Wednesday, 07 December 2011 16:01
Day 7 - The day Prince "Fazza" jumps in.
The morning started with Accuracy and the female jumper who had so many re-jumps, on a change of clothes, made successful 6th and subsequent 7th round jumps. A really bizarre and unique problem for the judges and equipment. Accuracy continued with round 7, only slowing in the late morning when a Twin Otter was utilised for His Highness Sheikh Hamden Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's jump with a couple of friends, and they swooped the pond - it was nice that he could share the excitement of the event he has done so much to promote. He has visited almost every day, normally just arriving and quietly watching what is happening on his DZ.
Eventually the helicopter took off again with Canopy Formations 2-way round 8, but only two teams jumped before the weather got the better of the competition.
Another early start in the morning - 8.00 a.m for the Canopy Piloting jumpers - depending on the wind it will either be accuracy or distance.
Photographs courtesy of Nicolre Bradfield "On Snap Photography", here with the Canadian team.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:06
Day 6 - Completion of the First Event - Formation Skydiving
The day started with a exciting round of Canopy Piloting - Accuracy. With a building tail wind the water gates did not seem to present too much of a problem, but controlling the landing and achieving a stand up did. Only one yellow card was handed out this round, to a competitor who tried to stop in the landing zone with a hook turn. Lucky not to be injured, his public yellow card probably did injure his pride and if that was his only injury he should consider himself fortunate
Immediately the round finished we moved into completion of round 5 for the Accuracy Female Teams, followed by round 6 Open (mixed) Team Accuracy and Female Teams. Unfortunately it was not possible to complete round 6 for the women due to one competitor being awarded 4 re-jumps, due to equipment failure i.e. no score given on landing. Apparently this is not the first competition where this particular competitor has either been very unlucky or there is something about her that upsets the electronic equipment. She made her re-jumps whilst the Canopy Piloting competitors moved into a round of Speed. Now they were entering the course with a cross wind and on the carve turned into a headwind. Only about 20% of the competitors managed to fly the whole 75mts of the course, many managing to keep the canopy flying long enough to run through the exit gate.
We then had to rush back to the hotels to catch the buses which took everyone to the Desert Resort Hotel/Restaurant where we experienced an evening of good food, company and traditional entertainment culminating in a visually mind-blowing firework display. Thank you to the organisers for providing such a great experience for everyone. Even the Formation Skydiving judges who had stayed at the drop zone to complete the judging of the final round made it, albeit a little late.
So at the end of the Formation Skydiving competition we have the following medal, and prize money, winners:
4-way Open - 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Competition
First Place with 205 points, an average of 25.6 France
Second Place with 197 points, an average of 24.6 Belgium - Hayabusa
Third Place with 174 points, an average of 21.8 U.S.A. II
4-way Female - 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Competition
First Place with 147 points, an average of 18.4 Great Britain
Second Place with 141 points, an average of 17.6 France
Third Place with 174 points, an average of 21.8 U.S.A.II
Gulf Cup - 4-Way
First Place with 115 points, an average of 21.8 Quatar Tigers I
Second Place with 84 points, an average of 10.5 U.A.E. Red I
Third Place wth 83 points, an average of 10.4 U.A.E. Gold II
Congratulations to all the winners and to all the competitors for a good competition.
Monday, 05 December 2011 20:11
Day 5 - Windy!
The programme was to start Canopy Piloting Accuracy this morning, but the wind changed all that. A long standby period was only interrupted by the Canopy Formation Teams coming back ftom their jumps onto the local Racecourse. They quietly completed rounds 6 and 7 leaving the final round only to be done. The 2-way competition currently has Russia National Team in first, followed by Australia 2nd and France 3rd. In 4-way sequential, France are in the lead with Russia second and the USA third. 4-way Rotations have Russia leading with France second and Kazakhstan in third.
At 3.15 the Canopy Piloting competitors were released for the day, and by 4.00 the Accuracy continued, completing round 5 of the Individual and Team Female event, and the start of the Male Individual and Open Team event, round 6.
Photographs courtesy of Nicole Bradfield "On Snap Photography", herewith the Canadian Delegations, as a photographer.
An even earlier start in the morning with 7.40 lift off for Canopy Piloting Accuracy. Let us hope we have less dramatic landings:
Sunday, 04 December 2011 22:00
Day 4 - Almost over for some, long way to go for others - and all to play for.
Another long day for the Accuracy jumpers, early start and late finish. At least in Dubai it does not run on into the evening, as it is dark by 5.30 - and we are treated to magnificent sunsets at the end of each day. This is really developing into an interesting and tight competition : at the end of 5 rounds appropriately the Male Individual event has in first place one of the UAE competitors, Al Gaith Ahmed Rashed on 1cm with 4 tied for 2nd place on 2 cm and 5 tied in third place with 3 cm. Their 6th round commences early tomorrow after the Female 5th round is completed. The competition here is between the Chinese and Russian competitors with China in 1st and 2nd Russia in 3rd and Chinese and Russian tied in 4th place.
