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Test User (Wales) 2010/08/27 - 00:04 UTC

Not long to go now!


Anzi (Germany) 2010/09/25 - 13:27 UTC

Looks like a great race!
Thank you very much for this fine website


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/25 - 14:06 UTC

What's up? How much time befour the start?


David (England) 2010/09/25 - 16:57 UTC

Does anyone know what radio comms will be in use during the flight?


Gait oet Hengel (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 17:45 UTC

Goodgôan,
Gait (oet Hengel)


Ina van der Craats (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 18:05 UTC

Does anyone know what direction they will go to?


Oscar Dragt (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 18:15 UTC

Directions into France and then onto Italy


David (England) 2010/09/25 - 18:27 UTC

log in to webcam page for more flight info


Redl Heribert (Austria) 2010/09/25 - 18:32 UTC

Wünsche dem Team eine gute Fahrt!


Hans Habers (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 18:48 UTC

Rien en Ron,
succes! zet 'm op!
een goede vaart gewenst!
Hans Habers


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/25 - 18:59 UTC

guten start und aufi in die hoeh


Isabelle Robion (France) 2010/09/25 - 19:45 UTC

Bon vent pour Sébastien et Vincent!!


Jan Wantia (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 20:16 UTC

Groeten van Jan oet Hoksebarge (Netherlands)


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/25 - 20:38 UTC

Trackers now being delivered to the teams


Vleeschouwers Bruno (France) 2010/09/25 - 20:52 UTC

Bons vents pour les Frenchies !


Frouwke Kuijpers (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 20:58 UTC

Succes heren!
Frouwke


Martin Mörtinger (Austria) 2010/09/25 - 20:59 UTC

wünsch Euch eine interessante und erfolgreiche Fahrt !


Oscar Dragt (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 21:03 UTC

Festo Flyer, Veel succes en een behouden vaart.


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/25 - 21:05 UTC

Wishing all the best and good luck to all the participants!


Franck C (France) 2010/09/25 - 22:09 UTC

Bon vol


michael suchy (Czech Republic) 2010/09/25 - 22:38 UTC

safe land in Macedonia


Hans Van Hoesel (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 22:40 UTC

Voor Rien en Ron: namens ballonvarend NL alle succes!


stijn staelens (Belgium) 2010/09/25 - 22:52 UTC

good luck Belgium!!!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/25 - 22:55 UTC

Safe travels to all! Austin girls are the best!
Renee


Michal Kubát (Czech Republic) 2010/09/25 - 23:04 UTC

Good Luck and Happy landing !!!!!!


Frans van Dijk (Netherlands) 2010/09/25 - 23:22 UTC

Rien Ron,
behouden vaart , God Speed guys,
have Fun!
Frans


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/25 - 23:28 UTC

Lenia, Stas! All the best!


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/25 - 23:31 UTC

Markus! In case of landing in Turkey I'll come to pick you up!


Juergen Kerschbaumer (Austria) 2010/09/25 - 23:38 UTC

Wünschen Euch eine tolle Fahrt und viel Erfolg Jürgen&Martina


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/25 - 23:44 UTC

Go GB Girls, hope you do really well. Good luck and safe landings to all


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/25 - 23:45 UTC

The greatest sport in the world!
renee


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/25 - 23:49 UTC

Good luck GB girls, Go Janet and safe flight and landing.


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/25 - 23:53 UTC

Good Luck to the British Teams from Ferryair Worldwide www.ferryair.com


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/25 - 23:57 UTC

GB3 on ground? problems?


Shiralee Colin (England) 2010/09/26 - 00:08 UTC

Congratulations all, but extra special wishes for GB Girls!
Shiralee


mark neal (England) 2010/09/26 - 00:17 UTC

Congrats to GB2010. Good luck to all teams. but a uk win would be gr8:)


david newbrook (England) 2010/09/26 - 00:20 UTC

good luck to all , the sport of ballooning transcends all boundaries


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/26 - 00:37 UTC

Good luck to all of the teams but...

Go USA!


tom rutherford (United States) 2010/09/26 - 00:56 UTC

Tom Rutherford says Fly safe and fast, &come join us at Balloon Fiesta


Jason bridges (England) 2010/09/26 - 01:01 UTC

Just come back from watching balloons fly over bristol from dundry


Martin Daetwyler (Switzerland) 2010/09/26 - 01:21 UTC

Nihon Ballon, Europa wa moo samui kedo, 1700m de kuuki ga ii, ganbatte


Cindy Petrehn (United States) 2010/09/26 - 01:36 UTC

Fly safe everyone!


Polly Fraser (Zog) 2010/09/26 - 01:41 UTC

An exciting and memorable first time at such an event. Thanks you all


Dave Bair (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:02 UTC

Congrats on a great launch. Thanks for the webcam! Fly Safe!


Jeremy Tucker (England) 2010/09/26 - 02:04 UTC

USA1 over my house, Honiton, Devon. http://i.imgur.com/GzeYR.jpg


Dave Bair (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:04 UTC

I see the team # (USA1) - how do I know who is who?


Cynthia Pryor (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:05 UTC

Congrats to all teams & also the organizing committee - excellent job!


Robert wise (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:06 UTC

Good Luck to all...


BURON PILATRE (France) 2010/09/26 - 02:06 UTC

good luck for all teams. Safe journey


Jeremy Tucker (England) 2010/09/26 - 02:08 UTC

I know by the tracking. It was the only balloon flew over my house.


david saady (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:20 UTC

USa Team 1 Sullivan
USA Team 2 Abruzzo
USA Team 3 Wallace


Cynthia Pryor (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:45 UTC

Dave - the team lists are shown on launch order (on the News page)


Danny McCoy (United States) 2010/09/26 - 02:50 UTC

Hey, Alaska Dave...Danny in ABQ!


Tim Baggett (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:16 UTC

Congrats to the organizers. Enjoyed the webcam interviews!


david saady (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:21 UTC

Hi Dan Wish I could post that pic of you with the sand bag on your head


Brad Winters (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:22 UTC

Hey, Alaska Dave...Brad in ABQ! See you in a few days


Dave Bair (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:23 UTC

Cynthia - Thanks for the guidance! I get it now.


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/26 - 03:42 UTC

I loved all those amazing pilots on tv including the branson looking one


david saady (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:45 UTC

Hi Brad,hey let me know of any vol opps between now-Sat at fiesta pls


Danny McCoy (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:49 UTC

Dave, you can volunteer to but a sand bad on your head!


david saady (United States) 2010/09/26 - 03:52 UTC

Your partner has that covered


Tony (England) 2010/09/26 - 03:57 UTC

Mark and Cheri appear to be named USA1 at the moment.Good fortune !


Robin Batchelor (England) 2010/09/26 - 04:03 UTC

Sarah in Moldove. If you ever get to England, look me up!!


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/26 - 04:05 UTC

Pilots like your Mr Robin must have much women in England!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/26 - 04:47 UTC

Good luck to all of you brave guys-I wish you dry feet and good nerves


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/26 - 04:58 UTC

Interesting tactical race brewing! Good luck & safe flights to all.


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 06:25 UTC

Good Luck Colin & Paul. Have a safe Landing. Maybe you will pass our way


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 06:29 UTC

Can anyone advise which GB Team is in which Balloon please?


David Owen (England) 2010/09/26 - 06:40 UTC

left click on a balloon to see the pilot / co-pilot


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/26 - 06:58 UTC

Allez Vincent, "sac' ed' din" !!!
Jacko


Jo Cooke (England) 2010/09/26 - 07:02 UTC

David Owen I helped on the Trans Atlantic challenge? Hello! (Jo simmons)


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/26 - 07:05 UTC

Cha va aller ti zautes
In vous fait eun' grosse besse


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/26 - 07:06 UTC

Hoping the wind veers a little to the east,so we are able to see you


Suzzy Mackenzie (England) 2010/09/26 - 07:12 UTC

You adventurous souls. Good luck and fair winds to all of you!


D2 (France) 2010/09/26 - 07:15 UTC

alors les 2BePe,ça commence à sentir le chouchen!!!


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/26 - 07:28 UTC

good morning AUT1
new strategies to avoid Algeria ??


David Dodwell (England) 2010/09/26 - 07:48 UTC

Forecast winds? Will they cross Bay Biscay to Northern Spain ?


Hans Van Hoesel (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 07:51 UTC

To the Dutch team: the Autumn issue of BALLONSTOF is now available!


Penny Christy (United States) 2010/09/26 - 07:52 UTC

Go USA Teams!!!
Bring it home!
[:)]
Penny


Olga Grishina (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 08:03 UTC

Leonid and Stas good luck and a safe safe landing!! Russians are coming!


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/26 - 08:03 UTC

Lenchik, Stas! Molodci. Dobavte gasu!


Fanny (France) 2010/09/26 - 08:04 UTC

Great, I may get to see one, they're not far away & on course.


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:05 UTC

Are the loggers using utc?


Olga Grishina (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 08:08 UTC

Go Go Sebastien!!! Good luck to you!


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:21 UTC

Which Team is which? 1,2 & 3. Is it the same order as on Teams page?


Tom Reid (Spain) 2010/09/26 - 08:26 UTC

Hurry to Southern Spain! We've strong northerly winds- should be easy!


Ivan Ayala (Spain) 2010/09/26 - 08:29 UTC

Spain would be pleased to welcome GB again
Go Markus & Matthias Go!!!


James Gales (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:31 UTC

Hi have just watched Swiss team running south west of Jersey


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:37 UTC

Double click the balloon to see which team is which John.


Dupuis-Remond Jc (France) 2010/09/26 - 08:39 UTC

Allez les Lorrains ! france1+2


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:41 UTC

Not only BBC mentionng you but Sky News have it in their sports section


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:46 UTC

Thanks Sticky. You were missed on the launchfield. JB


Fanny (France) 2010/09/26 - 08:46 UTC

Smashing, I've just watched Fra1 go over. Allez!


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:54 UTC

Thanks John. I watched the launches on my PC. I wish I had gone now!


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 08:59 UTC

Micky, it would have been too cold for a man of your mature years !


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:01 UTC

fantastic start and all shaping up to an epic, good luck all


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:14 UTC

morning mike and Dave.Kinsey here hope you're well


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:15 UTC

Which team GB is Janet, is she 2?


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:22 UTC

Hey Danni yes she is


Isabelle Robion (France) 2010/09/26 - 09:25 UTC

FR2 on espère vous voir dans le ciel provençal mais gare au mistral!


Anne Fuchs (Germany) 2010/09/26 - 09:31 UTC

good luck to all, esp. festo-flyer


Estelle Wolfers (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:36 UTC

I think you are all splendidly crackers - go Colin and Paul!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:47 UTC

Vincent Leys now highest and fastest


Hans Habers (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 09:48 UTC

Rien en Ron...
higher up!


rene elgersma (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 09:49 UTC

thumbs up for Festo and team Frieden, I am waiting for you all in Italy


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:49 UTC

Iberia looks close! High pressure approaching ?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:52 UTC

Good to hear all these names from my past


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 09:56 UTC

Anyone know timespread of the launches ?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:00 UTC

John Coleman- my last flight was with you 1993 in Kenya !


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:09 UTC

Could be all over by tomorrow pm. JPN 1 av 50km/hr since start


John Morge (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:13 UTC

Good luck to all, and especially the British Teams!!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:17 UTC

BUT GBR 3 average 25 km/hr


john morris (France) 2010/09/26 - 10:21 UTC

no balloons too cloudy in Brittany good luck to all


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:22 UTC

Dr Ian Jacobs. Now that's a name from the past! Hope you keeping well.


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 10:23 UTC

David Hempleman Adams was airborne at 2330z (0030local)


Fanny (France) 2010/09/26 - 10:24 UTC

Ger1 has just gone over, above the clouds.


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 10:26 UTC

Saburo Ichiyoshi airborne at 2230z (2330local )


Fanny (France) 2010/09/26 - 10:26 UTC

@John Morris, I'm in Brittany too & have seen 2. GB3 next hopefully!


Mike Wadsworth (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:28 UTC

Good luck to all team GB's. Paul, do it for Western Region!


Jane Glydon (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:28 UTC

Big Kisses to Steve Kinsey.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:31 UTC

Peter K thanks for info. Nice pic of Derri. Mike G - very well


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/26 - 10:37 UTC

Stay Dry and drive to the spanish coast!


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:41 UTC

Next time, can we fit the retrieve vehicles with trackers ?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:42 UTC

Mike G - just semi-retired now work 2 d / wk . Flew with V. Leys ? 81


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/26 - 10:48 UTC

Why does leader Japanese not show Direction Speed and Altitude?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:51 UTC

More westerly balloons look like can go furthest at present.


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:52 UTC

if you double click on the balloon it gives you the information you requ


Russell Jurg (United States) 2010/09/26 - 10:53 UTC

GO HOLLAND GO !!! :)


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:54 UTC

BUT Sicily would be nice !


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:57 UTC

JAPAN 1 is showing 8,500' ALT, 31 kts and 593.31 km flown.


Dave (England) 2010/09/26 - 10:58 UTC

Janet & Ann, Go Girls Go Go Go


Louk Mendels (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 11:07 UTC

Good luck Rien and Ron the Dutch team.
Very exciting to follow you.


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:12 UTC

Looks like the swiss team are landing, alt 100ft, 4kt


Fanny (France) 2010/09/26 - 11:13 UTC

Is there a problem with SWI1? As they're showing at a 100ft & 4knts.


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:15 UTC

Jane, how would you like to see a good card trick


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:16 UTC

Jane, remember Eccles Hall


Tommy Van Bogaert (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:17 UTC

Gino, Jurgen @ Team belgium, fly further and far away.


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:18 UTC

I have got Colin here with me


Heike en Ronny (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 11:20 UTC

Nice to see that The Dutch team has a lot of support.
hup Ron en Rien


Martin Daetwyler (Switzerland) 2010/09/26 - 11:20 UTC

sui1 is well at 7000ft


David Barker (France) 2010/09/26 - 11:22 UTC

Just a little of the predicted left and I'll get a fly by...........


Robin Batchelor (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:22 UTC

Video of Hempy's take off... http://vimeo.com/15290225


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:23 UTC

Want to organise a gathering for old balloonists, any takers?


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:26 UTC

How did JPN get so far ahead? That was clever.


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:26 UTC

Is the Stephen Kinsey on here, from BHBC and Rupert Bear days?


Robin Batchelor (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:27 UTC

Dani, you're too young - but count me IN!


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:31 UTC

Steve is on air but he has just left the building


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:31 UTC

There can't be TWO Steve Kinseys, Surely?


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 11:32 UTC

Go dutchies! Ga zo door! Groet van Trudy, Bram, en Claire


Michael Wolf (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:33 UTC

Looks like a good track..keep clear of the water guys! Dry land is best.


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:34 UTC

A lot of us oldies get to the Icicle Meet Dani. How about January 8/9?


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/26 - 11:34 UTC

A little kiss from Morvan pour vous encourager les ch'tis !


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:35 UTC

Great Birdman. I'm old enough to be a granny now..Go GB


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:37 UTC

Lots of old ex balloonists don't though. Sadly. Could we persuade them?


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:38 UTC

Bay of Biscay beckons.


Jane Glydon (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:44 UTC

Best Balloon Meet ever Eccles Hall. Kids don't mind hard landings! GO GB


Hans Van Hoesel (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 11:50 UTC

The webcam quality is bad. Do they need a new one? I have one!


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/26 - 11:50 UTC

Do anybody has an idea of the startegys for nexts days?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/26 - 11:50 UTC

Kinsey stop chatting up my wife.


Robert Cross (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:52 UTC

This race is the business - compulsive viewing -nearly as good as GBLJ:)


Richard Hands (England) 2010/09/26 - 11:53 UTC

Good to see the ladies leading the British, what gentlemen the rest are


Rolland Guy (France) 2010/09/26 - 11:55 UTC

Bon vent Vincent et Sébastien UNO «sommes AVEC Vous


Bryan Sullivan (United States) 2010/09/26 - 11:59 UTC

GO USA 1. GREAT TRACK. SWING IT OUT :)


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 12:01 UTC

@rouanet yes strategy is known, but i am afraid nobodY is gonna tell you


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:04 UTC

Jane, it is Colin here the one who done the card tricks


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 12:09 UTC

How should I interpret "greatest distance": travelled milage or direct?


Dave (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:09 UTC

Go Lewis Hamilton Go GBR1/2/3.


Becky best (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:10 UTC

Go sis,Ann & Janet .show the boys what you can do.
All routing for you.


Jane Glydon (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:12 UTC

Very Big Kisses to the Webmaster and the rest of the organisers! XXX


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:14 UTC

Steve Kinsey I no 2 1 b/pilot other chef at lymington arms, google it


snowbirdie (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:22 UTC

Good luck to GB3 and all the teams ;0)


Christine Camplin (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:22 UTC

a Japanese win would make for an interesting competition area!


Rolland Guy (France) 2010/09/26 - 12:24 UTC

j'espère que vous allez gagner Sébastien et Vincent
Antonin et Lucille


Roland (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:24 UTC

The Lymington's one of my locals. Steve's a bloody good chef!


Tom Reid (Spain) 2010/09/26 - 12:29 UTC

Hurry up! The Rioja is open and breathing. Spain awaits all of racers!


BREHON Guy (France) 2010/09/26 - 12:35 UTC

Sébastien et Vincent nous espérons que les vents vs seront favorables


mark revill (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:41 UTC

im a taxi driver in bristol, i saw a balloon last night just as i stoppe


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/26 - 12:42 UTC

Vincent et Sébastien nous comptons sur vous et toute votre équipe


mark revill (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:42 UTC

ed to have a pee in a field, lovely


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/26 - 12:45 UTC

Toujours plus haut ?


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 12:50 UTC

Winds still look northerly at the current altitudes on MET OFFICE


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 12:52 UTC

Lets hope the forecast Westerly winds materialise for the Brits ;-)


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:55 UTC

Steve Kinsey is now back in the building


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 12:56 UTC

Hi, Tim. Piers give me a call sometime


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:02 UTC

Steve, will do, does ur phone no end in 266?


Keith Sowter (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:03 UTC

Are SWI2 OK no position update for 60 minutes


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:03 UTC

Would they land b4 Algeria?


Keith Sowter (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:09 UTC

SWI2 now updated - steaming along on landward side -


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:09 UTC

Tim, yes it does


Graham Bloomfield (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:12 UTC

Colin Butter just went very low and seems to have caught a westerly flow


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:14 UTC

Steve, thanks 4 confirmation


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:14 UTC

think Algeria is outside the competition area Dani


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 13:16 UTC

SWI2 are still flying and are at 7200ft @ 27kts heading 170deg


Nev Cooper (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:25 UTC

Good job the B747's fly a little higher than I used to do in the 60's.


Jan Smelt (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 13:29 UTC

Rien en Ron, Go for it!


Oscar Dragt (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 13:31 UTC

Festo Flyer, Rien and Ron. You can do it !


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:34 UTC

Dani, the meet for old balloonists is the Museum Lunch at end of October


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:34 UTC

Dani, the meet for old balloonists is the Museum Lunch at end of October


Keith Sowter (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:35 UTC

FRA2 about to move into position 2 with its extra speed


Dave Klein (United States) 2010/09/26 - 13:37 UTC

GO TEAMS USA 1, 2, & 3!!!


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:39 UTC

Can I come to the old balloonist lunch, please.


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:43 UTC

Stephen, Google BBM&L, join up, send your money, come along, eat & chat


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:44 UTC

i want to come to the old balloonist lunch too!


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:49 UTC

All those familiar 'old' names popping up. Hello from way back!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:50 UTC

Is the dist shown a direct measure from launch or flight dist?


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:51 UTC

John B, BBML lunch, what date? Location?


Oscar Dragt (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 13:51 UTC

Are Dutch (old) balloon pilots allowed to come?


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:51 UTC

Shiela, good to see you at Pidley. Sunday 31st of October at Elcot Park.


Oscar Dragt (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 13:52 UTC

Nice to see well known old names coming up. Hello to you all !


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:55 UTC

Hi Gordon, how's the family? You can contact me via BBM&L website.


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:57 UTC

hi John will be in the states on 31 Oct but will try to get to the lunch


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:58 UTC

Oscar, we will talk to anyone! But tickets are limited... JB


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 13:59 UTC

John thought the lunch was 24 Oct!


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:00 UTC

Hi JB, darn BBML on Halloween, I'm tied up, C U @ the Icicle,


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:00 UTC

Shiela, lunch IS on 31st Oct...........


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:02 UTC

Gordon, wanna buy some books? See ya. JB


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:04 UTC

John,
I'm thinking of selling my collection, have to fly, be in touch!


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:06 UTC

ooops so will have to miss this year


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/26 - 14:07 UTC

Vincent, toujours plus haut, toujours plus vite !!!
Jacko, récup de Bob


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:19 UTC

Go Colin and Paul heading 135 at 3900 ft brilliant


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/26 - 14:39 UTC

It seems that wind has still begun to turn south-east...


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/26 - 14:42 UTC

good luck to Vincent and Sebastien and to the retrieval team.


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:48 UTC

Okay John, brill. Will join asap. How many can come?


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 14:59 UTC

Dani, best to contact Jenni, the organiser. Details on BBM&L website.


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:11 UTC

dannican i sit with you


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:15 UTC

kinsey, only if you are a good boy!


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:17 UTC

Are they carrying oxygen?


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:18 UTC

always you no me


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/26 - 15:28 UTC

Fra2, can you drop a message over the dune du Pilat? :)


J Roger Knight (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:42 UTC

Go Ann plus Janet lead Brits in peloton


Graham Dorrell (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:47 UTC

Hi Sheila long time no hear


rolland (France) 2010/09/26 - 15:47 UTC

bon courage plus qu'un concurrent a passer


Nev Cooper (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:52 UTC

Hope the people in Bordeaux are ready for the show.


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 15:53 UTC

Hey Mathieu!!
chillin' on the dune eh?
how's things friend
andrew


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/26 - 15:55 UTC

Hi Andrew, maybe we should help with a bit of our prop blow!


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:06 UTC

Let me guess- behind the french, in front of the british!


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/26 - 16:07 UTC

Go, Vincent and Sébastien Go !
Vive le Petit Prince et vive la France !


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:09 UTC

Go, go, go further
C'est bien parti les ch'tis


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:11 UTC

maybe the 'Cers' (NW Wind) will blow the leading balloons our way...


Craig Westwood (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:21 UTC

Great race Janet and Ann! Amazing progress... Love from the Westies


David Barker (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:22 UTC

The first 3 seem to be lining up to give me a fly past. But in the dark!


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 16:26 UTC

Looks like 5000-10000ft is where the best winds are (330/15-330/30 )


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 16:36 UTC

winner is greatest distance: travelled milage or direct line to Bristol?


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 16:42 UTC

Seems to be distance from set off point in grand circle scale.


Glenn Barrett (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:42 UTC

So many ballooning names from the past!


Jack Rowley (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:43 UTC

Like David, I should get a fly past in the dark, but from GBR1


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:45 UTC

now definitely looks like they are coming our way again this year....


John Baker (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:45 UTC

Mark, straight line distance.


Tony (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:48 UTC

Click "Competition Area" on left re rules and allowable countries


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/26 - 16:54 UTC

John, sorry I have to contradict you, no straight lines on the globe :-)


John Albury (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:54 UTC

Hi to all those I know from the past & safe flying gas guys. Good luck.


guittard (France) 2010/09/26 - 16:55 UTC

Faites nous encore rever les FRANCAIS
vents du futur est a vos cotés


Ingrid Kleindienst-John (Austria) 2010/09/26 - 16:57 UTC

Nick und Gerald, wir drücken Euch die Daumen! Ingrid & Kurt John


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 16:57 UTC

Looks like Sebastian & Vincent are romping onwards ;-)


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:57 UTC

ah albury the queen hope ur well


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 16:59 UTC

Very exciting watching the launch, well done Piers good luck all.


Yulia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 17:03 UTC

Russia, Go Diamond! Go Go Gooooooooooo


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:06 UTC

Hi Graham - how are you and Julie - still flying Virgin? xxx


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/26 - 17:08 UTC

Mark, great circle distance (also known as orthodromic distance)


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 17:26 UTC

Japan1 has landed @838.77km


Chris Heptonstall (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:27 UTC

Come on westerly, where are you??


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:27 UTC

Japanese landed- didn't fancy night over pyranees will others follow?


Jason bridges (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:29 UTC

Any web cams on or in balloons


Jason bridges (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:32 UTC

Any web cams on or in balloons


Julia Wilkinson (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:32 UTC

Wonder why Japanese have come low? Deliberate to avoid Italy at night?


kevin mead (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:34 UTC

John Albury,Mike Glue,Steve Kinsey,Blimey, Last of the Summer Wine!!


Graham Dorrell (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:41 UTC

NO! Saw the light livin in peaks semi retired! Pls txt - same mobile!


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 17:42 UTC

Obviously these Japanese were not from the Kamikaze Squadron ;-)


Nev Cooper (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:42 UTC

I live in Grenwich, the 0 Deg Longitude line looks straight to me Walter


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/26 - 17:43 UTC

:)


Isabelle Robion (France) 2010/09/26 - 17:46 UTC

Super Vincent et Sébastien, continuez sur votre lancée!


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 17:47 UTC

Is the forecast looking like Majorca will be the best spot to land?


Gasser (France) 2010/09/26 - 17:52 UTC

Hi the french (lorraine's) teams. Good luck and bring us the coupe again


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/26 - 17:52 UTC

Q. What is the likelyhood of the northenmost passing over
the Auvergne


BREHON Guy (France) 2010/09/26 - 17:55 UTC

Super FR2 continuez vous êtes sur la bonne voie


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/26 - 17:57 UTC

Danube Delta was fine Last week!!!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/26 - 17:58 UTC

Le soleil se couche, il va faire moins chaud, couvrez vous
Bonne nuit


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/26 - 18:02 UTC

Kevin, we are auditioning for the next TV series!


Gasser (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:09 UTC

Be care to not knock against the Pyrennées mountains, they reach 10000ft


Bruno watine (Pakistan) 2010/09/26 - 18:09 UTC

vive le "golden eyes" et vive la France
passez une bone nuit


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:10 UTC

what is going on with USA3...200ft and 14kts in the dark?


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/26 - 18:13 UTC

How much sand do they carry when launching?


William S Tyler (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:13 UTC

Just switched the outside lights on in Oms 66400 Pyrenees Orientales !


Jeremy Darvill (England) 2010/09/26 - 18:17 UTC

The Black Bus team are willing you all on, Gods speed and a safe landing


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 18:17 UTC

You missed last of the summer wine chaps, this season is the last!


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/26 - 18:21 UTC

Stariki, beregite pesok!


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:24 UTC

USA3 now up at 1300 ft. looks good for them


Gasser (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:25 UTC

FRA2, you are in the direction of Pic du midi d'Ossau 2900m high


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:30 UTC

What is the date of last time to land for the race?


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 18:38 UTC

A crossing of the Pyrenees will sort out the Wheat from the Chaff.


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:40 UTC

N'oubliez pas d'allumer un l cierge au-dessus de LOURDES


MAURICE (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:41 UTC

Bon vol Vincent et Sébastien. Faites nous encore rêver.
C Maurice


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 18:43 UTC

FRA2 current track will hopefully take them to Tortosa ;-)


Prouvost Hubert (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:43 UTC

Fantastic GoldenEye. Live in PAU. Might see you overhead, flying by !


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:47 UTC

Hubert, can you take pictures of Golden-Eyes? I am Sebastien's wife...


Prouvost Hubert (France) 2010/09/26 - 18:55 UTC

OK Estelle. What kind of light should I look for ?


Valery Yakovleva (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 18:56 UTC

FORWARD RUSSIA!


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:00 UTC

Japanese have landed its on the news tab


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 19:10 UTC

The Japanese landed at 1725z obviously scared of the dark ;-)


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 19:23 UTC

Welterusten! Bonne nuit! Good night! Gutenacht freunde!


Marcus Kingma (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 19:23 UTC

Good luck for the NLD1.


Roland (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:24 UTC

Scared of the Pyrenees, more like "The team did not fancy flying over...


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:29 UTC

If the Japanese were short of ballast, landing was a wise decision.


Prouvost Hubert (France) 2010/09/26 - 19:30 UTC

Estelle, Got¨picture. Not sure about THE ballon. Forward via Véronique


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/26 - 19:33 UTC

Nos Chtis pilotes peuvent se délester de tout sauf de leur pugnacité


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:33 UTC

Bravo Janet
Welcome to the Maritime Balloon Society of Cornwall


Marcus Kingma (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 19:34 UTC

Japanese seeking asylum?


Nadia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 19:39 UTC

Оле! Оле! Оле! Россия-вперед!!:)))


Jonathan Harris (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:41 UTC

Japanese had a major valve problem during the launch period


Nathalie (France) 2010/09/26 - 19:44 UTC

Go Sébastien and Vincent! We are with you!


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/26 - 19:48 UTC

Allez les Ch'tis et bientôt "Viva Espana" !
Jacko, recup de Bob


Nadia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 19:48 UTC

Russian the best!! Мы за вас болеем всей душой и сердцем!!:)


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:52 UTC

Here's a few pix from the launch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/26 - 19:53 UTC

Johnathan Harris - my fellow Alpine balloonist? Hello again


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/26 - 19:54 UTC

Sad for the Japan team.


MAYOUSSE (France) 2010/09/26 - 19:56 UTC

J'aimerais tant voir Syracuse....on est avec vous!!


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/26 - 19:57 UTC

I think that the strategy for this race will be similar to a CRAT.


mark neal (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:00 UTC

We should be very proud of Janet and Ann doing great keep it up ladies !


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/26 - 20:04 UTC

Clever tactics of the UK team - getting heading of 125 going east.


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:05 UTC

SWISS2 are playing a good chess game up there -looking good


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:07 UTC

-or they could just be heading home for breakfast!


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:08 UTC

Aduana ! vos papiers !


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:09 UTC

up to 12k---nice n warm I bet


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:10 UTC

Colin and Paul looking good there


Marcus Kingma (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 20:16 UTC

You can see a video of the start from the NLD1 on www.weeronderweg.eu


Nadia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/26 - 20:18 UTC

Россия! Россия!! Россия!!!:) Вы молодцы!!:)


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:19 UTC

interesting restriction re italian airspace is night 30 min pre dawn?


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:21 UTC

just about to see the swiss reach 1000km


Brady (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:21 UTC

Inflation and launch video at youtube.com/nottinghamscience


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 20:24 UTC

Not sure the AeCi impose the 30min pre sunset rule on Balloons.


Marfy (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:25 UTC

I know nothing of these things, but are the Russians quite low?


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:30 UTC

Good evening fellow aeronauts! Getting good isn't it?!!!


mark neal (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:31 UTC

http://vimeo.com/15290225 hempleman adams take off! Robin Batchelors


rene elgersma (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 20:31 UTC

I believe Rien and Ron are fond of spaghetti, buona fortuna!!!


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:31 UTC

FRA2 must have past 1000km by now.


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:32 UTC

it's 30 after sunset 30 before sunrise (but only at ground level:>)


mark neal (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:33 UTC

Latest Trajectory:http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/484


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/26 - 20:34 UTC

Bonne nuit à tous !
Walter


Marie-Jo Zanello (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:34 UTC

Hello the french teams !
It's good good very good !


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:36 UTC

Interesting track for SW1?


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:37 UTC

just had a thought- it's not actually a race is it!


James (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:38 UTC

Are the French going to run out of space to see all those behind go east


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:39 UTC

Buena noche on rêve pour vous tous


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:41 UTC

re SW1- probably decided to follow the french!


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:43 UTC

sw2 at 12,000 have been climbing a while


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/26 - 20:43 UTC

http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/09/26/22441694.html article on russians


eric decellieres (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:47 UTC

Séb and Vincent, we believe in you! Go France!
And good luck!


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:48 UTC

SW2 are taking a gamble but I think it will pay off


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:51 UTC

145 for SW1 looks to be about 90 out??


Harvey Leys (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:51 UTC

Bonne nuit garder des forces pour la suite, cela ne fait que commencer..


Russell Filby (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:52 UTC

Good Luck from Bristol to all 3 GBR Teams ! Safe Journey!


Jano DUMAS (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:53 UTC

A seb et Vincent, pour ce soir Buenas noche pour demain matin bon giorno


Gasser (France) 2010/09/26 - 20:55 UTC

Best regards to Leonid Tukhtiayev from his french colleague physicist


Rich (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:56 UTC

No-one got any pursuasion over these blooming Italian air traffic bods?


Rich (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:57 UTC

I mean they're killing the race due to ATC - down on you guys!


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:58 UTC

"145 for SW1 looks to be about 90 out??"....yep, same for SW2.


Patrick Edwards (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:59 UTC

Sabu, I hope you had a soft landing this time!


Colin Tregunna (England) 2010/09/26 - 20:59 UTC

Steve are you still watching


Marfy (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:00 UTC

Probably be different if Italy had a team


Garry Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:00 UTC

It was great to see all you guys fly across our back garden (BS10 7HZ)UK


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:01 UTC

Those Swiss balloons are going 200 and some what gives with tracking?


Garry Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:02 UTC

It was great to see all you guys fly across our back garden (BS10 7HZ)UK


Richard Hands (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:02 UTC

If winds change at midnight, teams at the back will benefit from it.


Rich (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:02 UTC

Make future entry rules (partipant country=ATC clearance)


PETER JOHN KELSEY (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 21:04 UTC

I have a contact within the Italian Avn World who can pull a few strings


andrew (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:05 UTC

I think the tracking page may be a bit ahead of the stats?


jo slade (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:09 UTC

www.airship-association.org send Best Best of luck to all.


Ian (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:11 UTC

Competition rules now require avoid Italy by night. Penalty zero points


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:12 UTC

Well we are all part of Europe now so how can Italians refuse??


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 21:16 UTC

are these swiss turns for real?? How?


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:18 UTC

seems to be a tracking error when they cross the meridian


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:20 UTC

Are the Swiss aiming for Gibraltar?


ALAIN VERBRUGGE (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:22 UTC

bonne nuit Sébastien et Vincent
sais pas si Luc est à son ordi?


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:23 UTC

Tracking error?.. interesting to see what happens to FRA2 at 0 deg


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:23 UTC

FRA2 dans ces oeuvres,very good, tortillas ou pizza at last, good night


mark neal (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:24 UTC

118 knots for swiss 2?


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 21:24 UTC

sw2 caught by a plane?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:25 UTC

To PJ Kelsey: I believe Italy air law says no night VFR for balloons.


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:26 UTC

swiss rock and roll seems sorted


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:26 UTC

You can be assured FAI/CIA tried to open as much airspace as possible.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:27 UTC

Even if friend has magic, prob not poss to change comp area/rules.


Dominic (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:27 UTC

Bonne Nuit à Sébastien et Vincent


Ian (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:28 UTC

VFR at night not allowed in some states. UK gave permission, IT didn't.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/26 - 21:33 UTC

when exactly do ATC restrictions change for Italy?
What time?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/26 - 21:34 UTC

nautical sunrise?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:34 UTC

will ATC relent tmw evening, if ITL1 are aproaching Italy at night?


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:34 UTC

vu les winten, je vote pour pizza a naples pour FRA2, que d'eau!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:38 UTC

Come on GB lets get a move on. How long will the race last?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 21:39 UTC

I am not sure the winds will take them across Italy.


Alan Noble (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:39 UTC

Is there really a Celtic Sea? Good night Piers.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:39 UTC

not sure for IT - civil twilight most countries.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:42 UTC

Would be VERY interesting IT ATC changed esp just for IT - won't happen!


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/26 - 21:42 UTC

Thanks Alan! off to bed now.Swiss error due to germans using O for East!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/26 - 21:43 UTC

nautical=6:17 am
civil=6:49 am
astronomical=5:45 am


Marfy (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:44 UTC

Is there an Italian team? Its not on the team list


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:45 UTC

evening Piers Hi Alan


Ian (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:46 UTC

There is no Italian entry this year!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:46 UTC

What's happened to Japan??


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:48 UTC

And that's why it won't happen! :^))


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/26 - 21:52 UTC

Gruß aus Bonn an die drei deutschen Teams. Ihr macht das!!!


mark (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:52 UTC

Grasious!! well done everyone :-)


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 21:54 UTC

web pg quot AIP-Italia, page RAC 1-36 says IT Day VFR = SR-30 to SS+30


Ian (England) 2010/09/26 - 21:54 UTC

Great coverage Piers, get a good sleep! Poor Jo - graveyard shift!!!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/26 - 21:55 UTC

Sorry my mistake, it was a tongue in chek comment, excuse my ignorance.


Dave (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:01 UTC

Any idea of the temp where GBR2 is at this time of night


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/26 - 22:08 UTC

Team Japan has moved to a hotel with a pool


mark (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:09 UTC

9 DEGREES CENTIGRADE (AT GROUND LEVEL!)


Redl Heribert (Austria) 2010/09/26 - 22:10 UTC

Gruß an Aut 1


Tony (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:10 UTC

Anyone know where to buy a power cord for eepc in toulouse ...


