kite flying-world record set by Aussie scouts
19] SYDNEY, Australia-- MORE than 1100 kites have flown over Adelaide's
most popular beach to break a world record set in the United Kingdom
earlier this year.
The event, WindJam07, co-organised by Scouts SA as
part of its centenary celebrations, was held yesterday at Glenelg.
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first attempt saw 1014 kites in the air, a new unofficial world
record. However, the second attempt saw the number rise to 1127.
The record attempt was overseen by a senior police
official and Justice of the Peace. Fireworks were set off from the
Glenelg Jetty to signal the start of the world record attempt.
Scouts SA marketing manager Steve Hastwell told
AAP that official records showed 1127 kites in the air, but unofficially
there were closer to 1600 kite flyers on the popular beach.
The kites were on three metre strings to avoid
collisions and kites becoming tangled.
The previous record was set in April by Rotary and UK
Scouts with 927 kites in the sky at once over Bournemouth.
Already the scouts are planning WindJam08 and
breaking their own record next year.