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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nationals Day 3, Wednesday (10/14)

7:50 am: Well, at least it's not raining... but it is foggy. No loads have flown yet, but we're hoping to get in the air soon!

Foggy morning

8:15 am: We're still on the ground, but I've just been handed the last team photo... thanks everyone! Spaceland Blue: Your official team photo is just fine, but this one is much more fun:

Spaceland Blue

Spaceland Blue

And did you know we posted some more great photos late last night? Check out yesterday's post for that.

8:30 am: Still waiting... in the meantime, much of the hot discussion at the DZ centers around who will set a world record in round 6 (draw: A-N-H-P-O). Funny, most people seem to take it as a given that someone will make skydiving history today!

So let's talk about records. The current 4-way world record is 44 points in time (35 seconds), set jointly by Black Cat Team and Russian Team Extreme in 2006. (If two teams get the same record-setting score in the same round, they both are listed as world record holders.) There was one dive with more points--47 in time by DeLand Fire at a Florida Skydiving League Shamrock Showdown in 2006 (draw: F-M-P-O-E)--but Fédération Aéronautique Internationale judges were not present at that meet to certify the record, so it's not recognized by the FAI as an official one. Note that two of those DeLand Fire members are on Spaceland Force, but any of the top open teams are capable of some record-busting skydiving with this round!

Lastly but not leastly, Spaceland Blue has a good shot at setting a second world record today--that of most points in 4-way by an all-female team (current record: 30 points by Team Airkix in 2005).

Go teams, let's see some new records! :)

8:40 am: And we're on a call, stay tuned!!

8:55 am: This just in, I've just been told that the local news issued a mosquito alert for Southeast Texas this morning, and based on the number of skeeters I've been killing after multiple insect repellent showers per day, that's a legit alert... If you're not here yet, BRING BUG SPRAY!

10 am: Scores are rolling in; that CamScore system is letting the judges work VERY quickly. I believe they were through judging yesterday just about half an hour after the last load landed.

Advanced round 5 is fully judged; Ranch Fallout, SDC Furies XP, and Cross Keys Aerodyne all posted 14s. Havoc's 13 set them in second, one point back from Fallout, and the Furies are chasing Havoc by 3. Only 6 points separate the top four teams at the moment.

Tim Wagner noted that he was watching the most amazing aerial display earlier, before we started jumping--there were millions of mosquitoes being chased by thousands of dragonflies, who in turn were being hunted by hundreds of birds swooping and diving all around... My bet is we'll see even better aerial displays in round 6!

11 am: Open scores are going up, and everyone's buzzing about round 6... guess what, meet management feels so strongly that there's going to be at least one new world record that they're planning to briefly shut down jump operations so everyone can watch the top few open teams' judging video and see it for themselves!

Open scores are almost all in for round 5; Airspeed took a 28, now they're leading Force by 6. Force and Fury both scored 24s and are still 2 points apart.

Lots of intermediate teams have round 6 scores posted; VTSD won that one with a 15 and they're now leading Carolina Ice by 11. Ice put up a nice 14, NRG and Mamba scored 12s, and (G) CSC Pareto Optimal had a little trouble and dropped out of that third-place tie with a 9.

Spaceland Force scored an outstanding 45 points to claim a brand-spanking new world record 4-way skydive! Chief Judge Judy Celaya already had the paperwork prepped just in case; this one will go on the books very soon! CONGRATULATIONS FORCE!

More record setting probably comes best from our Twitter stream:


Congratulations to all our new record holders!!!

12:45 pm: OK folks, we've got your eye candy ready--video of the new world record claimed by Force!! (13.7 MB)

Spaceland Force

New world record claimers Spaceland Force

2:40 pm: We're up to load 40 on a call, going strong! In intermediate, lots of round 7 scores are posted; so far Kaliedoscope has the top score with an 11.

Advanced round 6 is fully judged--SDC Furies XP's 23 put them easily on top of that round, but Ranch Fallout's 21 keeps them on top of the pile. Havoc's 18 didn't get them any closer to the top, but it does keep them pretty comfortably in the bronze slot at least for now; Cross Keys Aerodyne is currently 6 points behind them.

