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Not long to go now!
Looks like a great race!
Thank you very much for this fine website
What's up? How much time befour the start?
Does anyone know what radio comms will be in use during the flight?
Gait (oet Hengel)
Does anyone know what direction they will go to?
Directions into France and then onto Italy
log in to webcam page for more flight info
Wünsche dem Team eine gute Fahrt!
Rien en Ron,
succes! zet 'm op!
een goede vaart gewenst!
guten start und aufi in die hoeh
Bon vent pour Sébastien et Vincent!!
Groeten van Jan oet Hoksebarge (Netherlands)
Trackers now being delivered to the teams
Bons vents pour les Frenchies !
wünsch Euch eine interessante und erfolgreiche Fahrt !
Festo Flyer, Veel succes en een behouden vaart.
Wishing all the best and good luck to all the participants!
safe land in Macedonia
Voor Rien en Ron: namens ballonvarend NL alle succes!
good luck Belgium!!!
Safe travels to all! Austin girls are the best!
Good Luck and Happy landing !!!!!!
behouden vaart , God Speed guys,
Lenia, Stas! All the best!
Markus! In case of landing in Turkey I'll come to pick you up!
Wünschen Euch eine tolle Fahrt und viel Erfolg Jürgen&Martina
Go GB Girls, hope you do really well. Good luck and safe landings to all
The greatest sport in the world!
Good luck GB girls, Go Janet and safe flight and landing.
Good Luck to the British Teams from Ferryair Worldwide www.ferryair.com
GB3 on ground? problems?
Congratulations all, but extra special wishes for GB Girls!
Congrats to GB2010. Good luck to all teams. but a uk win would be gr8:)
good luck to all , the sport of ballooning transcends all boundaries
Good luck to all of the teams but...
Tom Rutherford says Fly safe and fast, &come join us at Balloon Fiesta
Just come back from watching balloons fly over bristol from dundry
Nihon Ballon, Europa wa moo samui kedo, 1700m de kuuki ga ii, ganbatte
Fly safe everyone!
An exciting and memorable first time at such an event. Thanks you all
Congrats on a great launch. Thanks for the webcam! Fly Safe!
USA1 over my house, Honiton, Devon. http://i.imgur.com/GzeYR.jpg
I see the team # (USA1) - how do I know who is who?
Congrats to all teams & also the organizing committee - excellent job!
Good Luck to all...
good luck for all teams. Safe journey
I know by the tracking. It was the only balloon flew over my house.
USa Team 1 Sullivan
USA Team 2 Abruzzo
USA Team 3 Wallace
Dave - the team lists are shown on launch order (on the News page)
Hey, Alaska Dave...Danny in ABQ!
Congrats to the organizers. Enjoyed the webcam interviews!
Hi Dan Wish I could post that pic of you with the sand bag on your head
Hey, Alaska Dave...Brad in ABQ! See you in a few days
Cynthia - Thanks for the guidance! I get it now.
I loved all those amazing pilots on tv including the branson looking one
Hi Brad,hey let me know of any vol opps between now-Sat at fiesta pls
Dave, you can volunteer to but a sand bad on your head!
Your partner has that covered
Mark and Cheri appear to be named USA1 at the moment.Good fortune !
Sarah in Moldove. If you ever get to England, look me up!!
Pilots like your Mr Robin must have much women in England!
Good luck to all of you brave guys-I wish you dry feet and good nerves
Interesting tactical race brewing! Good luck & safe flights to all.
Good Luck Colin & Paul. Have a safe Landing. Maybe you will pass our way
Can anyone advise which GB Team is in which Balloon please?
left click on a balloon to see the pilot / co-pilot
Allez Vincent, "sac' ed' din" !!!
David Owen I helped on the Trans Atlantic challenge? Hello! (Jo simmons)
Cha va aller ti zautes
In vous fait eun' grosse besse
Hoping the wind veers a little to the east,so we are able to see you
You adventurous souls. Good luck and fair winds to all of you!
alors les 2BePe,ça commence à sentir le chouchen!!!
good morning AUT1
new strategies to avoid Algeria ??
Forecast winds? Will they cross Bay Biscay to Northern Spain ?
To the Dutch team: the Autumn issue of BALLONSTOF is now available!
Go USA Teams!!!
Bring it home!
Leonid and Stas good luck and a safe safe landing!! Russians are coming!
Lenchik, Stas! Molodci. Dobavte gasu!
Great, I may get to see one, they're not far away & on course.
Are the loggers using utc?
Go Go Sebastien!!! Good luck to you!
Which Team is which? 1,2 & 3. Is it the same order as on Teams page?
Hurry to Southern Spain! We've strong northerly winds- should be easy!
Spain would be pleased to welcome GB again
Go Markus & Matthias Go!!!
Hi have just watched Swiss team running south west of Jersey
Double click the balloon to see which team is which John.
Allez les Lorrains ! france1+2
Not only BBC mentionng you but Sky News have it in their sports section
Thanks Sticky. You were missed on the launchfield. JB
Smashing, I've just watched Fra1 go over. Allez!
Thanks John. I watched the launches on my PC. I wish I had gone now!
Micky, it would have been too cold for a man of your mature years !
fantastic start and all shaping up to an epic, good luck all
morning mike and Dave.Kinsey here hope you're well
Which team GB is Janet, is she 2?
Hey Danni yes she is
FR2 on espère vous voir dans le ciel provençal mais gare au mistral!
good luck to all, esp. festo-flyer
I think you are all splendidly crackers - go Colin and Paul!
Vincent Leys now highest and fastest
Rien en Ron...
thumbs up for Festo and team Frieden, I am waiting for you all in Italy
Iberia looks close! High pressure approaching ?
Good to hear all these names from my past
Anyone know timespread of the launches ?
John Coleman- my last flight was with you 1993 in Kenya !
Could be all over by tomorrow pm. JPN 1 av 50km/hr since start
Good luck to all, and especially the British Teams!!
BUT GBR 3 average 25 km/hr
no balloons too cloudy in Brittany good luck to all
Dr Ian Jacobs. Now that's a name from the past! Hope you keeping well.
David Hempleman Adams was airborne at 2330z (0030local)
Ger1 has just gone over, above the clouds.
Saburo Ichiyoshi airborne at 2230z (2330local )
@John Morris, I'm in Brittany too & have seen 2. GB3 next hopefully!
Good luck to all team GB's. Paul, do it for Western Region!
Big Kisses to Steve Kinsey.
Peter K thanks for info. Nice pic of Derri. Mike G - very well
Stay Dry and drive to the spanish coast!
Next time, can we fit the retrieve vehicles with trackers ?
Mike G - just semi-retired now work 2 d / wk . Flew with V. Leys ? 81
Why does leader Japanese not show Direction Speed and Altitude?
More westerly balloons look like can go furthest at present.
if you double click on the balloon it gives you the information you requ
GO HOLLAND GO !!! :)
BUT Sicily would be nice !
JAPAN 1 is showing 8,500' ALT, 31 kts and 593.31 km flown.
Janet & Ann, Go Girls Go Go Go
Good luck Rien and Ron the Dutch team.
Very exciting to follow you.
Looks like the swiss team are landing, alt 100ft, 4kt
Is there a problem with SWI1? As they're showing at a 100ft & 4knts.
Jane, how would you like to see a good card trick
Jane, remember Eccles Hall
Gino, Jurgen @ Team belgium, fly further and far away.
I have got Colin here with me
Nice to see that The Dutch team has a lot of support.
hup Ron en Rien
sui1 is well at 7000ft
Just a little of the predicted left and I'll get a fly by...........
Video of Hempy's take off... http://vimeo.com/15290225
Want to organise a gathering for old balloonists, any takers?
How did JPN get so far ahead? That was clever.
Is the Stephen Kinsey on here, from BHBC and Rupert Bear days?
Dani, you're too young - but count me IN!
Steve is on air but he has just left the building
There can't be TWO Steve Kinseys, Surely?
Go dutchies! Ga zo door! Groet van Trudy, Bram, en Claire
Looks like a good track..keep clear of the water guys! Dry land is best.
A lot of us oldies get to the Icicle Meet Dani. How about January 8/9?
A little kiss from Morvan pour vous encourager les ch'tis !
Great Birdman. I'm old enough to be a granny now..Go GB
Lots of old ex balloonists don't though. Sadly. Could we persuade them?
Bay of Biscay beckons.
Best Balloon Meet ever Eccles Hall. Kids don't mind hard landings! GO GB
The webcam quality is bad. Do they need a new one? I have one!
Do anybody has an idea of the startegys for nexts days?
Kinsey stop chatting up my wife.
This race is the business - compulsive viewing -nearly as good as GBLJ:)
Good to see the ladies leading the British, what gentlemen the rest are
Bon vent Vincent et Sébastien UNO «sommes AVEC Vous
GO USA 1. GREAT TRACK. SWING IT OUT :)
@rouanet yes strategy is known, but i am afraid nobodY is gonna tell you
Jane, it is Colin here the one who done the card tricks
How should I interpret "greatest distance": travelled milage or direct?
Go Lewis Hamilton Go GBR1/2/3.
Go sis,Ann & Janet .show the boys what you can do.
All routing for you.
Very Big Kisses to the Webmaster and the rest of the organisers! XXX
Steve Kinsey I no 2 1 b/pilot other chef at lymington arms, google it
Good luck to GB3 and all the teams ;0)
a Japanese win would make for an interesting competition area!
j'espère que vous allez gagner Sébastien et Vincent
Antonin et Lucille
The Lymington's one of my locals. Steve's a bloody good chef!
Hurry up! The Rioja is open and breathing. Spain awaits all of racers!
Sébastien et Vincent nous espérons que les vents vs seront favorables
im a taxi driver in bristol, i saw a balloon last night just as i stoppe
Vincent et Sébastien nous comptons sur vous et toute votre équipe
ed to have a pee in a field, lovely
Toujours plus haut ?
Winds still look northerly at the current altitudes on MET OFFICE
Lets hope the forecast Westerly winds materialise for the Brits ;-)
Steve Kinsey is now back in the building
Hi, Tim. Piers give me a call sometime
Steve, will do, does ur phone no end in 266?
Are SWI2 OK no position update for 60 minutes
Would they land b4 Algeria?
SWI2 now updated - steaming along on landward side -
Tim, yes it does
Colin Butter just went very low and seems to have caught a westerly flow
Steve, thanks 4 confirmation
think Algeria is outside the competition area Dani
SWI2 are still flying and are at 7200ft @ 27kts heading 170deg
Good job the B747's fly a little higher than I used to do in the 60's.
Rien en Ron, Go for it!
Festo Flyer, Rien and Ron. You can do it !
Dani, the meet for old balloonists is the Museum Lunch at end of October
Dani, the meet for old balloonists is the Museum Lunch at end of October
FRA2 about to move into position 2 with its extra speed
GO TEAMS USA 1, 2, & 3!!!
Can I come to the old balloonist lunch, please.
Stephen, Google BBM&L, join up, send your money, come along, eat & chat
i want to come to the old balloonist lunch too!
All those familiar 'old' names popping up. Hello from way back!
Is the dist shown a direct measure from launch or flight dist?
John B, BBML lunch, what date? Location?
Are Dutch (old) balloon pilots allowed to come?
Shiela, good to see you at Pidley. Sunday 31st of October at Elcot Park.
Nice to see well known old names coming up. Hello to you all !
Hi Gordon, how's the family? You can contact me via BBM&L website.
hi John will be in the states on 31 Oct but will try to get to the lunch
Oscar, we will talk to anyone! But tickets are limited... JB
John thought the lunch was 24 Oct!
Hi JB, darn BBML on Halloween, I'm tied up, C U @ the Icicle,
Shiela, lunch IS on 31st Oct...........
Gordon, wanna buy some books? See ya. JB
I'm thinking of selling my collection, have to fly, be in touch!
ooops so will have to miss this year
Vincent, toujours plus haut, toujours plus vite !!!
Jacko, récup de Bob
Go Colin and Paul heading 135 at 3900 ft brilliant
It seems that wind has still begun to turn south-east...
good luck to Vincent and Sebastien and to the retrieval team.
Okay John, brill. Will join asap. How many can come?
Dani, best to contact Jenni, the organiser. Details on BBM&L website.
dannican i sit with you
kinsey, only if you are a good boy!
Are they carrying oxygen?
always you no me
Fra2, can you drop a message over the dune du Pilat? :)
Go Ann plus Janet lead Brits in peloton
Hi Sheila long time no hear
bon courage plus qu'un concurrent a passer
Hope the people in Bordeaux are ready for the show.
chillin' on the dune eh?
how's things friend
Hi Andrew, maybe we should help with a bit of our prop blow!
Let me guess- behind the french, in front of the british!
Go, Vincent and Sébastien Go !
Vive le Petit Prince et vive la France !
Go, go, go further
C'est bien parti les ch'tis
maybe the 'Cers' (NW Wind) will blow the leading balloons our way...
Great race Janet and Ann! Amazing progress... Love from the Westies
The first 3 seem to be lining up to give me a fly past. But in the dark!
Looks like 5000-10000ft is where the best winds are (330/15-330/30 )
winner is greatest distance: travelled milage or direct line to Bristol?
Seems to be distance from set off point in grand circle scale.
So many ballooning names from the past!
Like David, I should get a fly past in the dark, but from GBR1
now definitely looks like they are coming our way again this year....
Mark, straight line distance.
Click "Competition Area" on left re rules and allowable countries
John, sorry I have to contradict you, no straight lines on the globe :-)
Hi to all those I know from the past & safe flying gas guys. Good luck.
Faites nous encore rever les FRANCAIS
vents du futur est a vos cotés
Nick und Gerald, wir drücken Euch die Daumen! Ingrid & Kurt John
Looks like Sebastian & Vincent are romping onwards ;-)
ah albury the queen hope ur well
Very exciting watching the launch, well done Piers good luck all.
Russia, Go Diamond! Go Go Gooooooooooo
Hi Graham - how are you and Julie - still flying Virgin? xxx
Mark, great circle distance (also known as orthodromic distance)
Japan1 has landed @838.77km
Come on westerly, where are you??
Japanese landed- didn't fancy night over pyranees will others follow?
Any web cams on or in balloons
Any web cams on or in balloons
Wonder why Japanese have come low? Deliberate to avoid Italy at night?
John Albury,Mike Glue,Steve Kinsey,Blimey, Last of the Summer Wine!!
NO! Saw the light livin in peaks semi retired! Pls txt - same mobile!
Obviously these Japanese were not from the Kamikaze Squadron ;-)
I live in Grenwich, the 0 Deg Longitude line looks straight to me Walter
Super Vincent et Sébastien, continuez sur votre lancée!
Is the forecast looking like Majorca will be the best spot to land?
Hi the french (lorraine's) teams. Good luck and bring us the coupe again
Q. What is the likelyhood of the northenmost passing over
Super FR2 continuez vous êtes sur la bonne voie
Danube Delta was fine Last week!!!
Le soleil se couche, il va faire moins chaud, couvrez vous
Kevin, we are auditioning for the next TV series!
Be care to not knock against the Pyrennées mountains, they reach 10000ft
vive le "golden eyes" et vive la France
passez une bone nuit
what is going on with USA3...200ft and 14kts in the dark?
How much sand do they carry when launching?
Just switched the outside lights on in Oms 66400 Pyrenees Orientales !
The Black Bus team are willing you all on, Gods speed and a safe landing
You missed last of the summer wine chaps, this season is the last!
Stariki, beregite pesok!
USA3 now up at 1300 ft. looks good for them
FRA2, you are in the direction of Pic du midi d'Ossau 2900m high
What is the date of last time to land for the race?
A crossing of the Pyrenees will sort out the Wheat from the Chaff.
N'oubliez pas d'allumer un l cierge au-dessus de LOURDES
Bon vol Vincent et Sébastien. Faites nous encore rêver.
FRA2 current track will hopefully take them to Tortosa ;-)
Fantastic GoldenEye. Live in PAU. Might see you overhead, flying by !
Hubert, can you take pictures of Golden-Eyes? I am Sebastien's wife...
OK Estelle. What kind of light should I look for ?
Japanese have landed its on the news tab
The Japanese landed at 1725z obviously scared of the dark ;-)
Welterusten! Bonne nuit! Good night! Gutenacht freunde!
Good luck for the NLD1.
Scared of the Pyrenees, more like "The team did not fancy flying over...
If the Japanese were short of ballast, landing was a wise decision.
Estelle, Got¨picture. Not sure about THE ballon. Forward via Véronique
Nos Chtis pilotes peuvent se délester de tout sauf de leur pugnacité
Welcome to the Maritime Balloon Society of Cornwall
Japanese seeking asylum?
Оле! Оле! Оле! Россия-вперед!!:)))
Japanese had a major valve problem during the launch period
Go Sébastien and Vincent! We are with you!
Allez les Ch'tis et bientôt "Viva Espana" !
Jacko, recup de Bob
Russian the best!! Мы за вас болеем всей душой и сердцем!!:)
Here's a few pix from the launch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon
Johnathan Harris - my fellow Alpine balloonist? Hello again
Sad for the Japan team.
J'aimerais tant voir Syracuse....on est avec vous!!
I think that the strategy for this race will be similar to a CRAT.
We should be very proud of Janet and Ann doing great keep it up ladies !
Clever tactics of the UK team - getting heading of 125 going east.
SWISS2 are playing a good chess game up there -looking good
-or they could just be heading home for breakfast!
Aduana ! vos papiers !
up to 12k---nice n warm I bet
Colin and Paul looking good there
You can see a video of the start from the NLD1 on www.weeronderweg.eu
Россия! Россия!! Россия!!!:) Вы молодцы!!:)
interesting restriction re italian airspace is night 30 min pre dawn?
just about to see the swiss reach 1000km
Inflation and launch video at youtube.com/nottinghamscience
Not sure the AeCi impose the 30min pre sunset rule on Balloons.
I know nothing of these things, but are the Russians quite low?
Good evening fellow aeronauts! Getting good isn't it?!!!
http://vimeo.com/15290225 hempleman adams take off! Robin Batchelors
I believe Rien and Ron are fond of spaghetti, buona fortuna!!!
FRA2 must have past 1000km by now.
it's 30 after sunset 30 before sunrise (but only at ground level:>)
Bonne nuit à tous !
Hello the french teams !
It's good good very good !
Interesting track for SW1?
just had a thought- it's not actually a race is it!
Are the French going to run out of space to see all those behind go east
Buena noche on rêve pour vous tous
re SW1- probably decided to follow the french!
sw2 at 12,000 have been climbing a while
http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/09/26/22441694.html article on russians
Séb and Vincent, we believe in you! Go France!
And good luck!
SW2 are taking a gamble but I think it will pay off
145 for SW1 looks to be about 90 out??
Bonne nuit garder des forces pour la suite, cela ne fait que commencer..
Good Luck from Bristol to all 3 GBR Teams ! Safe Journey!
A seb et Vincent, pour ce soir Buenas noche pour demain matin bon giorno
Best regards to Leonid Tukhtiayev from his french colleague physicist
No-one got any pursuasion over these blooming Italian air traffic bods?
I mean they're killing the race due to ATC - down on you guys!
"145 for SW1 looks to be about 90 out??"....yep, same for SW2.
Sabu, I hope you had a soft landing this time!
Steve are you still watching
Probably be different if Italy had a team
It was great to see all you guys fly across our back garden (BS10 7HZ)UK
Those Swiss balloons are going 200 and some what gives with tracking?
It was great to see all you guys fly across our back garden (BS10 7HZ)UK
If winds change at midnight, teams at the back will benefit from it.
Make future entry rules (partipant country=ATC clearance)
I have a contact within the Italian Avn World who can pull a few strings
I think the tracking page may be a bit ahead of the stats?
www.airship-association.org send Best Best of luck to all.
Competition rules now require avoid Italy by night. Penalty zero points
Well we are all part of Europe now so how can Italians refuse??
are these swiss turns for real?? How?
seems to be a tracking error when they cross the meridian
Are the Swiss aiming for Gibraltar?
bonne nuit Sébastien et Vincent
sais pas si Luc est à son ordi?
Tracking error?.. interesting to see what happens to FRA2 at 0 deg
FRA2 dans ces oeuvres,very good, tortillas ou pizza at last, good night
118 knots for swiss 2?
sw2 caught by a plane?
To PJ Kelsey: I believe Italy air law says no night VFR for balloons.
swiss rock and roll seems sorted
You can be assured FAI/CIA tried to open as much airspace as possible.
Even if friend has magic, prob not poss to change comp area/rules.
Bonne Nuit à Sébastien et Vincent
VFR at night not allowed in some states. UK gave permission, IT didn't.
when exactly do ATC restrictions change for Italy?
will ATC relent tmw evening, if ITL1 are aproaching Italy at night?
vu les winten, je vote pour pizza a naples pour FRA2, que d'eau!
Come on GB lets get a move on. How long will the race last?
I am not sure the winds will take them across Italy.
Is there really a Celtic Sea? Good night Piers.
not sure for IT - civil twilight most countries.
Would be VERY interesting IT ATC changed esp just for IT - won't happen!
Thanks Alan! off to bed now.Swiss error due to germans using O for East!
Is there an Italian team? Its not on the team list
evening Piers Hi Alan
There is no Italian entry this year!
What's happened to Japan??
And that's why it won't happen! :^))
Gruß aus Bonn an die drei deutschen Teams. Ihr macht das!!!
Grasious!! well done everyone :-)
web pg quot AIP-Italia, page RAC 1-36 says IT Day VFR = SR-30 to SS+30
Great coverage Piers, get a good sleep! Poor Jo - graveyard shift!!!
Sorry my mistake, it was a tongue in chek comment, excuse my ignorance.
Any idea of the temp where GBR2 is at this time of night
Team Japan has moved to a hotel with a pool
9 DEGREES CENTIGRADE (AT GROUND LEVEL!)
Gruß an Aut 1
Anyone know where to buy a power cord for eepc in toulouse ...
Thanks Mark, what about in the basket
Are fin1 landing?
Thanks for that.. My bad just. Just read the tx at the bottom
I think everyone should do what the Swiss r doin
and Climb for speed
Hi Kinsey,yes semi-retired but can still ride the bike,just!
-3 DEGREES FOR EACH 1000FT ISH!!!
is there a wind direction change soon for the lead balloon?
Nik und Gerald: Alles Gute! Dass die Nacht kurz und nicht zu kalt wird!
do the teams have direct contact with this site ?
I would guess not - bat pwr being limited. Maybe via ground crew.
GBR2 Girls u can ride with us anyday THE CLAN BC keep warm Go Go Go
Janet- God speed from all in Bristol who you looked down on last night.
..feel sorry for the Austrians, 100 miles out to sea at night
Winds are looking like the back markers might benefit from changes
Is FIN1 down?
GO TEAM USA!
Think they must be Elaine, have been at 100ft, 0kt for a while now
Re: AUS - that's nothing compared to Algeria last year! :^)
GO Colin, GO Janet. Thinking of you both.
Re:Gary, what are u talking about?lol
FIN1 has landed (see News)
Is there someplace that shows the duration of flight for each team?
This Garry? Re: AUS which really should be AUT?
Good luck balloons.stay safe overnight.track y'all tmw b4 work.
Hi, Phil! Fantastic race. Good job. Best regards to Don.
Re: Duration - I can't find same. Suspect results will be coming soon.
Nice race! Back home in Madrid following you guys on the website!
Will they be going over the sahara?
VERY impressed by tactics of SWI2. I worked them all through BRS CAS.
SWI2 lost a lot of ground by staying low till mid channel.
But now look at them....well done!!
re: sahara desert? never - not in competition area
Should be a beautiful night crossing mountains for some!
What happened to FIN1?
Looks like FRA1 will have another sea crossing at night
I mean FRA2 ;-)
Has Finland landed?
Yes, Finland 1 landed. See the News section.
Yes Finland 1 has landed quite a while back ;-)
SWI1 over Andorra at night... that must be the most amazing view!
Fra2 are really shifting by going up to 13200 from 9800.
FRA2 Good look at Barcelona!
Is there any other tactic than going higher? Seems to be paying off for
... the front runners. Is there any other reason for Japan and finland
to be grounded than fear? Is it tactical or mechanical? Why can I only
type 72 characters? What is the point of that?
