And the winners are.
In first place: Danie Minnar
In second place: Marc Nuthall
In third place: Richard Bovell
Well done to ALL the participants.
See you all next year.
Time for me to brave a very chilly Highveld morning,
to be part of the media contingent that would be covering
one of the tasks that the participants in the 2018 BAFSA
would be completing this morning.
Although the sun was shining,
it was bone-chillingly cold on the ground.
(And not much warmer in the basket)
“Captain, my Captain”…
Bill Harrop fires up the media balloon.
He has about 4700 hours of flying time,
making him one of the most qualified pilots
in South Africa.
I do hope that the knots in these lines are machine made!
Time for the competitors to take to the sky…
Banner 6: Marc Nuthall
Banner 7: Brad Smith
Looking East towards Hartebeestpoort Dam,
glowing in the early morning light.
Our basket was packed with camera crews,
all vying to get that shot.
Space was tight, but I believe that everyone
was able to get the footage/stills they needed.
The loneliness of a balloon pilot?
Banner 10: Jim Seton-Rogers, all by himself.
In the background, the oldest mountain range in the world.
7 of the 11 pilots over the Skeerpoort area.
The balloon in the lower right corner
is piloted by Alan Turner and he has named his balloon
The bright red balloon is being flown by the only female pilot
in the competition this year, Felicity Clegg.
The task for the morning…
Pilots had to drop a weighted streamer
closest to the red cross.
There is nothing wrong with the canopy of the balloon on the right.
We were told that it is a racing balloon,
piloted by Danie Minnaar
and is manufactured like that…long and thin.
This flock of birds made several appearances,
but the balloons did not seem to bother them.
Neither did they bother the balloons.
This is what awaited the media once we landed…
And well deserved it was.
And a Citation…
just to prove that I was there.
Brad Smith coming in to land.
A hearty breakfast was served to all in the Pavilion
at Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris.
(Where the event is taking place)
The competition concludes on Thursday, 28/06/2018.
If you have every wanted to balloon,