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.