Kvarner newsletter / no 23

Opatija – Istria, July 2010
Croatian Open Hang-Gliding Championship

From the 7th to the 12th of July 2010, the sky over Učka will be filled with hang-gliders taking part in the 10th Croatian Open Hang-Gliding Championship. Apart from competitors, this championship continues to attract plenty of visitors staying in destinations around Kvarner and Istria, eager to marvel at some spectacular performances by superbly skilful hang-gliders.

Next year in July, Mount Učka near Rijeka and Ćićarija mountain range in Istria will host the attractive 10th Croatian Open Hang Gliding and Paragliding Championship.

This competition is always very interesting for visitors who enjoy the sight of the sky filled with colourful hang-gliders. The championship will take place on several locations. The official dates for the championship are from the 7th to the 12th of July, but the final dates and the locations for flying will be determined depending on weather conditions.

According to the official rules, hang gliders will start each day from one of the four take-off sites, two of which are located on the Mount Učka (Vojak and Brgud), and the other two – Raspadalica and Žbevnica above Buzet – on the Mount Ćićarija in Istria.

The competitors will have the task to fly the routes in the shortest time possible. After flying over beautiful landscapes, the gliders will aim for landing places, which will be organised in different places throughout Istria – Buzet, Motovun, Boljunsko polje and Ćepić polje. The latter two are plains located alongside the road between Plomin and Tunnel Učka. The organisers are expecting approximately fifty competitors with their teams from around ten countries.

Exact take-off sites and routes will be determined depending on weather conditions and wind force, which is why it is not possible to know the definitive plan and programme of the championship yet. One thing is sure though: the competition is going to be very interesting, both for participants and for visitors, whose number is increasing each year. Many of them follow the routes of paragliders in their cars and meet the competitors at landing places to celebrate the end of each day's flying adventure. For information, one flight can take up to six hours and more than 150 kilometres in the air depending on the choice of the take-off point and wind force!

The organiser of the championship is Homo volans free flying club from Opatija, whose members will also participate in the competition.