PRESS RELEASE - SUN 13th JULY 2014
Worthing International Birdman 2014 - Summary
Wow !! what an amazing weekend at the 2014 Worthing International Birdman. Day 1 provided ideal flying conditions and after 31years of trying an aviator finally flew over 100m on the Jackpot line.
Tony Hughes flew 117.1m and this guaranteed one of the competitors would walk away with £10,000 !!
The jackpot prize is awarded to the longest flight during the competition over 100m but this flight has to be as the crow flies from the platform.
Just 10 minutes later Ron Freeman took to the skies and rose to the challenge set by Tony by achieving a massive 159.4m.
31 years and then 2 flights over 100m on one day!!
Day 2 the strong winds would prove a challenge for even the most experienced aviator and it became clear that a flight as the crow flies would be difficult. The competitors elected to fly even though rough seas could cause damage to their craft.
Tony took off and turned towards the beach travelling an amazing 205.5m the first ever flight in any direction over 200m.
Ron was unable to reach Tony's distance and his flight of over 168m meant that the £1,000 for the longest flight over the weekend was secured by Tony.
The Condor class was tied by Tony and Ron as this works on a points system and both achieved 22 points ..
Time in the air is then considered but with only 0.2 seconds between the aviators the good old Birdman spirit came to the fore and these two amazing competitors agreed to share the trophy and prize.
The fun competitors took to the skies dressed as minions, ugly sisters, scooby doo, ghostbusters and other fantastic costumes earning thousands for charity. The beach was packed and one Worthing shop reported 20% increase in takings on Saturday and a massive 300% up on Sunday.
The dates for 2015 are 15th / 16th August and you never know what will happen at the Worthing International Birdman event.
PRESS RELEASE - SAT 12th JULY 2014
Ron Freeman's record breaking 159.4m flight - Worthing International Birdman 2014
After an amazing days flying at the 7th Worthing International Birdman event the £10,000 has definitely been won and it's all still to play for tomorrow. There were 2 flights on the jackpot line over 100m and currently Ron Freeman with a distance of 159.4m is in pole position for the cheque. The £10,000 is for the furthest flight over 100m during the competition and so there is still time for Tony Hughes to take the crown if conditions for flying are as good as today. Make sure you come along to Worthing tomorrow to see events unfold and for the jackpot cheque to be awarded
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Welcome to Worthing Birdman
What a year 2014 was. Records broken along with record attendance and some major excitement.
2015 dates revealed
Worthing International Birdman 2015 will take place on the weekend of 15th and 16th August 2015 - Registration for flyers will open towards the end of 2014 - but you can register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Accomodation for Birdman Weekend
Worthing has some very nice hotels and B&B's. Here's a two very popular choices.
- The Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing - 01903 203451 - (preferencial rates for Birdman weekend)
- Chatsworth Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing - 01903 236103
See a full list of Worthing accomodation here
What is the Birdman Competition?
The Birdman is a flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer in the picturesque seaside town of Worthing on England\'s South Coast.
Many flyers take part to raise money for charities, other design complex machines to aim for the distance prizes. A substantial prize of £10,000 is offered for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve over a 100 metre distance.
There are three Classes that can enter the competiton:
Leonardo Da Vinci Class is for self/team-designed built and innovative craft. This class allows one flight each day; however on the Saturday competitors can choose not to fly if conditions are unfavourable.
Condor Class is for modified hang-gliders and similar craft. This class will fly on both days and the current birdman champion is a Condor competitor.
Kingfisher class is open for fun flyers and is a great way to earn more money for charity. Individuals and teams of two can enter this category; the prizes are not awarded for distance but for the entertainment value of the flight. The public can also vote on this category to crown a people's choice winner.
What's it all about
The Worthing International Birdman event is a competition for human powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. There are 3 flying classes so prospective entrants can decide if they wish to be a serious aviator or want to take part for fun and raise money for charity.
This event brings thousands of visitors to Worthing over the weekend, gaining both national and international publicity.
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