Yaocheng, China, Day 1

Arrival and first practice day

Today, all 21 members of the display team for Yaocheng have arrived at the Qiaojia Apartment Hotel; one Egyptian, one Australian, two South Americans, three Europeans, five Canadians and nine Americans. For me, the trip involved three flights, starting in Groningen at 01:00 on Monday morning and ending at 13:00 on Tuesday when I arrived at the hotel. The long and draining experience of travelling to our destination is something all members of the team now share, despite our different starting points. The last members to arrive were faced with a cancelled flight from Beijing to Tiayuan and had to complete the journey via high speed train. While that makes the experience richer, it’s hard to appreciate such things if you’ve already travelled a long way and you are expected at breakfast at 6:30 in the morning.

Over the next three days we will be doing a morning show, flying a 16-way, and an evening show. The later show will involve a low pass at 5000 ft (1524 m), which will see two jumpers performing a ‘Canopy War’ and two others performing a downplane, then a pass at 7000 ft (2133,6 m) will drop a 9-way. All groups will be using smoke and/or streamers. If you are counting, you may have already figured out that in the morning we have two people on the ground; for the first two days that is Sarge and myself. So, today I was able to watch the first training jump from the ground and hear the spectators’ reactions. Of course, the spectators don’t notice the small details that we do on a training jump. We noticed that the formation did not fly very healthily, and from that have worked out how to get the right trim for the formation for the rest of the event.

The bus left the hotel at 7:10, taking the team to Yaocheng airport where the tight scheduling continued. After all, we are part of an aviation show and have to seamlessly align our performance with that of preceding performers. On top of that, a few of us still had to hook up canopies that had arrived during the night; for this event we are jumping canopies one size larger than usual, so are ‘smartly’ swapping between ourselves. The reason for up sizing is the landing area, which is small and 2,500 ft (762 m) above sea level, there is no room for error.

Today, we only made a training jump in the morning, so there was some extra time in the afternoon. Event organiser Chris Gay had plenty of organisational tasks that still needed attention, and he kept some of us busy getting the smoke pots, flags and streamers ready. Nine of us attended the Shanxi Aeronautical Sports Development Forum in Taiyan, a 1-hour and 20-minute bus ride away from the hotel. Our reason for attending this forum was that we are part of development in China when it comes to sport skydiving. Sarge addressed the attendees on behalf of the CFS World Team and thanked them for allowing us to be part of their program for the sixth time since 2011. Then, the rest of the 4-hour session was carried out in Chinese, which took its toll on us, especially those suffering from jetlag. The official photographers noticed that many of us could not keep our eyes open, they were having a hard time capturing an ‘active’ listening CF team. So, we left with the excuse of getting an early dinner and continued our sleep in the bus and then at the hotel, making sure that we will be ready for the first day of the air show.

Celebrating the CF World Team

The 100-way world record will be honoured this year

CF100-way, Photo by Bruno Brokken

Taiyuan, 9 October 2019, Henk Lunshof.

The CF World Team has members from all over the world who came together in 2003. Year after year the team trained in Australia, Europe and the United States and built many world records, 49-, 64-, 81- and then the 100-way canopy formation at Florida Skydiving Centre in Lake Wales on November 21, 2007. 142 members took part in this spectacular achievement, including 28 European CF jumpers. The 100-way record still stands and the team is about to be honoured for this ‘Path of Excellence.’

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame in Perris, California, is honouring the Canopy Formation World Record Team’s achievement with its Path of Excellence Award. The team will receive the award on October 18, 2019. Twelve ECF members will take part in this award ceremony including seven who were in the 100-way record.

The WR-Team in China, Laiwu, 2011
The WR-Team in China, Laiwu, 2011

While the award is a look back into recent CF history, the CF World Team has continued achieving new goals, setting records and performing big-way formations, including 16- and 25-way diamonds, for displays. The team’s most recent achievement was a 2 point 37-way sequential jump in March this year at Skydive Sebastian, which was a World Record and included six ECF members. From 15 to 17 October, just prior to receiving the Path of Excellence award, 44 Members of the CF World Team (including 12 ECF members) will meet in Perris and attempt to set a new sequential record.