Dave (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:12 UTC

Thanks Mark, what about in the basket


Marfy (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:12 UTC

Are fin1 landing?


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:13 UTC

Thanks for that.. My bad just. Just read the tx at the bottom
screen...


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:16 UTC

I think everyone should do what the Swiss r doin
and Climb for speed


John Albury (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:16 UTC

Hi Kinsey,yes semi-retired but can still ride the bike,just!


mark (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:17 UTC

-3 DEGREES FOR EACH 1000FT ISH!!!


keith o'connell (Wales) 2010/09/26 - 22:18 UTC

is there a wind direction change soon for the lead balloon?


Doris (Austria) 2010/09/26 - 22:22 UTC

Nik und Gerald: Alles Gute! Dass die Nacht kurz und nicht zu kalt wird!


keith o'connell (Wales) 2010/09/26 - 22:24 UTC

do the teams have direct contact with this site ?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 22:26 UTC

I would guess not - bat pwr being limited. Maybe via ground crew.


Dave (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:27 UTC

GBR2 Girls u can ride with us anyday THE CLAN BC keep warm Go Go Go


Nick Voaden (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:29 UTC

Janet- God speed from all in Bristol who you looked down on last night.


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:37 UTC

..feel sorry for the Austrians, 100 miles out to sea at night


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/26 - 22:39 UTC

Winds are looking like the back markers might benefit from changes


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:40 UTC

Is FIN1 down?


Austin (United States) 2010/09/26 - 22:40 UTC

GO TEAM USA!


Marfy (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:46 UTC

Think they must be Elaine, have been at 100ft, 0kt for a while now


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 22:52 UTC

Re: AUS - that's nothing compared to Algeria last year! :^)


Wayne Young (England) 2010/09/26 - 22:55 UTC

GO Colin, GO Janet. Thinking of you both.
.-.
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Austin (United States) 2010/09/26 - 22:58 UTC

Re:Gary, what are u talking about?lol


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 22:59 UTC

FIN1 has landed (see News)


Ben Cochran (United States) 2010/09/26 - 23:10 UTC

Is there someplace that shows the duration of flight for each team?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 23:19 UTC

This Garry? Re: AUS which really should be AUT?


Antoinette Bates (England) 2010/09/26 - 23:24 UTC

Good luck balloons.stay safe overnight.track y'all tmw b4 work.


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/26 - 23:24 UTC

Hi, Phil! Fantastic race. Good job. Best regards to Don.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 23:27 UTC

Re: Duration - I can't find same. Suspect results will be coming soon.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/26 - 23:34 UTC

Nice race! Back home in Madrid following you guys on the website!


zaax (England) 2010/09/26 - 23:39 UTC

Will they be going over the sahara?


Steve Quinton (England) 2010/09/26 - 23:45 UTC

VERY impressed by tactics of SWI2. I worked them all through BRS CAS.


Steve Quinton (England) 2010/09/26 - 23:51 UTC

SWI2 lost a lot of ground by staying low till mid channel.


Steve Quinton (England) 2010/09/26 - 23:53 UTC

But now look at them....well done!!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/26 - 23:58 UTC

re: sahara desert? never - not in competition area


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 00:02 UTC

Should be a beautiful night crossing mountains for some!
Enjoy!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 00:06 UTC

What happened to FIN1?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 00:13 UTC

Looks like FRA1 will have another sea crossing at night


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 00:15 UTC

I mean FRA2 ;-)


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/27 - 00:16 UTC

Has Finland landed?


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 00:21 UTC

Yes, Finland 1 landed. See the News section.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 00:25 UTC

Yes Finland 1 has landed quite a while back ;-)


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 00:36 UTC

SWI1 over Andorra at night... that must be the most amazing view!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:42 UTC

Fra2 are really shifting by going up to 13200 from 9800.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 00:50 UTC

FRA2 Good look at Barcelona!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:51 UTC

Is there any other tactic than going higher? Seems to be paying off for


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:54 UTC

... the front runners. Is there any other reason for Japan and finland


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:56 UTC

to be grounded than fear? Is it tactical or mechanical? Why can I only


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:58 UTC

type 72 characters? What is the point of that?


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/27 - 00:59 UTC

Hi all, excuse ignorance, How are balloons controlled? hight,tactics etc


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:07 UTC

Given North Africa is out of bounds FRA2 could be in trouble hitting the


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:09 UTC

the Balearics could be tricky and probably won't win. The winner needs


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:14 UTC

swing east to Sardinia, South Italy, Sicily, Greece or even Cyprus.


Bill Izard (New Zealand) 2010/09/27 - 01:18 UTC

Go Go Go. All the best for a flight over the Sea


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:21 UTC

looks as though has dropped pretty low....
72 character rule stinks


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/27 - 01:21 UTC

Go from one balloonist to another from New Zealand


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:22 UTC

Willie has dropped pretty low...


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:24 UTC

How about an interactive simulation game next year?


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:25 UTC

internet users fly a virtual balloon using real time winds


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:26 UTC

and "compete" against real contestants!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:28 UTC

anyone know the rules? Are you out if you land? Is that it?


Austin (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:29 UTC

That would be cool!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:32 UTC

Bill NZ: trouble is North Africa is out of bounds (disqualification) ...


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:33 UTC

Terry W
Erm...yes if you land that's it


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:34 UTC

I love the coverage and the tracking & news website - well done all.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:35 UTC

at Chipflyer..cool idea!
@ Terry, yes, out if you land.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 01:36 UTC

Terry W click on Competition Area and you will see the rules


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:37 UTC

Is Africa really out of bounds? where are the rules?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:40 UTC

chip..look at competition area tab


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 01:41 UTC

FRA2 exiting Spain via Tarragona... will they be able to avoid Africa?


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 01:47 UTC

btw:Google'gordon bennett 2010 rules' and you'll find a PDF doc. w.rules


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:49 UTC

Fra 2 over the water, on the way to Italy?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:49 UTC

there should be a sharp easternly turn up there...


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:50 UTC

Frank, they best slow down...
ATC rules=30+sunrise
for Italy...


Steve Zvada (United States) 2010/09/27 - 01:54 UTC

SUI1 is at zero kts. Landed?


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/27 - 01:55 UTC

I would love to do this flight one day go teams


mark revill (England) 2010/09/27 - 01:56 UTC

bristol salutes the world


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:00 UTC

Small point: Swiss 1 have overflown Andorra. Is that legal?


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:05 UTC

renee, please clarify about Italy? Thx.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:19 UTC

ATC rules say, no fly,
30 after sunset
30 min before sunrise...


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:19 UTC

Ken Quigley,
where you from?


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 02:23 UTC

SUI1 seems to have landed


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:25 UTC

tracker not working=
high alt + low(0)kts


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:27 UTC

although, in mountains,
could mean they have
landed...


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 02:31 UTC

Renee: zoom in, it looks like the basket was moved to the main road.


Tim Brady (United States) 2010/09/27 - 02:37 UTC

SUI1r in the Mtns they must have landed they r showing at the main rd


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 02:56 UTC

FIN2 seems to have landed as well...


Greg Winker (United States) 2010/09/27 - 03:05 UTC

Landing so soon does not sound like my man Max Krebs.


Nadia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/27 - 03:07 UTC

Ребята, вы молодцы!!))))


Peter Blaser (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 03:29 UTC

I hope all of you run out of mistral before out of sand! Peter


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/27 - 03:41 UTC

Fin 2 and SW2 i think are just hovering , waiting for sun to come up.


Matthew Davidson (United States) 2010/09/27 - 03:44 UTC

Swiss one has called HQ saying they landed on news page


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 04:15 UTC

Looks like FRA2 & SWI2 took the right gamble.
Winds over Med Sea are W.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 04:33 UTC

Now it's about timing to IT - can they get past IT in 12-14 hours?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 04:35 UTC

France 2 would be most welcomed in Sardinia!!!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 04:36 UTC

Meant to say - I am not gas pilot - prob no nothing about strategy!


eric decellieres (France) 2010/09/27 - 04:40 UTC

Morning Fra2 and Fra1! Hope you can make it quickly today to the balkans


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 04:40 UTC

Qck calc: SUI2 needs 50 km/hr 4 12 hrs to clear IT - they have that curr


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 04:40 UTC

Qck calc: SUI2 needs 50 km/hr 4 12 hrs to clear IT - they have that curr


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 04:52 UTC

The Swiss have the Mistral upperwind currently, but will not keep that.


Marcus Kingma (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 05:05 UTC

Video briefing and gasfilling on www.weeronderweg.eu


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 05:07 UTC

NW wind in SW France is the Cers, Mistral is N wind down Rhone Valley


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 05:15 UTC

I am just commenting on the Swiss balloon regarding the Mistral


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 05:18 UTC

France Meteo says 40km winds near Corsica for Monday - go Swiss!


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 05:27 UTC

The second Fin must have landed too, position stationary on tracker.


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 05:29 UTC

N.Corsica-80kph WSW winds forecast for today!!! still WNW S of Corsica


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 05:29 UTC

Nice field , close to a good road, well done Fin2


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 05:31 UTC

Romania or Burlgaria seems to be reachable... (best distance is Cyprus..


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 05:34 UTC

FRA1 about to land


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/27 - 05:57 UTC

Vincent, Seb, faites gaffe, le "p'tit suisse" est à l'affût !
Jacko


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 05:59 UTC

Bonjour Sébastien, nuit fraiche,aujourd' hui 27 un beau
cadeau.


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:04 UTC

To cross or not to cross mediterrannée, that is the question.


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:04 UTC

What will the french and swiss balloons do then??? No flying in italian?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:05 UTC

italian airspace i meant


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 06:06 UTC

Go Willi, go. cross the sea, happy landing on the red place moscow


Gordon McCarthy (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:12 UTC

Good morning world - How many will go for the Med?


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 06:18 UTC

Control Centre - it's time to wake up!! Last "news" was 4 hours ago!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 06:18 UTC

@Peter; they can perfectly go to Italy, but only on daytime!


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:21 UTC

FR2 Les paysage de Grèce ressemble à ceux du Portugal. Bon vent PPSE


Stephen (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:23 UTC

Morning Control Centre - What is the latest on crossing Itally


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:23 UTC

steph..sorry that is what i meant to say!!


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:25 UTC

BEL1 look out if landing, Lions at the safari park just before the coast


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 06:27 UTC

FRA2 say Hi to our landing place of last years race :-)


Marie-Jo Zanello (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:27 UTC

Good luck to Seb and V.!
Thanks Les Benoit and the best balloon !


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:29 UTC

Le carrefour avec 2009 ? Bonne route à Vincent et Sébastien


Sten (Channel Islands) 2010/09/27 - 06:38 UTC

Kurt, you owe it to yourself,

best of luck through to; Greece ?


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:38 UTC

I'll tell the Italian family to spread the word Facebook.


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 06:39 UTC

I think FRA1 has landed


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:43 UTC

the Safari park is at Sigean (S. Narbonne), GBR2 heading that way too!!!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:44 UTC

Bonne Fête Vincent


BREHON Guy (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:46 UTC

Vous êtes sur la bonne voie pour la Crète


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:46 UTC

Vincent et Seb...fabuleux périple encore une fois...un vol de champions!


J Roger Knight (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:48 UTC

Good luck GBR2: avoiding Pyrenees was good move?


Colin Tregunna (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:50 UTC

Mr Kinsey are you watching?


Colin Tregunna (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:51 UTC

Is there a problem with the tracking page I can't see anything


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:51 UTC

Bonne fête Vincent de tout coeur avec vous
toute la journée


rolland (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:53 UTC

Bonne journée le soleil va vous réchauffés :GERARD


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 06:54 UTC

LBLfactory logging in good luck to those left in the air, go GB :-)


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:56 UTC

Tracking OK here, refresh your Browser!!!!!!


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 06:57 UTC

GBR2 must have a good view on the old Cite de Carcassonne.


William Perchard (Portugal) 2010/09/27 - 06:59 UTC

St Crispin dit « Non plus blog en français! En anglais seulement s v p!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:00 UTC

Come On GB lets go the distance. Welldone everyone
still in the race.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 07:01 UTC

@Colin, press F5


Isabelle Robion (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:03 UTC

Coucou Sébastien et Vincent, on vous suit de notre plancher des vaches!


rolland (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:05 UTC

bon courage,continués vous êtes bien parti


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:07 UTC

are Bel1 about to land???


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:08 UTC

looks like BEL1 now committed to cross the Med, only the beach now!!!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 07:09 UTC

With 28kn at 2600ft, they might have a go for Italy!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:16 UTC

what do we think the swiss will do???


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:16 UTC

Are BEL1 down in the Lagoon before beach? at 27kts maybe a good option?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:18 UTC

Corsica could be a tricky place to land at speed for the Swiss


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:22 UTC

the beach it is then for BEL1 by the look


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 07:22 UTC

BEL1, at 6kn now, they should be landing, SWI2 no ground wind


stijn staelens (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 07:23 UTC

Belgium with 6 kts, that's nice.
Hopefully they go further.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 07:23 UTC

Are FRANCE 2 about to land at Son Parc Golf Course?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:24 UTC

so will GBR2 commit to the med??? go on janet and anne


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:27 UTC

BEL1 landing?


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 07:34 UTC

BEL 1 Landed!


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:38 UTC

are France 1 down? they haven't moved in ages?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:44 UTC

andy...not down I think he is on his way to sardina!!!!!!


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:45 UTC

FR1 down. Zoom in, they've moved the basket


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:47 UTC

GBR2...are the girls looking to land???


Rich (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:48 UTC

GB2 looking to land????


Brady (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:49 UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me5lXBlXmoY


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 07:49 UTC

Looks like it Peter, getting very difficult to still cross on time!


Rich (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:50 UTC

GB2 0 knot - confirmed landing???


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:53 UTC

Steph it will be interesting to see if any others go for it?? GBR1


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 07:54 UTC

FR 1 have landed


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 07:55 UTC

Sad to see that GB2 seems to be down, very well done flight though!


Paul Stapley (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:56 UTC

GB2. Oh no!!! I was hoping they could keep going!


D2 (France) 2010/09/27 - 07:56 UTC

Congrats les 2bePe FR1 !


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 07:57 UTC

does anyone know why they cant fly in italian airspace at night..


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 07:58 UTC

As far as I know, Italy did not give approval for doing that


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 07:59 UTC

Italian law states no VFR flights at night.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 08:00 UTC

Do you think, SWI 2 could make it into the area south of Rome?


Rich (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:00 UTC

Congrats Janet/Ann GBR2,sad but WELL DONE-guess Italy ATC scuppered it


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:04 UTC

FRA1 Félicitations les 2 Be! We are waiting for the other landings!


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 08:10 UTC

SWI2 - quick cal. about 700km at present speed before sunset!
IT 300km.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 08:11 UTC

That would be nice, bringing them close 2000 km distance and Albania


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 08:14 UTC

The ladies have landed


Dominic (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:16 UTC

Comment vont les Benoits :
"bonito aterrizaje espero ! "
A bientôt !


David Barker (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:17 UTC

GBR2 have also moved the balloon off the field - see satellite view!


Peter Ensner (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 08:18 UTC

SWI2 on the track of Breitling Orbiter3 ?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 08:19 UTC

several questions from public - can balloons refuel and continue. Nope!


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 08:21 UTC

Looks like the Russians are about to land.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 08:22 UTC

re Swiss distance the E Coast of Italy 570 km away = > 14hrs = midnight!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 08:25 UTC

In my calculation 570 km/80 kph=7 hrs.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 08:28 UTC

zone!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 08:29 UTC

Corsica is in FRENCH Airspace. Sardinia is in ITALIAN Airspace.


guittard (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:29 UTC

FELICITATIONS LES BENOITS
vous avez du faire un super vol
claude


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:29 UTC

Well done Janet and Ann, now enjoy the vineyards! xx


karen skinner (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 08:29 UTC

Good luck 2 u all, friends have just seen the USA team pass Berga Spain.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 08:34 UTC

Kevin, Mr Batman - measuring in Google Earth... pls. try it.


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:36 UTC

Bravo aux 2 Benoît
Les buses du Morvan volent avec Golden Eyes


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:36 UTC

FRA1 landed in spain, is this the first ever uk to spain balloon flight?


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:37 UTC

Brilliant effort Janet and Anne; we're proud of you.


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 08:38 UTC

The Russians have taken some heart again, closing in on their crew


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:39 UTC

Seb, Vincent, trouvez le vent, pas le moment de faiblir !
Jacko


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:39 UTC

is GBR1 going low and slow is this a landing


J Roger Knight (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:41 UTC

Bad Luck Janet and Ann - hope you haven't spoilt the Corbieres 2010!


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:45 UTC

SW2 250 NM to Napoli. They will surely do it.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 08:46 UTC

sorry wendy, kevin, i mistook knots for kilometers per hr: 43kt = 80kph


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:47 UTC

Biting my nails and Im only sat at my desk


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 08:48 UTC

Colin Butter and Paul Spellward GBR confirmed landed.


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 08:49 UTC

Next GB there should be a betting possibility, winner,distance, location


Dave (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:50 UTC

Well done Janet and Ann stirling effort glad your safe


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 08:54 UTC

No problem Kevin - it's really exciting even from Oz!
Glad night's over


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/27 - 08:54 UTC

wll done colin and paul glad you guys are safely landed


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 08:55 UTC

Yeah, and the race is still open as yet, which is very nice!


Harvey Leys (France) 2010/09/27 - 08:56 UTC

Bonne fête Vincent, et n'oublie pas le 2 c'est ton anniverssaire !


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 08:57 UTC

Another suggestion, click on team and see the track with meas.intervals.


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 09:00 UTC

is the Thyrrenian sea considered as Italian airspace too?


Dave (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:03 UTC

Cannot understand why I am hooked, should be at work lol


John Baker (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:03 UTC

Andy, balloon Saladin, Eng - Spa 12/1881. But no pilot !


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:03 UTC

Well done Colin and Paul! Bravo!


Ian Martin (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:04 UTC

Congratulations Paul & Colin, good flight


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 09:12 UTC

SWI2 seems to be committed for Italian Mainland now!


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/27 - 09:40 UTC

Bravo aux 2 Benoits pour cette première. ALLEZ Vincent et Sébastien!


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 09:42 UTC

Has GBR2 landed now too? :-(


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:43 UTC

Well done Paul & Colin - hope you found a nice chateau to land at


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 09:45 UTC

Yes Fanny, they landed about an hour ago :(


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 09:46 UTC

Apologies for the loss of service. We're back - hopefully for good!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:47 UTC

The Swiss need to cross part of the Adriatic before dark to hit Albania


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:48 UTC

SW2 now facing 150NM of water, then 150NM land, then 150NM water.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 09:51 UTC

David Hempleman Adams has ongoing blog on their website.


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:54 UTC

French could still beat the Swiss


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 09:54 UTC

Thankyou Kevin, the shadow appeared after I'd shouted.


Chris Heptonstall (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:55 UTC

Well done Janet & Ann, what a great area to sight-see (Carcassonne)


Michael Wolf (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:58 UTC

Well done Colin and Paul. Congrats on safe flight!


John Coleman (England) 2010/09/27 - 09:59 UTC

Well done Janet. A good effort.


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 09:59 UTC

Looks like the tracking has stopped ????????


Xavier HEYTE (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:00 UTC

Bravo le Ben's team!
et bon vol à Vincent et Séb
Xavier HEYTE Namur


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:01 UTC

Tracking specialists are in race control - sorting it out now!


stefan (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:03 UTC

Hey, Xavier! Il faut supporter les belges hein!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:03 UTC

update on tracking done - we are back!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:07 UTC

FRA 2 @ 17,000. Looks too long a crossing - ? Sardinia beckons


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:09 UTC

Thankyou team, appreciate your hard work allowing us to follow them.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:10 UTC

Hoorah - after 24 hours of being SPAMMED out- I am back !


Xavier HEYTE (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:11 UTC

Salut Stefaan,
Nos belges ont aussi fait un beau vol !
Bravo à eux !


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:13 UTC

Our UK Met man says the winds from France to Italy will slow


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 10:13 UTC

Looks like Kurt and Pascal are trying to pay a visit to the pope!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:15 UTC

I believe the Swiss are trying to land as close to home as possible.


Wayne Young (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:15 UTC

Well done Colin and Janet. Glad you are down safely.


mark revill (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:16 UTC

yesterday i thought japan had it, all to play for still, bristol here


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:16 UTC

our control room webcam is available for all to view (see menu left)


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:16 UTC

Looks like FRA2 has to land on Sardine, given the distance to Italy


b parey (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:18 UTC

Manche Atlantique Mediterrannée jusqu'ou ? Bravo Vincent et Seb


Nadia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/27 - 10:18 UTC

Ребята, очень переживаю и болею за вас! Весь рабочий день на смарку)))


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:18 UTC

swiss team tells us it was -13c outside temperature last night


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:19 UTC

That is if flying after sunset is forbidden in Italy.Who knows for sure?


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 10:20 UTC

SWI2: super!!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 10:21 UTC

Yes, it's for sure no flying after sunset in Italy. see news updates


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:22 UTC

Following GB3 with great interest. God speed and a fair wind!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:23 UTC

Flying in Italian airspace at night is forbidden by Italian aviation law


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:24 UTC

I bet USA 1 is also looking for a landing spot


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:25 UTC

Many people are asking what the rules are - see menu left.


Jessica McDonald (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:26 UTC

What an exciting race this is turning out to be! Good luck to all. :)


John Albury (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:30 UTC

Well done Brits 1 & 2.


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:36 UTC

Quelle belle course!!! Je souhaite a FRA2 du vent et du lest!!!


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:36 UTC

SW1 look as though they have landed


David Barker (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:36 UTC

AUT1 overhead my house at 7,200 ft http://dbarker.perso.neuf.fr/AUT1.jpg


D2 (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:40 UTC

message to mark sullivan:
is it possible backward 28 kilometers !!


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:41 UTC

Nice David ! A lot fly over Toulouse area. Unfortunatly no time to pic.


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:44 UTC

Hi Arnaud thought you might be watching :-)


stefan (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 10:46 UTC

Nice radius for france... Could be longer distance than Italy?


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/27 - 10:46 UTC

Messag a Garcimore: tu peux les faire revenir ou j'appelle Nicolas


Jonathan Harris (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:51 UTC

Paul did the landing. Colin complains it was shockingly violent


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 10:51 UTC

Italy better destination than France as direct distance is what counts


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 10:57 UTC

USA 1 lands - just dealing with landowner and authorities


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:02 UTC

John, I think Stefan means FRA2.making landfall around Napoli.


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:05 UTC

I beg your pardon Stephan. I see what you mean. Exciting!


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:07 UTC

of course Andy ! Did u change your mail (i sent you two during the year)


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 11:07 UTC

Race media team trying to contact Italian TV and press to say hello


Glyn Mason (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:08 UTC

Think SW2 doing a recce for "Todi" 2011


sheilaanthony (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:09 UTC

Hi Jonathan If Colin says shockingly violent then I am sure it was!!!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:11 UTC

Looks like we are going for a Swiss Start next time.


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:13 UTC

que faire si vol de nuit sur l italie? Good luck aux 2 premiers...


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:14 UTC

If SWI2 contiues at present speed could cross Italy in 3 to 4 hrs


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:16 UTC

What a fantastic race - and with three serious British balloons entered


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:16 UTC

I have no ballooning expereince, but am totaly enthralled.Excelent stuff


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:18 UTC

Good decision from US1, a safe 3rd unless someone goes the extra night


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 11:19 UTC

and so say all of us balloonatics, John! The GB 2010 team are amazing.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 11:23 UTC

The predicted winds show the French balloon may have to land in Sardinia


Tom Reid (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 11:26 UTC

Look Out Greece- The Swiss are coming. (Optimism) Keep going! Good luck!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:28 UTC

Control,can you change the balloon icon for say, a flag,for those landed


Weishardt .J (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:29 UTC

Seb Vincent Bravo et courage des vendangeurs de Mercurey


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:29 UTC

Control, could you show us a map with the limits of Italian airspace? :)


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:30 UTC

Well done teams, Janet, Ann, Paul, Colin! Great what you have done! A.


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:32 UTC

Séb Vinc
Patience, Patience la route est longue.
Mais vous y arriverez


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:33 UTC

Merci à Sébastien


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 11:37 UTC

If they go lower, the french could wait until sunrise to cross!


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:37 UTC

USA3 seems to search for a landing site


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:38 UTC

Looks like the Germans are going for it as well - crossed the coast


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 11:38 UTC

Looks like GER2 is at sea!


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:42 UTC

Congratulations to GER2 : Matthias & Markus to enter the sea


David Barker (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:42 UTC

Rouanet, for Italian airspace try http://www.vatita.net/img/firs2.gif


Bettina (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:42 UTC

Why are GB3 so far behind?


Paul Harrison (Ireland) 2010/09/27 - 11:42 UTC

wotta race! i'm watching from tipperary and you have me gripped. bravo!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:43 UTC

Go on GER2 :D This is turning out to be a surprising run.


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:43 UTC

GB3 started last - that's why they appear behind


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:43 UTC

Thanks David


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 11:44 UTC

A map of Air Traffic Zones for public shortly. Pilots use your maps!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 11:45 UTC

GB3 maybe using tactics to stay slow to avoid Italy at night.


Steve Zvada (United States) 2010/09/27 - 11:46 UTC

Flight information region descrtiptions and maps go to my next 'shout'


Bettina (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:46 UTC

Thanks John saved me wondering!!!


Michael Wolf (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:46 UTC

Germany 2 has definately made the decision to fly on. Good Luck.


Steve Zvada (United States) 2010/09/27 - 11:47 UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_information_region


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:50 UTC

You can download the Italian VFR charts FREE!


Ian (England) 2010/09/27 - 11:52 UTC

Julian, re map, confirm VFR at night OK over Italian sea, just not land?


john morris (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:53 UTC

Brilliant 2 days watching on line but friends think I've lost it


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 11:53 UTC

No VFR night flight in Italian AIRSPACE - not just over land.


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 11:55 UTC

Using Met Data & Experience of 4 days up
US and GB teams have a plan ??


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 11:55 UTC

Julian, thanks to clear that point.


Steve Zvada (United States) 2010/09/27 - 12:00 UTC

ia.org/wiki/File:Flight_Information_Regions_for_Italy.svg


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 12:00 UTC

Seems like USA3 will also go out to sea now!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 12:01 UTC

until the last has touched the ground. very intresting race!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:03 UTC

The VFR and Italy is going to be and interesting phone call.


Christine Camplin (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:03 UTC

ENAV (Italian ATC) 24hr forecast offline - "Due to technical reasons"!


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:04 UTC

Is there a cunning plan by the GBR3 team? Italy tomorrow morning?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 12:05 UTC

The Winds for Italy can be seen here http://www.ilmeteo.it/portale/meteo


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 12:05 UTC

USA3 could be looking to land - very low and slow.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 12:06 UTC

if it's 500km till Croatia airspace I don't think poss for Swiss


Giovanni Aimo (Italy) 2010/09/27 - 12:07 UTC

HBQKF : Rome TMA is the worst place in Italy for balloons.
Take care.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 12:10 UTC

Rome TMA is a bad place to be in any type of Aircraft ;-)


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 12:10 UTC

GB3 to reach Corsica in the morning, and on to Bosnia the next day ??


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:36 UTC

congrats to SWI2 on reaching Italy


Propane Junkie (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:36 UTC

Daft question but can balloons file an IFR plan for Italian airspace?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 12:36 UTC

seen Ger1. flew over our Village 45 mins ago. Beautiful. safe landings


Bettina (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:43 UTC

The Germans are doing so well.


Bettina (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:44 UTC

its so strange a race can bring people together?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 12:44 UTC

SWI2 only needs about 1 1/2 hours to get across at the present speed!


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 12:44 UTC

GER1 heading for the same landing spot as the BEL1. Take care windy now!


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 12:46 UTC

Pre-empted the published NOAA model. Waiting to deliver a 'told-you-so'!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:48 UTC

What flight rules does the Pope operate in St Peter's Square?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 12:49 UTC

GER3 descending now


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 12:51 UTC

Everyone now present in control room - Kevin ATC, Martin WEATHER


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 12:51 UTC

Everyone now present in control room - Kevin ATC, Martin WEATHER


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 12:53 UTC

This is now beyond EXCITEMENT.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 12:54 UTC

UK TV station Sky Sports filming in control room - see webcam


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 12:56 UTC

What a RACE! This beats Formula One.


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 12:58 UTC

Darn you Gordon Bennett 2010 Race! Kept me up late and now not working!


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 12:58 UTC

So, what are the options for FR2?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 12:59 UTC

@Mark if they pick up speed they can go across Italy, but if not,landing


Patrick Edwards (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:01 UTC

To Giovanni Aimo. Pat from Bristol says 'Hi!'


Yulia (Russian Federation) 2010/09/27 - 13:01 UTC

LB, SV - urrrrraaa!!! 1000 km! :))) Go,Go,Go, Russia!


Craig Parsons (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:02 UTC

Anyone know if they carry transponders?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:03 UTC

SWi2 are now travelling at 43kt much faster than anyone else!


Bettina (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:03 UTC

Whats happened to GER3 have they landed? What about GER1?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:05 UTC

Now 45Kt. Serbia next - is there a time limit? No mention in the rules.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 13:08 UTC

If Balloons are routing over Corsica are they in French Airspace ?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 13:08 UTC

are SWi2 carrying Oxygen? they are at 14,000 Ft !!! thats high without!!


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:08 UTC

Where is the airspace boundary It-Bos? Half way between?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:09 UTC

@Terry, no. It goes as long as they can be aloft


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:10 UTC

GER2 need to gain some height, what time does Italy close down?


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:13 UTC

Transponders? Rule 4.1


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 13:15 UTC

Kevin, ATC, is using AFTN to confirm ATC permissions in E Europe


Paul Harrison (Ireland) 2010/09/27 - 13:15 UTC

oxygen, hah! for the swiss it's just like another alp.


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 13:15 UTC

Austrian team AUT1 landed


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 13:15 UTC

Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network - ATC's intranet/email


Tom D Miklousic (Haiti) 2010/09/27 - 13:16 UTC

waiting for them in Dubrovnik :=))


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:17 UTC

oh no for AUT1, just 1.5 km or so from the 1000 km mark!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:19 UTC

little under an hour for SWI2 to leave Italian land again


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 13:20 UTC

Robin Batchelor is interviewed in control room now on web cam.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:22 UTC

FYI: 52nd Race - US 12 wins Bel 10 Aus 7 Ger & Fra 6 Pol 5 Swi 4 & GB 1


Jay Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:23 UTC

How am I supposed to get any work done when this is online? Keep going..


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 13:23 UTC

looks like Ger1 is braving the Med. Bonne Route!!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 13:25 UTC

Jay, join the clan, we are all in the same boat, oops basket.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:26 UTC

Longest Flight Bel 2005 3400.39 KM. Longest Duration Ger 1995 92:11 hrs


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:28 UTC

SWI2 now much lower. Surely not thinking of landing? Or is it ATC?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:30 UTC

I hope they continue, speed is good now as is bearing


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 13:32 UTC

even at 45 kts.would Swi2 have time to clear Italia A'space before night


wiep keikes (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 13:34 UTC

It looks GER3 is landed


Rosey (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:35 UTC

Jay/John room in the basket for another one? hard to focus on work


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 13:38 UTC

Do they vent Hydrogen to descend, other than when committing to landing?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:39 UTC

Balloons tend to fall slowly when no maneuvers, vent for quick descent


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:40 UTC

Dave S: only 100km to clear the east coast of Italy.


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:41 UTC

SW2. Course now puts Motenegro coast 255NM ahead.


Robert Cross (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:41 UTC

This makes formula one look totally pathetic


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:42 UTC

Where does the airspace boundary lie?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:42 UTC

If you put your cursor on ther map it shows distance from start in a box


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 13:44 UTC

ETA East Italy coast @ Termoli 1520z for Swiss Team


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 13:45 UTC

Italy/French boundaries http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/898


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:45 UTC

do you also have it that you hit F5 but the lines don't appear?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:48 UTC

But is the airspace off the coast sunset +30 they have without penalty


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 13:48 UTC

ETA Swiss Team clear of Italian Airspace 1720z if winds remain as now


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:49 UTC

How in the world will the teams (not) enter ITA airspace tonight?


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:51 UTC

Julian, have you a similar map for Adriatic airspace boundary?


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:52 UTC

Looks like the Swiss team are in R50


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:52 UTC

Are the Swiss descending?


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:53 UTC

Looks like GBR3 are going for it. Not much between them and the Med now!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:54 UTC

Fra2 will probably have to land in Sardinia. The others have 600km to go


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 13:55 UTC

Doesn't look like it, estimate about one hour to reach the Adriatic sea


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/27 - 13:55 UTC

Go USA, you have just passed over my house and you are over Bedarieux


marc (Wales) 2010/09/27 - 13:56 UTC

Uk are gaining altitude, they are going for it!!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/27 - 13:58 UTC

YAY UK!...CHARGE!!!!


Hans Habers (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:00 UTC

Rien en Ron!
zand genoeg? Ballon vol gas?
"DEURGOAN"!


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:02 UTC

SW2 63NM to coast, 255NM to Montenegro at 42kts.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:02 UTC

or 400km aiming further north @20kt=37kms/hr is 11 to 16/17 hrs


Tommy E (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:03 UTC

I estimate 11h for FRA2 to reach mainland Italy.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:04 UTC

So sadly unless the following pack go further south and more slowly


Tommy E (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:04 UTC

Will they try and land in Sardinia?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 14:07 UTC

The Swiss will hit the east coast @ 1520z and airspace boundary 1720z


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:07 UTC

to arrive s. of Rome at dawn the race is over and Swi2 will win.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:08 UTC

FRA2 needs about 4.5 hours to get to the mainland at current speed


Roald Bos (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:09 UTC

Rien & Ron hebben wel een rubberboot-mand,...


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:10 UTC

Did USA3 land?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:13 UTC

and GER3?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:14 UTC

Tommy E I make Fra2 to reach Italy in <6hrs (250km @ 44km/hr ish)? ??


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:15 UTC

Hoi Roald, Toine hier. Ze dalen, zal mij benieuwen


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:15 UTC

The track of SWI2's retrieve would be worth following too!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 14:15 UTC

ITAL night restrctn over water - is it just < 5 miles of coast?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:16 UTC

no Italy restriction is all of italian airspace.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:17 UTC

GER3 just landed. USA3 down sometime back.


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:18 UTC

Yeah, GBR3 are over the

Med!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:18 UTC

Terry I have 230 km at 44 kph, gives me 5.2 hrs, seems to match


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 14:18 UTC

USA2 appears in great position?


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:18 UTC

NLD1 klimt weer, gaan ze er voor?


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:19 UTC

Where does the Italian airspace end?
When are Kurt and Pascal safe?


Tommy E (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:19 UTC

Terry, I make the distance more like 450km using google maps ruler.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:20 UTC

2 hrs 30 mins until Italian sunset


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:20 UTC

@Jop I think the airspace is about halfway across the Adriatic


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:20 UTC

GBr3 looks to have coasted out now


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:20 UTC

Italian airspace runs out straight line down centre Adriatic Sea


John Albury (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:21 UTC

Great stuff!How brave of the Germans to start across Med this late inday


Roald Bos (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:21 UTC

Is wel zeldzaam spannend,...


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:21 UTC

SWI2 needs about 100 minutes to get clear


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:22 UTC

Are we sad or what: this just shouldn't be so much fun!


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:22 UTC

Hello, what about Bepperl Höhl?
No moving in the last more of a our?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 14:23 UTC

@Gisbert they already touched down


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:26 UTC

Med looks like clear skys but Adriatic has cloud on line Split/Foggia


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:28 UTC

Good luck the Swiss, this is exciting, will they make it!!


John Albury (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:29 UTC

Even braver by GBR3!


marc (Wales) 2010/09/27 - 14:30 UTC

Swiss are doing 82kmh so should make it, I think my maths is correct!!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 14:31 UTC

What time (UTC) is sunset for where Swiss are in IT?


tom rutherford (United States) 2010/09/27 - 14:31 UTC

Congratulations tracking station! You're doing a great job. Thanks!tom r


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:32 UTC

FRA2 must land on Sardinia? Time is running out, they can't make mainlnd


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:33 UTC

East Europe ATCs remind pilots to be high enough to clear terrain.


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:33 UTC

For the comp is Italian airspace the coast + 5 miles


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:34 UTC

I think sunset is 18:59


D2 (France) 2010/09/27 - 14:35 UTC

Berben and Simeons flew a record 3400.39 KM (2112.9 miles).


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:35 UTC

Italian airspace ends about half way across the Adriatic


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:36 UTC

Hi Admin: Qu. for you Would Turkish Cyprus be out of bounds? Thanks .


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:36 UTC

Is it the IT FIR boundary or Territotial waters for night restriction?


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:36 UTC

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE CROSSING THE MED, VERY BRAVE!!!


