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12 April 2004

10th Landesmeisterschaft & 2nd Cup of Europe in Marl

2de Europa Cup - marl

After days of anxiety concerning the weather conditions for the Easter weekend, the organisation decided on Friday to launch the balloons on Saturday. 19 of the 20 inscribed balloons showed up: a real success.

During the briefing it became clear that is was going to be tough: a distance - duration and precision flight limited to 18 hours. 1,5 hours before the start each participant had to announce where he planned to land.

At 01:00 hr on Easter Sunday D-OBCK 'Kiepenkerl II' was the first balloon to take off, the last one left at 01:37 hr.

By 08:00 hr 9 balloons were spotted near Saint-Hubert (B). After that message we had to wait all day long for results.

At 21:45 hr the team De Cock - Van Geyte informed us that they had landed after 18 hours minus 20 minutes near Poitiers (F). The team Siméons - Berben - Leys - Leys had landed after 18 hours minus 3 minutes at only 2 miles from their predicted landing place!

At 22:45 Sebastian Eimers, Second Competitionmanager, confirmed that the teams with the biggest distance had landed around 19:20 hr at 50 - 100 km S/SE of Paris.

It will take a couple of days before the final results are known: the participants have to send the logger and a printout of the barograph back to the organisation first.

Kind regards,
Donald & Luc Buyle

Posted by Marianne at 11:50 PM

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