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The 2013 season was the first one in the AAA Class, which opened up the opportunity for Raykipo to attend international FAI/IPC events where only the AAA Class competition rules and dive pool are being applied. The annual World Challenge offers international competition for all teams in all four NSL categories. However, only the AAA Class leaderboard includes teams from all over the planet, even in Bedford.
Raykipo had once again finished off the AA Class phase with the 1st place at the World Challenge 2013 and then competed in the AAA Class for the remainder of the year. The new AAA Class team competed in the highest and ultimate category at all six outdoor meets that Raykipo attended this year.
Raykipo took full advantage of the first AAA Class season and the opportunity of attending international FAI/IPC events and collecting highly valuable competition experiences. Raykipo first traveled to Banja Luka in August for the World Cup 2013 and then followed up at the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship 2013.
The combination of those two events alone provided Raykipo with international competition experiences that are extremely helpful in forming teams. Raykipo went through everything a team needs to learn, from the 14.1 average in Banja Luka to the impressive 16.3 career record average at the UK Nationals 2013 to the lowest meet average of the year (12.6) in Dubai.
|4th DIPC 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Total||Avg|
|Rank||4way Open Class||11,H,12||F,15,10||A,N,E,Q,8||K,4,L,6||M,C,20,5||13,O,16||3,17,18||21,7,1||G,22,14||Total||Avg|
|7||Monaco Vitalsea (MC)||12(-2)||14||17||17||12(-3)||10(-1)||11(-1)||16||12(-1)||121(-8)||13.4|
The British team would probably have made the finals and Round 10 in Dubai without the severe damage due to infringements and a lot of video trouble. Raykipo lost a total of 20 points, which was the main reason for the low meet average. Team member Hari Ganapathy explained that his team had never jumped from a Twin Otter before competing in Dubai:
"We did two training jumps before the competition, which was definitely not enough. Although the team was exiting well, our cameraman was peeling instead of leading on the exits - a hard learned lesson to take away from the competition."
|UK Nationals 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|4||Bodyflight Isis (UK)||14||19||14||14||19||17||15||20||17||25||174||17.4|
The outcome in Dubai after the placement in Banja Luka makes it easy for Raykipo to set the goal for the next international FAI/IPC competition. The finals and completing Round 10 for the first time could become the target for the next AAA Class season with an international competition.
Raykipo will probably launch the 2014 season for the first time in the same category that the team finished off the previous year, the AAA Class. It will be very difficult this time though to continue with the Raykipo winning streak at the World Challenge 2014...