Up! Hot Air Balloon World Championship in Poland

From August 6 till August 11, the sky over the sanatorium of Nałęczów, southeastern Poland, will be dotted with colorful balloons flown by female pilots who descended upon the Polish town to partake in the Third Women’s Hot Air Balloon World Championships.

Each day of the Championship starts with a morning competition flight. Throughout the event, competitors need to perform a number of tasks laid out during task briefings.

Only women are allowed to participate in the event, the goal of which is to “stimulate the development of ballooning by an international comparison of pilots and balloons, and to to reinforce friendship amongst balloonists of all nations” as well as to determine the champion pilot.

“The winning competitor shall be the competitor with the highest aggregate score at the end of the event,” reads the event’s rulebook.

With regards to the balloons themselves, those being flown in the event must have current certificates of registration and confirmation that they are safe for air-travel.

On August 10, the penultimate day of the competition, the day will end with a concert and an evening display of balloons at the Park Uzdrowiskowy (Sanatorium Park).

The following day will satiate the most unappeased gourmands and aerobatics-lovers. That is no hot air as, apart from seeing the last competition of the hot air balloons in flight, an all-Polish “Our Culinary Heritage - Regional Tastes” contest will take place and at 5:30 the sky will be dominated by the Biało-Czerwone Iskry (White-and-Red Sparks) - an aerobatic demonstration team of the Polish Airlines.

The organizers inform that due to meteorological reasons, the flights’ timetable and shows may be liable to change. On August 9, for instance, the evening flight was cancelled due to high winds.

Previous editions of the contest were held in Leszno and Birštonas in Lithuania.