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In fact, it happened only once since 2003, in August 2006, that seven 4-way teams competed at a Ranch Skydiving League competition. RSL Director Bob Schuyler was happy with the turnout, even though the expected Rookie Class teams and competitors did not even attend the season opener. He hopes that they will join at the next meet on June 21:
He thinks that another upcoming event will be helpful to bring out the new competitors: "There’s a rookie 2-way event coming up in a couple of weeks run by Tanya Hannington where we hope to generate some more interest in 4-way. There are at least five rookies who have recently expressed interest in doing 4-way, but schedule issues have so far prevented four of them from getting together all at the same time."
The teams that were willing to jump in those conditions finished the meet on Saturday. Everyone else completed the 6-round competition on Sunday, which turned out to be a beautiful day.
Bob Schuyler and his team took advantage of the downtime on Saturday and used the time to go over the exits and blocks with new A Class team Ranch Screaming Monkey Sex (Ranch SCS).
Ranch Spanakopita was a lineup for the meet. Three former Ranch Pulse members decided to get together and jump at this meet. Bonnie Vucetic, formerly with Billie's Bitches, was the 4th and took Brian Ball's place. Her husband Miro Vucetic was on camera for the team. Ranch Spanakopita will probably come back for some other meets whenever all team members are available.
Former team member Kurt Neuert is now one of the Twinotter pilots at the Ranch. Joe Mangan has taken his place in the team. He has been on many Ranch teams over the years, including Ranch Equinox and Ranch Tribe.
The new Divas had a good meet and lost a few points due to video issues, as well. Two alternates filled Divas slots last weekend.
Bob Schuyler explained that Kay Hoiby's husband Kenny Griep did a great job, especially since he's usually flying the Twinotter instead of jumping. The other alternate was Kelly George. She's a former member of Billie's Bitches.
Ranch Screaming Monkey Sex consists mostly of Rookie Class competitors, except Inside Center Jeremy Price. The team members have been jumping together since last year, both in RW and Freefly, as Bob Schuyler explained: "They're having lots of fun and are putting in the time and effort to improve their belly skills and learn 4-way."