Hi all, excuse ignorance, How are balloons controlled? hight,tactics etc
Given North Africa is out of bounds FRA2 could be in trouble hitting the
the Balearics could be tricky and probably won't win. The winner needs
swing east to Sardinia, South Italy, Sicily, Greece or even Cyprus.
Go Go Go. All the best for a flight over the Sea
looks as though has dropped pretty low....
72 character rule stinks
Go from one balloonist to another from New Zealand
Willie has dropped pretty low...
How about an interactive simulation game next year?
internet users fly a virtual balloon using real time winds
and "compete" against real contestants!
anyone know the rules? Are you out if you land? Is that it?
That would be cool!
Bill NZ: trouble is North Africa is out of bounds (disqualification) ...
Erm...yes if you land that's it
I love the coverage and the tracking & news website - well done all.
at Chipflyer..cool idea!
@ Terry, yes, out if you land.
Terry W click on Competition Area and you will see the rules
Is Africa really out of bounds? where are the rules?
chip..look at competition area tab
FRA2 exiting Spain via Tarragona... will they be able to avoid Africa?
btw:Google'gordon bennett 2010 rules' and you'll find a PDF doc. w.rules
Fra 2 over the water, on the way to Italy?
there should be a sharp easternly turn up there...
Frank, they best slow down...
SUI1 is at zero kts. Landed?
I would love to do this flight one day go teams
bristol salutes the world
Small point: Swiss 1 have overflown Andorra. Is that legal?
renee, please clarify about Italy? Thx.
ATC rules say, no fly,
30 after sunset
30 min before sunrise...
where you from?
SUI1 seems to have landed
tracker not working=
high alt + low(0)kts
although, in mountains,
could mean they have
Renee: zoom in, it looks like the basket was moved to the main road.
SUI1r in the Mtns they must have landed they r showing at the main rd
FIN2 seems to have landed as well...
Landing so soon does not sound like my man Max Krebs.
Ребята, вы молодцы!!))))
I hope all of you run out of mistral before out of sand! Peter
Fin 2 and SW2 i think are just hovering , waiting for sun to come up.
Swiss one has called HQ saying they landed on news page
Looks like FRA2 & SWI2 took the right gamble.
Winds over Med Sea are W.
Now it's about timing to IT - can they get past IT in 12-14 hours?
France 2 would be most welcomed in Sardinia!!!
Meant to say - I am not gas pilot - prob no nothing about strategy!
Morning Fra2 and Fra1! Hope you can make it quickly today to the balkans
Qck calc: SUI2 needs 50 km/hr 4 12 hrs to clear IT - they have that curr
Qck calc: SUI2 needs 50 km/hr 4 12 hrs to clear IT - they have that curr
The Swiss have the Mistral upperwind currently, but will not keep that.
Video briefing and gasfilling on www.weeronderweg.eu
NW wind in SW France is the Cers, Mistral is N wind down Rhone Valley
I am just commenting on the Swiss balloon regarding the Mistral
France Meteo says 40km winds near Corsica for Monday - go Swiss!
The second Fin must have landed too, position stationary on tracker.
N.Corsica-80kph WSW winds forecast for today!!! still WNW S of Corsica
Nice field , close to a good road, well done Fin2
Romania or Burlgaria seems to be reachable... (best distance is Cyprus..
FRA1 about to land
Vincent, Seb, faites gaffe, le "p'tit suisse" est à l'affût !
Bonjour Sébastien, nuit fraiche,aujourd' hui 27 un beau
To cross or not to cross mediterrannée, that is the question.
What will the french and swiss balloons do then??? No flying in italian?
italian airspace i meant
Go Willi, go. cross the sea, happy landing on the red place moscow
Good morning world - How many will go for the Med?
Control Centre - it's time to wake up!! Last "news" was 4 hours ago!
@Peter; they can perfectly go to Italy, but only on daytime!
FR2 Les paysage de Grèce ressemble à ceux du Portugal. Bon vent PPSE
Morning Control Centre - What is the latest on crossing Itally
steph..sorry that is what i meant to say!!
BEL1 look out if landing, Lions at the safari park just before the coast
FRA2 say Hi to our landing place of last years race :-)
Good luck to Seb and V.!
Thanks Les Benoit and the best balloon !
Le carrefour avec 2009 ? Bonne route à Vincent et Sébastien
Kurt, you owe it to yourself,
best of luck through to; Greece ?
I'll tell the Italian family to spread the word Facebook.
I think FRA1 has landed
the Safari park is at Sigean (S. Narbonne), GBR2 heading that way too!!!
Bonne Fête Vincent
Vous êtes sur la bonne voie pour la Crète
Vincent et Seb...fabuleux périple encore une fois...un vol de champions!
Good luck GBR2: avoiding Pyrenees was good move?
Mr Kinsey are you watching?
Is there a problem with the tracking page I can't see anything
Bonne fête Vincent de tout coeur avec vous
toute la journée
Bonne journée le soleil va vous réchauffés :GERARD
LBLfactory logging in good luck to those left in the air, go GB :-)
Tracking OK here, refresh your Browser!!!!!!
GBR2 must have a good view on the old Cite de Carcassonne.
St Crispin dit « Non plus blog en français! En anglais seulement s v p!
Come On GB lets go the distance. Welldone everyone
still in the race.
@Colin, press F5
Coucou Sébastien et Vincent, on vous suit de notre plancher des vaches!
bon courage,continués vous êtes bien parti
are Bel1 about to land???
looks like BEL1 now committed to cross the Med, only the beach now!!!
With 28kn at 2600ft, they might have a go for Italy!
what do we think the swiss will do???
Are BEL1 down in the Lagoon before beach? at 27kts maybe a good option?
Corsica could be a tricky place to land at speed for the Swiss
the beach it is then for BEL1 by the look
BEL1, at 6kn now, they should be landing, SWI2 no ground wind
Belgium with 6 kts, that's nice.
Hopefully they go further.
Are FRANCE 2 about to land at Son Parc Golf Course?
so will GBR2 commit to the med??? go on janet and anne
BEL 1 Landed!
are France 1 down? they haven't moved in ages?
andy...not down I think he is on his way to sardina!!!!!!
FR1 down. Zoom in, they've moved the basket
GBR2...are the girls looking to land???
GB2 looking to land????
Looks like it Peter, getting very difficult to still cross on time!
GB2 0 knot - confirmed landing???
Steph it will be interesting to see if any others go for it?? GBR1
FR 1 have landed
Sad to see that GB2 seems to be down, very well done flight though!
GB2. Oh no!!! I was hoping they could keep going!
Congrats les 2bePe FR1 !
does anyone know why they cant fly in italian airspace at night..
As far as I know, Italy did not give approval for doing that
Italian law states no VFR flights at night.
Do you think, SWI 2 could make it into the area south of Rome?
Congrats Janet/Ann GBR2,sad but WELL DONE-guess Italy ATC scuppered it
FRA1 Félicitations les 2 Be! We are waiting for the other landings!
SWI2 - quick cal. about 700km at present speed before sunset!
That would be nice, bringing them close 2000 km distance and Albania
The ladies have landed
Comment vont les Benoits :
"bonito aterrizaje espero ! "
A bientôt !
GBR2 have also moved the balloon off the field - see satellite view!
SWI2 on the track of Breitling Orbiter3 ?
several questions from public - can balloons refuel and continue. Nope!
Looks like the Russians are about to land.
re Swiss distance the E Coast of Italy 570 km away = > 14hrs = midnight!
In my calculation 570 km/80 kph=7 hrs.
Corsica is in FRENCH Airspace. Sardinia is in ITALIAN Airspace.
FELICITATIONS LES BENOITS
vous avez du faire un super vol
Well done Janet and Ann, now enjoy the vineyards! xx
Good luck 2 u all, friends have just seen the USA team pass Berga Spain.
Kevin, Mr Batman - measuring in Google Earth... pls. try it.
Bravo aux 2 Benoît
Les buses du Morvan volent avec Golden Eyes
FRA1 landed in spain, is this the first ever uk to spain balloon flight?
Brilliant effort Janet and Anne; we're proud of you.
The Russians have taken some heart again, closing in on their crew
Seb, Vincent, trouvez le vent, pas le moment de faiblir !
is GBR1 going low and slow is this a landing
Bad Luck Janet and Ann - hope you haven't spoilt the Corbieres 2010!
SW2 250 NM to Napoli. They will surely do it.
sorry wendy, kevin, i mistook knots for kilometers per hr: 43kt = 80kph
Biting my nails and Im only sat at my desk
Colin Butter and Paul Spellward GBR confirmed landed.
Next GB there should be a betting possibility, winner,distance, location
Well done Janet and Ann stirling effort glad your safe
No problem Kevin - it's really exciting even from Oz!
Glad night's over
wll done colin and paul glad you guys are safely landed
Yeah, and the race is still open as yet, which is very nice!
Bonne fête Vincent, et n'oublie pas le 2 c'est ton anniverssaire !
Another suggestion, click on team and see the track with meas.intervals.
is the Thyrrenian sea considered as Italian airspace too?
Cannot understand why I am hooked, should be at work lol
Andy, balloon Saladin, Eng - Spa 12/1881. But no pilot !
Well done Colin and Paul! Bravo!
Congratulations Paul & Colin, good flight
SWI2 seems to be committed for Italian Mainland now!
Bravo aux 2 Benoits pour cette première. ALLEZ Vincent et Sébastien!
Has GBR2 landed now too? :-(
Well done Paul & Colin - hope you found a nice chateau to land at
Yes Fanny, they landed about an hour ago :(
Apologies for the loss of service. We're back - hopefully for good!
The Swiss need to cross part of the Adriatic before dark to hit Albania
SW2 now facing 150NM of water, then 150NM land, then 150NM water.
David Hempleman Adams has ongoing blog on their website.
French could still beat the Swiss
Thankyou Kevin, the shadow appeared after I'd shouted.
Well done Janet & Ann, what a great area to sight-see (Carcassonne)
Well done Colin and Paul. Congrats on safe flight!
Well done Janet. A good effort.
Looks like the tracking has stopped ????????
Bravo le Ben's team!
et bon vol à Vincent et Séb
Xavier HEYTE Namur
Tracking specialists are in race control - sorting it out now!
Hey, Xavier! Il faut supporter les belges hein!
update on tracking done - we are back!
FRA 2 @ 17,000. Looks too long a crossing - ? Sardinia beckons
Thankyou team, appreciate your hard work allowing us to follow them.
Hoorah - after 24 hours of being SPAMMED out- I am back !
Nos belges ont aussi fait un beau vol !
Bravo à eux !
Our UK Met man says the winds from France to Italy will slow
Looks like Kurt and Pascal are trying to pay a visit to the pope!
I believe the Swiss are trying to land as close to home as possible.
Well done Colin and Janet. Glad you are down safely.
yesterday i thought japan had it, all to play for still, bristol here
our control room webcam is available for all to view (see menu left)
Looks like FRA2 has to land on Sardine, given the distance to Italy
Manche Atlantique Mediterrannée jusqu'ou ? Bravo Vincent et Seb
Ребята, очень переживаю и болею за вас! Весь рабочий день на смарку)))
swiss team tells us it was -13c outside temperature last night
That is if flying after sunset is forbidden in Italy.Who knows for sure?
Yes, it's for sure no flying after sunset in Italy. see news updates
Following GB3 with great interest. God speed and a fair wind!
Flying in Italian airspace at night is forbidden by Italian aviation law
I bet USA 1 is also looking for a landing spot
Many people are asking what the rules are - see menu left.
What an exciting race this is turning out to be! Good luck to all. :)
Well done Brits 1 & 2.
Quelle belle course!!! Je souhaite a FRA2 du vent et du lest!!!
SW1 look as though they have landed
AUT1 overhead my house at 7,200 ft http://dbarker.perso.neuf.fr/AUT1.jpg
message to mark sullivan:
is it possible backward 28 kilometers !!
Nice David ! A lot fly over Toulouse area. Unfortunatly no time to pic.
Hi Arnaud thought you might be watching :-)
Nice radius for france... Could be longer distance than Italy?
Messag a Garcimore: tu peux les faire revenir ou j'appelle Nicolas
Paul did the landing. Colin complains it was shockingly violent
Italy better destination than France as direct distance is what counts
USA 1 lands - just dealing with landowner and authorities
John, I think Stefan means FRA2.making landfall around Napoli.
I beg your pardon Stephan. I see what you mean. Exciting!
of course Andy ! Did u change your mail (i sent you two during the year)
Race media team trying to contact Italian TV and press to say hello
Think SW2 doing a recce for "Todi" 2011
Hi Jonathan If Colin says shockingly violent then I am sure it was!!!
Looks like we are going for a Swiss Start next time.
que faire si vol de nuit sur l italie? Good luck aux 2 premiers...
If SWI2 contiues at present speed could cross Italy in 3 to 4 hrs
What a fantastic race - and with three serious British balloons entered
I have no ballooning expereince, but am totaly enthralled.Excelent stuff
Good decision from US1, a safe 3rd unless someone goes the extra night
and so say all of us balloonatics, John! The GB 2010 team are amazing.
The predicted winds show the French balloon may have to land in Sardinia
Look Out Greece- The Swiss are coming. (Optimism) Keep going! Good luck!
Control,can you change the balloon icon for say, a flag,for those landed
Seb Vincent Bravo et courage des vendangeurs de Mercurey
Control, could you show us a map with the limits of Italian airspace? :)
Well done teams, Janet, Ann, Paul, Colin! Great what you have done! A.
Patience, Patience la route est longue.
Mais vous y arriverez
Merci à Sébastien
If they go lower, the french could wait until sunrise to cross!
USA3 seems to search for a landing site
Looks like the Germans are going for it as well - crossed the coast
Looks like GER2 is at sea!
Congratulations to GER2 : Matthias & Markus to enter the sea
Rouanet, for Italian airspace try http://www.vatita.net/img/firs2.gif
Why are GB3 so far behind?
wotta race! i'm watching from tipperary and you have me gripped. bravo!
Go on GER2 :D This is turning out to be a surprising run.
GB3 started last - that's why they appear behind
A map of Air Traffic Zones for public shortly. Pilots use your maps!
GB3 maybe using tactics to stay slow to avoid Italy at night.
Flight information region descrtiptions and maps go to my next 'shout'
Thanks John saved me wondering!!!
Germany 2 has definately made the decision to fly on. Good Luck.
You can download the Italian VFR charts FREE!
Julian, re map, confirm VFR at night OK over Italian sea, just not land?
Brilliant 2 days watching on line but friends think I've lost it
No VFR night flight in Italian AIRSPACE - not just over land.
Using Met Data & Experience of 4 days up
US and GB teams have a plan ??
Julian, thanks to clear that point.
Seems like USA3 will also go out to sea now!
until the last has touched the ground. very intresting race!
The VFR and Italy is going to be and interesting phone call.
ENAV (Italian ATC) 24hr forecast offline - "Due to technical reasons"!
Is there a cunning plan by the GBR3 team? Italy tomorrow morning?
The Winds for Italy can be seen here http://www.ilmeteo.it/portale/meteo
USA3 could be looking to land - very low and slow.
if it's 500km till Croatia airspace I don't think poss for Swiss
HBQKF : Rome TMA is the worst place in Italy for balloons.
Rome TMA is a bad place to be in any type of Aircraft ;-)
GB3 to reach Corsica in the morning, and on to Bosnia the next day ??
congrats to SWI2 on reaching Italy
Daft question but can balloons file an IFR plan for Italian airspace?
seen Ger1. flew over our Village 45 mins ago. Beautiful. safe landings
The Germans are doing so well.
its so strange a race can bring people together?
SWI2 only needs about 1 1/2 hours to get across at the present speed!
GER1 heading for the same landing spot as the BEL1. Take care windy now!
Pre-empted the published NOAA model. Waiting to deliver a 'told-you-so'!
What flight rules does the Pope operate in St Peter's Square?
GER3 descending now
Everyone now present in control room - Kevin ATC, Martin WEATHER
Everyone now present in control room - Kevin ATC, Martin WEATHER
This is now beyond EXCITEMENT.
UK TV station Sky Sports filming in control room - see webcam
What a RACE! This beats Formula One.
Darn you Gordon Bennett 2010 Race! Kept me up late and now not working!
So, what are the options for FR2?
@Mark if they pick up speed they can go across Italy, but if not,landing
To Giovanni Aimo. Pat from Bristol says 'Hi!'
LB, SV - urrrrraaa!!! 1000 km! :))) Go,Go,Go, Russia!
Anyone know if they carry transponders?
SWi2 are now travelling at 43kt much faster than anyone else!
Whats happened to GER3 have they landed? What about GER1?
Now 45Kt. Serbia next - is there a time limit? No mention in the rules.
If Balloons are routing over Corsica are they in French Airspace ?
are SWi2 carrying Oxygen? they are at 14,000 Ft !!! thats high without!!
Where is the airspace boundary It-Bos? Half way between?
@Terry, no. It goes as long as they can be aloft
GER2 need to gain some height, what time does Italy close down?
Transponders? Rule 4.1
Kevin, ATC, is using AFTN to confirm ATC permissions in E Europe
oxygen, hah! for the swiss it's just like another alp.
Austrian team AUT1 landed
Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network - ATC's intranet/email
waiting for them in Dubrovnik :=))
oh no for AUT1, just 1.5 km or so from the 1000 km mark!
little under an hour for SWI2 to leave Italian land again
Robin Batchelor is interviewed in control room now on web cam.
FYI: 52nd Race - US 12 wins Bel 10 Aus 7 Ger & Fra 6 Pol 5 Swi 4 & GB 1
How am I supposed to get any work done when this is online? Keep going..
looks like Ger1 is braving the Med. Bonne Route!!
Jay, join the clan, we are all in the same boat, oops basket.
Longest Flight Bel 2005 3400.39 KM. Longest Duration Ger 1995 92:11 hrs
SWI2 now much lower. Surely not thinking of landing? Or is it ATC?
I hope they continue, speed is good now as is bearing
even at 45 kts.would Swi2 have time to clear Italia A'space before night
It looks GER3 is landed
Jay/John room in the basket for another one? hard to focus on work
Do they vent Hydrogen to descend, other than when committing to landing?
Balloons tend to fall slowly when no maneuvers, vent for quick descent
Dave S: only 100km to clear the east coast of Italy.
SW2. Course now puts Motenegro coast 255NM ahead.
This makes formula one look totally pathetic
Where does the airspace boundary lie?
If you put your cursor on ther map it shows distance from start in a box
ETA East Italy coast @ Termoli 1520z for Swiss Team
Italy/French boundaries http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/898
do you also have it that you hit F5 but the lines don't appear?
But is the airspace off the coast sunset +30 they have without penalty
ETA Swiss Team clear of Italian Airspace 1720z if winds remain as now
How in the world will the teams (not) enter ITA airspace tonight?
Julian, have you a similar map for Adriatic airspace boundary?
Looks like the Swiss team are in R50
Are the Swiss descending?
Looks like GBR3 are going for it. Not much between them and the Med now!
Fra2 will probably have to land in Sardinia. The others have 600km to go
Doesn't look like it, estimate about one hour to reach the Adriatic sea
Go USA, you have just passed over my house and you are over Bedarieux
Uk are gaining altitude, they are going for it!!
Rien en Ron!
zand genoeg? Ballon vol gas?
SW2 63NM to coast, 255NM to Montenegro at 42kts.
or 400km aiming further north @20kt=37kms/hr is 11 to 16/17 hrs
I estimate 11h for FRA2 to reach mainland Italy.
So sadly unless the following pack go further south and more slowly
Will they try and land in Sardinia?
The Swiss will hit the east coast @ 1520z and airspace boundary 1720z
to arrive s. of Rome at dawn the race is over and Swi2 will win.
FRA2 needs about 4.5 hours to get to the mainland at current speed
Rien & Ron hebben wel een rubberboot-mand,...
Did USA3 land?
Tommy E I make Fra2 to reach Italy in <6hrs (250km @ 44km/hr ish)? ??
Hoi Roald, Toine hier. Ze dalen, zal mij benieuwen
The track of SWI2's retrieve would be worth following too!
ITAL night restrctn over water - is it just < 5 miles of coast?
no Italy restriction is all of italian airspace.
GER3 just landed. USA3 down sometime back.
Yeah, GBR3 are over the
Terry I have 230 km at 44 kph, gives me 5.2 hrs, seems to match
USA2 appears in great position?
NLD1 klimt weer, gaan ze er voor?
Where does the Italian airspace end?
When are Kurt and Pascal safe?
Terry, I make the distance more like 450km using google maps ruler.
2 hrs 30 mins until Italian sunset
@Jop I think the airspace is about halfway across the Adriatic
GBr3 looks to have coasted out now
Italian airspace runs out straight line down centre Adriatic Sea
Great stuff!How brave of the Germans to start across Med this late inday
Is wel zeldzaam spannend,...
SWI2 needs about 100 minutes to get clear
Are we sad or what: this just shouldn't be so much fun!
Hello, what about Bepperl Höhl?
No moving in the last more of a our?
@Gisbert they already touched down
Med looks like clear skys but Adriatic has cloud on line Split/Foggia
Good luck the Swiss, this is exciting, will they make it!!
Even braver by GBR3!
Swiss are doing 82kmh so should make it, I think my maths is correct!!
What time (UTC) is sunset for where Swiss are in IT?
Congratulations tracking station! You're doing a great job. Thanks!tom r
FRA2 must land on Sardinia? Time is running out, they can't make mainlnd
East Europe ATCs remind pilots to be high enough to clear terrain.
For the comp is Italian airspace the coast + 5 miles
I think sunset is 18:59
Berben and Simeons flew a record 3400.39 KM (2112.9 miles).
Italian airspace ends about half way across the Adriatic
Hi Admin: Qu. for you Would Turkish Cyprus be out of bounds? Thanks .
Is it the IT FIR boundary or Territotial waters for night restriction?
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE CROSSING THE MED, VERY BRAVE!!!
46 knots bring it on! How much do I wish I was in one!
Definitely taking leave to follow this next year
We have read the fax from Italian ATC - 5nm from land.
30 mins after sunset and 30 mins before sunrise is night.
Based on GBR3 G/S and hdg they will reach Italian Airspace 0332z TUES ?
Julien Thanks for the info
Sardinia sunset 6.13pm GMT today
GBR3 will be within 5nm of Italian coastline @ 0415z at current G/S
GER3 and USA3 confirmed as having landed
Oh they have done it then if its 5nm from land
remember the winds are due to slow down between France and Italy
Quick calc says competitors have *about* 2:45 to clear IT.
Great isn't it: kms, knots and now Nautical miles. Should be a GCSE.
The live tracking is very exciting. Good luck to everybody still flying
30 min after sunset should be possible but only @ 46kt...
Looks like NLD1 is getting ready to land...
With sunrise-30 ~0430Z and 5nm rule, it could just be OK for GBR3 etc.
Ah got it 1kt = 1nm/hr easy or (1.852 km). Learning every day.
Looks like NLD1 landed:no hdg and elev. there is 600'. GREAT JOB GUYS!!
NLD1 just landed at 25kts - all fine
Is there a time limitation on the flight?
RUS1 look quite well placed
RUS1 landed at 1445 GMT
Is the ALT shown QNE or GPS alt?
do the Swiss know about 5nm?
yes it ends at beer o'clock
Landing with 25 knts in a rubber basket!!! HELL OF A JOB GUYS!!!
What now to do? This weekend only existed of GB2010!
GPS is the height shown.
SWI2 will be clear of 5nm boundary by about 1545z and SS 1648z in area
Is anyone watching this actually doing any work?
Did someone Shout Beer? Good idea - back in a sec!
This *is* work, isn't it?
has Fra2 landed in Sardinia? thr tracking hasn't changed for a while...
Colin, Paul ,janet and ann well done
GB3 David and Simon to win now
Going to work was good for me..saw Ger1 whilst driving back home!!!
@ Lindsay Muir - NO I'm not ;-) !!!!!
Work, whats that? Congrats to all involved, great job.
FRA2 : End of the story in Sardania ?
With only six still flying this is getting very interesting GO GBR3
Rien en Ron,
So the Swiss will have cleared Italian airspace quite easily
Congratulations SWI2! Incredible timing!
Work?!showed my class of 8 year olds site- have been keenly tracking!
How can you work with this level of tension?
1520z SWI2 coasted out at Termoli ( re message 1344z ) told you so ;-)
Can anyone elaborate as to roughly how long GBR3 can stay airborne......
