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2009 XC-Open Piedrahita

Competition Results  
pdfOpen Class 1  Tomassi, Paul (CHE) Gin Boomerang 6
  2  Mumenthaler, Reynald (CHE) Gin Boomerang 6
  3  Müller, Martin (CHE) Gin Boomerang 6 X-Alps
pdfWomen Miller, Christine (DEU) Icaro Maverick
pdfSerial Class Eberle, Klaus Günter (DEU) Aircross U-Sport
pdfSport Class Schaertl, Dominic (DEU) Nova Mentor
pdfFun Class Schaertl, Dominic (DEU) Nova Mentor
   

Sunday, 06-SEP-2009    

Today at task 7 we had the best flying conditions in this week. Damien Tuvo won the day with a flight of 181km closely followed by Urs Dubach. A very interesting final between Kacper Kowalski PL and Paul Tomassi CH for the lead in the 2009 XC-Open World Series.

SMS Info's 09:57:19 and 10:16:19
XC-Open Sept.06 last competition day - Paul Tomassi is leading the competition after 6 tasks. At 9:30 the wind at take off is still over the back from the SE. The forecast is for another excellent flying day. see you at 11:00 at HQ

   
Saturday, 05-SEP-2009    

SMS Info 10:01:41
XC-Open SEPT.05 Briefing at HQ 11:00 - weather looks good with light E to SW winds base at 3000m- yesterdays winners: Paul Tomassi 136km Reynald Mumenthaler 133km Robert Machel 109km enjoy your flights!

Day winner with 138km Martin Müller.

   
Friday, 04-SEP-2009    
21:30 Paul Tomassi and Reynald Mumenthaler, the competition leaders, just came back from a 6.5 hr flight towards the East to Avila and back to a landing near Tornavacas Pass West of Piedrahita. Distances were 136km for Paul and 133km for Reynald. The Alpsfreeride red team, flying all on red Boomerang 6, is pushing forward! Robert Machel placed 3rd with a flight of 109km to the South.

SMS Info 09:41:13:
XC-Open SEPT.04 - briefing at HQ 11:00 weather looks good, light wind from NW - yesterdays winner Klaus Guenter Eberle with a flight of 99,9 km straight distance from Piedrahita 50 km driving distance for retrieve 350 km.
   
Thursday, 03-SEP-2009    
SMS Info 09:46:48:
XC-Open SEPT.03- briefing at HQ at 11:00- day winner yesterday Paul Tomassi 112km- get your day prizes and learn from Paul how to fly that far J

The day was a slow day for the patient pilots again. Maximum base of the blue thermals 2500 m. Day winner Klaus Guenter Eberle first flew towards Avila and then went to the South across both mountain chains of the Sierra de Credos. A very scenic flight, but a long retrieve for his driver Edu.

 

   
Wednesday, 02-SEP-2009    
SMS Info 09:45:54:
XC-Open 02.SEPT briefing at HQ 10:45 wind is still over the back - tonight from 19:30 on  f r e e  beer at the vine tree bar at the main square

The window was open at 12:30 - It was a day for the patient pilot. Many pilots landed before the Villatoro Pass. The furthest pilots are still flying just before last task time 19:30 at ++100km..

   
Tuesday, 01-SEP-2009    
Task 2 - Open Distance via 3 free choosen turnpoints. The conditions were difficult due to a lot of mid level cloud. Most pilots flew zig-zag in the Avila valley.

 

   
Monday, 31-AUG-2009    
No task today, due to strong wind.

next briefing tomorrow 10:00 at HQ - tonight 20:30 party and free food at La Panera Bar. 

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Sunday, 30-AUG-2009    
Good flying conditions with a cloud base of 4000 m - the task was Open Distance via 3 free choosen turnpoints. Day winner was Reynald Mumenthaler CHE with a flight of 151 km, closely followed by Kacper Kowalski POL in only 400m distance. Both pilots flew a completely different route. Best Women on 5th place overall Christine Miller with a flight of 91 km. Many pilots flew up to Avila and had problems to push into the NW wind. Most flew back against the wind for a short distance. The long flights were to the South across the mountains. Many pilots flew their personal altitude record.    

A short description of the flying area
The small market town of Piedrahita is situated at 1000m MSL 185 km from Madrid international airport, about 2 hrs. driving time.
The main take off Pena Negra at 1900m faces NW and is reached by a good paved road. Pena Negra can be used in 95% of the flying days. The first thermals are working around 11am in the valley. Piedrahita is an ideal place to reach the convergence line, that sets up in centre of the Spanish peninsula in front of the Sierras (see map below). It can extend for more than 300km with cloud bases above 4000m.
The main flying route takes you to the historic town of Avila and further on along the N110 highway.
Site records have been flown by Steve Ham 244km on 04 July 2004 and 280km by Patrice Quillet on 15 August 2004.
Another Piedrahita Special is the flying with storks in the same thermal - amazing pilots these guys.
If you are looking to join a retrieve team for the 2009 Piedrahita XC-Open
use paragliging forum thread contacts.

Piedrahita on Google maps

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