In Open... you already know about Spaceland Force's stellar performance in round 6; unfortunately for them, they're still 5 points back from Arizona Airspeed. Perris Fury is 4 points behind, and the Golden Knights Gold are 6 points behind Fury.

It appears there was some confusion over the women's 4-way national records claimed earlier. Here's the deal: It appears that there is no official national women's 4-way record on the books, so whatever score SDC Furies XP or Spaceland Blue could rack up would be a record if/when certified. Since there were plenty of judges here to approve records--why not grab another national record? As one judge put it: Four records, 40 minutes, not bad! (Women's national record performance of 23 points by Furies, superseded by Blue's 26, plus Force's national record performance for the 45 points, plus their claimed world record performance for the same dive)

3:10 pm: Looks like VTSD posted the top intermediate score again in round 7 (14), they're pretty solidly in first with a 13-point lead over Carolina Ice. Open and advanced scores are rolling in for round 7 as well, stay tuned and stand by for photos...

4:20 pm: We're up to load 52 and the judging is going very quickly, as usual. Perris Fury topped Force and Airspeed's 21s in round 7 with a 22, but they're still three points behind Force, who's 5 points behind Airspeed. What a great meet for all of these teams, they've all got averages north of 25...

Advanced round 7 is done too, and check this out, the Furies posted a round-leading 14, 3 points over Fallout's 11, to take the lead back from Fallout by a point! Havoc is 5 points back after scoring a 10.

No surprises yet in intermediate; all of round 7 and most of the round 8 scores are in. VTSD won round 7 with a 14 and their total is a point ahead of Carolina Ice's even though their round 8 hasn't been scored yet (and Ice scored a 12 in rd. 8). Cross Keys NRG is 7 points behind Carolina Ice.


Everyone watching the claimed world record round by Spaceland Force
Spaceland Force interview with Scott Smith
Local TV interview with Spaceland Force
Golden Knights Gold Golden Knights Gold

4:40 pm: Update on intermediate: VTSD posted a 10, three points behind round leaders Spaceland Mamba and Air Force Groove. Those two are tied for fourth, five points out of bronze territory.

Open and advanced round 8 scores are starting to roll in, stay tuned for more!

5:35 pm: Round 8 is done for open and advanced... In advanced, things are pretty exciting! The Furies picked up two more points on Fallout with a 12; they now lead by 3. Coming from behind (third to first) like that is tough--nice job, girls! Havoc is 4 points behind Fallout, and CK Aerodyne is 4 more back.

In open, Airspeed rocked a 21, picking up another point on Force and two on Fury. Ten points separate the three teams; Force is 6 back from Airspeed and Fury is 4 behind Force...

Intermediate round 9 scores are rolling in, stay tuned!

5:50 pm: We're getting on to sunset and Otter 73 is on a 15-minute call. It'll be tight, but it sounds like we've got a shot at completing 4-way today... cross your fingers!

By the way, did you happen to catch the split-screen video capability from CamScore this afternoon? If you were here or watching the live feed online, you might have noticed a split screen with Airspeed and Force racing for the top score in round 6. We know how that turned out... but how cool is that! They tried a 3-way split with Fury in the mix as well; the videos didn't play quite so smoothly with that, but that's another cool trick!

7:10 pm: Busy afternoon! It was a photo finish, but all 10 rounds of 4-way have been completed (jumped). Barring any rejumps or jumpoffs, we're good to go! Judging proceeds at a fast pace and things are heating up in intermediate for the silver slot. Cross Keys NRG looked like a lock for bronze, but they had a hard time in round 9, posting a 6 while VTSD, Carolina Ice, and Spaceland Mamba all put up 12s. That brings Mamba within one point of the hardware! VTSD is still looking like a lock for gold with an 11-point lead over Carolina Ice.

Advanced is still a tight race; after round 9, the Furies are hanging on to a 3-point lead over Fallout after putting up a 12 (Fallout, CK Aerodyne, and DiZturbia all put up 12s also). Havoc scored a 10, losing 2 to Aerodyne, which leaves Aerodyne only two points out of the medals going into round 10.

