The close of a great season
After hard work on our training camps and the EU-record attempt, Marc Calluy and Brord van der Maat invited us to close the season with a ‘CF for Fun’ event the Zwarberg DZ with Skydive Flanders.
An invitation which we accepted gratefully. On arrival, the manifest tried to get everybody ‘appy,’ but their attempt burbled away the morning jumps. We were more pleased with the package the weather lords had stored for us. The promised Saturday of sun was followed by rain during the night and an unexpected great sunny Sunday closed the weekend package.
The BBQ setting on Saturday evening was a great compliment to the weekend. After a nice day of jumping, the group of crEUw jumpers, from Berlin to as close as Antwerp, were pleased to be presented with such a well-prepared feast. Any onlooker might have thought that a gruesome bunch of friends were celebrating someone’s birthday. What a party it was and indeed a day to celebrate. 😉
So, during this weekend, Zwartberg DZ transformed in to the place to be for CF-minded skydivEUrs. Evi Mellebeek took her first steps into CF under the fatherly care of Marc. 4 jumps on the Saturday transformed her into a real crEUw cat with enough CF skills to join the bigways on the Sunday. Thank you Seele for offering your canopy to Evi. This weekend also saw the first steps into big-way CF for Wouter Haas and Tobi Koch. Tobi did well; as may be expected for an experienced swooper and Storm CF competition jumper he showed an ability to make the nice no-momentum-docks we like to see in big way. Also Wouter, who had made his first CF jumps during the skill camps at Texel DZ, fought his way through the echelon, completing his progress with some docks on the big-ways during the Sunday dives. Congratulations Evi, Tobi and Wouter, it is great having you on board with the crEUw team. Also a big welcome to CF goes to Marcel Leën, and thanks for doing the CF video work for the first time this weekend. We like your work so far and hope to see it progress as well Marcel’s, which can be seen here.
It was also good to hear that Skydive Flanders is thinking about buying a set of four CF canopies. Actually this is not such a strange idea. The goal of a sport club is to facilitate its members in exercising the sport, especially in the first stages of their involvement with the sport. If you buy student rigs for the first jump students, why not for the first steps in a discipline? The crEUw team is very interested in this way of supporting and promoting the CF discipline. Good luck DZ Zwartberg with this initiative, we will follow this with interest.
Also nice to see that during the CF for fun event Koen and Wim, members of Skydive Flanders, were doing their CF2-way Storm jumping as well.
We came to appreciate DZ Zwartberg for the endless care offered. However, this took an abrupt down turn when one of the DZ-officials wanted to explain the very basics of the left hand circuit to Tobi. That was a bit over the top for our proud swooper who takes care of canopy control courses in Germany. Nevertheless, we did appreciate the general level of care offered by the staff, especially the smooth pick-up after an off DZ landing.
The jumps of this weekend were again of the high quality that we’ve come to expect from the engineering of Herman and Gerben. Thank you guys for keeping us safe and making the FUN happen.
For those who would like to join the fun … we will not sleep this winter. Just give us a shout if you would like to do CRW.
crEUw skies, Henk
Come to Zwartberg & finish the season with crEUw
The 6 way speed competition will not take place as there were too few teams registered for it. For this the CF-season ends with Lightnings.
However, CReW is still on at Zwartberg during the weekend of 6 & 7 October 2018 so let’s close the summer season with fun and good jumps. We already have 11 crEUw members coming from several countries and with different skill & experience levels. There will also be one skydiver introduced to the magic of good CReW.
Friday morning 10:00 there will be a ‘Go or No-go’ call.
- You can register by sending an email to email@example.com
- Camping and hotel arrangements are possible.
- BBQ Saturday night!
- There are no more slots for CF instruction… Sorry, Come back next Spring.
- Brord, event-organiser
- Marc Calluy, doing CFi
- Wouter Haas (pup)
- Jean Fonck (pup)
- Evi Mellebeek (pup)
Who’s the next to join us?
Forget about family and other social issues, you’ve got a whole winter for that!
Come to Zwartberg & do CReW!
The Judges’ statement is as follows
Yes it is!!!!
We now have to apply for the record at the FAI.
Please notice the names of the Judges. Thank you Judges Rina Gallo, Vera Asquith, Judy Celaya, Gary Taylor, Jenifer Gordon, H. Allen Heits and Nicolas Bernard for taking the time to judge our attempt, we owe you one!
Also a big thanks to Bert Ham for gathering the evidence at the DZ and making sure our record could be ratified. Next time you meet up with one of the record holders, remind them they owe you one 😉
The ECF 30-way record formation participants are:
Ciprian Drobotă, Dennis van der Coelen, Frans van Wijngaarden, Gabriel Andrei, George Buijtendijk, Gerben Frankvoort, Herman Slot, Holger Gnoth, Indrek Pappel, Izabela Pilarczyk, Jari Lehti, Jarosław Zwierzyński, Kira Tsindiaikina, Konstantin Krivosheev, Matti Pirttikoski, Maciej Gago, Marcin Bąk, Martin Kučera, Mary-lou Barratt, Michal Balonis, Pasi Pirttikoski, Paweł Michalski, Peter A. Pfalzgraf, Sebastian Cato, Simoens Benedikt, Sujkowski Grzegorz, Szymon Chełmicki, Thomas Rohde-Seelbinder, Tom Brand, Tomáš Deml.