Is USA2 going to go for it?
as long as they have enough sand - but they won't tell anyone!
Who do those islands belong too?
The ones just East of the Swiss
Hope USA2 is going for it, GO Carol & Richard
Those tiny Isole Islands ahead of the Swiss are Italian as well
Apologies for the breaks in service. We are working on it.
Well Done GBR 1 & 2, Go David and Simon
Hare and Tortoise scenario: SWI2=Hare; GBR3=Tortoise. GER sprung early.
Longest GB flight is about 90 hours. They left Bristol about 40 hr ago.
Thumbs up for NLD1 "those great men in their great flying machines"!
Thumbs up for NLD1 those great men in their great flying machines!
keep up the good work piers, got to drive home soon, BBCRadio 5 news???
Swiss team announce to all "Black Sea here we come!"
I make those islands at least 15nm off the mainland.
Are the final teams over the Med going to hit Italy before dawn?
Well done NLD1 Rien and Ron great flight and safe landing
usa2 over water, and french are climbing again, GAME ON
FRA2 not showing any signs of landing. In fact they're climbing!
USA3 is over water. God speed Richard and Carol.
The French show now signs of descending to land!
Correction: USA2 is over water.
And then theres the really tiny one http://www.pianosa.net/ looks nice
Keep on going Fra2 make it a good race.
Sunset for sw2 is 18:50 + 1/2hour, no problem passing those isles
SW2 about 295NM ahead of FRA2. Airspace probs for FRA2 soon?
@Rien & Ron: op terugreis? Kom maar langs voor de Bossche Bollen!
Are the French actually moving at all?
Lovely stretch of coastline to enjoy the sunset. C'mon DHA!
altogether too exciting - work is suffering...
Well done SWI2! I'm loving the confidence!
If they blow will it speed them up?
Webmaster says pointless to update page??? How do I keep up with shouts?
Fortune favours the bold! So we now know who the bold are!
I am coding a new "shouts" page - please bear with me!
so if the big island on west counts why does small islands on east not??
Surely France 2 is in the merde unless they land on Sardinia?
The bonch factor must still be low - US2 takes on the Med!
There was a comment that the airspace ends/begins 5 nm out to sea.
If the French slow down the might be OK
@Chris Took all day to get to Sardinia, maybe all night to get to Italy?
Keep going Richard, Carol!
French already in IT airspace: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/898
france must clear 5nm of sardinia by sunset + 30 in 90 mins
Italy airspace is open up to 5NM from coast to night VFR
GER2 too fast. Corsica looks likely landing spot.
@webmaster: perhaps the map and shouts could pop out?
Mr Kinsey are you online.
Shouts page link at the bottom of this box.
Will FRA2 need to land on Sardinia or get disqualified if they fly on ?
Nice one, webmaster! Now the loads may drop on your server. Thanks.
well done Piers! just back from work, been kept uptodate by txt frm home
@J F P I think Andy is right - and they're too slow to clear before dark
GER2 will reach Corsica in two hours, that's probably the end for them
If FRA2 drop to below 1000ft could they climb back to 10000+ft?
Yes, it's pretty close for FRA2 alright, Chris. Am watching closely.
@J F P Update is 80 mins old, could they have landed? Fast descent!
Perhaps FRA2 are trying to clear Italian airspace before dark.
Looking at the GFS model FRA2 have some interesting options.
The news say that it is about the country and not the airspace?!
The loggers are using UTC not GMT
18:26 now in Rome: Dusk @ 19:27 Dawn @ 06:35. 400kms (?) from Sardinia
With a descent to low level the can change track significantly
Vincent Seb De tout coeur avec vous Jacques de Mellecey
FRA2 data on my map says 33knots at 16:13 and they were near East coast!
Once FRA2 clear sardinia they could drop low and go slow NE till dawn
CONGRATS NLD1 !!!!
Is Swiss team clear that island? How can rules change in such a big way?
Looks like GBR3,GER1 & USA2 are slowing down to waste time.
Corsica is French and it is possible to park in the lee of the mountains
The heroic French will be clear of Sardinia + 5 mls with 15 min to spare
@Nick Gale for FR to drop they lose Hydrogen right? which hurts chances?
Yes Crispin & Sara that could be the French plan!
What happens if Italian air space is entered after dusk?
So Italian airspace covers sea but different rules over sea?
Might have no choice. Can't be dangerous as noone else will be flying.
ne jamais vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué!GO GoFra2!!
The italian ATC say no flying by balloons sunset +30 mins in 5nm of land
How soon is the next GB race, can't wait, so exciting !! congrats to all
How many left in the race?
@Julian Thanks - was getting confused!
FRA2 may make it, will whisper my congrats, afraid to blow them to Italy
@chipflyer not ideal but better than landing or being dsq for enter ita
I hope GER1 crew has good swim suit. 300 ft above the sea... eek!
Theres a results tab on the map which shows who's flying & who's landed
In the 1992 Transatlantic Balloon Race they were at times 150 ft high!
Well done Kurt&Pascal-just imagine to be at that altitudes for so long
@Nick Gale, Thanks, understood.
Ger2 and Fra2 both need to slow down now I reckon to 17kt max.
Thanks Terry, for saving us all some brain strain!
Charts show wind direction differs significantly only at very low level
Thank you of news and weather information. Greetings from Finland
Is it possible FRA2 are going to try to go between Scicilly and Tunisia?
Mountains ahead of SWI2, Montenegro. Altitude loss at night & sand gone?
Looks like FRA2 is close to landing :-(
Everything is possible with frogs!!!lol...suspence
FR2 pilot is true gent, I hope he has a cunning plan, bon chance mon ami
@JB can't go S wind low will be slow NE, high will go to Italy too soon!
FRA2 obviously not headin south, course now 29deg.
no way the winds would take Fra2 south between Scicily & Tunisia
Fra2 landing perhaps?
C'mon FRA2! Everyone blow hard!
Some showers ahead of the swiss team-hope the will be able t fly around
French team must be 5nm away from land by 17:39 UTC
Next year GB will depart from France. Anyone know prov. where and when?
I assume SWI2 have made it clear of Italian airspace in time ?
Fra2 herading 105 to Cantzaro longest route to Italy then to Athens?
FR2 is maybe waiting not to cross Italia by night... (hope so!)
Barcelonnette, Sept 9th according to web
I meant 'heading' and 'catanzaro' of course! Sorry fingers cold and old.
Hey this is Italy. Berlusconi could change the rules by sunset!
he wouldn't yesterday Malcolm!
FRA2 is only 198km off the SWI2 distance. could still be FRA2's trophy.
14 mins to go, 6 NM needed = 25Knots....they are only going 7knots??
They may yet do it.....
my compliments for this very well done website.
FRA2 back up to speed, going for it, and may just make it..
FRA2 - nail biting stuff they are back out at sea.
@Dave: Used up the ballast or let out too much gas to continue long way?
sunset 18:57 for Italy.
How FRA2 will avoid?
thats better!!!they should do it with 5 mins to spare!!! Bonne Route
Oooops, are FRA2 really moving again? Yippee.
France: 9min to go another 4 nm away from shore at 27kt. Tight!
FRA2 in Italian airspace presently...
Anyone have BBC South Today, comments from Colin Butter GBR1 on shortly.
as long as he is 5nm from land, he can stay in italian airspace at night
Wow, that's intense sport!!!!
Super FRA2...bonne chance..
34 kts now!!!
allez france! henri got away with breaking the rules, so can you!
How did FRA2 get from 7kt to 34 kt in just a couple of minutes. Wow.
Sunset today at LIEE/CAG is 17:13Z. So he has until 17:43Z to be 5 out.
If I lose my job because of this websIte can I come work for GB2011?
Go Seb &Vincent You will do it !!!!!
Allez!!! Vincent et Seb on croit en vous...c'est jouable encore
climbing out of the Lee Of Genargentu,the big mountain behind them!!
FRA2 is clear of Italian coastline now... so clear of VFR rules
JFP. presumably the have baked beans aboard.
La stratégie est à l'oeuvre celle du lièvre ou de la tortue? allez FR2!
Have they really done it? Incroyable!! Magnifique!
FRA2 will need to slow down now though to stay legal for Italy Airspace
Fra2 that's brinkmanship good luck to you! Now the brakes but how???
confused on airspace?
How did FRA2 do that? wow!
je ne pige pas tout a votre strategie Seb et Vincent mais vous soutient
Seb et Vincent, on est tous avec vous ! On y croit ! On vous embrasse :)
Renee, join the club. I doubt Italian ATC understand it
Hurrah for the heroic French team, they cleared Sardinia in due time !
Hurrah for the heroic French team, they cleared Sardinia in due time !
just on bbc south today they said switzerland are almost certain to win
At race control we have calculated he did it by .05 of a nautical mile
Rule 7.1 S2 there ARE means to slow down
The winds are not going to favour the Swiss now !!!
lets hope they packed their 'Sea Anchor'!!!
Winds are more favourable for FRA2 than SWI2 ;-)
I expect FRA2 will have to go down to 10ft and drag a rope in the water.
FRA2 ...... Chapeau!
is there someone to confirm FRA2 do the 5 nm from land?
My goodness,what a thrill ! What a timing ! Congrats to the FRA2 team !
these guys are amazing!
all of them!
command center, you rule!
FR2 .....Skill ........Bon Chance Sebastian.....the H2 crew
Que d'émotions Bravo Seb et Vincent ça le fait
Allez les garçons !!!
I hope they dont have too may Baked Beans,
Come on GB
YESSS!!!! wonderful...l'aventure continue...
Fra 2, now go for south of Greace ..... like last year in Portugal
FRA2 (Rolland et Leys) will be remembered for that performance. Bravo!
Go Germany 2 , go !! Best Wishes from Harald , Michaela and Alina.
Meantime the 'Tortoise' GBR3 moves steadily along. What's the fuss?
Richard & Carol...
sleep well ;-)
Sébastien Vincent vous nous avez fait trés peur, Bravo
Swiss heading for Moldova 2400kms from start?
Impressive tactics from the French
But Southern Greece further than Moldova - deceptive isnt it!
Bonne nuit à tout le monde
Is there anywhere we can see the historical height traces?
M A G N I F I Q U E !!!
I don't know how to say it in english properly. FRA2 Ole sus...
FRA2 must have nerves of steel hope they didn't use too much ballast etc
What drama! Well done FRA2 cutting it fine!
Assuming the chasing bunch can stay out of Italy including Sardinia till
FRA2 would reach Italy - 5nm @ 0234z they need to slow down ;-)
félicitations pour cette exploit bon vent pour la suite:GERARD
06:30 then the best chance to beat the Swiss is to keep South. But ....
GO GBR 3! You plod along!! don't worry about the others!!
... Sardinia makes this difficult. Puts Fra2 possibly in the best positn
Go! SWI2 !! We took your photo over Jersey!
Nothing against the Swiss just want to see it remain as a contest!
They're all so brave. Fantastic effort
sunrise Naples 06.56 local = 4.56 GMT: earliest at 5nm out = 4.26 GMT
Continuez comme ça les gars, Seb je compte sur toi ! Bisous
GO GB3 Slow and sure all the way.
Its going to be interesting overnight. Not over yet :-))
Fra2 slowing down edging more south to Catanzaro - looking good
Merci pour le suspense Seb et Vincent !
FR2 are 240 miles from mainland Italy, at 22kts=arriving after sunrise!!
Swi2 on course for Bucharest and then Odessa - long way to go though
Bravo continuez... Joelle & Marc
FR2 are the most experienced crew with more sand than any1 + lightest!
FR2 are also further South and so will be easily further from Bristol!
Go on SW2, will see you in front, crossing fingers
Is it possible for FR2 to avoid Italy now?
Gosh what you miss by taking the dogs for a walk! Go all the teams!
just one word : confidence ! we have to trust them
Terry, Odessa is in Ukraine = not a qualifying country
Brilliant comp. GPS tracker technology opens up new audiences.DGR/RAeC
William: Right the Black Sea is the eastern limit. South of Athens wins.
You are so right David, I've introduced others at work to it
Lookin at weathr chts wil show howlin kts ovr med taking late crossers
The level of this competition is increasing dramatically every year !
Congratulations to all the brave teams participating in this race !
The competition could be won or lost by a single yard!
Batman: good spot: have to cut short in Romania or track left to Moldava
c'mon G.B.3 flying the the flag for all us back home
si ils volent à 11KT jusqu'à demain matin ça passe
If only there were web cams on the flight deck !
leur objectif : le sud de la Grèce... ou la Crète
Is this a watershed comp that will open the doors to similar events ??
Once a balloon lands, is it allowed to take off again or not?
Sébastien et Vincent Véhiculeurs de rêves :Bristol/Marathon = 2542.195KM
yeah Mark. Land and its all over!
WOW been watching this all day. Amazing stuff, good luck and be safe
At what height do they use "sea anchors"
And what does a balloon "sea anchors" look like?
Ron en Rien,mooie prestatie,was erg mooi om te volgen via Live Tracking
What a fantastic race and happy and safe landings to all involved.
why can't the balloons go over IT airspace at night? FR2 heading to IT
Rebecca, 'coz the Italians won't let them
Am I wrong or will GB3 hit the IT airspace over 2hrs too early?
not if they use the "sea anchors"
This suspense is like a good old fashioned 5 day cricket Test match...
Looking at Med 2k'-10k' wind f'casts, very interesting...even past Italy
Absolutely riveting-very best of luck GB3. Hard luck 1 & 2.
Is the IT 5nm rule the norm or a variation just for this event?
2 German balloons, ahead of GB3, may reach Italy before dawn. All tense
There's good beer and vodka in Constanza (Black Sea, Romania)...
GER2 May slow down after crossing Corsica
RE Mode S TXpdrs what is power source? Power output?
After the Sardania story, will FRA2 have enough ballast to reach Italia
Robert, I presume like a canvas bucket on a rope dangled over the side
GER2 at 23Knots, 10 hrs to dawn so ~250m. Over Italy? Must slow!
Is this the ultimate game of tactics? or are luck/technology big factors
Le bon spectacle Fra2 tire pour vous battre SWI 2
Looks like the Japanese are on the move again !
Jon: that's a good spot!!!
The 5nm rule was set by Italian authorities not just for this race
Is there night VFR over Sardinia?
Rule says winner is one flown furthest, not furthest from launch.....
That's strange, why are they moving again?
some trackers may show crews coming home in cars - will be deleted soon!
Sorry, is there night VFR over Corsica?
GB2010 can't you put the trackers off from landed teams some are moving
...possible to fly more track miles but land closer to Bristol than...
I wondered the same re the Japanese balloon.... anybody know?
Japanese balloon moving on highway !
Please, hold landingplaces. Thanks
sorry julian, mist your message
....who would win in that situation?
Look! Japan is "flying" againg. Northbound with 33kts. Bon voyage!
Terry, I think stamina, determination and courage are more important.
Aha, I see, thanks! :-)
Swiss 2 Welcome to Croatia, if you need me just call !
Wouldn't dragging the guide rope/anchor count as touching the ground?
The Belgians have been doing six knots ever since they landed!
Steve, read rule 5.1, arc of greatest circle, not flight dist.
Chris, the Rules allow a trailrope, but do not mention sea-anchors.
Jap1 landed 850 from launch , I'm sure the controll has all the stats
Control room were all having pizza when the Japanese left - being sorted
sea anchors allowed - have been used in races before.
Ukraine is out of the Race Area right?
Julian, how long is it practical to use a sea anchor for?
New Japanese reports and results since landing now being discarded
Malcolm, as long as you are close to the sea!
M A G N I F I Q U E Seb & Vincent, mais vous nous avez fait peur!!!
New follower to the sport, riveting is the word. Go GBR3!
Thanks Zuz, read that at 'distance covered' not 'distance from'
Stare hard enough at the tracking and it becomes a Magic Eye picture...
Mark, it's worse if you have it on Hybrid
Like a banana with eyes on...mental!
Sea anchors are bags filled with sea water and can be used for hours.
From Kevin ATC guy - Ukraine could not confirm acceptance so left out.
Julian, pse clarify dist traveled. Is it point to point or track length.
really? they can use some sort of anchor?
What are you on, Zuz?
how do they get the sea water?
brief touch of ground or water?
Hi,I'm ATC in S-E of France & Med sea, VFR Spec over Corsica below FL145
Malcolm - Life and the GB. Why what are you suggesting?
How many km's are GB3 from Italy?
pilots "scoop" up the water into a bag to hold them down.
Today,i had on radio contact FRA1 between Baleares and Sardinia! Go FRA1
@john: distance is direct distance (see competition rules)
My mistake it was FRA 2!! Go FRA2 !!
Mark, in the rules it says distance traveled, but dont expand.
Wonder how GER2 wants to be slow enough to sustain 10 more hours?
Rules ambiguous, Great Circle could measure track distance too!
GB3 about Italy...230 kms I think...
direct measure round the globe from launch to landing
@John: section 5.1: great circle distance.
good evenin g, all. is it normal to get more than 2 ours no rack inform
Wave ht looks much lower in the lee of Corsica. Anchor there!
its a great pleasire to see all teams on track, thanks to the trackers
John - check Sporting Code Sect 1 Aerostats 184.108.40.206.1
Thanks mark, sorry for delay had to let the dog out
SWI2: Schweizer Uhrwerk!!
Mine shows GER2 track ends W of Corsica, but no balloon. A U-balloon?
Where have GER2 gone?
I think it is great circle distance away from Start point ;-)
They might be on the same as you, Zuz!
Has GER2 gone down, no marker at end of track. lol
GER2: hopefully you are ok?
your track ends with no balloon icon.....
Malcolm - I think you have taken something.... Gin? Lots?
I've checked and there's nothing in The Rules against flying underwater.
Bravo aux deux Benoits! et GO! Go! Go! pour Seb et Vincent!!!!!
Control, the indicator cards on left click are showing no direction
Creat circle = straight line
The Swiss are feet dry again. Why no updates for 45 minutes?
Disregard my last, sorry to be a pain.
GER2 went down as low as 300ft so tracker contact may have been lost ?
Can the fly over Corsica VFR at night?
Phew! No nails left.
Good morning from Australia - fantastic news that all are safe.
Corsica is French Airspace, so safe to Night VFR transit
GER 2 successfully test a new cloaking device before they reach Italy!
Swiss travelling at 93 knt !!!!
SWI2 - 93 kts?
is that possible
Greame - have you been at Malcolms gin?
I'm relieved to see GER2 reappear!
I was worried they'd gone down.
OMG, that's bloomin fast. Hang on tight guys.
At that speed they'll hit the Ukraine by morning.
Damned fine effort from the Swiss & French, but it ain't over yet!
You should all be welcome in DK if the wind takes you that way .....
Pouvez me dire où est le ballon german 2????
After Corsica maybe Elba - do GER2 know it's ITALIAN - Boney left 1815!
SWI2 is in a jetstream !!! 93 kts
Well done you all in the control center! you deserve a big applause too!
will GER2 be inside IT airspace before dawn?
Wendy: That is odd, perhaps they found a fast wind? They are at 13400ft.
This is soooo thrilling!
Hello from Corsica (elevation above 8000ft...)
German va survoler Calvi en corse
93 Kt must be a spurious reading, right?...
Spanish anchor is empty sand bag on tethering line.
drags in water
@Pete 18Knots x 9 hrs to dawn so ~200m. Over ITA unless slower.
If GER2 carry on 18kts, 40' they'll hit the Italian cost in about 5hrs.
Russians still pottering along at 2 knots! lol
i think the italian airspace as made even more entertaining to watch!
SWI2 can't be in a jetstream, to low, are there winds that fast and low?
Good night for all in the sky and the teams on the road...
Alasdair: no the reading is probably correct...the winds can be > 200mph
SWI2 down to 44 kts...a snail's pace compared to 93. Fabulous race!
.... and the Dutch at 9 knots...... who said ballooning was boring?
93 knts =172 kmh. This is insane! :)
The winds SWI2 are getting could shorten their distance from Start point
Christine & Ian how the devil are you both? This is so addictive!
FRA2 now have some North in their vector, VMG=bugger all
Ein aufmunternder Gruß an das Team Aut1
remember to look at teams page to see teams inflight photos on blogs
Swiss direction marginal, but speed excellent!
good night to all. I am excited to see the results tomorrow morning!
2011 GB starts in France about 20k from Italian border. Makes you think!
great site ! great race ! you may look at the wind charts and forecast
Wonder if a marker/layer per country on restrictions could be added
GB2010. teams RUS1 and NLD1 has moved
Thanks Rob. Estelle, how can you sleep on a night like this?
Fcast winds in S of have N component. Winner will be most S at Ukraine
Max distances they could fly:
Cyprus-2135 miles Greece-1845
How about distance circle overlays on the tracking map?
Beunas noches Alavaro, quando a a vascos globo en the gordon? michel
a better track from ger2 updated every 6 minutes http://bit.ly/dn7Cq4
@ donald eaves can i put the link from picasa on ballon.org?
Buenas noches Michel¡¡¡
GER2 too far N, every mm South counts. Scrape Sardinia airspace.
Benni - thanks for that, what is track in street view all about?
See home page for list still flying. NLD and RUS landed.
Feel free to use any images if they are god enough.
Thanks Benni ¡¡¡
Big hug from Spain¡¡¡
Benny, hast Du den Link auch für GER1?
hab ich nicht die 14 am ende sondern die 11
Brilliant pics Robin. Fantasic.
GER2 120km from Elba sunrise there 5.20GMT so can arrive 4.50 = in 8hrs
120km / 8 hrs = 15kph = 8 knots max speed for GER2!!
My images taken when time allowed, www.pbase.com/amjones/gb2010
@batmann wait a little bit you will get 8 knots!
Benni, danke! Ihr macht das! Alles Gute und Grüße aus Bonn
Andy, love the one with hot air and gas balloons. Great pics.
Thanks, it was hard work filling the balloons but fun also
I know there's race penalty but what would Italians do to night flyers?
Hooray for all who competitors and crew! Great show!
Andy, how much sand did they all take?
the best anyone is going to do now is nr. Burgas Bulgaria 2500 km
@marfy italy will do nothing against night flyers! thats a stupid rule!
@Alasdair, there was a page with distance rings, can't find it any-more!
Benni, If GER2 try for Civitavecchia landfall = 240km- if so 15 knots OK
Andy, Nice pictures¡¡¡
Competition Map page with a link...
Marfy: I asked that - didn't get anaswer. Guess disqualification 6pts on
Are the distances shown total distance flown or great circle arc?
@ Chris - I've seen the other, though it would be good on this 1 too.
your license, huge fine and a fight to get your balloon back.
Well calculated Mr Batman, was just trying to figure it out!
here you are Chris: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map/distances
Alan:they are great circle distances from Bristol. eg Compare the 2 gers
does anyone have the exact coordinates of the launch field?
@Zuz, Kevin : Thanks, found it.
I think GB has made a mistake. Come on D&S swing south below the Swiss
Congratulation from Jersey!!! Well done Benoit.......
Launch field (unless I'm mistaken)
Dani, I was the gas man not the sand man! But I think .75tonnes
@Alasdair : Agreed, but the guys doing this are already on overtime.
I think I will put my money on the USA they have the best line and Kt
SWI going for Tiraspol in Moldova do you think?
German 1 is my favorite
SWI 2 have there own website,any 1 have links?
What happens if you cross into Italy before daylight? Disqualification?
My money is still on the Brits.... they have a cunning plan ;-)
I agree SW1 looking good, fcast winds ahead of them have more S.
I was forgetting for this purpose Sardinia = Italy and must be avoided
@styles go on www.ballon.org there you find every team!
robert...use teams link in left column for links
The jury will decide on all penalties for rules transgressions
Welldone to all teams...fingers crossed....
This is getting addictive! Come on GB3, love to Clive/Jon in control. x
Phil great pics. Love the people shots as well.
Italy have agreed 5nm from land for day VFR timings -30 SR + 30 SS
Thanks Andy, don't know how i missed that.
Robert, here you are: http://gordonbennettrace.wordpress.com
Roderick: Tulsea in Roumania is further from Bristol than Tirasapol
My laptop really wants to go to bed! I don't! It's ADDICTIVE! c'mon GB
Thanks Kevin, some nice pics on there.
