This year, CF at the Parasummer boogie included the first meet for women interested in joining the Women’s (crW) European CF record attempt, which is currently planned for 2018.
While some of the more experienced female jumpers in the crEUw team were unable to attend, we still had a pretty good turnout. There were six women in total and it was great to see a range of countries represented, with jumpers from Russia, Estonia, Finland, UK and Poland. Alongside a couple of familiar faces from previous crEUw events, there was an impressive number of new crW cats, with as few as 25 CF jumps.
Six was a good number to work with. It meant we could practice different slots in the larger formations and make a few all-women jumps practicing boxes, arrow heads and stacks. We had some great jumps and in the process set a new (informal) record for a crW formation flown in the Estonian sky, a 5-way stack. We all learnt a great deal and came away with clear ideas of what we need to work on and a good feeling about making a record attempt in the future; we look forward to going bigger and better. So, if you know any female CF jumpers, spread the word and get them to give the crW cats a shout.
Fifteen crEUw jumpers from Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, UK, Poland and (this year, for the first time) Russia joined together at the Parasummer Boogie 2017 in Pärnu, Estonia. For the first time in Parasummer history a whole Caravan load was flown with only CF jumpers.
Some nice multi-point 7-ways and smaller formations where flown and there were a few training jumps for the upcoming European Women’s CF Record attempt. Beside the lift capacity from a Caravan and a Porter, a hot air balloon added to the fun. Some took this opportunity to do CF2 rotations from the balloon. On top of this. the group did a 5-way kite demo jump in to the city of Pärnu. This year the Parasummer Boogie continued into Sunday 23 July.
The FAI have launched a web CF challenge for all CF competition disciplines.
The competition consists of three rounds, each of which may be practiced as often as desired and the best performance, in the opinion of the team, uploaded for evaluation by the judges. Footage needs to be uploaded within the 3 month competition window, which runs from 15 July 2017 – 10 October 2017. So you can stay home and compete with the world, is that not wonderful?
The ECF also just launched the Basics of CF2.
For those interested in starting a CF2 sequential team, this document will help you taking the first steps into this wonderful discipline. Besides the basics of CF2, there are a set of skydive maneuvers to practice. Step into the exciting world of CReW and bring together clockwork-like precision and tango- like dynamism. Come and do the CReW-tango!
Last year we were fairly successful and established a European CF-Record. Of course, the 25-way that we made is only the beginning.
If we want to go bigger we need better performance. We need to build faster. To do so we have to get our big canopies building a quick 9-way base, which will save time for the whole group. This means they need the skills used in 8-way speed.
For an example, you may look at a video of the German National Team performing at the World-Air Games in Granada, 2001.
The trick about building fast is not flying at a high speed but to be in the right place at the right time and to dock without hesitation when it is your turn. To do this you need to watch and understand the build of the formation and anticipate your slot so that you can start your final approach early enough to dock right after the grips in front of you have been taken and, of course, you need to be able to hesitate in place if there is a problem with that grip, and dock right after the problem is solved.
The jumps of 2001 were not perfect but they show how quickly a bigger formation can be built.
For these reasons I want to encourage everybody to form 8-way teams and compete in 8-speed at the web challenge that is provided by the CF-committee of the IPC
By the way, every participant in the web challenge has a chance to win a complete CF rig no matter what their score is!
Text in German
Das nächste Ziel für 2017
Im vergangenen Jahr waren wir ziemlich erfolgreich und haben einen europäischen CF-Rekord etabliert. Der 25er, den wir gemacht haben, sollte nur der Anfang sein, um weitere gute Leistungen zu zeigen.
Wenn wir größer werden wollen, müssen wir unsere Leistung steigern. Wir müssen schneller werden. Dafür brauchen wir eine schnelle 9er Basis mit den großen Kappen. Ähnlich wie früher, als wir noch die Achter Disziplin im Wettbewerb hatten.
Ein Beispiel können wir uns über ein Video der deutschen Nationalmannschaft anschauen, die bei den World Air Games 2001 in Granada gestartet ist.
