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The Ozone Chabre Open – 2008 Results

June 15, 2008

The 4th annual Ozone Chabre Open has come to a close, with 3 valid tasks followed by a brilliant day of fun (free) flying. Even though the forecast was grim at the beginning of the week, much excellent flying was had, with many pilots in goal for the first time and a few even setting personal best XC flights! With too much wind to fly on the last two days, the final Friday was spent at the famous St Vincent Les Forts, where we soared above the Lac de Serre Poncon and made some nice little out and return XC flights in the mountains.

The overall win went to Mark Graham of the UK, who was also working for the organization as the scorer for the comp… don’t worry, we had someone check his work! 😉

Local hero Rachael Evans took overall 2nd place on her Rush, and also won the overall womens! Rachael has made several epic flights from Laragne in the past, including several long ones (100km+) on her Ozone wings, and is a flying role model for local pilots and for her husband, David.

Ruud van der Heijden of the Netherlands was 3rd overall and also won the Serial Class with his Mantra M2 – Ruud has always flown well and partied hard at the Chabre and this year was no exception, although apparently it was too cold on Friday night for him to dance shirtless, like last year!

For complete results, please visit http://www.flylaragne.com/ and go to 2008 Ozone Chabre – 2008 Results, where you will find .pdf files for each category. The winners of each class went home with a bag full of Ozone gear, and most of the pilots present at the prize giving won goodies in the raffle.

Congratulations also to David Bryans who won the raffle for the Ozone glider of his choice – David is already an Ozone Mantra pilot and is currently struggling with a nice dilemma: which free Ozone wing to choose! Perhaps an UltraLite, or a Geo II, or an Addict 2, or a Mantra M2… just let us know David, and we’ll get it sent out to you 🙂

A big thanks to the organization again, for all of their hard work. Without the tireless efforts of David and Rachael, Brian and Louise, all of the drivers and other volunteers, the Ozone Chabre would never be possible. Also another big thanks to Jocky, who provided his usual constant guidance, assistance, and inspiration to the pilots in the comp. They all kept everything fun and relaxed !

The Ozone Chabre Open 2009 is currently being considered . We’re trying to make it happen, but due to a date conflict with the Hang Gliding World Championships, we may need to change something… but we’ll certainly let everyone know as soon as possible.

Lastly, thanks to all of you, the pilots, for whom we love to work and without whom there would be no event or even sport for that matter. Thanks for coming to our events, following the news on this site, and supporting us at Ozone for nearly a decade! Cheers to you all, from the Team.