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Details of the XC competition...

Competition dates:

Competitors should arrive on Sunday the 17th of February 2008, as Sunday is registration day. Registration starts at 5 PM. The first task is on Monday the 18th. Six competition days will find us ending the comp on Saturday 23rd, with prize giving scheduled for Saturday's afternoon.

Accommodation is granted from Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd, with check-out on Saturday. People wishing to stay longer can contact the hotel directly.

Location:

The competition will be held in Casabito, a beautiful site in the upwind side of the Cordillera Central. The flying is superb with plenty of options for all levels of cross country pilots. There is a main highway along the most common XC routes, so retrieves are expected to be fast and easy. See the flying sites page for more information on the 2008 Caribbean XC Challenge destination.


 



Casabito's takeoff in the background.
Photo courtesy of Ojovolador.com

Competition format:

The Ozone Caribbean XC Challenge has the most open and simple format possible. It's all about flying XC the way you love to fly! There are no tasks, no goals and no windows...

After a general briefing on the flying site, local conditions, and retrieve procedures, pilots will arrive at takeoff everyday for a weather briefing and will be free to takeoff whenever they consider appropriate. They will fly XC either alone or in teams, as they wish, and will choose their course with a maximum of three turn points.

Turn points will not need to be declared beforehand, allowing competitors to make dynamic decisions during their flight, according to the evolution of the conditions.

The scoring software automatically calculates the best distance for each GPS track and scores points for each kilometer.

Further details on the format of the Ozone Caribbean XC Challenge are given on the Rules page.

Categories:

The event is designed for experienced XC pilots and also for those who are still trying to master the arts of distance flying. Accordingly, there will be five different categories:

DHV AFNOR CEN
Category 1 1 A
Category 2 1/2 B
Category 3 2 Standard C
Category 4 2/3 Performance D
Open Class DHV 3, comp gliders, and load tested only.
These gliders are allowed in the competition and will score
in the Open Ranking but will not be awarded prizes.

The competition will score on one common open ranking, but prizes will be granted for each category equally and for the winning team! More details on teams on the Rules page...

Prizes:

Ozone will award prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class! Ozone kites and other accessories will be awarded.

There will also be prizes for record breakers and day winners, and a lottery giving a glider to a lucky pilot!



Flying above Bonao.
Photo courtesy of Ojovolador.com
Family and friends:

The Caribbean XC Challenge is designed to be a family friendly event. The quality facilities and services of the Courtyard Marriott assure a pleasant stay for the non-flying companions and Santiago City provides a variety of amenities. The Organization will also offer free day-trips to various destinations, including city tours, national parks and the beach, and will also provide transportation to get to adventure ranches where they can go hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding or canyoning.

We have a great family registration offer, so start planning your Caribbean family adventure trip!

Registration:

There are three registration options for pilots and accompanying persons depending on your accommodation preferences...

Price in Euros
Double room (Pull-out sofa bed) * see details € 525
You will share a double room with someone else. The room has one queen size bed and
one pull-out sofa bed. By paying this registration you are granted the pull-out sofa bed.
Double room (Queen size bed) € 595
You will share a double room with someone else. Your room can have either two queen
size beds or one queen size bed and one pull-out sofa bed. By paying this registration
you are granted a queen size bed.
Single room (King size bed) € 745
By paying this registration you are granted a room for yourself.

There are also two very special offers for couples, no matter if you're both pilots or not (in case your partner is not a pilot he/she will be registered as an accompanying person):

Price in Euros
Couple (King size bed) € 895
Couple + 1 or 2 kids (Queen size bed + Pull-out sofa bed) € 990
Kids must be under 10 years old. In case there were two kids, they would share a
pull-out sofa bed. In the case kids were older than 10 years old they would have to
be registered as accompanying persons.

Pilot's registration includes:

The right to compete in the Ozone Caribbean XC Challenge.

Six nights accommodation.
Breakfast.
Transportation to flying sites as well as retrieves along the designated routes.
A ticket for the lottery awarding an Ozone glider.
An event t-shirt
A topo map of the area.

Accompanying persons' registration includes:

Six nights accommodation.
Breakfast.
Day tours to various destinations (natural parks, cultural tours, beach and more!).
An event t-shirt

Registration opens on 15th September 2007.


 


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Read everything about the 2006 XC Challenge at 2006.CaribbeanXC.com or the 2007 event at 2007.CaribbeanXC.com