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Did You Know...

... that the British delegation has 4-way options for the FAI World Cup 2019?

Best AAA Class team in Great Britain: NFTO
posted Aug 13th, 2019 - The UK Nationals are around the corner at the end of the month. The major outdoor event for the British teams will then be followed by the FAI Outdoor World Cup in October, where the British Parachute Association (BPA) will be present with a large delegation.

The British delegation for FAI world meets or world cups consists of the teams who qualified at the national championships of the previous year. The upcoming event includes the qualification for the FAI Outdoor World Meet in Tanay 2020, while the placements at the UK Nationals 2018 determined the teams in the British delegation for the world cup in October.

FAI rules allow delegations to register four teams per Formation Skydiving category. NFTO won the national championships last year, and Satori XL have not come back to 4-way competition this year so far, after representing Great Britain in the 4-way Open Class competition of the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018.

Chimera is ready to challenge NFTO for the top spot in Great Britain and have completed their travel plans to Arizona in October. Eros finished closely behind Chimera last year and have confirmed their attendance at the world cup, as well. Antimatter have not posted any scores this year, which left the 4th slot in the British delegation open for Pajama Pumas, as the NSL News reported on June 11th.


UK Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class E,C,12,14 7,Q,K,G B,J,2,A 15,D,4 L,13,M,F 6,8,O 11,18,N 9,10,5 1,17,22 Total Avg
1 NFTO 19 27 27 16 25 19 16 19 17  185 20.6
2 Satori XL 18 27 25 18 25 18 17 19 17  184 20.4
3 Chimera 14 20 19 13 22 17 15 18 14 152 16.9
4 Eros 16 21 18 15 20 15 14 15 13 147 16.3
5 Antimatter 13 18 18 14 21 16 12 15 13 140 15.6
6 Pajama Pumas 12 17 18 11 17 17 12 13 10 127 14.1
7 Quadriga 12 13 16 11 15 11 10 10 11 109 12.1
8 Tyanno4us Rex 8 10 13 11 13 11 9 11 8 94 10.4
9 DWS 7 14 13 11 12 10 9 8 8 92 10.2
Rank AA Class E,C,14 7,Q,K G,B,J,2 A,15,D 4,L,13 M,F,6 8,O,11 18,N,9 1,22 Total Avg
1 Alola 11 11 14 11 10 17 9 10 - 93 11.6
2 Draconis 11 11 14 10 8 18 9 9 - 90 11.3
3 Boobasaurus Rex 10 14 13 8 9 11 10 11 - 86 10.8
4 Missing Blox 10 11 12 11 9 13 7 11 - 84 10.5
Yellow: British 4-way Open Class teams for the FAI World Cup 2019
Alola AA Class lineup in 2018
There is a 5th team in the 4-way delegation. The British Parachute Association has established the tradition that the winner of the AA Class competition at the national championships gets an invitation to join the British 4-way delegation for the FAI event in the following year.

Alola won the AA Class title last year and will compete in Eloy, as well. FAI events include only the AAA Class dive pool, except for the 4-way Junior competition with the 16 AA Class blocks and all random formations.

Alola left the AA Class behind after winning last year's national championship in this category and are ready to post the team's first AAA Class scores, first at the UK Nationals, then at the FAI World Cup.

Last year's four British AAA Class teams of this year's 4-way delegation all competed at the World Challenge 2019, while Alola have not posted any AAA Class scores this year. However, the team has taken on the new dive pool with the help of NFTO member Siân Stokes and will collect the first AAA Class meet experiences at the UK Nationals before competing with the British delegation at the world cup.


