already knew it was going to happen, but there were so many “almost”, that I only believed when I saw the 403 appear on the GPS screen, that moment I cried out of happiness, unique feeling in my whole life, never felt such big emotion like that. But until then, I did not even breathe so I did not miss any gliding haha. And I still glided 7km more, totaling 410.72km. Taking off in Assu in Rio Grande do Norte, cruising the whole “sertão” and landing near Tamboril in Ceará. It was 9h48 of flying. What a flight! If it were easy it would not be a record, and being on a bad and difficult day gave an even better taste. As I said last year, there is no greater connection to nature than flying the whole day. Without engine, without anything, only you, your paraglider and the wind. Taking off with the sun on your back and ending the flight with a final glide towards the best sunset in the world, in the best place. There is no better feeling in the world. That is where you are sure that all the suffering is worth it. And with the thrill of having beaten three world records. For sure, it was the best day of my life! Dream of a lifetime”.

Marcella was flying her Enzo 3.

For tracklog click HERE

Congrats Marcella for such an epic flight!
Cheers from all the OZONE team.”

Photos Courtesy of Marcella Uchoa