|Sportlite breaks into the movie world....|
|We were approached by Warner Bros to manufacture some movie props for Tom Cruise's latest film All You Need Is Kill.....below are some of the results..!!!|
|Read below to see that we are not just a manufacturing company and that we are active in all aspects of parasailing. We do know what we are talking about.....unlike other manufacturers!!!!!|
|Record Breaking attempts on the River Thames|
|In 1981 Brian Tripp was approached as to whether he would be able to organise a charity event with a view to raising funds for the International Year of the Disabled. Brian came up with the idea of flying a parasail beneath a bridge on the River Thames, and so in December 1981, with the help of Chris Abbot and Dave Holliday, Brian became the first person to fly a parasail beneath Lambeth and Westminster Bridges.|
|In 1983 Brian was, again, approached by two Cambridgeshire police officers, Gil Boyd and Bob Reynolds, for his advice and assistance on a charity event, which would involve them being towed along the River Thames on a parasail and flying under the 10 London bridges from Lambeth to Tower Bridge.|
|Brian was approached by Gil and Bob because of his involvement with the Landbeach Parakites Display Team and because the Thames was no newcomer to himself as he had already flown under two of the bridges and organised three Thamesday events, which involved various demonstrations by the team on the river. Brian gladly agreed and so the plan to fly from the foreshore just before Lambeth Bridge to the finish line just past Tower Bridge was put into action.|
|So on July 11th 1983 the two daring policemen with Brian and Chris Abbott, driving the boats, entered the Guinness Book of Records for parasailing under the ten London Bridges in a time of 26 minutes, raising nearly £3,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.|
helps the BBC
In 1986 Brian was once again approached, this time it was from the producers of BBC's Record Breakers. They had seen the record attempt achieved in 1983 and wondered whether it would be possible for Roy Castle to attempt it. Brian readily agreed and once again the wheels were set in motion.
|Roy, who had no previous parasailing experience, was taken to the River Medway by Brian and the rest of the Sportlite team for a day of intensive training. This involved going up and down the river "foot dipping" a method that is essential to master before going under bridges.|
|The date was set for July 22nd 1986 and everything was ready, Roy had completed his training and the day was here.|
|The take off point was on the foreshore just before Lambeth Bridge and here is Roy just before he goes under his first bridge......|
|Flying under Westminster Bridge, one of the lowest bridges out of the ten and the most difficult to fly under.....|
|The end of the line, Tower Bidge and the finish...........|
|Roy celebrates his new world record, of 16 minutes 57 seconds, with the rest of the team........|
The Landbeach Parakites Display Team
Here are a few of the stunts performed by the Display over the past years............
Four man tow along Blackpool Pleasure Beach....
Two man trapeze at Great Yarmouth....
|Triple tow behind a 100 horsepower boat....|
Four man trapeze....
|Six person trapeze in South Africa........|
|Six parasails being towed behind jeep, North Weald airfield....|
|8 parasails being towed behind a bus, North Weald airfield....|
|Brian landing a wing on Marco Island....|
|Brian teaching wing flying at Marco Island, Florida....|
How to land a wing parachute in a swimming pool....display purposes only....!!!
|All of the above attempts were performed with the full co-operation of all the relevant agencies. The above record attempts and stunts should not be carried out without the proper authorisation, equipment or knowledge of the sport.|