Das Geheimnis, schnell zu fliegen, liegt nicht mit hoher Geschwindigkeit zu docken, sondern zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort (Anflugsfenster) zu sein und besonnen anzufliegen, wenn wir an der Reihe sind. Deshalb müssen wir den Formationsaufbau gut beobachten und verstehen. Unseren Slot lesen können, damit wir damit wir den Endanflug früh genug starten können und direkt nach den Griffen vor uns zu docken. Natürlich müssen wir in der Lage sein auf unvorhergesehene Griffprobleme unserer Vorderleute reagieren zu können. Die Sprünge von 2001 waren nicht perfekt, aber sie können uns zeigen, wie schnell eine größere Formation gebaut werden kann.
Aus diesen Gründen möchte ich alle CF-Springer ermutigen, 8way-Teams zu bilden um in eine Achter Web-Challange der FAI zu konkurrieren. Diese wird 2017 vom CF-Komitee des IPC auch für die Disziplin 8er Speed zur Verfügung gestellt.
Bonus: Jeder Teilnehmer in der Web-Challenge hat die Chance, ein komplettes CF-Rig zu gewinnen, egal wie er bei der Challange abschneiden wird!
After the last two CF national records registered in Russia (a 26-way in 2015 and 18-way sequential in 2016), participants in the Big Canopy Formation project are now preparing to set a new record with a 30-way, or bigger. The record attempts are scheduled for 15-17 September 2017 at DZ Aerograd Kolomna, which is 80 km from Moscow. The record attempt will be a part of the Russian Parachuting Championships.
The project is being lead by Denis Dodonov a Senior Coach with the Russian CF Team, a tenfold world CF-champion and a participant in the World Record 100-way CF formation. The participants’ experience is very diverse, ranging from world champions and well-known Russian jumpers to ‘weekend’ parachutists with just a few hundred jumps in their log books.
Recently, a Big CF camp took place at Aerograd Kolomna (24-25 June). Following on from this, camps will take place every month until September when the record attempt will happen.
Edwin Boerkamp of the Nationaal Paracentrum Teuge has today, 23.06, sent the following email to all members of the dropzone:
This morning, Simon and I went to an information meeting with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment where we had an explanation of the intended approach and departure routes for Lelystad airport.
Those routes will operate between Apeldoorn and Teuge Airport between 6000 and 9000ft and will eventually make use of 68 aircraft a day.
This means that the airspace above Teuge will be closed above 5,000ft as of April 2019, and you can fill in what this means. Of course, we do not simply accept this and together with the airport and, in particular, the municipality of Apeldoorn, we will pursue the struggle with I & M and LVNL, but to be honest the signs are not good.
From tomorrow, you can expect messages about this in the media. Tomorrow morning at 09:00 and tomorrow afternoon around 15:00 I will be contactable at the paracenter.
This would mean that we will lose one of the best dropzones in Europe and can only jump there until next year! The chances of averting this decision are obviously very low. We will, however, report to all jumpers regarding further progress.
We did not just make nice jumps in Poland, we also got to know new CF-jumpers. One of these jumpers is Tomasz Cedro from Warsaw.
He has not only distinguished himself through his exits, but also through his willingness to write down all the information from the Polish CF scene here alongside dates, posts and suggestions for our site. The latter is not so much in the foreground. He is a fan of google groups as a forum-like way of communicating. He has already set this up for us. More on that later. For now, we welcome our new member, Tomasz (CeDeROM), to our website team.
We will also improve your exits. I’ll keep an eye on that 😉
As expected, and greatly appreciated, the morning sun shone over the Sky Camp DZ, as if it was trying to tell us that there was a beautiful day waiting ahead of us. And so it was. Breakfast was enjoyed ‘lus blus,’ meaning ‘relax’ in Polish.
The crEUw jumps where a continuation of the jumps made in the days before. Szymon’s bigway group was improving it’s ability to build a fast base, and to fly on heading. It seems like Szymon also engineered a lighter formation – we went up with 16 of us, or maybe it was just that the airplane was flying on the last fuel vapors in its tanks. Ether way, you did a great job Szymon and team Poland!