On Camera: Laurent Dreyfus, Maurice Kostros and Tomsz Burza.
The story of IZA who is new in CF
Life is amazing: in May I started CF and I did 15 jumps. In June I did about 15 jumps more at one of the ECF camps where I set my own first CF-record, a 14-way! After a 2.5 month break from CF and waiting for my new CF canopy, I did 5 jumps on it before I went to the ECF Challenge 2018 in Teuge.
At this event, during the 6 jumps on the first 2 days, I learned more techniques and how to approach a formation. At the very last moment I customized my risers to let me fly comfortably with the formation. This worked great and on the third day I was selected for the record formation! On the first 30-way we flew, we came just 2 seconds short of having the last grip correct. On the second attempt we DID IT. The formation flew for a full 37 seconds! We also did a third jump to get 4 other team members in the record formation as well. Too bad this last formation got stuck on 28.
The most stressful moment was when I was approaching as the last one and I glanced to the side at a beautiful colourful wall of 29 canopies flying high above me and I realized that all these 29 guys were waiting only for me to complete the new EU CF Record. I noticed this disturbing thought and immediately corrected myself and got rid of it, and concentrated only on 2 guys I wanted to dock on: Tom and Kira. I saw nothing else, only their legs. The sound of “complete” coming from them sounded like applause to me, and victory, victory for the whole 30-way team. After break off and landing I nearly got crazy, crying with happiness.
Thank you every one for making it complete.
Herman Slot, Gerben Frankvoort, Gajos, Yuliya for coaching; Henk Lunshof for managing the Record and helping with getting my new canopy on time; Simon for everything: coaching, motivation, inspiration, my new PD Lightning.
Also a big thank you to the crEUw team. You introduced me to CF in a great manner. You guys are great to jump with.
From the editor
Iza is a veteran in skydiving with more then 5700 non CF jumps. But still the skills and speed of progression she has shown can be yours as well. Come and jump with us, we will teach you. You may fly a much bigger formation with us next time 😉
ECF Challenge 2018, day 3 with a new record!
This morning we woke up with the 30-way dirt dive of the night before still in our minds.
After a good breakfast, the clouds put us on a hold before we could make the first attempt. Too bad, we were just 5 seconds short of completing the formation on the first attempt. But, after another cloud interruption, at 14:05 we succeeded in establishing a new European record! In anticipation of an official confirmation by the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI), we are confident enough to claim the record of 30 participants. Whereas, in the first attempt a cloud blocked the view from the ground making it difficult to observe the last seconds of the dive, in the second attempt it was very clear to see from the ground that the formation was built well in time. With this record we broke the 28-way record that was flown by our Russian comrades on 26 August. But, with Konstantin Krivosheev and Kira Tsindiaikina also in this record the 30-way is also partially Russian. Thank you Konstantin and Kira for joining us. If you are now expelled from your club… we can offer you asylum. 😉
As a good tradition we offer all those who trained hard during the season to have their chance in a record dive. Because of that, a second record team was formed by taking out 4 participants and putting in Piotr Czubak, Tomasz CEDRO, Justyna Sinica and Cristinel Popescu who could not join the first attempt. Unfortunately, this second dive did not result in a second record.
Although we reached our record goal, we will continue to train at Teuge airport this weekend. We are looking back on a successful event and will now aim our arrows at our next challenge. As part of the 50th anniversary of the Parachute Centre at Teuge, in June 2019 we will try to realize the largest formation ever over Europe, a 64-way formation. This will be done by also inviting our CF-friends from overseas and far down under.
ECF Challenge 2018, day 2
This morning we are blessed again with prefect weather. With a minor change in the base and also in the other groups, the ECF got airborne, along with our fellow Dutch accuracy and wingsuit competitors who are competing in the Dutch Nationals. We wish them a sporty and exciting competition.
All groups made 2 jumps before lunch. On the third jump of the day the base was expanded to a 16-way with promising results. So, the group was excited enough to pack their chutes for the last practice dive of the day.
Speaking of packing, 2 Polish members are packing with a bit more excitement than the rest. Szymon Chełmicki and Izabela Pilarczyk only got their new Lightnings just before this camp and put some jumps on them the weekend before. Szymon will be ‘the engine’ of the big-way, as number 4 he will push the top of the formation forward, giving it the drive we need. But, Iza must certainly be the luckiest one. with just 28 CF jumps in her pocket she is doing well with her brand new Lightning. Although Iza just started CF in May this year, she is a veteran with 5700 jumps, gathered together over the past 3 decades. Together with her sky-sister Agata, who also ordered a Lightning 113, she will be doing CF-2 back home. Good luck Iza with your plans and through this post again a big thanks from Szymon, Iza and the crEUw team to Performance Design for having their Lightnings just in time!
