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A RECAP ON LAST YEAR Worthing Birdman 2014 will never be forgotten by those who witnessed history in the making. After years of trying, Northumberland daredevil Ron Freeman smashed through the 100m mark on a perfect eight knot wind to claim the ÂŁ10,000 jackpot. Ron flew a breathtaking 159.8m as crowds packed on the beach gasped in astonishment. Minutes earlier he had seen friend and rival Tony Hughes punch the air with delight after soaring 117.1m over the emerald green ocean.Thousands cheered as the drama unfolded on a glorious sunny Worthing afternoon. Will we ever seen the likes of it again? Well, hold on to your hats - they are coming back for more!

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INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 8th Worthing International Birdman Competition where you will see our fearless aviators soar to new heights in their attempts to fly 100m and the £10,000 jackpot. The Worthing Town Centre Initiative with support from Worthing Borough Council, and our amazing sponsors and supporters are delighted that this fantastic event continues to attract competitors and spectators from all corners of the globe. Don’t forget that our fun flyers need your support as they are judged on Costume, Performance on the platform and the Crowd Reaction so cheer for your favourites.

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WHAT DOES BIRDMAN MEAN TO SUNNY WORTHING? In an eggshell, it puts the town on the global map! Thousands of fans flock into town to watch magnificent men and women in their flying machines launch themselves from Worthing Pier.TV camera crews from all over the world film every twist and turn for an audience of millions! Last year’s record-breaking competition was thrilling to behold and generated headlines across the planet. Not only does Worthing’s reputation receive a massive boost from Birdman. So do restaurants, cafes, bars and shops as hordes of spectators seek refreshment and retail therapy. Few will forget Ron Freeman shedding tears of joy as he realised his lifetime dream of winning the jackpot by smashing 100 metres. With £10,000 at stake it’s a deadly serious business, but a splendid spirit of camaraderie also prevails among top-flight pilots preparing for take off. Their dashing aeronautical escapades are further enhanced by eccentric fun flyers who raise many thousands of pounds for charity. Rival resorts would desperately like to wrestle from Worthing the prestigious Birdman crown, and the kudos that goes with it. But they’ve got no chance, for Worthing is today the internationally renowned “Home of Birdman”. And long may Worthing continue to bask in that luminous global spotlight! Paul Holden Editor Worthing Journal www.worthingjournal.co.uk

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORTHING BIRDMAN EVENT A successful jackpot prize winner must achieve the challenge as forward distance flown; and must also cross a marker buoy set 100 metres from the end of the launch ramp with allowances being made for any movement of this buoy in the water. The Birdman Event first took to the skies in 1971 from the lifeboat pier in Selsey; in 1978 the organisers were told that they could no longer use this pier and so the event moved along the coast to Bognor Regis where it grew in popularity until 2007. When Bognor Pier was shortened safety concerns were raised over the depth of water for the Birdman Competition and in 2008 the event moved again; this time to Sunny Worthing. The 2015 event is the eighth one to be held in Worthing and the Birdman continues to attract interest from all around the globe. The platform is made out of scaffolding and is west facing to take advantage of the predominant wind direction in this area. The launch platform stands around 15 ft (4.6m) above the pier decking and during flying the height above sea level is approximately 35 ft (10.67m).

Competitors will have a run up distance of approximately 15 ft (4.6m) and they may use a flying machine with fixed, rotary, or ornithopter (flapping) wing design but the wing span cannot exceed 30 ft (9.1m).