Also the Polish pups improved jump by jump. During the event, and also this morning, some Polish pups got individual 2-way coaching, putting it in practice later in the day. Further, not only did we welcome Justyna Sinica as Polish crEUw cat but also congratulated her on becoming the owner of a L126! We look forward to seeing her in our women’s record event later this year.
Our group finished the day with a 12-way box.
Thank you Szymon, Martin and Rudolf for organizing this event, and Sebastian Dratwa and family for hosting us. Your dropzone rocks!
Day 3, June 10
In the morning and during the first hours of the afternoon, a front choose to cover us with a wet, cold blanket, sometimes pressuring us to use umbrellas or ‘stay in.’
This time was used for briefings on safety issues and the use of our website. Later on, some chose to eat pizza in town for dinner, while others chose to grab a beauty sleep.
Just after 5 o’clock, the weather changed and the day left us slots for three more jumps. Two scrambled 4-way jumps offered us practice, fun and more crEUw bonding. A 15-way sunset jump finished the day, but clouds prevented us from completing this formation.
Too bad we had to find out, during this event, that the new Polish regulations about filling up the airplane is completely based on weight and not on number of skydivers. So the SP PAC could only carry 15 of us… So much for our KILO-boys.
Day 2, June 9
The organization had high expectations and set the starting time as 8 o’clock, leaving no room for any serious ‘holiday crEUw dog’s’ night life.
The day started with a 16-way, a 6-way box and some instruction dives.
In both groups we gave room for our crEUw dogs to try new slots, so it was up to Szymon and George to do the piloting. In the six way, our pups practiced flying a good echelon.
In the afternoon we split up in three groups, giving everyone the opportunity for more practice. By this time, Gerben had arrived, and was ready to take one of the groups under his wing(s). The efforts payed off! Jesse Rubrech, who had worked hard over the last two days practicing flying in echelons, stung the 6-way box.
Too bad the starburst in Peti’s group lead to wrap with a cutaway, making this the first cutaway in three years of organizing the CF Challenge.
Talking about firsts, Szymon organized his group during the whole day and ended up flying the first 16-way above Poland. With Szymon as pilot it was worth attempting to fly a two-point 16-way. We congratulate Szymon with his first big-way piloting, taking the crEUw dogs community one step further.
As you can imagine, the beer tonight tasted really good.
Day 1, June 8
8 o’clock in the morning @ Sky Camp Drop Zone, Kazimierz Biskupi, Poland. While the last crEUw dogs arrive, breakfast is being served on a grassy DZ covered with blue skies, which is waiting to host the third European CF Challenge. The conversations are those of friends, happy to see each other again and looking forward to the next four days of crEUw fun.
While the first loads landed from their small ways, some newer crEUw dogs dropped in as well. Today was a good day for the ‘pups’ to get introduced to bigways. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Henk (NL) L. 143
Gerben (NL) L. 160
CFPasi (FIN) L. 160
Seele (GER, Video) L. 143/160
PETi (GER) L. 143/160
Marcin (PL) L. 143
Michal (PL) L. 143
Rudolf (PL) L. 176
Simon (PL) L. 193
Gajos (PL) L. 143
Sebastian D. (PL) L. 143/160
George (NL) L. 193
Dennis (NL) L. 160
Ben (BEL) L. 193
Hyppyheikki (FIN, Video) L. 160
Jukka (FIN) L. 160
Katrin (EST) L. 113
Ipa (EST) L. 126
Piotr (PL) L.
Andrzej (PL) L.
Tomek (PL) L. 160
Drozdzo (PL) L. 176
Frans (NL) L. 160
Zwierzak (PL) L. 160
Martin (CZ) L. 160
New and trying to fly a good approach and stay in position relative to the formation
In Moorsele, Belgium, from 25 till 29 May, thanks to the effort of Marc Calluy, the crEUw dogs could enjoy an intensive training lead by Benoit Rotty, who is multiple French/World-champion, assisted by Laurent-Stephane Monfort for video coaching.
