Worthing International Birdman Cancelled (24/02/2016)
The Worthing Town Centre Initiative (WTCI) have decided not to continue organising the Worthing
International Birdman competition for the time being. The organisation has been thrilled with the
success of the Worthing International Birdman over the past 8 years, the response from the crowds
and support of the businesses, together with the bravery of the competitors has generated
phenomenal publicity for Worthing. It has also been a vehicle for huge sums of money to be raised
Read the full press release here.
The Worthing Town Centre Initiative manage the Business Improvement District and will now be
prioritising other projects in the Town Centre for the benefit of the business community.
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What is a Birdman Competition?
The Birdman is a flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer in the picturesque seaside town of Worthing on England\'s South Coast.
Many flyers take part to raise money for charities, other design complex machines to aim for the distance prizes. A substantial prize of £10,000 is offered for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve over a 100 metre distance.
There are three Classes that can enter the competiton:
Leonardo Da Vinci Class is for self/team-designed built and innovative craft. This class allows one flight each day; however on the Saturday competitors can choose not to fly if conditions are unfavourable.
Condor Class is for modified hang-gliders and similar craft. This class will fly on both days and the current birdman champion is a Condor competitor.
Kingfisher class is open for fun flyers and is a great way to earn more money for charity. Individuals and teams of two can enter this category; the prizes are not awarded for distance but for the entertainment value of the flight. The public can also vote on this category to crown a people's choice winner.
What's it all about
The Worthing International Birdman event is a competition for human powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. There are 3 flying classes so prospective entrants can decide if they wish to be a serious aviator or want to take part for fun and raise money for charity.
This event brings thousands of visitors to Worthing over the weekend, gaining both national and international publicity.
2015 was the last Worthing Birdman. Watch this space to hear of it's return, but it's time to hang up it's wings.
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