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:38 UTC

46 knots bring it on! How much do I wish I was in one!


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 14:39 UTC

Definitely taking leave to follow this next year


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:39 UTC

We have read the fax from Italian ATC - 5nm from land.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:40 UTC

30 mins after sunset and 30 mins before sunrise is night.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 14:40 UTC

Based on GBR3 G/S and hdg they will reach Italian Airspace 0332z TUES ?


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:41 UTC

Julien Thanks for the info


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 14:44 UTC

Sardinia sunset 6.13pm GMT today


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 14:44 UTC

GBR3 will be within 5nm of Italian coastline @ 0415z at current G/S


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 14:45 UTC

GER3 and USA3 confirmed as having landed


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:45 UTC

Oh they have done it then if its 5nm from land


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:46 UTC

remember the winds are due to slow down between France and Italy


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 14:46 UTC

Quick calc says competitors have *about* 2:45 to clear IT.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:46 UTC

Great isn't it: kms, knots and now Nautical miles. Should be a GCSE.


mandy Dickinson (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:47 UTC

The live tracking is very exciting. Good luck to everybody still flying


stefan (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 14:48 UTC

30 min after sunset should be possible but only @ 46kt...


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 14:48 UTC

Looks like NLD1 is getting ready to land...


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:49 UTC

With sunrise-30 ~0430Z and 5nm rule, it could just be OK for GBR3 etc.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:49 UTC

Ah got it 1kt = 1nm/hr easy or (1.852 km). Learning every day.


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:49 UTC

Looks like NLD1 landed:no hdg and elev. there is 600'. GREAT JOB GUYS!!


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 14:50 UTC

NLD1 just landed at 25kts - all fine


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:50 UTC

Is there a time limitation on the flight?


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:50 UTC

RUS1 look quite well placed


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 14:52 UTC

RUS1 landed at 1445 GMT


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:52 UTC

Is the ALT shown QNE or GPS alt?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 14:52 UTC

do the Swiss know about 5nm?


Paul Harrison (Ireland) 2010/09/27 - 14:53 UTC

yes it ends at beer o'clock


Roald Bos (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:53 UTC

Landing with 25 knts in a rubber basket!!! HELL OF A JOB GUYS!!!


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 14:54 UTC

What now to do? This weekend only existed of GB2010!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 14:55 UTC

GPS is the height shown.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 14:55 UTC

SWI2 will be clear of 5nm boundary by about 1545z and SS 1648z in area


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:12 UTC

Is anyone watching this actually doing any work?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:13 UTC

Did someone Shout Beer? Good idea - back in a sec!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 15:14 UTC

This *is* work, isn't it?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 15:15 UTC

has Fra2 landed in Sardinia? thr tracking hasn't changed for a while...


mark neal (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:15 UTC

Colin, Paul ,janet and ann well done
GB3 David and Simon to win now


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 15:16 UTC

Going to work was good for me..saw Ger1 whilst driving back home!!!


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:16 UTC

@ Lindsay Muir - NO I'm not ;-) !!!!!


Stephen (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:17 UTC

Work, whats that? Congrats to all involved, great job.


Bud (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 15:18 UTC

FRA2 : End of the story in Sardania ?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 15:18 UTC

With only six still flying this is getting very interesting GO GBR3


Hans Habers (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 15:19 UTC

Rien en Ron,
Toch...well done!...
...'snik'


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:19 UTC

So the Swiss will have cleared Italian airspace quite easily


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 15:20 UTC

Congratulations SWI2! Incredible timing!


Jackie Woodcock (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:20 UTC

Work?!showed my class of 8 year olds site- have been keenly tracking!


Glyn Mason (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:21 UTC

How can you work with this level of tension?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 15:22 UTC

1520z SWI2 coasted out at Termoli ( re message 1344z ) told you so ;-)


Peter Harding (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:22 UTC

Can anyone elaborate as to roughly how long GBR3 can stay airborne......


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:22 UTC

Is USA2 going to go for it?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 15:22 UTC

as long as they have enough sand - but they won't tell anyone!


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:23 UTC

Who do those islands belong too?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:24 UTC

The ones just East of the Swiss


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:24 UTC

Hope USA2 is going for it, GO Carol & Richard


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:24 UTC

Those tiny Isole Islands ahead of the Swiss are Italian as well


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 15:25 UTC

Apologies for the breaks in service. We are working on it.


Mark Govey (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:26 UTC

Well Done GBR 1 & 2, Go David and Simon


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 15:27 UTC

Hare and Tortoise scenario: SWI2=Hare; GBR3=Tortoise. GER sprung early.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 15:28 UTC

Longest GB flight is about 90 hours. They left Bristol about 40 hr ago.


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 15:30 UTC

Thumbs up for NLD1 "those great men in their great flying machines"!


Bram (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 15:31 UTC

Thumbs up for NLD1 those great men in their great flying machines!


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:31 UTC

keep up the good work piers, got to drive home soon, BBCRadio 5 news???


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 15:31 UTC

Swiss team announce to all "Black Sea here we come!"


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:32 UTC

I make those islands at least 15nm off the mainland.


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:32 UTC

Are the final teams over the Med going to hit Italy before dawn?


Ian Martin (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:33 UTC

Well done NLD1 Rien and Ron great flight and safe landing


Andy M (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:33 UTC

usa2 over water, and french are climbing again, GAME ON


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:34 UTC

FRA2 not showing any signs of landing. In fact they're climbing!


Don Boyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:34 UTC

USA3 is over water. God speed Richard and Carol.


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:35 UTC

The French show now signs of descending to land!


Don Boyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:35 UTC

Correction: USA2 is over water.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:36 UTC

And then theres the really tiny one http://www.pianosa.net/ looks nice


Tim Brady (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:40 UTC

Keep on going Fra2 make it a good race.


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/27 - 15:41 UTC

Sunset for sw2 is 18:50 + 1/2hour, no problem passing those isles


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:44 UTC

SW2 about 295NM ahead of FRA2. Airspace probs for FRA2 soon?


Hans Van Hoesel (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 15:44 UTC

@Rien & Ron: op terugreis? Kom maar langs voor de Bossche Bollen!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:44 UTC

Are the French actually moving at all?


Mark Warne (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:45 UTC

Lovely stretch of coastline to enjoy the sunset. C'mon DHA!


Lal Heaton (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:45 UTC

altogether too exciting - work is suffering...


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:46 UTC

Well done SWI2! I'm loving the confidence!


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 15:48 UTC

If they blow will it speed them up?


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 15:48 UTC

Webmaster says pointless to update page??? How do I keep up with shouts?


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:49 UTC

Fortune favours the bold! So we now know who the bold are!


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 15:49 UTC

I am coding a new "shouts" page - please bear with me!


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 15:55 UTC

so if the big island on west counts why does small islands on east not??


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:00 UTC

Surely France 2 is in the merde unless they land on Sardinia?


Tim Baggett (United States) 2010/09/27 - 16:03 UTC

The bonch factor must still be low - US2 takes on the Med!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:04 UTC

There was a comment that the airspace ends/begins 5 nm out to sea.


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:05 UTC

If the French slow down the might be OK


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 16:05 UTC

@Chris Took all day to get to Sardinia, maybe all night to get to Italy?


Tim Baggett (United States) 2010/09/27 - 16:06 UTC

Keep going Richard, Carol!


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:09 UTC

French already in IT airspace: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/898


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 16:09 UTC

france must clear 5nm of sardinia by sunset + 30 in 90 mins


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/27 - 16:09 UTC

Italy airspace is open up to 5NM from coast to night VFR


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:09 UTC

GER2 too fast. Corsica looks likely landing spot.


Pete Harris (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:11 UTC

http://www.vatita.net/?pagina=e_airspace


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:12 UTC

@webmaster: perhaps the map and shouts could pop out?


Colin Tregunna (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:15 UTC

Mr Kinsey are you online.


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 16:16 UTC

Shouts page link at the bottom of this box.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 16:17 UTC

Will FRA2 need to land on Sardinia or get disqualified if they fly on ?


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 16:18 UTC

Nice one, webmaster! Now the loads may drop on your server. Thanks.


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:18 UTC

well done Piers! just back from work, been kept uptodate by txt frm home


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:18 UTC

@J F P I think Andy is right - and they're too slow to clear before dark


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 16:19 UTC

GER2 will reach Corsica in two hours, that's probably the end for them


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:20 UTC

If FRA2 drop to below 1000ft could they climb back to 10000+ft?


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 16:20 UTC

Yes, it's pretty close for FRA2 alright, Chris. Am watching closely.


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:23 UTC

@J F P Update is 80 mins old, could they have landed? Fast descent!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:24 UTC

Perhaps FRA2 are trying to clear Italian airspace before dark.


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:25 UTC

Looking at the GFS model FRA2 have some interesting options.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 16:26 UTC

The news say that it is about the country and not the airspace?!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:26 UTC

The loggers are using UTC not GMT


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:26 UTC

18:26 now in Rome: Dusk @ 19:27 Dawn @ 06:35. 400kms (?) from Sardinia


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:27 UTC

With a descent to low level the can change track significantly


Weishardt .J (France) 2010/09/27 - 16:27 UTC

Vincent Seb De tout coeur avec vous Jacques de Mellecey


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 16:27 UTC

FRA2 data on my map says 33knots at 16:13 and they were near East coast!


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:28 UTC

Once FRA2 clear sardinia they could drop low and go slow NE till dawn


Russell Jurg (United States) 2010/09/27 - 16:28 UTC

CONGRATS NLD1 !!!!


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:29 UTC

Is Swiss team clear that island? How can rules change in such a big way?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:30 UTC

Looks like GBR3,GER1 & USA2 are slowing down to waste time.


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/27 - 16:31 UTC

Corsica is French and it is possible to park in the lee of the mountains


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:32 UTC

The heroic French will be clear of Sardinia + 5 mls with 15 min to spare


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 16:35 UTC

@Nick Gale for FR to drop they lose Hydrogen right? which hurts chances?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:35 UTC

Yes Crispin & Sara that could be the French plan!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:37 UTC

What happens if Italian air space is entered after dusk?


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:37 UTC

So Italian airspace covers sea but different rules over sea?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:38 UTC

Might have no choice. Can't be dangerous as noone else will be flying.


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 16:38 UTC

ne jamais vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué!GO GoFra2!!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 16:40 UTC

The italian ATC say no flying by balloons sunset +30 mins in 5nm of land


john morris (France) 2010/09/27 - 16:40 UTC

How soon is the next GB race, can't wait, so exciting !! congrats to all


sam (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:40 UTC

How many left in the race?


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:44 UTC

@Julian Thanks - was getting confused!


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 16:44 UTC

FRA2 may make it, will whisper my congrats, afraid to blow them to Italy


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:44 UTC

@chipflyer not ideal but better than landing or being dsq for enter ita


Daniel Mouly (France) 2010/09/27 - 16:46 UTC

I hope GER1 crew has good swim suit. 300 ft above the sea... eek!


Marfy (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:47 UTC

Theres a results tab on the map which shows who's flying & who's landed


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 16:48 UTC

In the 1992 Transatlantic Balloon Race they were at times 150 ft high!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 16:48 UTC

Well done Kurt&Pascal-just imagine to be at that altitudes for so long


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 16:49 UTC

@Nick Gale, Thanks, understood.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:54 UTC

Ger2 and Fra2 both need to slow down now I reckon to 17kt max.


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 16:59 UTC

Thanks Terry, for saving us all some brain strain!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:00 UTC

Charts show wind direction differs significantly only at very low level


Vesa Lensu (Finland) 2010/09/27 - 17:00 UTC

Thank you of news and weather information. Greetings from Finland


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:01 UTC

Is it possible FRA2 are going to try to go between Scicilly and Tunisia?


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:02 UTC

Mountains ahead of SWI2, Montenegro. Altitude loss at night & sand gone?


Daniel Mouly (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:07 UTC

Looks like FRA2 is close to landing :-(


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:07 UTC

Everything is possible with frogs!!!lol...suspence


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:08 UTC

FR2 pilot is true gent, I hope he has a cunning plan, bon chance mon ami


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:08 UTC

@JB can't go S wind low will be slow NE, high will go to Italy too soon!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:08 UTC

FRA2 obviously not headin south, course now 29deg.


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:08 UTC

no way the winds would take Fra2 south between Scicily & Tunisia


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:09 UTC

Fra2 landing perhaps?


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:10 UTC

C'mon FRA2! Everyone blow hard!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 17:12 UTC

Some showers ahead of the swiss team-hope the will be able t fly around


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 17:13 UTC

French team must be 5nm away from land by 17:39 UTC


Ian (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:14 UTC

Next year GB will depart from France. Anyone know prov. where and when?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:16 UTC

I assume SWI2 have made it clear of Italian airspace in time ?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:16 UTC

Fra2 herading 105 to Cantzaro longest route to Italy then to Athens?


Jeff Laughed-Rigollet (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:17 UTC

FR2 is maybe waiting not to cross Italia by night... (hope so!)


Marfy (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:18 UTC

Barcelonnette, Sept 9th according to web


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:18 UTC

I meant 'heading' and 'catanzaro' of course! Sorry fingers cold and old.


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:21 UTC

Hey this is Italy. Berlusconi could change the rules by sunset!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:22 UTC

he wouldn't yesterday Malcolm!


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 17:23 UTC

FRA2 is only 198km off the SWI2 distance. could still be FRA2's trophy.


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:23 UTC

14 mins to go, 6 NM needed = 25Knots....they are only going 7knots??


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:25 UTC

They may yet do it.....


Anja Kuemmerlein (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 17:25 UTC

my compliments for this very well done website.


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:27 UTC

FRA2 back up to speed, going for it, and may just make it..


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:28 UTC

FRA2 - nail biting stuff they are back out at sea.


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:28 UTC

@Dave: Used up the ballast or let out too much gas to continue long way?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:30 UTC

sunset 18:57 for Italy.
How FRA2 will avoid?


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:30 UTC

thats better!!!they should do it with 5 mins to spare!!! Bonne Route


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:30 UTC

Oooops, are FRA2 really moving again? Yippee.


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/27 - 17:31 UTC

France: 9min to go another 4 nm away from shore at 27kt. Tight!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:31 UTC

FRA2 in Italian airspace presently...


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:32 UTC

Anyone have BBC South Today, comments from Colin Butter GBR1 on shortly.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 17:33 UTC

as long as he is 5nm from land, he can stay in italian airspace at night


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:33 UTC

Wow, that's intense sport!!!!


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:33 UTC

Super FRA2...bonne chance..


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:33 UTC

34 kts now!!!


Paul Harrison (Ireland) 2010/09/27 - 17:35 UTC

allez france! henri got away with breaking the rules, so can you!


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:35 UTC

How did FRA2 get from 7kt to 34 kt in just a couple of minutes. Wow.


Ian (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:35 UTC

Sunset today at LIEE/CAG is 17:13Z. So he has until 17:43Z to be 5 out.


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:36 UTC

If I lose my job because of this websIte can I come work for GB2011?


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:37 UTC

Go Seb &Vincent You will do it !!!!!


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:38 UTC

Allez!!! Vincent et Seb on croit en vous...c'est jouable encore


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:38 UTC

climbing out of the Lee Of Genargentu,the big mountain behind them!!


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 17:39 UTC

FRA2 is clear of Italian coastline now... so clear of VFR rules


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:39 UTC

JFP. presumably the have baked beans aboard.


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:39 UTC

La stratégie est à l'oeuvre celle du lièvre ou de la tortue? allez FR2!


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:40 UTC

Have they really done it? Incroyable!! Magnifique!


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 17:42 UTC

FRA2 will need to slow down now though to stay legal for Italy Airspace


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:43 UTC

Fra2 that's brinkmanship good luck to you! Now the brakes but how???


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:43 UTC

confused on airspace?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 17:44 UTC

How did FRA2 do that? wow!


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:44 UTC

je ne pige pas tout a votre strategie Seb et Vincent mais vous soutient


Carole Paysant (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:44 UTC

Seb et Vincent, on est tous avec vous ! On y croit ! On vous embrasse :)


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:45 UTC

Renee, join the club. I doubt Italian ATC understand it


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 17:45 UTC

Hurrah for the heroic French team, they cleared Sardinia in due time !


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 17:45 UTC

Hurrah for the heroic French team, they cleared Sardinia in due time !


mark neal (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:45 UTC

just on bbc south today they said switzerland are almost certain to win


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 17:46 UTC

At race control we have calculated he did it by .05 of a nautical mile


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/27 - 17:46 UTC

Rule 7.1 S2 there ARE means to slow down


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 17:46 UTC

The winds are not going to favour the Swiss now !!!


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:47 UTC

lets hope they packed their 'Sea Anchor'!!!


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 17:48 UTC

Winds are more favourable for FRA2 than SWI2 ;-)


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:48 UTC

I expect FRA2 will have to go down to 10ft and drag a rope in the water.


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:48 UTC

FRA2 ...... Chapeau!


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:49 UTC

is there someone to confirm FRA2 do the 5 nm from land?


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 17:49 UTC

My goodness,what a thrill ! What a timing ! Congrats to the FRA2 team !


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 17:50 UTC

these guys are amazing!
all of them!
command center, you rule!


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:50 UTC

FR2 .....Skill ........Bon Chance Sebastian.....the H2 crew


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:51 UTC

Que d'émotions Bravo Seb et Vincent ça le fait


Dupuis-Remond Jc (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:52 UTC

Allez les garçons !!!


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:52 UTC

Breathtaking!!!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 17:52 UTC

I hope they dont have too may Baked Beans,
Come on GB


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:52 UTC

YESSS!!!! wonderful...l'aventure continue...


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/27 - 17:53 UTC

Fra 2, now go for south of Greace ..... like last year in Portugal


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:54 UTC

FRA2 (Rolland et Leys) will be remembered for that performance. Bravo!


Michaela (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 17:54 UTC

Go Germany 2 , go !! Best Wishes from Harald , Michaela and Alina.


J F P (China) 2010/09/27 - 17:57 UTC

Meantime the 'Tortoise' GBR3 moves steadily along. What's the fuss?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 18:01 UTC

Richard & Carol...
sleep well ;-)
USA!!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:01 UTC

Sébastien Vincent vous nous avez fait trés peur, Bravo


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 18:01 UTC

Swiss heading for Moldova 2400kms from start?


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:02 UTC

Impressive tactics from the French


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 18:02 UTC

But Southern Greece further than Moldova - deceptive isnt it!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:02 UTC

Bonne nuit à tout le monde


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 18:03 UTC

Is there anywhere we can see the historical height traces?


Franck C (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:04 UTC

M A G N I F I Q U E !!!


Faustino Mortera (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 18:06 UTC

I don't know how to say it in english properly. FRA2 Ole sus...


Nick Gale (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:07 UTC

FRA2 must have nerves of steel hope they didn't use too much ballast etc


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 18:07 UTC

What drama! Well done FRA2 cutting it fine!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:08 UTC

Assuming the chasing bunch can stay out of Italy including Sardinia till


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 18:08 UTC

FRA2 would reach Italy - 5nm @ 0234z they need to slow down ;-)


rolland (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:08 UTC

félicitations pour cette exploit bon vent pour la suite:GERARD


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:10 UTC

06:30 then the best chance to beat the Swiss is to keep South. But ....


Adam Barclay-Faulkner (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:11 UTC

GO GBR 3! You plod along!! don't worry about the others!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:11 UTC

... Sardinia makes this difficult. Puts Fra2 possibly in the best positn


James Gales (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:12 UTC

Go! SWI2 !! We took your photo over Jersey!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:13 UTC

Nothing against the Swiss just want to see it remain as a contest!


Ian Woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:15 UTC

They're all so brave. Fantastic effort


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 18:17 UTC

sunrise Naples 06.56 local = 4.56 GMT: earliest at 5nm out = 4.26 GMT


Sandrine T (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:18 UTC

Continuez comme ça les gars, Seb je compte sur toi ! Bisous


Judith Batten (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:18 UTC

GO GB3 Slow and sure all the way.


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:20 UTC

Bravo FRA2.
Its going to be interesting overnight. Not over yet :-))


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:21 UTC

Fra2 slowing down edging more south to Catanzaro - looking good


Marie-Jo Zanello (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:21 UTC

Merci pour le suspense Seb et Vincent !


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:21 UTC

FR2 are 240 miles from mainland Italy, at 22kts=arriving after sunrise!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:23 UTC

Swi2 on course for Bucharest and then Odessa - long way to go though


Marc (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:23 UTC

Bravo continuez... Joelle & Marc


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:24 UTC

FR2 are the most experienced crew with more sand than any1 + lightest!


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:26 UTC

FR2 are also further South and so will be easily further from Bristol!


Gaby sutter (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 18:26 UTC

Go on SW2, will see you in front, crossing fingers


Ian Woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:26 UTC

Is it possible for FR2 to avoid Italy now?


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:27 UTC

Gosh what you miss by taking the dogs for a walk! Go all the teams!


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:29 UTC

just one word : confidence ! we have to trust them


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 18:29 UTC

Terry, Odessa is in Ukraine = not a qualifying country


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:30 UTC

Brilliant comp. GPS tracker technology opens up new audiences.DGR/RAeC


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:31 UTC

William: Right the Black Sea is the eastern limit. South of Athens wins.


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:32 UTC

You are so right David, I've introduced others at work to it


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:32 UTC

Lookin at weathr chts wil show howlin kts ovr med taking late crossers


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 18:32 UTC

The level of this competition is increasing dramatically every year !


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 18:33 UTC

Congratulations to all the brave teams participating in this race !


William Wood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:34 UTC

The competition could be won or lost by a single yard!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:35 UTC

Batman: good spot: have to cut short in Romania or track left to Moldava


lee cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:36 UTC

c'mon G.B.3 flying the the flag for all us back home


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:36 UTC

si ils volent à 11KT jusqu'à demain matin ça passe


Polly Fraser (Zog) 2010/09/27 - 18:37 UTC

If only there were web cams on the flight deck !


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:37 UTC

leur objectif : le sud de la Grèce... ou la Crète


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:39 UTC

Is this a watershed comp that will open the doors to similar events ??


Mark (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:40 UTC

Once a balloon lands, is it allowed to take off again or not?


blanchard (France) 2010/09/27 - 18:42 UTC

Sébastien et Vincent Véhiculeurs de rêves :Bristol/Marathon = 2542.195KM


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 18:42 UTC

yeah Mark. Land and its all over!


Steve (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:43 UTC

WOW been watching this all day. Amazing stuff, good luck and be safe


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:44 UTC

At what height do they use "sea anchors"


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:45 UTC

And what does a balloon "sea anchors" look like?


Heike en Ronny (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 18:46 UTC

Ron en Rien,mooie prestatie,was erg mooi om te volgen via Live Tracking


Richard (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:46 UTC

What a fantastic race and happy and safe landings to all involved.


Rebecca Lisle-Taylor (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:47 UTC

why can't the balloons go over IT airspace at night? FR2 heading to IT


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:49 UTC

Rebecca, 'coz the Italians won't let them


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 18:50 UTC

Am I wrong or will GB3 hit the IT airspace over 2hrs too early?


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:51 UTC

not if they use the "sea anchors"


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:52 UTC

This suspense is like a good old fashioned 5 day cricket Test match...


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:53 UTC

Looking at Med 2k'-10k' wind f'casts, very interesting...even past Italy


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:54 UTC

Absolutely riveting-very best of luck GB3. Hard luck 1 & 2.


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:55 UTC

Is the IT 5nm rule the norm or a variation just for this event?


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:57 UTC

2 German balloons, ahead of GB3, may reach Italy before dawn. All tense


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/27 - 18:58 UTC

There's good beer and vodka in Constanza (Black Sea, Romania)...


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:00 UTC

GER2 May slow down after crossing Corsica


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:01 UTC

RE Mode S TXpdrs what is power source? Power output?


Bud (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 19:02 UTC

After the Sardania story, will FRA2 have enough ballast to reach Italia


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:06 UTC

Robert, I presume like a canvas bucket on a rope dangled over the side


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:08 UTC

GER2 at 23Knots, 10 hrs to dawn so ~250m. Over Italy? Must slow!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:10 UTC

Is this the ultimate game of tactics? or are luck/technology big factors


Tim Brady (United States) 2010/09/27 - 19:10 UTC

Le bon spectacle Fra2 tire pour vous battre SWI 2


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:10 UTC

Looks like the Japanese are on the move again !


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:12 UTC

Jon: that's a good spot!!!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:12 UTC

The 5nm rule was set by Italian authorities not just for this race


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 19:13 UTC

Is there night VFR over Sardinia?


Steve Cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:13 UTC

Rule says winner is one flown furthest, not furthest from launch.....


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:13 UTC

That's strange, why are they moving again?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:13 UTC

some trackers may show crews coming home in cars - will be deleted soon!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 19:14 UTC

Sorry, is there night VFR over Corsica?


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 19:15 UTC

GB2010 can't you put the trackers off from landed teams some are moving


Steve Cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:15 UTC

...possible to fly more track miles but land closer to Bristol than...


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:16 UTC

I wondered the same re the Japanese balloon.... anybody know?


Luc NOEL (Belgium) 2010/09/27 - 19:16 UTC

Japanese balloon moving on highway !
Please, hold landingplaces. Thanks


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 19:16 UTC

sorry julian, mist your message


Steve Cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:17 UTC

....who would win in that situation?


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:17 UTC

Look! Japan is "flying" againg. Northbound with 33kts. Bon voyage!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:17 UTC

Terry, I think stamina, determination and courage are more important.


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:17 UTC

Aha, I see, thanks! :-)


Tom D Miklousic (Haiti) 2010/09/27 - 19:18 UTC

Swiss 2 Welcome to Croatia, if you need me just call !


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:18 UTC

Wouldn't dragging the guide rope/anchor count as touching the ground?


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:19 UTC

The Belgians have been doing six knots ever since they landed!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:19 UTC

Steve, read rule 5.1, arc of greatest circle, not flight dist.


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:20 UTC

Chris, the Rules allow a trailrope, but do not mention sea-anchors.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:20 UTC

Jap1 landed 850 from launch , I'm sure the controll has all the stats


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:20 UTC

Control room were all having pizza when the Japanese left - being sorted


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:21 UTC

sea anchors allowed - have been used in races before.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:25 UTC

Ukraine is out of the Race Area right?


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:25 UTC

Julian, how long is it practical to use a sea anchor for?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/27 - 19:25 UTC

New Japanese reports and results since landing now being discarded


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 19:26 UTC

Malcolm, as long as you are close to the sea!


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:26 UTC

M A G N I F I Q U E Seb & Vincent, mais vous nous avez fait peur!!!


Robert Hardy-McBride (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:26 UTC

New follower to the sport, riveting is the word. Go GBR3!


Steve Cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:26 UTC

Thanks Zuz, read that at 'distance covered' not 'distance from'


Mark Warne (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:27 UTC

Stare hard enough at the tracking and it becomes a Magic Eye picture...


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:29 UTC

Mark, it's worse if you have it on Hybrid


Mark Warne (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:30 UTC

Like a banana with eyes on...mental!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:31 UTC

Sea anchors are bags filled with sea water and can be used for hours.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:31 UTC

From Kevin ATC guy - Ukraine could not confirm acceptance so left out.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:32 UTC

Julian, pse clarify dist traveled. Is it point to point or track length.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 19:35 UTC

really? they can use some sort of anchor?


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:36 UTC

What are you on, Zuz?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 19:37 UTC

how do they get the sea water?
brief touch of ground or water?


Ludo Achilli (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:37 UTC

Hi,I'm ATC in S-E of France & Med sea, VFR Spec over Corsica below FL145


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:38 UTC

Malcolm - Life and the GB. Why what are you suggesting?


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:39 UTC

How many km's are GB3 from Italy?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 19:40 UTC

pilots "scoop" up the water into a bag to hold them down.


Ludo Achilli (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:40 UTC

Today,i had on radio contact FRA1 between Baleares and Sardinia! Go FRA1


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 19:40 UTC

@john: distance is direct distance (see competition rules)


Ludo Achilli (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:41 UTC

My mistake it was FRA 2!! Go FRA2 !!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:43 UTC

www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i83223


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:43 UTC

Mark, in the rules it says distance traveled, but dont expand.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:44 UTC

Wonder how GER2 wants to be slow enough to sustain 10 more hours?


Steve Cooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:45 UTC

Rules ambiguous, Great Circle could measure track distance too!


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:45 UTC

GB3 about Italy...230 kms I think...


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:46 UTC

direct measure round the globe from launch to landing


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 19:47 UTC

@John: section 5.1: great circle distance.


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:47 UTC

good evenin g, all. is it normal to get more than 2 ours no rack inform


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:48 UTC

Wave ht looks much lower in the lee of Corsica. Anchor there!


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 19:49 UTC

its a great pleasire to see all teams on track, thanks to the trackers


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:51 UTC

John - check Sporting Code Sect 1 Aerostats 4.8.2.1.1


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:52 UTC

Thanks mark, sorry for delay had to let the dog out


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 19:52 UTC

SWI2: Schweizer Uhrwerk!!
Super !!!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:53 UTC

Mine shows GER2 track ends W of Corsica, but no balloon. A U-balloon?


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:53 UTC

Where have GER2 gone?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 19:54 UTC

I think it is great circle distance away from Start point ;-)


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:54 UTC

They might be on the same as you, Zuz!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:55 UTC

Has GER2 gone down, no marker at end of track. lol


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 19:55 UTC

GER2: hopefully you are ok?
your track ends with no balloon icon.....


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:56 UTC

Malcolm - I think you have taken something.... Gin? Lots?


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 19:59 UTC

I've checked and there's nothing in The Rules against flying underwater.


marie-paule colin (France) 2010/09/27 - 19:59 UTC

Bravo aux deux Benoits! et GO! Go! Go! pour Seb et Vincent!!!!!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:01 UTC

They've surfaced!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:01 UTC

Control, the indicator cards on left click are showing no direction


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 20:02 UTC

Creat circle = straight line


Don Boyer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:03 UTC

The Swiss are feet dry again. Why no updates for 45 minutes?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:03 UTC

Disregard my last, sorry to be a pain.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 20:05 UTC

GER2 went down as low as 300ft so tracker contact may have been lost ?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 20:05 UTC

Can the fly over Corsica VFR at night?


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:05 UTC

Phew! No nails left.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 20:06 UTC

Good morning from Australia - fantastic news that all are safe.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 20:08 UTC

Corsica is French Airspace, so safe to Night VFR transit


Graeme Houston (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 20:10 UTC

GER 2 successfully test a new cloaking device before they reach Italy!


Rich (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:10 UTC

Swiss travelling at 93 knt !!!!


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/27 - 20:10 UTC

SWI2 - 93 kts?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:12 UTC

is that possible


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:12 UTC

Greame - have you been at Malcolms gin?


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:13 UTC

I'm relieved to see GER2 reappear!

I was worried they'd gone down.


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:13 UTC

OMG, that's bloomin fast. Hang on tight guys.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:14 UTC

At that speed they'll hit the Ukraine by morning.


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:15 UTC

Damned fine effort from the Swiss & French, but it ain't over yet!


Michael Hesselvig (Denmark) 2010/09/27 - 20:15 UTC

You should all be welcome in DK if the wind takes you that way .....


marie-paule colin (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:15 UTC

Pouvez me dire où est le ballon german 2????


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 20:15 UTC

After Corsica maybe Elba - do GER2 know it's ITALIAN - Boney left 1815!


Roman Müller (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 20:16 UTC

SWI2 is in a jetstream !!! 93 kts


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:16 UTC

Well done you all in the control center! you deserve a big applause too!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:16 UTC

will GER2 be inside IT airspace before dawn?


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:17 UTC

Wendy: That is odd, perhaps they found a fast wind? They are at 13400ft.


Christine & Ian Hooker (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:17 UTC

This is soooo thrilling!


LAURENT (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:18 UTC

Hello from Corsica (elevation above 8000ft...)


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:18 UTC

German va survoler Calvi en corse

..


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:20 UTC

93 Kt must be a spurious reading, right?...


Andrew Wilkinson (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:21 UTC

Spanish anchor is empty sand bag on tethering line.
drags in water


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:21 UTC

@Pete 18Knots x 9 hrs to dawn so ~200m. Over ITA unless slower.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:21 UTC

If GER2 carry on 18kts, 40' they'll hit the Italian cost in about 5hrs.


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:22 UTC

Russians still pottering along at 2 knots! lol


mark neal (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:22 UTC

i think the italian airspace as made even more entertaining to watch!


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:23 UTC

SWI2 can't be in a jetstream, to low, are there winds that fast and low?


Stefan Wälchli (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 20:23 UTC

Good night for all in the sky and the teams on the road...


Martin (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:23 UTC

Alasdair: no the reading is probably correct...the winds can be > 200mph


Barbara Mason Van (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:24 UTC

SWI2 down to 44 kts...a snail's pace compared to 93. Fabulous race!


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:24 UTC

.... and the Dutch at 9 knots...... who said ballooning was boring?


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 20:25 UTC

93 knts =172 kmh. This is insane! :)


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 20:26 UTC

The winds SWI2 are getting could shorten their distance from Start point


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:27 UTC

Christine & Ian how the devil are you both? This is so addictive!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 20:30 UTC

FRA2 now have some North in their vector, VMG=bugger all


Redl Heribert (Austria) 2010/09/27 - 20:31 UTC

Ein aufmunternder Gruß an das Team Aut1


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 20:32 UTC

remember to look at teams page to see teams inflight photos on blogs


Robin Batchelor (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:36 UTC

For Dani. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gasballoon/sets/72157624910024787


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:37 UTC

Pics at http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/OSPREYSAINT/GORDONBENNETT20102#


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:38 UTC

Swiss direction marginal, but speed excellent!


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:39 UTC

good night to all. I am excited to see the results tomorrow morning!


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:40 UTC

2011 GB starts in France about 20k from Italian border. Makes you think!


flyjodel (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:40 UTC

great site ! great race ! you may look at the wind charts and forecast


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/27 - 20:42 UTC

Wonder if a marker/layer per country on restrictions could be added


tr (Netherlands) 2010/09/27 - 20:42 UTC

GB2010. teams RUS1 and NLD1 has moved


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:43 UTC

Thanks Rob. Estelle, how can you sleep on a night like this?


flyjodel (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:43 UTC

here : http://tiny.cc/windaloft


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 20:44 UTC

Fcast winds in S of have N component. Winner will be most S at Ukraine


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:44 UTC

Max distances they could fly:
Cyprus-2135 miles Greece-1845


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:44 UTC

How about distance circle overlays on the tracking map?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:44 UTC

Bulgaria-1577 Romania-1540


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/27 - 20:47 UTC

Beunas noches Alavaro, quando a a vascos globo en the gordon? michel


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 20:48 UTC

a better track from ger2 updated every 6 minutes http://bit.ly/dn7Cq4


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 20:50 UTC

@ donald eaves can i put the link from picasa on ballon.org?


ALvaro Ron (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 20:51 UTC

Buenas noches Michel¡¡¡


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 20:51 UTC

GER2 too far N, every mm South counts. Scrape Sardinia airspace.


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:51 UTC

Benni - thanks for that, what is track in street view all about?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 20:51 UTC

See home page for list still flying. NLD and RUS landed.


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:52 UTC

Feel free to use any images if they are god enough.


ALvaro Ron (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 20:52 UTC

Thanks Benni ¡¡¡

Big hug from Spain¡¡¡


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 20:54 UTC

Benny, hast Du den Link auch für GER1?


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 20:57 UTC

hab ich nicht die 14 am ende sondern die 11


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 20:58 UTC

Brilliant pics Robin. Fantasic.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 20:59 UTC

GER2 120km from Elba sunrise there 5.20GMT so can arrive 4.50 = in 8hrs


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 21:00 UTC

120km / 8 hrs = 15kph = 8 knots max speed for GER2!!


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:01 UTC

My images taken when time allowed, www.pbase.com/amjones/gb2010


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:03 UTC

@batmann wait a little bit you will get 8 knots!


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:03 UTC

Benni, danke! Ihr macht das! Alles Gute und Grüße aus Bonn
Klaus


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:04 UTC

Andy, love the one with hot air and gas balloons. Great pics.


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:06 UTC

Thanks, it was hard work filling the balloons but fun also


Marfy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:08 UTC

I know there's race penalty but what would Italians do to night flyers?


tom rutherford (United States) 2010/09/27 - 21:08 UTC

Hooray for all who competitors and crew! Great show!


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:09 UTC

Andy, how much sand did they all take?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:13 UTC

the best anyone is going to do now is nr. Burgas Bulgaria 2500 km


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:14 UTC

@marfy italy will do nothing against night flyers! thats a stupid rule!


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/27 - 21:14 UTC

@Alasdair, there was a page with distance rings, can't find it any-more!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 21:15 UTC

Benni, If GER2 try for Civitavecchia landfall = 240km- if so 15 knots OK


ALvaro Ron (Spain) 2010/09/27 - 21:15 UTC

Andy, Nice pictures¡¡¡


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:15 UTC

Competition Map page with a link...


