Sunday 21 October
Wow. Amazing. Way cool. I am totally impressed. Not only have (DZ owners
and Nationals hosts) Larry and Lil once again set the stage for a
fabulous competition, but 78 4-Way teams have taken the time and
money to get here for it. That's 10 Open, 28 Advanced, and 40
Intermediate. The draw doesn't appear to be
especially fast or slow, but I haven't looked at it closely.
- The team photos and competitor names will take a day or two to
post; please wait to inform me of corrections and broken links
- Friends and family back home can send e-mail to competitors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will print them out and post them on the message board for the
teams to collect.
- Please do not park in the white zone. The white zone is for
uploading and downloading only.
It will be a few hours before you see anything more on these pages,
so check back with us later. First call is 0800, so that is 1100 Eastern
time. Now on to Mom & Dad's RV for some breakfast...
So I get to the DZ and guess what, it's a 0700 start and I'm behind
the power curve already! We've started with Intermediate 4-way, and
round one is almost done already. Please note -- I've got Ted hard at
work on some new standings software, so you might see some strange
results pages today, thank you for your patience. We'll have this
machine humming soon enough...
Round one of 4-Way Open just went into the can, and it looks like
it's going to be a three-way race between Golden Knights Gold, PD Blue,
and Airspeed Vertical, all with 21s on the first round. More soon...
...aren't those stars and stripes a beautiful thing?
Yes, I know it's a slow tidbits day, but you know how tough day one
of 4-way is. I just got the team photos uploaded, and now everybody
together now, stand up and give T1 a big hand for those nice results
pages (especially Netscape users won't have to wait so long now). Those
pages are generated automatically by the scoring processor; no more fat
fingering wrong scores from the webmaster. Way cool (as T1 takes a bow).
Now I will have more time for photos and tidbits!
Oh yeah, 4-way. Golden Knights Gold has opened up the early lead in
Open, and they are one SMOOTH skydiving team. Very steady and
disciplined with the keys. Dr. Joel's Optic Nerve spanked the
competition on round 3 (so far) to open up a lead in the Advanced class.
Soon I'll have time to watch more of this...
...no sooner than I say GKG has the early lead than Airspeed Vertical
picks up three points on round 3, wow what a nice jump...
...at just ten minutes after two in the afternoon, manifest has just
put competition load #100 on a 15 minute call. Wow! This place is smokin'.
Photos on the way...
The webmaster takes a quick look at the mail box, and no less than
three people are asking about "Touch of Magic." Isn't that the
team with Gary, Solly, Joey and Doug? Well no; Doug and Solly are
jumping with Optic Nerve for this
nationals and Magic will go full time afterwards. In other mail, will
there be a DZTV Webcam? The answer is maybe, but the dialup connection
here is very tenuous, and I don't have time to baby sit it. I might try
it tomorrow though.
Wow, what a nice round five by the Knights and Airspeed Vertical,
matching a pair of 24s. Airspeed Vertical did a really nice, well,
vertical move out the door on a sidebody donut > sideflake donut,
SWEET, and half way through 4-way Open they will take a one point lead
to bed. It looks like a duel for the gold between these two teams, as
Zulu, Matrix, and PD Blue aren't keeping pace. You gotta love it,
another good battle between the Knights and Airspeed, but this time over
the 4-way title.
Everyone sit tight, I've got some nice photos from the camera of
Michael McGowan coming up...
The DZ, top, is one serious competition
machine today. Above, PD Blue and Xodus. Below, Deguello in
practice. Photos by Michael McGowan.
Well, despite a rough start in the judges' fishbowl, today turned out
to be amazingly smooth. Once those cogs started turning you couldn't
stop it. This total just in -- 190 loads flown today! Wow! First call
tomorrow is 0700 for 4-way, CF and Style & Accuracy. Thanks for
visiting! See you tomorrow!
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