Thursday was a slow start initially due to manifesting. Although we started around 13:00 hrs most teams made about 4 jumps. The training by Benoit was very basic, which was just the level that the teams needed as all of them are lower level CF-jumpers who have just started to jump together.
The teams were
Mary and Tash, with Pete on camera (UK)
Jason and Emily, with Max on camera (UK)
Kell and Wes (UK)
Henk and Lennert (NL)
Individuals joining the training were Frans, who was jumping video as well and Brord, Ben and of course Marc.
After the busy Thursday, with many other skydivers due to the holiday, the Friday looked promising for the crEUw dogs to get some more jumping going. But an airtraffic hold in the morning slowed us down. Even with the hold up, some of us made 5 jumps that day. Some chose to jump from 13.000ft, others took the 8.000ft exit. It was up to the individual teams whether they wanted to have more practice time on one jump (13.000 ft), which also cost the jumpers a lot of energy, or to make shorter jumps from a lower altitude, putting the pressure on the jumper to do their exercise in a shorter time frame, but with less physical input. The exercises given by Benoit were simple at first, building the technical challenge up jump by jump. A short handout of this program will be given later this month. On Saturday, the airplane was out of order for some hours, due to a machinical problem. This gave Benoit time to instruct the whole group by viewing the French training jumps on video. A lot of small details were discussed, making up for the loss of not using the beautiful blue sky for actual training jumps.
Later that Saturday, while most of the other sport-skydivers left due to lack of lift capacity, the last diehard freefallers and tandems filled up the airplane along with the crEUw dogs, hunting for more practice till sunset, putting the record straight, concerning jump numbers per day. The day was finished together with a good plate of spare ribs or spaghetti.
Sunday was the last day to get more insight from Benoit. Some had to leave early, the UK teams used the entire Sunday, traveling home on Monday. As a side kick we also introduced one local skydiver into CF, Welcome Olivier, I hope the discipline will get you ‘hooked’.
Concluding, despite the variety of issues which slowed us down, or maybe thanks to the pace, we had a very good event in which we learned a lot about CF2 and made new friends to meet and compete with in the near future. Many thanks to Para Club Vlaanderen, Benoit, Laurent and Marc for making this possible. Technik Manual CF 2way
On 20 and 21 May, the last summer-event from Teuge took place with 15 crEUw dogs from Germany, Belgium and Holland. On Saturday there were 15 participants and on Sunday 12, we made five jumps on Saturday and four on Sunday.
The diversity in participants’ skills ranged from five cf-jumps up to world record experience. The sequential jumps were mostly with two points and multiple formations. Also some very pretty ‘pieces, pieces’ dives were engineered. The KILO-team, which has done some serious training beforehand, was flying a fast base, giving us much confidence in our September meeting later this year. Teuge also introduced their new super grand caravan to us. The PH-FST, the third Caravan that DZ Teuge runs, brings us, guided with music, up to 9000 ft in less than eight minutes! The subwoofer for the music is easy to hear and brings all jumpers into a positive mood until the exit and is even missed under our open canopies. What a silence. At least now everyone knows what the actual idea was to leave the plane, Focus!
Laurent did some pretty good camera work again, thank you Laurent, while Seele tried some experimental photo-foot-grabbing in front of the formation, you can see the results in some of the photos here. Also, compliments to Eward for engineering the dives, Gerben for flying the formation like a boss and Herman for his clear and structured briefings, great job guys. A huge thanks to Febe Smits for even looking us up in the briefing room to manifest for the next jump, Febe you are great!
Now we are looking forward to the upcoming summer with the new CF-Challenges in Poland, the summer boogie in Estonia and for some of us national championships in August.
Text: Henk Lunshof
The complete List from the weekend:
Laurent (Video, NL)
Gerben (Pilot, NL)
Eward (engineer, NL)
Herman (coach, NL)