Kicking off the UK CF season with a Boogie

Mary demonstrating how to do a great a CF exit
Mary demonstrating how to do a great a CF exit, filmed by Thomas Bird

While one of the UK crEUw dogs was at Spring Fling a few of the others were kicking off the UK season with the CF Boogie event at Langar DZ.  Inspired by the CReW boogie in the Netherlands last year, this event brought together experienced, semi-experienced and totally new CFers.  Hard work for the organisers, crEUw dogs Mark Skarratts and Mary Barratt, but totally worth it. 14 people came along, which was pretty good considering some of our usual jumpers were either off team training, out of action or still scared of the winter cold.

Marc Graham does his first CReW jump
Marc Graham does his first CReW jump at the end of the day and can’t stop grinning, filmed by Thomas Bird

We actually had splendid weather on the first day and everyone got in the air.  In fact, nearly everyone got 4 jumps in, all from 13,000ft.   Mark worked with those with more experience, putting together 3 and 4ways, and Mary took on the new pups.  Testing out a strategy she had picked up at Spring Fling 2016, Mary got the new CReW pups to film each others’ coached jumps.  This meant everyone was jumping, debriefing and learning together (so much fun, thanks Raw Dogs!).  The event saw someone doing their very first CF jump, someone doing their very first camera jump and someone else piloting a 4way for the first time.  So, at the end of the first day we had lots of happy jumpers and lots of beer.  We were hoping to go bigger on the second day but the wind didn’t play ball, so we debriefed with videos and talked about the next event at Langar, the CF Scrambles.

Mike Williams, Sam Haste and Natasha Higman build a 3way Plane
Mike Williams, Sam Haste and Natasha Higman build a 3way Plane, filmed by Max Holmes
CF Boogie at Langar, England
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