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Did You Know...

... that the British 4-way teams have six weeks left to get ready for the nationals?

View over Skydive Northwest in Cark
image by: Spencer Bailey
posted Jul 12th, 2018 - Only teams of the United Kingdom Skydiving League posted scores for the scheduled six rounds on last weekend's leaderboard.

Skydive Northwest was the host of the third and last 2018 competition before the British 4-way teams all come together again at the national championships at the end of August. Event judge Lucy Westgarth said that it was impressive to see how efficient the dropzone was with a single aircraft operation in extreme heat. Skydive Northwest is far in the north of the United Kingdom and offers a spectacular view, while the temperatures still went up to approx 30' Celsius.

Pajama Pumas were the only AAA Class team who competed at the third UKSL meet in Cark after attending both previous meets. It was also the most challenging competition of all three events, as pickup team Rock Go Track, with members of NFTO, 4mula and Eros, offered strong opposition all the way through the six rounds.

Pajama Pumas were once again on a faster pace than in May and June (10.7 - 14.2) and missed the first place In Cark only due to the ten point deductions. A 16+ average after enough cleanup work in the coming weeks could bring Pajama Pumas even near the UK medal positions at the team's first AAA Class competition at national championships.

UKSL 2018 July
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class J,M,7,K B,13,O,3 20,19,A 5,8,E L,G,16,P Q,2,F,1 Total Avg
1 Rock Go Track UKSL 20 -3 14    12    10 -1 17    14    87 14.5
2 Pajama Pumas UKSL 17 -4 14    13 -1 14    13 -3 15 -2 86 14.3
3 Enthusiastic Contrafibularities UKSL 10    7    6    5 -1 5 -1 5    38 6.3
Rank AA Class J,M,7 B,13,O 20,19 8,E,K L,G,P,A Q,2,F Total Avg
1 Manticore UKSL 14    7 -1 7    9    10    10    57 9.5
2 RAF 100 UKSL 14    8    5 -1 8    6 -3 12    53 8.8
3 Nexus UKSL 13    8    4 -2 7    7    8 -1 47 7.8
4 Alchemy UKSL 10    4    6    7    8 -1 9    44 7.3
5 Vertigo UKSL 0    7    5    8    9 -1 4 -2 33 5.5
Pajama Pumas at Skydive Northwest last weekend
image by: Rob Lloyd
The 3-meet progression during this year's UKSL season (5.8 - 7.3 - 9.5) has also lifted AA Class team Manticore into serious medal contention for the UK Nationals 2018 at the end of August.

Manticore started in 4th place at the May meet, climbed up to 2nd in June and won the July competition last weekend.

Manticore was formed for the World Challenge 2017 where they collected their first 4-way meet experiences with a last place on the AA leaderboard. They followed up with the same finish at the team's first outdoor competition, the ESL Championship 2017.

Manticore copied last year's 5.8 average at the first UKSL 2018 meet in May and now posted 9.5 after last weekend's six rounds in Cark. Medal contention in the AA Class at UK Nationals began at the 10-average level last year, and Manticore was only three points away from the 2-digit average last weekend.

UKSL 2018 - June
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank AA Class K,18,E 13,14 G,L,15 22,B,P A,N,1 J,9,O Total Avg
1 Nexus UKSL 5 -1 5    6 -1 9    8    13    46 7.7
2 Manticore UKSL 7    5 -1 5 -2 8 -1 7 -3 12    44 7.3
3 Vertigo UKSL 4 -2 4    6    4 -1 8    14    40 6.7
3 RAF 100 UKSL 3 -3 3    7    8    7 -1 12    40 6.7
5 Alchemy UKSL 8 -1 3    6    5 -1 6 -1 11    39 6.5
Manticore at the ESL Championship 2017
Event judge Lucy Westgarth also mentioned that AA Class team Vertigo could have been in the mix for the 3rd place at the UKSL meet in Cark:

"The team suffered a severe miscommunication in the door that resulted in tail leaving 5 seconds before outside center - unfortunately leading to zero points in time for Round 1."

All other teams in this category, the AA Class lineup of the Royal Air Force, RAF 100, Nexus and Alchemy, finished with their highest meet averages of 2018 at last weekend's competition, and Vertigo would have done the same without the mishap.

The British 4-way teams now have six more weeks to get ready for the national championships, which will be hosted once again by Skydive Hibaldstow.

The ESL Championship 2018 is scheduled for the end of September, and the British national 4-way teams will travel to Australia in October.

UKSL 2018 - May
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank AA Class D,13,E N,B,K,22 8,18 O,19,15 G,4,L J,11,20 Total Avg
1 RAF 100 UKSL 8 9 6 8 8 6 45 7.5
2 Vertigo UKSL 5 8 5 8 8 5 39 6.5
3 Nexus UKSL 4 6 6 7 7 6 36 6.0
4 Manticore UKSL 5 6 5 6 6 7 35 5.8
5 Alchemy UKSL 6 8 5 2 6 6 33 5.5
6 Viento UKSL 4 6 3 4 7 4 28 4.7
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