1. The task
... is to get away as far as possible from the starting point and choose your own personal turning point, and from there make it back to the starting point within 33 hrs from the start. Each athlete decides for him/herself about the route and turning point (according to weather, mood and toughness).
During the competition it is not allowed to use any other means of transport! Each pilot may only hike carrying at least his minimum flying equipment, or fly. When not flying, the equipment must always be carried by the pilot. A pilot must be supported by one supporter. They may use any kind of transportation and may provide the pilot with food, drinks, extra clothes, etc. But supporters may not carry (parts of) his/her minimum flying equipment.
The validated distance covered by an athlete is the straight distance measured on the map from the starting point to the turning point (furthest point away from the start) and back to the point where pilot was at the second day of the competition at 18:00 hrs. (preferably the finish).
Minimum distance: in order for the track to be validated, the turning point must be at least 15 km (as the crow flies) away from the starting point.
Furthermore, at least 20 % of the total distance must be covered by flying! If an athlete flew less than 20 % of the total distance, hiking distance will be subtracted from the total distance covered, until 20 % of the flying distance is reached. But an exception to this 20 % rule is possible. In order to guarantee the safety of the athletes the organization of Far Out has the right to cancel the 20% flight rule when weather forecasts are unfavourable. This will be announced during the final briefing before the start at the event and shall only be done if suitable flying conditions cannot be expected for either race day. In this case, a lower percentage will be adopted, most likely 10%, or even 5%.
If a pilot fails to reach the finish and does not make it back within the 33 hours, the remaining distance to the finish (as the crow flies) will be subtracted from the total distance he covered.
Returning to the finish in time pays off: the competitor will be given a bonus of 20% of the total distance he covered if he/she returns timely. Therefore, it is important that any athlete chooses his turning point accurately!
Any pilot who does not make it back to the finish in time, still has to make sure to hand-over his/her logging-equipment to the race director before 18:30 o’clock at the finish, otherwise his/her track cannot be evaluated in time and he/she will be excluded from the results.
Athlete #1 flies to XY (16 km from the start), hikes back to the finish (starting point) and reaches the finish before the end of the task. So his flying part is >20% . Result:(16 km+16 km -/- 0 km) + 20% bonus = 38,4 km.
Athlete #2 lays his turning point at YZ (39 km from start) and makes it back in time. Flying part also >20% . Result: (39 km+39 km -/- 0 km) + 20% bonus = 93,6 km
Athlete #3 also lays his turning point at YZ (39 km away), but does not make it back in time. At 17:00 o’clock on the second day the athlete is still 4 km away from the finish. Flying part >20% . Result: (39 km + 39 km -/- 4 km) + 0% = 74 km
Athlete #4 also lays his turning point at YZ (39 km away) and makes it back in time to the finish, but flew only 12 km. Therefore his flying percentage is less than 20%. Now this athlete’s track will be reduced to (12 km x 5) = 60 km. Since he reached goal, he will get a bonus of 20%, which makes a Result of (12 km x 5) = 60 km + 20% = 72 km.
Athlete #5 lays his turning point at ZX (51 km away) but does not make it back in time. In this case he was 10 km short of the finish. Flying part >20% Result: (51 km+51 km -/- 10 km)+ 0% = 92 km.
In the end, athlete #2 will be victorious, although pilot #5 covered more ground.
3. Documentation of the track
All pilots are requited to provide a valid IGC file to the organizers that documents their movment during the event. The athlete must ensure that his/her GPS has the capacity to record for 33 hrs, at a minimum track interval of one trackpoint per minute, e.g. 60 points/hour x 33 hours = 1980 track points total.
Recording gaps >5 min are validated as non-flying distance and must be explained plausibly. The turning point must be recorded! Connection cable and driver unit for gps devices must be brought along by the athletes for tracklog analysis!
GPS live tracking device (spot or InReach) must be tracking (10 min interval or less) for the duration of the event.
A minimum of one supporter per two athletes is mandatory. The purpose of a supporter is to assist athletes with information, food and water. If two athletes are sharing one supporter they will want to plan their route choices, and pack their backpacks accordingly.
5. Cancellation of competition
The competition can be cancelled in advance by the race director only, after consulting the organizers of Far Out in case weather forecasts or other circumstances don’t allow a safe competition. Cancellation will be announced 48 hours before the first briefing planned.
During the competition, the race can be stopped by the race director only, in case weather conditions or other circumstances don’t allow a safe competition any more. Cancellation will be announced immediately to all athletes per SMS on their mobile phones.
Only pilots who are in the possession of the required licenses & the necessary equipment and who are properly insured may participate.
It is highly recommended that all pilots have completed a wing control/SIV course.
Each athlete must carry a working and always switched-on mobile phone. In the evening of the first day of the competition, each athlete must announce his/her current position and further plans to the race director between 20:00 and 21:00 o’clock.
On the second day, each athlete who has not made it to the finish by 18:00 o’clock must announce to the race director his/her position by 18:30 at the latest. The telephone number of the retrieval coordinator and the race director will be announced during the briefing. In case of need, every athlete will be notified per SMS.
Those athletes who violate the law, those who disregard flying rules for paragliding or competition rules, fly before sunrise or after sunset, commit air space violations or otherwise present bad sportsmanship, will be disqualified. If a third party suffers from such a violation, the pilot will be called to account.
The equipment (glider, harness, reserve parachute, helmet) of the athletes must comply to EN, LTF or DHV ratings.
When hiking, each athlete must always carry his/her minimum flying equipment consisting of a certified paraglider, harness with certified protector, helmet, certified emergency parachute, 3D GPS, GPS Tracking device and switched on mobile phone. Participants are only allowed to change any equipment in case of damage. The organiser must be informed about such a change.
Required GPS Tracking Device: Garmin InReach, or Spot with live tracking period of 10 minuets or less.
Athletes are admitted from the age of 18. Qualified pilots aged under 18 are allowed to compete, provided they are supervised by a parent/legal guardian. The identity of a pilot will be proved by an identification document issued by or on behalf of the government of the pilot’s country or country of residence according to FAI Section 7 rules.
All participating pilots must hold a USHPA rating of P4.
The number of athletes is limited to 30ish, according to the sequence of registration (a tandem counts as a single registration).
The online registration mask will be provided on the official Far Out homepage. Pilot entries will be ranked according to the moment of payment. This ranking will be decisive for the order in which pilots will be admitted to the competition – apart from “wild cards” issued by the Far Out organisation.
All participating pilots must have a valid medical health care insurance (covering all hospital expenses, rescue and repatriation), including:
Proof of medical evacuation and repatriation.
Search and rescue insurance.
Pilots who do not present a valid insurance document at registration will not be allowed to compete.
Unique awards will be given to the folowing teams.
Open Class(all athletes flying EN certified gliders): 1st finisher, 2nd finisher, 3rd finisher
B Class(EN B or A): 1st Finisher
Womans: 1st Finisher; if more than one Woman enters.
Protests must be submitted 30 minutes after the announcement of the results at the latest. The jury will decide if the protest is applicable.
12. Time table
September 21st 2019-1st day of competition
08:00 Pre-race/weather briefing
20:00-21:00 Athletes report their current positions to the race director
September 22nd 2019 2nd day of competition
18:00 Finish closed - game over
18:00-18:30 Athletes still under way report their position to the retrieval coordinator
19:00 Latest submitting of GPS data, otherwise no valuation of the athlete’s track
20:00 (Approx.) Award ceremony and party. BBQ Dinner