DURBAN LAND SEA AND AIR FESTIVAL THURSDAY 20 MARCH 2014
By WILLIE BODENSTEIN
The opening day of the Sky Grand Prix took Place in an overcast eThekweni. Fortunately the clouds remained high enough for the qualifying rounds to continue.
The five invited pilots from abroad were ensured of their places in the competition whilst the South African entrants had to fight it out for the remaining five places. The semi-finals are scheduled for Friday whilst the finals will take place on Saturday. In case of rain it will be postponed to Sunday.
The wind unfortunately did not play ball and the Pylons were for most of the day not inflated. This did not hamper the pilots as the boundaries of the course is demarcated by the north, middle and south piers on the seaward ends of which the pylons will erected for the rest of the competition.
North Pylon and South Pylon before the wind picked up
The five South African qualifiers that will go through to the next round are: Nigel Hopkins, Mark Hensman, Bertus du Preez, Patrick Davidson and Barrie Eeles.
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