Alongside setting new world records, the CF World Team has continued making display jumps across the world. For instance, from 11 till 13 October the team will be performing in China for the sixth time. 20 members of the World Team will meet at Yaocheng Airport in Taiyuan where they will make impressive big-way formations in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China.

Photos & Video by Bruno Brokken from Belgium

I am honoured to be part of this excellent team and to be taking part in both upcoming skydiving events, together with camera flyers Bruno Brokken (Belgium) and Gustava Cabana (Spain). I will be sharing live updates from both events. So, keep checking this website for daily updates on the Perris record attempt and the Taiyuan displays; the adventure starts in China.

CF100-way World Record,  November 21 2007

Edwardo Guillen

Tomislav Begic
Brett Higgins
Jules McConnel
Ben Nordkamp
Andrew Preston
Michael Vaughan
Andrew Whitten

Danny Van Oosterwyck

Eber Amaral
Paulo Assis

John Scott
Lyal Waddell
Aidan Walters

Ibrahim Abo Elwafa
Ehab Mahmoud

Pasi Pirttikoski

Christophe Balisky
Olivier Huart

Tom Brand
Thomas R.-Seelbinder
Peter A. Pfalzgraf
Ralf Stolzenberg
Claudia Balisky
Holger Gnoth
Viktor Krause

Remko Bolt
Gerben Frankvoort
Eward Slot
Herman Slot
Kees Tops
Marc van Aperen
Henny Wiggers

Denis Dodonov
Stanislav Murashkin
Alexei Volynskiy
Yuri Yugov

Ian Marshall
Gavin McLeod
Doug Preston
Martin Robiette
Maria Russell
Paul Speller

Chris J. Gay
Brian Pangburn
Yuliya Korkh
Eli Godwin
Michael Lewis
Mark Gregory
Kirk Bauer
Fio Antognini
Chris Warnock
Michael Chico Tomaselli
Kirk W. vanZandt
Steve Archuletta
Scott Shumway
Sharon Shumway
Charles Backus
Bruce Barnett
Jim Bolton
Mario Bufalino
Chas Bunch
Bill R. Clement
Jim Cowan
Jamie Cromer
Barbara Cuddy
Annie DeKoker
Cliff Dobson
Brian Fairhurst
Wendy Faulkner
Bob Feisthamel
Robert Bob Felt
Frank Fowler
Allen Gutshall
Dave Hillebrandt
Jackson M. Hoffman, Jr.
Dean Keating
Kevin R. Keenan
Shireen Khavari
Mark Kruse
Andrey Kuznetsov
Bob Lievsay
Mark Lounsbury
Frank P. Matrone
Roger C. McClelland
William Bill Mershon
Cheryl Michaels
Mike Paolin
Gary Peters
Ernie Pliscott
Raul Ramirez
James Rasmussen
Bob Reger
Damien Ristaqino
Steve Sassetti
Craig D. Stapleton
Keith Thivierge
Rusty Vest
Kevin Vetter
Shaun Vineyard

flown for Joe Lambright

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New European CF sequential Record

CF Russia set a new European CF sequential Record!

Post from Natalya Lapshina

From 22-25 August the Russian CF Large Formation Team gathered at the Krutitsy DZ (in the Ryazan region) with the aim of building a 21-way Canopy Formation and performing two sequential formations, or more if possible. Denis Dononov the leader of the Project, had evaluated the skill-level of the skydivers and decided that this technically challenging goal – large sequential formations – was achievable.

The formal history of the CF Large Formation Team in Russia starts in 2011 when 19 skydivers registered the first Russian Record. Since then, the Large Formation Team has changed significantly but the dream of Large Formations is still in the forefront. 

We had a total of four days: two for training and two for the record attempts. The record was set during the second day, on the second jump. However, FAI rules require that the pictures of the two sequential formations show every grip in the formations clearly and simultaneously. We did not find such a picture on the jump video!   

The team took to the air again. Straightaway, on the next jump, a 21-way formation was built, with grips broken and nine canopies rebuilding: an even better result than the previous jump.  What a feeling!

Last week, the preliminary package of documents was transferred to the FAI and the Formation was assigned the status “Preliminary record claim received.” Now we have three months to submit the full package and then, we wait for the ratification. We just wait and think about the next step!

