13th European Hot Air Balloon Championship in Vilnius
The Competition took place in Vilnius, Lithuania in August 9-16, 2003. The European Hot Air Balloon Champion became Uwe Schneider from Germany. Congratulations to the Champion!
Congratulations to ALTIUS pilot Gunars Dukste who took the 14th place in rank, as well! The higest one during the time Latvians have participated in European&World Championships!
Some references by David Bareford (FAI/CIA Competitors Subcommittee) about the Event are as follows:
"Overall competitors thought that this was a good event in an excellent area - except for the roads and flight ceiling.
The major criticism was the lack of variety in task setting and the weather briefings. Big advantages were no landowner problems and the excellent study time of tasks before rollcall
The slight drawback to the last point was that many of the tasks were subsequently changed and these without written confirmation. More tasks in the morning would have been popular and so too (again) would the publication of scores in a format that more people could have read them".
More.... - see at www.ballooning.lt
There are Championship at photoes from ALTIUS and LMT archieves.
The next European Hot Air Balloon Championship will be held in Debrecen, Hungary in 2005.