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The rest of us were suitably rested when at 6am Matt decided everyone had slept enough and started making some kind of weird mating call to wake us all up. Amazingly Mete surfaced looking a lot better than someone who'd only slept for two hours should. We were soon at the field assessing the conditions. Mist hung low over the ground and the grass was damp. There wasn't a stitch of wind so we were all going to be forward launching. After a brief discussion as to where to take off we headed to the usual spot and set the gear out. By 7:30 am we were all getting airborne.

Conditions were smooth and calm, meaning there was ample opportunity to buzz around real low. By 8:30 am we all decided a tasty snack would be a good idea. We all packed up and headed back to Dora?s for a slap up cooked breakfast. The Hungry Man was more of a breakfast and dinner combined. Some people would be running a little longer after breakfast. Once satiated, we were back at the field and being joined by others all the time. It was now time to start the competitions.

There was;
- An accuracy competition, which consisted of landing on an orange tarp.
- A golf ball drop, for which we were all issued personalized golf balls.
- A Pole kick.
- A cross country 'treasure hunt'.
- Kiting competition.

Andre nailed the accuracy competition (naturally). The golf ball drop was won by Matt (I think) until Andre decided that it had just been a practice. Several people managed to kick the balloon and I never found out who won the treasure hunt, but I think Matt answered all the map location questions with his 29 minute flight to within site of all locations (without the prior knowledge that the water tower had Fox written on it! (sorry everyone I had inside information!).
In the afternoon we were treated to an aerial display as a plane looped and span just a few thousand feet above us. Flying finished at around 8pm after a little trip to the falls for two pilots. The sunset was spectacular. So was the amount of mosquitoes that descended to eat us alive as we packed up

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