From editors, a big congrats to our Russian brothers and sisters. What a nice job. We hope you will get your ratification soon. 

ECF Challenge 2018, ratified!

The European Record is official

We are proud to announce that the FAI has ratified the following Class G (Parachuting) European record:
Claim number: 18837 
Sub-class : G-2 / Performance Records 
Category: General 
Group / Type: Largest Formation Records – Canopy Formation
Course/location: Teuge (Netherlands)
Performance: 30 parachutists

Celebred the record with Heinecken. The Dutch kind of good water
Celebrating the record. The 30-way Team from 2018

2018 was a very exciting year for CF in Europe. On 26 August our CF brothers and sisters from Russia flew a 28-way record. In doing so they broke our 25-way record of 2016. This was a very challenging starting point for the ECF group, which was working on a record attempt for September that year. Thank you CF Russia for putting up that milestone.

Whereas, in 2016, the 25-way record built by our ECF team included nine nationalities, the 2018 30-way record team consisted of jumpers from 12 European nationalities. We are proud of the growth of these events, not only the amount of members taking part but also the extent of the countries involved.
Making this record happen involved a good deal of cooperation: it was initiated by our German members; it was executed in Teuge; and, the paperwork completed by the Polish gave us a new insight into organizing and cooperativeness. 
We are very grateful to the FAI and IPC for taking the time and putting energy and effort into considering this record application before rectifying it. Thank you IPC/FAI, you are now part of our achievement as well!

So indeed also a thank you to Andreas Jankowsky for executing one of the last tasks of all the work that has been put in to this record attempt and creating this poster, a nice piece of art as a record.

European Record CF30way, September 2018
European Record CF30-way, September 2018

Last but not least a big thank you to the ECF members who performed in the record. These where: Gabriel Andrei (Romania), Marcin Bak (Poland), Michal Balonis (Poland), Mary-lou Barratt (United Kingdom), Thomas Brand (Germany), George Buijtendijk (Netherlands), Sebastian Cato (Sweden), Szymon Chelmicki (Poland), Tomas Demel (Czech Republic), Ciprian Drobotǎ (Romania), Gerben Frankvoort (Netherlands), Maciej (Gajos) Gago (Poland), Holger Gnoth (Germany), Konstantin Nikolaevich Krivosheev (Russian Federation), Martin Kučera (Czech Republic), Jari Lehti (Finland), Paweł Michalski (Poland), Indrek Pappel (Estonia), Peter A. Pfalzgraf (Germany), Izabela Pilarczyk (Poland), Pasi Pirttikoski (Finland), Matti Pirttikoski (Finland), Thomas Rohde-Seelbinder (Germany), Benedikt Simoens (Belgium), Herman Slot (Netherlands), Grzegorz Sujkowski (Poland), Kira Tsindiaikina (Russian Federation), Jaroslaw Zwierzynski (Poland), Frans van Wijngaarden (Netherlands), Dennis van der Coelen (Netherlands)

EU-Record Members right after the CF-Record Jump
EU-Record Members right after the CF-Record Jump

Not yet mentioned are those who also took the time and effort to be in Teuge or the training camps prior to the record. It means we have more potential and options to have a new goal to achieve in the future. It is also great to notice that we have two groups in Europe pushing the boundaries of CF. Where could that take us when we organize and jump together?

For beginners, we also recommend reading the post by Izabela.
Maurice finished a video of the Record-Week, as well!

If you are interested in doing CRW, come, join and have fun, because that’s what we do!

Dutch press

Dutch press opens with; ‘Best skydivers practice spectacular formation jump over Teuge’

TEUGE – The best skydivers in the world are in the Netherlands this week to jump into Skydive Teuge’s jubilee week. The association has been in existence for 50 years. Especially for that milestone, they hope to make a spectacular formation jump with all those international jumpers this weekend.
‘This is the first time that I have been to the Netherlands, I find it very exciting. I have been invited to be here, we have many countries participating, “says Don Bromley from America. The CF jumpers are practicing this week to fly together in formation, and that is quite complicated.

CF Jumpers practicing their next jump.

But with a bit of luck it will be possible this weekend to build a formation with fifty in the sky above Teuge. “Something like this has never been done before above Dutch territory,” said Edwin Boerkamp.