Open: Airspeed, Force, and Fury all scored 23s in round 9, bringing us into round 10 with 6 points between gold and silver and 4 between silver and bronze. The Golden Knights Gold are 12 points out of the medals going into round 10.

It's getting exciting; stick around for the final report!

7:20 pm: The VFS draw and briefing will happen in 10 minutes. The awards program for 4-way is scheduled for 8 pm, and the 8-way draw and briefing will happen after that.

8:50 pm: And it's official!

Open Class:

  • Gold: Arizona Airspeed, 251 points, 25.1 average
  • Silver: Spaceland Force, 244 points, 24.4 average
  • Bronze: Perris Fury, 243 points, 24.3 average

Advanced Class:

  • Gold: SDC Furies XP, 131 points, 13.1 average
  • Silver: Ranch Fallout, 129, 12.9 average
  • Bronze: Spaceland Havoc, 121 points, 12.1 average

Intermediate Class:

  • Gold: VTSD, 131 points, 13.1 average
  • Silver: Carolina Ice, 115 points, 11.5 average
  • Bronze: Cross Keys NRG, 102 points, 10.2 average

Congratulations everyone, great skydiving in the face of some serious weather adversity and delays. Great job keeping it together!

Photos coming later, somebody bring the blogger a beverage... :-)

9:20 pm: Schedule for tomorrow: VFS has a 7 a.m. call for a 7:15 takeoff, and 8-way has a 9 a.m. call for a 9:15 a.m. takeoff (intermediate will be jumping first, then open).

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nationals Day 2, Tuesday (10/13)

5:30 am: NOTICE UPDATE--Open teams have a 15-minute call at 7 am, intermediate at 7:15, advanced at 7:30. No weather delay at this time. Woohoo!

8 am: We're rocking and rolling here at Skydive Spaceland today! Competition load 11 is on a 10-minute call and the judges are starting to score today's jumps. We've still got a chance of rain in today's forecast, but right now we're working to get a bunch of competition jumps in. Keep watching the results page for the latest scores!

Van Halen's "Jump" was the first thing on my music shuffle when I was getting ready to leave for the DZ this morning; I think it was an omen. :-)

Spaceland sunrise

Today's sunrise!

8:15 am: It is SO good to see scores going up on the board! About half of the open class round 1 has been scored, and Airspeed has jumped to the top with a solid 20, 2 points up on Spaceland Force and 3 on both the Golden Knights and Perris Fury. Intermediate scoring is into round 2. Stay tuned for more scores and photos!

9:10 am: Here's a little judging funny... Chief Judge Judy Celaya just shared a bit of lore with us. Apparently when Omniskore came on the scene several years ago, some judges complained that the buttons on the Omniskore judge controllers were too loud, and that other judges could hear each others' button presses (potentially affecting their own assessments of the point or lack thereof). Judy tells us that Tim Wagner (Omniskore co-founder) just commented (jokingly) that the CamScore buttons are too quiet... oh, the irony...

Load 23 is on a 10-minute call, we're still going strong! We've got a few more team photos rolling in; teams, if you haven't had your photo made, please do so before your next jump! If no one's hanging around the backdrop with a camera, see Erin at the registration table and she'll hook you up.

Photos from yesterday incoming shortly!

9:45 am: We went on a brief weather hold, but we're back flying... Intermediate has two completely judged rounds in the can. VTSD is still on top with a solid 25 points, Carolina Ice is 3 points back and it's only 5 points to (G) CSC Pareto Optimal and Cross Keys NRG. Advanced's round 2 is about half judged, Spaceland Havoc is currently on top with 22 points, but the round 1-leading SDC Furies XP have yet to be scored... Open's round 2 has a few scores; Spaceland Force has put up a solid 23 for a current total of 41 and Perris Fury put up a 21 to trail Force by 3. The Knights also took a 21 to tie with Fury. We'll see what Airspeed has to say about that in a few.

9:48 am: Rats, weathered again!

Photos from yesterday...

Team LOL Tshirt
Part of Spaceland Havoc Posing

10:05 am: Uh oh, we're pulling planes in--that's never a good sign. We've got more judging results though... in Open, Airspeed scored the third 21 we've seen in round 2, tying them with Force for the top slot.

