Over 220,000 spectators descended on Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront this weekend to witness Team #BullsEye claim top honours at the first Red Bull Flugtag to be held in South Africa since 2002. A total of 41 teams took to the skies in a wide range of weird and wonderful flying machines in an attempt to win over the star-studded judging panel.
CAPE TOWN (South Africa) – Ten years after the first Red Bull Flugtag in South Africa – and twenty years after the internationally successful event’s made its humble beginnings in Vienna, Austria – a huge crowd lined Cape Town’s beautiful harbour this weekend for a day of wet and wild action involving a little flying and a lot of swimming.
On hand to judge the incredible flying machines and some equally remarkable dance moves was a team of judges comprising self-made media mogul Seth Rotherham, comedian Siv Ngesi, Olympians Khotso Mokoena and Bridget Hartley as well as a number of other well-known South African personalities. Their job was not only to judge the distance each aircraft travelled in the air before landing in the bay, but also to award bonus points for overall showmanship and creativity.
“Cape Town really came to the party at possibly one of the most epic events of the year. The teams rocked the harbour with their dance moves, creative aircrafts and fantastic causes that many of them were supporting,” said head judge Seth Rotherham.
Eventually it was Team #BullsEye with their elaborate dart board-themed flying machine who won over not only the judges but the crowd too with a sensational flight across the water reaching a distance of 17.09 metres. “It’s a surreal feeling to have won first Red Bull Flugtag to take place in Cape Town!” said a thrilled Danny Cinti, the team’s leader. “It was a couple of months of serious hard work designing and eventually building a craft. The vibe amongst the teams amazing – everyone was so supportive and really went out to have a good time today.”