All the best Kurt and Pascal, from Geneva GB09 Director
Just for the record I think Sulina in Romania could be the place
Terry, USA 250km to Sardn sunrise 5.25GMT -1/2hr = 7hrs to go
250km / 7hr = 36kph = 20 knots - so USA still too fast ?
The further South the better when they hit Ukraine or Black Sea
Bristol triumphs for launch despite narrow windows of direction! FAB!!
Mr Batman, I think USA have over 400km before It airspace, loads of time
I really do have to get some sleep.. safe journey to the remaining teams
@Terry: Agreed. @Elaine: Me too. @Ferryair: A very cunning plan:-)
Have watched GBr1 And GBr2 leave But routing for Gbr3.. :)
@Elaine Yes! Sea and airspace interest for watchers (but hard for flyers
FRA2 will be reaching Italian Airspace @ 0645z on current winds.
I'm going for the coast of Black Sea - Constanta, region of Dobrogea.
@Tim: Sulina would be good. Trajectory doesnt seem that way at present.
croatia 99% sure
@Dave FRA2 look good. Most S in the air mass. Asuming can go distance.
Rolo,400km for US to Sard? Marseille - Sard only 375km -I stick by 250!
all the way: Moldova!
Batman, if Sard=Sardinia they will miss it.
I'm thinking France, I like how far South they are.
GBR3 should reach Italy 5nm boundary @ 1032z ;-) & clear Airspace 1300z
Though if the Swiss hit the Black Sea Coast...tough to beat.
So will GER2 land or keep going?
Just added some more launch pix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbladon
Nice move by GER2 ... almost stalled over Corsica. 3kt
Are GER2 calling it a day?
Looks like they're heading for the airport!
Are GER2 and FRA2 going for the pincer movement on GBR3?
New heading 308. Perhaps not.....
At 308 degrees aren't Ger2 flying back the way?
GB and US looking good at 108/109. 31kt is ok now. now aim for Napoli
elba italian? Ger playing waiting game?
Ger2 very, very close to Ita airspace.
understand airspace ok just must be more thyan 5km from land?
FRA2 plein sud svp!!! moussaka it's good for you.. good night at all!
It was just a flypast! :-)
Maybe they could tie themselves to a lamp-post!
@Terry GER2 in difficulty, close airspace.Stop or S but both impossible.
swiss also looking good swinging south heading for Constanta?
sorry But following GBr3 know It space = penalty how are they holding
@David, effecitvely airspace starts 5nm from land.
Rolo: Ger2 heading 308 = moving towards Monaco. Clever or what?
@Zoe GB3 look clear of airspace (must go circa 10 km N of Sardinia)
how much oxygen are the Swiss carrying? Still at 12,600 feet and 37 kts
Rolo Tamasi (Not Saying) 27Sep@22h52 Thank you
rolo yes airspace extends more than 5km but vfr flight over or within 5k
To win this competition you have to get to the Bugaria/Turkish border or
@Terry I agree, But no choice IFR=disqualified.
get to Athens or further south. Then Crete or Cyprus. That would be Wow!
Rolo, but FRA2 was clean 5nm after land, so does GER2 not have 5 b 4?
Is it me, but are all the reports now >30mins old?
Tsarevo loooks good
The Rules suggest ATC have to make a complaint before there is a penalty
Rolo: Don't understand IFR=disqualified? R U a rock band from Chicago?
Thank you ...Malcolm Philcox
Swiss line looks good for Sulina now ;-)
Swi2: are @2000km. Should land on the Black Sea coast 2,500 @9:00 BST
6.3 in thefirst instance a matter between the pilot and
the Av auth
@Terry must stay Visual Flight Rules, IT at night only Inst Flight Rules
have GB3 forgotten to press their location button or whatever they do?
Swiss in flight photos at http://gordonbennettrace.wordpress.com
somewhere in Bulgaria north of Varna is my guess. That's the target!!
More coverage at balloonpong.com.
@David 6.1 must be VFR; 6.4 deliberate infringement=disqualification
Ger2 are spiralling down 2kt heading 58 1000ft Delaying tactic or landin
french now look a bit too quick?
Rolo thats the way i read it
Rolo: understand what you said but Ger2 were flying west for a bit OK?
@Terry, they appear to have managed to park up for a while!
delaying tactic.. great job
Good to see it was delaying tactics for Ger2, I look forward to seeing..
Pilot expects wind to drop but it doesn't = Deliberate infringement?
N in FRA2 track is worrying. Airmass now N comp with when SWI went thro?
For Fr2 17kt = 200 k by dawn so 6:30 looks like a bit more fr2 drama
...where they all are in a few hours. Good onward teams. Night all!
@Terry 23:17 I think they're landing...
look for tab in news
Fra2 was in Ita airspace
the teams north are not.
close, very close.
@Malcolm, then land close to beach or be disqualified
...or perhaps not!
@ Terry q'ell surprise..
gut feeling Ger 2 have landed; and GB splashed and dashed accidently
wrong on both counts ! just worrying
GER2 circa 40km from airspace, 7knts need 3hrs... closer than my errors.
GB squashed how=plz input ?????
@Rolo If you mean 5k out at sea, water landing disqualifies.
Italian Airspace for Day VFR only commences 5nm from Coastline
Ger2 marking time. How are they doing that? Have they anchored land?
Much better to be USA2 than Ger1 or GB3 Just follow them in then go 10m+
@Chris, no, if not deliberate then must land imediately its safe to.
Are they in eyesight of each other? I would think so.
@Terry, 10 km into Black Sea?
I'm off to bed now. Don't want to miss the dawn drama. Bye all.
@Rolo I see, as soon as you reach land but safely.
GBR3 taking my "scrape Sardinia Airspace" a bit toooo literally!
GBR3 stay clear of TEREZ
Sleep well:Schlaft gut: dormire bene;sommeil bien;
OK going now. Saw your point Rolo good one be exciting if it comes to it
Switch map to terain. Looks like Ger2 are down behind the mountain. Pos?
Sleep beckons bN watching 48 hrs GBr3 god speed, GB behind you & SKILL
GER2 2knts! looks like they will do it.
good luck gb, we are watching in bristol
also watchin' from Bristol - Good Luck to All, GB3 to win! :)
Bristol - Balloon City
1036 hrs in Sydney Australia on Tuesday. Still watching the GB pilots!
not keen on GBR3's track. Unless of course they have a - cunning plan..
Everyone say Hi to Lady Smythe in Bristol - a lovely old balloon fanatic
@Shanwick - agreed, but seeing what GER2 have done, anything possible
Attending this fantastic race is addictive ! I cant decide and go to bed
..leave the cunning plan to Baldric - he's in Bristol too!
Nice to be in Canada and watching in "prime time"
USA 2 following up nicely . Watch him
Hi Canada, say hi to Ron too :)
I like Baldric, you never know what's next....
There's prob 250,000 Rons in Canada- but only 1 Ron Martin! Correct?
its a pity the competition area is not wider -could watch more of this!
so my team GER1 is save now! will have some hours sleep now!
Soz Canada... was poor attempt at humour - Toronto .. its late here!
yes, USA2 has been steady.
less ballast when you let the balloon fly.
Good Luck Benni, but GBR3 at 22Kn for 4Hrs ~ 95Mi and Sardinia only 50!
Need an update on GER2 just loged on .
i get the info willi needed 3 bags for all the direction changes!
Ger, US, & UK all at 5900ft.. wish I knew how they manouver the balloons
@Benni - a novice thanks you for technical background.
steve, baldric is a red, id sling him overboard with the sand
@Steve - change height to find wind in better direction.
scrap the 5900ft stuff.. mustve been technical prob, all changed now soz
I bet Corsica ATC will be glad when GER2 clears their airspace.
@chris, soz how do they adjust hight though? guess, gas/sand offloads?
@ Mark, oh no ur not a gashead r u ? -City here OTIB :)
@Steve I'm no expert but, drop sand gain height, vent gas lose height.
skill is retaining as much gas & sand as pos & finding best wind then?
@Steve Basically, also need good wind forecast, maps and planning.
ascend - drop a little ballast (sand), descend - valve a little gas (H)
GBR3 looking better now,but keeping it to the wire -nice.Godspeed.
@Benni-ur dad is creature of creativity!
ur Austin, Texas buddy.
Gasballoonrating and Training Centre in Gladbeck! www.ballon.org
@Steve probably v complicat - eg GER2 hiding behind mountains from wind
when nothing left to throw over, flt is soon over-ballast=fuel,sort of
@Benni-approx. 1.5 hrs to free up ATC of Italy?
much in basket to throw besides sand, if needed.
Sunrise Rome Local Time = 7:03 AM
Hi Garry Both still ballooning after all these years? Lovin' the GB.
True, but only water and sand allowed - I think!
@Garry, use either nautical or civil
sunrise/set times or maybe astro?
steve, gashead here lol, united behind
need to check GB rules...
I *think* local time - 30 min = OK.
ballast=anything not harmful
I *think* ATC would use civil twilight = local SR - 30 min.
First contact with 5mn boarder at 6:33 loc. allowed!!
re anything not harm - yes but! poss penalty
Garry, correct. rules=sand & water
Sebastian: you yelling, telling or just happy? :^)
In case of emergency everythink is allowed. Accus, Ropes, Instruments
Hello Ruth! Yes, still hanging around...
Ask Hempi about his landing in US and what he throws out! Everythink!!!
Livetracking of Chasecrew GER1: www.aprs.fi call: dc2eh-9
A pass over Sardina may result in being in Corsica airspace within 5nm??
Are the islands between Corsica and Italy part of the Italian airspace?
See news for information about Sardinia and Korsika!!
I only fly hot air, but if in trouble, the wife's getting tossed! :^))))
Yes all Islands are Italy ATC. Islandcoast + 5mn in all directions!
Corsica = Good, Sardinia = Not Good - I *think*
@SE, How west is french airspace? surely corsica isnt guarentee on exit.
look at map under 'news' tab.
@sebastian-Willie using a mermaid?
dont know. Italy airspace open until 5mn before coast in the night!
just kidding Sebastian-mermaid mythical creature.
french airspace runs out just off the furthest tip south of corsica
Understood the NEWS info. Wasn't sure if islands are a infraction 4 GER2
Wowzers, GBR3 cutting it fine! Lets hope the wind stays 90'.
41.20N is the boundary line between the two islands
but what about SE corner of French ATC? Thats within 5nm surely?
if he is in french airspace the 5nm for italian airspace does not apply
my initial point was night exiting west in that corner isnt safe still?
corsica to sardinia = 11km so if over corsica should be no prob
I have to say, I never thought balloon racing could be so exciting!
thank you garry. looked closer! maybe its sleep deprivation!
hope the pilots got a better map of the airspace borders!
-more u zoom in,the safer u'll feel, - Gbr3 looks close from a distance!
Splendid achievement of all pilots!
I was zoomed in. They were less than 2nm clear.
Re: maps, the rules suggest they all have latest. :^))
Too quiet here! So, will Swiss land before rest clear IT?
A miss is as good as a mile, Geoff, a miss as good as a mile! m8 lol :)
how close is Ger1 tho to Italian airspace?
Very rough measure - 60km
Sorry - I was meas France!
yeah Ger1 looks much closer looking at 'news' airspace diagram.
rough meas - 70km to 5nm
was looking at airspace . forgot about 5km from land rule.. soz
What a race! May all land softly & safely. Go Carol and Richard!
Good luck to all! Especially team USA!
Odd rule. If another team goes 1 km more than Swiss, and takes 24 more
hours to do it, they still win....
So the zigzags here could greatly help the trailing teams in the end.
Only an odd rule if the distance is fixed. Best team goes furthest.
Enduring a longer time in a basket is also a great achievement.
Maybe have to get out a ruler for this one at the Black Sea strand.
Where can I view a map of approved countries, please? e.g. Turkey?
5 nautical miles = 9.26 kilometres
Albuquerque is pulling for USA team!!!
Sorry, mate, Turkey is out of bounds for this one.
I wonder if they will reach Cyprus. Turkey not allowed.
Ta, Ken. just worked it out. They stayed up 4 days in past. 5 this time?
Ajaccio 0550AM sky clear - I can see USA ! Go !
Re: "odd" rule - Not odd at all! It is *the* defining rule of the GB!!
The wind direction and strength must be stopping them from going South?
4:26 GMT...sunrise -30min in Napoli. Looks like FRA2 are good.
GER2 is heading North East (50 degrees) !!! Breaking from the pattern.
More brilliant timing from FRA2. Those guys are wizards.
FRA2 - 7NM off the coast at sunrise. Brilliant flying.
Those cow bells must be ringing in Switzerland!
GER2 is losing ground on their north track
Elba must look fanatstic for FRA2. Bonne route
Looks like it could be Constanta for SWI2 ? A marvellous run.
GER2 - is Markus headed to Debrecen for HAB World Championship?
Looks tricky at the Danube Delta. SWI2 must not come down on water.
Quelle fin de course palpitante à venir !
Wow SWI2 - what a flight! Glück Ab!
Allez FRA1, vous l'avez déjà fait l'an dernier !!
Now GER1 is heading North East. GBR3 to follow? A race for third?
What an incredible race! Well done on timing! good luck all!
Seb et Vincent voir Naples et le Vesuve au lever du soleil ! ! ! le pied
Wind is SW near Rome? http://www.easyvoyage.co.uk/weather/southern-italy
GBR3 heading for Varda in Norway? ;-)
FR2 C'est pas tout les cartes postales, aller y c'est par ou la mer noir
Remember 2009GB-once those out front landed, the others knew where to go
FRA2, ça va être dur de concilier cap et vitesse ! Courage !
Oversight: Ukraine "not on the map": Clearly SWI2 should fly on ?
This could get very intersesting.
At present course, Swiss will achieve about 2460km.
*If* French can find right turn, they "only" need to get to S Greece.
FRA 2 Bravo pour la nav de cette nuit
Courage encore un effort !
@Leigh: To where, Leigh? Can't fly over area not on map.
Good Morning Schwyz!
Go Danube Delta.
Wunderfull People There
SUI seems to have done the best choice. Congratulations !
wind is turning towards the north...
GB3 now 3rd, a whole kilometre further than GER1
how far east can they go?
idem GB09, go to black sea FRA2!! bien dormi estelle? good trip for all
Understand re: wind to N - just fantazing...
This race is INCREDIBLE.All teams are doing an extraordinary job! Bravo!
C'est pour aujourd'hui On y croit !
Allez Seb et Vincent !
My personal bet is definititely ... on my friends Vincent and Sebastien!
slt Dom. A peine réveillée, devt l'ordi!Tu penses Koi de GER1, USA2,GBR3
I believe Moldova is closer to Bristol than Danube Delta, landing soon?
FRA2 paraît idéalement positionné! Quelle course mes amis! Du grand art!
SWI2 should fly on to moral victory, ignore Ukraine management error ?
Caplani SE Moldova - 2412km, Constanta - 2451km, Murighiul - 2442km!
so they can not cross the black sea....
FRA2 Vincent Seb GO GO Courage les Chtis fan sont là VIVE PPSE
Note to other teams for next year. Hire the Swiss wind forecaster?
GBR3 keeping most Southerly of that bunch. >East + land after FR + SW !!
GBR3 keeping most Southerly of that bunch. >East + land after FR + SW !!
and the tactitian (sp?) that got them past IT 1 day earlier than others.
But it's not over yet!!
SWI2; When in Mahmudia or Murigiol,
call Vasile Carpo.
USA & France are actually going S! Now I must stay up for next update!
Probably the most incredible race I have seen so far! GREAT JOB!
What a fantastic situation to wake up to this morning!
Félicitations vous êtes tous bon, pour RDV en Italie
Good morning, here goes another day out of my life.The stress oh dear
CONSTANTA FORECAST 8KT SW MIDDAY
Amazing race - we're all glued to it!
Wow, what excitement is this- go 6 go
Have you looked at the webcams on the coast of Italy?
bravo:Sebastien et Vincent. Maintenant le temps et un atout
Swiss landing in about 1.5 hours?? 120km to edge, 37kts (68kph)
Good Mornin everyone: Looks like FRA2 heading for Alexandroupoli. Smart.
Ger2 going the scenic route. PISA pretty then the ALPS??
Why have the swiss got to land?
FANTASTIC GB flying. Safe landings for all 6 are wished.
If GER2 go NE could They get to Russia (wind permitting)Thinking aloud.
Can't land in water, Ukraine not in competition area.
Wish I didn't have to go to work today. Will SWI2 be disqualified?
Robert, because they are heading for the black sea.Out of bounds.
Sulina looks the best bet for Swi2 if they could swing north a little.
Current guesses: SWI2 for Constanta and FRA2 for Alexandroupouli !!
Vive FRA2! Bravo Vincent+Seb! Super job le PC sol! Go Petit Prince! Go!
Completely hooked! Will need to hide the webpage under some 'work' today
Ger2 are actually heading towards Florence there'll be some webcams ther
formi formi formidable FR2
Terry, if they stay on present coursea little S of Sulina,max dist.
to get further East than the Swiss, one team has to aim for Cyprus!
Fantastic race! Still glued to it. wishing safe landings to all teams
Allez Vincent et Seb il faut jour on y va
Willi+Ulli, Markus+Matthias: Italienische Woche? Glück ab, Gut Land
Do u really think they will push that hard? Or last road before delta?
This is great stuff!Glad my flight was cancelled this morning!
Morning everyone, GBR still going just GREAT.
Keep up The speed
If Italy has open overnight flying how many teams would still be in it?
The othr teams will need 2 stay up atleast anothr 24-28hrs to beat SWI2
Sulina - 2465km, Alexandroupoli - 2481!!
GBR3 gone nearly twice as high as neighbours. What are they up to?
Kurt, Ihr schafft das! Wir freuen uns riesig! Ein tolles Team.
hoping to move North I guess
On the edge of my seat, incredible race!!!
All looks good Tuesday morning. Go GBR3.
"hight for right" - prob not, never worked for me in comp......
GBR3 looking for some fast south flowing air ?! Go GBR3
Wonder if the French are wanting Greece. 'Turning'.
@robert: I think North would be bad news. Maybe East or South?
Are the French going for Cyprus ?
SWI2_ Ground Team.
waren vorige Woche im Delta,
und können helfen.
Comon David :) Gb3 All the way now ! :P
lucky enough to be at the launch and addicted since! Go Hempie and Simon
Ha ha, Franz. Did you ask them not to land in the delta? Hard to reach.
Cyprus would be *very* exciting - talk about going "all in"!!
yes, Sulina and Sf. Gheorghe ONLY by boat
GBR3 Need for speed 30knts
Well done teams. What a journey. Amazing.
Limankoï 2548 km
brilliant race! compulsive viewing! hooked since Easter Compton
SWI2 approx an hour to go Wish them a safe slow landing
So exciting. Good luck to everyone. They passed by my window on Saturday
If Limankoi is in Turkey, I think that would out of bounds...
Hi Bristol. Goodnight? Good Job!! thanks for removing the CATCHAs. Brill
absolutely amazing!wish soft landings to all remaining teams!
Good Morning Control Centre, Good Luck GB3. Work but watching.
GBR3 back down from higher altitude. Must be no N wind. Wasted sand/gas?
Added some more photos to my Flickr site last night - link to follow!
Looks like SW starting their descent,brunch next to Black Sea?Lovely!
JFP.Why would GB3 want a Northerly wind?
I didn't think 15 minutes could take so long!
Swiss do an epic flight John and all you can think of is their stomachs
Howard still there? Did you find any Balloon on a Webcam? New game ?
Absolutely hooked! Surprised nobody's managed to head to Cyprus.
Hi Ian,Epic flight indeed,deserves an epic brunch with lots of champers!
Control, any night fly restrictns in Greek airspace? Just looking ahead!
Re: Cyprus, ignoring avail wind, Turkey poses small prob for Swiss. :^))
Have to leave for work (sigh) - go GBR3!
Control, please can u adjust GB3 info card as partly obscured by frame
The Japanese are on the move again this morning !
Have the French landed?!?? 0kts, 0ft!
Can someone tell me where the 6 balloons are as my PC at work will not l
@Ian: no a N wind, i.e. from the North. Not Northerly.
Swiss almost at Black Sea, France over IT.
Have FRA2 landed now??
Have the French landed? showing 0ft
Je crois que Seb et Vincent font un arrêt Pipi, pour laisser passer ?
Swiss,last road before water at Istria. End game,
You could be rigght Garry. Shame, as they achieved so much.
GER2 over North IT, rest (US,GBR, GER3) west cost of IT btw GER2 and FRA
French also showing 361 degree direction! Their logger gone crazy?
Sorry, meant Graeme re. FRA2.
Eh oui les Japonais reprennent l'avion à Toulouse-Blagnac apparemment !
have the French landed , been in the same spot for the past 10 minutes.
Is Danube Delta landing forbidden? Has a Biosphere Reserve link follows
GB need to go south!
SWI can only do 2400 km or so.
Athens is 2550 km.
Pos are only updtd evry 15 min. This is first 0/0 report. next in 2 min
Danube Delta: www.ddni.ro - then link to DDBR "protected core area"
GBR3 has the better direction at present..Is turkey out of bounds?
Circle is 360 degrees.
What direction is 361?
French doing circles!
Yes, Turkey OOB
SWI at 1300ft... the marker is almost set!!
swiss are descending...is it landing time????
Surely GB1 needs to be heading towards Greece now?
Looks like FRA2 has landed 0 alt & 0kt
I say GB1, I mean GB3 - I'm new to this! ;)
Absolutely Peter - fields below, still a bit fast.
Good Luck to all the teams but c'mon GB3
GER2 have 43 kt and are heading 80degrees. May have caught a good wind.
No score if land in water Swiss may be making an approach soon hopefully
Vincent et Seb sont posés...bravo pour ce vol...a bientot chez nous!
Unlucky but Well done FRA2 you gave us a lot of excitement!
Wishing a safe landing to SWI2 after a marvellous journey.
Markus gib Gas - Go Willi, Go! Gruezi Schwyzerland und Guet land, Pascal
Keep it up GB3 :))
Looks like FR2 landed in car park hope they have some change for ticket
GBR and GER have pedal to the metal. Keep up USA
GB3, and friends, could always go to Porsanger.
The Swiss are running out of room.They have to land before the black sea
USA2 from down under go Richard and Carol you can do this
Bristol2010: Do any of the Balloons carry webcams? Idea for next time?
Last 4 have to cross Adriatic to beat FR for 2nd place
Can anyone confirm GB3 dir as on my screen the card edge obscures info
When SUI come down check for a propeller
What a fight Ger1+2! Great Flight www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010
75 deg, but u should be able to move window around to avoid obscure.
Go higher GBR3 your too slow.
looking at the comp area map Turkey is not OOB
really unfortunate Italy was a no go last night. delayed the others much
If TURK is E of Greece and N or Cyprus, looks white on comp area to me
Have the French landed?
Why do Sui2 need to land before the Black Sea?
Have to stay within comp area.
it's out of bounds, click competition area on the left
Land on water = no finish.
Countries beyond Black Sea out-of-bounds
The swiss sure know how to hide a motor (Cancellara...) :-)
Why do SWI2 have to land before the Black Sea and what are the confines?
black sea out of comp area http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map
Wilhelm is very experienced and if he has enough sand will go far!
Looks like we are down to five balloons..
FRA2 must have landed or the logger has stopped....
look like the US now have the better direction currently
Turkey is out of bounds. The blue country is Bulgaria.
SW over IT b4 dark, rest had to w8 till first light, GB&Ger willcatch up
Si c'est perdu pour FR2 (Séb. et Vincent) alors Go ! GB3 David et Simon
Cool Japans Tracker is still on ;-) http://www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010
Moldova has to be the place to go!
Did anyone know answer to my question re Danube Delta - forbidden?
USA will stop for Pizza in Italy!!!
Moldova only 2400km.
Has to be Greece, Athens 2550 km
out all day, keepgoing, AHD and Jon. Good luck. Jenks
Swi2 might land around Sacele, could be a prob retrieving from Dunarii
Swiss about to Land!
Phil, Moldova shorter from Bristol than Romanian Black Sea coast
Caplani SE Moldova - 2412km, Constanta - 2451km, Murighiul - 2442km!
is not! The Delta is Land! www.ballonclub.de/worlds2010
Porsanger is the place to go!
