While St Andre is gorgeous, I'm not convinced it's the best place for a hang gliding competition. They are in the middle of task 2 now, but both flyable days have been very windy and turbulent and lots of guys are whining. A Russian pilot tumbled yesterday. He got his chute out and was apparently without injury thankfully. Sitting here in the main landing field is a bit scary. The field is huge, but it is situated where three valleys converge so the wind here is crazy switchy. I've seen few good landings and many many scary ones. As I'm writing a pilot just busted an upright :-( Three days to go and I hope the wind dies down a bit. It's a bit nerve racking to watch and way to scary for me to fly!
You can see a small part of the landing area at the bottom of the picture.
There is a big Russian team here, including young Julie whose blog I've been following for a while. She's quickly becoming a great pilot and I expect to be hearing a lot about her in the future.