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:16 UTC

Marfy: I asked that - didn't get anaswer. Guess disqualification 6pts on


Alan Noble (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:16 UTC

Are the distances shown total distance flown or great circle arc?


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:17 UTC

@ Chris - I've seen the other, though it would be good on this 1 too.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:17 UTC

your license, huge fine and a fight to get your balloon back.


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:18 UTC

Well calculated Mr Batman, was just trying to figure it out!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:20 UTC

here you are Chris: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map/distances


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:21 UTC

Alan:they are great circle distances from Bristol. eg Compare the 2 gers


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:23 UTC

does anyone have the exact coordinates of the launch field?


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/27 - 21:26 UTC

@Zuz, Kevin : Thanks, found it.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:26 UTC

I think GB has made a mistake. Come on D&S swing south below the Swiss


Emmanuel Binet (Channel Islands) 2010/09/27 - 21:26 UTC

Congratulation from Jersey!!! Well done Benoit.......


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:28 UTC

Launch field (unless I'm mistaken)
51°32'37.11"N
2°36'47.78"W


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:28 UTC

Dani, I was the gas man not the sand man! But I think .75tonnes


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/27 - 21:28 UTC

@Alasdair : Agreed, but the guys doing this are already on overtime.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:29 UTC

I think I will put my money on the USA they have the best line and Kt


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:29 UTC

Thanks Andy.


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:30 UTC

SWI going for Tiraspol in Moldova do you think?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:30 UTC

Thanks Geoff!


Klaus Fey (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:31 UTC

German 1 is my favorite


Phil Hooper (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:33 UTC

My pics from the launch http://bit.ly/aBMPXh
Also http://bit.ly/9o4drF


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:36 UTC

SWI 2 have there own website,any 1 have links?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:36 UTC

What happens if you cross into Italy before daylight? Disqualification?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 21:36 UTC

My money is still on the Brits.... they have a cunning plan ;-)


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 21:36 UTC

I agree SW1 looking good, fcast winds ahead of them have more S.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:37 UTC

I was forgetting for this purpose Sardinia = Italy and must be avoided


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:38 UTC

@styles go on www.ballon.org there you find every team!


Andy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:38 UTC

robert...use teams link in left column for links


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/27 - 21:39 UTC

The jury will decide on all penalties for rules transgressions


snowbirdie (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:39 UTC

Welldone to all teams...fingers crossed....


Sam Chapman (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:40 UTC

This is getting addictive! Come on GB3, love to Clive/Jon in control. x


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:42 UTC

Phil great pics. Love the people shots as well.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 21:42 UTC

Italy have agreed 5nm from land for day VFR timings -30 SR + 30 SS


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:43 UTC

Thanks Andy, don't know how i missed that.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/27 - 21:44 UTC

Robert, here you are: http://gordonbennettrace.wordpress.com


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:45 UTC

Roderick: Tulsea in Roumania is further from Bristol than Tirasapol


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:50 UTC

My laptop really wants to go to bed! I don't! It's ADDICTIVE! c'mon GB


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:50 UTC

Thanks Kevin, some nice pics on there.


Christian Colquhoun (Switzerland) 2010/09/27 - 21:51 UTC

Hi everybody!
All the best Kurt and Pascal, from Geneva GB09 Director


Tim Crowdy (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:51 UTC

Just for the record I think Sulina in Romania could be the place


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 21:52 UTC

Terry, USA 250km to Sardn sunrise 5.25GMT -1/2hr = 7hrs to go


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 21:52 UTC

250km / 7hr = 36kph = 20 knots - so USA still too fast ?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 21:53 UTC

The further South the better when they hit Ukraine or Black Sea


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 21:55 UTC

Bristol triumphs for launch despite narrow windows of direction! FAB!!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 21:57 UTC

Mr Batman, I think USA have over 400km before It airspace, loads of time


Sam Chapman (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:03 UTC

I really do have to get some sleep.. safe journey to the remaining teams


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:03 UTC

@Terry: Agreed. @Elaine: Me too. @Ferryair: A very cunning plan:-)


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:03 UTC

Have watched GBr1 And GBr2 leave But routing for Gbr3.. :)


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:05 UTC

@Elaine Yes! Sea and airspace interest for watchers (but hard for flyers


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 22:07 UTC

FRA2 will be reaching Italian Airspace @ 0645z on current winds.


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:09 UTC

I'm going for the coast of Black Sea - Constanta, region of Dobrogea.


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:10 UTC

@Tim: Sulina would be good. Trajectory doesnt seem that way at present.


Dave Johnson (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:10 UTC

any predictions


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:16 UTC

croatia 99% sure


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:19 UTC

@Dave FRA2 look good. Most S in the air mass. Asuming can go distance.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/27 - 22:20 UTC

Rolo,400km for US to Sard? Marseille - Sard only 375km -I stick by 250!


William Westrum (Canada) 2010/09/27 - 22:20 UTC

all the way: Moldova!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:23 UTC

Batman, if Sard=Sardinia they will miss it.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:29 UTC

I'm thinking France, I like how far South they are.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 22:30 UTC

GBR3 should reach Italy 5nm boundary @ 1032z ;-) & clear Airspace 1300z


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:33 UTC

Though if the Swiss hit the Black Sea Coast...tough to beat.


Marfy (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:33 UTC

So will GER2 land or keep going?


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:34 UTC

Just added some more launch pix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:34 UTC

Nice move by GER2 ... almost stalled over Corsica. 3kt


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 22:36 UTC

Are GER2 calling it a day?


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 22:38 UTC

Looks like they're heading for the airport!


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 22:39 UTC

Are GER2 and FRA2 going for the pincer movement on GBR3?


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 22:41 UTC

New heading 308. Perhaps not.....


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:42 UTC

At 308 degrees aren't Ger2 flying back the way?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:44 UTC

GB and US looking good at 108/109. 31kt is ok now. now aim for Napoli


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:45 UTC

elba italian? Ger playing waiting game?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 22:45 UTC

Ger2 very, very close to Ita airspace.


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:47 UTC

understand airspace ok just must be more thyan 5km from land?


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/27 - 22:47 UTC

FRA2 plein sud svp!!! moussaka it's good for you.. good night at all!


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 22:47 UTC

It was just a flypast! :-)


Marfy (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:47 UTC

Maybe they could tie themselves to a lamp-post!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:48 UTC

@Terry GER2 in difficulty, close airspace.Stop or S but both impossible.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:49 UTC

swiss also looking good swinging south heading for Constanta?


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:49 UTC

sorry But following GBr3 know It space = penalty how are they holding


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:49 UTC

@David, effecitvely airspace starts 5nm from land.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:51 UTC

Rolo: Ger2 heading 308 = moving towards Monaco. Clever or what?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:52 UTC

@Zoe GB3 look clear of airspace (must go circa 10 km N of Sardinia)


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:54 UTC

how much oxygen are the Swiss carrying? Still at 12,600 feet and 37 kts


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:54 UTC

Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 27Sep@22h52 Thank you


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:55 UTC

rolo yes airspace extends more than 5km but vfr flight over or within 5k


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:56 UTC

To win this competition you have to get to the Bugaria/Turkish border or


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 22:57 UTC

@Terry I agree, But no choice IFR=disqualified.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:58 UTC

get to Athens or further south. Then Crete or Cyprus. That would be Wow!


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 22:58 UTC

Rolo, but FRA2 was clean 5nm after land, so does GER2 not have 5 b 4?


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:59 UTC

Is it me, but are all the reports now >30mins old?


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 22:59 UTC

Tsarevo loooks good


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:01 UTC

The Rules suggest ATC have to make a complaint before there is a penalty


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:03 UTC

Rolo: Don't understand IFR=disqualified? R U a rock band from Chicago?


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:04 UTC

Thank you ...Malcolm Philcox


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:10 UTC

Swiss line looks good for Sulina now ;-)


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:11 UTC

Swi2: are @2000km. Should land on the Black Sea coast 2,500 @9:00 BST


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:11 UTC

6.3 in thefirst instance a matter between the pilot and
the Av auth


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:11 UTC

@Terry must stay Visual Flight Rules, IT at night only Inst Flight Rules


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:12 UTC

have GB3 forgotten to press their location button or whatever they do?


Kelly (United States) 2010/09/27 - 23:12 UTC

Swiss in flight photos at http://gordonbennettrace.wordpress.com


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:13 UTC

somewhere in Bulgaria north of Varna is my guess. That's the target!!


Kelly (United States) 2010/09/27 - 23:13 UTC

More coverage at balloonpong.com.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:16 UTC

@David 6.1 must be VFR; 6.4 deliberate infringement=disqualification


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:17 UTC

Ger2 are spiralling down 2kt heading 58 1000ft Delaying tactic or landin


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:17 UTC

french now look a bit too quick?


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:18 UTC

Rolo thats the way i read it


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:20 UTC

Rolo: understand what you said but Ger2 were flying west for a bit OK?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:25 UTC

@Terry, they appear to have managed to park up for a while!


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/27 - 23:27 UTC

delaying tactic.. great job


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 23:28 UTC

Good to see it was delaying tactics for Ger2, I look forward to seeing..


Malcolm Philcox (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:28 UTC

Pilot expects wind to drop but it doesn't = Deliberate infringement?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:29 UTC

N in FRA2 track is worrying. Airmass now N comp with when SWI went thro?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:29 UTC

For Fr2 17kt = 200 k by dawn so 6:30 looks like a bit more fr2 drama


Fanny (France) 2010/09/27 - 23:29 UTC

...where they all are in a few hours. Good onward teams. Night all!


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:29 UTC

@Terry 23:17 I think they're landing...


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 23:29 UTC

look for tab in news
ita/fra airspace
see difference


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/27 - 23:30 UTC

Fra2 was in Ita airspace
the teams north are not.
close, very close.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:31 UTC

@Malcolm, then land close to beach or be disqualified


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:31 UTC

...or perhaps not!


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 23:32 UTC

@ Terry q'ell surprise..


peter ollivere (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:33 UTC

gut feeling Ger 2 have landed; and GB splashed and dashed accidently


peter ollivere (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:36 UTC

wrong on both counts ! just worrying


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:37 UTC

GER2 circa 40km from airspace, 7knts need 3hrs... closer than my errors.


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:40 UTC

GB squashed how=plz input ?????


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:45 UTC

@Rolo If you mean 5k out at sea, water landing disqualifies.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 23:46 UTC

Italian Airspace for Day VFR only commences 5nm from Coastline


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:47 UTC

Ger2 marking time. How are they doing that? Have they anchored land?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:50 UTC

Much better to be USA2 than Ger1 or GB3 Just follow them in then go 10m+


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:50 UTC

@Chris, no, if not deliberate then must land imediately its safe to.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:51 UTC

Are they in eyesight of each other? I would think so.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:52 UTC

@Terry, 10 km into Black Sea?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:53 UTC

I'm off to bed now. Don't want to miss the dawn drama. Bye all.


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/27 - 23:56 UTC

@Rolo I see, as soon as you reach land but safely.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/27 - 23:57 UTC

GBR3 taking my "scrape Sardinia Airspace" a bit toooo literally!


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/27 - 23:59 UTC

GBR3 stay clear of TEREZ


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:00 UTC

Sleep well:Schlaft gut: dormire bene;sommeil bien;


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:07 UTC

OK going now. Saw your point Rolo good one be exciting if it comes to it


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:09 UTC

Switch map to terain. Looks like Ger2 are down behind the mountain. Pos?


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:11 UTC

Sleep beckons bN watching 48 hrs GBr3 god speed, GB behind you & SKILL


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 00:13 UTC

GER2 2knts! looks like they will do it.


mark revill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:25 UTC

good luck gb, we are watching in bristol


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:33 UTC

also watchin' from Bristol - Good Luck to All, GB3 to win! :)


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:37 UTC

Bristol - Balloon City


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 00:38 UTC

1036 hrs in Sydney Australia on Tuesday. Still watching the GB pilots!


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 00:38 UTC

not keen on GBR3's track. Unless of course they have a - cunning plan..


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:41 UTC

Everyone say Hi to Lady Smythe in Bristol - a lovely old balloon fanatic


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:41 UTC

@Shanwick - agreed, but seeing what GER2 have done, anything possible


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 00:41 UTC

Attending this fantastic race is addictive ! I cant decide and go to bed


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:42 UTC

..leave the cunning plan to Baldric - he's in Bristol too!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 00:49 UTC

Nice to be in Canada and watching in "prime time"


Bill Izard (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 00:52 UTC

USA 2 following up nicely . Watch him


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:53 UTC

Hi Canada, say hi to Ron too :)


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 00:54 UTC

I like Baldric, you never know what's next....


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 00:55 UTC

There's prob 250,000 Rons in Canada- but only 1 Ron Martin! Correct?


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:55 UTC

its a pity the competition area is not wider -could watch more of this!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 00:56 UTC

so my team GER1 is save now! will have some hours sleep now!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 00:58 UTC

Soz Canada... was poor attempt at humour - Toronto .. its late here!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 00:59 UTC

yes, USA2 has been steady.
less ballast when you let the balloon fly.


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:00 UTC

Good Luck Benni, but GBR3 at 22Kn for 4Hrs ~ 95Mi and Sardinia only 50!


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 01:01 UTC

Need an update on GER2 just loged on .


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:02 UTC

i get the info willi needed 3 bags for all the direction changes!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:03 UTC

Ger, US, & UK all at 5900ft.. wish I knew how they manouver the balloons


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:06 UTC

@Benni - a novice thanks you for technical background.


mark revill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:06 UTC

steve, baldric is a red, id sling him overboard with the sand


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:07 UTC

@Steve - change height to find wind in better direction.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:07 UTC

scrap the 5900ft stuff.. mustve been technical prob, all changed now soz


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:08 UTC

I bet Corsica ATC will be glad when GER2 clears their airspace.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:13 UTC

@chris, soz how do they adjust hight though? guess, gas/sand offloads?


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:15 UTC

@ Mark, oh no ur not a gashead r u ? -City here OTIB :)


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:15 UTC

@Steve I'm no expert but, drop sand gain height, vent gas lose height.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:22 UTC

skill is retaining as much gas & sand as pos & finding best wind then?


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:25 UTC

@Steve Basically, also need good wind forecast, maps and planning.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:26 UTC

ascend - drop a little ballast (sand), descend - valve a little gas (H)


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 01:26 UTC

GBR3 looking better now,but keeping it to the wire -nice.Godspeed.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:26 UTC

Visit www.ballon.org (Info from GER1 and GER2!)


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:27 UTC

@Benni-ur dad is creature of creativity!
ur Austin, Texas buddy.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:27 UTC

Gasballoonrating and Training Centre in Gladbeck! www.ballon.org


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:28 UTC

@Steve probably v complicat - eg GER2 hiding behind mountains from wind


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:28 UTC

when nothing left to throw over, flt is soon over-ballast=fuel,sort of


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:30 UTC

@Benni-approx. 1.5 hrs to free up ATC of Italy?


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:33 UTC

much in basket to throw besides sand, if needed.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:35 UTC

Sunrise Rome Local Time = 7:03 AM


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 01:35 UTC

Hi Garry Both still ballooning after all these years? Lovin' the GB.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:36 UTC

True, but only water and sand allowed - I think!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:37 UTC

@Garry, use either nautical or civil
sunrise/set times or maybe astro?


mark revill (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:37 UTC

steve, gashead here lol, united behind

GB though


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:38 UTC

need to check GB rules...


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:39 UTC

I *think* local time - 30 min = OK.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:40 UTC

ballast=anything not harmful


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:41 UTC

I *think* ATC would use civil twilight = local SR - 30 min.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:42 UTC

First contact with 5mn boarder at 6:33 loc. allowed!!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:42 UTC

re anything not harm - yes but! poss penalty


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:43 UTC

Garry, correct. rules=sand & water
excpt. emrgcy


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:44 UTC

Sebastian: you yelling, telling or just happy? :^)


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:44 UTC

thx Sebastian.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:45 UTC

In case of emergency everythink is allowed. Accus, Ropes, Instruments


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:45 UTC

Hello Ruth! Yes, still hanging around...


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:46 UTC

Ask Hempi about his landing in US and what he throws out! Everythink!!!


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:47 UTC

Livetracking of Chasecrew GER1: www.aprs.fi call: dc2eh-9


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:47 UTC

A pass over Sardina may result in being in Corsica airspace within 5nm??


Bruce Wood (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:49 UTC

Are the islands between Corsica and Italy part of the Italian airspace?


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:49 UTC

See news for information about Sardinia and Korsika!!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:51 UTC

I only fly hot air, but if in trouble, the wife's getting tossed! :^))))


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:52 UTC

Yes all Islands are Italy ATC. Islandcoast + 5mn in all directions!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 01:54 UTC

Corsica = Good, Sardinia = Not Good - I *think*


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 01:55 UTC

@SE, How west is french airspace? surely corsica isnt guarentee on exit.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:55 UTC

look at map under 'news' tab.
very clear.


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 01:57 UTC

@sebastian-Willie using a mermaid?
:_)


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 01:59 UTC

dont know. Italy airspace open until 5mn before coast in the night!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 02:00 UTC

just kidding Sebastian-mermaid mythical creature.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 02:00 UTC

french airspace runs out just off the furthest tip south of corsica


Bruce Wood (United States) 2010/09/28 - 02:01 UTC

Understood the NEWS info. Wasn't sure if islands are a infraction 4 GER2


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:02 UTC

Wowzers, GBR3 cutting it fine! Lets hope the wind stays 90'.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 02:02 UTC

41.20N is the boundary line between the two islands


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:03 UTC

but what about SE corner of French ATC? Thats within 5nm surely?


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 02:05 UTC

if he is in french airspace the 5nm for italian airspace does not apply


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:08 UTC

my initial point was night exiting west in that corner isnt safe still?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:08 UTC

corsica to sardinia = 11km so if over corsica should be no prob


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:10 UTC

I have to say, I never thought balloon racing could be so exciting!


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:13 UTC

thank you garry. looked closer! maybe its sleep deprivation!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 02:15 UTC

hope the pilots got a better map of the airspace borders!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:15 UTC

-more u zoom in,the safer u'll feel, - Gbr3 looks close from a distance!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 02:23 UTC

Splendid achievement of all pilots!


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:24 UTC

I was zoomed in. They were less than 2nm clear.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:25 UTC

Re: maps, the rules suggest they all have latest. :^))


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:31 UTC

Too quiet here! So, will Swiss land before rest clear IT?


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:32 UTC

A miss is as good as a mile, Geoff, a miss as good as a mile! m8 lol :)


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:37 UTC

how close is Ger1 tho to Italian airspace?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:40 UTC

Very rough measure - 60km


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:41 UTC

Sorry - I was meas France!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:44 UTC

yeah Ger1 looks much closer looking at 'news' airspace diagram.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 02:45 UTC

rough meas - 70km to 5nm


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 02:52 UTC

was looking at airspace . forgot about 5km from land rule.. soz


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:08 UTC

What a race! May all land softly & safely. Go Carol and Richard!


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:16 UTC

Good luck to all! Especially team USA!


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:22 UTC

Odd rule. If another team goes 1 km more than Swiss, and takes 24 more


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:23 UTC

hours to do it, they still win....


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:25 UTC

So the zigzags here could greatly help the trailing teams in the end.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:28 UTC

Only an odd rule if the distance is fixed. Best team goes furthest.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:30 UTC

Enduring a longer time in a basket is also a great achievement.


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:30 UTC

Maybe have to get out a ruler for this one at the Black Sea strand.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:34 UTC

Where can I view a map of approved countries, please? e.g. Turkey?


Ron Mirgan (England) 2010/09/28 - 03:37 UTC

5 nautical miles = 9.26 kilometres


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:39 UTC

found it: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map


Dave Klein (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:42 UTC

Albuquerque is pulling for USA team!!!


Ken Quigley (United States) 2010/09/28 - 03:44 UTC

Sorry, mate, Turkey is out of bounds for this one.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:45 UTC

I wonder if they will reach Cyprus. Turkey not allowed.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 03:48 UTC

Ta, Ken. just worked it out. They stayed up 4 days in past. 5 this time?


LAURENT (France) 2010/09/28 - 03:52 UTC

Ajaccio 0550AM sky clear - I can see USA ! Go !


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 04:01 UTC

Re: "odd" rule - Not odd at all! It is *the* defining rule of the GB!!


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 04:26 UTC

The wind direction and strength must be stopping them from going South?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 04:30 UTC

4:26 GMT...sunrise -30min in Napoli. Looks like FRA2 are good.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 04:30 UTC

GER2 is heading North East (50 degrees) !!! Breaking from the pattern.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 04:34 UTC

More brilliant timing from FRA2. Those guys are wizards.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/28 - 04:39 UTC

FRA2 - 7NM off the coast at sunrise. Brilliant flying.


Richard (Wales) 2010/09/28 - 04:52 UTC

Those cow bells must be ringing in Switzerland!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 04:54 UTC

GER2 is losing ground on their north track


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/28 - 04:59 UTC

Elba must look fanatstic for FRA2. Bonne route


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 05:15 UTC

Looks like it could be Constanta for SWI2 ? A marvellous run.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 05:15 UTC

GER2 - is Markus headed to Debrecen for HAB World Championship?


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 05:18 UTC

Looks tricky at the Danube Delta. SWI2 must not come down on water.


Vleeschouwers Bruno (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:22 UTC

Quelle fin de course palpitante à venir !


Tim Baggett (United States) 2010/09/28 - 05:24 UTC

Wow SWI2 - what a flight! Glück Ab!


Patricia Lamy (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:24 UTC

Allez FRA1, vous l'avez déjà fait l'an dernier !!


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 05:28 UTC

Now GER1 is heading North East. GBR3 to follow? A race for third?


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/28 - 05:31 UTC

What an incredible race! Well done on timing! good luck all!


Jano DUMAS (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:33 UTC

Seb et Vincent voir Naples et le Vesuve au lever du soleil ! ! ! le pied


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 05:34 UTC

Wind is SW near Rome? http://www.easyvoyage.co.uk/weather/southern-italy


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 05:34 UTC

GBR3 heading for Varda in Norway? ;-)


Jano DUMAS (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:35 UTC

FR2 C'est pas tout les cartes postales, aller y c'est par ou la mer noir


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 05:41 UTC

Remember 2009GB-once those out front landed, the others knew where to go


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:43 UTC

FRA2, ça va être dur de concilier cap et vitesse ! Courage !


Leigh Dyer (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:53 UTC

Oversight: Ukraine "not on the map": Clearly SWI2 should fly on ?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 05:53 UTC

This could get very intersesting.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 05:54 UTC

At present course, Swiss will achieve about 2460km.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 05:55 UTC

*If* French can find right turn, they "only" need to get to S Greece.


HAVRET (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:55 UTC

FRA 2 Bravo pour la nav de cette nuit
Courage encore un effort !


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 05:55 UTC

@Leigh: To where, Leigh? Can't fly over area not on map.


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 05:56 UTC

SWI2:
Good Morning Schwyz!
Go Danube Delta.
Wunderfull People There


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:56 UTC

SUI seems to have done the best choice. Congratulations !


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:56 UTC

wind is turning towards the north...


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 05:57 UTC

GB3 now 3rd, a whole kilometre further than GER1


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 05:58 UTC

how far east can they go?


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/28 - 05:59 UTC

idem GB09, go to black sea FRA2!! bien dormi estelle? good trip for all


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 05:59 UTC

Moldava


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:00 UTC

Understand re: wind to N - just fantazing...


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 06:00 UTC

This race is INCREDIBLE.All teams are doing an extraordinary job! Bravo!


Marie-Jo Zanello (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:00 UTC

C'est pour aujourd'hui On y croit !
Allez Seb et Vincent !


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 06:02 UTC

My personal bet is definititely ... on my friends Vincent and Sebastien!


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:02 UTC

slt Dom. A peine réveillée, devt l'ordi!Tu penses Koi de GER1, USA2,GBR3


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:04 UTC

I believe Moldova is closer to Bristol than Danube Delta, landing soon?


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 06:05 UTC

FRA2 paraît idéalement positionné! Quelle course mes amis! Du grand art!


Leigh Dyer (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:08 UTC

SWI2 should fly on to moral victory, ignore Ukraine management error ?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:11 UTC

Caplani SE Moldova - 2412km, Constanta - 2451km, Murighiul - 2442km!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:12 UTC

so they can not cross the black sea....


Claudine MULLER (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:13 UTC

FRA2 Vincent Seb GO GO Courage les Chtis fan sont là VIVE PPSE


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:13 UTC

Note to other teams for next year. Hire the Swiss wind forecaster?


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:15 UTC

GBR3 keeping most Southerly of that bunch. >East + land after FR + SW !!


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:15 UTC

GBR3 keeping most Southerly of that bunch. >East + land after FR + SW !!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:16 UTC

and the tactitian (sp?) that got them past IT 1 day earlier than others.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:16 UTC

But it's not over yet!!


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 06:17 UTC

SWI2; When in Mahmudia or Murigiol,
call Vasile Carpo.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:20 UTC

USA & France are actually going S! Now I must stay up for next update!


Anja Kuemmerlein (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 06:21 UTC

Probably the most incredible race I have seen so far! GREAT JOB!


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:22 UTC

What a fantastic situation to wake up to this morning!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:22 UTC

Bonjour,
Félicitations vous êtes tous bon, pour RDV en Italie
Bravo


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:22 UTC

Good morning, here goes another day out of my life.The stress oh dear


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:23 UTC

CONSTANTA FORECAST 8KT SW MIDDAY


Jackie Woodcock (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:26 UTC

Amazing race - we're all glued to it!


Polly Fraser (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 06:27 UTC

Wow, what excitement is this- go 6 go


Howard Goodall (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:27 UTC

Have you looked at the webcams on the coast of Italy?


rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:29 UTC

bravo:Sebastien et Vincent. Maintenant le temps et un atout


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:31 UTC

Swiss landing in about 1.5 hours?? 120km to edge, 37kts (68kph)


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:32 UTC

Good Mornin everyone: Looks like FRA2 heading for Alexandroupoli. Smart.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:33 UTC

Ger2 going the scenic route. PISA pretty then the ALPS??


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:35 UTC

Why have the swiss got to land?


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 06:35 UTC

FANTASTIC GB flying. Safe landings for all 6 are wished.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:35 UTC

If GER2 go NE could They get to Russia (wind permitting)Thinking aloud.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:37 UTC

Can't land in water, Ukraine not in competition area.


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:38 UTC

Wish I didn't have to go to work today. Will SWI2 be disqualified?


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:38 UTC

@robert: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:39 UTC

thanks Gary!!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:39 UTC

Robert, because they are heading for the black sea.Out of bounds.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:40 UTC

Sulina looks the best bet for Swi2 if they could swing north a little.


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:41 UTC

Thanks John,,


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:41 UTC

Current guesses: SWI2 for Constanta and FRA2 for Alexandroupouli !!


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 06:43 UTC

Vive FRA2! Bravo Vincent+Seb! Super job le PC sol! Go Petit Prince! Go!


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:44 UTC

Completely hooked! Will need to hide the webpage under some 'work' today


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:44 UTC

Ger2 are actually heading towards Florence there'll be some webcams ther


BREHON Guy (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:45 UTC

formi formi formidable FR2


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:45 UTC

Terry, if they stay on present coursea little S of Sulina,max dist.


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:46 UTC

to get further East than the Swiss, one team has to aim for Cyprus!


Jaroslav Burdych (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 06:47 UTC

Fantastic race! Still glued to it. wishing safe landings to all teams


marie-paule colin (France) 2010/09/28 - 06:47 UTC

Allez Vincent et Seb il faut jour on y va


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 06:48 UTC

Willi+Ulli, Markus+Matthias: Italienische Woche? Glück ab, Gut Land


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:48 UTC

Do u really think they will push that hard? Or last road before delta?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:49 UTC

This is great stuff!Glad my flight was cancelled this morning!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:50 UTC

Morning everyone, GBR still going just GREAT.
Keep up The speed


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:50 UTC

If Italy has open overnight flying how many teams would still be in it?


William Wood (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:50 UTC

The othr teams will need 2 stay up atleast anothr 24-28hrs to beat SWI2


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:51 UTC

Sulina - 2465km, Alexandroupoli - 2481!!


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:51 UTC

GBR3 gone nearly twice as high as neighbours. What are they up to?


Wolf (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 06:52 UTC

Kurt, Ihr schafft das! Wir freuen uns riesig! Ein tolles Team.


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:52 UTC

hoping to move North I guess


karen skinner (Spain) 2010/09/28 - 06:53 UTC

On the edge of my seat, incredible race!!!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:53 UTC

All looks good Tuesday morning. Go GBR3.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 06:54 UTC

"hight for right" - prob not, never worked for me in comp......


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:56 UTC

GBR3 looking for some fast south flowing air ?! Go GBR3


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:56 UTC

Wonder if the French are wanting Greece. 'Turning'.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 06:57 UTC

@robert: I think North would be bad news. Maybe East or South?


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:58 UTC

Are the French going for Cyprus ?


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 06:58 UTC

SWI2_ Ground Team.
waren vorige Woche im Delta,
und können helfen.


mark neal (England) 2010/09/28 - 06:58 UTC

Comon David :) Gb3 All the way now ! :P


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 06:59 UTC

www.lis-og.com
www.maint.at
for a call


Paul (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:00 UTC

lucky enough to be at the launch and addicted since! Go Hempie and Simon


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:00 UTC

Ha ha, Franz. Did you ask them not to land in the delta? Hard to reach.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:01 UTC

Cyprus would be *very* exciting - talk about going "all in"!!


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 07:01 UTC

yes, Sulina and Sf. Gheorghe ONLY by boat


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:01 UTC

GBR3 Need for speed 30knts
Good Luck


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:02 UTC

Well done teams. What a journey. Amazing.


Dominic (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:03 UTC

Limankoï 2548 km


Lal Heaton (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:04 UTC

brilliant race! compulsive viewing! hooked since Easter Compton


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 07:05 UTC

SWI2 approx an hour to go Wish them a safe slow landing
AMAZING flight


Jane Jackson (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:08 UTC

So exciting. Good luck to everyone. They passed by my window on Saturday


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:14 UTC

If Limankoi is in Turkey, I think that would out of bounds...


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:16 UTC

Hi Bristol. Goodnight? Good Job!! thanks for removing the CATCHAs. Brill


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 07:17 UTC

absolutely amazing!wish soft landings to all remaining teams!


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:19 UTC

Good Morning Control Centre, Good Luck GB3. Work but watching.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:19 UTC

GBR3 back down from higher altitude. Must be no N wind. Wasted sand/gas?


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:22 UTC

Added some more photos to my Flickr site last night - link to follow!


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:23 UTC

Looks like SW starting their descent,brunch next to Black Sea?Lovely!


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:23 UTC

Launch pix:http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon/sets/72157624923663055/


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:23 UTC

JFP.Why would GB3 want a Northerly wind?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:23 UTC

I didn't think 15 minutes could take so long!


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:25 UTC

Swiss do an epic flight John and all you can think of is their stomachs


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:26 UTC

Howard still there? Did you find any Balloon on a Webcam? New game ?


JamesMB (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:27 UTC

Absolutely hooked! Surprised nobody's managed to head to Cyprus.


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:29 UTC

Hi Ian,Epic flight indeed,deserves an epic brunch with lots of champers!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 07:31 UTC

Control, any night fly restrictns in Greek airspace? Just looking ahead!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:32 UTC

Re: Cyprus, ignoring avail wind, Turkey poses small prob for Swiss. :^))


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:33 UTC

Have to leave for work (sigh) - go GBR3!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:33 UTC

Control, please can u adjust GB3 info card as partly obscured by frame


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:34 UTC

The Japanese are on the move again this morning !


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:37 UTC

Have the French landed?!?? 0kts, 0ft!


Colin Tregunna (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:37 UTC

Can someone tell me where the 6 balloons are as my PC at work will not l


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:37 UTC

@Ian: no a N wind, i.e. from the North. Not Northerly.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:38 UTC

Swiss almost at Black Sea, France over IT.


Graeme Houston (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 07:38 UTC

Have FRA2 landed now??


Propane Junkie (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:38 UTC

Have the French landed? showing 0ft


Dominic (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:38 UTC

Je crois que Seb et Vincent font un arrêt Pipi, pour laisser passer ?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:39 UTC

Swiss,last road before water at Istria. End game,


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:39 UTC

You could be rigght Garry. Shame, as they achieved so much.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:40 UTC

GER2 over North IT, rest (US,GBR, GER3) west cost of IT btw GER2 and FRA


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 07:40 UTC

French also showing 361 degree direction! Their logger gone crazy?


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:40 UTC

Sorry, meant Graeme re. FRA2.


Dominic (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:44 UTC

Eh oui les Japonais reprennent l'avion à Toulouse-Blagnac apparemment !


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 07:44 UTC

have the French landed , been in the same spot for the past 10 minutes.


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 07:45 UTC

Is Danube Delta landing forbidden? Has a Biosphere Reserve link follows


Kevin Garrad (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 07:46 UTC

GB need to go south!
SWI can only do 2400 km or so.
Athens is 2550 km.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:47 UTC

Pos are only updtd evry 15 min. This is first 0/0 report. next in 2 min


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 07:48 UTC

Danube Delta: www.ddni.ro - then link to DDBR "protected core area"


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:49 UTC

GBR3 has the better direction at present..Is turkey out of bounds?


Kevin Garrad (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 07:50 UTC

Circle is 360 degrees.
What direction is 361?
French doing circles!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 07:50 UTC

Yes, Turkey OOB


Graeme Houston (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 07:51 UTC

SWI at 1300ft... the marker is almost set!!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:52 UTC

swiss are descending...is it landing time????


JamesMB (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:53 UTC

Surely GB1 needs to be heading towards Greece now?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:53 UTC

Looks like FRA2 has landed 0 alt & 0kt


JamesMB (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:53 UTC

I say GB1, I mean GB3 - I'm new to this! ;)


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 07:55 UTC

Absolutely Peter - fields below, still a bit fast.


Paul Rowley (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:55 UTC

Good Luck to all the teams but c'mon GB3


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:55 UTC

GER2 have 43 kt and are heading 80degrees. May have caught a good wind.


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 07:55 UTC

No score if land in water Swiss may be making an approach soon hopefully


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:56 UTC

Vincent et Seb sont posés...bravo pour ce vol...a bientot chez nous!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:56 UTC

Unlucky but Well done FRA2 you gave us a lot of excitement!


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 07:57 UTC

Wishing a safe landing to SWI2 after a marvellous journey.


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 07:57 UTC

Markus gib Gas - Go Willi, Go! Gruezi Schwyzerland und Guet land, Pascal


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 07:58 UTC

Keep it up GB3 :))


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:59 UTC

Looks like FR2 landed in car park hope they have some change for ticket


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 07:59 UTC

GBR and GER have pedal to the metal. Keep up USA


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:00 UTC

GB3, and friends, could always go to Porsanger.


Michael Wolf (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:00 UTC

The Swiss are running out of room.They have to land before the black sea


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 08:00 UTC

USA2 from down under go Richard and Carol you can do this


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:00 UTC

Bristol2010: Do any of the Balloons carry webcams? Idea for next time?


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:00 UTC

Last 4 have to cross Adriatic to beat FR for 2nd place


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:02 UTC

Can anyone confirm GB3 dir as on my screen the card edge obscures info


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:03 UTC

When SUI come down check for a propeller


David Strasmann (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 08:04 UTC

What a fight Ger1+2! Great Flight www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:04 UTC

75 deg, but u should be able to move window around to avoid obscure.


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:07 UTC

Go higher GBR3 your too slow.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:08 UTC

looking at the comp area map Turkey is not OOB


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:08 UTC

really unfortunate Italy was a no go last night. delayed the others much


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:10 UTC

If TURK is E of Greece and N or Cyprus, looks white on comp area to me


Patrick Edwards (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:12 UTC

Have the French landed?


Alastair Moyes (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:12 UTC

Why do Sui2 need to land before the Black Sea?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:14 UTC

Have to stay within comp area.


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:14 UTC

it's out of bounds, click competition area on the left


Kevin Garrad (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:15 UTC

Land on water = no finish.
Countries beyond Black Sea out-of-bounds


stefan (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 08:15 UTC

The swiss sure know how to hide a motor (Cancellara...) :-)


Stuart (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:17 UTC

Why do SWI2 have to land before the Black Sea and what are the confines?


tim Ledger (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:17 UTC

black sea out of comp area http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map


William Wood (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:17 UTC

Wilhelm is very experienced and if he has enough sand will go far!


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:17 UTC

Looks like we are down to five balloons..


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:18 UTC

FRA2 must have landed or the logger has stopped....


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:19 UTC

look like the US now have the better direction currently


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:19 UTC

Turkey is out of bounds. The blue country is Bulgaria.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:20 UTC

SW over IT b4 dark, rest had to w8 till first light, GB&Ger willcatch up


Dominic (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:20 UTC

Si c'est perdu pour FR2 (Séb. et Vincent) alors Go ! GB3 David et Simon


David Strasmann (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 08:20 UTC

Cool Japans Tracker is still on ;-) http://www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010


Phil Dunnington (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:20 UTC

Moldova has to be the place to go!

