The task was very simple: "stay in the air as long as possible". So the team that would land last would also be the winner of the competition. Because of unfavourable weather conditions the start had to be postponed till morning. But then some teams could not avoid the control zone of Düsseldorf and had to land early. Moreover some teams did not get the permission to fly over France during the night so they had to give up too. Those who went to high altitudes from the start obtained a good direction and could make a beautiful flight over several European countries. At sunrise only 2 teams were still aloft and in the running for the victory.
Our sincere congratulations for the team of Mark Sullivan and Gerald Stürzlinger: their very first participation in this 20 years old competition and they managed to take the first place. After a flight of 32hr and 9 minutes they landed on the steep shores of Normandy near Caen.
1. Sullivan, Mark - Stürzlinger, Gerald -- 32:09 Hr
2. van Havere, Ronny - van Geyte, Luc -- 26:32 Hr
3. Höhl, Bepperl - Handl, Stefan -- 17:50 Hr
The complete results can be downloaded here: Final results Friedrich Thode 2005