World Challenge 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class P,H,Q,5 19,16,E L,3,2 B,A,22,D J,14,8 11,M,G,1 15,21,18 7,O,4 C,N,K,13 20,6,F Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  52 32 28 39 29 32 28 34 42 31  347 34.7
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  48 30 27 37 27 31 25 33 36 28  322 32.2
3 IFS-Moscow  RU  44 29 26 33 27 29 23 33 34 31  309 30.9
4 Qatar Tigers  QA  44 29 26 35 24 29 24 31 32 31  305 30.5
5 SDC Rhythm XP  US  46 28 24 32 25 29 24 31 35 27 301 30.1
6 Airheads  CH  44 28 22 36 24 27 19 29 33 26 288 28.8
7 Weembi Unicorns  FR  43 28 23 32 23 28 19 28 33 26 283 28.3
8 ISR FireFlash  BE  40 26 24 33 24 25 19 25 28 26  270 27.0
9 NFTO  UK  35 25 24 29 24 25 20 27 30 24  263 26.3
10 Odin Parachute Systems  FR  35 28 21 29 22 25 20 25 29 25 259 25.9
10 Chimera  UK  36 24 21 27 23 27 21 25 29 26  259 25.9
12 ACM Weembi  UK  38 22 24 28 21 24 21 25 29 26  258 25.8
13 Gavroche Weembi  FR  38 27 23 26 21 25 14 27 28 23 252 25.2
14 Tenanine  MR  37 25 22 22 20 24 19 26 29 22 246 24.6
15 FlySpot Sky4Four  PL  36 19 18 26 20 22 19 25 21 21 227 22.7
16 Eros  UK  27 21 22 24 19 23 17 24 27 21 225 22.5
17 Jazz Republic  ZA  29 22 18 23 19 20 18 24 23 22 218 21.8
18 Falco  BE  22 20 17 19 20 20 17 24 26 19 204 20.4
19 Blackjack  FI  24 20 17 23 19 19 15 21 22 18  198 19.8
20 Pajama Pumas  UK  27 21 16 21 19 19 16 21 20 17  197 19.7
21 Tempo  FI  26 18 18 23 18 19 15 21 20 18  196 19.6
22 Aladeen  HU  28 21 19 16 16 19 13 19 18 20 189 18.9
23 Alakran  ES  26 18 12 18 17 21 17 23 18 18 188 18.8
24 FlyPonots  FR  26 19 17 21 16 18 10 18 18 18 181 18.1
25 Nefertit  UK  24 18 16 18 15 16 13 20 17 16 173 17.3
26 Windobona Angels  ES  20 16 14 18 16 17 15 21 17 18 172 17.2
27 Ayro  BE  16 18 15 18 17 15 14 19 19 17 168 16.8
28 Koloncok  HU  21 16 13 19 14 16 15 19 18 16 167 16.7
29 Stardust  BE  21 15 12 17 16 16 11 18 17 13 156 15.6
30 Nova  CH  21 14 12 16 13 13 11 17 19 16 152 15.2
31 Barak  ES  25 19 17 21 16 19 14 19 0 0 150 15.0
32 Wood Fella’s  UK  17 13 10 16 13 13 11 17 19 13 142 14.2
33 Draconis  UK  16 13 12 13 12 15 10 15 13 15 134 13.4
34 Free Burds  IE  16 10 11 11 13 12 11 15 15 13 127 12.7

NFTO - Chimera - Eros - Pajama Pumas at the World Challenge 2019
4-way Open Class at the FAI World Cup 2012: French Deep Blue Defenders
It is apparently not quite clear at this point in time, for which FAI event Alola will be registered by the British Parachute Association. The all-female team qualify for the British 4-way delegation as last year's AA Class winner, while they are also eligible for the 4-way Women competition at the world cup.

The national delegations have the option to send their all-female teams either into the 4-way Open Class competition, or sign them up in 4-way Women. It would not be the first time that an all-female team competes in the 4-way Open Class. The French national team in 4-way Women finished in 5th place on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard of the FAI World Cup 2012.

NFTO were the best 4-way Open Class and 4-way Women team at last year's national championship, and the British Parachute Association could register the team for the 4-way Open Class competition in Eloy, which would leave space for Alola only on the 4-way Women leaderboard. There is also the option that both teams compete in 4-way Women.

NFTO will not be able to get to the FAI medal positions in 4-way Open, while they seem to be very close to the French top spot in 4-way Women. The British Parachute Association has interesting options...

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