There are no roads in the Delta Dunarii could be wet and boggy too risky
Mr Batman,Danube delta looks a bit wet to me!Look @ satellite image
My money is on last road at Istria, for happy landing
Thanks David (de) - what if SW land Delta on nest of rare Glossy Ibises?
Goodness me. Haven't looked here since yesterday afternoon. AMAZING!!!
FRA landed close to coast wonder if they had a close call?
Mr Batman, they coud use the eggs for a fryup..
No shadow on map, are the French down?
would they land on the delta to WIN!!!!
delta is land but very wet.willi landed there in GB1997. Not good!!
Why are the US falling so far behind their speed is comparable to GBs?
Swiss-guys Kurt und Pascal, Glück ab und guet Land im Donau-Delta!
To repeat The Danube Delta is a Biosphere reserve see www.ddbra.ro
At 0ft they must land on the sea or the beach
Why do you call it LIVE Tracking?
Is the tracking out of order ? or is it becalmed above Salerno ?
Félicitation pour votre parcourt dommage pour cette fin
Bravo Seb et Vincent félicitations vous nous avez donné des frissons
Yes, FRA2 are down...no more sand left
direction is king not speed
FRA2 landed on the beach to pick up sand?
know more in half an hour...
hope SW brought swim ware, they may need it:-)
lol Bob!! I don't think so!frogs respect rules too!!!;)
"delayed" Live-Tracking Koen (press F5)
USA Will stop off in IT for Pizza, cant help themselves, unless they del
Fra2 is at the edge of a car park and field on an industrial estate
assuming the trackers are that accurate. Hard to say field or car park.
Fra2 reported landing on their website
If u look on satelite image its clearly a factory car park.
Fra2 in factory courtyard.Lot of sand used low level waiting to enter It
FR2 landed 40,6326° N 14,8539° E 7H08 UTC salerno italy
Fra2 had only 8 bags left before landing.
Bravo les gars !
A très bientôt pour fêter votre retour
The winner could set a new European record if he manages > 2449.70km!
hello Jonathan...best regards I was a young girl when I met U in Bristol
jonahtan thanks wndered re am landing, explained.
Bravo Vincent et Seb, courage pour ceux qui sont encore en vol.
Not sure then can do 2449.70+ and keep there feet dry...
@Jonathan H...I'm the daughter of Claude Jutteau
Where can I see more images of the race, sat etc ? Thanks
Congratulations FR2! What an incredible flight over lot of water.
Bird's eye view of FRA2 landing site: http://bit.ly/c0Vm4p
Hats off FRA2 - landing @ 500m from Casa Francese !
Do we have answer, is Delta OK by rules for landing?
Steve, go to live tracking, click satelite and zoom in,
Kurt and Pascal, - Thats what I call flying! Fantastic, well done.
if ever there was areason to take up gas ballooning this has 2 B it
welldone all teams, safe landings 2 al still flying
Hi Steve, I think the Hybrid-Mode its better, with streets
Superbe vol ! Bravo Seb et Vincent !
What is the significance of 8 bags in ft and wt? Sound quite a bit to me
cant wait for up[date sw2 descending cmon tracker!
Well Done SWI2 a Fantastic effort
Is Markus going Home?
I suspect the retrieve will be story in it's self
Barends... no to Debrecen for the HAB World Championship ;-)
Well done SWI2. GBR3 now up to 34 kt and chasing you!
Inspiring to all balloonists ! what a great advert for our sport.
@Terry, 1 bag ~15Kg, lighten balloon by 1% -> rise ~80m, depends on alt.
Well the Swiss are certainly pushing it to the limit!
GB needs 200K to beat the French distance,come on guys!
SW2 good luck for landing at 20knt.....
Swiss landing at Istria imminant?
WD SWI2: Well calculated and executed.
which will be the last?
6 bags for a comfortably, safe approach!
Kurt, fantastische Meisterleistung. Einfach Klasse. Kann nicht arbeiten
Marcus could be a bit early for a PDG at Debrecen
Last one flying will be GB3
Well done SW2, time for some chocolate!
Lindsay, I think they've been flying a CRAT!
Bravo Vincent, Sébastien, Vous nous faites un grand plaisir
Bravo Vincent et Seb pour ce superbe vol! Vs ns avez fait vibrer 1x de +
SWI2 will a SE sea breeze develop?
RDV pour l' an prochain
nous vous attendons
Congrats to the 5 teams still flying ! This is a flabbergasting race !
SWI2 now 5 degrees - can they push it to the very corner?
Garry - our thoughts too Someone put out a
target. The Ultimate Fly In
Swiss looking for a place to land. Running out of land!!!
Well done Swiss and FRA2; but keep going GBR3. Go, Go, Go !!!
SW2 down, good show
Looks like the Swiss could almost spit into that lake!
well done, swi2 that must have been one hell of a flight
I think the French flew a CRAT as well
Awesome flying SW + FR, keep going the rest of you.
SW2 fantastic job well done
Bravo SW2 ! A fantastic flight - brilliant. The Brits are coming.
GER2 looking strong, nice track
Fantastic piloting! Good night all, especially the pilots and crews!!!
Brillian flight by the Swiss. Glad they've landed now got to go out
Amazing! No work will get done today either!
fantastic sw2, but its not over yet!
Absolutely fantastic!! Gratulation! wonder where is your retrieve??
then there was 4
Avanti GBR3. Can't tear myself away from watching...
SW2 brilliant! The pack are chasing a target now!
Well done SWI... edge of the last field!! Fantastic!!
congrats to swiss team, kept me in rush for last two day :-)
All four following balloons are at 9800ft.
fingers crossed for the rest, keep flying ! :-)
Hopp Schwiiz! But the Germans are going to do a nice flypast of Rijeka
Congratulations SWI2!!! It was great flight!!!
congrats swi2 " magnifique"
GBR2 @ 13,800ft. USA2 Landing?
Superb Swiss (& everybody) what a landing spot,makes my flying pathetic!
Congratulations SWI2! What an amazing flight! Will be hard to do better
Ok, now where are the other 4 going? I'm going to do some work back L8R
CONGRATS Kurt & Pascal spectacular flying! All GB teams great airmanship
Amazing stuff SWI2 congratulations on an epic flight!
SW2 Fantastic flight congrats & thanks for the journey.
Graet flying SW2... edge of the seat stuff
Great flying SW1. Today will be spent checking progress of the others.
Excellent SWI2. GBR3 may find an extra 20km down near Constanta.
Just joined up to express great admiration to all teams; addictive views
This is gripping! What's the main challenge now - sandbags or stamina?
Ok GBR3 you now know what is needed to win.. come on guys
Amazing, impressive flying SW2! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!
Go GB3 lets see if this new balloon is all its cracked up to be!!
Italian ATC made yesterday very exciting - sorry to see FRA2 land
Go SW12. Well done. It will be interesting to see what other teams do ?
Félicitations SWI2 ! Impressionnant !!!
Not much land in the competition area further than SW1.
Concratulation Kurt,Pascal, guet Land -and now- go Willi, go Marcus, GER
If GBR3 pick up the forecast winds on the east coast, Greece is possible
Bravo SWI2 what a flight, but I'm still on the edge of my chair ;)
Alexandroupouli at East end of Greece further than SWI2. Winds be kind.
now showing all remaining at 9800ft?
Original 10,000' wind forecast incredibly accurate
The show is going on
Félicitations à l'équipe suisse
hop swiss 2 congratulation trust everything well be proud
Fantastic work by Race Control and website keeping us up to date
Here's a nice animation of cloud movement: http://www.meteoam.it/
GBR3..they need to start tracking south to be in with a chance!
Wonder why FRA2 landed? Greece beckoned. Maybe they were low on ballast.
In theory possible to beat SWI2 if N of their track, but v difficult.
Thanks JFP - actual weather info has been difficult to know
Italian wind chart is showing constant breeze from south west..!
Great flight SW2. Target set. Good luck to GBR3, USA2, GER1 and GER2.
Matt Nicholson we need our gas licences I want to play
SWI2 may have it in the bag...tough to beat....fantastic flying....
me too Mr Green....Coop Marketing going to asked the question....
So SWI 2 and FRA 2 landed almost contemporaneously . Next :
So - what might have been without ATC VFR rule . Next :
SW2 congratz. awsome flying. will be hard to beat but race is still on.
BUT what a race it has made - and maybe not over yet
GB3 on 65 heading too far North must reach Black Sea South of Sw2 to win
Almost anywhere S of SWI2 could win, Bulgaria possible, Greece unlikely
VINCENT SEBASTIEN. J FRANCOIS. MERCI DES BONS MOMENTS .A L' AN PROCHAIN
Anti-cyclone coming down from Germany? GER1 in good spot to pick it up?
North west winds forecast for Italian coast but not for 48hours!
A tous mes amis pilotes de cette fantastique GB : BRAVO!
Yes too long a time to wait for favourable wind.
Has anyone noticed, but all remaining balloons are at the same height?
This not the end but the end of the beginning - of the race
From where do you get your forecasts guys? Are they Altitude based?
Ger now heading for the other gliding club @ Otocac!
Sean: Bob & I have posted on this. I think it must be a system default.
GER2: 80 km NE. Graz
Einladung auf Glühwein.
@Sean wonder if its aglitch, they were also all showing 9800 a while ago
Go GB (go a bit south if possible too)
because they will all be different again in a while, ?need official view
JPN now made it to Narbonne - 62kt 0Ft.
Germans 're trying to go home!!!
Anyone know how much wind direction can vary at different altitudes?
Possibly all heading for Hungary - a few days early for the Worlds
banzai !!!he come back with the truck!
merci et grand bravo pour ce vol FRA2,revanche l'an prochain en France!
am I right when I say that SW1 are unbeatable?
so will there be any right for Cyprus?
@Doris I think its very hard
Anywhere south of the Swiss pretty much beats them!!
except the others can get far south...???
Doris - no. Try Bulgaria, by Black Sea coast.
If GB3 reached Constanta, GB3 would win
World's oldest air race & still adventurous & exciting
are there any team's blogs to follow for fresh info?
I did say on Sunday Constanta is good for the beer & vodka!
GB3 has an excellent team blog
Looking at the latest GFS wind fcst SWI2 looks unbeatable
landing pic sw2 website see teams website
SWISS landing pic. Looks like the back of beyond.
Are USA2 going to make it across Italy before Nightfall? Good Luck
Is there a max alt?
What happend to Marc Sullivan? Are they ok?
It would be fantastic too win twice in a row. Keep up the good work GB
well done SWI2, BRILLIANT JOB !! COME ON GB3 YOU CAN DO IT!! :-)
If you get it Martyn, i'll come and be your co-pilot!
Swiss have done very well. Others will need to be south to win-difficult
It's a bit quiet now so BRISTOL 2010 give us a wave and cheer GOOD JOB!
South or NNW for GB3 to win, wind F'cast says no, but u never know
Think GER2 may have a cunning plan and are heading off to N. Finland!
Chris: They would have to get further North than Tromso Chilly up there!
Ger2 in strong pos, if they have the hight to clear moutains
Absolutely fascinating. Well done SWI2 & good going the 4 still flying.
winner is Dist trav'ed not how far you are from Bristol, correct?
Winner is staight-line ([Great Circle') distance from start point
@Bob : winner is max great-circle distance from take-off to landing
Rule 5.1 implies longest great circle distance from Bristol
Bob: No it's the furthest from base. No time limit.
finished my chores. now are the remaining 4 topping up their tans?
Rules state: The winner shall be the team covering the greatest distance
@Terry agreed quite chilly but anywhere NE Finland is a win win.
classification will be based on the greatest distance covered
@Bob I think GER2 are out of it, they will run out of competition space
distnce will be measured by determination of the arc of the great circle
GB leaving Italy: all at 9800 ft again
Got it, so a U turn wont help:-)
Question for you experienced balloonists.Is Crete a possible target?
Did FRA2 really land at a warehouse?
far more exciting than F1, DHA for a second win?
GER2 Head for Batsfjord, Norway. 2700+kms. Its a win.
Got to go back to work again - hang on in there GB3!
Once knew man called Gordon Bennett. Huge joke. No joke now! Go GBR3 Go
USA will land for Pizza soon they never can pass a Pizza shop;-)
'Gordon Bennett!!!' ... this race beats everything
Bravo à nos français FRA1 et FRA2 et leurs équipes. Vous nous avez fait
Whats on with tracking? everybody in 9800ft! Thats wrong!!
i wonder how much sand they all have left????
Jap1 try to sneak under the radar, think they can re-enter up the road:)
GB3 lower? slower?
The Japanese are making moves again with some very odd wind tracks !
@Bob - Lower and Slower to try and find some right maybe ?
perhaps GBR3 is letting the germans go in fron to give them a target...
Fantastic go gbr3 go ps also knew a Gordon Bennett not as fun as this
Die Richtung ist zu schlecht um auf SWI2 noch aufzuholen. Weblog of Ger1
Surely the Japanese are in the car on the way home...
the rule is usually: "Right with Height"
Any new trajectories avail' to show H-A the way to Cyprus! (turn right)
Jon, risky on the coast, may end up going west, from Bob Trowbridge
Hé oui les Japonais font du tourisme ! éh éh vive la France ! !!
Yes Barry, there not really cheating
I find it quite excellent that the Japanese signal is still transmitting
JAP1 is driving on the A54 highway...
Hey Webmaster, put JPN1 back to the landing spot!
Thank you very much :)!
GBR needs to just get a more southerly track Go!!!
Look this map http://tiny.cc/jfiu6 thunders will come!
GB are low now. Are they trying to get south?
GB£ getting too low
Tiraspol in Moldavia maybe possible
GB3 @2600, the rest 9800? another glitch?
What are GB doing going North?
Bravo FRA2, on vous attend l'année prochaine for the first place
That was a nice try, Japan
USA2 good direction. Will they find w/speed to cross Italy before sunset
Japaneses are on the motorway going to Marseille ???
Is there a limit to the amount of consumables that a team can start with
Tiraspol isn't far enough to win.
GER1 is running for one more night if wheather stays stable!
Germany 2 welcome to Croatia, I am on your disposition if you need me :)
Are the 4 looking for winds to push them south or heading for Finland?
Source: Command Center GER1 and Ger2 www.ballon.org
GB3 still low and going NW, have they got a problem?
Thank you Benni.
John, I doubt that the ballast reserves by now allow trying to go there
Good work Benni¡¡¡ Thanks a lot.
Also they'd need to reach like the northern tip of FIN to win
Sebastian, I suspect/hope GBR are just searching for better tracks
GBR3 have "lost" 4k since last update (now 1663 was 1667) and GER now 1k
Benni, Are you in the retrieval team or in the work center?
Hope that they will not have the storms!!Is the map for the 28 or 29sep?
GBR3 : is their tracker right? now it si 317°
Come on GBR3. Keep her up!
GB3 now 5000+ stopped for lunch?
Stopped for a bit of Tiffin.
GB back on track now. Maybe they were trying out for a S sea breeze?
GBR3: Turn the map up the otherway, then turn right :)
My guess was a cheeky look at low winds? Cost ballast though!
i think the USA arein a good place,everything happening in front of them
I think they did it about 80nm too early!
Looks like wind direction is ENE 18kts in Pescara.
Japanese are visiting la Camargue!
@Nigel hehehe made me chuckle! Come on GBR u can do it.
Has GER2 decided to give up and go home?
GB3 control room just on local news,still think they havea wining chance
JAP1 en vacances?
am i the only one who can see davids tactic ???
Webmaster, JAP1 on the run again!
Martin, Share your wisdom, Always willing to learn
go on then martin...tell all
Come on Hempie!!
@Martin, an out and return?
Not seeing it Martin
GER2 is going to Debrecen/Hungary, P2 is cometing there
Debrecen would be 1800 km flown, still a very nice result :)!
i think its between us and uk !!! ger have lost the plot or going home ?
sorry I mean "competing"
Nice ine Stefan, that would be perfect navigation! :-)
and i mean one
@Martin, GER1 is still there as well, although they all need a south
Us2 heading is good at 80d only 41/2 hrs to curfew = 150km @ 18kt
Aye. 42-30N area southerlies coming in. Go DHA.
Looking at Italian forecast has evening Westerly @ 10km overnight ...
..vearing 20d south and Wed morn another 15d south so go slow boys slow
Slow means bad wheather in Italy! Thunderstorms and so on!!!
whereas Croatian/Adriatic forecast shows 14kh wind from NW, no evidence?
@Mark: Clarification of nomenclature needed. Southerly means from South?
No storms according to: www.infoadriatic.com/weather_forecast.shtml
Reading DHA blog - their little dip was NOT part of the plan!
GB only 8 klicks behind GER
...and their heading has improved. 80deg will take them below SWI2...
Looks like GB on 70deg and USA on 80deg
GB team dropped and rose-let gas out-slower travel, am I correct?
Flightwheather Forecast says thunderstorms! HQ Bristol Met. Team also!!!
Sounds like GB3 hit the 'down' of the lee wave off the mtns E side Italy
Looks like GB3 lost lots of ballast in a scary 11,000ft drop
The Germans versus the Yanks and Brits. Where have I heard that before?
GER is getting away. 20kms now. come on DHA
Are there prizes? in addition to the glory!
just glory. Isn't this enough?
a Breitling watch I believe
A beautiful trophy for the winner. BBC TV just showed it.
@Nigel it isn't a race you know. furthest distance from Bristol.
But no Swiss, Mike in the race you mentioned!
Current weather Mostar: www.wunderground.com/global/stations/14648.html
@Chris. Yes I know. GER 1703k from start GBR 1683k from start
looks like JAP1 are heading for LFML (by Road)
you can keep the throphy only if you win 3 times in a row
No forecast of storms in Bosnia wind vearing fr SW to fr N by Sarajevo
Just can't keep JAP1 under control!!!
the quality of the website and tracking is excellent thus good hit rates
I see a finish line has appeared on the map!
There is a little bit of Moldova where you can win.
I love JAP1 drive route. Will we see them stop at the Little Chef
JAP heading for Marseille to embark for Cyprus:-)
GER2 taking the "high road" into Romania? Tulcea, just
north of Swiss?
@David - might be a bit of a tall order to hit that spot!
americans turning south...
GB3 claim to have a strategy that could win, where will they find S'ly?
@Webmaster: Can we have the Finish Line in Red please? It's more visible
Why did the French land? They were looking so good!
David H: Moldova corner hard to get to without flying over Ukraine.
@Marfy they ran out of sand.
Rolo, they don't want to find southerly; it'll send them too far North
@Thomas, too few chars! "Southly component", too far North already
It's NOT a finish line. It's a "to win (at the moment) line"
Some interesting wind direction forecasts on allmetsat
I see, my mistake!
all be it at ground level
Croatia & Montenegro have high Mountains right from coast
Ger2 on a heading 91d that will put them back in the competition!!!
Can someone tell me how the Swiss got that far??? lol
Getting into the area of Athens/Sparta would be win, but it's hard now
Lisa: probably tried to conserve ballast the best they could
see : http://www.ilmeteo.it/portale/node/1116/12 to make your idea
SW12 got that far because they were in the fast winds all the time
GBR3 hangs about, catches anti-cyclone and is blown to East Greece.
Facebook says Hempi has 8 bags left. Source: John Kugler
Here's a radar image for the collection : http://tinyurl.com/EUradar
What's the likelihood of anybody getting 93kts like Sw2 got at 1 point?
O.K. Everybody, Who's your money on? This has been addictive.
best right looks like between 7-9K Ger have 91 degrees at 7700ft
8 bags*X kg/bag=?? kg. How much is one bag?
sebastien if thats true a landing tonight cant make mts ahead
That's not radar, but a meteosat image
93 knots was a measurement error. 39 was more likely at that point.
@J Coleman: JAP1 to get round to Pescara with big fan for GBR3
Ah, OK, thankyou Jop.
USA looks in a good position to catch any wind change from the NW.
go, markus, go - on the end of the day with 91°....and 45knts...why not!
Nisos Limnos could be done with favourable winds much easier than Athens
@Lisa, no Italy flight in dark. SWI2 raced before night other went in am
@Kevin G: Chris Andrews said:1 bag~15Kg,lighten balloon by 1%~rise 80m
Does USA 2 look like having a problem with Italy and sunset?
No judgement in this: FRA2 quit when they were down to 8 bags
Terry, thanks! So he has 120 kg remaining right now.
Pretty Cool for USA-Abruzzo-flying over Abruzzo, ITA
Dave: Don't think so, sunset will be in some 2 hours, they need 1/2 hr.
USA2 will be well clear of the 5nm VFR boundary by Sunset + 30mins
8bags is very sufficient-with a half empty balloon they are worth double
Well, if Dave manages to smash 2k km,the xperimental design is proven :)
But if they get any winds that take them south?
GER2 (Matthias Zenge & Markus Pieper) landed.
Sten it was I think said you needed 6 bags for a comfortable landing
Dave: Unlikely if they stay at their altitude right now
Tomas are saying that now becomes 3? Does 1 bag still =80m ?
Terry shouldn't that also depend on how much gas they release?
Looks like GBR have a better diection now at 75deg against GER 55deg
Webmaster: Leave JPN1 on. Its amusing watching what theyre up to.
Yes a shadow on GER2 icon, but 7700ft and 12kt?
Matthias&Markus, you are grate pilots!
Kevin: I don't know I was repeating what someone said earlier. Reason ..
Just three balloons flying now. Keep going GBR3.
Should be a tracker glitch, News says the pilots called after landing
Cetingrad only 593ft altitude therefore cant have landed?
says as your lift decreases the value of a bag increases (you need less)
I heard even today,balloon dynamics are not yet completely understood :)
Yeah that sounds reasonable!
Have GER2 landed on a 7000ft montain?
Go Carol and Richard, bring it back to the states again
@Mark et al. Oops sorry about that, thought sat, typed radar ;(
Good luck and a safe flight to the three left flying.
Hi Stefan, please check your private Email account.
Steve, that would have to be a moving mountain
Three to go!!! Come on USA 2!!!
With an untaut balloon one bag may bring you up to your cruising alt.
and at FL180 the alt.gain is also double
@Tomas: Yes, I heard that you can easily get even higher than before!
USA entering the zone where GBR had problems...
Still a fabulous thing to watch. Thought it would be over by now. Go USA
Now now Chip, Go USA... :)
GBR3 may the winds be with you good luck.
Looks like David has better direction?!
weather forecast adria: alot thunders in 6-7 hours
I have become hooked on watching this race...go GB x x x x x x x x x x x
Thanks Chipflier, You know your stuff. GO GO GO GB!!!
The 93kts was a calculation error, please ignore it!
Frustration - my display won't display direction for DHA ballon
come on GB can't do anything useful till this is over compulsive viewing
Dave, copy and paste the DHA info into wordpad to see it all.
JAP1 must be in a traffic jam. No chance of reaching GBR3 with a big fan
LOL at comment by Liu Jing (China) ......
Can't see all info? Need to force complete refresh of browser (Ctrl-F5)
Wind forecast Italy http://www.xcweather.co.uk/IT/forecast
Hi Jan I agree! It looks like they are going through another night!
Good Luck GB from Severn Beach
I refresh, do 10 mins work and check again....better than any reality tv
Interestingly, FRA2 is still in 2nd place ! GO GO GBR3
It is like watching a 3 day snail race, but just cannot stop watching.
My favourite Richard Branson look alike is back in the control room
Qu: Can you fly for 30 hrs 900 km on 8 bags of sand? That is the task.
We just blow up balloons for Xmas here, but I am fascinated -Go, go DHA.
Dont seem to be moving have a shadow graphic 12kt & landed
Teams can reach 90h mark tommorrow evening!
No web cam access from work :(
log on and see all 4 still init, only to see Ger2@7700 14kt but landed
far too addictive. was there for the take off and have watched it since!
According to my clacs GB3 need to ave over 76 True to be able to win.
Whatever was done to make JAP1 to jump back, GBR need it to jump forward
Ger 2 Landed, they did well
GBR3 need to track south of the SWI2 line to have a chance, come on lads
rip myself away for an hour or two, good luck GBR3
If nothing changes its a battle for 3rd place
To do list went out the window Sun! Go GBR!!!
They are all winners in my book
Winds might turn GBR and USA south east. Greece maybe on the cards.
Is the circle on the map the competition limit ? Zoom in on SWI2 ?*?
Circle is radius of Swiss perf. Others have to go farther, in bounds.