THERE ARE 3 CLASSES FOR ENTRANTS TO CHOOSE FROM:

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Leonardo Da Vinci Serious Competitors who design and build their own craft Condor Serious Competitors who use modified hang gliders or a similar craft Kingfishers Fun Competitors; the comic entries who raise money for charity

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HOW IS THE EVENT MEASURED? With the launch window at high tide lasting only two hours, it is vital that the distances flown are measured quickly Trigonometry and bespoke computer software are used to measure distance flown and time in the air. Distances flown are measured using three electronic angle measuring devices that are set up level with the launch platform and on shore. Triangulation is used to accurately pinpoint the competitors’ landing position. All competitors will be measured using the same measurement constants that are calculated and input into the computer before the start of the competition. On splashdown the angles are recorded electronically by the three measuring stations and are entered into the Birdman computer which calculates the horizontal distance flown in any direction using trigonometry; it also calculates any small margin of error which can occur through fluctuating tide swell. A successful jackpot prize winner must achieve the challenge as forward distance flown; and must also cross a marker buoy set 100 metres from the end of the launch ramp with allowances being made for any movement of this buoy in the water.

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WATER SAFETY The Worthing International Birdman is an extreme event and the safety of our competitors is our Number 1 priority. To ensure that competitors are well looked after we have a great water safety team in place controlled by Worthing Beach Office. There are ribs patrolling the exclusion zone perimeter to ensure that craft not involved with the event do not cause obstructions, a rib with divers and a paramedic to ensure competitors are safe in the water, jet skis to recover competitors to shore, and boats to recover craft and debris. After each flight the boat with the Worthing BSAC dive team and paramedic will approach and divers in the water to that the competitor does not need assistance. The paramedic will check each competitor before clearance is given for them to be taken back to land by Jet Ski. Once they arrive at shore at swim team on safety lines will assist the competitor to shore.

WORTHING BSAC “Worthing BSAC” are a scuba diving / sub aqua club that teach and go diving. We’re a branch of the British Sub Aqua Club (the governing body for sports diving in the UK) and have an active diving and social calendar.We offer training from beginner up to advanced diver. We welcome new and existing divers (from all agencies), and dive from our wet moored Diving RIB based in Littlehampton as well as organising trips around the UK and abroad. We meet every Monday night at 8:30, alternating between Splash Point Pool for “wet” training, and the Broadwater Working Men’s Club which is used for socialising and theory training where we have the sole use of the function room & bar. Contacts: Roger Clarke Website: www.worthingbsac.co.uk Tel: 01903 217773 Email: divers@worthingbsac.co.uk

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SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST FLIGHT ORDER

NAME

CLASS

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Deborah West And Nicola Chisolm

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These guys are first off, representing local networking group ‘Mumpreneurs’.

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Tony Hughes

L

Tony is flying twice today. In Leonardo class and Condor. Flying for WIltshire Air Ambulance.

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Rory Ryan

L

Rory’s craft is made from salvaged materials.

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Ron Freeman

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Sean Frawley

L

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Edward Ling

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Ron is also flying in both Leonardo and Condor class this weekend, for Great North Air Ambulance. All the way from Hong Kong, Sean flys The Cross Channel Express V - 5th time lucky! Edward is a regular Leonardo. flying for Winston’s Wish with his craft ‘Into The Blue’

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David Cooper

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David’s craft is called the SkyScooper.

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Dr Andrew Riley-Watson And Chris Powell Kieran McAleer And Mark Foxon

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Andrew and Chris are flying for RNLI. They originally entered as Leonardo’s. Modrophenia is the theme for Kieran and Mark today, raising funds for MIND.

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Macauley Burnett

K

Macauley is flying for Cancer Research today.

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Amanda-Louise Coleman

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Chestnut Tree House is Amanda-Louise’s chosen charity for her flight today.

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Jim O’Neil

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The theme of Jim’s flight is ‘Cool Runnings’ Bobsleigh.

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Chris Painter And Glenn Bennett

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The first pair representing sponsors ‘Pixel By Pixel’ Flying for Love Your Hospital charity.

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Peter Simpson

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Peter is down from Liecester on a stag do!

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Laura Scott

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Laura is a bit of a regular down here at Worthing Birdman. Flying for HomeStart Crawley this year.