After two days of great weather the fairy tale seems to be over. Grey clouds rolled in during the late afternoon. The jumps in the afternoon were disturbed by ‘bumpy’ air. So we closed it for today, looking forward to tomorrow, ready to go bigger.
ECF Challenge 2018, day 1
The morning greated us with a big smiling sun. While Teuge was still waking up the crEUw team started her day with a general briefing, group briefings and manifesting to have the wheels off at 10:37 hours.
To bad we started without our Romanian deligation who had car problems in Germany, only a 140 km before arriving in Teuge. They had to spend the night in the car before the garage could tell them in the morning their car could not be fixed earlier then Monday. Luckely the world invented the ‘rentals’.
While car problems were being solved in Germany, the first 2 loads with small groups got airborne, putting our team where they came for, high in the sky.
15:57, we have lift off from load three with also Cristinel, taking the lead from the Romanian group to join us in a 16-way with Pasi on top. This formation flew well, telling us we are ready to move on.
Meanwhile the base has been practicing aswell with the Lightnings 218. Everyone got their taste of what is aspected from them for the record while the day creeped to its end. Just putting us at rest after four jumps and giving us time to prepare for the next step forward. See you all tomorrow.
Preparing & help from Performance Design
Today we all got really excited. The 218 Lightnings arrived! Gerben drove up to the DZ to check them out. Thank you to Chris Gay and Brian Pangburn from Canopy Formation Specialists for helping us out. We will use these biggies to fly the top of the record.
The Parachute Case is sponsoring the ECF ’18 record by offering us support in the form of inspecting these canopies and building them into rigs. Thank you to George for all the work and support offered in addition to this inspection.
Tomorrow most of the participants will arrive. We are looking forward to an exciting event, again lowering the borders a bit further through crEUw.
Teuge from September 13 – 16
From 13 till 16 September the European Canopy Formation (ECF) members will organize a record attempt at DZ Teuge in the Netherlands. 34 members from 11 different European countries have responded to this invitational event. All of the participators have been training big way formations during the 2018 season to perform at their best. The training was done on the ECF events in Germany, Polen and Estonia.
Also 18 of the ECF members have already flown in a 51-way CF-formation during the Spring Fling boogie in March this year in Lake Wales, Florida. So the participators are pretty confident about their individual part of the record attempt.
Building a record is not only a difficult technical execution of the jump itself and the individual skills need to perform during the jumps. It is also about bringing together the support from the hosting DZ, some help in finance by sponsors and the luck of having the right weather during the time the event is held. The ECF group hopes that the puzzle pieces will fall well together during the record attempt.
Of course, since we have a new European record 2018, set by our Russian brothers just this last August, the pressure to perform is a bit higher to us, but we like that challenge 😉
So, while the ECF group will try to make an extra step forward during their record event this year, it will also be a preparation for a major event likely to happen next year, 24 – 30 June, also on the Teuge DZ. During this whole week of CF, which will be organised by the DZ as part of their 50th anniversary, the ECF group will get company from American, Brazilian, Argentinian, Russian and Australian CF friends. They are aiming to break the biggest CF-formation, a 56-way flown on 5 september 1996 above Kassel.
Those who just started skydiving and are curious about CF: we train first time CF jumpers around Europe. Just mail us and we will get you in touch with a coach nearby your DZ. Also, if you are in the neighbourhood and interested to see the ECF members perform, you are invited to visit Teuge and support the ECF members in their record attempt. The DZ has a cosy clubhouse with professional personal, ready to serve you some coffefe.
crEUw skies from the ECF team,
The Russian CF Team has set a new Russian and European record!
The Russian/European group had already organised big way events and put an unofficial 25-way record in 2015 as well. This years three days record attempt should also be finalized in a large Canopy Formation Record.
The target was both Russia and European achievement. And so our Russian brothers did it!
On 26 August during the 4th 2-plane formation jump the Record 28-way CF Formation was built. The facts are already validated by FPS and FAI judges. While the Russians have 120 days for the paper work and formalities, the West-Europeans will have their attempt from 13 till 16 September on Teuge.
Some facts about the Russian/European Record
- the Record trainer is Denis Dodonov
- the cameraman – Alexey Volynskiy, both multiple world Champions
- 8 out of 28 skydivers joined the project and some of them even the CF
discipline only this year
- 6 out of the 7 female CF members participated
- a total of 16 jumps were made during the event
- this season we had 6 training camps in small groups
- the altitude was 4700 meters
- the place is DZ Krutitcy, Ryazan region, Russia
CF Russia will first take a break and relax before analyzing the experience and move forward next year!
Of course the Russian brothers are welcome to join the CF Teuge party from 24 till 30 June. The aim for this event is very broad, from first time CF till flying the biggest CF formation above Europe, which would be a 64-way.
Congratulations to our Russian brothers with their achievement and also a big thank you for putting the milestone a bit higher for the Western European Group members. Go Russia, GO!
The CF 6-way speed competition is a go
Would you all be so kind to spread or share this around?
Telephone nr organizers:
+32-475935076 (Marc Calluy)
+31-631664209 (Brord van der Maat)
All parachute systems used in Belgium MUST be equipped with an AAD unit on the reserve parachute!
Marc & Brord