Friday, September 24
The power of the web...the first couple of years we did this, we had to beg teams to get a photo for the web...now they come knocking on the door, "can we get our picture taken now?"
For those of you who haven't seen it, there are online videos of Airspeed's world record jump at yesterday's tidbits page. Click on the PREVIOUS DAY link at the bottom of this page to check it out. Be warned they take a long time to download.
Airspeed8 just did round 8, a clean 19 points. Oh, a little bird name Chris the Meet Director just said in my ear that the Knights will be doing 10-way speed. Bravo!
OKAY EVERYBODY LISTEN UP. I'm going to explain this ONE MORE TIME. If a team has at least one person who is NOT a citizen of the United States of America, then that team is INELIGIBLE to win a medal, and they compete as a GUEST team. There are other rules more specific than this, but that's the gist of it. Guest teams are listed in the results tables but they do not count in the medal standings. One team, Warp Factor 8, was listed as a guest team until after the event was completed, then their paperwork was finally squared away and they were changed to eligible status. Now, moving on with 10-way speed...
...ooh, the Knights really hosed round 1. One guy went zinging past it. 25.39 seconds, you're gonna have to pick up the pace soldiers!
I'm gonna say it again, I think this 10-way event is underrated. It looks like a blast. Skydiving the good old fashioned way. Wow, Roger's team just did a 12.65 on round 3. Fastest jump of the event so far.
I heard last night that on Airspeed's record 39 on round 6, they had a major meltdown just after working time. Heard they built a "cattabundy" for the 41st point and the wheels came off.
I've got to tip my hat to the Perris Passion 8 ladies. They could have competed in the Intermediate class and run away with a gold medal, but they are in the Open class and the only teams ahead of them are the two best in the world: the Knights and Airspeed. We're going to miss you next year girls!
Sorry I didn't make things that clear from the gitgo. Now stop bugging me! ;-)
I have received a lot of requests for a schedule as to what is going to be happening when. Well, from what I've been able to piece together, there isn't a schedule, but we will be starting 16-way shortly. But 4-way round 8 first, Airspeed has padded their lead some more with a 23 and they are looking really sharp.
Meanwhile, 4-way Advanced has now closed out round 8, and Frost has carved out a 3-point lead over Euphoric and Z-Spot with 2 jumps left to go. This race is far from done; either one of the latter teams is capable of putting some good numbers up, so look for this event to have an exciting finish.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but this on-line coverage would not be possible but for the fact that Andy Grimwade donated up a couple of phone lines for us to use. Please, if you can, take the time to thank him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Also did I say, if you like this coverage of the nationals, you're going to LOVE what we have in store for the World Meet.
For those of you wondering if the Knights have done 8-way round 8 yet, no, they are doing 10- and 16-way right now. Things are touch and go with clouds right now, so it's kind of a break in the action...
...and, the camera bug is still biting the Knights, this time along with FX. On round 2 of 16-way the camera flyer landed on the team on exit and filmed the whole jump from WAY low. Conditional rejump. So they are a round behind everyone else again. Ouch...the judges just gave team 109 a zero on round 2 for illegally using a large floater bar on one of the Otters, a floater bar that has been banned from use in the competition because the other planes don't have one.
Once upon a time, an old man by the name of William H. Ottley bought a couple of Wilkinson swords and gave them to competition formation skydiving as perpetual trophies for world championships, one for 4-way and one for 8-way. The 4-way sword has been sitting in Eloy since 1995, while the 8-way sword has been in the USA since the beginning, and Fort Bragg since 1987. Next month, Airspeed goes to Corowa Australia to attempt to bring them both to Eloy.
Okay, 16-way is now complete through round 4, which means minimums have been made in all events. Knights FX has lapped the field with a 10.3 average and can probably win not even doing the last two rounds. Start time tomorrow is 0700 with 4-way Open and Advanced. Oh, thanks for the beer. Good night!
p.s. Thank you all who sent e-mail, we read 'em all and it's much appreciated!