Friday, 8 February 2013

Breaking World records!!


Whilst on holiday in North Cyprus, why not take a tandem paragliding jump, and be amongst world record breakers! Peggy MacAlpine has won the world record for being the oldest person in the world to do a tandem paragliding jump, not once BUT TWICE!
Peggy first achieved this amazing title on the 31st October 2007. She was 100 years young! Amazingly, an American lady called Mary Hardison from Utah then took the record from Peggy by jumping on her 101st birthday.
When owners of Highline Paragliding became aware of Peggy’s defeat, they contacted her straight away to see if she was fit, willing and able to make another flight. Peggy is now 104! With permission from her doctors and the support of her family and friends, Peggy took to the skies again on 14th April 2012.

The weather was not particulary great - there wasn’t much wind and it was quite overcast. The clouds were hugging the top of the Kyrenia Mountain range and four generations of Peggy’s family anxiously waited on the landing site along with 3 official judges from the Guinness Book of Records. Then as if by magic, Peggy and her instructor Ozgur appeared through the clouds like a huge graceful bird. We all cheered and watched them make their effortless descent. We saw Peggy lift her feet up, practising for the landing. And then they were down. Beautifully done, all credit to Ozgur the pilot who skillfully helped Peggy reclaim her world record!
So if Peggy can do it at the age of 104 what is your excuse???!!! It really is a fabulous experience, giving you some of the best views of Kyrenia and the surrounding area. You can take your own camera or buy the excellent photos from your pilot. Apparantly it is one of the cheapest places in the world to take a tandem flight, another great reason to give it a go. You will find the paragliding office in Kyrenia’s tourist harbour, but don’t leave too late in the holiday as the weather conditions can be quite unpredictable.
Jewels of the Med highly recommend this superb experience, and yes we have tried it too!

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