GodFrog morning everybody! We have low clouds this morning, supposed to
clear up, time to go pour some coffee into the processors...
...a peek in
the mailbox makes my day. Hi to Geno in Iraq and Jason in the UK, thanks for
the very kind remarks. You guys rock too.
Still on cloud hold - teams were released until 0900 - I just got
through making the 10-way team pages. Please refresh the home page as the
10-way link has changed.
Saturday is usually a very slow mail day, but I am humbled by the kudos
flowing into my inbox. Thank you all for the very kind words, I really
really do appreciate it ;-)
...a new or updated 10-way dive pool proposal to USPA. They are still
using the same ones I submitted almost 10 years ago. I'd like to see some of
them stay, like the Wright Flier and Raeford Dragon, but let's at least
replace the pinwheel and the nova with something more entertaining...like a
10-way compressed accordian, or a 5-way star with 5 leg-locks, remember
those? Now THAT would be fun...
10-way is taking off...QUICK...need some help here...where is the CGI
Godfrog Award right now? Anyone know? Elsinore Armageddon 10 won it last
year. For a complete history of the oldest trophy in formation skydiving,
...THANK YOU...we now have a 10-digit grid coordinate on the CGI Godfrog
award...it will be rolled out soon for public viewing I hope...teams are
Heid has been publishing the wonderful "Daily Vibe" newsletter here every
afternoon, it's full of great quotes and stuff...last night Robin showed me
the "Thanks Omniskore Tim & Ted!" box prominently displayed on page
two...Thanks Robin, we really appreciate it! Just one little detail though:
Ted's not here. I'm doing this by myself this year. But Tedro does deserve
some big thanks for that amazing pile of circuit boards we know as
...I've received several requests to post the canopy piloting scores, I
will post them as soon as I can get my hands on them, which won't be for a
while. Is uspanationals.com posting any results at all, or just pictures?
Here we go, we have some 10-way being judged...previously speaking of so
few 8-way teams from Florida, where are the 10-way teams too? They usually
love this stuff...round 1 is quickly in the can and our top three teams are
the Knights, Airspeed, and Texxians. Sounds like a familiar medal lineup!
Sky Sharks (g) also had a good jump.
An email from John Kallend:
The GF history is not quite complete. I have not been able to track
down the winners for 1981, 1993 or 1996. If any of your readers can shed
light on the mystery, please let me know.
Anyone out there know?
The CG award was NOT awarded in 1996 as WE FEAR NO BEER, didn't believe
their was a suitable candidate. We gave it to Tons of Fun in 1997. WE FEAR
NO BEER kept CG safe throughout 1996 at Skydive Lebanon, Maine. Kallend
great site !!! Thanx! all & Blueskys!!! - Josh Wolfe
On with round 2, Airspeed had a mediocre jump while the Knights pounded
out the first sub-ten-second score of the meet...tee hee nice racetrack of
jumpers flying around two base people about 40 feet apart...that was pretty
...round 2 is done now and Airspeed and Texxians are separated by 9/100s
of a point for second place...will the Knights hold on for that elusive 2005
gold medal? Time for some lunch...
...I am assuming that Chris is taking the 10-way team photos today, he's
been taking them for us all week, but I haven't seen him so that's why there
are no team photos posted...I'll check into it...
Round 3 being judged...pardon the light tidbits but I'm packing up and
socializing more this final day...AHA...the team photos have arrived, thank
you Chris...hack hack...that Russian team, Sky Sharks, is putting up some
impressive numbers here and they are ranked second in scoring average...
What is this, round 4? Okay then, roll 'em...WOOHOO that was a nice jump
by the Knights...waka waka 8.59 seconds...in less than 24 hours I'll be back
home holding my kids...oops, sorry about that, thinking out loud again...all
teams are being pretty consistent and after 4 rounds the Knights have a
solid lead with Airspeed and
Deguello Texxians in the silver and bronze positions,
and those Russians are doing some outstanding 10-way jumps, just a few
seconds behind the Knights in the standings...
...attention all you
waiting for Canopy Piloting results: If I don't get anything from the Meet
Director by 1800 -- that's in two hours -- I won't be able to post them
before I leave, and you will need to get them from the host. '
Round 5 arrives like clockwork, on the hour. Airspeed had their slowest
jump yet at 17.04, and the Knights continued to shine with a 11.57...cool, I
just got an email from a USPA board member who says the 10-way dive pool is
on the agenda...and after 5 rounds, the Knights all but have the gold medal
around their necks, but the Texxians are less than 6 seconds behind Airspeed
for the silver, and that's close enough to stay up for...
six starts and I start hauling scoring processors to the dump er the truck,
I want to congratulate all the competitors, Skydive Perris for doing it
right once again, USPA, and all of you out there for the (mostly) wonderful
comments, I really do appreciate it and I hope I do the sport justice on
these pages. Also, I'm going to take some photos at the banquet tonight and
I hope to have one more tidbits page up tomorrow night.
And round six
now...Airspeed posts a 13.42 to lock up the silver medal...followed quickly
by the Knights with a 11.06 to lock up their gold...congratulations Knights!
Well done, you'll go home with at least one gold medal...and finally, those
Texxians close out with a 14.16. Outstanding.
Here come the Sky Sharks,
they close things out with a 23.67, and that, might friends is a wrap. I'll
have some final notes here after the banquet as I know of at least two
awards to be announced but nobody knows who the recipients are (well, one of
them anyway, the CGI GodFrog award).
And the winner of the 2005 CGI GodFrog Award is
JumpZillas, and earlier the judges decided to present a special judges'
medal to the Golden Knights for "Creative Excellence in Skydiving
Entertainment." See it here. I'm outa
here. Good night! -T2