Time to go process more team photos. Competitors, we're still missing a bunch of your team photos--see Erin at registration to get your photo made!

Current favorite team photo:

Dallas Flash Point

Dallas Flash Point

11:25 am: The judges are judging again after an early lunch break; they've finished advanced and open round 2 and are into intermediate round 3 at the moment. In Advanced, we've got a tie for first between Spaceland Havoc and the SDC Furies XP at 22 points, with Cross Keys Aerodyne and Ranch Fallout only one point back.

While they work, let's enjoy a few lovely guest photos by Brandi Shallenberger and Craig O'Brien:

Steve, Stevie, and Eric Boyd of Skydive Spaceland
Spectator area
Spaceland Otters
Dan BC and Dan Cook
George Dickinson and Delphine Toursiere
Sunset load

12:15 pm: We're nearing our competitors' check-in time of 12:30 pm, and it's still raining... looks like we'll be doing a bit more photo work and we're working up some nice rainy-day reading for you to enjoy soon.

In the meantime, here are the teams whose photos are still AWOL. Please get your photo made ASAP! Rigs are not required.

  • 201
  • 203
  • 205
  • 211
  • 212
  • 217
  • 220
  • 230
  • 303
  • 401
  • 403
  • 406-410
  • 412
  • 416

2:25 pm: Now back to our regularly scheduled jump operations... competition load 36 is loading now! We've gathered a few more team photos, let me go through them and see if we're still missing any. We'll bring an update on that in a few.

And for now, we have a special treat for you--a guest Timbit blog post! Even better is the topic:

Camscore vs. Omniskore SMACKDOWN!

3:00 pm: We're still in full swing, and the judges are working their way through round 3 of intermediate. VTSD is still on top with a comfy 6-point lead over Carolina Ice; CSC Pareto Optimal is 2 points back from Ice.

Team photo update: We're still missing a few, but we're getting there! I understand that two teams have had their photos taken, but those images apparently ran off faster than good weather in Texas... We apologize, but please get your photos retaken sometime today. Thanks for your patience.

Here's the list of photos I don't have:

  • 201
  • 203
  • 205
  • 211
  • 212
  • 230
  • 303
  • 406
  • 407
  • 409
  • 412

3:25 pm: The judges are working on advanced round 3, which looks like a faster round for most teams so far, 4Schzl is leading the round with an 11. And we just located a misplaced card with a few more team photos. Updated list of the missing:

  • 205
  • 212
  • 230
  • 406
  • 412

3:55 pm: And after finding yet a few more AWOL team photos on flash cards, we're missing only two teams: 230 and 412. Sorry for the mixup!

Advanced round 3 is completed, and it looks like the Furies had a little rougher jump than some of the other teams... they've dropped to third after losing 2 points to Havoc and Fallout in round 3. The first five teams in advanced are all one point apart.

Open round 3 is being judged; right now A4C and Crystal each have 16s in this round--the highest score on the board so far.

6:10 pm: We're still rolling here, Otter 52 is on a 15-minute call and the judges are turning out those scores in a pretty speedy time frame. All of intermediate round 4 is judged with the exception of one team, and VTSD is pulling away from the pack. They made up 3 more points on Carolina Ice that round for a total lead of 9 points at this time. Ice is four up on Pareto Optimal, but that's a guest team so it's Cross Keys NRG currently in the bronze slot, five points behind Ice and one behind Optimal.

Things are changing up a bit in Advanced; Spaceland Havoc is still on top with a 46 total, but now they're tied with Ranch Fallout and the Furies are 4 points back. Cross Keys Aerodyne is no doubt hungry to make up those two points to get back into the top three.

Open round 4 is being judged; there aren't a lot of scores on the board yet, but the Amphibious Attack Tigers have posted a nice 18... stay tuned...

7:35 pm: Today was a smashing success compared to yesterday! All but a few intermediate teams have jumped through round 5, and advanced/open teams have all completed round 4. The forecast is looking very promising for the next several days, so cross your fingers, toes, and whatever else you want that we can complete those last rounds tomorrow.

