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Did You Know...

... that the Dutch Nationals may feature a 20+ Project showdown at the end of August?

Dutch 20+ Formation Skydiving Project
posted Jul 18th, 2018 - The coverage of the Tomscat Trophy 2018 included some updates of the Dutch Formation Skydiving Project 20+ that was introduced by the NSL News with the story on 5 January 2017.

The 4-way project is in its second year, and three teams have been active throughout the 2018 season in the Netherlands: Team Orange, Team Blue and Team Red.

The update on 27 June 2018 introduced the new lineup of Team Blue, which is also knows as Out of the Blue, and mentioned that this lineup will also compete for the Netherlands at the FAI World Meet later this year in Australia.

Team Red had made the NSL News on 25 June 2018 as the winner of the international AA Class competition on the Tomscat Trophy weekend, and the team's meet videos came with a follow-up story a few days later.

Tomscat Trophy 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 16,M,14 6,G,11 C,P,E,10 D,Q,20,B 19,18,7 N,A,2,12 22,L,5 1,8,F Total Avg
1 Out of the Blue Project 20+ 13    14    17    16    13    14    13 -1 13     113 14.1
2 4igami 9    9    9    8    8    9    7    8     67 8.4
3 Shinobi 8    8    9    7    8    7 -1 8    8     63 7.9
Rank AA Class M,14,B 6,G,11 C,P,E,7 D,Q,20 19,18 N,A,2 22,L,F 1,8 Total Avg
1 Team Red Project 20+ 13 -1 9    18    11    10    11    11 -1 10     93 11.6
2 AYRO 14    11    14 -4 11    9    15    11 -1 8 -3  93 11.6
3 Bad Habits 10    8    13    10    8    10    8    7    74 9.3
4 Blok 43 9 -1 4 -2 14    7 -1 7    9    7    8    65 8.1
5 Paradocks 9    8    9 -2 8    7    5 -3 7 -2 5    58 7.3
6 Lightning 8 -1 7    10    7    6 -1 7    5    5    55 6.9
7 Try-out 7    8    10    7    3    6    6    6 -1 53 6.6
Reigning Dutch 4-way champions: Team Orange
Out of the Blue and Team Red both came back for the 2018 season with new lineups, and the third project team, Team Orange, had a personnel change, as well, that the NSL News have not covered yet.

Former ISR Thunder member Paul Hofstee has stepped back from his outside center slot, and Meus van der Poel is the new tail for Team Orange. Erwin van den Braak has taken Paul Hofstee's exit slot, and Jacco van Eerden is now in the driver's seat (inside center), with the new team member as his piece partner in the tail slot. Jeroen van Dijk is still on camera for Team Orange.

Paul Hofstee and Jacco van Eerden were ISR Thunder team mates when the Dutch/Belgian combination became the best unofficial amateur team in the world. Thunder ISR had discontinued at the end of the 2016 season. The two Belgians (Wesley Claessens, Sven Ibens) continued with ISR FireFlash. Paul Hofstee and Jacco van Eerden joined the Dutch 20+ Project in the senior Team Orange.

The 2017 lineup of Team Orange is still the reigning Dutch 4-way AAA Class champion after winning last year over the previous Out of the Blue lineup.

Dutch Nationals 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 19,E,D,K F,15,3 Q,14,C,12 20,O,4 J,16,G,6 N,10,P,L H,21,17 13,9,B 11,5,7 2,1,M Total Avg
1 Team Orange 18 14 13 14 17 17 17 16 15 15 156 15.6
2 Out of the Blue 16 14 12 14 14 14 14 16 15 13 142 14.2
3 Cool Runnings 16 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 10 12 117 11.7
4 Gravity Abuse 13 11 10 11 11 11 11 6 9 12 105 10.5
Challenger: Out of the Blue with coach Dennis Praet
Team Orange have not posted any 2018 scores so far, while the new Out of the Blue lineup started on the same scoring level in June where the previous lineup was at the time of the national championships in 2017. This year's event is scheduled at the end of August, and Out of the Blue might be able to challenge the Dutch 4-way top spot that Team Orange owns.

Out of the Blue has NMP PCH HayaBusa's Dennis Praet as the coach who will try to get them ready for the competition with Team Orange at the national championships and then for the international competition at the world meet. M4trix had placed 15th for the Netherlands at the last world meet, the FAI Mondial 2016, with a 13.4 average.

Out of the Blue is already ahead of the Dutch scoring numbers in 2016, and the upcoming national duel with Team Orange will probably help to push the team forward and to get ready for the international competition. The field will be strong on the part of the world meet leaderboard where Out of the Blue is expected to be positioned.

Team Orange will have to fend off Out of the Blue after a good portion of the 150 training jumps that the challenger was planning to complete after the Tomscat Trophy...

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