50 years of jumping
Parachute jumps have been taking place at Teuge airport since 1969. That started small, every weekend by a group of fanatics, but the association has now grown into one of the largest parachute centers in Europe.

A lot has changed over the years, says Peter Smit of the National Paracentrum Teuge. From the technology to the material and the regulations. ‘We are becoming increasingly professional, even when you look at jump numbers, which is of course a benchmark. We are now the third in Europe, “says Smit.


50 Years Skydive Teuge

With World-Class CF-Coaches

Skydive Teuge, is celebrating their 50th anniversary and that’s the reason for several special events this year, including a Canopy Formation event.This will be one of the biggest CF events in Europe. From June 20 – 30.

This event will be Co- organized by the 100-way CF world record organizers Brian Pangburn & Chris Gay!

We are proud to announce that there is already a great interest from Crew dogs from: several countries in Europe, Australia, Russia, USA, Canada and South America to join in this event, and we are aiming to host at least 75 CRWdogs.

Our focus is to host a week of big way Canopy Formation for a various of skill levels. Depending on the number of participants registered, and the variety of skill level what’s present, we will do all our best to manage a whole week of big way fun!

In the spirit of our previous European record events at Teuge our focus is on: safe jumps, in a good atmosphere, with skilled coaches and excellent jump facilities, among those good friends from all over the world. The boogie starts at Monday 08.00 hrs with a circle up. In the weekend before, 22-23 June there are limited slots for one-on-one coaching (4 pup slots). We expect that the participants for the boogie will come in during this weekend and get ready for the event like with the paperwork on the manifest. Some of you will have to get their AAD and or Lightning build in. When done, we expect enough crw dogs to be around to do some warm up CF jumps.

Depending on number of participants, skills, progress and motivation we can build up a formation as big as we safely can do. Basic Bigway coaching, Big Way sequential and flying pieces are on the program. The more experienced the participators are, the more we will ‘boogie’.
Three super powered grand caravans will be available and if necessary a fourth on the Thursday and Friday can be arranged.

CF Shark Team

Our coaches are: Chris Gay, Brian Pangburn,
Event Organisers/Coach: Henk Lunshof, Gerben Frankvoort, Eward Slot, Herman Slot
Like the previous European record events, experienced coaches as Pasi, Tom Brand, Peti, Scymon will be available to assist during the event.

Registration fee is € 25,-
Jump tickets are € 22,-

Contact from Skydive Teuge: Christien Meijers
Contact for crEUw: Henk Lunshof

>> Registration form <<

Accommodations on the DZ and in the neighborhood.

Spring Fling adventures ’19

Over the ocean during the daytime and at night

The European Team in Spring Fling 2019, Sebastian, Florida

Spring Fling ’19 appeared to be CF’s largest gathering ever. 153 participants from all continents took part in this great event. 20 members of the crEUw team joined in, making up the biggest group of foreign representatives.
Below is the story of one of those crEUw members, Kira Tsindyaikina.

Kira Tsindyaikina (c) Ivan Kazancev
Kira Tsindyaikina (c) Ivan Kazancev

I have a friend, Irina Yakimenko. When I had more or less 300 jumps (300 in total and about 100 CRW jumps; yes, I’ve calculated them properly) and she had about 800, she started doing 2-way CF with me (and I am endlessly thankful to her for it). She is a women’s world record holder in FS, as well as a holder of Russian and European CF records. When, in 2014, she went to the US for the women’s world FS record challenge I was thinking, why there are so many international events for FS and no international CRW events at all?

I so badly wanted to get acquainted with foreign CRW skydivers and to jump with them. In 2017, somehow Facebook directed me to the European Canopy Formation page and there I found information about the Parasummer event (https://parasummer.com/). I immediately decided to take part. This post is about Spring Fling so I will leave my enormous emotions related to Parasummer for further posts. However, it was at Parasummer where I first met a lot of new friendly CRW people and fell in love with them. They immediately became a part of my CRW family.
Sebastian Cato from Sweden asked me: “are you going to Spring Fling?” “Spring Fling? What is it?” “Don’t you know what Spring Fling is? It is the most important CRW event of the year. You should take part.”

