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Teams from Switzerland have traditionally traveled to Illertissen in Germany, host of the annual Paranodon Cup, where they compete together with a number of German 4-way teams. This time, two Swiss teams posted their scores on the AAA Class leaderboard in Illertissen. The Paranodon Cup serves also as the Southern German 4-way Championship.
The event in Illertissen was completed after ten rounds, while only six rounds are scheduled for meets of the United Kingdom Skydiving League. The adjusted leaderboard, with the total number of points after Round 6 for all teams, allows to compare all scores directly.
Dr. Rainer "Exi" Hoenle, meet director of the Paranodon Cup, reported from Germany that the teams did not have full jumping altitude and working time in the last round, due to air traffic control issues. However, the last four rounds in Illertissen did not make it onto the adjusted leaderboard and did not change the outcome of the international competition.
June 9th, 2018
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The former German 4-way and 8-way competitor, with the FAI World Meet 1997 with Germany's 8-way team in his belt, turned to FAI/IPC and judging functions after his active competition career and the engagement with the Deutsche Sky Liga and still manages events, such as the Paranodon Cup last weekend.
The AAA Class leaderboard resembles a smaller version of an ESL Championship leaderboard, which has a second scoring system.
The teams also collect ESL points in all four categories for their national delegation, beginning with ten points for the winner and down to the minimum score of one ESL point for teams at the bottom of the leaderboard. Last weekend's AAA Class leaderboard is an example for the additional scores of the special event.
ESL Championship 2017
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The winning home team, Pink Illertissen, have not attended national championships in Germany yet after the first appearance at last year's Paranodon Cup and then competing as a guest team at the Belgian Nationals 2017.
The British team started with two indoor meets (Wind Games, World Challenge) in the new and highest 4-way category and went outdoors for the first time at the UKSL May meet. They increased the meet average from 10.7 in May to 14.2 last weekend to leave two experienced German 4-way teams behind.
Eyjafjallajökull in 3rd place is the second half of the German 8-way team who try to qualify for the FAI World Meet in Australia, as the NSL News reported on 8 June 2018. The Paranodon 2018 lineup included another 8-way member, Thomas Spielvogel, who has also been coaching Eyjafjallajökull in the past and competed with the team at last year's national championships. His former EADS and Airbus 4-way and 8-way team mate Olaf Biedermann was in the Paranodon 2018 lineup, as well.
The complete Eyjafjallajökull was back together in Illertissen last weekend and outscored their coach and 8-way team mate by three points with a new team record average.