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2019 Russian Open

Andrey Solomykin writes:

The Russian Open Hang Gliding Championship 2019 has finished and
to my small collection of sport trophies I have added a Champion's cup and these
three gold medals:

1st place in Open class;

1st place in Sport class;

1st place of our Moscow team.

This is my third consecutive victory (in the USA, Australia, and finally, in
Russia), and my first one in the open class.

Competing on a king-posted wing in open class with pilots on topless gliders was
far from easy but very exciting. The Moyes Gecko really did great. I was lucky
that this year our strongest athletes preferred the Russian Cup on the flatlands
over the Russian Open Championship in Utsa. It gave me a chance to be among the
leaders and to try to join the national team based on Championship results. I
can honestly admit that I did not dare to hope for such a good result.

In addition to the official teams based on regions, we also formed unofficial
small teams, such as king posted gliders, topless gliders, women, etc. I must
mention our king posted team almost beat the topless guy! We were only six
points short from winning in our unofficial team contest.

I really enjoyed this competition and our flying community, and we had a lot of
fun. My sincere congratulations to Sergey Lagun (3rd place) and Vladimir Sokolov
(2nd place), and many thanks to the organizing committee and all the pilots who
took part in this competition. And of course, many thanks to my wife Evgeniya
Laritskaya who supported me all these days and moreover provided technical
support for other pilots, helped with scoring and made great reports with
excellent photos (you can find them on the Russian hang gliding forum here:
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