Phil Dunnington


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 08:22 UTC

Did anyone know answer to my question re Danube Delta - forbidden?


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:22 UTC

USA will stop for Pizza in Italy!!!


Kevin Garrad (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:23 UTC

Moldova only 2400km.
Has to be Greece, Athens 2550 km


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:23 UTC

out all day, keepgoing, AHD and Jon. Good luck. Jenks


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:24 UTC

Swi2 might land around Sacele, could be a prob retrieving from Dunarii


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:24 UTC

Swiss about to Land!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 08:24 UTC

Phil, Moldova shorter from Bristol than Romanian Black Sea coast


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:24 UTC

Caplani SE Moldova - 2412km, Constanta - 2451km, Murighiul - 2442km!


David Strasmann (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 08:25 UTC

is not! The Delta is Land! www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:26 UTC

Porsanger is the place to go!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:26 UTC

There are no roads in the Delta Dunarii could be wet and boggy too risky


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:27 UTC

Mr Batman,Danube delta looks a bit wet to me!Look @ satellite image


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:28 UTC

My money is on last road at Istria, for happy landing


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 08:29 UTC

Thanks David (de) - what if SW land Delta on nest of rare Glossy Ibises?


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:30 UTC

Goodness me. Haven't looked here since yesterday afternoon. AMAZING!!!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 08:31 UTC

FRA landed close to coast wonder if they had a close call?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:31 UTC

Mr Batman, they coud use the eggs for a fryup..


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:32 UTC

No shadow on map, are the French down?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:32 UTC

would they land on the delta to WIN!!!!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 08:32 UTC

delta is land but very wet.willi landed there in GB1997. Not good!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:33 UTC

Why are the US falling so far behind their speed is comparable to GBs?


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 08:33 UTC

Swiss-guys Kurt und Pascal, Glück ab und guet Land im Donau-Delta!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 08:33 UTC

To repeat The Danube Delta is a Biosphere reserve see www.ddbra.ro


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:33 UTC

At 0ft they must land on the sea or the beach


barends koen (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:34 UTC

Why do you call it LIVE Tracking?


HAVRET (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:35 UTC

Is the tracking out of order ? or is it becalmed above Salerno ?


rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:35 UTC

Félicitation pour votre parcourt dommage pour cette fin


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:36 UTC

Bravo Seb et Vincent félicitations vous nous avez donné des frissons


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:37 UTC

Yes, FRA2 are down...no more sand left


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:37 UTC

direction is king not speed


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:38 UTC

FRA2 landed on the beach to pick up sand?


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:39 UTC

know more in half an hour...


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:42 UTC

hope SW brought swim ware, they may need it:-)


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:42 UTC

lol Bob!! I don't think so!frogs respect rules too!!!;)


Gait oet Hengel (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:44 UTC

"delayed" Live-Tracking Koen (press F5)


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:45 UTC

USA Will stop off in IT for Pizza, cant help themselves, unless they del


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:46 UTC

Fra2 is at the edge of a car park and field on an industrial estate


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:47 UTC

assuming the trackers are that accurate. Hard to say field or car park.


Frans van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 08:47 UTC

Fra2 reported landing on their website


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:51 UTC

If u look on satelite image its clearly a factory car park.


Jonathan Harris (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:52 UTC

Fra2 in factory courtyard.Lot of sand used low level waiting to enter It


D2 (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:52 UTC

FR2 landed 40,6326° N 14,8539° E 7H08 UTC salerno italy


Jonathan Harris (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:53 UTC

Fra2 had only 8 bags left before landing.


HAVRET (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:54 UTC

FRA2
Bravo les gars !
A très bientôt pour fêter votre retour
Biz


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:54 UTC

The winner could set a new European record if he manages > 2449.70km!


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:55 UTC

hello Jonathan...best regards I was a young girl when I met U in Bristol


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 08:56 UTC

jonahtan thanks wndered re am landing, explained.


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:57 UTC

Bravo Vincent et Seb, courage pour ceux qui sont encore en vol.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 08:58 UTC

Not sure then can do 2449.70+ and keep there feet dry...


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 08:59 UTC

@Jonathan H...I'm the daughter of Claude Jutteau


Steve (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:01 UTC

Where can I see more images of the race, sat etc ? Thanks


Anja Kuemmerlein (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 09:01 UTC

Congratulations FR2! What an incredible flight over lot of water.


gunung (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 09:03 UTC

Bird's eye view of FRA2 landing site: http://bit.ly/c0Vm4p


Philippe Ballesio (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:03 UTC

Hats off FRA2 - landing @ 500m from Casa Francese !


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 09:04 UTC

Do we have answer, is Delta OK by rules for landing?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:05 UTC

Steve, go to live tracking, click satelite and zoom in,


Sten (Channel Islands) 2010/09/28 - 09:07 UTC

Kurt and Pascal, - Thats what I call flying! Fantastic, well done.


Steve (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:07 UTC

Thanks John


Graeme Pusey (Spain) 2010/09/28 - 09:08 UTC

if ever there was areason to take up gas ballooning this has 2 B it


Graeme Pusey (Spain) 2010/09/28 - 09:09 UTC

welldone all teams, safe landings 2 al still flying


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 09:09 UTC

Hi Steve, I think the Hybrid-Mode its better, with streets


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:09 UTC

Superbe vol ! Bravo Seb et Vincent !
Jacko


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:10 UTC

What is the significance of 8 bags in ft and wt? Sound quite a bit to me


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:10 UTC

cant wait for up[date sw2 descending cmon tracker!


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:10 UTC

Well Done SWI2 a Fantastic effort


barends koen (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 09:11 UTC

Is Markus going Home?


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:12 UTC

I suspect the retrieve will be story in it's self


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 09:13 UTC

Barends... no to Debrecen for the HAB World Championship ;-)


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 09:16 UTC

Well done SWI2. GBR3 now up to 34 kt and chasing you!


marcus green (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:16 UTC

Inspiring to all balloonists ! what a great advert for our sport.


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:17 UTC

@Terry, 1 bag ~15Kg, lighten balloon by 1% -> rise ~80m, depends on alt.


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:18 UTC

Well the Swiss are certainly pushing it to the limit!


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:18 UTC

GB needs 200K to beat the French distance,come on guys!


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:20 UTC

SW2 good luck for landing at 20knt.....


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:20 UTC

Swiss landing at Istria imminant?


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:21 UTC

WD SWI2: Well calculated and executed.


D2 (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:21 UTC

FLYING!!
SWIS2
GBR3
GER1
USA2
GER2
which will be the last?


Sten (Channel Islands) 2010/09/28 - 09:22 UTC

6 bags for a comfortably, safe approach!


Wolf (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 09:22 UTC

Kurt, fantastische Meisterleistung. Einfach Klasse. Kann nicht arbeiten


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:22 UTC

Marcus could be a bit early for a PDG at Debrecen


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:23 UTC

Last one flying will be GB3


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 09:24 UTC

Well done SW2, time for some chocolate!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 09:24 UTC

Lindsay, I think they've been flying a CRAT!


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:25 UTC

Bravo Vincent, Sébastien, Vous nous faites un grand plaisir


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 09:25 UTC

Bravo Vincent et Seb pour ce superbe vol! Vs ns avez fait vibrer 1x de +


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:26 UTC

SWI2 will a SE sea breeze develop?


Josette ROLLAND (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:27 UTC

RDV pour l' an prochain
encore merci
nous vous attendons


D2 (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:27 UTC

chocolate.... black...:)


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 09:28 UTC

Congrats to the 5 teams still flying ! This is a flabbergasting race !


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:28 UTC

SWI2 now 5 degrees - can they push it to the very corner?


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 09:28 UTC

Garry - our thoughts too Someone put out a
target. The Ultimate Fly In


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:30 UTC

Swiss looking for a place to land. Running out of land!!!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:31 UTC

Well done Swiss and FRA2; but keep going GBR3. Go, Go, Go !!!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:31 UTC

SW2 down, good show


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:32 UTC

Looks like the Swiss could almost spit into that lake!


Andy M (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:32 UTC

well done, swi2 that must have been one hell of a flight


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:32 UTC

I think the French flew a CRAT as well


Jackie Woodcock (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:33 UTC

Awesome flying SW + FR, keep going the rest of you.


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 09:33 UTC

SW2 fantastic job well done


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

Bravo SW2 ! A fantastic flight - brilliant. The Brits are coming.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

GER2 looking strong, nice track


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

Fantastic piloting! Good night all, especially the pilots and crews!!!


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

Brillian flight by the Swiss. Glad they've landed now got to go out


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

Amazing! No work will get done today either!


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:34 UTC

fantastic sw2, but its not over yet!


Almut Dunnington (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:35 UTC

Absolutely fantastic!! Gratulation! wonder where is your retrieve??


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:35 UTC

then there was 4


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:36 UTC

Avanti GBR3. Can't tear myself away from watching...


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 09:36 UTC

SW2 brilliant! The pack are chasing a target now!


Graeme Houston (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 09:36 UTC

Well done SWI... edge of the last field!! Fantastic!!


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 09:37 UTC

congrats to swiss team, kept me in rush for last two day :-)


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:37 UTC

All four following balloons are at 9800ft.


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 09:38 UTC

fingers crossed for the rest, keep flying ! :-)


Andy Davey (Turkey) 2010/09/28 - 09:38 UTC

Hopp Schwiiz! But the Germans are going to do a nice flypast of Rijeka


Kate (Poland) 2010/09/28 - 09:38 UTC

Congratulations SWI2!!! It was great flight!!!


D2 (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:39 UTC

congrats swi2 " magnifique"


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:39 UTC

GBR2 @ 13,800ft. USA2 Landing?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:39 UTC

Superb Swiss (& everybody) what a landing spot,makes my flying pathetic!


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 09:39 UTC

Congratulations SWI2! What an amazing flight! Will be hard to do better


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:39 UTC

Ok, now where are the other 4 going? I'm going to do some work back L8R


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 09:40 UTC

CONGRATS Kurt & Pascal spectacular flying! All GB teams great airmanship


Propane Junkie (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:40 UTC

Amazing stuff SWI2 congratulations on an epic flight!


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 09:40 UTC

SW2 Fantastic flight congrats & thanks for the journey.
Inspirational!


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:40 UTC

Graet flying SW2... edge of the seat stuff


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 09:41 UTC

Great flying SW1. Today will be spent checking progress of the others.


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 09:41 UTC

Excellent SWI2. GBR3 may find an extra 20km down near Constanta.


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:41 UTC

Just joined up to express great admiration to all teams; addictive views


Julia Wilkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:42 UTC

This is gripping! What's the main challenge now - sandbags or stamina?


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:42 UTC

Ok GBR3 you now know what is needed to win.. come on guys


Anja Kuemmerlein (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 09:43 UTC

Amazing, impressive flying SW2! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!


Paul (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:45 UTC

Go GB3 lets see if this new balloon is all its cracked up to be!!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:45 UTC

Italian ATC made yesterday very exciting - sorry to see FRA2 land


Matthew Knott (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:45 UTC

Go SW12. Well done. It will be interesting to see what other teams do ?


Jacques Devisme (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:46 UTC

Félicitations SWI2 ! Impressionnant !!!


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 09:46 UTC

Not much land in the competition area further than SW1.


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 09:47 UTC

Concratulation Kurt,Pascal, guet Land -and now- go Willi, go Marcus, GER


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 09:48 UTC

If GBR3 pick up the forecast winds on the east coast, Greece is possible


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:48 UTC

Bravo SWI2 what a flight, but I'm still on the edge of my chair ;)


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 09:50 UTC

Alexandroupouli at East end of Greece further than SWI2. Winds be kind.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:51 UTC

now showing all remaining at 9800ft?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:52 UTC

Original 10,000' wind forecast incredibly accurate


Martine monet (France) 2010/09/28 - 09:52 UTC

The show is going on
Félicitations à l'équipe suisse


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/28 - 09:53 UTC

hop swiss 2 congratulation trust everything well be proud


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:54 UTC

Fantastic work by Race Control and website keeping us up to date


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 09:54 UTC

Here's a nice animation of cloud movement: http://www.meteoam.it/


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 09:55 UTC

GBR3..they need to start tracking south to be in with a chance!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:55 UTC

Wonder why FRA2 landed? Greece beckoned. Maybe they were low on ballast.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 09:57 UTC

In theory possible to beat SWI2 if N of their track, but v difficult.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 09:57 UTC

Thanks JFP - actual weather info has been difficult to know


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 09:59 UTC

Italian wind chart is showing constant breeze from south west..!


Mohammad Sobri Saad (Malaysia) 2010/09/28 - 10:00 UTC

Great flight SW2. Target set. Good luck to GBR3, USA2, GER1 and GER2.


marcus green (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:00 UTC

Matt Nicholson we need our gas licences I want to play


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:00 UTC

SWI2 may have it in the bag...tough to beat....fantastic flying....


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:01 UTC

me too Mr Green....Coop Marketing going to asked the question....


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:03 UTC

So SWI 2 and FRA 2 landed almost contemporaneously . Next :


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:04 UTC

So - what might have been without ATC VFR rule . Next :


Jaroslav Burdych (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 10:04 UTC

SW2 congratz. awsome flying. will be hard to beat but race is still on.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:05 UTC

BUT what a race it has made - and maybe not over yet


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:05 UTC

GB3 on 65 heading too far North must reach Black Sea South of Sw2 to win


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 10:07 UTC

Almost anywhere S of SWI2 could win, Bulgaria possible, Greece unlikely


HUIS ROGER (France) 2010/09/28 - 10:14 UTC

VINCENT SEBASTIEN. J FRANCOIS. MERCI DES BONS MOMENTS .A L' AN PROCHAIN


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 10:19 UTC

Anti-cyclone coming down from Germany? GER1 in good spot to pick it up?


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:20 UTC

North west winds forecast for Italian coast but not for 48hours!


Christian Colquhoun (Switzerland) 2010/09/28 - 10:23 UTC

A tous mes amis pilotes de cette fantastique GB : BRAVO!
Direction GB09


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 10:23 UTC

Yes too long a time to wait for favourable wind.


Sean Barnett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:26 UTC

Has anyone noticed, but all remaining balloons are at the same height?


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:30 UTC

This not the end but the end of the beginning - of the race


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:30 UTC

From where do you get your forecasts guys? Are they Altitude based?


Andy Davey (Turkey) 2010/09/28 - 10:30 UTC

Ger now heading for the other gliding club @ Otocac!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:35 UTC

Sean: Bob & I have posted on this. I think it must be a system default.


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 10:35 UTC

GER2: 80 km NE. Graz
Einladung auf Glühwein.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 10:35 UTC

@Sean wonder if its aglitch, they were also all showing 9800 a while ago


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:36 UTC

Go GB (go a bit south if possible too)


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:37 UTC

because they will all be different again in a while, ?need official view


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:38 UTC

JPN now made it to Narbonne - 62kt 0Ft.


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 10:40 UTC

Germans 're trying to go home!!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:40 UTC

Anyone know how much wind direction can vary at different altitudes?


David MacGregor (Botswana) 2010/09/28 - 10:41 UTC

Possibly all heading for Hungary - a few days early for the Worlds


D2 (France) 2010/09/28 - 10:42 UTC

banzai !!!he come back with the truck!


dominique masset (France) 2010/09/28 - 10:43 UTC

merci et grand bravo pour ce vol FRA2,revanche l'an prochain en France!


Doris (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 10:43 UTC

am I right when I say that SW1 are unbeatable?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:44 UTC

so will there be any right for Cyprus?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:45 UTC

@Doris I think its very hard


Matthew Bethel (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:45 UTC

Anywhere south of the Swiss pretty much beats them!!


Doris (Austria) 2010/09/28 - 10:45 UTC

except the others can get far south...???


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:45 UTC

Doris - no. Try Bulgaria, by Black Sea coast.


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:45 UTC

If GB3 reached Constanta, GB3 would win


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:47 UTC

World's oldest air race & still adventurous & exciting


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 10:48 UTC

are there any team's blogs to follow for fresh info?


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:49 UTC

I did say on Sunday Constanta is good for the beer & vodka!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:53 UTC

GB3 has an excellent team blog


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:54 UTC

Looking at the latest GFS wind fcst SWI2 looks unbeatable


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:55 UTC

landing pic sw2 website see teams website


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:57 UTC

SWISS landing pic. Looks like the back of beyond.


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/28 - 10:59 UTC

Are USA2 going to make it across Italy before Nightfall? Good Luck


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 10:59 UTC

Is there a max alt?


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 11:01 UTC

What happend to Marc Sullivan? Are they ok?


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:04 UTC

It would be fantastic too win twice in a row. Keep up the good work GB


john morris (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:06 UTC

well done SWI2, BRILLIANT JOB !! COME ON GB3 YOU CAN DO IT!! :-)


Paul (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:06 UTC

If you get it Martyn, i'll come and be your co-pilot!


James (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:09 UTC

Swiss have done very well. Others will need to be south to win-difficult


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:09 UTC

It's a bit quiet now so BRISTOL 2010 give us a wave and cheer GOOD JOB!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:11 UTC

South or NNW for GB3 to win, wind F'cast says no, but u never know


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:11 UTC

Think GER2 may have a cunning plan and are heading off to N. Finland!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:13 UTC

Chris: They would have to get further North than Tromso Chilly up there!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:13 UTC

Ger2 in strong pos, if they have the hight to clear moutains


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:14 UTC

Absolutely fascinating. Well done SWI2 & good going the 4 still flying.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:15 UTC

winner is Dist trav'ed not how far you are from Bristol, correct?


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:17 UTC

Winner is staight-line ([Great Circle') distance from start point


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:19 UTC

@Bob : winner is max great-circle distance from take-off to landing


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:19 UTC

Rule 5.1 implies longest great circle distance from Bristol


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:19 UTC

Bob: No it's the furthest from base. No time limit.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:19 UTC

finished my chores. now are the remaining 4 topping up their tans?


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:20 UTC

Rules state: The winner shall be the team covering the greatest distance


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:21 UTC

@Terry agreed quite chilly but anywhere NE Finland is a win win.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:22 UTC

The final
classification will be based on the greatest distance covered


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 11:22 UTC

@Bob I think GER2 are out of it, they will run out of competition space


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:22 UTC

distnce will be measured by determination of the arc of the great circle


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:22 UTC

GB leaving Italy: all at 9800 ft again


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:23 UTC

Got it, so a U turn wont help:-)


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:23 UTC

Question for you experienced balloonists.Is Crete a possible target?


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:24 UTC

Did FRA2 really land at a warehouse?


Mike Wadsworth (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:25 UTC

far more exciting than F1, DHA for a second win?


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:25 UTC

GER2 Head for Batsfjord, Norway. 2700+kms. Its a win.


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:26 UTC

Got to go back to work again - hang on in there GB3!


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:28 UTC

Once knew man called Gordon Bennett. Huge joke. No joke now! Go GBR3 Go


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:30 UTC

USA will land for Pizza soon they never can pass a Pizza shop;-)


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:32 UTC

'Gordon Bennett!!!' ... this race beats everything


Eliane HOUVER (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:33 UTC

Bravo à nos français FRA1 et FRA2 et leurs équipes. Vous nous avez fait


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 11:33 UTC

Whats on with tracking? everybody in 9800ft! Thats wrong!!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:34 UTC

i wonder how much sand they all have left????


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:40 UTC

Jap1 try to sneak under the radar, think they can re-enter up the road:)


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:42 UTC

GB3 lower? slower?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:43 UTC

The Japanese are making moves again with some very odd wind tracks !


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:45 UTC

@Bob - Lower and Slower to try and find some right maybe ?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:45 UTC

perhaps GBR3 is letting the germans go in fron to give them a target...


christopher south (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:45 UTC

Fantastic go gbr3 go ps also knew a Gordon Bennett not as fun as this


T. Oude Huikink (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 11:46 UTC

Die Richtung ist zu schlecht um auf SWI2 noch aufzuholen. Weblog of Ger1


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 11:46 UTC

Surely the Japanese are in the car on the way home...


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:47 UTC

the rule is usually: "Right with Height"


Rich (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:47 UTC

Any new trajectories avail' to show H-A the way to Cyprus! (turn right)


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:47 UTC

Jon, risky on the coast, may end up going west, from Bob Trowbridge


Dominic (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:48 UTC

Hé oui les Japonais font du tourisme ! éh éh vive la France ! !!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:49 UTC

Yes Barry, there not really cheating


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:49 UTC

I find it quite excellent that the Japanese signal is still transmitting


Patrick (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:50 UTC

JAP1 is driving on the A54 highway...


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 11:50 UTC

Hey Webmaster, put JPN1 back to the landing spot!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 11:50 UTC

Thank you very much :)!


Ian Martin (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:51 UTC

GBR needs to just get a more southerly track Go!!!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 11:52 UTC

Look this map http://tiny.cc/jfiu6 thunders will come!


Matthew Bethel (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:53 UTC

GB are low now. Are they trying to get south?


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 11:53 UTC

GB£ getting too low


Piet Hooijen (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 11:54 UTC

Tiraspol in Moldavia maybe possible


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 11:55 UTC

GB3 @2600, the rest 9800? another glitch?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 11:55 UTC

What are GB doing going North?


Isabelle Robion (France) 2010/09/28 - 11:56 UTC

Bravo FRA2, on vous attend l'année prochaine for the first place


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 11:56 UTC

That was a nice try, Japan


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 11:58 UTC

USA2 good direction. Will they find w/speed to cross Italy before sunset


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:00 UTC

Japaneses are on the motorway going to Marseille ???


Dave Klein (United States) 2010/09/28 - 12:01 UTC

Is there a limit to the amount of consumables that a team can start with


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 12:02 UTC

Tiraspol isn't far enough to win.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:04 UTC

GER1 is running for one more night if wheather stays stable!


Tom D Miklousic (Haiti) 2010/09/28 - 12:05 UTC

Germany 2 welcome to Croatia, I am on your disposition if you need me :)


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:05 UTC

Are the 4 looking for winds to push them south or heading for Finland?


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:05 UTC

Source: Command Center GER1 and Ger2 www.ballon.org


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 12:06 UTC

GB3 still low and going NW, have they got a problem?


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 12:06 UTC

Thank you Benni.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:09 UTC

John, I doubt that the ballast reserves by now allow trying to go there


ALvaro Ron (Spain) 2010/09/28 - 12:10 UTC

Good work Benni¡¡¡ Thanks a lot.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:10 UTC

Also they'd need to reach like the northern tip of FIN to win


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:11 UTC

thanks kevin.


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:15 UTC

Sebastian, I suspect/hope GBR are just searching for better tracks


Sean Barnett (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:16 UTC

GBR3 have "lost" 4k since last update (now 1663 was 1667) and GER now 1k


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:17 UTC

Benni, Are you in the retrieval team or in the work center?


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:18 UTC

Hope that they will not have the storms!!Is the map for the 28 or 29sep?


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:21 UTC

GBR3 : is their tracker right? now it si 317°


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:21 UTC

Come on GBR3. Keep her up!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:22 UTC

GB3 now 5000+ stopped for lunch?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:24 UTC

Stopped for a bit of Tiffin.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 12:24 UTC

GB back on track now. Maybe they were trying out for a S sea breeze?


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:29 UTC

GBR3: Turn the map up the otherway, then turn right :)


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:30 UTC

My guess was a cheeky look at low winds? Cost ballast though!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:35 UTC

i think the USA arein a good place,everything happening in front of them


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 12:35 UTC

I think they did it about 80nm too early!


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:35 UTC

Looks like wind direction is ENE 18kts in Pescara.


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:36 UTC

Japanese are visiting la Camargue!


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:39 UTC

@Nigel hehehe made me chuckle! Come on GBR u can do it.


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:39 UTC

Has GER2 decided to give up and go home?


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:41 UTC

GB3 control room just on local news,still think they havea wining chance


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 12:41 UTC

JAP1 en vacances?


martin cowling (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:42 UTC

am i the only one who can see davids tactic ???


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:43 UTC

Webmaster, JAP1 on the run again!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:44 UTC

Martin, Share your wisdom, Always willing to learn


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:44 UTC

go on then martin...tell all


Sam Chapman (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:44 UTC

Come on Hempie!!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 12:47 UTC

@Martin, an out and return?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 12:48 UTC

Not seeing it Martin


Stefan (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:52 UTC

GER2 is going to Debrecen/Hungary, P2 is cometing there


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:54 UTC

Debrecen would be 1800 km flown, still a very nice result :)!


martin cowling (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:54 UTC

i think its between us and uk !!! ger have lost the plot or going home ?


Stefan (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 12:55 UTC

sorry I mean "competing"


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 12:56 UTC

Nice ine Stefan, that would be perfect navigation! :-)


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 12:56 UTC

and i mean one


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 12:58 UTC

@Martin, GER1 is still there as well, although they all need a south


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 12:59 UTC

Us2 heading is good at 80d only 41/2 hrs to curfew = 150km @ 18kt


Mark Warne (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:00 UTC

Aye. 42-30N area southerlies coming in. Go DHA.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:01 UTC

Looking at Italian forecast has evening Westerly @ 10km overnight ...


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:03 UTC

..vearing 20d south and Wed morn another 15d south so go slow boys slow


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 13:07 UTC

Slow means bad wheather in Italy! Thunderstorms and so on!!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:10 UTC

whereas Croatian/Adriatic forecast shows 14kh wind from NW, no evidence?


J F P (China) 2010/09/28 - 13:13 UTC

@Mark: Clarification of nomenclature needed. Southerly means from South?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:14 UTC

No storms according to: www.infoadriatic.com/weather_forecast.shtml


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:14 UTC

Reading DHA blog - their little dip was NOT part of the plan!


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 13:16 UTC

GB only 8 klicks behind GER


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:22 UTC

...and their heading has improved. 80deg will take them below SWI2...


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 13:23 UTC

Looks like GB on 70deg and USA on 80deg


Daryl Adams (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:24 UTC

GB team dropped and rose-let gas out-slower travel, am I correct?


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 13:25 UTC

Flightwheather Forecast says thunderstorms! HQ Bristol Met. Team also!!!


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:25 UTC

Sounds like GB3 hit the 'down' of the lee wave off the mtns E side Italy


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:26 UTC

Looks like GB3 lost lots of ballast in a scary 11,000ft drop


Mike Glue (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:27 UTC

The Germans versus the Yanks and Brits. Where have I heard that before?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 13:28 UTC

GER is getting away. 20kms now. come on DHA


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 13:30 UTC

Are there prizes? in addition to the glory!


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 13:32 UTC

just glory. Isn't this enough?


Alastair Moyes (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:35 UTC

a Breitling watch I believe


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:37 UTC

A beautiful trophy for the winner. BBC TV just showed it.


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:39 UTC

@Nigel it isn't a race you know. furthest distance from Bristol.


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:40 UTC

But no Swiss, Mike in the race you mentioned!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:41 UTC

Current weather Mostar: www.wunderground.com/global/stations/14648.html


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 13:43 UTC

@Chris. Yes I know. GER 1703k from start GBR 1683k from start


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:45 UTC

looks like JAP1 are heading for LFML (by Road)


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 13:45 UTC

you can keep the throphy only if you win 3 times in a row


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:46 UTC

No forecast of storms in Bosnia wind vearing fr SW to fr N by Sarajevo


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 13:47 UTC

Just can't keep JAP1 under control!!!


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:51 UTC

the quality of the website and tracking is excellent thus good hit rates


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:54 UTC

I see a finish line has appeared on the map!


David Haddock (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:56 UTC

There is a little bit of Moldova where you can win.


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 13:56 UTC

I love JAP1 drive route. Will we see them stop at the Little Chef


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/28 - 13:56 UTC

JAP heading for Marseille to embark for Cyprus:-)


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 13:59 UTC

GER2 taking the "high road" into Romania? Tulcea, just
north of Swiss?


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:00 UTC

@David - might be a bit of a tall order to hit that spot!


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:00 UTC

americans turning south...


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 14:01 UTC

GB3 claim to have a strategy that could win, where will they find S'ly?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:03 UTC

@Webmaster: Can we have the Finish Line in Red please? It's more visible


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:03 UTC

Why did the French land? They were looking so good!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:04 UTC

David H: Moldova corner hard to get to without flying over Ukraine.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 14:05 UTC

@Marfy they ran out of sand.


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:05 UTC

Rolo, they don't want to find southerly; it'll send them too far North


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 14:06 UTC

@Thomas, too few chars! "Southly component", too far North already


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:07 UTC

It's NOT a finish line. It's a "to win (at the moment) line"


Peter Turner (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:08 UTC

Some interesting wind direction forecasts on allmetsat


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:09 UTC

I see, my mistake!


Peter Turner (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:09 UTC

all be it at ground level


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:09 UTC

Croatia & Montenegro have high Mountains right from coast


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:09 UTC

Ger2 on a heading 91d that will put them back in the competition!!!


Lisa Morse (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:10 UTC

Can someone tell me how the Swiss got that far??? lol


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:11 UTC

Getting into the area of Athens/Sparta would be win, but it's hard now


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:11 UTC

Lisa: probably tried to conserve ballast the best they could


Mailliet Daniel (France) 2010/09/28 - 14:12 UTC

see : http://www.ilmeteo.it/portale/node/1116/12 to make your idea


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:17 UTC

SW12 got that far because they were in the fast winds all the time


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 14:19 UTC

GBR3 hangs about, catches anti-cyclone and is blown to East Greece.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:20 UTC

Facebook says Hempi has 8 bags left. Source: John Kugler


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 14:23 UTC

Here's a radar image for the collection : http://tinyurl.com/EUradar


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 14:24 UTC

What's the likelihood of anybody getting 93kts like Sw2 got at 1 point?


John Coleman (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:28 UTC

O.K. Everybody, Who's your money on? This has been addictive.


Ian Martin (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:28 UTC

best right looks like between 7-9K Ger have 91 degrees at 7700ft


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:30 UTC

8 bags*X kg/bag=?? kg. How much is one bag?


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:31 UTC

sebastien if thats true a landing tonight cant make mts ahead


Mark (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 14:31 UTC

That's not radar, but a meteosat image


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 14:31 UTC

93 knots was a measurement error. 39 was more likely at that point.


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 14:33 UTC

@J Coleman: JAP1 to get round to Pescara with big fan for GBR3


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 14:34 UTC

Ah, OK, thankyou Jop.


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:35 UTC

USA looks in a good position to catch any wind change from the NW.


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:38 UTC

go, markus, go - on the end of the day with 91°....and 45knts...why not!


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:38 UTC

Nisos Limnos could be done with favourable winds much easier than Athens


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 14:41 UTC

@Lisa, no Italy flight in dark. SWI2 raced before night other went in am


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:42 UTC

@Kevin G: Chris Andrews said:1 bag~15Kg,lighten balloon by 1%~rise 80m


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:44 UTC

Does USA 2 look like having a problem with Italy and sunset?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:44 UTC

No judgement in this: FRA2 quit when they were down to 8 bags


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:45 UTC

Terry, thanks! So he has 120 kg remaining right now.


GD Bennett (United States) 2010/09/28 - 14:45 UTC

Pretty Cool for USA-Abruzzo-flying over Abruzzo, ITA


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:46 UTC

Dave: Don't think so, sunset will be in some 2 hours, they need 1/2 hr.


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 14:46 UTC

USA2 will be well clear of the 5nm VFR boundary by Sunset + 30mins


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:47 UTC

8bags is very sufficient-with a half empty balloon they are worth double


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:49 UTC

Well, if Dave manages to smash 2k km,the xperimental design is proven :)


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:49 UTC

But if they get any winds that take them south?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 14:49 UTC

GER2 (Matthias Zenge & Markus Pieper) landed.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:50 UTC

Sten it was I think said you needed 6 bags for a comfortable landing


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:50 UTC

Dave: Unlikely if they stay at their altitude right now


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:51 UTC

Tomas are saying that now becomes 3? Does 1 bag still =80m ?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:52 UTC

Terry shouldn't that also depend on how much gas they release?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 14:52 UTC

Looks like GBR have a better diection now at 75deg against GER 55deg


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:52 UTC

Webmaster: Leave JPN1 on. Its amusing watching what theyre up to.


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 14:53 UTC

Yes a shadow on GER2 icon, but 7700ft and 12kt?


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 14:54 UTC

Matthias&Markus, you are grate pilots!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:57 UTC

Kevin: I don't know I was repeating what someone said earlier. Reason ..


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:58 UTC

Just three balloons flying now. Keep going GBR3.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 14:58 UTC

Should be a tracker glitch, News says the pilots called after landing


Chris (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:59 UTC

Cetingrad only 593ft altitude therefore cant have landed?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 14:59 UTC

says as your lift decreases the value of a bag increases (you need less)


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:00 UTC

I heard even today,balloon dynamics are not yet completely understood :)


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:00 UTC

Yeah that sounds reasonable!


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:01 UTC

Have GER2 landed on a 7000ft montain?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:03 UTC

Go Carol and Richard, bring it back to the states again


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/28 - 15:04 UTC

@Mark et al. Oops sorry about that, thought sat, typed radar ;(


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:05 UTC

Good luck and a safe flight to the three left flying.


Mike Reichert (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:05 UTC

Hi Stefan, please check your private Email account.

Mike


ODIN ARAGON (Mexico) 2010/09/28 - 15:11 UTC

Steve, that would have to be a moving mountain


Gill Walsh (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:12 UTC

Three to go!!! Come on USA 2!!!


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:12 UTC

With an untaut balloon one bag may bring you up to your cruising alt.


Tomas Hora (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:13 UTC

and at FL180 the alt.gain is also double


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:15 UTC

@Tomas: Yes, I heard that you can easily get even higher than before!


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:16 UTC

USA entering the zone where GBR had problems...


The Aerostati (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:17 UTC

Still a fabulous thing to watch. Thought it would be over by now. Go USA


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:19 UTC

Go GB!


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:22 UTC

Now now Chip, Go USA... :)


Polly Fraser (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 15:22 UTC

GBR3 may the winds be with you good luck.


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 15:24 UTC

Looks like David has better direction?!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:25 UTC

weather forecast adria: alot thunders in 6-7 hours


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:26 UTC

I have become hooked on watching this race...go GB x x x x x x x x x x x


John Coleman (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:26 UTC

Thanks Chipflier, You know your stuff. GO GO GO GB!!!


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 15:27 UTC

The 93kts was a calculation error, please ignore it!


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:28 UTC

Frustration - my display won't display direction for DHA ballon


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:30 UTC

come on GB can't do anything useful till this is over compulsive viewing


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:31 UTC

Dave, copy and paste the DHA info into wordpad to see it all.


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 15:31 UTC

JAP1 must be in a traffic jam. No chance of reaching GBR3 with a big fan


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:32 UTC

LOL at comment by Liu Jing (China) ......


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:32 UTC

Mike: Thanks


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 15:32 UTC

Can't see all info? Need to force complete refresh of browser (Ctrl-F5)


Daryl Adams (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:35 UTC

Wind forecast Italy http://www.xcweather.co.uk/IT/forecast


Michael Wolf (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:35 UTC

Hi Jan I agree! It looks like they are going through another night!


MARY LARNER (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:37 UTC

Good Luck GB from Severn Beach


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:37 UTC

I refresh, do 10 mins work and check again....better than any reality tv


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:37 UTC

Interestingly, FRA2 is still in 2nd place ! GO GO GBR3


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:41 UTC

It is like watching a 3 day snail race, but just cannot stop watching.


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 15:42 UTC

My favourite Richard Branson look alike is back in the control room


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:45 UTC

Qu: Can you fly for 30 hrs 900 km on 8 bags of sand? That is the task.


Stu Peters (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 15:45 UTC

We just blow up balloons for Xmas here, but I am fascinated -Go, go DHA.


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:45 UTC

ODIN ARAGON
Dont seem to be moving have a shadow graphic 12kt & landed


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 15:45 UTC

Teams can reach 90h mark tommorrow evening!


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 15:46 UTC

No web cam access from work :(


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:46 UTC

log on and see all 4 still init, only to see Ger2@7700 14kt but landed


dan gregory (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:47 UTC

far too addictive. was there for the take off and have watched it since!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 15:48 UTC

According to my clacs GB3 need to ave over 76 True to be able to win.


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 15:50 UTC

Whatever was done to make JAP1 to jump back, GBR need it to jump forward


Steve (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:51 UTC

Ger 2 Landed, they did well


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 15:55 UTC

GBR3 need to track south of the SWI2 line to have a chance, come on lads


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:55 UTC

rip myself away for an hour or two, good luck GBR3


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 15:56 UTC

If nothing changes its a battle for 3rd place


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 15:58 UTC

To do list went out the window Sun! Go GBR!!!


Bob Slade (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:00 UTC

They are all winners in my book


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:01 UTC

Winds might turn GBR and USA south east. Greece maybe on the cards.


