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2016 Ozone Chabre Open

July 13, 2016

With 128 pilots from 17 countries participating, the 11th Ozone Chabre Open finished with six days of flying. The Chabre Vol Libre Team reports:

“Congrats to Cullmann, Grant Oseland, and Frederick Angrimer who shared the overall podium. We ran our longest task ever on Thursday, a 66.25km elapsed time set from Chabre to Chorges with 41 pilots making goal. On the last day, having woken to rain in the morning, we managed to complete a 33km task from Buc (Sederon) to Laragne, in glorious late afternoon sunshine.

The classes this year were determined by a combination of aspect ratio and EN certification, with a new Fun class (EN-B or below and AR less than 5.2), in addition to the regular Recreation, Sport, X-Class, Rookies and Women (results at bottom).

FAI World Paragliding XC Champion, new FAI world record holder (306km FAI Triangle), and Ozone test pilot, Honorin Hamard, flew with us on both final tasks under his Ozone LM6. Modest as he is, he provided a stunning and inspirational demonstration on what can be achieved on a serial class glider. He out-thermalled and out-flew us all, of course! On Friday morning he answered many questions on techniques and tactics for competition/performance flying and glider handling.

Despite the late finish after the last task, the famous raffle to win an Ozone glider was as popular as ever. This year’s lucky winner was Natalia Shoutova, Russian but living in the UK, who is very keen to replace her aging wing. Thanks also to Cross Country magazine for their generous contributions to the raffle prizes.

This year’s event was sadly overshadowed by the fatal accident of Swiss pilot, Gordan Vosicki, on Monday during what would have been the first task of the competition. The day was immediately cancelled. Conditions were calm, with a light southerly breeze and normal thermic conditions. He was seen to suffer a frontal collapse which eventually resulted in a spiral dive into the forest on the north side of the mountain. His reserve parachute was not deployed. No other pilot was involved. All the competitors and the organising team were deeply shocked by the accident. The following day was designated a ‘safety day’ and pilots were allowed to take time out to remember Gordan in their own way. Some chose to fly (a training task was set and a handful made goal). Some chose to attend safety and SIV briefings given by Meet Director Jocky Sanderson.

The windy weather on Wednesday precluded any official task at Laragne, but many pilots went free flying at nearby sites, St Vincent les Forts and St Jean Montclar. A number made the run to St André les Alps.
At the prize-giving ceremony, we remembered Gordan once more, and Jocky praised the competitors for the respectful way they conducted themselves during the event.”

Full Results here