Mr Freeman of Northumberland, a former hand-gliding
world champion, took the title for a record seventh time.
But he failed to win the top prize of £25,000,
on offer to anyone who went 100m or more in a human-powered
Northerly winds on Saturday saw some competitors delay
jumps until Sunday, hopeful of better weather.
The six-year reign of Mr Freeman was broken last year
by newcomer Tony Hughes, from Marlborough, who flew 82.5m.
To date the 100m target has not been broken but modern
technology makes almost anything possible
But Mr Hughes, a microlight flying instructor and former
RAF pilot, failed to jump during his allotted time slot
Organisers said he had spent "hours and hours" each
week building his craft - The X Plane II, an advanced
glider with modifications from his 2004 design, including
special wing tips.
Meanwhile Mr Freeman, spent eight
months putting together his Geordie Flyer "behind closed doors",
according to the organisers.
Izaak Connaughton came from Australia to take part
in the contest
The event's record still stands at a mighty 89.2m, set
by local student David Bradshaw as long ago as 1992.
the competition a spokesman said: "This
year the International Bognor Birdman competition promises
to be one of the most exciting as these two contestants
fight for supremacy with contestants from eight other
"To date the 100m target has not been broken but
modern technology makes almost anything possible."
The £25,000 top prize for a 100m flight was not
the only award on offer.
Other prizes included the Leonardo da Vinci class for
the most unique craft design - with £250 up for
The event is expected to have raised thousands
of pounds for charities.