Paul McKinley (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:02 UTC

Is the circle on the map the competition limit ? Zoom in on SWI2 ?*?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 16:03 UTC

Circle is radius of Swiss perf. Others have to go farther, in bounds.


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 16:03 UTC

You must come see us Robin for traditional drink "Blatz" yiktyu! cheers!


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:03 UTC

Me thinks they will get a more southerly track overnight & into Wed


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:04 UTC

Re GB3 & 8 bags left comment - I wouldn't belive everthing that I read !


Paul McKinley (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:04 UTC

Ahh - thanks


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:05 UTC

@Paul. Circle is SWI2s distance. Anywhere over the line to beat them.


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:05 UTC

@Bob Slade Absolutely!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:05 UTC

but how much ballast did GBR use off the coast of italy?we will see soon


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:05 UTC

Sneaky Jap1, trying to go by boat now


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:07 UTC

over the line but on the course, landing in water counts for nothing!


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:08 UTC

More good luck GBR3 from Severn Beach/Bradley Stoke


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 16:09 UTC

Not "anywhere to win" - Scandanavia, Greece or Cyprus. :^))


Dave (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:10 UTC

DHA Team good luck from your turf - Wiltshire


Michael Prudence (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:13 UTC

Blow the wind southerly. Anywhere in Turkey will do.


The Aerostati (United States) 2010/09/28 - 16:13 UTC

how many bags do teams start with?


johnatan (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:14 UTC

Go GBR3, fly like the wind. Good luck from Redland, Bristol.


Antoinette Bates (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:14 UTC

Can only get news and shouts daytime.Keep them up guys pls.Gripping now.


Christine & Ian Hooker (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:15 UTC

michael P - Turkey is not in the scoring zone


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 16:16 UTC

JAP1. They have jet-propelled surface-balloon which refuels in Bordeaux.


Richard Hands (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:17 UTC

Can someone explain the reason for the JAP1 moving in a straight line?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 16:18 UTC

Still receiving Japanese tracking signals. Sorting it now!


sanne (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 16:18 UTC

I think Turkey is out of bounds? Check the competition area.


David Roberts (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:19 UTC

Google shows GER2 landed in an inhabited area. GB2010 map=blank land!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 16:21 UTC

@Michael: southerly means FROM south.... we need NW wind, surely


Richard Hands (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:21 UTC

Typical, I ask a question and hey presto it moves, is this a wind up?


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:22 UTC

JP heading 4 Toulon Arpt. Can we watch take off tracking


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:24 UTC

Richard - TARDIS -too fast to take the bends!


Paul Harrison (Ireland) 2010/09/28 - 16:25 UTC

ireland expects every man to do his duty. keep it up lads.


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:26 UTC

@Piers: JAP1 is our comic relief. Dont sort them out :-))


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 16:26 UTC

GER2 is in someones back garden, hope they gave them afternoon tea.


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:27 UTC

is SWI2 out of bounds,may of been asked already ?


roland kordes (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 16:27 UTC

glückwunsch an ger 2- zenge/pieper. tolle leistung die neue gb-crew f.d.


Andy Davey (Turkey) 2010/09/28 - 16:28 UTC

@David Roberts- They've simplified the map to make it quicker to load..


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 16:28 UTC

www.ballon.org
Second Tracker device shows inhabited area!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 16:28 UTC

GB3 now need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 80(T/M?)


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:29 UTC

@David - to see location detail of GER2 landing, switch to Satelite mode


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 16:30 UTC

Swiss appear OK. Circle is what others have to beat.


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:30 UTC

Ah ok thanks Gary


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 16:31 UTC

@robert: SWI2 brilliantly landed within edge of boundary. Marvellous.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 16:31 UTC

GER2 location is now different from when first landed. Guess its moving?


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:32 UTC

GB needs >077deg to land outside present winning radius


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 16:33 UTC

Paul,Roderick,Garry, the curve on map shows all points 2434km from start


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:33 UTC

Is it all over bar the shouting ? Next :


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:34 UTC

Rob Bayly looks like this is going to be a long one. Jenks


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:34 UTC

There is certainly still a lot of shouting left.


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 16:34 UTC

Paul, R, G, this curve is NOT a circle ! Zoom backward if not convinced!


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/28 - 16:34 UTC

Control,can you also put the line radius of FRA2 on the map? Thanks


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 16:35 UTC

SWI2's "boundary" was the sea.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:35 UTC

Hi Rob - how is Julia ? Have missed you.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 16:36 UTC

Tks! *I* undrstd. I say *appears*, *think* 'cause I'm just a spectator


Michael Prudence (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:37 UTC

Opps! Quite right, I meant TO the South. Maybe Southern Greece.


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 16:37 UTC

Curve of points equidistant from start is a circle on globe, not on map


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 16:38 UTC

Not a circle due to projection distortion. Spher earth to flat map...


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:39 UTC

they re getting a ferry now jenks


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 16:40 UTC

That's right !


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:41 UTC

USA 2 are heading 12 ' more S than GBR 3 at same altitude


Dagmar Niehaus (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 16:41 UTC

Willi, gooooo - you still can get SW12 !


John Coleman (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:45 UTC

Hi Ian J. Long time since we were duelling together in competition.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:46 UTC

Unless anyone can cross SWI 2 track it IS all over- bar 2/3 place


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:47 UTC

Hi JC - 1993 in Kenya - you pilot , me slave . My last flight !


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:50 UTC

Is a has been balloonist same as old or do they never die


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:52 UTC

Can't believe I'm so hooked on this, even at work I check the web, oops!


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:52 UTC

Go GBR3 your'e getting all the Brits shouting. Is 24hrs enough. Jenks


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:54 UTC

Going to see this map in my sleep.


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:56 UTC

I think it's screaming not shouting Jenks!


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:56 UTC

Thanks Jan. I'm sure they're having fun. Jenks


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:56 UTC

Thanks Jan. I'm sure they're having fun. Jenks


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:58 UTC

@Ian-they dont need to cross SW2 track if they land on delta just north!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 16:58 UTC

Good way to teach the children geography. Not sure its still taught.


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/28 - 16:58 UTC

they are jenks the jammy buggers.just skyped from Ancona


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:00 UTC

i'm afraid that we 'never die'. Too many Memories!!!!!


Peter Coe (Channel Islands) 2010/09/28 - 17:02 UTC

US2 Steering 095 at present - gives them a chance


Dave Klein (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:02 UTC

Disagree Ian. There is a window on both sides of the Swiss track. GoUSA


sylvie leys & jf vandenbogaert (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:02 UTC

FR2 : La famille a vibré pendant votre course passionnante.
BRAVO !


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 17:02 UTC

I found detailed wind model: http://85.42.129.76/adriamet/vento_en.php


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 17:03 UTC

Re: teach geo - I bet we will never forget Istria and maybe Murighiol.


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:03 UTC

@Jane-he will have to skip dinner to keep this great site up & running !


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 17:06 UTC

Model suggests GBR3 will be back toward Italy heel, then south!


sylvie leys & jf vandenbogaert (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:08 UTC

FR2

La famille a vibré au long de la course passionnante!


LAURENT (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:12 UTC

GER2, good job last night along corsican coast


Kevin Garrad (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 17:13 UTC

Like I said at 8:23 - got to be Greece! Can we all turn SW and blow?!


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 17:13 UTC

klasse leistung, markus-matthias - glück ab, gut land! go willi-ulli, go


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:15 UTC

Go on GB3 - Chargggeeeeee!!!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:16 UTC

@Jon Bristol - that's why SWI 2 landed there - have you seen delta?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 17:19 UTC

GB3 still need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 75(T/M?)


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:19 UTC

SW3 were going to miss the Delta!!


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:19 UTC

I missed why the French landed, did they have issues?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:20 UTC

USA2 heading 22' further S than GBR3 . Is this passion or reality


Dave Smith (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:20 UTC

Typo:i meant SW2


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:22 UTC

@ Dave Smith - so will USA 2 and GBR 3- it is all over


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:23 UTC

For first place that is . What a " race " though . Comp GB's


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 17:23 UTC

US3 also need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 97!(T/M?)


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 17:24 UTC

Have heard French were out of sand/ballast!


Chris Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:25 UTC

@Phil Brunson. Short of sand I think, check "News" page.


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 17:25 UTC

Very bad wheather south Adria!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:25 UTC

Comp GB's = competition Gordon- Bennett' @ Nationals The're great


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:26 UTC

GBR3 will be happy to see some land


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:26 UTC

@ Ian - I have, but I did not say landing or retrieve would be pleasant!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 17:26 UTC

BBC Going live into control room very shortly - see webcam


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 17:26 UTC

@Ian no need to land in the Delta to win & most coast S of SWI2 will win


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 17:27 UTC

if i read wind pattern correctly, US will be blown toward Foggia, Italy?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:27 UTC

Come on GB3, you can do it!


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 17:28 UTC

BBC Live in control room now - see webcam


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:28 UTC

USA 2 heading 10' further S than GB3- @ same altitude


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 17:30 UTC

Rolo, Danube Delta is Biosphere Reserve. Stricter controls recent years?


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:31 UTC

It will be close between both GBR and USA on both those trajectories


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:32 UTC

Italy winds
http://www.pilotfriend.com/av_weather/eurocasts/ital_wind


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:33 UTC

@Rolo - where is Not Saying. Is it near Great Piddle ?


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:35 UTC

Zuz! I always thought you were the quiet type. Jenks


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:35 UTC

@Mike Lavoie - Pilotfriend not being friendly. No link possible


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:37 UTC

@ Ian - the address was cropped (/ital_aviation_weather.htm)


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:37 UTC

http://www.pilotfriend.com/av_weather/eurocasts/ital_winds.htm


kevin Johnson (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:37 UTC

GBR3 throw out two hands, its going to be a long night!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:37 UTC

I know the Black cat at Piddely in Cambs. Ditto on pilot friend.


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:38 UTC

Try that link, the other was truncated.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:38 UTC

USA 2 is now heading 100' - that is exciting if it lasts


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 17:39 UTC

GBR3 cleverly sheltering and waiting wind to arrive from North? ETA 4am?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:40 UTC

Thanks Mike Lavoie - that's better . Now to try and understand


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:40 UTC

Looks like GER has got the wind up em.


Colin Butter (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:42 UTC

> Dave Smith: Rather like that Essex landing years ago!


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:42 UTC

GER1 : Go, go!!! Good luck.Hope you could find a wind going to south...


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:42 UTC

I used to live in Warboys and play golf in Pidley cambs


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:42 UTC

well well evening campers


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:43 UTC

hey gj colin your still ugly though


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:44 UTC

Paula a work freind, partner was a ballon pilot, Dave I think?


b parey (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:44 UTC

Merci à tous ces équipages pour ce grand moment


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:45 UTC

FL100 is 10k ft. T+xx is xx hours into future.


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:46 UTC

GER 1 has still a big chance to win, tomorow wind turn to NO in Romania


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:46 UTC

Bob, I lived in Yaxley with all the kids families.Did a runner to Fr.


Cynthia Pryor (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:46 UTC

Re BBC - is it only in UK? Can find no 'live' link from here in Texas...


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 17:47 UTC

Last BBC "live" from control room on BBC Points West.


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:48 UTC

Main page on the left, forth from the top


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 17:48 UTC

Is local BBC News - will be on replay very shortly.


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:49 UTC

@Cynthia sorry I miss read it the broadcast? I looked for it too


Ian Woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:49 UTC

Somebody tell GBR3 to climb.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 17:50 UTC

GER1 is on the way to reach 2nd place!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:52 UTC

USA 2 NOW HEADING 105' GBR3 70 ' now - if I were a betting man


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:53 UTC

@Sam in GB2010 control - give us a wave !


Cynthia Pryor (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:53 UTC

I'm guessing we get a bit of a different site, not being in UK?


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 17:53 UTC

GER1 only 14 km away from second!


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:54 UTC

@ Ian - GB3 will get similar winds shortly ?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 17:54 UTC

Ian,if he stays at present alt, will poss pick up same airstream as USA


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:54 UTC

Richard, Carol Go SE Go Go Go! Hang in there. The world is watching!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:55 UTC

USA2 about to cross GBR3 track . Will they cross SWI2 track ?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:58 UTC

All - Pls can you pause the action for 10 min while I drive home ?


Mike Lavoie (United States) 2010/09/28 - 17:58 UTC

I predict USA2 will land Brindisi Italy just after sunrise. (2nd place)


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 17:58 UTC

USA2 more S than GBR3 more S then GER1. GER 1 nearest to backwards


tom rutherford (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:00 UTC

Richard and Carol-Bring it Home! You are amazing!Gov. Johnson iswaiting.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:01 UTC

I predict USA2 2nd, GBR3 3rd and GER1 4th USA Albania or Greece ?


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:04 UTC

Come ON GBR3 You can do it keep going just a few more kts that's all


Peter Coe (Channel Islands) 2010/09/28 - 18:04 UTC

GB3 and GER1 are over land - maybe wind is backing over land


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:04 UTC

Surley, while they are all in the air the race is anybodies?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:05 UTC

Richard and Carol - go for it, Win it already, need to get work done


christopher south (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:07 UTC

GB3 its not over till the fat lady sings good luck and a peacefull night


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:07 UTC

usa starting to look strong


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:07 UTC

Sorry - I forgot about FRA 2 safely landed for pizza & ice cream


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 18:09 UTC

USA needs to watch out on that bulge of Italy though!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:09 UTC

GBR3 Roughly 706kt from the SW point. This is hotn UP
Weldone everyone


Cynthia Pryor (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:09 UTC

checked weather.com-Sebastian's right about bad weather towards Greece


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:09 UTC

Christopher, keep her taking while GB3 does another 5/600 miles.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:10 UTC

USA 2 now 110' and GBR 3 65' the difference is clearly increasing


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:10 UTC

@ Christopher -Beat me to it! No sleep tonight


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:10 UTC

do USA have to avoid IT by 5 miles during darkness?


TROLLPATROL (Åland Islands) 2010/09/28 - 18:11 UTC

GEOGRAPHY IS A PILE OF SHIT! I HOPE THEY ALL DIE


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:11 UTC

I predict GER 1 first in the area of VARNA (Bulgaria)


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 18:12 UTC

GER1 are now in second place, don't you think? Wonderful achievement.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:12 UTC

GER 1 @ 12,700 ' must be looking for some right.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:14 UTC

@TROLLPATROL - is not Aland duty free zone ? How much do you drink


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:14 UTC

Folks we have a jelous Fin among us, welcome pal.


Chris Teasdale (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:14 UTC

Is there a possibility USA will re enter IT airspace??


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

Prediction? An Englishman an American and a German go into bar in Burgas


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

Troll they will one day, so will you thats how it works LIFE!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

....in Bulgaria. Their balloons are being held to ransom by local Mafia


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

This is addictive! Go GBR3.


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

A very sad fin indeed


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:15 UTC

How many messages had we had before our first bad one?


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:16 UTC

Chris thats what I was trying to ask


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 18:17 UTC

US heading for the Aegean at the moment


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:20 UTC

So - why is TROLLPATROL on here ? Be nice to him- he'll settle down


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:21 UTC

What I mean is TROLLPATROL is trying to wind you all up


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:24 UTC

Yes, of course he is, so ignore him then!


Brian Johnson (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:24 UTC

If N winds put GB3 on S course they may well win. USA may hit IT in dark


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:24 UTC

USA 2 now 90' GBR 3 75' so back to only 15' difference


Vesa Lensu (Finland) 2010/09/28 - 18:25 UTC

US can fly 90 degrees to Varna and win this race. Only speed problems.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:25 UTC

Not me I'a stoic thick skinned idiot...stiff upper lip and all that


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:25 UTC

Guys first time I've watched this Race its
pure excitement...


John Baker (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:27 UTC

trolls are described as being strong, but slow and dim-witted...


zoe clarke (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:27 UTC

GBr3 keep up the good work


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:27 UTC

Rich, I got hooked last year, unfortunately, once hooked.......


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:29 UTC

If only we had Google Basket View! Go GBR3. With you in spirit!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/28 - 18:29 UTC

must leave this forum, a number of idiots gave attention to worse one


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:32 UTC

with the previous wind everything is possible...Ilove that


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:32 UTC

I've been interested ever since they flew over my house
Just Great..


Giovanni Aimo (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 18:34 UTC

It seems that the Jap team has still the tracker on.


Giovanni Aimo (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 18:36 UTC

Jap team is arriving in Mondovì, Italy for a rest at the Park Hotel.


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:38 UTC

The button on the Tracker was made too big for their fingers! lol!


Andy Fell (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:40 UTC

Keep it up GBR3!! What a race!!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:45 UTC

USA 2 @ 121' now - that's nearly SE! .


DONALD EAVES (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:45 UTC

Liu Jing? idiots? I think not. Come on David.


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 18:46 UTC

Supper ordered and on the way - Chinese takeaway again!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:47 UTC

Hi Liu Jing - don't leave - this is a free world site.


donatella ricci (Italy) 2010/09/28 - 18:47 UTC

@aimo: say hello to Saburo! great race!


Matt (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:47 UTC

Can I get a booking code for this website for my work timesheet?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 18:48 UTC

Hi Giovanni. Stefan confirms Japanese team location! See you in December


Matt Plunkett (Channel Islands) 2010/09/28 - 18:48 UTC

Been hooked since talking to the Swiss team as they went past Jersey!!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:49 UTC

Oxygene Mask's soon then...
No seroiusly how high can they go?


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:49 UTC

LOL @Matt


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:53 UTC

USA 2 now at 125 ' - getting even nearer to SE. GBR 3 60'


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:53 UTC

USA : what is Abbruzezo's strategy? Trying to go to Kreta?...


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:54 UTC

David and Simon over dry land again. God speed tonight.


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:54 UTC

GER to far north.Between us and USA.USA on a better heading


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:55 UTC

LIU JING stay , I'm one of the idiots just trying to fill in the hours.


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:55 UTC

oxygen is required over 12000 for more then 30 min by at least one pilot


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:56 UTC

@ Marc - I agree . If USA 2 look like they will cross SWI 2 -??


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:56 UTC

they can fly up to but not over 17999 feet


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 18:58 UTC

@Matt I dare you to log 8 hours on your time sheet under GB2010-Various


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:59 UTC

Ok Thanks for that Nolan


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 18:59 UTC

Should USA try to move to the east, to avoid IT airspace?


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 18:59 UTC

Chipflyer - I like your style, wish I'd thought of that!


Peter Blaser (Switzerland) 2010/09/28 - 19:01 UTC

Congratulations to Kurt and Pascal, just great! hello to Japanese


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:05 UTC

The Japanese will lead us to their secret bunker before long ......


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:05 UTC

So sorry Colin Butter. Make sure you SHOUT out loud for GBR3.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:08 UTC

To John B: Do u think they will get within 5 nm of IT again?


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:09 UTC

Wish I could fit one of the trackers to my husband! LOL


Dave Johnson (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:10 UTC

what do reckon Marshall


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:10 UTC

MARFY!! lol


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:11 UTC

USA 2 now @ 138 ' - well - that really is SE. GBR 3 60'


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 19:11 UTC

If I were USA3, I would get a little East and then down into the S wind.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 19:12 UTC

@Marfy buy him an Android phone and you can!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:12 UTC

Now why would u want to that??


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:15 UTC

@ Marfy - for a fee I am sure it can be arranged !


Polly Fraser (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 19:17 UTC

Have ONLY just found the team blog - a really good read.


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:17 UTC

Anyone know why French landed? ITALIAN airspace or other reason?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:17 UTC

Garry, I hope they dont, it would ruin the excitement.


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:17 UTC

@Chipflyer-thks been thinking all day which project I can book 8 hrs to!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:19 UTC

Team blogs are good yes. But 'Aegean' is Adriatic.


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:19 UTC

FR ran out of sand


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:19 UTC

Never heard of this race before, but been hooked since Sunday.


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 19:19 UTC

Looks like USA2 have picked up the Venice-Patra ferry.
Greece it is!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:20 UTC

US2 ARE to cross SWI2 track - but need to avoid Gargano Peninsula


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:20 UTC

Kevin it is all about timing and balast


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 19:20 UTC

Anyone understand the US track? No actuals or f'casts have any S in them


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/28 - 19:20 UTC

Pilots of GER 2 got nicked in Bosnia - according to ballon.org


John Churchill (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:21 UTC

@ Chipflyer.

French ran out of sand just after 9 am this morning.


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:21 UTC

@ Jon, Its unusual for me to underbook time spent ;-)


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:21 UTC

what happens if USA enter italian airspace at night


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:22 UTC

On the path usa is on they will mis it by over 10 miles


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:22 UTC

GBR3 to move into 3rd place very soon.....


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:22 UTC

@ Bob & @ John Thanks for French explanation


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:23 UTC

Oh yes- Gargano Penin + Tremiti Islands as well.Look @ magnified +


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:24 UTC

USA is riding a south to get room to get the lead North is no good


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:26 UTC

@ chipflyer, think the French tried to get sand of the beach:-)


Pete Bee (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:26 UTC

I'm totally new to this competition but am hooked! Good luck team GB!!!!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:28 UTC

@ Nolan - Tremiti Islands AND Isola Pianosa - ?? both Italian ATZ


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:30 UTC

Can anybody clever set up Fantasy Gordon Bennett 2011
for us hangers on


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:30 UTC

yes they will be on the money and be safe I am sure


Chris Teasdale (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:31 UTC

@ Richard. That is a quality idea!


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:31 UTC

The 'live-tracking' site will help Y11 envisage a creative writing task.


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:31 UTC

@Bob & Chipflyer-not much of a beach though where they passed the coast!


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:31 UTC

@ Bob!! frogs respect rules too!!!lol


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:32 UTC

To Rolo, re USA trk, "real world experience" trumps actuals and forecast


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:32 UTC

for thos hocked next week is Americas chalange from AIBF


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:32 UTC

@Nolan USA 2 now 140' - could Isola Pianosa catch them out ?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:32 UTC

@Richard - I second that


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:36 UTC

If I read the wind right they will jump up and head east soon


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:36 UTC

If I read the wind right they will jump up and head east soon


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:37 UTC

Fantasy GB2011 © and patent held by me. May swap
for balloon ride...


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:37 UTC

they are right below some fast winds to the east


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:38 UTC

I *suspect* that can take left anytime - fighting hard for right


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 19:38 UTC

@Garry sure, but what? If the Greece low is forming then Easterlies!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:39 UTC

Once I finish HotAir Sim, will work on Gas-ready fr next GB is good goal


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:40 UTC

@Nolan - I hope you are right . So much S does seem odd


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:41 UTC

definitely need interactive GB Sim next year or before


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:42 UTC

Up for L for IT airspace, down for S, E to NE Greece-piece of cake! :^)


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:42 UTC

to get south gives them opertunity to be south of swi2


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:42 UTC

BUT the South leads to Albania,Macedonia & Greece - all good !


Sam 2010/09/28 - 19:42 UTC

i think this race will finish by tomoz
so come on uk


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:43 UTC

A course roughly parallel to IT is about most direct dir away from Brist


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:44 UTC

USA 2 now 151' @ 6,600 and 6 kts Oh dear ! Look at magnified map


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:46 UTC

only small area north of swi2 to win as well


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:46 UTC

qqu'un sait ou trouver des infos meteo altitude pour europe des l'est?


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:47 UTC

Ukrain is out of bounds


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 19:47 UTC

Brindisi METARs now reporting ENE actuals


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:47 UTC

NO - I think it is OK for USA 2 to miss Isola Pianosa but v. S


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 19:47 UTC

USA might attempt to land on Italian land in the morning at this speed ?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:47 UTC

@ Sam - you don't appear to be at your desk ?


Sam 2010/09/28 - 19:49 UTC

@jon bristol- what do you mean dont appear to be at my desk??!!


Vanessa Manley (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:50 UTC

Thank you for this website, and the race, we love it


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 19:50 UTC

or they might try to reach the SWI track and go up, depending on sand


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:51 UTC

USA 2 - that's a very cool manouevre!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:51 UTC

Knowing the 2 pilots they will do everything they can


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:52 UTC

they would have landed if they were minamal on making land again


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:54 UTC

@Sam - ok wrong Sam .... sorry ....


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 19:54 UTC

@guicherd http://tinyurl.com/24854ll


Sam 2010/09/28 - 19:54 UTC

Whens the next gordon bennet?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:55 UTC

That's better - USA 2 now 125' but only 3 kts.


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:55 UTC

Ludovic, consulte le site: http://ready.arl.noaa.gov/READYcmet.php


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 19:55 UTC

next year around this time and if right from France


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/28 - 19:55 UTC

sam...same time next year


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 19:56 UTC

Should start weekend nearest full moon in Sept 2011


Sam 2010/09/28 - 19:57 UTC

Thanks :)


Gouinguené (France) 2010/09/28 - 19:58 UTC

Right GB 2011 start from France


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:00 UTC

55th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, Barcelonenette, France, 9 - 17


Sam 2010/09/28 - 20:00 UTC

Its going to be a long night for USA2


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:01 UTC

Hi Ian Jacobs & John Coleman,hope you are both well.Great stuff this!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:02 UTC

what fun to be chace crew


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:04 UTC

Thanks to all the people in Bristol (GB) HQ for updating everything.


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/28 - 20:05 UTC

Control room team are having some food - always takeaways !


Poa Ekeblad (Sweden) 2010/09/28 - 20:06 UTC

Winds fcst turning right late night & morning, but will it be enough...?


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:06 UTC

Straighten up now USA 2 or you'll be in IT air space


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:06 UTC

Very fascinating! Is the curved line in SE portion a boundary?


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:06 UTC

ah old boys corner evening all long time no speak


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:06 UTC

You'll get porky!


Chris Teasdale (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:07 UTC

US @ 1Kt & 141 deg!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:07 UTC

to all @ mission control, how was the chinese?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:07 UTC

Curved line is Swiss distance, dist to beat.


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:11 UTC

one thing will make the difference from now : the sand...


LAURENT (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:11 UTC

USA - not comfortable to stay near 0kt on sea... Courage.


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:11 UTC

GER is getting away @ 15:00 there was only 17kms between them


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:13 UTC

Hi John A - I always did talk too much ! Last time you were :


Trevor (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:14 UTC

USA are almost stationary, is there a Macdonalds flythough there ?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:14 UTC

@John Albury : flying a Fire Extinguisher


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:14 UTC

merci michel.prendrai l temp.pa de chance pour eu.pa
d nord en vu


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:16 UTC

Any chance of an overlay showing competition area limits? Be a big help.


christopher south (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:17 UTC

USA2 aprx 25 miles off IT shore if this is a gamble its a brave one


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:18 UTC

... little precision : i'm one of these guys who built the PPSE


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 20:18 UTC

Steve it is easy: Ukraine and Turkey are forbidden :)


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:19 UTC

Re: comp area, pretty much down to no ukraine, no turkey, no water.


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 20:20 UTC

your update 1915UTC is wrong. Its GER1 not GER3


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:20 UTC

Hi Ian,fire extinguisher now empty!Now doing a few rides in Cameron 315!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:23 UTC

Hang on just checked the results, FRA2 seem to still be moving


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:24 UTC

David and Simon can probably see the lights of Sarajevo


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 20:25 UTC

Good morning all from Australia.
2687 Guests online-fantastic well done


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 20:25 UTC

No chance of an overlay.


paul stephen haywood (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:25 UTC

hi Piers &team fantastic site you are all doing a great job


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:25 UTC

not talking to me then mr A


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 20:26 UTC

Thanks for your kind words!


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:27 UTC

great job peirs hope ur well


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:28 UTC

TY! USA team headed for Athina after McDonald's R&R? :)


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:29 UTC

it seems really difficult to make best than SWI 2


Roland (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:32 UTC

Sleep calls. Good luck all for tonight. Superb & exciting race! Thanks


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:33 UTC

Kinsey, "whisper" don't shout you'll frieghten every body. Jenks


kevin mead (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:33 UTC

hello john albury, kevin here,staying with the great harry mead.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 20:33 UTC

@SteveBH -and not within 5NM of IT at night
Could be difficult for USA.


stephen kinsey (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:36 UTC

oh ok sry forgot its night time or you still got a bad head from sunday


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:36 UTC

Thanks Piers and team for such great coverage.


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:37 UTC

So we've outflown the french atlast, congrats GB, keep it up!


roland kordes (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 20:38 UTC

ger1,östlich der e 95 b.cherkassy kann man(ihr) gut landen!!>2400km.


Jim (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:40 UTC

A safe journey to all who remain flying- be careful!


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 20:40 UTC

Moldova here they come "Blatzy all round!"


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:41 UTC

@ Thomas Outflown but doesnt count till GB land - could get blown back!


johnatan (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:41 UTC

C'mon winds! give GBR3 a 35knot wind in a 110 degree bearing!


roland kordes (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 20:42 UTC

sorry,ukraine is out of competition area.think about new target.


Andrew Evans (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:43 UTC

Posted some launch photos on Flickr - search under CPL1 -brilliant race!


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/28 - 20:43 UTC

USA2 how far from Pianosa Isola?


Julian Rosenthal (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:44 UTC

Only a tiny area 'in play' to aim for, to the SE. USA going towards it!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:44 UTC

Landing in Moldava will not win. OK maybe tech poss, but vry hi risk!


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:45 UTC

@chipflyer, I know, but is unlikely to put them behind again.


roland kordes (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 20:47 UTC

lets look : www.ballon.org


Trevor (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:47 UTC

Landing almost out of Odessa might just beat the Swiss - good luck guys


Bart Van Muylem (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 20:47 UTC

Magnificent race!
Greetings to Monique at the CC.Give her a big hug ;-)


Paul Carey (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:48 UTC

Well done to everybody but good luck to GBR3.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:49 UTC

thnx all, btw was GBR3 last balloon to take off? be cool if last to land


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 20:49 UTC

GB3 now need to ave >77 deg true win, 1 deg worse than 2hrs ago.


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 20:49 UTC

Excellent #gb2010 article by Paul Dopson http://bit.ly/an2bdl (Twitter)


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:50 UTC

Isn't Odessa in Ukraine?


Bart Van Muylem (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 20:50 UTC

@ everybody at Control Center: you're doing a great job!
Superb updates


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 20:51 UTC

Good Morning from Australia. Odessa is in Ukraine.


stuart lawson (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:53 UTC

@ A Evans thanks for the pictures - great to see the build up


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:54 UTC

GBR3 could fly to the edge of the map N of SWI2,throw the map away&Land


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:57 UTC

What to bet they've got Murighiol plugged into their GPS?


Trevor (England) 2010/09/28 - 20:57 UTC

My mistake over Odessa, GBR will settle for Tiraspol in Moldova


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 20:59 UTC

Why not Palanca?


ben (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:00 UTC

yes odessa is in ukraine


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:00 UTC

The clouds will bring heavy rain! Be careful Richard!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:02 UTC

Maldova only has a sliver of a chance to win


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 21:03 UTC

Moldova my home country - come to me my pilots including branson one!


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:05 UTC

USA2 - 1knot. Oh oh.


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:06 UTC

Is there a kml/kmz feed?


Mary Cleaves (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:06 UTC

Bristol is very proud of you GBR3. Well done to all involved, thank you!


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:06 UTC

USA has no tactic. After 68 hours they have not many sand!


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:07 UTC

They have not enough time to beat sui2 and no wind!


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:08 UTC

USA2 - at least they are in a busy shipping lane if the worst happens...


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:10 UTC

@Sarah Julenski - is your invite for current airborne pilots only?


Trevor (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:11 UTC

If the 3 can keep aloft tonight it should be a great finish tomorrow


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:13 UTC

Do I have to go to work tomorrow I am wondering?


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:14 UTC

if GBR3 can keep their current track - Burgas and beat the swiss?


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:14 UTC

GBR3 HEAVY. Last chance and yet 1st chance. Good Luck! x


Julian Rosenthal (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:14 UTC

Heavy rain clouds will decide it.....probably! Go GBR3!!


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 21:15 UTC

USD has enough sand to win this go USA


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 21:15 UTC

The enormity of wht thyr doing was drvn home by looking at night/day map


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 21:15 UTC

Moldova - 7 blatzys for all you people out there! yitcura! cheerslots!


johnatan (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:20 UTC

officially addicted to watching flags on a map. Good luck last 3 teams


Bruno Degrelle (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:21 UTC

GBR3 needs to run + 700KMS to beat the SW1 2
18kt = 21hrs.and sand for


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:21 UTC

@Sarah, we are driving to Moldavia as chasecrew GER1 will maybe come!


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:22 UTC

we are tracked by www.aprs.fi callsign: dc2eh-9


Sarah Julenski (Moldova) 2010/09/28 - 21:22 UTC

woman in yellow leave room was branson pilot wife? yatfura! sarah sad!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:23 UTC

Good night all, safe flying to the balloonists, back l8r.


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:23 UTC

Any chance of having distance in same unit as speed?


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:23 UTC

Pleased Colin Butter got his time on local news. Now support GB3.


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:24 UTC

@Sebastian-Abruzzo has no tactic?I dont'belive it...


Richard Hands (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:24 UTC

Going to bed now, go for it GB3, see you in the morning, at the finish!


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:25 UTC

Time for bed for me, will catch early am. Soft landings if req'd for all


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:26 UTC

website of GER1: www.ballon.org
balloontrack: dc2eh-11 on www.aprs.fi


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:27 UTC

@Thomas wolframalpha.com, you can give it km and knots and it'll convert


ben (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:27 UTC

abruzzo and davis do have a tactic


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:28 UTC

the speed used is knots in aveation and at see, not a distance


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:28 UTC

@guicherd: bad wheather at adria, no wind after 65 hours an no more wind


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:28 UTC

Ils sont dans la m.... c'est tout...


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:28 UTC

to win the race! I see no tactic if iam wrong best for richard, good luc


Big Al (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:30 UTC

Ger chances of win are over. Too far Nth


Patsy Buchwald (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:30 UTC

USA2 Colorado is standing and cheering for you. Bring it home!!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:30 UTC

USA going South has more options to win then north


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 21:31 UTC

Perhaps something is lost in translation - tactic vs. opportunity?


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:31 UTC

I hope the staff have a solution to help USA2...


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:31 UTC

Abruzzo probably tried to go to Greece but I doubt he'll get there


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:33 UTC

More right will come out through the nigh


Lawrence (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:33 UTC

My money is on twixt Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for GBR


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:33 UTC

Weather is ok for GBR3 tomorrow Wind WNW 10kt 20% risk showers.


Pete Harris (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:33 UTC

yitcura! cheerslots! What does that mean? Good luck all (GBR3!! ;-)


Sebastian Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:34 UTC

but GER can go for second!!


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:35 UTC

Sorry for mistake..thanks garry for your mediation;)


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:35 UTC

This is addictive, but off to bed now. Hope all 3 in the air Wednesday!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 21:36 UTC

No problem - just being Canadian...almost as neutral as the Swiss!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:36 UTC

Ger1 need to slow down to benefit from tomorrows wind or 3rd is best pos


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:36 UTC

Good Luck all 3 of u c u in the Morning


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:37 UTC

USA in trouble? Dropped 600ft from last report.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/28 - 21:37 UTC

@Thomas 1 knot=1.852 kms per hr.
+Calculator nr computer-old way ;-)


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:39 UTC

Hi Wendy nice to see you again here :) Btw, Abruzzo stopped!!!


renee macnutt (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:39 UTC

@ Terry, I am concerned for US as well.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:39 UTC

Even worse. Dropped another 300ft and now 0kt. Man the lifeboats?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 21:39 UTC

@Thomas double km to get nm (near enough for me)


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:41 UTC

Eeeeeeek!!!! 0kt??


Katy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:41 UTC

So sorry Colin that you're having to track the race from home. AGONY! x


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:42 UTC

GBR3 just need a whiff of a northerly wind to get them south of Swi trac


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:43 UTC

he needs to stay at his altitude,low winds go SW into the forbidden zone


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/28 - 21:44 UTC

Apologies if your tracks disappear - recoding a live site always tricky.


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:44 UTC

need to go to bed but this is too exiting!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:44 UTC

its a balloon it can do 0kt


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:45 UTC

are Richard and Carol good swimmers? I hope...


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:45 UTC

USA is going 0kts?!

The wind must be absolutely dead!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 21:45 UTC

No apologies required! Super job Piers and Team!!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:46 UTC

Renee: Yes not good they were on a good line hope they don't ditch


Matt Bourne-Jones (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:47 UTC

Just an observation-is usa2 within 5 NM of pianosa and therefore disqual


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:47 UTC

@Piers Glydon (Webmaster) - No worries, great job on the site


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:47 UTC

I wonder if they could actually do what is suggested in the news section


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:47 UTC

I know the difference between knts and km, just being lazy!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:48 UTC

[...] by that I mean taking the slow path towards Albania.


John Albury (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:48 UTC

Hi Mr Kinsey & Kev.Hope you both ok.Want to keep watching ths epic story


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:48 UTC

@Thomas: www.wolframalpha.com converts it for you automatically :)


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 21:49 UTC

what is the finish time?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:49 UTC

Does anyone agree that USA2 are dragging? but why? stronger N in the AM?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:50 UTC

Yes I am Ok, thanks and you? It is awesome, but bed calls for me!


