Hot Air Balloon Racing

Competitive hot air ballooning embraces technology

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Barry on April 22, 2016

The sporting world of hot air ballooning will soon be assisted by technology, as a recently produced (more…)

Russian adventurer challenges ballooning record

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Barry on October 30, 2015

Fedor Konyukhov from Russia has set the target of going around the globe on a balloon in under 14 days.

Mr. Konyukhov has decided to have his balloon built in (more…)

First women’s hot air balloon championship a soaring success

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Barry on September 25, 2014

The first official Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Women’s hot air balloon championship saw hundreds of attendees and no fewer than 39 female pilots taking part.

It was held between (more…)

Team Gossard seals hat-trick at national show

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Mark Smith on September 10, 2014

For the first time, the British National Championship has been won by the same team and balloon for the third year in succession, as Team Gossard piloted their 90ft balloon to success.

Although the championship has been won three years running in the past, the pilot who achieved this was not manning the same balloon on each year. Only Team Gossard and Andrew Holly, the pilot, can claim that accolade.

Holly said:

“To win the Nationals is a massive achievement but to win three times consecutively is a very proud moment.”

The balloon features a striking picture of Elle Liberachi wearing the famous Gossard Egoboost bra. It was famously banned from the 2012 World Championship held in America because the photo quality image was considered too risqué for the American public.

This balloon and pilot combination has won several other prestigious competitions, including The Monregalese Trophy. Holly has won this prestigious Italian ballooning trophy three times.

European-based Kubicek Balloons made the competition-winning hot air balloon, and has specialised in making competition hot air balloons and airships since the early 1980s.

During the balloon flight, the crews had to travel through different locations set out by the race director. The accuracy was measured using GPS trackers, and landing accuracy was also recorded and scored.

Team Gossard’s achievement is made all the more notable because the balloon’s crew chief was new to competition ballooning. Louis Jones, company operations manager, stepped in only two days earlier to cover for the regular crew chief, who was unwell.

US long distance balloon race returns

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Susan on May 30, 2014

The oldest ballooning event in the southern USA, the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival, is set to kick off once more.

The only long distance balloon race in (more…)

Richard Parry takes Queen’s Cup title

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Mark Smith on October 9, 2013

A hot air balloon pilot from Stroud has successfully completed a 199-mile journey to take the UK’s oldest sporting prize, the Queen’s Cup.

Richard Parry’s epic balloon flight ended in Great Yarmouth on Sunday, after he left Bristol early on Saturday.

The competition, which has the full title of the Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup, has a long history and was first held (more…)

Michigan pilot wins big at national championship

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Susan on July 31, 2013

Paul Petrehn, a Michigan hot air balloon pilot, dealt with some difficult conditions on Sunday to take home more than £5,000 in prize money and the title of champion at this year’s U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in (more…)