Photo David Sands

After my great experience at Parasummer I could not miss another international CRW event.

So, in 2018 I went to Spring Fling for the first time. From the very beginning I was struck by the openness and friendliness of all the people I met there; People who had never met me before helped me to sort out different issues with my rig, took me on jumps, hung out with me. I met the most experienced CRW people of the world in one place at the same time. I had chances (and took them) to jump with all the organisers and, therefore, learned from the best.

For the first time in my life I took part in jumps involving a formation being split into two or three pieces, formations with two and even three pilots, and, of course, the fraaaame!! Everyone must do it!! This is incredible!

Flying a frame through the skies asks for some extra skills, nice work (red).

At Spring Fling 2018 I took part in three jumps in a row when we built 49-, 50- and 50-ways! And I was in! It was my first time at the event, and I was in, and we were successful. With no wraps! Before these jumps my biggest formation was an 18-way. Can you imagine what I felt?

This year Spring Fling was even more incredible for me than the previous one. I took part in two world records, including the night one.

CF-37 World record dive point 1, transition and point 2.

What did I feel? I docked on the night jump, and people after me docked, and then I heard “complete” and after some time I heard Brian’s voice on the radio, “pyro pyro pyro,” and then I saw sparkles of pyro, I still can not believe we really did it. We were flying in the night sky, we were seen from the ground, and my heart was racing in happiness. I guess I was smiling until I landed, or even packed. I was really surprised when people on the ground applauded for those who were landing. It was astonishing. The most important thing is that on the ground there was a girl with the list of participants, and, once I’d landed, she asked me my name; even in the midst of the euphoria of this great event, there were people making sure that everything was organised safely and verifying that everyone landed properly in the main landing area.

Night Record, Photo Bruno Brokken

crEUw members in both Worldrecords were: Szymon Chełmicki (PL), Ben Simoens (BEL), George Buitendijk (NL), Pasi Pirttikoski (FIN), Henk Lunshof (NL), Yulia Pangburn (BLR) and Kira Tsindyaikina (RUS).

Another incredible aspect of the Spring Fling is the beach jump. I have never made beach jumps before. We built a 10-way, a diamond with a stinger, and flew above the ocean. Have you ever seen the endless ocean from above, flying for several incredible minutes with your friends and then landed on the beach?

Unbelievably, all the things described above occurred in a single week! How can the organizers do it? What an event! Spring Fling always gives me something new, and this new is always incredible. I do not know what will be prepared for next year, but I am definitely in!

These events are always a great chance for everyone to try something new. What I like, and what I am grateful for, is the organisers’ belief in newcomers, and the provision of opportunities to take part in great projects. You always have a chance, just take it.
My wish is that my beloved skydivers with whom I jump at home would come to Spring Fling with me next year. This is the best CRW experience.

Skydiving Videographer Bruno Brokken from Belgium accompanied us in Florida with his video and photographic art.
Thank you, Bruno for these beautiful shots for our discipline.

The Spring Fling 2019

The list is growing up

Update! (2019 Feb 8)

We now have 120 people registered – WOW! So we are on our way to be even larger than last year. While we wait for the snow to melt and are looking for things to do during that blizzard, how about sewing some pack connectors on your main lines so we can do some cool out of the ordinary dives. Pack connectors should be installed 6.5 to 7 foot below the bottom skin of your canopy. (the theory is to have one foot from your head to the bottom skin) How to sew instructions are attached to this email.

If you have already registered – remember to prepay prior to March 1st and $ave. ($75 prior to March 1st – $100 after March 1st)

If you have not already registered – Derrick Bommarito and Andrew Draminski have been working to automate our registration process. Please use the following link to register

If you are a new CRW pup you will need to be ready to jump Saturday morning, March 9th, at 8am for one-on-one jumps and 2-4-way formations to prepare you.
A CRW safety seminar will start at 8am followed by the 1-1’s
Please mail Brian Pangburn your weight and canopy-size.

