Friday 26 October
Meanwhile we will see if we can get through another 10-way Speed Formation contest without any exit rules controversy. Ever since the event was overhauled a few years ago, at least one team pushes the letter of the rules. Last year it was Carl Daugherty's team that got busted for illegal door contact on almost all their jumps. But it was Airspeed that won with pure skydiving skills, and if they win here, it will be there second consecutive sweep of the FS events. Hey, I say we make Airspeed stand a foot farther back from the line than everyone else. Heck, they'd still probably win...
...cleaning up loose ends this morning, I finally got the 8-way CF Speed team photos/pages up, sorry guys I slipped on that one. Soul Purpose ends up with two gold medals and one silver, great show guys!
First call for 10-way is at 8:00. The Page of Champions is updated (except for 10-way).
...coming up, some more magic from the lens of Michael McGowan, some photos from 16-way yesterday...but first, breaking news, the webmaster has just learned he's going to be a daddy! YIPPEE! Okay folks, now I need ALL of you to ORDER YOUR NATIONALS VIDEO because T2 needs to buy some diapers!
Meanwhile, a reader writes -
And we are still waiting for 10-way to resume...they are jokingly referring to this as the "10-way hostage crisis"...what happened, anyway, is that Roger's team and the Golden Knights were both assessed maximum scores for "exit violations." The judges' determined that they were not lined up and/or exiting in "single file" lineup as specified in the rules. Deguello got popped for a bad grip (a sidebody is a sidebody; you can't have an alternate grip like in a zircon).
Another reader is asking for more Freefly photos. Hey, haven't you figured out this is a FS oriented site? Like I need more blue-haired lawn darts taking up my bandwidth? ;-) smiling
After another hour, 10-way is jumping again, with a lot of grumpy faces. If they'd have just kept the rules nice and simple: behind the line, no grips allowed. But no; someone had to put all kinds of "single file, trail formation" and "no continuous exit contact" crap in there. Look, it's really very simple stuff. Everyone behind the line, no grips allowed. Just set up a ground-to-air telemeter shooting the exit to verify the lack of grips out the door. Everything else is anything goes. Dual-file parallel whatever. Why make it complicated? It's only made a another mess and a lot of unhappy competitors and judges.
10-Way! What fun! What pain! I got ALL the door on that exit.
Great suggestion in the mail: Ditch 10-way and make 4-way 20 rounds. But after jumping in the event, I can tell that the competitors LOVE the event and get a real kick out of it. If they just fix the rules once and for all, I think this event will grow in popularity, and even the judges will learn to like it ;-)
Wait - closing bit - Skydive Chicago STL has finished 10-way with FOUR of the fastest rounds of the meet, and they still didn't win the gold! I tell you what, it's a great idea to show the judges your practice jumps before round one hits! Shazam.