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Did You Know...

... that Chimera provided more details of the British 4-way drama?

NFTO at the UK Outdoor Nationals 2021
image by: Martin Skrbel
posted Sep 12th, 2021 - The NSL Live Talk on August 14th was mainly a review of the 4-way Women competition at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020. NFTO members Anna Hicks, Sian Stokes and Julia Swallow discussed the outcome of the competition that they missed after the withdrawal of the complete British Formation Skydiving delegation from the event.

The conversation was recorded less than two weeks before NFTO would have to defend their British 4-way championship title against Chimera and Eros. The UK Nationals 2021 were then covered comprehensively by the NSL News, which turned out to be more than justified. It was the most exciting and closest race for any national championship title this year.

Chimera's last NSL Live Talk was recorded and posted on 12 April 2020, when the British team introduced their new team members of the current lineup, Will Cooke and team videographer Pete Harries. It was an internet conversation, as well, and the team members tuned in from three different locations.

The new and latest NSL Live Talk with Chimera took place with the complete lineup at the same location in Langar. All team members are now living only a few miles away from the dropzone at Skydive Langar, which makes the logistics for team training - and meetings for NSL Live Talk - much easier. Chimera provided more details of their situation in Langar during the interview.



NSL Live Talk with Chimera
Chimera at the UK Nationals 2021
image by: Martin Skrbel
The NSL News was also naturally interested in more details of the dramatic showdown at the UK Nationals, where the winner of the AAA Class competition was only determined after an extra jump-off round, which still did not break the tie. NFTO eventually won the 4-way championship title with the highest score of the meet, the 32-pointer in Round 7 at the end of the second meet day.

The 19.1 average of both teams after Round 10 was a new record for Chimera, who had finished with 18.7 twice before. The previous lineup posted 18.7 first at the UK Nationals 2019, and confirmed it at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019.

NFTO had already a few 20+ averages in their team records, which they could not repeat at this year's national championships, due to the lack of similar training options as in the previous years. It would have been difficult for the British national team in 4-way Women to threaten the Russian Bubbles and the French national team for the top spot at the world meet in August.

Chimera is now on a hold. The British delegation can send national teams in 4-way Open and in 4-way Women to the next FAI World Meet 2022 in Eloy. However, NFTO have to decide in which event they would like to compete, as they have both options available. Chimera can only compete in Eloy next year if NFTO sign up for the 4-way Women competition...


UK Nationals 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 5,15,P 21,6,L B,4,3 E,G,11,Q 10,N,16 C,H,K,19 M,17,A,F D,2,9 22,O,18 13,1,14 7,12,8 Total Avg
1 NFTO 20 18 15 18 17 23 32 19 13 16 15 191 19.1
2 Chimera 19 18 15 20 16 23 29 21 14 16 15 191 19.1
3 Eros 16 18 18 19 14 22 27 21 15 15 - 185 18.5
4 Alola 12 13 10 14 11 16 22 17 9 12 - 136 13.6
5 Pajama Pumas 12 13 11 15 12 14 21 12 11 11 - 132 13.2
6 T.B.C. 12 11 13 15 10 15 15 11 11 11 - 124 12.4
7 Restart 5 10 12 13 11 10 16 12 11 12 - 112 11.2
8 Vantage 8 10 11 8 9 12 14 11 10 9 - 102 10.2

NFTO - Chimera at the UK Nationals 2021
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