Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:09
We have a new World Record in Speed - set by Greg Windmiller on the 3rd round!! 2.371 seconds
Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place - Curt Bartholomew, USA
2nd Place - Tommy Dellibac, USA
3rd Place - William Sharman, UAE
All subject to final confirmation (and ratification)
++ STOP PRESS ++ 28/8/13 21.00 Live Results now available HERE
Start with SPEED
Yesterday evening was the Opening Ceremony. As promised by the organiser, a short one, but effective. In front of the podium with all the flags flying, we had speeches from local dignitaries, the sponsor of the event, the owner of the club and Graeme Windsor - and then we had a parade of the athletes behind their National Flags and each athlete was introduced by the announcer. This was followed by the Competitors' briefing from the meet organiser and then the Chief Judge explaining the rule clarification detailed on the Notice published in the competitors tent from the Jury. The jump order was given and each group of 4 then decided what aircraft exit order they would take.
This morning, sun and an 8.00 start with the first Speed round. If all works as planned, the results will be posted at the end of each round on our website - follow the link
It is now 9.10 and we are close to the end of Round 1 Speed. The plan is to continue with Speed and do all three rounds this morning. The conditions here are great.
11.00 Round 2 Ends
Three rejumps and then the Judges will break to check all the scores so that they can be posted for the first 2 rounds - at the moment anything is unofficial!. 2 rejumps were caused by cutaways and one by equipment malfuncion.
The one rejump (equipment failure) from Round 3 is done. Unfortunately the best laid plans .... failed. As yet we are unable to post the results as promised (even though they would be unofficial) and are currently working on it with the organiser's technical guy. PD have the solution - they have posted two people opposite the scoring station. One with a set of binos and one with the jump order - and they read and write down the results as they happen - and can then post them. Of course these are very unofficial/unapproved - but they have some idea of what is going on. Meanwhile everyone has gone to lunch continues ill continue after lunch with first round of Distance.
Things are going so fast here - in more ways than Greg's new World Record. We have just had a 15 minute call for the second round of Distance!! There will then be a pause as we are to be treated to an Air Show I hear. (I heard wrongly - just a short standby).
The results in PDF format are on the IPC Results page now for the Speed -Distance will be up as soon as the Chief Judge authorises it.
We are on standby for the moment - due to an external air show. We should be recommencing with 2nd load Round 2 at 17.45. We had an exciting round of Distance with the female world distance record being exceeded twice, first by the current record holder, Jessica Edgeington and then by Cornelia Mihai.
Load 2 Round 2 Distance in the air.
Round 2 completed - and we are now preparing for Round 3. Just a short break whilst the judges check the results entry.
At the end of Round 2 David Maleze of France is in first place in the European Championships and 2nd in the World Cup to Nick Batsch, USA in first. Jessica Edgeington is in 4th place and Cornelia Mihai in 6th. Will publish the final results (unconfirmed as soon as I have them).
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:17
The Opening Ceremony will take place this evening at the end of the two days set aside for Official Practice Jumps in the Bulletin.
The pond in a quiet moment, before the sky fills with fast flying canopies as the second practice day gets underway with the first lift at 9.,00. It is a cold start this morning - competitors may jump distance or accuracy, but the judges will measure distance first - then accuracy. Speed after 14.00 hrs. Two jumpers from the Czech Republic were injured this morning - fortunately not seriously but they have withdrawn from the competition.
There are 79 competitors here, in total.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 19.30 hrs, followed by a competitor's briefing by the Chief Judge, Anders Berggren. The wind speed recording machine arrived from Cheboksary in the Turbolet by mid-day, so all is ready for the competition to start. The Jury, Chief Judge and FAI Controller will meeet at 16.00 hours for the final confirmation.
The organisers have found a sponcor - congratulations.
They therefore are able to offer money prizes to the overall winners in each Event
BAT-Express (International transportation of consolidated cargoes and customs clearance) . Web-site:www.batexpress.ru
The prize money is: European Championships: 1st $ 3500 : 2nd $1500 : 3rd $1000 and World Cup 1st $ 5000 : 2nd $2500 : 3rd $1500.
Sunday, 25 August 2013 07:17
All the attention was on the pit this afternoon - good conditions and exciting accuracy.
This excellent photograph was taken by one of the Volunteers : Natasha Dedushkino - Spicaba
16.00 hrs. The plan is to complete accuracy to Round 8 and all Style by the end of today - leaving the Semi-Final and Final rounds of Accuracy for the morning. At the moment the last 3 teams female - for round 8 are in the air. Results to round 7 in the results page below.
There is a good crowd here today, and an announcer at the pit to keep them informed.