As for scores: In open, Airspeed had a rockin' round 4 at 28 points, picking up 3 points on Force to pull 4 points ahead by total (Force is currently in second place with an 89). Fury had a great round as well, posting a 27 to pull in 2 points behind Force. Tomorrow we've got a potential world record all-random round in the mix, and with the scores fairly close anything could happen!

Golden Knights Gold posted a 23, they're 6 points behind Fury (total of 81). Last year's Advanced champions, SDC Rhythm XP, are next with a total of 66--not too shabby for their first trip in this class!

Advanced, you already know; in intermediate, VTSD and currently fourth place team Spaceland Mamba both picked up 9s, everyone else who has been scored so far was below that. VTSD is 10 points ahead of Carolina Ice, with (G) CSC Pareto Optimal and Cross Keys NRG tied 5 points back, and their nearest neighbors (Spaceland Mamba and Perris Jimani) 6 points away.

Tomorrow looks good weather-wise, so here's the schedule: Teams that have done round 5 have a 7:30 a.m. call tomorrow. All others have a 7 a.m. call.

Photos coming soon!

11:55 pm: Getting by with a little help from our talented photographer friends...

Golden Knights creeping Karen Lewis
Spaceland Force
Arizona Airspeed exit Arizona Airspeed
Sarah Knipling of Dizturbia and Dad
Chief Judge Judy Celaya
Shannon Pilcher and Eric Boyd of Spaceland Force
Perris Fury
Landing at Skydive Spaceland
Arizona Arsenal practice

Arizona Arsenal practice

A little practice vertical formation skydiving went on today too...

Landing over the wet
Nice face!
Swoop practice

And some swoop practice too...

OK, that's about all this blogger has for tonight... see ya tomorrow!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Nationals Day 1 (Monday, 10/12)

4:30 am: NOTICE: All competitors are released until at least 10:30 a.m. due to weather. Expect another update by 9:30 a.m.

Ugg... back to bed. :(

9:15 am: Well, I got teased by the weather a lot on the way here from Houston. Holes in the clouds with sunbeams in them, breaks in the fog--I even saw the sun a couple of times! Unfortunately, we're still socked in with clouds, fog, and intermittent rain here at Skydive Spaceland.

This just in... All competitors are released until at least 2:30 p.m. due to weather. Expect another update by 1:30 p.m. :( Agh! Well, that should allow plenty of time to post some photos from last night, stay tuned for those.

UPDATE (10:30 am): There are sucker holes all around now! If your team is here and ready to jump before the posted 2:30 check-in time, let Dan know in the Nationals manifest (inside the air-conditioned packing area). There's a chance we might get in the air sooner!

UPDATE (11:15 am): Competition load 1 is on a 15-minute call, here we go!!!!

11:45 am: It is ON!!! Load 1 is in the air!!!

12:30 pm: Noooo.... we're back on a weather hold. Previous weather hold/competitor release time still applies. Stay tuned.

While we wait, here are a few photos from last night's briefing and thereafter...

Creativity in video capture by Jim Slaton
Chief Judge Judy Celaya Creativity in video capture by Jim Slaton
Judges get to play too Jo and Andrew of CamScore
Skydive Spaceland owner Steve Boyd Tim Wagner
Skydive Chicago Furies XP

1 pm: Load 2 is on a 15-minute call!!!

CamScore is upgrading some video cards for higher-resolution imagery, but we're hoping to see some live judging video and results from load 1 soon. So far moisture on camera lenses at lower altitude hasn't been a problem, so competition altitude will be 10,500 feet.

3:35 pm: Sorry for the delay in posting; it got a bit busy around here! 25 of the 33 intermediate teams have done round 1 and CamScore's still working on the video hardware upgrade, so we've added some unofficial results to They're unofficial because they're done by hand, not served out of CamScore.

And you guessed it... it's raining again. Seriously raining. Like, where's my ark rain. But it's South Texas, so hopefully that won't last too long. As always, stay tuned for more!

3:45 pm: Rain's letting up already, we'll see how it goes.

4:10 pm: ...and we're back! On a call, that is. The rain's moved out and it's becoming a typical hot, steamy South Texas afternoon.

