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Did You Know...

... that MicroClim8 fended off another 8-way challenge in Australia?

MicroClim8 at the FAI Mondial 2018
posted Dec 13th, 2018 - The recent 8-way record participation at the Weembinamic 2018 brought back the attention to the event where France did not even have a team this year, the 8-way competition at the FAI World Meet in Australia.

The Qatar Falcons, who finished on the top of the traditional leaderboard at the Weembinamic, had used the opportunity in Australia to win the first FAI medals in Formation Skydiving competition for their country.

There was not much competition for any of the medal positions in Australia without a French 8-way team. The Golden Knights were 15 points ahead of Russia's Tanay 8-way team. Tanay's distance to the Qatar Falcons was 39 points, and 18 points separated the bronze medal winner from the team in 4th place.

However, there was one fierce battle in the 8-way competition, which took place right behind the medal positions. Once again it was the British 8-way team MicroClim8 who had to work very hard to fend off the nearest opponent, who came from Australia this time.

FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-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 Golden Knights US 24 21 18 24 19 29 21 18 17 33 224 22.4
2 Tanay RU 21 21 17 22 20 28 16 18 18 28 209 20.9
3 Qatar Falcons QA 19 16 15 18 14 21 16 14 14 23 170 17.0
4 MicroClim8 UK 17 15 12 14 15 21 15 12 13 18 152 15.2
5 JYR8 AU 14 14 13 17 11 20 14 14 12 21 150 15.0
6 Airbus DE 13 15 9 15 11 16 12 12 10 16 129 12.9
7 Brazil BR 11 10 9 12 9 12 9 10 9 16 107 10.7
MicroClim8 (Great Britain) and JYR8 (Australia) at the FAI World Meet 2018
MicroClim8 at the FAI Mondial 2014
MicroClim8 had finished right behind the Qatar Falcons at the FAI World Meet 2016, as well, and there was only a 6-point difference two years ago.

The Qatar Falcons have lifted their performance level significantly ever since and ended up in the bronze medal position without a French 8-way team. MicroClim8 moved up one ranking position, as well.

The challenge for the British 8-way team always came from behind at the last three world meets. The Dutch 8-way team M8trix finished only one point behind MicroClim8 in Prostejov 2014, and the NSL News followed the 4-point battle MicroClim8 and Germany's Airbus 8-way team very carefully in 2016.

MicroClim8 was obviously battle-tested after the two previous world meets, and they needed all the experiences to fend off a new challenger, the Australian home team JYR8. The Dutch and German 8-way teams did not get beyond the British 8-way wall, and Australia eventually ended up behind, as well.

FAI Mondial 2016
12345678910TotalAvg
Rank8-way Open12,A,1618,15,O1,F,E,C17,B,1410,2,2021,11,GJ,5,19L,M,K,7D,8,43,13,QTotalAvg
1Golden KnightsUS3125262220221926242423923.9
2FranceFR2220251816191723192019919.9
3TanayRU2319251714161621201919019.0
4Qatar FalconsQA191620157101316151514614.6
5Microclim8UK1514161411131314131714014.0
6Airbus MünchenDE1615171111131214121513613.6
7AustraliaAU131314129131215101412512.5
8DivergenceCA11109118108101111999.9
9BrazilBR11810959911813939.3
Nationals record average at the FAI World Meet 2018: JYR8
The NSL News had introduced the Australian team with the world meet preview on 30 July 2018. The Aussies had put together the strongest lineup that was available this year. Nine hours of indoor training and 150 training jumps should be enough to pursue mainly the national record average of 14.7 which was posted by the Australian national team at the FAI World Meet in Australia 1999.

This goal was accomplished with the 15.0 again on home turf this year, and it was almost enough to climb back up to the same 4th place as in 1999.

It turned out to be a 5th place only, as MicroClim8 once again lived up to the challenge and finished with their own new record average. Six members of the 2016 lineup and two new members managed to fend off the Aussies this time. Andy Pook, Martin Soulsby, Mark Whitehead and videographer Phil Hartree even brought the battle experiences of 2014 into the latest 8-way thriller.

Germany's new Airbus lineup was not able to keep up with the two well prepared teams, and the Netherlands did not have an 8-way team in Australia this year.

FAI World Meet 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open E,3,C,5 F,G,D,21 19,H,2 M,4,1 O,14,A,P 8,J,16 7,11,12 22,20,15 17,G,18 13,B,9 Q,10,N,L Total Avg
1 Golden Knights  US  24 22 15 26 22 21 19 26 21 20 - 216 21.6
2 Barkli 8  RU  19 18 13 25 14 16 16 19 18 13 20 171 17.1
3 Venturi  FR  19 16 14 23 18 13 18 19 15 16 19 171 17.1
4 Microclim8  UK  14 14 11 15 12 13 12 15 12 13 - 131 13.1
5 M8Trix  NL  15 13 11 17 11 13 13 15 10 12 - 130 13.0
6 Australia 8  AU  12 13 11 18 11 12 12 12 10 12 - 123 12.3
7 Dubai Asaar 8  AE  11 9 7 13 4 10 9 8 11 - - 82 9.1
8 Maximum Ride  CA  10 9 6 11 8 8 8 7 7 - - 74 8.2
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