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:50 UTC

What's happened to the USA No Wind?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 21:51 UTC

Rich, check the article: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/2745


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 21:52 UTC

Finish Time: Practically, ~ 90 hrs after TO, Rules, smtm Sat for Protest


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:53 UTC

Thanks Kevin useful info


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 21:54 UTC

USA dips lower for tiny breeze?


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 21:54 UTC

USA - Some time tomorrow morning they'll call in the Rescue teams?


paul stephen haywood (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:54 UTC

hello mr albury is it not your bedtime yet as you old uns need your slee


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 21:56 UTC

Dont rule out GER, chance of pure N winds sometime tomorrow.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:57 UTC

Garry: Where did you get that is it new ? In 1994 Germany won in 92:11


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:57 UTC

Absolutely fascinated!! Hello from Bristol UK


George Bladon (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:58 UTC

Launch pix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon/sets/72157624923663055


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 21:58 UTC

First time ive ever heard of this event and im totally addicted! EPIC


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 21:58 UTC

Distance to Mainland Italy is 50 km, some small tiny islands at 25 km


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:00 UTC

@Rolo: If theres nth winds my mny on GBR to make crete.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:00 UTC

USA 2kt 2,600ft heading back to Italy (290d)


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:00 UTC

@ ryan, me too - started in my back garden nearly, fantastic comp!!


John Armstrong (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:01 UTC

GB3 for Constantia needs average >079 for 436NM @ 13kts=33+hrs


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:01 UTC

Just checked rules,found no time limit, only results come 24h after end.


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:01 UTC

question.. is there a chance we can win??


Emma Ducker (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:01 UTC

Surely USA 2 have broken the 5 nautical mile rule?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:02 UTC

Greetings to the about 2000 people who just watch the race here :)!


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:03 UTC

@Andy tell me about it! im blowing up crisp packets here!!!


paul stephen haywood (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:03 UTC

@Ryan you bet we have a chance


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:05 UTC

@Ryan,@Paul: If Dave manages to fly into Bulgaria, he could make it!


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:05 UTC

Greetings to you, Kevin, from Ohio! :) Thanks for link.


Christine Camplin (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:05 UTC

I wonder where SWI2's retrieve are now . . . .


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:05 UTC

@ Ryan and Paul - fingers crossed! Keep blowing up the crisp packets


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:05 UTC

@andy. just realised you ment they left near you!!not trying to join'em!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 22:06 UTC

Re: ~90 vs 92:11 - ~(about) 90 from feeble mem. How many have done 90+?


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:06 UTC

Have just read the SwI2 team site using MS auto translate - Fun :)


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:06 UTC

Greetingy from Lower Saxony, Ginny, you are welcome ;)!


stuart lawson (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:07 UTC

This is better than a 5 day test, and no match fixing


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:07 UTC

@ Kevin - yes, but it is so tight to hit the target in Bulgaria


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:07 UTC

USA forgot their pizza?


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:08 UTC

Are USA2 going back to the tiny island?!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:08 UTC

Garry, news says they are aloft for 68hrs,he needs 30 more to Albania=98


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:08 UTC

lol @ stuart


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:08 UTC

lol @ stuart


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:10 UTC

@ Ryan, yes I'm near lift off site. Never knew about this before


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:10 UTC

@stuart. "no fixing"......Germans havnt finished yet!!!


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:10 UTC

Go GBR3. Avge 20kts in right direction you'll celebrating with 4o/c tea


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:10 UTC

DHA on a good track, can he make the distance of Swiss team?


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:11 UTC

I really wonder if USA2 can pull the stunt off to go to Greece!


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:11 UTC

Isn't it past your bedtime Elaine?!


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:11 UTC

hi there all,this is great,is there any countries they cant go and why?


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 22:11 UTC

They are now 6.3 miles from Isola Pianosa, which is Italian territory


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:12 UTC

would be interesting to know what temperatures they are experiencing


Tom (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:12 UTC

Ooh and have you heard from Ann since she landed?


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:12 UTC

FRA2 est landed donc plus de français qui Shout? C'est pas bon joueur ça


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 22:12 UTC

@Kevin: No argumnt-I merely answrd a quest about when they might finish


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:12 UTC

Garry: That's the longest winning time no idea how many flew longer.


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:13 UTC

Hi Elaine! Here's hoping GBR3 can track a bit further south...


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:13 UTC

Garry: not saying there isn't a rule but not in the rules I have read


stuart lawson (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:14 UTC

@Ryan - so for the next 40 years we say the ballon didn't cross the line


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:14 UTC

My refresh button may be running out


Andy Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:14 UTC

GER1 carrying good speed ...


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:14 UTC

OF COURSE WE CAN WIN!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/28 - 22:14 UTC

Oh sorry Garry, thanks for clearing that up! :)


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:15 UTC

@Alan - it's in the left hand bar under Competition area Go GBR3!


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:17 UTC

USA has peculiar trajectory now?


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:18 UTC

The abrupt turn by USA: wind or operator decision?


Dave Johnson (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:19 UTC

come on DHA just sit and wait,you can do it.all 3 teams great effort


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:19 UTC

@Ginny. they left a pizza behind!


Lawrence (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:20 UTC

My money is still on between Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for GBR.


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:20 UTC

Dont the American Navy keep a submarine in the Adriatic ;) ?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 22:21 UTC

World Record:AA-06 (Gas balloons: 1200 to 1600 m³) Duration : 89 h 20 m


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:22 UTC

thankyou maureen,did swi2 put it down then?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 22:22 UTC

WR: AA-05 (Gas balloons: 900 to 1 200 m³) Duration : 61h 30mn


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:22 UTC

nice blog on gb3 website sounds like quiet confidence..


Alan Noble (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:23 UTC

GBR3 - not bad for a new design of balloon. Safe landing wherever. Alan


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:23 UTC

USA isn't a baloon, it's a yo-yo.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/28 - 22:23 UTC

WR: AA-07 (Gas balloons: 1 600 to 2 200 m³) Duration : 92h 11mn


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:23 UTC

@David.. got a link?


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:23 UTC

cant believe they cant go where they like,would make a better race


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:24 UTC

*face palm* Of course, the pizza! TY Ryan. Most helpful.


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:24 UTC

balloons go with the wind operator can do nothing but find it


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:24 UTC

USA problem? - much lower now - cold night for a swim


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:25 UTC

http://www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/latest-blog-entries


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:25 UTC

keep flying the curve GB3. Only! 600 km more to win


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:26 UTC

http://www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/latest-blog-entries


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 22:26 UTC

USA wants to investigate the truth about Catch22 on Isola Pianosa


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:27 UTC

Nigel: Rule of thumb -3 Degrees C per 1000ft upto 36,000ft (simplified)


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:28 UTC

Thank you Nolan.


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:29 UTC

Thanks Terry


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:30 UTC

@ Alan-yes any further and they would have been disqualified -see Rules


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:31 UTC

Come on USA, don't go back to Italy!


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:32 UTC

cheers David


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:32 UTC

they should be allowed to fly anywhere the wind takes them


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:32 UTC

http://www.accuweather.com/en-us/ro/bucuresti/bucharest/hourly24.aspx


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:33 UTC

do we know how sand swi2 had left when they put down then


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:33 UTC

USA heading west @4kts - should make dry land. Good Luck.


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/28 - 22:34 UTC

I think USA2 is in a difficult situation. No wind, and stuck at sea.


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:34 UTC

heavy rain NW surface winds 10kts t14 6% th storm risk more pm


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:37 UTC

Alan: on a serious note, look up what happened in 1995.


Sky Oakes-Nash (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:37 UTC

first year I have heard about this fascinating event -very interested


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:37 UTC

Any idea where GER1 may land, and when?


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/28 - 22:40 UTC

25hrs for GBR3 to exceed SWI2 in distance @ current groundspeed & hdg


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:43 UTC

just read about 95,good idea to put down,sad that happened RIP


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:45 UTC

ferry ger1 going faster further east but gb needs north


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:46 UTC

@Alan.. Just read also. Bloody Hell thats awful


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:47 UTC

local weather reports more optimistic sfc 280 5-10kts broken cloud


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 22:47 UTC

Ger1 has find a strong stable wind. I thing it can be Teraspol (Moldova)


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:48 UTC

David: don't like your weather site it only can forecast storms not rain


Big Al (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:49 UTC

Ger1 are fast but heading for Ukraine. No threat to Swi.


chris hicks (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:49 UTC

Have really enjoyed this event, congratulations to all concerned


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 22:49 UTC

USA2 looks like in trouble?!


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:50 UTC

Try http://en.allmetsat.com/metar-taf/slovenia-croatia-bosnia-montenegro


tom rutherford (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:50 UTC

Richard,Carol AAAA meeting tonite.U'll feel the good vibes.We r so proud


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 22:51 UTC

Hi Revaz, Cornelis van Helden here, how are you?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:52 UTC

.php?icao=LYBE it has a better provinence I think.


Vanessa Manley (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:54 UTC

Have to go to bed. Hope it's still going in the morning!


Bob (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:54 UTC

GBR3 needs to go south, or its game over


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:54 UTC

Terry TAFs and METARS always seem a bit pessimistic!


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:54 UTC

It looks like GB needs another 590 kms. I calculate Bucharest


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:55 UTC

Sorry. Ignore that!!


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:56 UTC

How close to Italian coast can team USA be without violation?


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:57 UTC

@Ginny.. 5km i think


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:57 UTC

I think this is quite good http://www.wunderground.com/


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:57 UTC

Ginny 5 nm


Nigel Webb (France) 2010/09/28 - 22:57 UTC

getting tired, going to bed, good luck all and keep safe


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 22:58 UTC

TY David & Ryan


ryan (England) 2010/09/28 - 22:59 UTC

What david said!! i knew it had a 5 in it!


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:00 UTC

Germans have the speed but I'm hoping GB3 has the right track.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/28 - 23:03 UTC

@David "pessimistic" actuals, are you an optimist? ;-)


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:03 UTC

too addictive but bedtime beckons. Safe landings to all 3 teams.


David Partridge (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:03 UTC

Thanks Piers as always night all


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:04 UTC

GER1 groundcrew webcam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McFj_vq3cwk


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:07 UTC

You're all doing very well !


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:08 UTC

Tom Hild., No, but it is yours! :-)
Hi Andy, here's hoping too! xx


Robert Hardy-McBride (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:08 UTC

Thank you Gordon


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:09 UTC

I cannot and must not stay up until silly o'clock tonight! Good Luck GB!


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:09 UTC

nice one Chipflyer :-)


Fanny (France) 2010/09/28 - 23:09 UTC

Thankyou Piers et al. Safe onward flight teams. Night all!


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 23:09 UTC

Hi Cornelis! Good. Going to cross the Black Sea this winter.
bsbrun.com


Revaz Uturgauri (Georgia) 2010/09/28 - 23:11 UTC

Hi, Cornelis! Happy to meet you! I'm good. Operating in Georgia.


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:13 UTC

I say are those American chap's in a spot of bother ??


Richard (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:13 UTC

I know they can't land there but are they allowed to fly over Turkey?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:14 UTC

I am predicting GER for Constanta, GBR for Tsarova and USA for Venice?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:15 UTC

Night all Safe flying and Good job Bristol2010.


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:15 UTC

USA2 are attention seeking!


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:15 UTC

Maybe, but not allowed to land in Russia or Ukraine so nowhere to go


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:15 UTC

Goodnight to the late shift at the Contol Centre, and safe landing teams


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:16 UTC

USA2 is like Planes, Trains & Automobiles...You're going the wrong way!


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:16 UTC

I do hope not ! I've got a wager of a bottle of champers on them to win


mark (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:17 UTC

Good Luck all teams! GBR3 "No surrender!"


Richard (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:18 UTC

@Marfy I know no ones going to get that far but I was thinking Cyprus


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:19 UTC

As I recall from pilot briefing.Turkey is no fly (correct me if wrong)


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/28 - 23:20 UTC

My best wishes to the three brave teams still flying !


Marfy (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:20 UTC

@ Richard Oh I see, that would be exciting! But I need to go to bed soon


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:22 UTC

clever tactics by USA


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:24 UTC

Right chaps Im off to bed. Hope USA are clever tactics. Good Flying TTFN


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:26 UTC

Night..


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:29 UTC

Will NOT take laptop to bed-see you in the morning.God speed all fliers


stuart lawson (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:30 UTC

Thank you all for the informative evening - good night


stuart lawson (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:32 UTC

Just one more refresh in 5 mins


Bill Izard (New Zealand) 2010/09/28 - 23:33 UTC

Is USA2 looking for Starbucks?


The Aerostati (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:35 UTC

Guessing GER1 in Moldova, GBR3 in Bulgaria, & USA2 in the Adriatic Sea.


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:36 UTC

Perhaps, Bill. But I think tiramisu, most likely. :)


The Aerostati (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:37 UTC

Been accused of being overly pessimistic however


Bob Sanders (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:44 UTC

Looks like USA are going back for the pizza!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/28 - 23:56 UTC

think usa waiting for daylight for one last push


Sheryl (England) 2010/09/28 - 23:56 UTC

I however will be taking the laptop to bed - again! Safe night GBR3 x


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:00 UTC

i think swi2 have won it,unless every1 can head south,but all winds ne


ryan (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:02 UTC

Sheryl you filthy girl!!!


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:05 UTC

@alan stunning analysis! It's a race for 2,3,4


Alan buckland (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:07 UTC

come on GB3,u can do it,feel sorry for the US been stuck there for ages


Matthew Bethel (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:09 UTC

Get in there... we are the winners!!! GBR3 that is. In the bag!


Tim Baggett (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:10 UTC

USA2 may have a craving for hot pizza, but they are also patient!


Big Al (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:12 UTC

GBR3 are still in with a chance. Wind direction tomorrow in their favour


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:13 UTC

Hopefully, when pizza oven opens, it will cause a giant draft.


William Harding (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 00:16 UTC

GB3 Give us something to cheer about push on we are proud of you...


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 00:18 UTC

Towards Athina, Greece, Ginny! Go Carol and Richard.


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:21 UTC

That is what I was hoping for, until they turned, Ruth!


Big Al (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:27 UTC

Yikes, 1/3 of their height lost in that 15mins. Lifejackets on!


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:27 UTC

Is USA out of ballast.they could do with throwing something out to climb


matt (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:33 UTC

Hang in there USA!!!


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 00:34 UTC

@Big Al probably no height loss all these 9,800 appear to be a bug.


christopher south (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:41 UTC

Love you GBR3 but good luck and all my thoughts to USA.


mark revill (England) 2010/09/29 - 00:43 UTC

tell gb rovers and city both lost tonight, bristol needs cheering up


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 00:47 UTC

One message format reports altitude>3000m as 3000m/9800ft.Other doesn't.


Barbara Mason Van (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:47 UTC

Looks like USA2 picked up a little altitude. Go get 'em Carol & Richard!


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 00:55 UTC

Is there a time limit of 96hrs or can balloons go on past the 96hrs ?


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:57 UTC

about 100 is max for the gas to have lift


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 00:58 UTC

and balast must also last long enough too


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 00:59 UTC

ok thanks.. I thought race had 96hrs max time anyway ?


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:04 UTC

usa climing more


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 01:07 UTC

www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/blog-entry/tense-negotiations
Good laugh!


Patsy Buchwald (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:09 UTC

Here they come. Look behind you - Carol and Richard are on their way!!


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 01:13 UTC

no timelimit in GBR, 100hrs+ possible under good conditions


Stephanie Ruyle (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:33 UTC

Go Carol and Richard!
USA-2 is #1.


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:37 UTC

how high will they clim to catch a fast wind is the ?


Frank Wechter (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:39 UTC

Ballast is the fuel, no ballast no fly. 4 days and 2 Mtns. not much left


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:39 UTC

0kts at 7400 ft?

Go USA, keep on climbing!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:43 UTC

Sun rise will also give them lift


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 01:50 UTC

usa right direction just no speed


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 02:01 UTC

True mark of champions - humour under pressure. Go David & Clive GB team


Ben Cochran (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:08 UTC

How can Ger1 have 32kts @ 9800ft but GRB3 only 6 kts @ 9800


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:10 UTC

@ Ben Cochran, different locations, different wind speeds.


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:10 UTC

it all is were the weather paterns are going


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/29 - 02:12 UTC

I see USA is going back to IT get a Pizza


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:14 UTC

Now USA is going back to Bristol, for a kebab


Ben Cochran (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:20 UTC

seems like a huge speed difference for being that close to each other


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:22 UTC

Go USA! Wind's cranked up to 5kts!


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:23 UTC

I have seen 2 balloons go in defrent direction completly


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:23 UTC

they started sid by side


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:28 UTC

@Ben, could be the mountains?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 02:34 UTC

@Ben - They are over 200NM apart. Different weather fronts.


Chris Kennedy (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 02:35 UTC

GER1 might be fast but they are flying almost parallel to the grey line.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 02:50 UTC

USA tempted to stop for a Cornetto-thats the problem with women in crew!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 02:53 UTC

hey - only joking, :) they're all heroes up there! fantastic .


Patsy Buchwald (United States) 2010/09/29 - 02:55 UTC

Steve, Carol is an award winning pilot!!! Crew- really! That girl rocks!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 02:56 UTC

Best hope she dont spot Italian shoe shops tho, or that'll be it for USA


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 02:58 UTC

GBR3 - looks like getting 80 degrees- just a bit more for Constansa!Go!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:04 UTC

Patsy- ah thats women drivers, going round in circles confusing everyone


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:08 UTC

Last three aloft are all former winners. Anything can happen!


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:09 UTC

P.S. Carol is one of the best pilots out there -- male or female!


Patsy Buchwald (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:12 UTC

Steve, Steve, Steve!!!! LOL


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:14 UTC

Loving the tension. Hope I don't sleep through the finalé.


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:14 UTC

PPS: Willie Eimers holds GB duration record: 92 hrs., set in 1995!


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:15 UTC

I got the chance to crew for Carol for a few hot air races,


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:15 UTC

He may just be getting warmed up! (If they have ballast left, that is.)


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 03:15 UTC

Ladies-can we organise Steve BH a balloon flight?
& soft landing;-)


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:15 UTC

after her last win. She is truly great. Now I see it was an honor.


Dorothee Büsse (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 03:19 UTC

we hope everything will find a fine end (O:


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:20 UTC

soz, greatest respects to all involved, British humour - on a wind up!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:21 UTC

Hi Wendy... love ya xxx :)


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:22 UTC

oops, did I say 'wind up'? ... no pun intended lol.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:28 UTC

Anyone mind if I post a 'balloon' joke? - take a few posts tho @72 limit


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:28 UTC

USA is almost at 10,000 ft!

Good luck and go USA!


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:35 UTC

Still 5kts for USA team? Track looking like Etch-a-Sketch. Frustrating!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:35 UTC

ok, theres a family of balloons, mummy daddy & little son Tim..


Dorothee Büsse (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 03:36 UTC

is there a good wind-map online? ich can't find one sry


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:37 UTC

One night Tim balloon wants to sleep in bed with parents -dad refuses..


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:39 UTC

However later with mum & dad asleep - Tim trys to sneak in with them...


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:42 UTC

Zoom in, Richard is just placing his last initial in the route


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:42 UTC

..finds there is not enough room, so he gently lets some air out of mum.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:43 UTC

Reading the GBR blog earlier, sounds like they had to dump a lot of...


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:43 UTC

ballast off the coast of Italy. Hope they still have some left.


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 03:44 UTC

Dorothee:Try www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?
Then to Wind


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:44 UTC

@Phil. Yup. That's definitely an 'A'. :)


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:44 UTC

@Geoff is that in the news section? Or is there a continuous blog?


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:45 UTC

still no room, so he lets some air out of daddy balloon, its still tight


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:47 UTC

Tim balloon decides he much let some of his own air out too, it works!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:49 UTC

he climbs into mum & dads bed all nice & snug, & quickly falls to sleep.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:49 UTC

@Phil - It was in their team blog earlier.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:51 UTC

Next morning Daddy balloon is very angry with Tim for his defiance...


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:53 UTC

@Geoff ty, does USA2 have one?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:54 UTC

I don't think they do sadly.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:55 UTC

He shouts at Tim "Son I'm so angry, first of all you've let me down!"...


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:55 UTC

The team blogs are listed here http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/teams


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 03:56 UTC

I saw the other teams sites, That would have be great. ty


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 03:58 UTC

"You've let your mother down,worst of all Tim you let yourself down!" :)


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:01 UTC

Apologies for a bad joke.. I will now shut up. :) Good luck to everyone.


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:05 UTC

@Steve fun humor always good, 11pm here in the states, need the fun :)


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:11 UTC

Phil, hi to USA, trying to stay awake, 5.10am here - (its no joke! :) )


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:16 UTC

@Steve Good morning, how you have strong coffee


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:18 UTC

12:17 AM in Ohio. Fair winds & safety for 3 amazing teams. NightNight


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:18 UTC

@Phil, you wont believe this - I'm drinking tea & munching a RAW CARROT!


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:19 UTC

mad dogs & Englishmen eh?.. lol


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:21 UTC

haha, having dinner (it's a late night)


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:21 UTC

Keep going GBR3. Need some wind to push you South a little.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:24 UTC

Live Tracker, nothings moved 4 ages, is it a still image photo? lol


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:26 UTC

I've been updating a flipping still image for hours! & enjoying it!! lol


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:28 UTC

haha yes Steve, I compared it to watching a 3 day snail race


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:28 UTC

USA had a nice prediction. if they have the stamina could get interestin


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 04:29 UTC

Well done all 3 keep it up.


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:29 UTC

My father (in Oregon) is watching the shout, Liked the tea idea


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:32 UTC

ONE BIG SHOUT FOR GBR3, good luck, be safe, & I'm off to bed, nite all x


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:32 UTC

@Geoff, yea, wonder which one it will be? The Blue line?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:34 UTC

Night Steve


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:35 UTC

I think somewhere between blue and green would be ideal.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:36 UTC

@phil/dad,..cant beat a nice cup of tea & going to bed on a carrot! lol


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 04:37 UTC

Nite Steve. We'll all keep watch for you.
Tks for your company.


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 04:40 UTC

way hey, just checked & theyre on the move! lol - night Aus / US & All x


Nolan (United States) 2010/09/29 - 04:50 UTC

soft landing to all 3. good night


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:02 UTC

Wonder when command is waking up for an update, web cam offline


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:05 UTC

Been glued to the computer since launch. Now I have to drive to Europe


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:06 UTC

I'm going to miss the end!


Graham Hallett (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:07 UTC

Thanks to all in Control room-brilliant show. Safe flying to all left


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:10 UTC

Check out: http://www.meteoam.it/ IR animation shows no wind from N


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:13 UTC

Maybe localised swirl near Serbia, could blow GBR3 towards Bulgaria?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:15 UTC

ok, nite all, midnight here. Great job to the staff, crews, and pilots


Alison McCarthy (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:24 UTC

Good morning all, glad to see teams still in the air overnight well done


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:24 UTC

GO USA, b safe you 2, 130' to Patra and 652 km


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:34 UTC

GER1 so far N of SWI2, a win seems unlikely. GBR3 turn is still possible


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:35 UTC

good morning willi+ulli and all the people wich watch this great flight


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:36 UTC

GBR3 gone over 11000ft, must be searching for that Serbian swirl


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:37 UTC

hi phil, thats absolute possible for the USA-team, good luck!


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 05:39 UTC

Good morning England, Germany, China. Nite USA.
Still a great race!


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:39 UTC

USA 700km with 10 knts = about 37 ours, but may be... :-)


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:40 UTC

Thats what I am hoping for but ~30+ hrs away, break the fight time also?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:41 UTC

nite world, 1am here, good luck to all the pilots.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 05:42 UTC

Phil, what do you mean by "flight time"?


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 05:42 UTC

Good morning Revaz, exciting isn't it?


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:43 UTC

Willi is an old fox, Chinisau (LLUK) wind is from 290°, actual 0 knts


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 05:45 UTC

Old "fox" Eimers might go for the tiny chance in Moldavia, 2 km better


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:45 UTC

Willi will have to search for that last field in Moldova?


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:46 UTC

Garry - world record in duration is 92:11 hours they are at about 74 hrs


benoit Pelard (France) 2010/09/29 - 05:46 UTC

after a good night sleep in my warm bed...I wish i was still airbone


Ina van der Craats (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 05:46 UTC

I was wondering, the competition area stops with the borders of Moldova?


Ina van der Craats (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 05:48 UTC

When you draw a straight line from Bristol it wouldn't be enough to win?


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:48 UTC

@Ina: that's correct. http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map


Phil Brunson (United States) 2010/09/29 - 05:48 UTC

30+ hrs to patra = 104 + hours flight time, new record


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:49 UTC

now the USA have the direction will they make greece??


Deramecourt (France) 2010/09/29 - 05:49 UTC

yes hysplit forecast shows it is possible for USA, but tricky business !


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:50 UTC

@Ina: curvature of Earth means line would not be straight.


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 05:50 UTC

Thanks! I thot mayb you thot, as others have, that there's a time limit


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:51 UTC

I thought GBR3 was going to wait in Adriatic, USA may have chosen well!


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 05:52 UTC

Going to bed, up in 3 hrs, hopefully to watch GER landing. Good Night!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:53 UTC

good morning! Willi is still ok! Turbulence over mountains in night!


Dufour (France) 2010/09/29 - 05:53 UTC

"Fly me to the moon...!" What a breathtaking racing!


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/29 - 05:54 UTC

GBR3 need to find that wind going south not north


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 05:56 UTC

再见 (Good bye) Garry in Canada. You have been awake a long time.


Frans van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 05:56 UTC

For Tiny spot Moldavia willi have to chage his direction from 68 t 90!!


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:57 UTC

good to heare, benni, thanks - go willi+ulli, go to moldavia


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 05:57 UTC

Satellite zoom~11 fields and lot of water in Moldova-precision flying!


Dorothee Büsse (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 05:59 UTC

we hope everything will come to a fine end (O:


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:00 UTC

thats the profession from willi, fly in the altitude if gras... :-)


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/29 - 06:02 UTC

webcam back - various staff sleeping waiting to be awake for end of race


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/29 - 06:03 UTC

retrieve crew for USA emailed in - hello from Split Croatia! (from Rob)


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:03 UTC

GBR3 can't seem to catch northerly wind_ a little field in Moldova now?


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 06:08 UTC

GB2010 -can they fly OOB and back in without disqualification? Ukraine?


Vanessa Manley (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:08 UTC

Morning! Hooray they are still going!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:09 UTC

At last, GBR3 134 degrees at 7000ft. Is that the secret passage?


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 06:09 UTC

GBR3: 134 deg not bad...


Garry A Lockyer (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 06:12 UTC

Re: Out and In, don't *think* so. See notes on comp area page.


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 06:13 UTC

Next race - next week! America's Challenge at www.balloonfiesta.com!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:13 UTC

I believe that once you fly over an OOB area you are disqualified.


Kim Vesely (United States) 2010/09/29 - 06:14 UTC

Terrific job by all those still flying. Congrats @ be careful and safe!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:15 UTC

Will the America's challenge have hurdles: 'IT night ban' and 'UKR OOB'


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:17 UTC

Allo, allo good moaning from cent Fr. Glad to see 3 still going


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 06:19 UTC

GBR going down and to the right, hope they have enough sand.


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:22 UTC

and there seem to be mountains in front of GBR3 (terrain map) !!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:23 UTC

At least it's daybreak for the Brits. Challenges await.


William Wood (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:24 UTC

GB3 might sneak into the lead on that direction in Bulgaria!!


Liu Jing (China) 2010/09/29 - 06:24 UTC

when really zoomed in, GBR3 seem to be going toward a river valley!!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:26 UTC

Morning everyone, nice to see all three still aloft!


andy booth (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:27 UTC

Hi All your doing a great job.has hempy set a UK gas duration record yet


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:28 UTC

Incredible! Each continues to go as far as it can! not tired?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:30 UTC

On present courses USA seem to be the favourite but very slow


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 06:36 UTC

Morning Kevin - you didn't sleep long - too exciting?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:37 UTC

i wonder if the us will get south of the swiss track and then climb??


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:38 UTC

they could possibly make then constana in romania???


Wendy Friezer (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 06:39 UTC

Wow! Look at GBR3'S right hand turn!


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 06:39 UTC

first of all US should escape this thunderstorm - not funny


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:41 UTC

Amazing, in a matter of min's GB3are back in the hunt


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:41 UTC

He aims into Turkey now, he needs to turn a little more east again!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:42 UTC

@Wendy: Yeah, exactly, this is really gripping!


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:42 UTC

GBR3 could go Burgas way in Bulgaria on that heading -past the Swiss


Paul Carey (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:42 UTC

Very pleased to see GBR3 still aloft this morning.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:44 UTC

ON this new heading he is on line for Bergas.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:47 UTC

Abruzzo now needs about 24 hours to get to Albania at his current speed.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 06:48 UTC

Ger going out with a blaze of speed, unfortunate Ukrane OOB


Frans van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 06:48 UTC

GB still 260 NM thats an other 24h. Lost many sand above the sea


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:48 UTC

GER1 must think about coming down soon from that height


John Coleman (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:49 UTC

Yes, GB3 could get to Burgas, but they are too low to get there. No wind


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:50 UTC

I predict GER1 will land in about 2 hours, cause they'll hit the border.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:51 UTC

500 km/8 knots= 33.75 hours for GBR3!


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:51 UTC

forcast for adriatic is light to moderate ne winds .


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 06:51 UTC

@frans.But they claim to have an excellent balloon,and they believe init


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:52 UTC

USA2: 700 km/7 knots= 54 hours until Greece!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 06:52 UTC

Only bit of Moldova further than SW is road from Palanca -Ukraine border


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

Glad to see all 3 teams still flying. Keep going GBR3!


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

Ger2 out of it, unless they can head 130deg,then a slim chance-GO GBR3


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

GER have done v.well. But GBR & USA are the wildcards - ballast is key!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

...This road is disputed area = would GER cause incident landing there?


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

I wonder what GER1 will have for breakfast in Moldova


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:53 UTC

the USA are going back to ITALY


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:54 UTC

GBR3 too slow. Lost the fast winds. Not good for their claim to title.


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 06:56 UTC

Main ingredients in Moldovian cuisine are maize and feta cheese :)


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 06:58 UTC

great/amazing competition of last 2 europeans/hope they r safe @ healthy


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:59 UTC

IF USA have flight time their in a stronger pos than GBR3, Greece poss?


mark neal (England) 2010/09/29 - 06:59 UTC

The GB3 Team still going lets get a bit faster! Germany to land soon ?!


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 07:01 UTC

Ian. Moldovans busy making wine now, so "Prost!"


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:02 UTC

@Bob: Yes, but as I said, USA2 needs more than 2 days to get there!


Sam 2010/09/29 - 07:03 UTC

whys the end of usa2 line so messy?


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:04 UTC

Well done teams. Glad to see USA did not go swimming.


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:04 UTC

just catching up. What's is the estimated max GER2 can achieve? 2350?


peter woodward (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:05 UTC

no update from US for an hour now?


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:05 UTC

Very Impressive performance from all teams. Looks like GER1 land later


Ian Warrington (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:06 UTC

assume GB3 are realigning their track to get the min 480km to win


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 07:06 UTC

CONTROL, not see bottom lines of the status tags of GB and GER balloon


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:08 UTC

@Sam They were becalmed over the Adriatic last night.


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 07:09 UTC

heavy thunderstorms over the Adriatic


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:09 UTC

GB3 going South? *thumbs up* C'mon chaps.


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:09 UTC

Morn Everyone, Com on GBR lets find the breeze
Weldone GER tho


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 07:12 UTC

GB3 going toward nomans land? Hecky thump.


Not The Gordon Bennett (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:13 UTC

Unless Hempy can find some wind, looks like he's on same track as GER1


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 07:16 UTC

USA2 overdue?


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 07:20 UTC

If you don't see all info force a complete update of browser (Ctrl-F5)


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:21 UTC

Gota go to work now, but gona sneak the laptop in :-)


sam (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:21 UTC

The live tracking of this site is excellent www.webbyawards.com


Propane Junkie (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:21 UTC

GER1 need to put the brakes on soon!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:22 UTC

Hi Piers, thank you for supporting us with all the info, great work!!!


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:23 UTC

GER going 4 extreme SE Moldova? Need turn to 135. Unlikely?


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:24 UTC

Lufthansa fly out of Chisinau my bet GER1 headed there!


Benni Eimers (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:25 UTC

GER1!! 7 bags remaining! 90km/h! descend now!


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:25 UTC

no update from USA for ages.has the tracker stopped


Alan Dorman (United Arab Emirates) 2010/09/29 - 07:27 UTC

Hi Everyone.Just joined.Totally amazing race.


Crispin & Sara Williams (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:29 UTC

Concerned for the US team as their last report was over 1 hour ago


paul stephen haywood (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:29 UTC

hi piers another takaway tonight


Julian Hensey (GB2010 Bristol) 2010/09/29 - 07:30 UTC

USA team are being contacted now as welfare check - update to follow


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:31 UTC

any guesses at USA tactics?


David Barker (France) 2010/09/29 - 07:32 UTC

The weather in the Adriatic does not look good. Hope all is OK with USA2


Clive Loebenstein-peckham (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 07:33 UTC

very tight, Hemp needs more speed


David Barker (France) 2010/09/29 - 07:34 UTC

Webcam from Vieste Italy near USA2. http://www.e-gargano.com/webcam/


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:34 UTC

sorry missed previous about welfare call, ignore TFN


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:35 UTC

Rob is chasing and your tracker via me is his best info


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:35 UTC

Dave speeded up a little, from 8 to 14 knots


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:36 UTC

OK, correction, back to 8 and almost due south!


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:37 UTC

That webcam view is worrying. Be safe USA2.


Brian Johnson (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:37 UTC

@DB - that's some storm on webcam. Hope USA are clear of it


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 07:42 UTC

Don Cameron issues statement - see "news"


Peter Lewis-Jones (France) 2010/09/29 - 07:44 UTC

GBR3 for Burgas and a win!


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:44 UTC

Not good. Hope they are safe.


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:44 UTC

Everyone looks concerned at HQ?


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:45 UTC

That storm on webcam is only 17nm from their last position.


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 07:46 UTC

fingers crossed.


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 07:46 UTC

http://www.meteobari.com/Default.asp?sWidth=1280


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 07:47 UTC

watch lightnings at the "rowel" of the Italian boot


Peter Lewis-Jones (France) 2010/09/29 - 07:48 UTC

Fingers crossed for USA2. Saw them over Souillac, France Monday morning


Peter Jones (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 07:48 UTC

VERY worried about USA2 team as it seems are others.


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/29 - 07:48 UTC

fingers crossed for all in the game, especially US team !


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:50 UTC

GBR changing direction!


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:51 UTC

how much metal is there on a gas balloon? carabinas and? strike chances?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:51 UTC

Pretty good performance for a new balloon design team GB!


Kevin Glinka (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:52 UTC

GER1 appearing to getting ready for touchdown.


Rudi (Zog) 2010/09/29 - 07:52 UTC

http://cirrus.meteo.noa.gr/forecast/lightning.gif pinkish=thunderstorm


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:53 UTC

Hi Alan D , Crispin & Sara & David Barker - who sold me best vario ever


Barbara Mason Van (United States) 2010/09/29 - 07:53 UTC

Hope those flying are safe....especially USA2


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:54 UTC

Just catching up on overnight news . USA2 situation looks v. worrying


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:56 UTC

willi ulli goes down, find a slow stream to south....good luck


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:57 UTC

@Rudi - that's what I mean - going nowhere @ sea in storm area


Dana Sander (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 07:57 UTC

Was für ein spannendes Rennen und Danke für diese tolle Seite!!


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:58 UTC

Re USA2 is their mode S transponder still transmitting?


Peter Turner (England) 2010/09/29 - 07:58 UTC

http://www.meteox.co.uk/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=lightning


Peter Jones (Canada) 2010/09/29 - 07:58 UTC

After Very clever moves overnight by USA2 hope they are OK!!!


Paul Carey (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:00 UTC

Hope the USA team are ok.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:01 UTC

Just looked @ Race News qv - they're worried too . Keep safe USA 2


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:02 UTC

Is there any more news on USA?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:02 UTC

@ Peter Turner - thanks but Rudi's link more graphic and worrying


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:02 UTC

Petra, which one are you shouting for now, "or could it be GBR3". Jenks


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:03 UTC

Would USA 2 be more visible to shipping if a lot lower ?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:04 UTC

Morning all & hello Alan D from me & Debs.Still exciting race!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:05 UTC

There is a lot of ferry traffic in Adriatic - ? hover lower for vis


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:07 UTC

Ian,storm clouds are low, visual sighting unlikely


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:09 UTC

@Julian -yes - 2 hours since last FIX- maybe a lot happened already?