The format/schedule below is a guideline to what we hope to accomplish but is subject to change with weather

March 09-17th – Sebastian, Florida

  • Saturday 9th –The first day is dedicated to train the new CReW pups 1-on-1. Anyone is welcomed to come early and jump but no
  • organizers will be available.
  • Sunday 10th – 8-way multiple point dives. Diveworx and/or 8-way speed type formations
  • Mon/Tues 11/12th – 16-ways highlighting rows 3/4 wing lock up proper techniques
  • Wed 13th – Wing docking seminar (this day could/will be substituted/swapped on any weather day)
  • Thurs 14th – 8-way box –diamond rotation competition (4-way diamond to 4-way diamond rotation competition)
  • Friday/Saturday 15/16th Sunrise until noon – 36 to 49 ways (the goal is to get a good solid base and swap almost everyone [90+%]
  • in/out to be on one large formation. Probably 4 or 5 total large formations) —– Then noon until sunset 9-20 ways.
  • Sunday 17th 4-way sequential competition. Draw to be done at sunrise. 4 Rounds. (Conclude by 2pm so people can fly out)

Spring Fling Event Fee is $75 if you pay before March 1st – $100 March 1st or after. Please Paypal to pbpangburn@gmail.com or make other arrangements. Beach jumps on a good weather day if permitted. ($35/jump includes transportation back to DZ) You must have floatation gear to do any beach jumps and a gear check is required before boarding the airplane.
Night jumps if interested. (9-way’s or smaller and will look at the best weather day or days) You must bring your own night gear.

The List

  1. Brian Pangburn – Organizer March 9-17th 160
  2. Eric Gallan – Organizer March 9-17th 176
  3. Jim (Razz) Rasmussen – Organizer March 9-17th 176
  4. Chris Gay – Organizer March 9-17th 160
  5. Chris Bohn – Organizer March 9-17th 160
  6. Gerben Frankvoort – Organizer March 9-17th 160
  7. Francois Huot – Organizer March 13-17th 193
  8. Scott Lazarus – Organizer March 9-17th 160
  9. Chico (video) Mar 9-17 143
  10. Yuliya Pangburn (video) Mar 9-17 113
  11. Hairy Bob (video and/or 143) Mar 9-17 143
  12. Denis Zhuravkov (Video) 126
  13. Dave Hillebrandt (Video) March 9-17 160
  14. Jackson Hoffman (video) March 9-17th (1-1) 176
  15. Royal Hamilton Jr. March 9-12th (10) 143
  16. Sergio Obando March 12-16th 176
  17. Carmen Juneau March 8-17th 143
  18. Jon Yonke March 8-17th (40) 160
  19. Chad Neidigh March 12-16th 176
  20. Steve Cannistra March 11-17th 126
  21. Magaly Sandoval March 12-16th 113
  22. Leandro Donikian March 10-17th 126
  23. Joseph Thompson March 9-17th 176
  24. Mikey Goodin March 11,12, 15, 16 143
  25. Mark Klingelhoefer March 9-17th 160
  26. Fabio Campanha March 15-17th 143
  27. Feisty March 9-17th (1-1) 160
  28. Dan Purdy March 9-17th 143
  29. Simon-P Bouchard March 13-17th 143
  30. Eduardo Guillen March 13-17th 143
  31. Kira Tsindiaikina March 9-17th 113
  32. Yuriy Martynenko 160
  33. Andrey Kalinin 160
  34. Frank Matrone March 9-17th (1-1) 160
  35. Dominic Matrone March 9-17th 143
  36. Dawn Hillebrandt March 9-17th 126
  37. Eber Amaral March 9-16th 160
  38. Matt Faivre March 9-17th 143
  39. Ken “Kermit” Kniech Macrh 9-17th 160
  40. Kel Spittle March 9-17th (10-20) 113
  41. Emerson Hyppolito Sept 10-17th 126
  42. z_Dave Harper March 9-13th (0) (143) 143
  43. George Buijtendijk March 9-17th (1-1’s) 176
  44. Carl Turpin March 9-17th 143
  45. Joseph F. Neff March 9-17 (12) 143
  46. Yana Nesterenko March 9-10th 126
  47. Dirk Walther (March 9-17) (8-pilot150)) 126
  48. Bruce Barnett March 14-17 143
  49. Ben Lamay F1 (160) 160
  50. Justin Price May 11-17 (160) 160
  51. Onno Hoevers March 8-15th 160
  52. Melanie Benner March 9-11 (0) 126
  53. D-Sands March 9-17 160
  54. Walt Appel March 10-16 160
  55. Kathleen Appel March 10-16 113
  56. Hanna Albrecht March 11-17 113
  57. Kim Lewis March 9-10 (5) 126
  58. Paul Neely 160
  59. Shireen Kharavi March 11-16 113
  60. Pasi Pirttikoski March 10-16 160
  61. Szymon Chelmicki March 9-17 218
  62. Maciej Gago March 9-17 143
  63. Tomasz Cedro March 9-17 193
  64. Jarek Zwierzyński March 9-17 160
  65. Ben Simoens March 9-15 193
  66. Vincent Coulombe March 13-17 143
  67. Sean Jones 143
  68. Henk Lunshof March 2-17 (2-way) 143
  69. Lennert van den Berg March 2-17 (2-way) 143
  70. Nicolas Huard March 13-17 143
  71. West Guest March 10-16 143
  72. Andy Guest March 10-16 126
  73. Simon Perry March 10-16 126
  74. Marcus Muir-Smith March 6-17 (2-way) 143
  75. Jason Hobbes March 6-17 (2-way) 126
  76. Jean de Ladurantaye March 13-17 143
  77. Garth Baker March 13-17 160
  78. Peti Pfalzgraf March 10-16 160
  79. Chris Warnock March 10-17 176
  80. Max Holmes March 9-17 (25) 2-way 160
  81. Nelson Pereira March 10-17 176
  82. Matti Pirttikoski March 10-17 176
  83. Sarah Blaschke March 9-12 / 16-17 126
  84. Simon Coulombe March 13-17 176
  85. Michel Rainville March 9-17 160
  86. Derrick Bommarito March 9-13 176
  87. GeTang March 11-16 143
  88. Brian Martin March 11-17 160
  89. Martin Dumas Mrch 13-17 143
  90. Julie Trottier March 13-17 113
  91. Sean Chu March 9-17 (12) 143
  92. Andreas Jankowsky March 9-17 160
  93. Marion Jankowsky March 9-17 143
  94. Melvin Paige (peanutt) March 9-17 176

