Gordon Bennett Toruń 2021

When?

19.08-28.08.2021

Where?

Airport of Pomerania Aero Club (EPTO), Toruń, Kujawy Pomorze, Poland

The Gordon BENNETT Cup

Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for balloon pilots and their equipment.

This international competition was initiated by the adventurer and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr. in 1906, when 16 balloons launched from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Little did the crowd of 200,000 spectators know this race would continue throughout the 20th century and beyond….

The rules are simple and unchanged since 1906. All the balloons are of the same size and lift. They take off within a short „launch window” from the same launch site. The goal is to fly the furthest non-stop distance measured in straight line from the launch site. Landing on water is not permitted. This year the air space of all European countries is open to the pilots with the exception of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Malta and Iceland. Each team consists of two pilots. Pilots are airborne for up to three days and nights in an open basket, carried by the gas balloon and steered only by the winds in different altitudes. Ground crew (strategists, meteorologists, ATC specialists) help pilots to make the right decisions. . Up to three teams per nation can enter the event. The nation that wins the race will host the event two years later. Thanks to the latest technology it is possible to follow the race in real-time (position, direction, speed, leader board).

Programme

64 Gordon Bennett Cup - FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship

Date Description
19.08 Opening Ceremony
20.08 Event Gordon Bennett and I slot for balloons launch
21.08 Event Gordon Bennett and II slot for balloons launch
22.08 Event Gordon Bennett and III slot for balloons launch
27.08 or 28.08 Closing Ceremony and prize giving

Promo | video

Destination

Toruń Airport was built in the years 1912–1913 and since 1918 the Airport played an important role in Polish ballooning history - immediately after the First World War the 1st Balloon Battalion had its headquarters there. The Airport has 2 concrete runways (1269 and 1190 m long), hardstands, taxiways to gas stations as well as multiple buildings of the Pomeranian Aeroclub: hotel, restaurant, air traffic control tower and modernized hangars. This year, the area of the Pomeranian Aero Club will be at the disposal of the participants of the 64th Gordon Bennett Cup.

Teams

1st Pilot 2nd Pilot Team Balloon
STURZLINGER
STURZLINGER Gerald
AUT
Wolfgang Spät
Spät Wolfgang
AUT
AUT-1
AUT
AUT-1
Christian WAGNER
WAGNER Christian
AUT
Nikolaus Binder
Binder Nikolaus
AUT
AUT-2
AUT
AUT-2
Hervé Moine
Moine Hervé
FRA
Herve André MOINE
MOINE Herve André
FRA
FRA-1
FRA
FRA-1
Eric Décellières
Décellières Eric
FRA
Benoit HAVRET
HAVRET Benoit
FRA
FRA-2
FRA
FRA-2
BEJAT Alexis
BEJAT Alexis
FRA
CARAIL Paul-Henry
CARAIL Paul-Henry
FRA
FRA-3
FRA
FRA-3
Andreas ZUMRODE
ZUMRODE Andreas
GER
Alex Hunnekuhl
Hunnekuhl Alex
GER
GER-1
GER
GER-1
Benedict MUNZ
MUNZ Benedict
GER
Matthias Schlegel
Schlegel Matthias
GER
GER-2
GER
GER-2
Wilhelm EIMERS
EIMERS Wilhelm
GER
Benjamin Eimers
Eimers Benjamin
GER
GER-3
GER
GER-3
Mateusz RĘKAS
RĘKAS Mateusz
POL
Jacek Bogdański
Bogdański Jacek
POL
POL-1
POL
POL-1
Krzysztof ZAPART
ZAPART Krzysztof
POL
Adam Ginalski
Ginalski Adam
POL
POL-2
POL
POL-2
Andrzej Olszewski
Olszewski Andrzej
POL
Jarosław Cieślak
Cieślak Jarosław
POL
POL-3
POL
POL-3
Laurent SCIBOZ
SCIBOZ Laurent
SUI
Nicolas Tièche
Tièche Nicolas
SUI
SUI-1
SUI
SUI-1
Kurt Frieden
Frieden Kurt
SUI
Pascal Witprächtiger
Witprächtiger Pascal
SUI
SUI-2
SUI
SUI-2
Walter Gschwendtner
Gschwendtner Walter
SUI
Max Krebs
Wicki Balthasar
SUI
SUI-3
SUI
SUI-3
Mark Sullivan
Sullivan Mark
USA
Cheri White
White Cheri
USA
USA-1
USA
USA-1

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Patronat Honorowy

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Contact | information

Phone number

+48 22 55 67 300

Address

Aeroklub Polski
ul. Komitetu Obrony Robotników
39 02-148 Warszawa