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... that Out of the Blue accomplished important goals in Australia?

Overwhelming Dutch force at Gold Coast
posted Oct 16th, 2018 - The aftermath of the FAI World Meet 2018 switches over to the 4-way Open Class competition and resumes the Fun Flag story at the same time.

The last Fun Flag update was related to the Swedish bronze medal winner in 4-way Women, Team X, with the story on 14 October. The Fun Flag did not travel to Sweden though, as there was another adventurous capture before the participants of the event left Gold Coast in Australia, and before the Swedish delegation could secure possession until the next event.

Members of the Dutch national team in 4-way Open, Out of the Blue, found the Fun Flag in the Swedish headquarters at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort hotel, where all participants were accommodated.

The Dutch takeover was actually detected by a Swedish guard. However, he was overwhelmed by the Dutch Fun Flag force, and the complete Out of the Blue team could celebrate the perfect conclusion of the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2018. There was no information available whether or not the Fun Flag was eventually taken to the Netherlands.

FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 21,L,B,G 22,18,17 19,7,O J,16,12 10,A,D,15 Q,M,F,C,N H,20,P,13 6,14,11 E,2,5 4,1,3 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  32    21    27 -2 24    22 -3 62 -2 22 -2 20 -1 27 -1 22    279 27.9
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  26 -5 21    27 -1 24    24 -1 60 -1 26    22    27    20    277 27.7
3 Aerodyne Realfly  FR  29 -1 19    24 -2 23    24    52 -3 20 -3 17 -3 24    19    251 25.1
4 Qatar Tigers  QA  24 -2 14 -1 24 -1 21    22    53 -4 21 -1 18    20    17    234 23.4
5 Echochamber  SE  25 -1 16    21 -1 17 -2 20 -1 48 -4 14 -3 18    21 -1 15 -1 215 21.5
6 Amnesya  IT  24 -2 14    20 -1 18    18 -1 48 -5 18    14 -2 21 -1 15    210 21.0
7 Satori XL  UK  21    14 -1 21    19    19    37 -3 19    17    18 -1 16 -1 201 20.1
7 Airheads  CH  22 -3 14 -2 19 -2 17 -1 18    44    16    16 -2 18 -1 17    201 20.1
9 Evolution  CA  21 -1 13 -2 22    18 -1 15 -3 43 -2 15 -5 15 -2 19    15    196 19.6
10 Airbus FSZ Saar  DE  21 -1 14 -1 17 -5 17    16 -1 45 -1 15 -3 14 -1 18 -1 15    192 19.2
11 Tanay Wolves  RU  22    14    18 -1 17    16 -2 35 -3 17 -3 14 -1 18 -1 14    185 18.5
12 Rotor Out  AU  21 -1 13 -1 18 -2 14 -1 16 -1 32 -3 13 -7 13 -1 18    14    172 17.2
13 CTR Optimum  BR  19    10    17 -1 15    13 -1 31    14    14    18    13    164 16.4
14 Papea Masculino  ES  17 -1 13    18    13 -1 13    28 -3 14 -1 14 -1 13 -2 12    155 15.5
15 Out of the Blue Project 20+  NL  16 -1 11 -1 13 -3 14    15 -1 28 -2 15 -1 15    14 -2 12 -1 153 15.3
16 Meraki  ZA  14 -3 11    14    14    13    28 -1 12 -1 12    14    12    144 14.4
17 New Zealand  NZ  10 -4 9    12    11    10    21    7 -3 11    10 -1 11    112 11.2
18 Paraguay  PY  10 -1 8    10 -1 7 -2 9    17    7 -4 8 -1 10    8 -1 94 9.4
19 Cyprus  CY  13 -1 8    9 -2 8    7 -2 19 -1 7    8    9    5 -2 93 9.3
Out of the Blue with the Fun Flag
The world meet was not only successful for Out of the Blue due to the successful capture of the Fun Flag.

The AAA Class team of the Dutch 20+ Project also finished with a new team record average at Gold Coast and is on track with the project plans.

The NSL News introduced the Dutch 20+ Project on 5 January 2017 and followed up with the participating teams and several updates.

The latest one of project team Out of the Blue was published on 27 June 2018 after the team was sanctioned to compete for the Netherlands at the world meet.

It became a successful trip to Australia that included a new team record for a single round with the 28-pointer in Round 6, a new team record average and the capture of the Fun Flag on top of all.

Out of the Blue has now arrived at the 15+ average level, even though the Super Sequence in Round 6 supported all teams with a high scoring number.

Participation of teams from the Netherlands at FAI World Championships of Formation Skydiving
Dynamic Fource at the FAI World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk
The 15.3 average last week is the highest one for a Dutch team since the founders of Dutch 20+ Project, Dynamic Fource, finished with a 20.7 average at the FAI World Meet 2010.

The competition draw in Menzelinsk had included a Super Sequence, as well, where the standing Dutch highscore for a single round was posted with a 44-pointer in Round 3. The 20.7 average is still the highest Dutch average and included another fast sequence in Round 9. Dynamic Fource had added 26 points for the second fast sequence and was then eliminated due to the previous IPC rules with cuts after Round 8 and Round 9.

Only Punky Fish in 2006, with Dynamic Fource member Paul Hofstee in the lineup, and Dynamic Force in 2008 and 2010 have posted higher Dutch averages than Out of the Blue at world meets in the past.

Whooops (2012), Cool Runnings (2014) and M4trix (2016) represented the Netherlands after Dynamic Fource in 2010, and Out of the Blue has started to move the average back up to the Punky Fish level in 2006. Goal is obviously the 20+ average that the project leaders have set up for the participating teams. Out of the Blue has made the first step...

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