… and more up to 120 CReW-dogs (and cats 😉

European Record Video 30-way

Maurice finished the video of the record

Thanks to Maurice Kostros for his work editing this video.
Watch it on youTube and give it a like, if you like it!

End of a great season

The close of a great season

9-way being build, Wings and lockers row three are on their way to dock. 2 croped, Picture by Marcel Leën
9-way being built. Wings and lockers of row three are on their way to dock. (Picture by Marcel Leën)

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.

And BBQ it is! (Picture Tom Brand)
And BBQ it is! (Picture Tom Brand)

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.  😉


9-way with with Tobi's first time dock as tail. Also at the back Wouter practicing the echelon. Picture by Marcel Leën)
9-way with with Tobi’s first time dock as stinger. Also, to the side, Wouter can be seen practicing the echelon. Picture by Marcel Leën)

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.

Post stacks with the Dutch stack in front by Herman, Wouter and Henk. Picture Marcel Leën)
Post stacks with the Dutch stack in front by Herman, Wouter and Henk. Picture Marcel Leën)

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.

Engineers @ work
Engineers @ work

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

Season finish in Belgium

Come to Zwartberg & finish the season with crEUw

CF 2way plane, Photo by Kuba Konwent
CF 2way plane, Photo by Kuba Konwent

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 cfzwartberg@hotmail.com
  • Camping and hotel arrangements are possible.
  • BBQ Saturday night!
  • There are no more slots for CF instruction… Sorry, Come back next Spring.

The List

  1. Brord, event-organiser
  2. Marc Calluy, doing CFi
  3. George
  4. Gerben
  5. Hermen
  6. Henk
  7. Ben
  8. PETi
  9. Holger
  10. Tom
  11. Tobi
  12. Frans
  13. Wilco
  14. Koen
  15. Wim
  16. Wouter Haas (pup)
  17. Jean Fonck (pup)
  18. Evi Mellebeek (pup)
  19. ………

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!

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Confirmation from the Judges

The Judges’ statement is as follows

After checking the evidence provided, the Judges declared that our attempt to set a European record for Largest Canopy Formation, made at Paracentrum Teuge, is valid!

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.