You must come see us Robin for traditional drink "Blatz" yiktyu! cheers!
Me thinks they will get a more southerly track overnight & into Wed
Re GB3 & 8 bags left comment - I wouldn't belive everthing that I read !
Ahh - thanks
@Paul. Circle is SWI2s distance. Anywhere over the line to beat them.
@Bob Slade Absolutely!
but how much ballast did GBR use off the coast of italy?we will see soon
Sneaky Jap1, trying to go by boat now
over the line but on the course, landing in water counts for nothing!
More good luck GBR3 from Severn Beach/Bradley Stoke
Not "anywhere to win" - Scandanavia, Greece or Cyprus. :^))
DHA Team good luck from your turf - Wiltshire
Blow the wind southerly. Anywhere in Turkey will do.
how many bags do teams start with?
Go GBR3, fly like the wind. Good luck from Redland, Bristol.
Can only get news and shouts daytime.Keep them up guys pls.Gripping now.
michael P - Turkey is not in the scoring zone
JAP1. They have jet-propelled surface-balloon which refuels in Bordeaux.
Can someone explain the reason for the JAP1 moving in a straight line?
Still receiving Japanese tracking signals. Sorting it now!
I think Turkey is out of bounds? Check the competition area.
Google shows GER2 landed in an inhabited area. GB2010 map=blank land!
@Michael: southerly means FROM south.... we need NW wind, surely
Typical, I ask a question and hey presto it moves, is this a wind up?
JP heading 4 Toulon Arpt. Can we watch take off tracking
Richard - TARDIS -too fast to take the bends!
ireland expects every man to do his duty. keep it up lads.
@Piers: JAP1 is our comic relief. Dont sort them out :-))
GER2 is in someones back garden, hope they gave them afternoon tea.
is SWI2 out of bounds,may of been asked already ?
glückwunsch an ger 2- zenge/pieper. tolle leistung die neue gb-crew f.d.
@David Roberts- They've simplified the map to make it quicker to load..
Second Tracker device shows inhabited area!
GB3 now need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 80(T/M?)
@David - to see location detail of GER2 landing, switch to Satelite mode
Swiss appear OK. Circle is what others have to beat.
Ah ok thanks Gary
@robert: SWI2 brilliantly landed within edge of boundary. Marvellous.
GER2 location is now different from when first landed. Guess its moving?
GB needs >077deg to land outside present winning radius
Paul,Roderick,Garry, the curve on map shows all points 2434km from start
Is it all over bar the shouting ? Next :
Rob Bayly looks like this is going to be a long one. Jenks
There is certainly still a lot of shouting left.
Paul, R, G, this curve is NOT a circle ! Zoom backward if not convinced!
Control,can you also put the line radius of FRA2 on the map? Thanks
SWI2's "boundary" was the sea.
Hi Rob - how is Julia ? Have missed you.
Tks! *I* undrstd. I say *appears*, *think* 'cause I'm just a spectator
Opps! Quite right, I meant TO the South. Maybe Southern Greece.
Curve of points equidistant from start is a circle on globe, not on map
Not a circle due to projection distortion. Spher earth to flat map...
they re getting a ferry now jenks
That's right !
USA 2 are heading 12 ' more S than GBR 3 at same altitude
Willi, gooooo - you still can get SW12 !
Hi Ian J. Long time since we were duelling together in competition.
Unless anyone can cross SWI 2 track it IS all over- bar 2/3 place
Hi JC - 1993 in Kenya - you pilot , me slave . My last flight !
Is a has been balloonist same as old or do they never die
Can't believe I'm so hooked on this, even at work I check the web, oops!
Go GBR3 your'e getting all the Brits shouting. Is 24hrs enough. Jenks
Going to see this map in my sleep.
I think it's screaming not shouting Jenks!
Thanks Jan. I'm sure they're having fun. Jenks
Thanks Jan. I'm sure they're having fun. Jenks
@Ian-they dont need to cross SW2 track if they land on delta just north!
Good way to teach the children geography. Not sure its still taught.
they are jenks the jammy buggers.just skyped from Ancona
i'm afraid that we 'never die'. Too many Memories!!!!!
US2 Steering 095 at present - gives them a chance
Disagree Ian. There is a window on both sides of the Swiss track. GoUSA
FR2 : La famille a vibré pendant votre course passionnante.
I found detailed wind model: http://220.127.116.11/adriamet/vento_en.php
Re: teach geo - I bet we will never forget Istria and maybe Murighiol.
@Jane-he will have to skip dinner to keep this great site up & running !
Model suggests GBR3 will be back toward Italy heel, then south!
La famille a vibré au long de la course passionnante!
GER2, good job last night along corsican coast
Like I said at 8:23 - got to be Greece! Can we all turn SW and blow?!
klasse leistung, markus-matthias - glück ab, gut land! go willi-ulli, go
Go on GB3 - Chargggeeeeee!!!
@Jon Bristol - that's why SWI 2 landed there - have you seen delta?
GB3 still need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 75(T/M?)
SW3 were going to miss the Delta!!
I missed why the French landed, did they have issues?
USA2 heading 22' further S than GBR3 . Is this passion or reality
Typo:i meant SW2
@ Dave Smith - so will USA 2 and GBR 3- it is all over
For first place that is . What a " race " though . Comp GB's
US3 also need to ave >76 deg true to be able to win, reporting 97!(T/M?)
Have heard French were out of sand/ballast!
@Phil Brunson. Short of sand I think, check "News" page.
Very bad wheather south Adria!
Comp GB's = competition Gordon- Bennett' @ Nationals The're great
GBR3 will be happy to see some land
@ Ian - I have, but I did not say landing or retrieve would be pleasant!
BBC Going live into control room very shortly - see webcam
@Ian no need to land in the Delta to win & most coast S of SWI2 will win
if i read wind pattern correctly, US will be blown toward Foggia, Italy?
Come on GB3, you can do it!
BBC Live in control room now - see webcam
USA 2 heading 10' further S than GB3- @ same altitude
Rolo, Danube Delta is Biosphere Reserve. Stricter controls recent years?
It will be close between both GBR and USA on both those trajectories
@Rolo - where is Not Saying. Is it near Great Piddle ?
Zuz! I always thought you were the quiet type. Jenks
@Mike Lavoie - Pilotfriend not being friendly. No link possible
@ Ian - the address was cropped (/ital_aviation_weather.htm)
GBR3 throw out two hands, its going to be a long night!
I know the Black cat at Piddely in Cambs. Ditto on pilot friend.
Try that link, the other was truncated.
USA 2 is now heading 100' - that is exciting if it lasts
GBR3 cleverly sheltering and waiting wind to arrive from North? ETA 4am?
Thanks Mike Lavoie - that's better . Now to try and understand
Looks like GER has got the wind up em.
> Dave Smith: Rather like that Essex landing years ago!
GER1 : Go, go!!! Good luck.Hope you could find a wind going to south...
I used to live in Warboys and play golf in Pidley cambs
well well evening campers
hey gj colin your still ugly though
Paula a work freind, partner was a ballon pilot, Dave I think?
Merci à tous ces équipages pour ce grand moment
FL100 is 10k ft. T+xx is xx hours into future.
GER 1 has still a big chance to win, tomorow wind turn to NO in Romania
Bob, I lived in Yaxley with all the kids families.Did a runner to Fr.
Re BBC - is it only in UK? Can find no 'live' link from here in Texas...
Last BBC "live" from control room on BBC Points West.
Main page on the left, forth from the top
Is local BBC News - will be on replay very shortly.
@Cynthia sorry I miss read it the broadcast? I looked for it too
Somebody tell GBR3 to climb.
GER1 is on the way to reach 2nd place!
USA 2 NOW HEADING 105' GBR3 70 ' now - if I were a betting man
@Sam in GB2010 control - give us a wave !
I'm guessing we get a bit of a different site, not being in UK?
GER1 only 14 km away from second!
@ Ian - GB3 will get similar winds shortly ?
Ian,if he stays at present alt, will poss pick up same airstream as USA
Richard, Carol Go SE Go Go Go! Hang in there. The world is watching!
USA2 about to cross GBR3 track . Will they cross SWI2 track ?
All - Pls can you pause the action for 10 min while I drive home ?
I predict USA2 will land Brindisi Italy just after sunrise. (2nd place)
USA2 more S than GBR3 more S then GER1. GER 1 nearest to backwards
Richard and Carol-Bring it Home! You are amazing!Gov. Johnson iswaiting.
I predict USA2 2nd, GBR3 3rd and GER1 4th USA Albania or Greece ?
Come ON GBR3 You can do it keep going just a few more kts that's all
GB3 and GER1 are over land - maybe wind is backing over land
Surley, while they are all in the air the race is anybodies?
Richard and Carol - go for it, Win it already, need to get work done
GB3 its not over till the fat lady sings good luck and a peacefull night
usa starting to look strong
Sorry - I forgot about FRA 2 safely landed for pizza & ice cream
USA needs to watch out on that bulge of Italy though!
GBR3 Roughly 706kt from the SW point. This is hotn UP
checked weather.com-Sebastian's right about bad weather towards Greece
Christopher, keep her taking while GB3 does another 5/600 miles.
USA 2 now 110' and GBR 3 65' the difference is clearly increasing
@ Christopher -Beat me to it! No sleep tonight
do USA have to avoid IT by 5 miles during darkness?
GEOGRAPHY IS A PILE OF SHIT! I HOPE THEY ALL DIE
I predict GER 1 first in the area of VARNA (Bulgaria)
GER1 are now in second place, don't you think? Wonderful achievement.
GER 1 @ 12,700 ' must be looking for some right.
@TROLLPATROL - is not Aland duty free zone ? How much do you drink
Folks we have a jelous Fin among us, welcome pal.
Is there a possibility USA will re enter IT airspace??
Prediction? An Englishman an American and a German go into bar in Burgas
Troll they will one day, so will you thats how it works LIFE!
....in Bulgaria. Their balloons are being held to ransom by local Mafia
This is addictive! Go GBR3.
A very sad fin indeed
How many messages had we had before our first bad one?
Chris thats what I was trying to ask
US heading for the Aegean at the moment
So - why is TROLLPATROL on here ? Be nice to him- he'll settle down
What I mean is TROLLPATROL is trying to wind you all up
Yes, of course he is, so ignore him then!
If N winds put GB3 on S course they may well win. USA may hit IT in dark
USA 2 now 90' GBR 3 75' so back to only 15' difference
US can fly 90 degrees to Varna and win this race. Only speed problems.
Not me I'a stoic thick skinned idiot...stiff upper lip and all that
Guys first time I've watched this Race its
trolls are described as being strong, but slow and dim-witted...
GBr3 keep up the good work
Rich, I got hooked last year, unfortunately, once hooked.......
If only we had Google Basket View! Go GBR3. With you in spirit!
must leave this forum, a number of idiots gave attention to worse one
with the previous wind everything is possible...Ilove that
I've been interested ever since they flew over my house
It seems that the Jap team has still the tracker on.
Jap team is arriving in Mondovì, Italy for a rest at the Park Hotel.
The button on the Tracker was made too big for their fingers! lol!
Keep it up GBR3!! What a race!!
USA 2 @ 121' now - that's nearly SE! .
Liu Jing? idiots? I think not. Come on David.
Supper ordered and on the way - Chinese takeaway again!
Hi Liu Jing - don't leave - this is a free world site.
@aimo: say hello to Saburo! great race!
Can I get a booking code for this website for my work timesheet?
Hi Giovanni. Stefan confirms Japanese team location! See you in December
Been hooked since talking to the Swiss team as they went past Jersey!!
Oxygene Mask's soon then...
No seroiusly how high can they go?
USA 2 now at 125 ' - getting even nearer to SE. GBR 3 60'
USA : what is Abbruzezo's strategy? Trying to go to Kreta?...
David and Simon over dry land again. God speed tonight.
GER to far north.Between us and USA.USA on a better heading
LIU JING stay , I'm one of the idiots just trying to fill in the hours.
oxygen is required over 12000 for more then 30 min by at least one pilot
@ Marc - I agree . If USA 2 look like they will cross SWI 2 -??
they can fly up to but not over 17999 feet
@Matt I dare you to log 8 hours on your time sheet under GB2010-Various
Ok Thanks for that Nolan
Should USA try to move to the east, to avoid IT airspace?
Chipflyer - I like your style, wish I'd thought of that!
Congratulations to Kurt and Pascal, just great! hello to Japanese
The Japanese will lead us to their secret bunker before long ......
So sorry Colin Butter. Make sure you SHOUT out loud for GBR3.
To John B: Do u think they will get within 5 nm of IT again?
Wish I could fit one of the trackers to my husband! LOL
what do reckon Marshall
USA 2 now @ 138 ' - well - that really is SE. GBR 3 60'
If I were USA3, I would get a little East and then down into the S wind.
@Marfy buy him an Android phone and you can!
Now why would u want to that??
@ Marfy - for a fee I am sure it can be arranged !
Have ONLY just found the team blog - a really good read.
Anyone know why French landed? ITALIAN airspace or other reason?
Garry, I hope they dont, it would ruin the excitement.
@Chipflyer-thks been thinking all day which project I can book 8 hrs to!
Team blogs are good yes. But 'Aegean' is Adriatic.
FR ran out of sand
Never heard of this race before, but been hooked since Sunday.
Looks like USA2 have picked up the Venice-Patra ferry.
Greece it is!
US2 ARE to cross SWI2 track - but need to avoid Gargano Peninsula
Kevin it is all about timing and balast
Anyone understand the US track? No actuals or f'casts have any S in them
Pilots of GER 2 got nicked in Bosnia - according to ballon.org
French ran out of sand just after 9 am this morning.
@ Jon, Its unusual for me to underbook time spent ;-)
what happens if USA enter italian airspace at night
On the path usa is on they will mis it by over 10 miles
GBR3 to move into 3rd place very soon.....
@ Bob & @ John Thanks for French explanation
Oh yes- Gargano Penin + Tremiti Islands as well.Look @ magnified +
USA is riding a south to get room to get the lead North is no good
@ chipflyer, think the French tried to get sand of the beach:-)
I'm totally new to this competition but am hooked! Good luck team GB!!!!
@ Nolan - Tremiti Islands AND Isola Pianosa - ?? both Italian ATZ
Can anybody clever set up Fantasy Gordon Bennett 2011
for us hangers on
yes they will be on the money and be safe I am sure
@ Richard. That is a quality idea!
The 'live-tracking' site will help Y11 envisage a creative writing task.
@Bob & Chipflyer-not much of a beach though where they passed the coast!
@ Bob!! frogs respect rules too!!!lol
To Rolo, re USA trk, "real world experience" trumps actuals and forecast
for thos hocked next week is Americas chalange from AIBF
@Nolan USA 2 now 140' - could Isola Pianosa catch them out ?
@Richard - I second that
If I read the wind right they will jump up and head east soon
If I read the wind right they will jump up and head east soon
Fantasy GB2011 © and patent held by me. May swap
for balloon ride...
they are right below some fast winds to the east
I *suspect* that can take left anytime - fighting hard for right
@Garry sure, but what? If the Greece low is forming then Easterlies!
Once I finish HotAir Sim, will work on Gas-ready fr next GB is good goal
@Nolan - I hope you are right . So much S does seem odd
definitely need interactive GB Sim next year or before
Up for L for IT airspace, down for S, E to NE Greece-piece of cake! :^)
to get south gives them opertunity to be south of swi2
BUT the South leads to Albania,Macedonia & Greece - all good !
i think this race will finish by tomoz
so come on uk
A course roughly parallel to IT is about most direct dir away from Brist
USA 2 now 151' @ 6,600 and 6 kts Oh dear ! Look at magnified map
only small area north of swi2 to win as well
qqu'un sait ou trouver des infos meteo altitude pour europe des l'est?
Ukrain is out of bounds
Brindisi METARs now reporting ENE actuals
NO - I think it is OK for USA 2 to miss Isola Pianosa but v. S
USA might attempt to land on Italian land in the morning at this speed ?
@ Sam - you don't appear to be at your desk ?
@jon bristol- what do you mean dont appear to be at my desk??!!
Thank you for this website, and the race, we love it
or they might try to reach the SWI track and go up, depending on sand
USA 2 - that's a very cool manouevre!
Knowing the 2 pilots they will do everything they can
they would have landed if they were minamal on making land again
@Sam - ok wrong Sam .... sorry ....
Whens the next gordon bennet?
That's better - USA 2 now 125' but only 3 kts.
Ludovic, consulte le site: http://ready.arl.noaa.gov/READYcmet.php
next year around this time and if right from France
sam...same time next year
Should start weekend nearest full moon in Sept 2011
Right GB 2011 start from France
55th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, Barcelonenette, France, 9 - 17
Its going to be a long night for USA2
Hi Ian Jacobs & John Coleman,hope you are both well.Great stuff this!
what fun to be chace crew
Thanks to all the people in Bristol (GB) HQ for updating everything.
Control room team are having some food - always takeaways !
Winds fcst turning right late night & morning, but will it be enough...?
Straighten up now USA 2 or you'll be in IT air space
Very fascinating! Is the curved line in SE portion a boundary?
ah old boys corner evening all long time no speak
You'll get porky!
US @ 1Kt & 141 deg!
to all @ mission control, how was the chinese?
Curved line is Swiss distance, dist to beat.
one thing will make the difference from now : the sand...
USA - not comfortable to stay near 0kt on sea... Courage.
GER is getting away @ 15:00 there was only 17kms between them
Hi John A - I always did talk too much ! Last time you were :
USA are almost stationary, is there a Macdonalds flythough there ?
@John Albury : flying a Fire Extinguisher
merci michel.prendrai l temp.pa de chance pour eu.pa
d nord en vu
Any chance of an overlay showing competition area limits? Be a big help.
USA2 aprx 25 miles off IT shore if this is a gamble its a brave one
... little precision : i'm one of these guys who built the PPSE
Steve it is easy: Ukraine and Turkey are forbidden :)
Re: comp area, pretty much down to no ukraine, no turkey, no water.
your update 1915UTC is wrong. Its GER1 not GER3
Hi Ian,fire extinguisher now empty!Now doing a few rides in Cameron 315!
Hang on just checked the results, FRA2 seem to still be moving
David and Simon can probably see the lights of Sarajevo
Good morning all from Australia.
2687 Guests online-fantastic well done
No chance of an overlay.
hi Piers &team fantastic site you are all doing a great job
not talking to me then mr A
Thanks for your kind words!
great job peirs hope ur well
TY! USA team headed for Athina after McDonald's R&R? :)
it seems really difficult to make best than SWI 2
Sleep calls. Good luck all for tonight. Superb & exciting race! Thanks
Kinsey, "whisper" don't shout you'll frieghten every body. Jenks
hello john albury, kevin here,staying with the great harry mead.
@SteveBH -and not within 5NM of IT at night
Could be difficult for USA.
oh ok sry forgot its night time or you still got a bad head from sunday
Thanks Piers and team for such great coverage.
So we've outflown the french atlast, congrats GB, keep it up!
ger1,östlich der e 95 b.cherkassy kann man(ihr) gut landen!!>2400km.
A safe journey to all who remain flying- be careful!
Moldova here they come "Blatzy all round!"
@ Thomas Outflown but doesnt count till GB land - could get blown back!
C'mon winds! give GBR3 a 35knot wind in a 110 degree bearing!
sorry,ukraine is out of competition area.think about new target.
Posted some launch photos on Flickr - search under CPL1 -brilliant race!
USA2 how far from Pianosa Isola?
Only a tiny area 'in play' to aim for, to the SE. USA going towards it!
Landing in Moldava will not win. OK maybe tech poss, but vry hi risk!
@chipflyer, I know, but is unlikely to put them behind again.
Landing almost out of Odessa might just beat the Swiss - good luck guys
Greetings to Monique at the CC.Give her a big hug ;-)
Well done to everybody but good luck to GBR3.
thnx all, btw was GBR3 last balloon to take off? be cool if last to land
GB3 now need to ave >77 deg true win, 1 deg worse than 2hrs ago.
Excellent #gb2010 article by Paul Dopson http://bit.ly/an2bdl (Twitter)
Isn't Odessa in Ukraine?
@ everybody at Control Center: you're doing a great job!
Good Morning from Australia. Odessa is in Ukraine.
@ A Evans thanks for the pictures - great to see the build up
GBR3 could fly to the edge of the map N of SWI2,throw the map away&Land
What to bet they've got Murighiol plugged into their GPS?
My mistake over Odessa, GBR will settle for Tiraspol in Moldova
Why not Palanca?
yes odessa is in ukraine
The clouds will bring heavy rain! Be careful Richard!
Maldova only has a sliver of a chance to win
Moldova my home country - come to me my pilots including branson one!
USA2 - 1knot. Oh oh.
Is there a kml/kmz feed?
Bristol is very proud of you GBR3. Well done to all involved, thank you!
USA has no tactic. After 68 hours they have not many sand!
They have not enough time to beat sui2 and no wind!
USA2 - at least they are in a busy shipping lane if the worst happens...
@Sarah Julenski - is your invite for current airborne pilots only?
If the 3 can keep aloft tonight it should be a great finish tomorrow
Do I have to go to work tomorrow I am wondering?
if GBR3 can keep their current track - Burgas and beat the swiss?
GBR3 HEAVY. Last chance and yet 1st chance. Good Luck! x
Heavy rain clouds will decide it.....probably! Go GBR3!!
USD has enough sand to win this go USA
The enormity of wht thyr doing was drvn home by looking at night/day map
Moldova - 7 blatzys for all you people out there! yitcura! cheerslots!
officially addicted to watching flags on a map. Good luck last 3 teams
GBR3 needs to run + 700KMS to beat the SW1 2
18kt = 21hrs.and sand for
@Sarah, we are driving to Moldavia as chasecrew GER1 will maybe come!
woman in yellow leave room was branson pilot wife? yatfura! sarah sad!
Good night all, safe flying to the balloonists, back l8r.
Any chance of having distance in same unit as speed?
Pleased Colin Butter got his time on local news. Now support GB3.
@Sebastian-Abruzzo has no tactic?I dont'belive it...
Going to bed now, go for it GB3, see you in the morning, at the finish!
Time for bed for me, will catch early am. Soft landings if req'd for all
@Thomas wolframalpha.com, you can give it km and knots and it'll convert
abruzzo and davis do have a tactic
the speed used is knots in aveation and at see, not a distance
@guicherd: bad wheather at adria, no wind after 65 hours an no more wind
Ils sont dans la m.... c'est tout...
to win the race! I see no tactic if iam wrong best for richard, good luc
Ger chances of win are over. Too far Nth
USA2 Colorado is standing and cheering for you. Bring it home!!
USA going South has more options to win then north
Perhaps something is lost in translation - tactic vs. opportunity?
I hope the staff have a solution to help USA2...
Abruzzo probably tried to go to Greece but I doubt he'll get there
More right will come out through the nigh
My money is on twixt Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for GBR
Weather is ok for GBR3 tomorrow Wind WNW 10kt 20% risk showers.
yitcura! cheerslots! What does that mean? Good luck all (GBR3!! ;-)
but GER can go for second!!
Sorry for mistake..thanks garry for your mediation;)
This is addictive, but off to bed now. Hope all 3 in the air Wednesday!
No problem - just being Canadian...almost as neutral as the Swiss!
Ger1 need to slow down to benefit from tomorrows wind or 3rd is best pos
Good Luck all 3 of u c u in the Morning
USA in trouble? Dropped 600ft from last report.
@Thomas 1 knot=1.852 kms per hr.
+Calculator nr computer-old way ;-)
Hi Wendy nice to see you again here :) Btw, Abruzzo stopped!!!
@ Terry, I am concerned for US as well.
Even worse. Dropped another 300ft and now 0kt. Man the lifeboats?
@Thomas double km to get nm (near enough for me)
So sorry Colin that you're having to track the race from home. AGONY! x
GBR3 just need a whiff of a northerly wind to get them south of Swi trac
he needs to stay at his altitude,low winds go SW into the forbidden zone
Apologies if your tracks disappear - recoding a live site always tricky.
need to go to bed but this is too exiting!
its a balloon it can do 0kt
are Richard and Carol good swimmers? I hope...
USA is going 0kts?!
The wind must be absolutely dead!
No apologies required! Super job Piers and Team!!