5:30 pm: That call didn't last long, unfortunately. The weather's back in the toilet again, and the teams that have already made a jump have been released for the day. Our call tomorrow is the same as it was this morning, be here at 7 a.m. for a 15-minute call.

We'll go work on team photos and such, check back on that in a bit!

Sunset landing6 pm: It's official, we now have the real-deal CamScore results page going! See for available, updated scores. We're working on team roster pages and will let you know when they're ready. Oh, and on those team pages... We are missing a LOT of team photos. If your team is all here, please, please, pretty please stop by the backdrop next to the registration table this afternoon and see Jim Slaton to get your team's photo made. It's pouring, what else are you going to do?

6:15 pm: And we're back on a 10-minute call for competition load 8!

7:15 pm: Done for the day after a couple of loads and a gorgeous sunset; the judges are gearing up to score dives so look for updated scores here shortly! Also, check out the team roster pages (photos coming soon, get your team photo made ASAP tomorrow if you haven't already!).

8 pm: Judging continues, check out the new handy results pages! Wow, that's a tough round for Ranch Fallout, they had four busts to give them a 4. Give me a few minutes to get these team photos done, maybe I'll get to watch a round or two...

Got the story on that round for Fallout, Block 13 (hammer-hammer) requires the solo flyers to turn in opposite directions.

8:20 pm: OK, we've got 22 team photos on the site now (click your team's name in the results page to see it!). That means I'm missing about 35 of you... please take care of that team photo ASAP in the morning so I don't have to call you out by name and make you infamous. :-)

So to wrap up the day...
  • 2 of 16 open teams have done Round 1. Elsinore BTE gets to rule that class for the night, with a 13 in Round 1.
  • All 8 advanced teams have done Round 1, and the Furies have a 1-point lead over Aerodyne and Havoc.
  • All 33 intermediate teams have done Round 1; VTSD has gone out to an early 2-point lead over Carolina Ice and Cross Keys NRG.

We'll leave off the day with a few gorgeous sunset load pics:

Landing area
Sunset landing

The schedule's the same for tomorrow as today... 7 am show for a 15-minute call, and there will be an update on by 6 a.m. in the event of weather. See you then!

10:55 pm: UPDATE FOR TOMORROW: Weather permitting, open teams have a 15-minute call at 7 a.m., intermediate at 7:15, advanced at 7:30. Weather update at by 6am.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nationals, T minus 1 day (Sunday, 10/11)

8:40 am: Good morning from Spaceland! So far today's looking a lot like yesterday... cloudy, with a hint of rain on the way here. No planes have flown yet. The drop zone population's a little thin this morning, no doubt due to yesterday's weather followed by today's forecast. I'm thinking at least a few of our competitors figured there was no reason the party had to wait till after the competition!

Stay tuned to this page for more updates!

9:45 am: Registration is hopping, we now have 411 jumpers registered and 224 of them checked in. Current team count: 84. Current 4-way team count: 49, with more than 8 hours to go before 4-way registration closes tonight at 6 p.m. Draw and briefing will be held at 6 pm in hangar 2 (the one on the left as you walk in from the parking lot, with the registration tables and award stage).

Registration hot tips:
  • #1: Register/pay online and print/fill out your waiver before you get here!!! Your check-in will take as little as 2 minutes if you're prepared.
  • #2: Girls' shirts run small.

Registration table

Registration is busy this morning.

Competition briefings for each event will happen the later of the following:
  • The night before the event begins at the close of registration (6 pm).
  • When jumping ends, or
  • After any medals are awarded for previous events.

12:30 pm: Registration update: We've got 432 jumpers registered, 265 checked in, and 91 teams (all events). Right now, there are 54 4-way teams registered.

It's still pretty thick out there, but here's a few shots of what's going on around here...

