Wind causes flights to be cancelled on first day of Worthing Birdman Festival 2011

FLIGHTS have been cancelled on the first day of the international Worthing Birdman Festival 2011 due to strong winds.

Two gliders struggled to fly from the pier, before organisers suspended further flights due to the winds, which reached 20 knotts.

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Organisers had hoped to resume at 1pm, but the decision was made to cancel the professional flights for the day.

Instead, the professional entrants will compete tomorrow (Sunday, August 14) as well as the amateurs.