High times for Isle of Wight hot air balloon challenge

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


High times for Isle of Wight hot air balloon challenge

Around 20 hot air balloons are expected to take part in the Snows Isle of Wight Balloon Challenge. Picture by Robin Crossley.

HOT air balloons of all shapes and sizes are due to take part in a new cross-Solent event this spring.

Around 20 balloons are expected to take part in the Snows Isle of Wight Balloon Challenge, set to take place on a date between March 22 and May 2, depending on the weather.

The balloons will fly from Fawley, Hampshire, across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

It has been organised by Hampshire organisation Digital 21st Event and Hot Air Balloon Services, sponsored by Snows car dealership, co-sponsored by Ordnance Survey, with support from Red Funnel and tourism body Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW).

Digital 21st operations manager Richard Cardy said it was their biggest project to date.

Event advisor Ian Sharpe co-organised a record breaking Channel flight in 2011.


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by James McAdder

26th February 2014, at 13:15:17

They can always fly over Lake, steve. A friend who goes gliding tell me he gets a lot of lift over that way...........

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by Mike Crowe

26th February 2014, at 09:57:22

What? The Council Chamber run out of hot air? All I can ....................

must dash. Flock of pigs going over and II want t photograph them ..........

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by steve paul taylor

26th February 2014, at 09:37:27

What if they run out of hot air !!!

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by Wayne Spurge

25th February 2014, at 19:33:50

With the UK and and the prevailing winds with land in Hamble or Gatwick depending on the strength of the wind!! Its a good idea the balloon festival in Soton was a huge event.Why not have it in an easterly direction from West Wight to East Wight? The sea breezes are unpredictable around the Island, in May the will cause an effect low level,due to the heating of land.Anyway its a great idea!!

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by Keven Ball

25th February 2014, at 17:08:49

I do like it when hot air balloons all set-off together. I hope the weather is much nicer and the event goes ahead. Good stuff.

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25th February 2014, at 13:27:57

Watch out Wightlink / Redfunnel there's competition on the horizon.

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by Mike Crowe

25th February 2014, at 12:42:31

The target landing spot is the Council Chamber at County Hall for refill of hot air to take off again.

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