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Nicholas Blyth

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Daniella Grant

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Simon McWilton

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CLASS KEY L - LEONARDO (MAN MADE MAGNIFICANT FLYING MACHINES) K - KINGFISHER (FLYING FOR FUN) C - CONDOR (HANDGLIDER CLASS)

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COSTUME/CRAFT/CHARITY INFORMATION

Nicholas is flying for the Apinal Foundation with a Buzz Lightyear theme. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is Daniella’s chosen charity. She’ll be dressed as a flying zebra. Bacon & Co’s mascot, Billy Bacon is Simon’s chosen attire. Flying for Freddy Smile.


SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST FLIGHT ORDER

NAME

CLASS

COSTUME/CRAFT/CHARITY INFORMATION

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Gordon Woods

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Gordon’s craft has been designed and built by the guys at West Tarring Boys Club.

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Oliver Buckley

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Craig Searle

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Patrick Myles And Nicky Taylor-Buckthorpe

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Matthew Fuller

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Oliver fancies his chances of the Jackpot in a specially designed ‘winged suit’. Good Luck Oli This military themed entry, is Craig, who is raising funds and awareness for Shoreham Fort. It’s the Lone Ranger and Tonto, raising money for British Heart Foundation. Matthew is raising funds for Cats Protection League.

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Jamie Wilkinson

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Flying this year for Cats Protection League.

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Nathan Llewellyn

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Tom English

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Gary Evans And Sean Tomlin

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Paul Simmonds

K

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James Freeman And Toby Howard Elaine Smith And Rob Fawcett

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Edgar Scukins

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Kevin Smith

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Tony Hughes

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Ron Freeman

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Nathan has a thing for military aircraft, today he is a C130 Hercules. Flying for Paracharity. Is it a bird, a parrot or a can-can dancer. Tom is flying for Chestnut Tree House charity. Gary and Sean are flying together today, also for Chestnut Tree House, near Arundel. Paul is a Worthing resident, flying for the first time at Worthing Birdman. Good luck Paul. James and Toby’s theme is recycling. They are flying for Worthing Churches Homeless Project. A duo of solicitors! This pair are from Bennett Griffin in Worthing, fundraising for St Barnabas. Edgar is down from Middlesex this weekend testing out his self-built glider. Kevin is a regular Condor now, lets see if he can reach the distance. Tony is flying for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Tony flew over 100m last year. Star Flyer! Ron took the jackpot last year with 159m - are the conditions right to take it again?

Participants and schedule correct at time of going to press

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SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST FLIGHT ORDER

NAME

CLASS

COSTUME/CRAFT/CHARITY INFORMATION

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Tony Hughes

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Tony is flying twice today. In Leonardo class and Condor. Flying for WIltshire Air Ambulance.

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Rory Ryan

L

Rory’s craft is made from salvaged materials.

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David Cooper

L

David’s craft is called the SkyScooper.

4

Sean Frawley

L

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Ron Freeman

L

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Edward Ling

L

All the way from Hong Kong, Sean flys The Cross Channel Express V - 5th time lucky! Ron is also flying in both Leonardo and Condor class this weekend, for Great North Air Ambulance. Edward is a regular Leonardo. flying for Winston’s Wish with his craft ‘Into The Blue’

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Chrisopher Scott And Craig Hudson

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The second duo from Pixel by Pixel, flying for Love Your Hospital, special baby care unit.

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Karen McDonald

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Jeremy Ransom And Chris Oakley

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Karen is often mistaken for a witch. Flying for Worthing and District Scope Jeremy and Chris is Back to The Future, raising funds for Queen Alexandra Hospital Home.

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Damien Hodgson

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Rockinghorse, is Damien’s chosen charity. Damien will be flying as a character from Frozen.

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James Thomas

K

Over here from Eastbourne, James will be flying for St Wilfreds Hospice in Eastbourne.

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Alexander Jasper

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Flying for Great Ormond Street Hospital, today Alexander will be an Iconic Icarus.

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Joel Hicks

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Back once again, for his charity ‘Always with a Smile’ super sexy model Joel has a surpise for us.