Kirk Verner Mark Kirkby
Doug Park Hank Prewitt
Team photo backdrop

8 pm: All right ladies and germs, the briefing is over and we've got a potential world record round in the draw for open class (there are 57 4-way teams registered, 16 Open, 8 Advanced, and 33 Intermediate). More on that in a moment, first let's run through a few notes and quotes from the briefing (bulleted for speed's sake):

  • "Just look at this place, they've really pulled out all the stops! The Boyd family has shown a real commitment to skydiving with this place."--Scott Smith, meet director
  • "Welcome to the 2009 USPA Nationals, I've been waiting a long time to say that! Thanks to our sponsors--Sky Systems, Aerodyne, Vigil, and Jumper Sportswear for helping us produce this event!"--Eric "EZ" Boyd, DZ manager
  • "We're working really hard to get this done, when the sun is shining, be prepared for 45-minute calls (the minimum specified in the Skydivers' Competition Manual). If you land out, have a mal, or whatever, let manifest know right away. We want to keep things moving when the weather is good.
    "There is an official notice board next to the registration tables; look there for any updates on weather or anything else. There will also be a 'non-official/official' notice board at it at 6 a.m. to see if you need to be here at 7 a.m. for a 15-minute call. If we are on a weather hold till, say, 11 a.m., by 10 a.m. we hope to have an update on If there's a chance we'll be jumping, we're going to hold everyone here so we can jump our a$$es off and get this done once weather's here. There is no maximum number of jumps per day, we'll keep going till we have 10 rounds in or it's sunset."--Smith (Weather's not looking too great for full altitude tomorrow morning, but keep your fingers crossed!)
  • Early rounds will go according to team number, but by round 5 we're expecting to have teams jump in reverse order of standings. "Really pay attention to the manifest calls!"--Smith
  • If moisture proves an issue for video at lower altitudes, jump altitudes may be raised but 35-second working time is still in effect.
  • 5 Otters will be in use, 4 with outside floater bars and one without as a backup. All planes are considered the same and outside floater bars are fair game.
  • Jump runs will run north or south for consistency with four teams per plane, three teams for the first pass and one for the last. Green light=exit, red light during jump run does not mean to stop climbout. The next team out will get a go-around.
  • No grips on flap handles!
  • Jump run speeds will be 90 +/- 5 knots, with 85 as the target.
  • Landing procedures: NO HOOK TURNS IN THE MAIN LANDING AREA! "Land safely straight in for two weeks, then we can all party like rockstars after that. If you gotta do a hook turn, sign the swoop park waiver and land over there, but remember you'll still be on a 45-minute call when you land. And swoop park competitors have right of way (practicing or competing)." --Rabbitt Staib, air boss/S&TA
  • Hook turn violators may or may not get a warning...
  • Avoid landing on the runway or the short-mown grass next to it, the planes use both... Beware of aircraft if crossing the runway, they'll be using it about every 4 minutes...
  • "You guys are going to be way, way impressed with the CamScore system this year. Video staff, judges, and I am all really impressed with it." --Smith (more on this tomorrow!)
  • Video downloading is all digital with touchscreens on this system.
  • "This is the first major meet where CamScore's random electronic draw has pulled an all-random round (Round 6 is A-N-H-P-O). We have FAI judges here to certify a world record if it happens!" --Judy Celaya, chief judge

What, you want the draw? OK, here you go!

Team list: (it'll be on CamScore tomorrow, but here's your preview!)

Elsinore BTE

Spaceland Force
Ranch Delivery
Perris Fury
Amphibious Attack Tigers
Golden Knights Gold
SDC Rhythm XP
Arizona Airspeed
(G) Black
Golden Knights Black
Spaceland Blue
(G) Crystal
Sebastian Tempest
(G) Voluntas
Ranch Fallout
SDC Furies XP
Spaceland SPX Lite
SPX Edge
Spaceland Havoc
4 Schzl
Cross Keys Aerodyne
(G) Blue Ice
Perris Matrix
300% Deviation
Dallas Vertical Velocity
Venture 4 Fun
Elsinore FLV
(G) First Point
Elsinore Rigby
Spaceland BS5
(G) CSC Pareto Optimal
WPT Apocalypse
Perris 4 Shock
Spaceland Funnel Approach
First Time Out
Perris Jimani
Dallas Flash Point
Carolina Ice
Bisquits and Gravity
Spaceland 2BD
Piece Out
Spaceland Mamba
Cross Keys NRG
Dallas Fusion 4
Air Force Epic
Syncing Feeling
Air Force Groove
Elsinore TBA
Air Force Raptor

Photos to come later, must find dinner now!

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