The winners will be the team that has travelled the furthest in a straight line, regardless of how long it takes them.
That is likely to be several thousands of kilometres and should take them two, three of four days.
The balloons are carrying 1,000 cubic metres of hydrogen and 45-70 12-kilogramme sandbags.
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