After a late finish last night in the fading light the Chinese Girls were the last team to jump. and the last jumper scored 0.00. Talking to Bob King (Judge) he was very impressed with the way the whole team coped with the changing wind conditions - which had caught out many of the other jumpers - he said "they handled the conditions beautifully, doing all the right things" - and he should know being a former National Accuracy Champion himself.
This morning we started with Style, Female although the plan is to continue with all events - the weather looks good but the temperature has dropped a little. It was cold at altitude this morning.
Pictures from the Style area
The Jury have been at work again - this time they received a protest with regard to the light conditions yesterday evening, but using the complaints procedure they discussed the protest with the competitor and it was withdrawn, as SC Section 5 5.2.9 states that the Meet Director and Chief Judge will decide if the weather conditions are suitable for jumping and judging.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 07:04
Dramatic skies over Cheboksary at the end of the day.
17.30 And the rain returns, but everyone is put on a two hour stand-by so we wait to see. There is an army of young volunteers to help with the language and generally look after the competitors and those working to make this compeetition a success. Many of them are language students from the local colleges and enjoying the opportunity to practice their language skills. The lead photograph was taken by one of the volunteers - Eugeny Petrov - spaciba.
Some of the Volunteers arriving in the morning
12.00 The Jury is being kept busy here, first protest yesterday, allowed (see yesterday's report) and now a second one today. The Junior French Female was put out 3rd on a pass in accuracy. The protest was allowed, the competition rules for Juniors states 2 on a pass.
Otherwise things proceed - round 5 of male accuracy results are now published on the DZ - and will be on this site shortly.
We also have the final results (not approved yet) of the Junior Female Style:
First place is Taisya Krivoshchekova, Russia - Total 27.50
Second place is Leocadie Ollivier-Depuru, France - Total 28.54
Third place is Lucia Lippold, Germany - Total 30.03
Congratulations to all three girls.
We also have the results of the Junior Male Syle (unofficial, of course)i
In first place: Raphael Lautencher, Germany with 22.41 points
In second place : Anton Sayevich, Belarus with 23.83 points
In third place : Bonifac Hajek, Czech Republic with 25.81 points
Congratulatins to all three young men.
Today the town of Cheboksary is arranging for free busses to the airfield enabling the local inhabitants to come and watch - there is an area set up for the children to play on two very different bouncy castles. It will be interesting to see how many turn up. Despite the weather yesterday evening there were plenty of spectators for the Opening Ceremony.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 06:28
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Friday, 23 August 2013 08:18
4.00 Parachuting was abandoned for the day (a huge thunder storm arrived) and it was necessary to prepare for the Opening Ceremony.
Unfortunately I was premature in my announcement that results would be posted "live" as at other First Category Events attended over the past couple of years. Due to unforseen problems and complications this will not now be possible. However, I will post the results (unofficial - of course) as they are posted on the DZ and when they are finally signed off by the Chief Judge at the end of the Competition these will be available in PDF form on our usual results page.
Before the end of the day, the German team protested with regard to problems with the pad and their protest was upheld, so they will rejump Round 3 Accuracy Landing.
The Opening Ceremony consisted of speeches, however I don't know of another First Category Event at which the Prime Minister of the country it is being held in, and senior Ministers of that state attend and speak - including, of course, Sergey Milnikov still enjoying the memory of his Tandem Jump. Presentations were made to famous parachutists from the Chuvash Republic, including Maja Petrovna Kostina, Style World Champion 1974 and 5 Times on the Podium at a World Championships, . Graeme Windsor thanked our hosts, the organisers but mostly the competitors for making the effort to travel so far and attend these competitions. The ceremony ended with the anthems of Russia, Chuvashia and the FAI. We then had a short display of local dancing and singing, followed by flag jumps, a demonstration into the arena and a low level static line dispatch display. Fortunately the rain held off throughout the whole ceremony.
3.30 Accuracy put on Standby due to the weather conditions - rain! 3 rounds of Male accuracy completed (results will be up shortly) and 1 round of style Female and Junior.
12.30 Provisional Style Results, Round 1 - Juniors and Female published on linked article below.
At the Team Captain's meeting last night the jump numbers were distributed and questions clarified. The draw for the Style sets is:
Round 1 .... Sequence 2
Round 2 .... Sequence 4
Round 3 ..... Sequence 3
Round 4 ......Sequence 1
This morning we start with Junior Style and Female Style. The aim is to complete three rounds of Junior and two of Female by lunch time. Meanwhile we start the Male Accuracy. After lunch the men will do style and the Juniors and Females Accuracy. At 16.30 the programme ends and we make a quick trip back to the Hotel to change for the Opening Ceremony here on the DZ at 17.30 followed by a welcome party and then back to the Hotel for dinner as usual.
The sun is shining, it is going to be a hot bright day. Once we sort out the transfer system the results will be available on the IPC Results page - so follow the link.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:29
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