An international team of skydivers from 23 nations built a 164-way head-down formation on Friday, July 31, at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, eclipsing the 138-Way World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation set at the same location in 2012. It took 13 attempts to build the formation, which resembled a giant flower. International formation skydiving judges Randy Connell, Marylou Laughlin and Jami Pillasch certified the performance, which will now go to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for ratification.
Organizers selected the elite participants by holding training and selection camps in Australia, Spain and across the U.S. The aircraft pilots' precision flying was vital to the attempt. The jumpers, who used oxygen during the flight, exited seven aircraft flying in formation at 19,700 feet and broke off at 7,500 feet. Their average fall rate was about 160 mph.
The jump drew the attention of major TV networks and newspapers around the world. Melissa Nelson-Lowe, sister of organizer Rook Nelson and a participant in the world record, commented , “It’s always nice to have something we are so passionate about go viral and spread something inspiring and positive to the world.” Ninety-four USPA members took part in the record jump. USPA congratulates Rook Nelson and the record-setters for their extraordinary achievement. Look for a full story in the October issue of Parachutist.
The canopy piloting portion of the USPA National Parachuting Championships completed Sunday, June 21, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, with Curt Bartholomew reclaiming his overall national champion title.
After three days of jumps and all rounds completing, Bartholomew took the overall gold, as well as gold in zone accuracy, silver in distance and bronze in speed. Last year’s national champion, Tom Dellibac, claimed the overall silver medal, as well as gold in the speed event. Nick Batsch placed third overall and earned gold in the distance event.
In the advanced class, the overall gold went to Matt Leonard, silver to Pawel Piotrowski and bronze to Scott Kasmar. Leonard took gold in zone accuracy, Piotrowski won the speed event, and Ben Lowe earned gold in distance.
The open-class results also determined the U.S. Team that will go to the Canopy Piloting World Cup in Canada this August. This year’s U.S. Team includes the top-12 fnishers: Bartholomew, Dellibac, Batsch, Greg Windmiller, Justin Price, Paul Rodriguez, Albert Berchtold, Rob Wallace, Ian Bobo, Matt Shull, Ryan Brownlow and Gage Galle.
Complete canopy piloting results are available on Control Tower. And don’t forget to check out the action in the daily broadcasts on Skydive-TV!
Skydive Paraclete XP ran a successful Nationals that went smoothly, even with record-high temperatures throughout the week. Look for a complete report in the August issue of Parachutist.
National champions in style and accuracy and canopy formation received their medals Thursday, June 18, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The National Parachuting Championships began Monday with the style and accuracy event. By Thursday afternoon, both style and accuracy and canopy formation had completed all rounds.
In style and accuracy, Nancy LaRiviere earned the overall female championship, beating Cheryl Stearns for the first time in their long history of competing against each other. Stearns, who recently returned to jumping after a serious bicycle accident last fall, placed first in style, but fell short to LaRiviere by one centimeter in accuracy, giving LaRiviere the accuracy gold and the overall title. For the men, Jimmy Drummond won gold in accuracy, and Anthony Mouzon took gold in style. Mario Rivera, a former Golden Knight and U.S. Team member returning after a 15-year absence from competition, combined a third in style and third in accuracy to win the overall men’s title. In team accuracy, Skydive Rick’s earned its 10th consecutive national title, retaining possession of the prestigious Thacker Cup, which was presented by Mrs. Billie Thacker.
In canopy formation 4-way rotation, Elsinore Too Wrapped Up set a national record in round three with 20 points, matching it again in round four and earning the gold. Slotswitch won gold in open 2-way sequential, and Point Break won gold in 4-way sequential, with the sequential event ending after five of eight rounds.
Complete results for style and accuracy and canopy formation are available at Omniskore.com.
The canopy piloting competition is now in full swing, starting Friday morning with the speed event. Results are available on Control Tower.
Be sure to follow all the action on Skydive-TV, broadcasting daily from Raeford, and on USPA’s Facebook page.
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