The Military Sporting Society “Erna” (MSS “Erna”) has the honour to invite a team to represent your country at our annual long-range reconnaissance patrol competition Erna Raid 2010. This competition is open for both regular (active) and reserve military units. First-time participants are welcome to attend as observers.
Erna Raid competition traditionally consists of the following: a beach landing in inflatable boats onto a “hostile” shore, followed by cross-country tactical movement and land navigation in “enemy” territory by day and night covering a distance of up to 200 km. The competition trail has checkpoints with various tasks to test military skills such as shooting, combat first aid, grenade throwing, minefields and obstacle courses.
Erna Raid 2010 will take place during the period of August 04th ‒ 07th, 2010 in the northern part of Estonia. The teams should be at the base camp by the evening of August 02nd and are free to depart on August 08th.
The competing teams are to consist of four (4) competitors (the reconnaissance patrol) and two (2) or three (3) members of support staff. To maintain the impartiality of the competition each team is advised to provide a member to the umpire unit; we would appreciate being notified about it in advance for planning purposes. We strongly recommend that at least one member of the support staff has intermediate or higher English language ability (STANAG 6001, SLP 3222); the competitors and the person assigned to umpire unit must be able to communicate in English (STANAG 6001, SLP 2222).
Due to the increased popularity of the competition and the limitations on our infrastructure we regret to advise you that we can only accept one team from each country, a total of fifteen (15) foreign teams. Applications to compete will be processed in the order that they arrive, up to the deadline of registration. If your country’s team wins you will be allowed to participate with two (2) teams the following year to give the winners a chance to come back and defend their title. Countries participating for the first time are encouraged to send observers to become familiar with the competition’s aims, conditions and demands.
The final date for registration is March 31st, 2010.
The cost for all participants is 120 EUR per person. This fee covers: liaison officer; meals provided by MSS “Erna” at the main camp, located in Läsna (approximately 70 km from Tallinn); if necessary transportation on the arrival/departure and in the field; drinks and refreshments at the award ceremony and accommodation for the night after the ceremony. The fees should be paid no later than by June 20th, 2010. After the due date the cost of participation will be 200 EUR per team member.
VISA AND CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS
All participants from NATO/PfP countries are subject to respective SOFA, therefore after they provide the necessary information the border formalities will be cleared by MSS “Erna”. Also the confirmation of registration will serve as supporting document for visa applications if required by Estonian embassies and/or consulates abroad.
The confirmation of registration will also serve as invitation to the Final Planning Conference to be held approximately on June 21st, 2010 (further information will be available on the website www.erna.ee/en ) which should be attended by team representatives.
The customs formalities will be cleared by MSS “Erna” after receiving the completed Weapons-Munitions-Equipment Import Form.
The competition SOP is available at www.erna.ee/en. MSS “Erna” asks teams to fill in and send Weapons-Munitions-Equipment Import Form no later than July 1st, 2010. The access to the online registration system of competitors will be provided to the team leader when the interface is operational and further information is available on the official website and through liaison officers. Digital photos should be prepared to be added to the registration form.
It is advisable that teams travelling from outside Europe arrive in Estonia at least one (1) week before the competition start date. This is necessary for the teams to get accustomed to the Estonian environment and time differences. The teams will be accommodated at Estonian active service units and provided with liaison officers.
Accommodation (food and bedding) for this period will be financed by the teams themselves.
! Countries not wishing to bring their own weapons can be supplied with weapons in Estonia free of charge provided that they give three (3) months notice !
Teams who are interested in assigning a person to umpire unit can study umpire unit SOP’s, requirements and operations from www.ernaumpire.org. Please notice that person wanting to act as an umpire still needs to register his/her participation in Erna competition according to the normal procedure but also inform the umpire project (see umpire registration instructions at www.ernaumpire.org).
Military Sporting Society “Erna”
(Eesti Sõjalis-Sportlik Selts “Erna”)
Tallinn 10142, Estonia
Phone: +372 627 8231
Fax: +372 627 8232
Swedbank account 221002161881
Ms Siiri Sepp
+372 529 3447