Renee: Yes not good they were on a good line hope they don't ditch
Just an observation-is usa2 within 5 NM of pianosa and therefore disqual
@Piers Glydon (Webmaster) - No worries, great job on the site
I wonder if they could actually do what is suggested in the news section
I know the difference between knts and km, just being lazy!
[...] by that I mean taking the slow path towards Albania.
Hi Mr Kinsey & Kev.Hope you both ok.Want to keep watching ths epic story
@Thomas: www.wolframalpha.com converts it for you automatically :)
what is the finish time?
Does anyone agree that USA2 are dragging? but why? stronger N in the AM?
Yes I am Ok, thanks and you? It is awesome, but bed calls for me!
What's happened to the USA No Wind?
Rich, check the article: http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/node/2745
Finish Time: Practically, ~ 90 hrs after TO, Rules, smtm Sat for Protest
Thanks Kevin useful info
USA dips lower for tiny breeze?
USA - Some time tomorrow morning they'll call in the Rescue teams?
hello mr albury is it not your bedtime yet as you old uns need your slee
Dont rule out GER, chance of pure N winds sometime tomorrow.
Garry: Where did you get that is it new ? In 1994 Germany won in 92:11
Absolutely fascinated!! Hello from Bristol UK
First time ive ever heard of this event and im totally addicted! EPIC
Distance to Mainland Italy is 50 km, some small tiny islands at 25 km
@Rolo: If theres nth winds my mny on GBR to make crete.
USA 2kt 2,600ft heading back to Italy (290d)
@ ryan, me too - started in my back garden nearly, fantastic comp!!
GB3 for Constantia needs average >079 for 436NM @ 13kts=33+hrs
Just checked rules,found no time limit, only results come 24h after end.
question.. is there a chance we can win??
Surely USA 2 have broken the 5 nautical mile rule?
Greetings to the about 2000 people who just watch the race here :)!
@Andy tell me about it! im blowing up crisp packets here!!!
@Ryan you bet we have a chance
@Ryan,@Paul: If Dave manages to fly into Bulgaria, he could make it!
Greetings to you, Kevin, from Ohio! :) Thanks for link.
I wonder where SWI2's retrieve are now . . . .
@ Ryan and Paul - fingers crossed! Keep blowing up the crisp packets
@andy. just realised you ment they left near you!!not trying to join'em!
Re: ~90 vs 92:11 - ~(about) 90 from feeble mem. How many have done 90+?
Have just read the SwI2 team site using MS auto translate - Fun :)
Greetingy from Lower Saxony, Ginny, you are welcome ;)!
This is better than a 5 day test, and no match fixing
@ Kevin - yes, but it is so tight to hit the target in Bulgaria
USA forgot their pizza?
Are USA2 going back to the tiny island?!
Garry, news says they are aloft for 68hrs,he needs 30 more to Albania=98
lol @ stuart
lol @ stuart
@ Ryan, yes I'm near lift off site. Never knew about this before
@stuart. "no fixing"......Germans havnt finished yet!!!
Go GBR3. Avge 20kts in right direction you'll celebrating with 4o/c tea
DHA on a good track, can he make the distance of Swiss team?
I really wonder if USA2 can pull the stunt off to go to Greece!
Isn't it past your bedtime Elaine?!
hi there all,this is great,is there any countries they cant go and why?
They are now 6.3 miles from Isola Pianosa, which is Italian territory
would be interesting to know what temperatures they are experiencing
Ooh and have you heard from Ann since she landed?
FRA2 est landed donc plus de français qui Shout? C'est pas bon joueur ça
@Kevin: No argumnt-I merely answrd a quest about when they might finish
Garry: That's the longest winning time no idea how many flew longer.
Hi Elaine! Here's hoping GBR3 can track a bit further south...
Garry: not saying there isn't a rule but not in the rules I have read
@Ryan - so for the next 40 years we say the ballon didn't cross the line
My refresh button may be running out
GER1 carrying good speed ...
OF COURSE WE CAN WIN!
Oh sorry Garry, thanks for clearing that up! :)
@Alan - it's in the left hand bar under Competition area Go GBR3!
USA has peculiar trajectory now?
The abrupt turn by USA: wind or operator decision?
come on DHA just sit and wait,you can do it.all 3 teams great effort
@Ginny. they left a pizza behind!
My money is still on between Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for GBR.
Dont the American Navy keep a submarine in the Adriatic ;) ?
World Record:AA-06 (Gas balloons: 1200 to 1600 m³) Duration : 89 h 20 m
thankyou maureen,did swi2 put it down then?
WR: AA-05 (Gas balloons: 900 to 1 200 m³) Duration : 61h 30mn
nice blog on gb3 website sounds like quiet confidence..
GBR3 - not bad for a new design of balloon. Safe landing wherever. Alan
USA isn't a baloon, it's a yo-yo.
WR: AA-07 (Gas balloons: 1 600 to 2 200 m³) Duration : 92h 11mn
@David.. got a link?
cant believe they cant go where they like,would make a better race
*face palm* Of course, the pizza! TY Ryan. Most helpful.
balloons go with the wind operator can do nothing but find it
USA problem? - much lower now - cold night for a swim
keep flying the curve GB3. Only! 600 km more to win
USA wants to investigate the truth about Catch22 on Isola Pianosa
Nigel: Rule of thumb -3 Degrees C per 1000ft upto 36,000ft (simplified)
Thank you Nolan.
@ Alan-yes any further and they would have been disqualified -see Rules
Come on USA, don't go back to Italy!
they should be allowed to fly anywhere the wind takes them
do we know how sand swi2 had left when they put down then
USA heading west @4kts - should make dry land. Good Luck.
I think USA2 is in a difficult situation. No wind, and stuck at sea.
heavy rain NW surface winds 10kts t14 6% th storm risk more pm
Alan: on a serious note, look up what happened in 1995.
first year I have heard about this fascinating event -very interested
Any idea where GER1 may land, and when?
25hrs for GBR3 to exceed SWI2 in distance @ current groundspeed & hdg
just read about 95,good idea to put down,sad that happened RIP
ferry ger1 going faster further east but gb needs north
@Alan.. Just read also. Bloody Hell thats awful
local weather reports more optimistic sfc 280 5-10kts broken cloud
Ger1 has find a strong stable wind. I thing it can be Teraspol (Moldova)
David: don't like your weather site it only can forecast storms not rain
Ger1 are fast but heading for Ukraine. No threat to Swi.
Have really enjoyed this event, congratulations to all concerned
USA2 looks like in trouble?!
Richard,Carol AAAA meeting tonite.U'll feel the good vibes.We r so proud
Hi Revaz, Cornelis van Helden here, how are you?
.php?icao=LYBE it has a better provinence I think.
Have to go to bed. Hope it's still going in the morning!
GBR3 needs to go south, or its game over
Terry TAFs and METARS always seem a bit pessimistic!
It looks like GB needs another 590 kms. I calculate Bucharest
Sorry. Ignore that!!
How close to Italian coast can team USA be without violation?
@Ginny.. 5km i think
I think this is quite good http://www.wunderground.com/
Ginny 5 nm
getting tired, going to bed, good luck all and keep safe
TY David & Ryan
What david said!! i knew it had a 5 in it!
Germans have the speed but I'm hoping GB3 has the right track.
@David "pessimistic" actuals, are you an optimist? ;-)
too addictive but bedtime beckons. Safe landings to all 3 teams.
Thanks Piers as always night all
GER1 groundcrew webcam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McFj_vq3cwk
You're all doing very well !
Tom Hild., No, but it is yours! :-)
Hi Andy, here's hoping too! xx
Thank you Gordon
I cannot and must not stay up until silly o'clock tonight! Good Luck GB!
nice one Chipflyer :-)
Thankyou Piers et al. Safe onward flight teams. Night all!
Hi Cornelis! Good. Going to cross the Black Sea this winter.
Hi, Cornelis! Happy to meet you! I'm good. Operating in Georgia.
I say are those American chap's in a spot of bother ??
I know they can't land there but are they allowed to fly over Turkey?
I am predicting GER for Constanta, GBR for Tsarova and USA for Venice?
Night all Safe flying and Good job Bristol2010.
USA2 are attention seeking!
Maybe, but not allowed to land in Russia or Ukraine so nowhere to go
Goodnight to the late shift at the Contol Centre, and safe landing teams
USA2 is like Planes, Trains & Automobiles...You're going the wrong way!
I do hope not ! I've got a wager of a bottle of champers on them to win
Good Luck all teams! GBR3 "No surrender!"
@Marfy I know no ones going to get that far but I was thinking Cyprus
As I recall from pilot briefing.Turkey is no fly (correct me if wrong)
My best wishes to the three brave teams still flying !
@ Richard Oh I see, that would be exciting! But I need to go to bed soon
clever tactics by USA
Right chaps Im off to bed. Hope USA are clever tactics. Good Flying TTFN
Will NOT take laptop to bed-see you in the morning.God speed all fliers
Thank you all for the informative evening - good night
Just one more refresh in 5 mins
Is USA2 looking for Starbucks?
Guessing GER1 in Moldova, GBR3 in Bulgaria, & USA2 in the Adriatic Sea.
Perhaps, Bill. But I think tiramisu, most likely. :)
Been accused of being overly pessimistic however
Looks like USA are going back for the pizza!
think usa waiting for daylight for one last push
I however will be taking the laptop to bed - again! Safe night GBR3 x
i think swi2 have won it,unless every1 can head south,but all winds ne
Sheryl you filthy girl!!!
@alan stunning analysis! It's a race for 2,3,4
come on GB3,u can do it,feel sorry for the US been stuck there for ages
Get in there... we are the winners!!! GBR3 that is. In the bag!
USA2 may have a craving for hot pizza, but they are also patient!
GBR3 are still in with a chance. Wind direction tomorrow in their favour
Hopefully, when pizza oven opens, it will cause a giant draft.
GB3 Give us something to cheer about push on we are proud of you...
Towards Athina, Greece, Ginny! Go Carol and Richard.
That is what I was hoping for, until they turned, Ruth!
Yikes, 1/3 of their height lost in that 15mins. Lifejackets on!
Is USA out of ballast.they could do with throwing something out to climb
Hang in there USA!!!
@Big Al probably no height loss all these 9,800 appear to be a bug.
Love you GBR3 but good luck and all my thoughts to USA.
tell gb rovers and city both lost tonight, bristol needs cheering up
One message format reports altitude>3000m as 3000m/9800ft.Other doesn't.
Looks like USA2 picked up a little altitude. Go get 'em Carol & Richard!
Is there a time limit of 96hrs or can balloons go on past the 96hrs ?
about 100 is max for the gas to have lift
and balast must also last long enough too
ok thanks.. I thought race had 96hrs max time anyway ?
usa climing more
Here they come. Look behind you - Carol and Richard are on their way!!
no timelimit in GBR, 100hrs+ possible under good conditions
Go Carol and Richard!
USA-2 is #1.
how high will they clim to catch a fast wind is the ?
Ballast is the fuel, no ballast no fly. 4 days and 2 Mtns. not much left
0kts at 7400 ft?
Go USA, keep on climbing!
Sun rise will also give them lift
usa right direction just no speed
True mark of champions - humour under pressure. Go David & Clive GB team
How can Ger1 have 32kts @ 9800ft but GRB3 only 6 kts @ 9800
@ Ben Cochran, different locations, different wind speeds.
it all is were the weather paterns are going
I see USA is going back to IT get a Pizza
Now USA is going back to Bristol, for a kebab
seems like a huge speed difference for being that close to each other
Go USA! Wind's cranked up to 5kts!
I have seen 2 balloons go in defrent direction completly
they started sid by side
@Ben, could be the mountains?
@Ben - They are over 200NM apart. Different weather fronts.
GER1 might be fast but they are flying almost parallel to the grey line.
USA tempted to stop for a Cornetto-thats the problem with women in crew!
hey - only joking, :) they're all heroes up there! fantastic .
Steve, Carol is an award winning pilot!!! Crew- really! That girl rocks!
Best hope she dont spot Italian shoe shops tho, or that'll be it for USA
GBR3 - looks like getting 80 degrees- just a bit more for Constansa!Go!
Patsy- ah thats women drivers, going round in circles confusing everyone
Last three aloft are all former winners. Anything can happen!
P.S. Carol is one of the best pilots out there -- male or female!
Steve, Steve, Steve!!!! LOL
Loving the tension. Hope I don't sleep through the finalé.
PPS: Willie Eimers holds GB duration record: 92 hrs., set in 1995!
I got the chance to crew for Carol for a few hot air races,
He may just be getting warmed up! (If they have ballast left, that is.)
Ladies-can we organise Steve BH a balloon flight?
& soft landing;-)
after her last win. She is truly great. Now I see it was an honor.
we hope everything will find a fine end (O:
soz, greatest respects to all involved, British humour - on a wind up!
Hi Wendy... love ya xxx :)
oops, did I say 'wind up'? ... no pun intended lol.
Anyone mind if I post a 'balloon' joke? - take a few posts tho @72 limit
USA is almost at 10,000 ft!
Good luck and go USA!
Still 5kts for USA team? Track looking like Etch-a-Sketch. Frustrating!
ok, theres a family of balloons, mummy daddy & little son Tim..
is there a good wind-map online? ich can't find one sry
One night Tim balloon wants to sleep in bed with parents -dad refuses..
However later with mum & dad asleep - Tim trys to sneak in with them...
Zoom in, Richard is just placing his last initial in the route
..finds there is not enough room, so he gently lets some air out of mum.
Reading the GBR blog earlier, sounds like they had to dump a lot of...
ballast off the coast of Italy. Hope they still have some left.
Then to Wind
@Phil. Yup. That's definitely an 'A'. :)
@Geoff is that in the news section? Or is there a continuous blog?
still no room, so he lets some air out of daddy balloon, its still tight
Tim balloon decides he much let some of his own air out too, it works!
he climbs into mum & dads bed all nice & snug, & quickly falls to sleep.
@Phil - It was in their team blog earlier.
Next morning Daddy balloon is very angry with Tim for his defiance...
@Geoff ty, does USA2 have one?
I don't think they do sadly.
He shouts at Tim "Son I'm so angry, first of all you've let me down!"...
The team blogs are listed here http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/teams
I saw the other teams sites, That would have be great. ty
"You've let your mother down,worst of all Tim you let yourself down!" :)
Apologies for a bad joke.. I will now shut up. :) Good luck to everyone.
@Steve fun humor always good, 11pm here in the states, need the fun :)
Phil, hi to USA, trying to stay awake, 5.10am here - (its no joke! :) )
@Steve Good morning, how you have strong coffee
12:17 AM in Ohio. Fair winds & safety for 3 amazing teams. NightNight
@Phil, you wont believe this - I'm drinking tea & munching a RAW CARROT!
mad dogs & Englishmen eh?.. lol
haha, having dinner (it's a late night)
Keep going GBR3. Need some wind to push you South a little.
Live Tracker, nothings moved 4 ages, is it a still image photo? lol
I've been updating a flipping still image for hours! & enjoying it!! lol
haha yes Steve, I compared it to watching a 3 day snail race
USA had a nice prediction. if they have the stamina could get interestin
Well done all 3 keep it up.
My father (in Oregon) is watching the shout, Liked the tea idea
ONE BIG SHOUT FOR GBR3, good luck, be safe, & I'm off to bed, nite all x
@Geoff, yea, wonder which one it will be? The Blue line?
I think somewhere between blue and green would be ideal.
@phil/dad,..cant beat a nice cup of tea & going to bed on a carrot! lol
Nite Steve. We'll all keep watch for you.
Tks for your company.
way hey, just checked & theyre on the move! lol - night Aus / US & All x
soft landing to all 3. good night
Wonder when command is waking up for an update, web cam offline
Been glued to the computer since launch. Now I have to drive to Europe
I'm going to miss the end!
Thanks to all in Control room-brilliant show. Safe flying to all left
Check out: http://www.meteoam.it/ IR animation shows no wind from N
Maybe localised swirl near Serbia, could blow GBR3 towards Bulgaria?
ok, nite all, midnight here. Great job to the staff, crews, and pilots
Good morning all, glad to see teams still in the air overnight well done
GO USA, b safe you 2, 130' to Patra and 652 km
GER1 so far N of SWI2, a win seems unlikely. GBR3 turn is still possible
good morning willi+ulli and all the people wich watch this great flight
GBR3 gone over 11000ft, must be searching for that Serbian swirl
hi phil, thats absolute possible for the USA-team, good luck!
Good morning England, Germany, China. Nite USA.
Still a great race!
USA 700km with 10 knts = about 37 ours, but may be... :-)
Thats what I am hoping for but ~30+ hrs away, break the fight time also?
nite world, 1am here, good luck to all the pilots.
Phil, what do you mean by "flight time"?
Good morning Revaz, exciting isn't it?
Willi is an old fox, Chinisau (LLUK) wind is from 290°, actual 0 knts
Old "fox" Eimers might go for the tiny chance in Moldavia, 2 km better
Willi will have to search for that last field in Moldova?
Garry - world record in duration is 92:11 hours they are at about 74 hrs
after a good night sleep in my warm bed...I wish i was still airbone
I was wondering, the competition area stops with the borders of Moldova?
When you draw a straight line from Bristol it wouldn't be enough to win?
@Ina: that's correct. http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/about/map
30+ hrs to patra = 104 + hours flight time, new record
now the USA have the direction will they make greece??
yes hysplit forecast shows it is possible for USA, but tricky business !
@Ina: curvature of Earth means line would not be straight.
Thanks! I thot mayb you thot, as others have, that there's a time limit
I thought GBR3 was going to wait in Adriatic, USA may have chosen well!
Going to bed, up in 3 hrs, hopefully to watch GER landing. Good Night!
good morning! Willi is still ok! Turbulence over mountains in night!
"Fly me to the moon...!" What a breathtaking racing!
GBR3 need to find that wind going south not north
再见 (Good bye) Garry in Canada. You have been awake a long time.
For Tiny spot Moldavia willi have to chage his direction from 68 t 90!!
good to heare, benni, thanks - go willi+ulli, go to moldavia
Satellite zoom~11 fields and lot of water in Moldova-precision flying!
we hope everything will come to a fine end (O:
thats the profession from willi, fly in the altitude if gras... :-)
webcam back - various staff sleeping waiting to be awake for end of race
retrieve crew for USA emailed in - hello from Split Croatia! (from Rob)
GBR3 can't seem to catch northerly wind_ a little field in Moldova now?
GB2010 -can they fly OOB and back in without disqualification? Ukraine?
Morning! Hooray they are still going!
At last, GBR3 134 degrees at 7000ft. Is that the secret passage?
GBR3: 134 deg not bad...
Re: Out and In, don't *think* so. See notes on comp area page.
Next race - next week! America's Challenge at www.balloonfiesta.com!
I believe that once you fly over an OOB area you are disqualified.
Terrific job by all those still flying. Congrats @ be careful and safe!
Will the America's challenge have hurdles: 'IT night ban' and 'UKR OOB'
Allo, allo good moaning from cent Fr. Glad to see 3 still going
GBR going down and to the right, hope they have enough sand.
and there seem to be mountains in front of GBR3 (terrain map) !!
At least it's daybreak for the Brits. Challenges await.
GB3 might sneak into the lead on that direction in Bulgaria!!
when really zoomed in, GBR3 seem to be going toward a river valley!!
Morning everyone, nice to see all three still aloft!
Hi All your doing a great job.has hempy set a UK gas duration record yet
Incredible! Each continues to go as far as it can! not tired?
On present courses USA seem to be the favourite but very slow
Morning Kevin - you didn't sleep long - too exciting?
i wonder if the us will get south of the swiss track and then climb??
they could possibly make then constana in romania???
Wow! Look at GBR3'S right hand turn!
first of all US should escape this thunderstorm - not funny
Amazing, in a matter of min's GB3are back in the hunt
He aims into Turkey now, he needs to turn a little more east again!
@Wendy: Yeah, exactly, this is really gripping!
GBR3 could go Burgas way in Bulgaria on that heading -past the Swiss
Very pleased to see GBR3 still aloft this morning.
ON this new heading he is on line for Bergas.
Abruzzo now needs about 24 hours to get to Albania at his current speed.
Ger going out with a blaze of speed, unfortunate Ukrane OOB
GB still 260 NM thats an other 24h. Lost many sand above the sea
GER1 must think about coming down soon from that height
Yes, GB3 could get to Burgas, but they are too low to get there. No wind
I predict GER1 will land in about 2 hours, cause they'll hit the border.
500 km/8 knots= 33.75 hours for GBR3!
forcast for adriatic is light to moderate ne winds .
@frans.But they claim to have an excellent balloon,and they believe init
USA2: 700 km/7 knots= 54 hours until Greece!
Only bit of Moldova further than SW is road from Palanca -Ukraine border
Glad to see all 3 teams still flying. Keep going GBR3!
Ger2 out of it, unless they can head 130deg,then a slim chance-GO GBR3
GER have done v.well. But GBR & USA are the wildcards - ballast is key!
...This road is disputed area = would GER cause incident landing there?
I wonder what GER1 will have for breakfast in Moldova
the USA are going back to ITALY
GBR3 too slow. Lost the fast winds. Not good for their claim to title.
Main ingredients in Moldovian cuisine are maize and feta cheese :)
great/amazing competition of last 2 europeans/hope they r safe @ healthy
IF USA have flight time their in a stronger pos than GBR3, Greece poss?
The GB3 Team still going lets get a bit faster! Germany to land soon ?!
Ian. Moldovans busy making wine now, so "Prost!"
@Bob: Yes, but as I said, USA2 needs more than 2 days to get there!
whys the end of usa2 line so messy?
Well done teams. Glad to see USA did not go swimming.
just catching up. What's is the estimated max GER2 can achieve? 2350?
no update from US for an hour now?
Very Impressive performance from all teams. Looks like GER1 land later
assume GB3 are realigning their track to get the min 480km to win
CONTROL, not see bottom lines of the status tags of GB and GER balloon
@Sam They were becalmed over the Adriatic last night.
heavy thunderstorms over the Adriatic
GB3 going South? *thumbs up* C'mon chaps.
Morn Everyone, Com on GBR lets find the breeze
Weldone GER tho
GB3 going toward nomans land? Hecky thump.
Unless Hempy can find some wind, looks like he's on same track as GER1
If you don't see all info force a complete update of browser (Ctrl-F5)
Gota go to work now, but gona sneak the laptop in :-)
The live tracking of this site is excellent www.webbyawards.com
GER1 need to put the brakes on soon!
Hi Piers, thank you for supporting us with all the info, great work!!!
GER going 4 extreme SE Moldova? Need turn to 135. Unlikely?
Lufthansa fly out of Chisinau my bet GER1 headed there!
GER1!! 7 bags remaining! 90km/h! descend now!
no update from USA for ages.has the tracker stopped
Hi Everyone.Just joined.Totally amazing race.
Concerned for the US team as their last report was over 1 hour ago
hi piers another takaway tonight
USA team are being contacted now as welfare check - update to follow
any guesses at USA tactics?
The weather in the Adriatic does not look good. Hope all is OK with USA2
very tight, Hemp needs more speed
Webcam from Vieste Italy near USA2. http://www.e-gargano.com/webcam/
sorry missed previous about welfare call, ignore TFN
Rob is chasing and your tracker via me is his best info
Dave speeded up a little, from 8 to 14 knots
OK, correction, back to 8 and almost due south!
That webcam view is worrying. Be safe USA2.
@DB - that's some storm on webcam. Hope USA are clear of it
Don Cameron issues statement - see "news"
GBR3 for Burgas and a win!
Not good. Hope they are safe.
Everyone looks concerned at HQ?
That storm on webcam is only 17nm from their last position.
watch lightnings at the "rowel" of the Italian boot
Fingers crossed for USA2. Saw them over Souillac, France Monday morning
VERY worried about USA2 team as it seems are others.
fingers crossed for all in the game, especially US team !
GBR changing direction!
how much metal is there on a gas balloon? carabinas and? strike chances?
Pretty good performance for a new balloon design team GB!
GER1 appearing to getting ready for touchdown.
Hi Alan D , Crispin & Sara & David Barker - who sold me best vario ever
Hope those flying are safe....especially USA2
Just catching up on overnight news . USA2 situation looks v. worrying
willi ulli goes down, find a slow stream to south....good luck
@Rudi - that's what I mean - going nowhere @ sea in storm area
Was für ein spannendes Rennen und Danke für diese tolle Seite!!
