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Satori XL still never left a doubt that the new lineup would defend the top position in the United Kingdom successfully.
Pete Allum, Steve Hamilton, Ady King and John McIver, with Rich Orford on camera, gave away only two rounds, one to Chimera and the other one to Team 4mula in Round 6. The top challenger was still only two points behind after winning their first round by one point. Satori XL responded like a highly experienced team would do it and won the remaining four rounds by five points for the 7-point difference after Round 10.
The new Satori lineup is not up yet to the same scoring level as the one that finished in 7th place at the FAI Mondial 2016 with the 21.0 team record average (Pete Allum, Ian Hodgkinson, John McIver, Julia Swallow, Gary Wainwright on camera). However, Satori XL had only 40 training jumps in the books with new member Ady King, which were done in the week before the national championships.
UK Nationals 2017
|Rank||AAA Class - Open||K,10,D,M||3,Q,4||B,21,L,8||14,C,N,16||15,7,12||19,G,O,E||13,6,2||5,17,1||11,F,9||A,20,18||Total||Avg|
It is probably only a matter of time when the 2018 lineup will be back on the same or a higher performance level that brings back the British national 4-way Open Class team to the same Top 10 position.
The competition draw at Skydive Hibaldstow did not offer the teams a great opportunity for team record averages, with seven rounds that started with a block move after the exit.
It was all the more impressive that Team 4mula and Chimera both ended up with their best 10-round averages.
The other British teams that had competed at the FAI World Cup 2017 copied their scoring level from Saarlouis.
Sebastian XL member John McIver also came back from a serious shoulder surgery that he had after the world championship in September last year. The UK Nationals 2017 were the first outdoor competition for him.
FAI Mondial 2016
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Steve Hamilton was his player coach in 2014, who is now in the Outside Center slot for Satori XL. Vision 99 of 2014 and Satori XL of 2017 had even more in common. Original Vision 99 members Mike Hayes and Pete Mather both could not compete in the Czech Republic, and John McIver stepped in for the world meet competition.
The same three Vision 99 members now won the UK Nationals together and may compete at the next world meet in Australia, this time with Pete Allum in the lineup who is by far the most experienced competitor in the Satori lineup and one of the most experienced skydivers in the history of the sport.
His Italian indoor team mate Ivan Quadrio (Ninja 4) recently discussed with Pete Allum his number of national titles in Italy and the United Kingdom, and they counted 27. The number of world meets and world cups is next...