Whilst Formation Skydiving completed the 7th round, Canopy Piloting filled the middle of the day with two exciting rounds of Distance. With a moderate following wind for the first round there were no huge scores, but after mid-day the wind picked up and the 2nd round gave some very impressive runs and a few bruise inducing arrivals, as each competitor pushed the limits of their performances. Many of the judges for Formation Skydiving are also judging Canopy Piloting, and so the 8th round of FS, planned for the afternoon has been rescheduled to later in the week to allow the round 7 scores to be published, and to give those competitors a day off in Dubai.
Meanwhile Canopy Formations continued, by the end of the day 4 rounds of all events had been jumped and scored. The weather forecast for tomorrow is similar to today and so it is planned to continue with the Accuracy, then Canopy Piloting with another round of Accuracy and one of Speed. Canopy Formations will continue to take place out on the Racecourse in the town.
Saturday, 03 December 2011 21:14
Day 3 - the Morning After ....
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Another early start for the Accuracy Teams to complete Round 2 and start Round 3. Meanwhile the "technical problems" which had made the Canopy Formations Judging impossible had finally been solved with the installation of a seperate network for the judging area, thus allowing the dubbing, downloading to the system, and the In Time scoring system to function to its full potential. So the Canopy Formations also jumped round 3 whilst round 2 was being judged. By the end of the day Round 3 was completed.
Formation Skydiving also completed two rounds today, leaving the semi-final and final rounds for tomorrow. Weather permitting this event should be completed with plenty of down time to enjoy Dubai. Canopy Piloting also completed one round of distance and one of speed. A good day was had by all. Accuracy is on early call tomorrow, as normal, when they will complete Round 4.
Friday, 02 December 2011 19:59
Day 2 - December 2nd
Independence Day - A Public Holiday and Day of Celebration
No holiday for the skydivers - particulary Accuracy with the usual early start, wheels off at 8.00 am. Soon the skies were filled with canopies as the Formation Skydiving Teams jumped rounds 3 and 4, and the Canopy Piloting competitors completed the first round of Speed. Everything stopped at 4.00 p.m. for the aerobatic flying display as part of the anniversary celebrations - but before that, not to be outdone, the Canopy Piloting teams built a 16 way formation and flew the AEU flag into the arena. We will have pictures to put up later.
No this is not a trick photograph, done with mirrors, or computer generated - just a very skillful, professional airshow with a huge WOW factor!
By the end of the day all the Formation Skydiving rounds had been judged (4 rounds completed in 4-way Open and 4-way Female), we were still waiting one 2-way sequential Canopy Formations to be redubbed for judging, by all the 1st round 4-way sequential had been judged.
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Thursday, 01 December 2011 19:16
December 1st - Day 1 of competition.
An early start this morning for the practice rounds of Accuracy, Formation Skydiving and Canopy Formations and towards the end of the morning Canopy Piloting - all the time with the wind threating to increase in strength. And it did. By mid afternoon though the competition started. By the end of the day we had almost completed one round of Accuracy, two rounds of Formation Skydiving and one round of Canopy Formations. However, technical problems (isn't it always) caused judging delays for both Formation Skydiving and Canopy Formations. The IT people will be working overnight and at 8.0 tomorrow morning judging will finalise the last round 1 teams to be judged and start on the second round. Accuracy will continue and Canopy Piloting will commence with a Speed Round mid-morning.
The plan is to complete two further rounds of Formation Skydiving, two Canopy Piloting, two Accuracy and one Canopy Formations.
The smiles tell the story - first competition jump of the day - against this unique backdrop.
This beautiful sunset over the delegations tents heralds a good day tomorrow, the competition will continue as the town and country celebrates their 40th anniversary of independance.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:20
The opening ceremony commenced at 8.00 p.m. to packed stands and everyone was treated to a beautiful and spectacular ceremony. The speeches were kept short and welcomed all to the 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championships and Gulf Cup.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:53
November 29th 2011
A really bustling atmosphere here as the final touches to the competition infrastructure are being put into place - tomorrow is the first "official" day, with the Judge's conference, Technical Briefing and Practice Jumps; in the evening the opening ceremony. If the 2nd DIPC & GC in January is anything to go by, this will be a spectacular affair. It is going to be such a large competition with 47 Nations represented, a total of 670 competitors already registered, and a prize money of 775,000 $US.
Friday, 25 November 2011 16:20
Pre-Competition Registration of Delegations
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Friday, 25 November 2011 15:26