Canadian Nationals Meet Specific Rules
GPS: set datum to WGS 84, format HDMM, units Metric (for assisting in rescue)
Meet Frequency: 145.555
Retrieve Frequency 145.855
Pilot safety comes first in this meet. Protect yourself and your fellow pilots at all times. Golden is a big, serious range with variable conditions along its length. If you don't like the conditions where you are please go land, no task is worth flying in dangerous conditions. It’s possible that one section of a 100K task may have a thunderstorm or other life-imperiling situation; it’s up to the pilot to avoid this situation at all times, the task will not be called because of unsafe conditions in one area.
Sign in: All pilots who intend to launch must sign in everyday on top of the hill. Anyone not signing in will be zeroed for the day. Pilots must check in every evening, either via SMS or at meet HQ. Any pilot who does not check in will be zeroed. Response time is critical if a pilot is missing and/or injured, there have been too many, "Where's Fred?" problems at meets in the past, we want to find you ASAP if you're missing.
Accidents/Reserves: If a pilot goes down please give exact distance and direction to a current turn-point over the radio, and approximate altitude for the downed pilot's position on the ground if possible. Put a mark/enter into your GPS as close as possible to the downed pilot. If it’s safe to land near the downed pilot please do so, but obviously not if you will endanger yourself—top-landing mid-day in Golden is not safe. Relay this information on the meet frequency, and circle above the downed pilot until it’s clear if he or she is OK or not. The meet frequency will be monitored.
Radio: All pilots must monitor and have their radios set to 145.555 during tasks (this also means all pilots must have a radio capable of tx/rx on 145.555). If a pilot has a reserve deployment or accident we all need to be able to communicate in the air. If you are the pilot going down under canopy or injured you will appreciate this. No talking on any other frequency in the air. Any pilot found doing so will be zeroed for the day. Communication once the pilot is on the ground is allowed, please use some other frequency. Cell phones work in most of the valley.
If you have a push-to-talk mic disconnect it. Push to talk microphones are always getting keyed in comps, so please just don’t use them. Keep your radio close at hand so you can plug back in to talk if you need your push to talk to do so.
Starts: Cylinders with a radius, either enter or exit, one time only in general. Jumping the start (leaving before the start window opens) will result in a penalty of one half the pilot’s daily score.
Goals: Cylinders. Generally 400M but may be enlarged for safety or other reasons.
Turnpoints: Cylinders, size variable but commonly 400M.
Stopped Tasks: In the event of a “Stopped” task points will be given to ten minutes priot to the time the task was stopped. Will Gadd will announce a stopped task on the meet frequency; Kim Csizmazia may also stop the task if Will is not reachable. Will, Kim or any member of the safety committee may ask for course conditions from pilots on course, but this discussion does not mean anything until a clear "TASK STOPPED" is announced by Will or Kim.
Complaints, Protests and Appeals: Before the first task, a three-person protest committee with one alternate will be nominated by the meet director and accepted by the pilots through a vote. All complaints must be in writing to the meet director. The meet director will attempt to rule on a complaint within 1 hour of receiving it. No fee is required for a complaint (cloud flying is a complaint). All protests must be in writing accompanied by $40 cash protest fee. The protest committee will rule on the protest within 24 hrs. If the protest is upheld, the $40 protest fee will be returned to the protesting pilot.
Minimum/Maximum Rounds: A minimum of 1000 points must be accumulated by the lead pilot to declare a winner and valid meet.The official cumulative scores at the end of the last valid contest day will be considered final.
Launches: Both the Lookout and Upper Launches are allowed. Tasks will be communicated on the meet frequency to upper launch. If the Lookout launch feels congested please try the upper launch, it's immense. On some days we may have to hike the 30 minutes to upper launch, free exercise.
Task Committee: Will be appointed, with one additional pilot who requests to be included invited each day. Please let Will know if you would like to sit in on the task committe, it's a good opportunity to learn more.
Lookout Launch Order: We need to be efficient, the Lookout launch is big enough if all pilots are ready to go (if you're stressed about the launch line hike up to the upper launch, there's acres of space up there and tasks will be communicated via the meet frequency). On Lookout launch, line up in your harness in the designated launch line. If you are not in your harness with your wing ready to fly you are not in line. Any pilot not ready to launch as he or she enters the launch area will be sent to the back of the line. There will be one launch line leading to the launch area. Organize your lines and equipment below the “north” hang glider ramp, or in the car park lot. Once the launch window opens only launching pilots will be allowed into the launch. Please keep the launch area clear of loose gliders, dogs, etc. Launch times follow the HPAC rulebook. After the first day the top 20 pilots are allowed to launch when ready, at will. Pilots have one minute of launchable air (not perfect for a reverse inflation, launchable) to launch. After that they will be sent to the back of the line. One "fluffed" launch will be tolerated; after two the pilot will be sent to the back of the line. The Lookout launch is relatively small, especially on the South side, so if you're having a bad day launching please take a time-out to reset before the launch director asks you to.
Launch Note: Golden is a classic alpine conditions launch. It's very rare that you can kite your wing nicely and then launch. Forward launches are the norm; if you can't forward launch well please spend some time in the LZ getting proficient in forward launches, it's a key skill. "Launchable air" means just that, not "Perfect for a reverse."
Cloud Flying: Staying out of clouds is a very basic paragliding skill. There is no reason to cloud fly in Golden, base is normally at least 8,000 feet above the valley floor. If you "accidentally" thermal into a cloud turn at least 90 degrees to the course line and fly at 90 degrees or more until you are clearly below cloud base (not just out of the cloud, but BELOW base). Don't spiral or stall out of the cloud, this endangers other pilots--you're the idiot that flew into the cloud, so the danger is all yours. If you come spiraling or stall out a cloud at any time in this meet you will be zeroed for the day. If you see a pilot white out in a cloud and are fairly close to that pilot note the glider color and type if possible, put a Mark/Enter into your GPS and report it to the meet director. Any pilot who whites out and does not fly 90-180 to the course line until below cloud base will be zeroed for the day. If the situation is ambiguous the meet director will assign a penalty of between 10 and 100 percent of the pilot's daily score--the emphasis is on the pilot to clearly NOT be cloud flying. Reports must come from a pilot or pilots thermalling in the same area as the offending pilot, it's impossible to get a good view from far below or to the side of another pilot. Stay out of clouds, there are often sail planes or other pilots in the clouds around Golden.
Attitude: This meet fee is relatively cheap, and only works if everyone helps out as at the Willi meets in the past. So bring a good attitude, it's gonna be fun! If you've got a problem with a solution then we're all for fixing it with your help; blatant whingers will be thrown in the river by the collective...