In the last few days, the national aero clubs or delegated authorities of Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Great Britain and the USA have informed the organizers and the CIVL that they do not intend to participate in the coming World Hang Gliding Championships to start on July 18, 2021, in Krushevo, N. Macedonia. They all underline their concerns about the pandemic and the consequences on travel restrictions for persons and equipment.CIVL
Although locally all requirements are met, it is obvious that some communities are not ready to follow. With so many top nations not participating, the championships have become senseless. It is with great regrets that the organizers and the CIVL have come to the conclusion that the 2021 championships will not take part and will be postponed to 2023.
23rd FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 & 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 5 Championships will take place in Krushevo, Macedonia
from 18th to 30th July, in 2023.
Championship is happening in the best period of the year for this flying site and is run by the experienced team which successfully organized two class 1 European and two class 5 World championships at the same site. This, along with the predictable weather with 90% of competition flying days is a guarantee for fair competitive event and equal chance for every competitor.
Selection and entry fee
Maximum number of pilots in the championship is 130 with: 105 in Class 1 and 25 in Class 5.
Entry Fee: Pilots, 490 € | Team leaders/Assistants, 250 €
Eligibility to Compete
As per FAI Sporting Code – Section 7A In the 36 months before the ranking reference date, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:
• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1.
• Participated in one or more FAI sanctioned competitions with at least 30 pilots.
• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1, 2 or 5.
• Flown a Class 5 glider in at least one Second Category event with at least 30 participants
Free and official training days:
18 – 19.07.2021
18.07.2021, 5 pm – 8 pm
Mandatory Safety Briefing:
19.07.2021, 9 am – 10 am
Mandatory training task
19.07.2021, 11 am – 5 pm
19.07.2021. 7 pm
Championship flying days:
20 – 30.07.2021
Prize-giving & Closing ceremony:
8:30 am: Headquarters open
9:00 am: Team Leader meeting
9:30 am: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:30 am: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
12:00 pm: Take-off window opens.
7:00 pm: Scoring office opens
9:00 pm: Provisional results published printed in HQ
* Schedule is subject to change on need to base.
All kind of different cross-country flights can be made in the flying area. Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is more demanding because in “normal” summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
East TO 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east – northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the hang glider from the car, it is already on the place where it should be opened. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead.
West TO 1440m ASL
It’s a secondary smaller take off place facing west – southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch.
The same cross-country flights can be done from here. There is easily reachable bomb-out landing field under this launch but it’s smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy. This launch can also be used for beginners so landings should suit competition pilots too!