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Donna Elson

K

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Mark Roberts And Nick Roberts Phillipe Corneau And Steven Pieralisi Colm Sweet And Simon Wells

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CLASS KEY L - LEONARDO (MAN MADE MAGNIFICANT FLYING MACHINES) K - KINGFISHER (FLYING FOR FUN) C - CONDOR (HANDGLIDER CLASS)

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Donna is flying for Palatine Special Needs School, Worthing Kids and Dapper Snapper. Mark and Nick are flying for Canine Partners this year. Steven and Phillipe, are the dogs! Flying today for RSPCA, all the way from New Malden. It’s the Sunny Worthing Facebook Admins. Flying for ‘Share The Warmth’.


SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST FLIGHT ORDER

NAME

CLASS

COSTUME/CRAFT/CHARITY INFORMATION

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James O’Neill And Rob Hamlin

K

It’s the RoadRunner theme for this pair from Brighton.

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Jetmir Peposhi

K

Flying for BabyBuddy, Jeti will be disguised as a big yellow bird, but will he fly?

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Victoria Thomas

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Victoria is determined to fly the distance today, raising awareness for Tengeru Village School.

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Elaine Sinclair And Chris Niall Stephen Oakley And Nathan Smith Owen Badman

K

It’s Wallace and Grommit, no, it’s Elaine and Chris, flying for Worthing based WADARS.

K

Stephen and Nathan is flying this year, for Worthing Mencap.

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Owen is flying for Martletts Hospice and Action Medical Research this weekend.

Victoria Natarajan And Natalie Smith Ash Julia Horbaschk And Mark Pawlak Chris Putt And Chris Loxley Jonathan Garthwaite And Emlyn Hughes Melisha Martin-Lacey And Ben Hart Condor Competitor in 3rd Place after Sat Flight Condor Competitor in 2nd Place after Sat Flight Condor Competitor in 1st Place after Sat Flight

K

Dressed as guardian angels, Victoria and Natalie will be flying for Save A Child charity.

K

Julia and Mark are raising funds and awareness for Carousel and Oska Bright today.

K

These two Chris’ are down from Wiltshire for the weekend. Who know’s what they are doing?

K

If it wasn’t for them snooping kids. Jonathan and Emlyn are Scooby Do, for Action for Children.

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This pair of Bananas in Pyjamas are flying for Shelter.

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Participants and schedule correct at time of going to press

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ENTERTAINMENT TIMETABLE Saturday 15th August 11.15am to 12.00pm 12.00pm to 12.15pm 12.15pm to 14.25pm 14.30pm to 14.50pm 14.50pm to 16.30pm

Violet on Beach Stage Birdman commentary commences from platform Birdman Flights Regnate School of Performing Arts on Beach Stage Free Movie on the Beach – Frozen Sing Along version (1 hr 40mins)

Sunday 16th August 11.30am to 12.00pm 12.00pm to 12.30pm 12.30pm to 12.45pm 12.45pm to 14.50pm 14.50pm to 15.20pm 15.20pm to 15.50pm 15.50pm to 16.15pm 16.15pm to 16.45pm

Jenna Hall on Beach Stage Xtreme Action Jet Ski Display & Flyboard Birdman commentary commences from platform Birdman Flights Xtreme Action Jet Ski Display & Flyboard Salvation Army Band Lizzie Haynes in Little Dynamite on Beach Stage Birdman Prize giving on Beach Stage

* These timings are subject to change but any amendments to the programme will be announced by our commentary team

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TROPHIES & PRIZES Condor Class The Condor Class is for modified hang gliders or similar craft where the wingspan does not exceed 35ft (10.6 metres). Condor Competitors are allowed two attempts, one on each day of the competition. Those competitors who do not fly on both days will miss the opportunity to accumulate points which is the mechanism for determining the Condor Class Prize. The Condor points each day of the competition will be awarded on the furthest forward distance achieved. The Jackpot distance for this class is a flight exceeding 100m over the prescribed Jackpot course.

