The awards and closing ceremonies of the Fourth Dubai International Parachuting Championships took place Monday, December 9, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, concluding a fabulous competition that finished two days early. This afforded competitors plenty of opportunities for sightseeing while enjoying the incredible five-star hospitality of the DIPC hosts. Members of the U.S. Team took home $36,500 of the cash prizes. A few of many highlights of the competition for the U.S. Team:
Starting the competition with a bang, the U.S. 2-way sequential CF team, Clean Air, set a mind-blowing new world record with a 45-point performance in round one, eclipsing the existing 36-point mark held by the French National Team. Clean Air stretched its lead every round, ending eight rounds of competition with a superb 27.57-point average for a decisive victory and a cash prize of $12,000.
In canopy piloting action, reigning world champion Bartholomew took the gold medal in the speed event, silver in zone accuracy and gold overall, for a total cash prize of $9,500. Teammate Batsch won the distance event, setting a new world record of 158.76 meters in round two and collecting a cash prize of $3,500. Batsch also handily won the freestyle demonstration event and another $3,500 cash prize.
The U.S. Men’s Classic Accuracy Team finished ninth out of 20 teams against a strong field that featured an amazing eight-round 0.17-meter total for Slovenia, which took the team gold over Italy with 0.21 meters and Russia with 0.22 meters. To win the individual competition took a new world record, 0.02 meter for 10 rounds by French jumper Thomas Jeannerot. Throughout the competition, eyes were on junior competitor (and paraplegic) Martin, who flew beautifully on every jump, lacking only foot placement to be in contention for a top-10 placement. Even so, on round four, Martin landed perfectly on the pad and scored 0.06 meters, winning a huge ovation from the crowd. Martin’s determination and flying skills captured the hearts of fellow competitors and locals. His story was featured in the Dubai media and on CBS This Morning.
In formation skydiving, U.S. team SDC Rhythm XP put in solid rounds and finished the meet with a satisfying 20.9-point average after a difficult draw, claiming the bronze medal and a cash prize of $8,000. Russia took the silver with a 22.3-point average, and the Belgian team demonstrated it is arguably the best 4-way team in the world this year, churning out a blazing 25.1-point average for a decisive victory.
Start to finish, participants enjoyed five-star hospitality and many memorable moments, starting with delightful opening ceremonies that featured a riveting skydiving-oriented video perfectly tied to live stage action. Midway through the competition delegations were treated to a gala dinner at the world-famous Jumeirah Beach hotel, featuring a spectacular nighttime airshow and fireworks display in celebration of the UAE's National Day. To learn more about the competition and the U.S. Parachute Team’s performance, visit these links:
Full results are available at OmniSkore!HD, Weckbecker-Electronics, Björn Korth and DIPC4 Facebook page.
The Fourth Dubai International Parachuting Championships is off to a flying start. Twenty-eight competitors from the United States enjoyed a memorable opening ceremonies on November 29 in Dubai, U.A.E. Starting the competition with a bang, the U.S. 2-way Sequential Canopy Formation Team, Clean Air, set a mind-blowing new world record with a 45-point performance in round one, eclipsing the existing 36-point mark held by the French National Team. Clean Air is in first place with only one round to go.
Generally, the jumping pace has been leisurely to stretch the competition out through the scheduled ending on December 8-a luxury permitted by mild, sunny weather and a forecast of more of the same. Monday night, the delegations were treated to a gala dinner at the world famous Jumeirah Beach hotel, including a spectacular nighttime airshow and fireworks display in celebration of the UAE's National Day.
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Full results are available at OmniSkore!HD, Weckbecker-Electronics and Björn Korth.
On Saturday, November 30, on the third jump of the day over Skydive Arizona in Eloy, an international team of 63 women completed a head-down formation to set a new women’s vertical world record. The team exited three planes in formation from 18,000 feet above the Arizona desert. The jump was the 12th attempt of the event, which began on Thanksgiving day, following two days of warm-up jumps.
The effort drew 95 women from 18 countries, who came to Eloy to try to earn slots on the record attempts. Over the three days, the women attempted jumps ranging from 65- to 69-ways. Although several of the jumps came very close, none completed. On the final jump, organizers slimmed the group to 63, and success resulted.
Event organizers Amy Chmelecki, Sara Curtis, Domitille Kiger, Melissa Lowe and Anna Moxnes held training camps in the U.S. and Europe over the past couple years to help train women for the attempts. Niklas Daniel, Norman Kent, Martin Kristensen and Jason Peters flew camera for the record jumps. Look for a complete report in the February issue of Parachutist.
The 63-way women’s vertical world record. Photo by Niklas Daniel.
On Saturday, November 23, a group of skydivers completed a two-point 110-way to set a new large-formation sequential world record. The jump was part of the World Team Kaleidoscope Dives invitational event November 22-24 at Skydive DeLand in Florida. B.J. Worth led the World Team, which previously set the large-formation world record with a 400-way over Thailand in 2006.
The International Parachuting Commission created large-formation sequential as a new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale record category in January 2013. Since then, the World Team attempted a two-point 222-way in April, coming just shy of completion. Then, a group in Empuriabrava, Spain, completed a two-point 106-way in September, submitting the claim to the FAI as the first world record in this category. If ratified, the DeLand jump will eclipse this as the new world record.
In DeLand, the World Team built the first formation of the 110-way on Friday. At sunset on Saturday, the team successfully completed the first formation followed by a second, different formation to score two points and claim the sequential world record. Look for a complete report in the January issue of Parachutist.
The 2014-2015 Skydiver’s Information Manual is now available in hard copy and as a PDF download. The SIM App is currently being revised and will soon be available. Change documents will also be added to the website as soon as they are available and will serve as a handy quick reference to indicate what was changed from the previous edition.
With the release of the new SIM, the most notable change to keep in mind is the raise in minimum deployment altitudes for C- and D-license holders. SIM Section 2-1 H. now reads as follows:
H. Minimum opening altitudes [E] [S]
Minimum container opening altitudes above the ground for skydivers are:
A Safety & Training Advisor (S&TA) may issue the waiver to individual jumpers for a specific jump or series of jumps. However, the intent of the waiver is not to serve as a permanent drop zone waiver, such as those in place for student wind limits. Nothing is required to be submitted to USPA to issue the waiver. However, the S&TA should make a note of the waiver date and who was waived for the jump(s) for his own records.
Quantity discounts are available for orders of as few as five manuals for those who would like to order the SIM in bulk, such as equipment dealers and drop zone gear stores.
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