Re USA2 is their mode S transponder still transmitting?
After Very clever moves overnight by USA2 hope they are OK!!!
Hope the USA team are ok.
Just looked @ Race News qv - they're worried too . Keep safe USA 2
Is there any more news on USA?
@ Peter Turner - thanks but Rudi's link more graphic and worrying
Petra, which one are you shouting for now, "or could it be GBR3". Jenks
Would USA 2 be more visible to shipping if a lot lower ?
Morning all & hello Alan D from me & Debs.Still exciting race!
There is a lot of ferry traffic in Adriatic - ? hover lower for vis
Ian,storm clouds are low, visual sighting unlikely
@Julian -yes - 2 hours since last FIX- maybe a lot happened already?
Rudi's link wasn't working but is now. strange
Why does Willi have to land soon?
GB3 heading and speed improved,safe landing GER hang in there USA
Do look at Rudi's 7:46 link - I've never been that keen on pink
Robert, he is running out of designater race area. Ukrane OOB
Ah ok thanks.
@Robert: See Competition Area left.
Good spherics site http://bit.ly/aLIOPV Are balloons fitted with epirbs?
GER1 has to land as Ukraine is off the course, and counts for nothing
@John Bandey 8:07 where does your low storm cloud info come from ?
Lets hope its just a tracker failure in USA2
wind on airport chisnau is NNW 6knts, perfect fpr will on the gras :-)
So, another day of no work...transfixed on GBR3 progress. Come on!
With the balloons flying I'm not getting a full readout of the info.
@Paul- 'spherics on magnification just adds to the worry. Thanks
Ian, if you look at the webcam Gargano you will see, very poor visb'lty
GBR are heading into the hills upto 600m high no roads.
I hope the storm is just preventing USA signal getting through.
can ATC not locate USA balloon from their transponder code
@ Peter, Join the club. You miss much.Note to self - no sleep next year.
Cont.. and expirience of storms at sea.
Last USA report was 06.58 (BST) No Sat phone contact? No Visuals? :(
@John Bandey - where do I find Gargano Peninsula webcam? Thanks
USA seem to be going nicely now, aren't they well above the clouds?
Das ist ja spannender als der beste Krimi . Hoffentlich geht alles gut !
Any more news on US tream? Hope all is well.
GBR3 Heading 070, need to get back to 160/170
come on USA show yourselves... we all want you safe and well
Everything crossed for USA team.
Better to send a plane than boat to check them out visually ?
Terry USA team missing, report is 2.20 min old, bad weather in the area
Depends if they've ditched in the sea. Might explain poss no electrics?!
Looks like GB ran south along a mountain range and are now crossing it.
C'mon Yanks, pull through this one.
No phone, no tracker and no transponder? Sounds ominous.
Ian - webcam at Vieste - http://www.e-gargano.com/webcam/
Visibility improving rappidly in Gargano area. Thank heavens
Thanks David B - does not look quite as bad as I thought it
GBR now heading towards SW2 7kt - 70° - 7200ft! Come on the Tortoise!
German Team go for Palanca. In comp. area and further then SUI
Control phone gone off... maybe news to come.
GER1 getting ready to land, good effort, safe landing,,,
Wundermap- 22kmh NW other side of mountains from GBR3, near Bor
Are GB3 edging to2K km and land or going for it? Will they have ballast?
flightradar24 has nothing in area
not much chance of a visual.
@ Bob 8:26 - can you expand on USA 2 " missing " ? All are worried
Have USA activated EPIRB? Very concerned now.
EVERYONE PLEASE QUIET UNTIL WE HAVE NEWS OF USA TEAM
Missed two check in calls, and search and rescue dispatched, no tracker
Bob: yes Sorry just worked that out myself - still half-asleep. Sucks.
@ John Bandey - thanks for Gargano webcam link- as well as David B
Chisinau T/Dew 18/8 °C
W: 11 km/h from 330°
@Michael: Palanca looks like a very tiny target when you rely on winds
Please help a balloon novice whats an EPIRB? and why are you worried?
@ bettina emergency locator beacon that you operate at last resort
EPIRB = Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon
Ok many thanks. Now I'm worried.
Well they have not operated it...
USA Team very good at this, concerned for them but they know their stuff
And it would trigger automatically on immersion?
not if they have had a lightening strike!
Why not, dont they know people will worry. IM worried.
Weather at Veste seems a lot lighter - bits of blue about.
hope electrics are buggared and they are flying on unaware of concern
Think the EPIRB should activate automatically on contact with seawater
Problems with GBR3? - getting low now
TS on adriatic http://www.meteorage.fr/euclid/euclid_last_lightnings.gif
@ jan... hear hear
@Daniel, nobody said it will be easy. It is a challenge.
Concerned about GBR3 heading 0 deg, thats the wrong way guys!
Might be a bug, GER are saying 0' too.
GB3, not again?
what happened to USA2? looks a bit worrying.who knows latest news?
I don't think the heading of GB3 is the biggest problem at the moment.
Has race been called off?
More I think about it, more i'm worried about USA.
GB3 landed? flying at 3300ft over a 1000 meter hill? 20meter clearence..
Would appreciate webmaster blocking contributions from Steve Lewis.
GBR 3300ft on the 1000m contour?
That road in front of GBR3 is at 2k km
My quick calc GB3 are about 100ft above that mountain
I agree with Michael. From monty
great job, willi+ulli, 200° goes back to the swiss guys, catch them
USA...crossed fingers to an happy end!!!Hope U're right!
Weather is getting better in Puglia.
Strong NW at ground.
Road Atlas out at control
Fujin Sorry what offence? S.Carey is one of oldest dearest friends.
Fantastic flying German on a heading of 200 for the SW11 6kts
GBR3 still showing 10Kt, so still aloft, albeit with a few tree branches
turn Final RW 26 LUKK
any news (hope good news) at the USA-team?
vieste webcam is OK?
See the same pic 15 min ago!
Coastguard is in the neighbourhood! Not the first time this happens!
LOL Echo. Copying is the best form of flattery!
See new statement from Race Control. Just issued
Fūjin - I agree with you
Is that risk management or bad news?
Fingers crossed for good outcome for US team.
Christine, just plain good sense thinking and action.
GBR3 heading 175, better,
Phones hot at RC. 3 at once by the looks of it.
Latest Vieste webcam pics suggest it has rained-look at 2 prs reflect's
Lets all have positive thoughts for the USA team. Fingers crossed too
Ballons still flying FANTASTIC!!!!!!! fingers crossed 4 USA GO GO GO GBR
Vieste webcam requires a manual refresh every 10 minutes
GBR3 prob polling along the mountain ridge!!
@S Lewis: authoritarianism without authority + nonsense
I think Race Control could leave better reports on the news tab
So can UK fly enough south, climb head E get over line?
GB heading for mountain peak @ 4000ft
GBR3 have just cone through a col below the peaks on each side
I don't think GBR will be trying to land on a mountains pointy bit
I think race ctl has enough to contend with, they are doing A OK>
Further they go more land to hit, but in the dark?
I think race reports are probably the least of their worries at moment!
I expected to wake this morning to see all landed. Keep going all :D
I now agree, GBR to go to 2000km and land. Only just cleared last peaks.
Don't forget GPS can easily be 300' out its not barometric alt is it?
For 2011, how about retriev team tracking as well....be interesting!
Appologies for last, miss read the news report, thought it was TEAM GB
man up stephen lewis, this is real life challenge not a knitting circle
I feel a bit thick now. I never knew there was a Celtic Sea. *Shame
Looking at http://www.meteoam.it/ West wind to catch GBR beyond mntns?
GER1 latest web message ends "behind the calm & winds, the lower classes
...Hope GER1 don't mean us as the "lower classes"....
If there is any climb after that road, Burgas
Rod, I think we mark it on maps as Irih sea,
Both Ger and GB have headings 0 I assume that means motionless not -> N?
Been so fixed on this, I dont know, how did Swindon Town do last night?
is that good ol' Derry Moore in control centre?
one question, is it really hydrogen gas ballon? fun in storm then...
2000 km coming up for GBR3
Doesn't 0 degrees mean heading is due North?
ie, one is hopefully going straight up the down.
Terry, think is a glitch, keeps saying 0Deg but track line says not.
Swindon lost 3- 2 . 2nil down came back to 2. 2 last goal 95th min
Go GBR3 only 435 km to go.
Pls cld u get on and win it? John W et al check progress every 13 secs x
North = 360 deg. Don't think there is a 0 deg?
GB - this is genius flying, go go go
Thx Dave, were you there?
GER1 landing soon? - "have 7 bags left & enough kt for safe landing"
Are GER1 looking for some S wind as the Ukraine isn't in the comp area?
2000k well done GBR3
0 readings could be due sat sigs distorted by atmopheric conditions
Sun is shining now on Vieste webcam. Does it matter ?
2h to next press? I hope good news then... but...
Bob: No way I support Chippenham Town - so i live near DHA!
Cant see German team on webcam yet cam dot info dot md
Race Control webcam looks calm and not too busy . ? significance
Can GER overfly the Ukraine?
USA concerns not hit the main news channels yet,
looks like an ILS approach in my older days..
@Bob - as there is nothing to confirm apart from no signals - thats it.
Sorry Dave I know that was an insult to ya, I'm in Trowbridge
Good to see us Moonrakers supporting our boy
Jon,Yes, but over 3 hours no contact,lady painting cat pink headlinenews
Trowbridge, i'm in Westbury!! GO GB!!
No, they can't, check the Competition Area (on the left menu)
us gasheads are behind GB too
anyone know british durration record from this size gas balloon?
P.Turner's 7:53 link shows Gargano lightening/storm risk moving away ++
Peter, Hilperton to be more accurate, about 4 mins from Westbury
Mark, before u say anymore please read news page...
usa1 back in uk but thoughts are with usa2
Small world, looking at jet steam, they are gona be pushed into Ukraine
Looks like the germans are looking for a field close to road to land in
Some recent news of USA team?
tracking addict...evil in stomach!!!
Is this Anthony Smith (Event president) at the Flight control?
Q. what is GB3 heading/ anyone know?
John: By us gas heads he means the Bristol footy - not US gasheads
Any news about USA2?
they have written long on some stuff,... press release? good or bad?
Are you expecting jet streams at 4200ft? LOL
Digits crossed for the safety of the US team.
from tracking GB3 heading about 110 degrees
Ok dave, thanks for putting me right.
Low atitude winds, for GB, S/E 3.5 - 7kts
GER1 no updates since 9.29?
@Bob - Yes, unfortunately this is the media driven world we live in ....
No, jetstream was for info only :-p
Any news on USA2?
Anyone know the terrain in front of GB3, high mtns, & lots sand needed?
Do you get a prize for spotting typo's "OUT SERVER"???
@Peter B: really, S/E, ?? oh no.
looks like gbr doing some nap of the earth flying
@mark - No but I will correct it.
Ok so now I have to have to windows open that works?
E-most tip of Moldova is 2437,1 km :) Tricky FIN for GER1 to avoid UA.
Ian Zoom on in GB on map and change to terrain passing thro' valley
As far as i can tell, wind ese hooking around to wnw over bulgaria
@Richard: Do you think there's a wind ready to catch them at gap in mntn
USA team missing just hit main stream news
BBc news freeview 80 missing balloon more after weather
USA2 has just hit BBC News. As breaking News.
@Piers - congratulations on managing the web content and servers!
whew, WNW is better
@Piers well done! - More Coffee (lol!) keep up the good work & Thank Yo
1350m mountain just S of GBR but heading E now? Looks good.
If it hits the news the server will crash soon... i'm afraid.
Thks Richard - looks like seat of pants flying at the mo for GB3
GB will be in "local" winds in valleys, poss very different from general
3045 Guests just jumped to 3092
Anyone else think that GER1 has "docked"?
GER not updated for 30 mins...
Since turning S GB hugging the valley, valley now turns NE
Just wishing all at Race Control all the best before the servers crash!
Dave , just thinking the same.
My thinking too Dave. Was typing it when you posted.
GBR3 - Heading towrds Dimovo then follow mountains all the way to Varna?
cool confident update at GB3 blog
What hieght is ground level under GER1?
Latest data from GBR looks as if they have landed
GB3 0knts @ 0 deg... thats usually landing stats.
This could be it, looks like 0knt for both GER & GBR
My bet is race is now over. Need comfirmation from USA though...
I make it GBR are about 300ft above ground. From the given info.
That doesn' t look like an easy place to retrieve from
If down GB corner of a field, GER next to an ind.Est.
Oh yes I see that now well done all
GBR3 Hempleman-Adams & Carey confirmed as landed safely
Poss reoccurence of prob about half an hour ago then it was the track 0
Well done gentlemen!
Congratulations GBR3 for getting so far; and landing safely
compulsive viewer needs to know latest facts whos still flying??????
But I'm hoping GB is still going...
@Piers Any news on USA
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
well done GB, and everyone, its been better viewing than rovers lately
Obviously no fault. well done GB and GE
Well done GBR3.
Blast, well done that was fantastic, now hurry up and find USA Italians
well done all lets keep our hopes and thoughts on usa now
Very well done GBR3. Now thoughts with USA
Well done GBR3, I am sure the whole of the Uk are very proud..Congrats
GB -> 7kt - 0° - 1700ft ?? Ground at 430 m ish. 0° has been wrong before
GB2011 - Cellphone friendly web page?
Welcome back to earth GB Well Done!
Congratulations GBR3. Hoping US are safe. SWI2 and GER1 congrats also.
Read Piers message. GBR confirmed landed.
Cheers all, thoughts are with USA, but going to get some work done...
Def looks like GER and GBR are both landed
Come on USA lets be having you....
Well done chaps, Germany 100km short of swiss and running out of country
Congrats all, thrilling race. Thoughts are for safe return of USA2.
Well done to all, especially GBR3, GER1 & SUI2 Fantastic race!
Am now fixed to PC awaiting news of USA
Now lets find USA
is GER1 landed ? no speed info, no °! what happened?
All eyes on USA2. Fingers crossed.
Great effort GB thanks for the excitement you & everybody have given us!
GBR3 definitely landed 10:07z.
Well done GBR3, t'was exciting for us, gawd knows how you're feeling!
German team GER1 Wilhelm Eimers & Ullrich Seel landed safely at 1010UTC
well done to all the pilots and the crews its been a nail biting 4 days.
Pity the national media only get excited in this when a poss prob ensues
Great effort GB fingers crossed for happy outcome for USA
Sterling effort from GBR3..well done!
See News Announcement from Race HQ just issued . No news still
Congrats GB3. Edge of seat stuff here. Thanks & Well done.
Like others on this site, my thoughts are with the US team
Also well done GER1. Great effort.
Well done all. Amazing race.
Well done GER1.
Well done GER1 & GBR3. An excellent race, marred only by worry for US
PS GER1 definitely landed - so well done -BUT- USA2 where are you ?
Not good news that the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) not activate
Congratulations all...thanks a lot for this fantastic race....
@ Jenny - is that you ? Ian
he thought he was going to Albania look in that direction
Well Done everyone who made this all possible an amazing race :-)
Congrats to all esp Piers et al. Now the wait...
congratulation to GB3 / GER1. well done.was exciting race thanks for inf
Good job D,S,C&J. Thinking of USA2,praying they're found safe and well.
...and now, all eyes and thoughs on USA! crossed fingers
JIC anybody missed it in all the excitement - see my 10:22 shout
fingers crossed for usa, off to work now but thoughts are with them
Well done GBR3, grt/effort & result. not a lot of options. Jenks
Well done Ger1 too, was brilliant viewing, thankyou. Now USA2.... :-s
great effort all,specially top 3, now find usa2 safe and sound god speed
Congrats all for 3 enthralling days. Thoughts now for safe return USA2.
Ian Jacobs - No it's not.
Hope USA ok, Well done to all, fantastic time following it all.
Congratulations Willi and Ulrich +gnd team for your superb performance !
@PiersG Another for 2011. 3d tracking showing actual height and terrain.
Well done to GBR3 that was a fantastic efort.
I'm signing off - Race result is known - but not most important news .
Are there any USAF drone assets in the area?
I am crossing the fingers for a fast rescue of Richard and Carol
i hope, some body can bring us good news from usa 2
Prayers for the safety of all - including the rescue crews
Likewise signing off but still observing. think positive for USA
Here's hoping only good news for the US team and all concerned.
Hoping for a positve outcome for the USA team, thoughts are with you.
been here since 7am, hope for news of USA2 soon
No ELT from USA must be source of hope.Perhaps tracker malfunction/lost?
Congratulations to the Germans for their tactics for avoiding curfew!
Sean, thanks for the link. Like everyone, praying USA team are okay.
Congrats to Brits for tactics trying to go S. Ran out of ballast?
Gratuliere Willi+Ulli, hervorragendes Rennen, super Platz, ein Highlight
USA2 please activate the EPERB!!!!!
welldone to the 2 teams just landed looking now for more important news
congrats to Swi2,GER1 & GBR3. Thoughts pass to USA and their safe return
Well done GBR3 - great effort! Hoping for good news from USA2 soon..
Congrats to GBR and GER on landing. Hope USA OK
italian coastguard radio http://tinyurl.com/2vn5ao2 anyone?
No updates! Hope all goes well in taking a lump hammer to the server.
Congratulations Willi&Ulrich from Team Leys-Rolland! Vincent&seb happy
Thats not the Italian coastguard, unless they like disco funk.
US sattellites over that area? No logging off till we know they're safe.
And hope for USA. hope they have a rescue boat...
me neither, stayed logged in and checking until we know they're safe.
I'll be staying with it until I have to go to work at 2pm
@james, sorry! Didn't have all plugins to check...
I'm staying till I know whats happened to them.
The radio is just for service bulletins in absence there is music
@ David, they were playing "My Way" when
I tuned in. Fitting!
I'll be staying to, still think they have stealth mode on !!
Been watching this all the way and will stay till hopefully a good end.
It was "My Way" when i tuned in, as you say, very fitting
Well done to all teams, and a big though to usa, good luck!!!
Every time theres a fluury in the control room i get hopeful
Congrats to GER1 & GBR3 teams! Prayers for Richard & Carol's safety.
Praying they will be found safe and well.
don't dump us till there is news please Piers keep it running.
WD Evryone who took part. Esp. SWI2. Blinder!. Hope USA OK.
I was expecting a news update at 12.00
This has been a good race Pray for USA r ok.
On BBC News 24 now
good or bad news = long wait -press etiquette to follow :-(
has there been any update on usa? they don't have their own page
@Maria. No news is good news, isn't it!
Whats News 24 saying???
Please keep shouts active for news of USA2, don't want to rely on press
Ich denke an die USA und ich hoffe, sie sind ok
Pls dont sign us off yet. We need to find out about USA
USA are 86 hours or 3 days and 14 hours in the basket great luck to them
Could you put a static image on the tracking page to show final position
@Richard, that's what I'm hoping!! But waiting and worrying is hard
open news statement time!
Thanks Piers for you work to keep us all up to date.
Crossed fingers for Richard and Carol..
Gratulation an die deutschen Teams, es war ein tollen Rennen!
fingers cross too Richard and Carol
Thank you for the update Piers.
Geoff Lee,BBC news wrong,SWI2 did win.Kurt Frieden/Pascal Witprächtiger!
das rennen ist erst zuende wenn alle wohlbehaltengelandet sind (O:
Cant declare any result untill confrrmed landing of all competitors.
sorry correct,wrong formulation appologize,but BBC is wrong too
Thanks for the update Piers
Please keep this open until we have located Richard & Carol
Many of us in USA have no other way to stay in touch. Thank You!
Love the webcam -(everyone wave!!! lol!) Good Job Everyone;-)
Please know all our hopes are for a positive outcome
What I think we can say is SWI1 did not win.Sloppy BBC reporting.
As Chris said : don't rely on press !
Just heard news from my tracker (Sarah!). USA come home safe please.
Check DHA website, landing report! Quite hairy.
@Jane, link to DHA?
Just heard about USA, did their tracker just stop transmitting?
No mention of race on BBC lunchtime news. Can't believe it.
Waiting for news on USA. Good luck to you USA.
Got to go to work, will be thinking of USA2, and back on when I get back
Great report from DHA. Let's hope to hear one from USA2 soon...fingers X
@Chris, it was on the local news, south west
Made local BBC newsWest, Nothing new to add by Race Dir, just concern
Hope we hear from the US crew soon.
@webcam: mmmm, lunch!
Thanks for your hard work all at HQ. Will this stay on air for US2 news?
May God watch over Team USA2 and bring them safely back to dry land.
I hope USA2 is flying to Athina !
Amen to that Dawn.
Lovely idea, Mailliet!
My thoughts with Carol & Richard Will stay up for news. 2245hrs in Aust.
USA On touche du bois - Good luck
an amazing journey for all, its a rollercoaster even for us just watchin
Cant log of till we hear about USA.....................fingers crossed x
Thanks for links but just wonder re BBC national news editorial policy
I hope they find Carol and Richard soon.
My thoughts are with you USA2.
Apparently, it's a hard job to find the balloon, 4 hours 'till sunset
Thinking of you all.
@Chris what do you wonder? I though it good.
Pointswest Bristol TV talked to Race Director re USA2 at 1.30 local time
Rolo hardly great coverage of such an epic race until bad things happen!
@Rolo. I feel sorry no coverage on national news
To the organisors of the race. WHAT A BRILLIANT SETUP! An AMAZING EVENT!
There is coverage on BBC national news web site.
Just tempered with the worry about USA2. You can ALL be proud.BRILLIANT!
J'espere tant un Happy End!!!Bonne chance USA...tenez bon
It was on the BBC page at 11 42 I posted it on my FB page.
I thought the BBC coverage was good.
Apologies for the errors - corrupt database table now fixed
thank you Piers :-)
This is taking a long time to find them I'm starting to fear the worst
@Doreen Ive been boring everyone on my fb too!
@ steph - they may still be aloft! If in sea the EPIRB would be going.
No news is good news? Positive vibes going out to the team and rescuers
would the beacon go off if they were on land?
I agree with John Albury - very poor national TV coverage of great race
it could be just an power failure of their systems, I hope so ;-)
@Brian; no contact since 7 this morning, nothing!that already almost 9h
Lots of US friends who are used to being bored by me Rolo lol!
Great race -- but we still need a good ending here for R & C
hopes & thoughts for USA2, be safe.Congrats to everyone else, good stuff
if they had still been aloft they would have been sighted by now.
They have several ways to communicate and uptill now, nothing!
if US are aloft any prediction where they will be now? Low winds from N.
Hopes and prayers for USA2. Dramatic race goes on.
The race had no media or air time. Just the start and finish :-(
@ James. On their way to Greece?
@Brian I hope you are right, personally I would rather hear the EPIRB
Heli should have found them by now if they were still up there.
I 'm einensk mir , Don sie"t haben ein handliches ?
Thanks Glenn,long time no see or speak,hope you are well.
If they are in the water, then I fear the worst!
Steph hold on to positive thoughts. The know they are looking for them
Waiting in Sydney Australia for news Carol/Richard nearly midnight here.
They are well equiped, emersion suits, liferaft life jackets.
Excellent website Piers. Thanks to your team also.
And by the top way?what do a gas balloon without lest in a storm?
This is all asuming that they had the time to put them on.
@Steph How about being optimistic?
OK Steph enough is enough. They WILL find them. SAFE
@steph no news is good news
I have a very bad feeling about this.
@Marfy; hope for the best; but this is a complicated S&R.
Yes marphy...let us be optimist
Not sure of talk of a storm in their area.Nothing on satelites I can see
Think positiv !!!!
@Paul; no it isn't. Every minute counts and they didn't locate them yet!
I have read "near a bad weather area"
Storms were last night/this morning Rolo
@Steph everyone is aware of dangers, no need to keep stating worst case
what's the meaning for"thunderstorm activity has been reported"?please
There was a storm several hunderd miles S 10 hrs earlier.
thanks rolo...it's better like this
Guys, IF they were driven into the sea, they will NOT sink straight away
IF they were at altitude, they would have gone UP not down
Far as I know thunderstorms where the US team were this am
They set out on these adventures, with the kit and the training
So if the weather was not so bad it's maybe a simple electronic failure.
if their equip failed and they crashed on land would the beacon go off?
They are porbably bobing around in a raft cold and wet
No need to "flap", everything poss is being done