1st - £750 2nd - £400 3rd - £300

Leonardo Da Vinci Class The Leonardo da Vinci Class is for self/team-designed and built innovative craft where the wingspan does not exceed 35ft (10.6 metres). Leonardo Competitors are allowed two attempts, one on each day of the competition. The Leonardo da Vinci Class prize will be awarded to the furthest forward distance achieved over the 2 days of the competition. The Jackpot distance for this class is a flight exceeding 100m over the prescribed Jackpot course.

1st - £750 2nd - £400 3rd - £300

Kingfisher Class The Kingfisher Class is for fun Fliers and is a great way to earn money for charity. Individuals or teams of two can enter this category; the prizes are not awarded for distance but for the entertainment value of the flight, craft and costumes. Prizes will be awarded to the most entertaining fancy dress or comic entrant in this Class. A panel of Judges will allocate marks to the costume and props, the pre-launch routine to music and crowd reaction.

1st - £500 2nd - £250 3rd - £100

The Entry in this Class which, in the opinion of the Judges, achieves ‘the funniest moment’ will be awarded a special Trophy.

2015 International Birdman This Prize will be awarded to the competitor in the Leonardo or Condor Class who achieves the furthest forward distance flight during the competition!

£1,000

* Forward distance is the measurement on the prescribed Jackpot course

Longest in the Air Awarded to the Aviator in the eligible classes who remains in the air the longest time. This will be paid at £15 per second aloft with a maximum prize of £250 for a flight of 16 seconds or Longer.

Maximum Prize £250

Jackpot Prize For the furthest flight exceeding the measured 100m; this can be achieved on either day of the competition. This prize is open to Aviators in the Condor and Leonardo da Vinci classes only. If more than one aviator exceeds 100m then the Jackpot will be awarded to the aviator who achieves the furthest distance. There will only be one Jackpot prize on offer if 2 or more Aviators achieve the same distance then the prize will be shared. This prize will only be awarded if a challenge distance is exceeded.

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THE DEREK TROTMAN TROPHY Last year a new trophy was introduced to the competition to commemorate a man who became the spirit of Birdman in Bognor and also Worthing. Derek unfortunately left us during 2014 but his contribution to the event will not be forgotten. The Derek Trotman Trophy is awarded to someone who reflects the “Spirit of the Birdman” and candidates will need to demonstrate • • • • •

Good Team Spirit Willingness to help others Contribution to overall wellbeing of the competitors and crew A Birdman role model Have a focus on Charity as well as having fun

The first winner of the trophy in 2014 was Jim Cunliffe recognising his outstanding commitment to the event to the Worthing event over the last 8 years.

Derek Trotman

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WORTHING BIRDMAN MARKET While you are enjoying this year’s Worthing International Birdman competition please don’t forget to visit the Worthing Birdman Market. This market helps to fund the event and ensures that you get lots of free entertainment so please support your traders today. There is an eclectic mix of stalls including food, craft and general merchandise; and you will also see some familiar faces from Worthing’s Wednesday Market. Markets are very popular in Worthing and we hope you enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade to see what is offer today!

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HINTS & TIPS • The Launch Platform is west facing with the best viewing position being on the beach between the Pier and Lido. • The East side of the Pier is open to the Public for access to the amusements and the Southern Pavilion. The West side of the Pier is for VIP access only to prevent crowding, this is where our competitor’s friends and family watch the event. • We kindly ask spectators to keep out of the water in the area between the Pier and Lido for their own safety due to the number of watercraft working in this area. • The West Side of the Pier is closed to the public during the event.

• There is No Fishing from the Pier over Birdman weekend. • The disabled viewing area is located on the East Side of the Lido.

• Do not sit under the Lido or Pier to view the competition as these areas will be under water at High Tide. • The barrier tape on the beach marks the High Water level please do not sit beyond this point or you may get wet. • If you need assistance or have lost any of your party please speak to one of our Stewards. • In case of an emergency please listen to the announcements.

• In hot weather please ensure you wear plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

...AND DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY YOURSELVES!

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