Your Flying Machine Must Be

1) Human-Powered
We know it would be awesome to use the jet engine you picked up at your neighbour’s garage sale, but it’s not allowed. Sorry. Stick to push, pull, and pedal. As fun as it may be, the flying machine must be entirely self-constructed and human powered – no catapults, slingshots or stored energy.

2) Less than 9 m wide
We’re not going to build an extra-wide launching ramp just because you want to build a life size Dumbo. Two words for you: scale replica.

3) Less than 200 kilos
Including the pilot. So put that shorty into flight school. We’re joking. Just make sure that the flying machine and the pilot combined don’t weigh over 200 kilos. Our recovery crew tends to drown if you make these things too big.

4) No loosey goosies – floaties only
No loose parts are allowed on the flying machine. All components must float. Got it, good!

5) Team Requirements
Teams should consist of a maximum of 5 members per team – 1 pilot and 4 ground crew (pushers). Only the pilot can be in the craft at the time of the launch. Pilots must be 18 years or older. Those younger can participate as a ground crew member.

6) Rules of the waterways
In addition to having a beautifully talented and creative team, they also must be masters of the water. This means they have to be able to swim, unassisted, a distance of 100 m. Safety first – all team members must wear a very fashionable life jacket and a helmet.