Fast Times & High Stakes at the 2013 CP Nationals!
As days and hours tick down to the start of the 2013 USPA National Skydiving Championships, canopy pilots from around the country (and guest competitors from around the world) are gathering at Skydive City Zephyrhills, Florida to see who the best of the best is. After months and years of training, this is the moment of truth.
Already the air is buzzing with excitement. Who will take home the medals? And who will earn the coveted, prestigious opportunity to represent the United States at the World Cup of Canopy Piloting at Kolomna, Russia, Aug 25 – 1 Sep 2013. Who will earn one of the slots to compete later this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and perhaps win big bucks at the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Cup? Go fast, take chances high; stakes. Let the games begin. . .
. . . and remember, it is just a game—fly safe!
Who gets what: there are 12 slots for the World Cup and the same is expected for the 4th DIPC (the organizers are in the planning stages and the event is yet to be officially announced). The first three slots on the team will go to the open-class event champions of speed, distance and zone accuracy, with the remaining nine slots (non-gender) going in order of overall standings.
The game plan: Tuesday evening at 1800, competitors and staff will gather at the main Z-Hills hangar to receive the pre-meet briefing from Meet Director Randy Connell, meet their hosts and the DZ staff led by DZ owner T.K. Hayes, and receive a briefing on the new IPC rules from Chief Judge Elijah Florio. Competitor numbers will be drawn and manifest order will be determined, with a start time announced, plan on 0700. USPA Controller Jim Hayhurst will close the meeting with a presentation of FAI certificates of achievement to the 2012 U.S. CP Team members who competed at the World Championships in Dubai and to present FAI World Record Certificates to Nick Batsch, Greg Windmiller and Jessica Edgeington:
- National and World Female Competition Speed Record: 2.605 seconds, Jessica Edgeington
14 June 2012, US Nationals, Rockmart, GA
- National and World General Competition Speed Record: 2.404 seconds, Greg Windmiller
15 June 2012, US Nationals, Rockmart, GA
- National and World Female Competition Distance Record: 120.18 meters, Jess Edgeington
14 June 2012, US Nationals, Rockmart, GA
- National and World General Competition Distance Record: 151.95 meters, Nicholas Batsch
15 June 2012, Rockmart, GA
(Eclipsed by Batsch on 3 December 2012 at WPC in Dubai, UAE–154.09 meters)
The records to beat:
- National and World General Competition Distance, Nicholas Batsch–154.09 meters
- National and World Female Competition Distance, Jessica Edgeington–120.18 meters
- National and World General Competition Speed, Greg Windmiller—2.404 seconds
- National and World Female Competition Speed, Jessica Edgeington—2.605 seconds
Wednesday morning: Depending on the forecast for the next three days, Meet Director Randy Connell will decide if he has the luxury of conducting one practice round, from 0700-0900, to give last-minute arrivals a chance to swoop the pond/run the gates and give the judges a final tune-up before competition begins. If the forecast is sketchy, be prepared for an early start, with first call at 0700, first load in the air at 0715. If a practice jump takes place, then competitors will hear first call at 1000, first load in the air at 1015. As always, in skydiving competition, nothing is written in stone–so be ready to compete as early as 0700! Listen for announcements, check here or the meet Facebook page for notifications. You will find all official notifications and latest scores at the official competitor’s notification board on the DZ, location TBA.
Thursday and Friday: With a predicted record turnout of over 60 competitors, we hope to get at least four rounds done on Wednesday (two rounds in two events, or one of each plus) and then do two rounds of the third event Thursday morning. That gets us to the two-thirds point (2 rounds out of three in each event) by Thursday noon. After that, we’ll do the final round in each event, possibly finishing Thursday before sunset. That’s the plan in a perfect world with perfect weather. With interruptions for afternoon storms, we expect the meet will run through mid-afternoon Friday. In any case, the meet will be called and declared official at 1800 Friday, with the awards ceremony and a banquet in the main hangar Friday evening, start at 1900-1930.
Host: T.K. Hayes, Skydive City Zephyrhills
Meet Director: Randy Connell, FAI Judge, Chief Judge of 2012 Collegiates
Meet Controller: James Hayhurst, Director of Competition, USPA
Chief Judge: FAI Judge Elijah Florio, USPA Director of Communications
Chief of FAI Judge Training Program: FAI Judge Jan Andersson, Finland
Ali Bawden – FAI Judge, Florida
Kevin Tseng – National Judge, Georgia
Cyndi Brown – National Judge, Georgia
FAI Judge Jan Andersson, Finland
FAI Judge Dr. Rainer “EXI” Hoenle, Chair, IPC Canopy Piloting Committee
National Judge “Buzz” Bennett, Treasurer, IPC
FAI Judge Lee Schlichtemeier, Texas