Peter Turner (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:09 UTC

Rudi's link wasn't working but is now. strange


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:11 UTC

Why does Willi have to land soon?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:11 UTC

GB3 heading and speed improved,safe landing GER hang in there USA


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:12 UTC

Do look at Rudi's 7:46 link - I've never been that keen on pink


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:13 UTC

Robert, he is running out of designater race area. Ukrane OOB


robert Styles (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:14 UTC

Ah ok thanks.


Chris (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:14 UTC

@Robert: See Competition Area left.


Paul (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:15 UTC

Good spherics site http://bit.ly/aLIOPV Are balloons fitted with epirbs?


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:15 UTC

GER1 has to land as Ukraine is off the course, and counts for nothing


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:15 UTC

@John Bandey 8:07 where does your low storm cloud info come from ?


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:15 UTC

Lets hope its just a tracker failure in USA2


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 08:16 UTC

wind on airport chisnau is NNW 6knts, perfect fpr will on the gras :-)


Peter Harding (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:17 UTC

So, another day of no work...transfixed on GBR3 progress. Come on!


Richard (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 08:18 UTC

With the balloons flying I'm not getting a full readout of the info.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:18 UTC

@Paul- 'spherics on magnification just adds to the worry. Thanks


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:19 UTC

Ian, if you look at the webcam Gargano you will see, very poor visb'lty


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:19 UTC

GBR are heading into the hills upto 600m high no roads.


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:19 UTC

I hope the storm is just preventing USA signal getting through.


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:20 UTC

can ATC not locate USA balloon from their transponder code


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:21 UTC

@ Peter, Join the club. You miss much.Note to self - no sleep next year.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:21 UTC

Cont.. and expirience of storms at sea.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:21 UTC

Last USA report was 06.58 (BST) No Sat phone contact? No Visuals? :(


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:21 UTC

@John Bandey - where do I find Gargano Peninsula webcam? Thanks


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:22 UTC

USA seem to be going nicely now, aren't they well above the clouds?


vontobel (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 08:22 UTC

Das ist ja spannender als der beste Krimi . Hoffentlich geht alles gut !


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:23 UTC

Any more news on US tream? Hope all is well.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:23 UTC

GBR3 Heading 070, need to get back to 160/170


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:24 UTC

come on USA show yourselves... we all want you safe and well


Andy Methley (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:24 UTC

Everything crossed for USA team.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:25 UTC

Ian, www.e-gargano.com/webcam/


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:25 UTC

Better to send a plane than boat to check them out visually ?


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:26 UTC

Terry USA team missing, report is 2.20 min old, bad weather in the area


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:27 UTC

Depends if they've ditched in the sea. Might explain poss no electrics?!


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:27 UTC

Looks like GB ran south along a mountain range and are now crossing it.


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:27 UTC

C'mon Yanks, pull through this one.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:27 UTC

No phone, no tracker and no transponder? Sounds ominous.


David Barker (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:28 UTC

Ian - webcam at Vieste - http://www.e-gargano.com/webcam/


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:29 UTC

Visibility improving rappidly in Gargano area. Thank heavens


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:29 UTC

Thanks David B - does not look quite as bad as I thought it


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:30 UTC

GBR now heading towards SW2 7kt - 70° - 7200ft! Come on the Tortoise!


Michael Bölling (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 08:30 UTC

German Team go for Palanca. In comp. area and further then SUI


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:31 UTC

Control phone gone off... maybe news to come.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:31 UTC

GER1 getting ready to land, good effort, safe landing,,,


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:31 UTC

Wundermap- 22kmh NW other side of mountains from GBR3, near Bor


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:31 UTC

Are GB3 edging to2K km and land or going for it? Will they have ballast?


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 08:32 UTC

flightradar24 has nothing in area
not much chance of a visual.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:33 UTC

@ Bob 8:26 - can you expand on USA 2 " missing " ? All are worried


Brian Johnson (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:33 UTC

Have USA activated EPIRB? Very concerned now.


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:35 UTC

EVERYONE PLEASE QUIET UNTIL WE HAVE NEWS OF USA TEAM


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:35 UTC

Missed two check in calls, and search and rescue dispatched, no tracker


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:35 UTC

Bob: yes Sorry just worked that out myself - still half-asleep. Sucks.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:35 UTC

@ John Bandey - thanks for Gargano webcam link- as well as David B


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/29 - 08:36 UTC

GER1:
Chisinau T/Dew 18/8 °C
p: 1011hP
W: 11 km/h from 330°


Daniel Mouly (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:36 UTC

@Michael: Palanca looks like a very tiny target when you rely on winds


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:38 UTC

Please help a balloon novice whats an EPIRB? and why are you worried?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:39 UTC

@ bettina emergency locator beacon that you operate at last resort


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 08:40 UTC

EPIRB = Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:40 UTC

Ok many thanks. Now I'm worried.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:43 UTC

Well they have not operated it...


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:43 UTC

USA Team very good at this, concerned for them but they know their stuff


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:43 UTC

And it would trigger automatically on immersion?


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:45 UTC

not if they have had a lightening strike!


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:45 UTC

Why not, dont they know people will worry. IM worried.


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:46 UTC

Weather at Veste seems a lot lighter - bits of blue about.


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:46 UTC

hope electrics are buggared and they are flying on unaware of concern


Lindsay Muir (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:46 UTC

Think the EPIRB should activate automatically on contact with seawater


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:46 UTC

Problems with GBR3? - getting low now


bob (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:47 UTC

TS on adriatic http://www.meteorage.fr/euclid/euclid_last_lightnings.gif


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:48 UTC

@ jan... hear hear


Michael Bölling (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 08:48 UTC

@Daniel, nobody said it will be easy. It is a challenge.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:48 UTC

Concerned about GBR3 heading 0 deg, thats the wrong way guys!


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:49 UTC

Might be a bug, GER are saying 0' too.


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 08:50 UTC

GB3, not again?


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 08:51 UTC

what happened to USA2? looks a bit worrying.who knows latest news?


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 08:52 UTC

I don't think the heading of GB3 is the biggest problem at the moment.


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:53 UTC

Has race been called off?


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:53 UTC

More I think about it, more i'm worried about USA.


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:54 UTC

GB3 landed? flying at 3300ft over a 1000 meter hill? 20meter clearence..


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 08:56 UTC

Would appreciate webmaster blocking contributions from Steve Lewis.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 08:57 UTC

GBR 3300ft on the 1000m contour?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:57 UTC

That road in front of GBR3 is at 2k km


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:58 UTC

My quick calc GB3 are about 100ft above that mountain


DAVID THOMAS (England) 2010/09/29 - 08:59 UTC

I agree with Michael. From monty


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 08:59 UTC

great job, willi+ulli, 200° goes back to the swiss guys, catch them


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/29 - 08:59 UTC

USA...crossed fingers to an happy end!!!Hope U're right!


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:00 UTC

Correction 282ft


Giovanni Aimo (Italy) 2010/09/29 - 09:00 UTC

Weather is getting better in Puglia.
Strong NW at ground.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:00 UTC

Road Atlas out at control


Steve Lewis (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

Fujin Sorry what offence? S.Carey is one of oldest dearest friends.


Rick (New Zealand) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

Fantastic flying German on a heading of 200 for the SW11 6kts


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

GBR3 still showing 10Kt, so still aloft, albeit with a few tree branches


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

GER1:
turn Final RW 26 LUKK


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

any news (hope good news) at the USA-team?


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

vieste webcam is OK?
See the same pic 15 min ago!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

Coastguard is in the neighbourhood! Not the first time this happens!


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:01 UTC

LOL Echo. Copying is the best form of flattery!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:02 UTC

See new statement from Race Control. Just issued


John Bunnett (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 09:04 UTC

Fūjin - I agree with you


Christine Camplin (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:04 UTC

Is that risk management or bad news?


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:05 UTC

Fingers crossed for good outcome for US team.


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:06 UTC

Christine, just plain good sense thinking and action.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:07 UTC

GBR3 heading 175, better,


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:07 UTC

Phones hot at RC. 3 at once by the looks of it.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:08 UTC

Latest Vieste webcam pics suggest it has rained-look at 2 prs reflect's


Alastair Moyes (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:08 UTC

Lets all have positive thoughts for the USA team. Fingers crossed too


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:09 UTC

Ballons still flying FANTASTIC!!!!!!! fingers crossed 4 USA GO GO GO GBR


John Bunnett (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 09:09 UTC

Vieste webcam requires a manual refresh every 10 minutes


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:09 UTC

GBR3 prob polling along the mountain ridge!!


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 09:10 UTC

@S Lewis: authoritarianism without authority + nonsense


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:10 UTC

I think Race Control could leave better reports on the news tab


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:11 UTC

So can UK fly enough south, climb head E get over line?


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:12 UTC

GB heading for mountain peak @ 4000ft


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 09:12 UTC

GBR3 have just cone through a col below the peaks on each side


philip hughes (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:12 UTC

I don't think GBR will be trying to land on a mountains pointy bit


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:12 UTC

I think race ctl has enough to contend with, they are doing A OK>


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:12 UTC

Further they go more land to hit, but in the dark?


Tom (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:13 UTC

I think race reports are probably the least of their worries at moment!


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:13 UTC

I expected to wake this morning to see all landed. Keep going all :D


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:13 UTC

I now agree, GBR to go to 2000km and land. Only just cleared last peaks.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:14 UTC

Don't forget GPS can easily be 300' out its not barometric alt is it?


Peter Harding (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:14 UTC

For 2011, how about retriev team tracking as well....be interesting!


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:15 UTC

Appologies for last, miss read the news report, thought it was TEAM GB


john morris (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:15 UTC

man up stephen lewis, this is real life challenge not a knitting circle


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:15 UTC

I feel a bit thick now. I never knew there was a Celtic Sea. *Shame


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 09:16 UTC

Looking at http://www.meteoam.it/ West wind to catch GBR beyond mntns?


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 09:17 UTC

GER1 latest web message ends "behind the calm & winds, the lower classes


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 09:17 UTC

...Hope GER1 don't mean us as the "lower classes"....


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:18 UTC

If there is any climb after that road, Burgas


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:18 UTC

Rod, I think we mark it on maps as Irih sea,


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:18 UTC

Both Ger and GB have headings 0 I assume that means motionless not -> N?


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:19 UTC

Been so fixed on this, I dont know, how did Swindon Town do last night?


Tom (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:19 UTC

is that good ol' Derry Moore in control centre?


maros hajduk (Slovakia) 2010/09/29 - 09:19 UTC

one question, is it really hydrogen gas ballon? fun in storm then...


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:20 UTC

2000 km coming up for GBR3


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:20 UTC

Doesn't 0 degrees mean heading is due North?


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:20 UTC

ie, one is hopefully going straight up the down.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:21 UTC

Terry, think is a glitch, keeps saying 0Deg but track line says not.


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:23 UTC

Swindon lost 3- 2 . 2nil down came back to 2. 2 last goal 95th min


Cees van Helden (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 09:23 UTC

Go GBR3 only 435 km to go.


Victoria (Cyprus) 2010/09/29 - 09:24 UTC

Pls cld u get on and win it? John W et al check progress every 13 secs x


David Owen (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:24 UTC

North = 360 deg. Don't think there is a 0 deg?


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:24 UTC

GB - this is genius flying, go go go


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:24 UTC

Thx Dave, were you there?


Mr Batman (Saint Pierre And Miquelon) 2010/09/29 - 09:25 UTC

GER1 landing soon? - "have 7 bags left & enough kt for safe landing"


John Churchill (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:25 UTC

Are GER1 looking for some S wind as the Ukraine isn't in the comp area?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:25 UTC

2000k well done GBR3


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:25 UTC

0 readings could be due sat sigs distorted by atmopheric conditions


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:25 UTC

Sun is shining now on Vieste webcam. Does it matter ?


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:29 UTC

2h to next press? I hope good news then... but...


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:29 UTC

Bob: No way I support Chippenham Town - so i live near DHA!


Michael Bölling (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 09:29 UTC

Cant see German team on webcam yet cam dot info dot md


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:30 UTC

Race Control webcam looks calm and not too busy . ? significance


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:30 UTC

Can GER overfly the Ukraine?


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:30 UTC

USA concerns not hit the main news channels yet,


Franz & Moni (Austria) 2010/09/29 - 09:31 UTC

GER1:
looks like an ILS approach in my older days..


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:31 UTC

@Bob - as there is nothing to confirm apart from no signals - thats it.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:32 UTC

Sorry Dave I know that was an insult to ya, I'm in Trowbridge


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:34 UTC

Good to see us Moonrakers supporting our boy


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:35 UTC

Jon,Yes, but over 3 hours no contact,lady painting cat pink headlinenews


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:35 UTC

Trowbridge, i'm in Westbury!! GO GB!!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 09:35 UTC

No, they can't, check the Competition Area (on the left menu)


mark revill (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:35 UTC

us gasheads are behind GB too


Andy M (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:35 UTC

anyone know british durration record from this size gas balloon?


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:36 UTC

P.Turner's 7:53 link shows Gargano lightening/storm risk moving away ++


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:38 UTC

Peter, Hilperton to be more accurate, about 4 mins from Westbury


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:38 UTC

Mark, before u say anymore please read news page...


Tony (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:40 UTC

usa1 back in uk but thoughts are with usa2


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:40 UTC

Small world, looking at jet steam, they are gona be pushed into Ukraine


David MacGregor (Botswana) 2010/09/29 - 09:40 UTC

Looks like the germans are looking for a field close to road to land in


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:43 UTC

Some recent news of USA team?
tracking addict...evil in stomach!!!


Doris (Austria) 2010/09/29 - 09:44 UTC

Is this Anthony Smith (Event president) at the Flight control?


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:44 UTC

Q. what is GB3 heading/ anyone know?


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:44 UTC

John: By us gas heads he means the Bristol footy - not US gasheads


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:45 UTC

Any news about USA2?


Doris (Austria) 2010/09/29 - 09:45 UTC

they have written long on some stuff,... press release? good or bad?


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 09:46 UTC

@Broomfield
Are you expecting jet streams at 4200ft? LOL


Heather Evans (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:46 UTC

Digits crossed for the safety of the US team.
Heather (Ross-on-Wye)


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:46 UTC

from tracking GB3 heading about 110 degrees


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 09:46 UTC

Ok dave, thanks for putting me right.


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:47 UTC

Low atitude winds, for GB, S/E 3.5 - 7kts


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:48 UTC

GER1 no updates since 9.29?


Jon Bristol (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:49 UTC

@Bob - Yes, unfortunately this is the media driven world we live in ....


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:49 UTC

No, jetstream was for info only :-p


Tom (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:50 UTC

Any news on USA2?


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:50 UTC

Anyone know the terrain in front of GB3, high mtns, & lots sand needed?


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:50 UTC

Do you get a prize for spotting typo's "OUT SERVER"???


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 09:51 UTC

@Peter B: really, S/E, ?? oh no.


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:52 UTC

looks like gbr doing some nap of the earth flying


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 09:52 UTC

@mark - No but I will correct it.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:53 UTC

Ok so now I have to have to windows open that works?


Poa Ekeblad (Sweden) 2010/09/29 - 09:54 UTC

E-most tip of Moldova is 2437,1 km :) Tricky FIN for GER1 to avoid UA.


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:55 UTC

Ian Zoom on in GB on map and change to terrain passing thro' valley


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:56 UTC

As far as i can tell, wind ese hooking around to wnw over bulgaria


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 09:57 UTC

@Richard: Do you think there's a wind ready to catch them at gap in mntn


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:57 UTC

USA team missing just hit main stream news


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:57 UTC

BBc news freeview 80 missing balloon more after weather


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:58 UTC

USA2 has just hit BBC News. As breaking News.


Ian Graham (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 09:58 UTC

@Piers - congratulations on managing the web content and servers!


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 09:58 UTC

whew, WNW is better


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:58 UTC

@Piers well done! - More Coffee (lol!) keep up the good work & Thank Yo


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:58 UTC

1350m mountain just S of GBR but heading E now? Looks good.


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 09:59 UTC

If it hits the news the server will crash soon... i'm afraid.


Ian Hasell (England) 2010/09/29 - 09:59 UTC

Thks Richard - looks like seat of pants flying at the mo for GB3


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 09:59 UTC

GB will be in "local" winds in valleys, poss very different from general


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:01 UTC

3045 Guests just jumped to 3092


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:02 UTC

Anyone else think that GER1 has "docked"?


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:03 UTC

GER not updated for 30 mins...


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:03 UTC

Since turning S GB hugging the valley, valley now turns NE


Malcolm Walters (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:04 UTC

Just wishing all at Race Control all the best before the servers crash!


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:04 UTC

Dave , just thinking the same.


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:04 UTC

My thinking too Dave. Was typing it when you posted.


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:04 UTC

GBR3 - Heading towrds Dimovo then follow mountains all the way to Varna?


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:05 UTC

cool confident update at GB3 blog


Alastair Moyes (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:06 UTC

What hieght is ground level under GER1?


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:06 UTC

Latest data from GBR looks as if they have landed


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:07 UTC

GB3 0knts @ 0 deg... thats usually landing stats.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:08 UTC

This could be it, looks like 0knt for both GER & GBR


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:09 UTC

My bet is race is now over. Need comfirmation from USA though...


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:09 UTC

I make it GBR are about 300ft above ground. From the given info.


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:09 UTC

That doesn' t look like an easy place to retrieve from


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:10 UTC

If down GB corner of a field, GER next to an ind.Est.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:10 UTC

Oh yes I see that now well done all


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:11 UTC

USA???


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 10:12 UTC

GBR3 Hempleman-Adams & Carey confirmed as landed safely


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:12 UTC

Poss reoccurence of prob about half an hour ago then it was the track 0


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:12 UTC

Well done gentlemen!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:12 UTC

Congratulations GBR3 for getting so far; and landing safely


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:13 UTC

compulsive viewer needs to know latest facts whos still flying??????


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:13 UTC

But I'm hoping GB is still going...


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:13 UTC

@Piers Any news on USA


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Well done guys x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x


mark revill (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

well done GB, and everyone, its been better viewing than rovers lately


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Obviously no fault. well done GB and GE


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Well done GBR3.


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Blast, well done that was fantastic, now hurry up and find USA Italians


christopher south (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

well done all lets keep our hopes and thoughts on usa now


Colin Rule (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Very well done GBR3. Now thoughts with USA


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

Well done GBR3, I am sure the whole of the Uk are very proud..Congrats


Terry Willett (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:14 UTC

GB -> 7kt - 0° - 1700ft ?? Ground at 430 m ish. 0° has been wrong before


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

GB2011 - Cellphone friendly web page?


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

Welcome back to earth GB Well Done!


Fūjin (Ireland) 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

Congratulations GBR3. Hoping US are safe. SWI2 and GER1 congrats also.


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

Read Piers message. GBR confirmed landed.


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

Cheers all, thoughts are with USA, but going to get some work done...


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 10:16 UTC

Def looks like GER and GBR are both landed


Martyn Jeynes (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:16 UTC

Come on USA lets be having you....


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:16 UTC

Well done chaps, Germany 100km short of swiss and running out of country


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:17 UTC

Congrats all, thrilling race. Thoughts are for safe return of USA2.


Alastair Moyes (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:17 UTC

Well done to all, especially GBR3, GER1 & SUI2 Fantastic race!


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:17 UTC

Follow GB3 http://www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:17 UTC

Am now fixed to PC awaiting news of USA


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 10:18 UTC

Now lets find USA


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 10:19 UTC

is GER1 landed ? no speed info, no °! what happened?


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:19 UTC

All eyes on USA2. Fingers crossed.


John Albury (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:19 UTC

Great effort GB thanks for the excitement you & everybody have given us!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:20 UTC

GBR3 definitely landed 10:07z.


Fanny (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:20 UTC

Well done GBR3, t'was exciting for us, gawd knows how you're feeling!


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 10:21 UTC

German team GER1 Wilhelm Eimers & Ullrich Seel landed safely at 1010UTC


Bob Slade (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:21 UTC

well done to all the pilots and the crews its been a nail biting 4 days.


John Albury (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:21 UTC

Pity the national media only get excited in this when a poss prob ensues


Glyn Mason (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:21 UTC

Great effort GB fingers crossed for happy outcome for USA


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/29 - 10:21 UTC

Sterling effort from GBR3..well done!


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:22 UTC

See News Announcement from Race HQ just issued . No news still


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:22 UTC

Congrats GB3. Edge of seat stuff here. Thanks & Well done.


Barry Birch (Italy) 2010/09/29 - 10:23 UTC

Like others on this site, my thoughts are with the US team


Nick Joy (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

Also well done GER1. Great effort.


Jenny (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

Well done all. Amazing race.


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

Well done GER1.


Annette Easingwood (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

Well done GER1 & GBR3. An excellent race, marred only by worry for US


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

PS GER1 definitely landed - so well done -BUT- USA2 where are you ?


Richard Doneghan (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:25 UTC

Not good news that the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) not activate


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:26 UTC

Congratulations all...thanks a lot for this fantastic race....


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:26 UTC

@ Jenny - is that you ? Ian


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:26 UTC

he thought he was going to Albania look in that direction


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:27 UTC

Well Done everyone who made this all possible an amazing race :-)


Maureen Gershon (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:27 UTC

Congrats to all esp Piers et al. Now the wait...


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 10:27 UTC

congratulation to GB3 / GER1. well done.was exciting race thanks for inf


Matt Bourne-Jones (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:27 UTC

Good job D,S,C&J. Thinking of USA2,praying they're found safe and well.


Tonneau Alice (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:27 UTC

...and now, all eyes and thoughs on USA! crossed fingers


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:28 UTC

JIC anybody missed it in all the excitement - see my 10:22 shout


mark revill (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:28 UTC

fingers crossed for usa, off to work now but thoughts are with them


dave jenkinson (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:29 UTC

Well done GBR3, grt/effort & result. not a lot of options. Jenks


Fanny (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:29 UTC

Well done Ger1 too, was brilliant viewing, thankyou. Now USA2.... :-s


john morris (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:29 UTC

great effort all,specially top 3, now find usa2 safe and sound god speed


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:30 UTC

Congrats all for 3 enthralling days. Thoughts now for safe return USA2.


Jenny (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:30 UTC

Ian Jacobs - No it's not.


Steve (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:31 UTC

Hope USA ok, Well done to all, fantastic time following it all.


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 10:31 UTC

Congratulations Willi and Ulrich +gnd team for your superb performance !


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:31 UTC

@PiersG Another for 2011. 3d tracking showing actual height and terrain.


Paul Carey (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:31 UTC

Well done to GBR3 that was a fantastic efort.


Ian Jacobs (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:31 UTC

I'm signing off - Race result is known - but not most important news .


Gary Mortimer (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:32 UTC

Are there any USAF drone assets in the area?


Walter Simonson (Belgium) 2010/09/29 - 10:32 UTC

I am crossing the fingers for a fast rescue of Richard and Carol


Jan Smelt (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 10:32 UTC

i hope, some body can bring us good news from usa 2


Sean Barnett (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:33 UTC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-11434556


Sean Barnett (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:34 UTC

Prayers for the safety of all - including the rescue crews


John Bandey (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:35 UTC

Likewise signing off but still observing. think positive for USA


Dave (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:36 UTC

Here's hoping only good news for the US team and all concerned.


Propane Junkie (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:38 UTC

Hoping for a positve outcome for the USA team, thoughts are with you.


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 10:38 UTC

been here since 7am, hope for news of USA2 soon


Mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:38 UTC

No ELT from USA must be source of hope.Perhaps tracker malfunction/lost?


Ian Graham (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 10:38 UTC

Congratulations to the Germans for their tactics for avoiding curfew!


Dani Maimone (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:39 UTC

Sean, thanks for the link. Like everyone, praying USA team are okay.


Ian Graham (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 10:40 UTC

Congrats to Brits for tactics trying to go S. Ran out of ballast?


Gisbert Mayer (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 10:41 UTC

Gratuliere Willi+Ulli, hervorragendes Rennen, super Platz, ein Highlight


Ian Graham (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 10:42 UTC

USA2 please activate the EPERB!!!!!


Andy M (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:44 UTC

welldone to the 2 teams just landed looking now for more important news


Adam Barclay-Faulkner (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:44 UTC

congrats to Swi2,GER1 & GBR3. Thoughts pass to USA and their safe return


John Guy (Japan) 2010/09/29 - 10:47 UTC

Well done GBR3 - great effort! Hoping for good news from USA2 soon..


Roland (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:47 UTC

Congrats to GBR and GER on landing. Hope USA OK


Matt (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:48 UTC

http://www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/blog-entry/landed


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:50 UTC

italian coastguard radio http://tinyurl.com/2vn5ao2 anyone?


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:52 UTC

No updates! Hope all goes well in taking a lump hammer to the server.


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:55 UTC

Congratulations Willi&Ulrich from Team Leys-Rolland! Vincent&seb happy


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:56 UTC

Thats not the Italian coastguard, unless they like disco funk.


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:57 UTC

US sattellites over that area? No logging off till we know they're safe.


Estelle G-Rolland (France) 2010/09/29 - 10:57 UTC

And hope for USA. hope they have a rescue boat...


Rosey (England) 2010/09/29 - 10:58 UTC

me neither, stayed logged in and checking until we know they're safe.


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 10:59 UTC

I'll be staying with it until I have to go to work at 2pm


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:00 UTC

@james, sorry! Didn't have all plugins to check...


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:01 UTC

I'm staying till I know whats happened to them.


Paolo Oggioni (Italy) 2010/09/29 - 11:03 UTC

The radio is just for service bulletins in absence there is music


Shanwicked (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 11:04 UTC

@ David, they were playing "My Way" when
I tuned in. Fitting!


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:04 UTC

I'll be staying to, still think they have stealth mode on !!


Simon Ellett (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 11:05 UTC

Been watching this all the way and will stay till hopefully a good end.


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:05 UTC

It was "My Way" when i tuned in, as you say, very fitting


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/29 - 11:07 UTC

Well done to all teams, and a big though to usa, good luck!!!


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 11:08 UTC

Every time theres a fluury in the control room i get hopeful


Ginny Lee (United States) 2010/09/29 - 11:08 UTC

Congrats to GER1 & GBR3 teams! Prayers for Richard & Carol's safety.


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:08 UTC

Praying they will be found safe and well.


jan bayly (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:22 UTC

don't dump us till there is news please Piers keep it running.


Roderick Main (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:24 UTC

WD Evryone who took part. Esp. SWI2. Blinder!. Hope USA OK.


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 11:25 UTC

I was expecting a news update at 12.00


Rich Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:27 UTC

This has been a good race Pray for USA r ok.
Weldone everyone


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:28 UTC

On BBC News 24 now


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:29 UTC

good or bad news = long wait -press etiquette to follow :-(


Rosey (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:29 UTC

has there been any update on usa? they don't have their own page


Richard Clayton (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:30 UTC

@Maria. No news is good news, isn't it!


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:32 UTC

Whats News 24 saying???


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/29 - 11:33 UTC

Please keep shouts active for news of USA2, don't want to rely on press


vontobel (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 11:33 UTC

Ich denke an die USA und ich hoffe, sie sind ok


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:35 UTC

Pls dont sign us off yet. We need to find out about USA


Dorothee Büsse (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 11:35 UTC

USA are 86 hours or 3 days and 14 hours in the basket great luck to them


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/29 - 11:35 UTC

Could you put a static image on the tracking page to show final position


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 11:36 UTC

@Richard, that's what I'm hoping!! But waiting and worrying is hard


Geoff Lee (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:37 UTC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-11434556


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:37 UTC

open news statement time!


Chris Andrews (France) 2010/09/29 - 11:39 UTC

Thanks Piers for you work to keep us all up to date.


Jaroslav Burdych (Slovakia) 2010/09/29 - 11:41 UTC

Crossed fingers for Richard and Carol..


Dana Sander (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 11:43 UTC

Gratulation an die deutschen Teams, es war ein tollen Rennen!


sam (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:47 UTC

fingers cross too Richard and Carol


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:49 UTC

Thank you for the update Piers.


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 11:49 UTC

Geoff Lee,BBC news wrong,SWI2 did win.Kurt Frieden/Pascal Witprächtiger!


Dorothee Büsse (Germany) 2010/09/29 - 11:53 UTC

das rennen ist erst zuende wenn alle wohlbehaltengelandet sind (O:


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 11:54 UTC

Cant declare any result untill confrrmed landing of all competitors.


juerg gonetz (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 11:58 UTC

sorry correct,wrong formulation appologize,but BBC is wrong too


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 11:59 UTC

Thanks for the update Piers


Debbi W (United States) 2010/09/29 - 12:07 UTC

Please keep this open until we have located Richard & Carol


Debbi W (United States) 2010/09/29 - 12:08 UTC

Many of us in USA have no other way to stay in touch. Thank You!


mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:09 UTC

Love the webcam -(everyone wave!!! lol!) Good Job Everyone;-)


Zuz Bryant (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:11 UTC

Please know all our hopes are for a positive outcome


Mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:12 UTC

What I think we can say is SWI1 did not win.Sloppy BBC reporting.


Mailliet Daniel (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:18 UTC

As Chris said : don't rely on press !


Elaine Smith (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:19 UTC

Just heard news from my tracker (Sarah!). USA come home safe please.


jane dunkley (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:20 UTC

Check DHA website, landing report! Quite hairy.


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:29 UTC

@Jane, link to DHA?


Mailliet Daniel (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:32 UTC

@Mathieu: http://www.hempleman-careygb.co.uk/blog-entry/rough-landing


Mathieu (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:34 UTC

Thanks!


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 12:36 UTC

Just heard about USA, did their tracker just stop transmitting?


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:37 UTC

No mention of race on BBC lunchtime news. Can't believe it.


Rod Bell (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:37 UTC

Waiting for news on USA. Good luck to you USA.


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 12:38 UTC

Got to go to work, will be thinking of USA2, and back on when I get back


Mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:38 UTC

Great report from DHA. Let's hope to hear one from USA2 soon...fingers X


Maria Cook (Wales) 2010/09/29 - 12:39 UTC

@Chris, it was on the local news, south west


Bob (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:39 UTC

Made local BBC newsWest, Nothing new to add by Race Dir, just concern


Paul Carey (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:40 UTC

Hope we hear from the US crew soon.


Mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:40 UTC

@webcam: mmmm, lunch!


Fanny (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:40 UTC

Thanks for your hard work all at HQ. Will this stay on air for US2 news?


Dawn Chase (United States) 2010/09/29 - 12:40 UTC

May God watch over Team USA2 and bring them safely back to dry land.


Mailliet Daniel (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:41 UTC

I hope USA2 is flying to Athina !


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:42 UTC

Amen to that Dawn.


Mailliet Daniel (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:42 UTC

http://www.ilmeteo.it/portale/node/1116/21


Mark (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:43 UTC

Lovely idea, Mailliet!


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 12:45 UTC

My thoughts with Carol & Richard Will stay up for news. 2245hrs in Aust.


Daniel Favier (France) 2010/09/29 - 12:45 UTC

USA On touche du bois - Good luck


David M Hambidge (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:46 UTC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-11434556 ?works 4 all


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:49 UTC

an amazing journey for all, its a rollercoaster even for us just watchin


Elaine Beaumont (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:50 UTC

Cant log of till we hear about USA.....................fingers crossed x


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/29 - 12:50 UTC

Thanks for links but just wonder re BBC national news editorial policy


Alex Spanjer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 12:52 UTC

I hope they find Carol and Richard soon.
My thoughts are with you USA2.


Jop van Hooft (Netherlands) 2010/09/29 - 12:58 UTC

Apparently, it's a hard job to find the balloon, 4 hours 'till sunset


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:01 UTC

Thinking of you all.

@Chris what do you wonder? I though it good.


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:01 UTC

Pointswest Bristol TV talked to Race Director re USA2 at 1.30 local time


John Albury (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:03 UTC

Rolo hardly great coverage of such an epic race until bad things happen!


Chris Ball (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:03 UTC

@Rolo. I feel sorry no coverage on national news


Malc (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:06 UTC

To the organisors of the race. WHAT A BRILLIANT SETUP! An AMAZING EVENT!


Alan Noble (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:06 UTC

There is coverage on BBC national news web site.


Malc (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:06 UTC

Just tempered with the worry about USA2. You can ALL be proud.BRILLIANT!


John Wilkes (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:23 UTC

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-11434556


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 13:24 UTC

J'espere tant un Happy End!!!Bonne chance USA...tenez bon


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:30 UTC

It was on the BBC page at 11 42 I posted it on my FB page.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:31 UTC

I thought the BBC coverage was good.


Piers Glydon (Webmaster) 2010/09/29 - 13:31 UTC

Apologies for the errors - corrupt database table now fixed


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:33 UTC

ditto Rolo.

thank you Piers :-)


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:34 UTC

This is taking a long time to find them I'm starting to fear the worst


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:38 UTC

@Doreen Ive been boring everyone on my fb too!


Brian Johnson (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:38 UTC

@ steph - they may still be aloft! If in sea the EPIRB would be going.


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:39 UTC

No news is good news? Positive vibes going out to the team and rescuers


Rosey (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:39 UTC

would the beacon go off if they were on land?


Glenn Barrett (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:39 UTC

I agree with John Albury - very poor national TV coverage of great race


FERRYAIR (Scotland) 2010/09/29 - 13:40 UTC

it could be just an power failure of their systems, I hope so ;-)


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:40 UTC

@Brian; no contact since 7 this morning, nothing!that already almost 9h


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:41 UTC

Lots of US friends who are used to being bored by me Rolo lol!


Debbi W (United States) 2010/09/29 - 13:41 UTC

Great race -- but we still need a good ending here for R & C


STEVE Barton Hill (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:41 UTC

hopes & thoughts for USA2, be safe.Congrats to everyone else, good stuff


Bettina (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:42 UTC

if they had still been aloft they would have been sighted by now.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:43 UTC

They have several ways to communicate and uptill now, nothing!


James (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:44 UTC

if US are aloft any prediction where they will be now? Low winds from N.


Chipflyer (United States) 2010/09/29 - 13:44 UTC

Hopes and prayers for USA2. Dramatic race goes on.


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:44 UTC

The race had no media or air time. Just the start and finish :-(


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:46 UTC

@ James. On their way to Greece?


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:47 UTC

@Brian I hope you are right, personally I would rather hear the EPIRB


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:50 UTC

Heli should have found them by now if they were still up there.


vontobel (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 13:50 UTC

I 'm einensk mir , Don sie"t haben ein handliches ?


John Albury (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:51 UTC

Thanks Glenn,long time no see or speak,hope you are well.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:51 UTC

If they are in the water, then I fear the worst!


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 13:53 UTC

Steph hold on to positive thoughts. The know they are looking for them


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 13:54 UTC

Waiting in Sydney Australia for news Carol/Richard nearly midnight here.


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:55 UTC

They are well equiped, emersion suits, liferaft life jackets.


RUTH E WILSON (Australia) 2010/09/29 - 13:56 UTC

Excellent website Piers. Thanks to your team also.


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 13:57 UTC

And by the top way?what do a gas balloon without lest in a storm?


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 13:58 UTC

This is all asuming that they had the time to put them on.


Marfy (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:00 UTC

@Steph How about being optimistic?


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:01 UTC

OK Steph enough is enough. They WILL find them. SAFE


paul stephen haywood (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:01 UTC

@steph no news is good news


Alasdair Ritchie (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:01 UTC

I have a very bad feeling about this.


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 14:03 UTC

@Marfy; hope for the best; but this is a complicated S&R.


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 14:03 UTC

Yes marphy...let us be optimist


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 14:03 UTC

Not sure of talk of a storm in their area.Nothing on satelites I can see


vontobel (Switzerland) 2010/09/29 - 14:03 UTC

Think positiv !!!!


A (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 14:04 UTC

@Paul; no it isn't. Every minute counts and they didn't locate them yet!


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 14:04 UTC

I have read "near a bad weather area"


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:05 UTC

Storms were last night/this morning Rolo


Marfy (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:06 UTC

@Steph everyone is aware of dangers, no need to keep stating worst case


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 14:07 UTC

what's the meaning for"thunderstorm activity has been reported"?please


Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 2010/09/29 - 14:08 UTC

There was a storm several hunderd miles S 10 hrs earlier.


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 14:10 UTC

thanks rolo...it's better like this


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:10 UTC

Guys, IF they were driven into the sea, they will NOT sink straight away


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:11 UTC

IF they were at altitude, they would have gone UP not down


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:12 UTC

Far as I know thunderstorms where the US team were this am


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:12 UTC

They set out on these adventures, with the kit and the training


guicherd ludovic (France) 2010/09/29 - 14:12 UTC

So if the weather was not so bad it's maybe a simple electronic failure.


Rosey (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:12 UTC

if their equip failed and they crashed on land would the beacon go off?


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:13 UTC

They are porbably bobing around in a raft cold and wet


Peter Broomfield (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:14 UTC

No need to "flap", everything poss is being done


Doreen (England) 2010/09/29 - 14:14 UTC

http://cirrus.meteo.noa.gr/forecast/lightning.gif