Competition jumps of four of the seven teams in Lake Wales could already be viewed during the NSL-TV coverage of the Shamrock Showdown and are still available on the event's NSL-TV page: Teiwaz Lake Wales (AAA), FSC Wind Damaged (AA), Skydive City (A) and ZT Mal4mations (A). The other three teams had not competed earlier this year.
Another NSL News story on February 28 offered insights of the British Army team with a video of an interview aired by the Armed Forces TV channel, BFBF.
The same British Army team had posted its first scores of the 2005 season in July at a meet of the European Skydiving League. The 15.4 average in July 2005 included a 24-pointer for a fast sequence of Random Formations (K-B-H-A-M).
The British Army team was also one of three UK teams that traveled to Skydive Arizona in October 2005 and competed at the World Cup of Formation Skydiving. The same line-up that attended the meet in Lake Wales last weekend posted a 15.3 average at the World Cup and made clear that the Armty team was still the strongest 4-way team of the United Kingdom. South Park finished with a 12.5 average and 4-Motion with a 12.3 average after eight rounds in Eloy.
This result was similar to the position of the previous UK national team at the World Meet in Croatia 2004. The British 4-way team in Croatia was a part of the 8-way team VNE and finished in 12th place with a 14.3 average.
Punky Guppy was shortly behind with a 12-pointer. Teiwaz Lake Wales gave up two points when Center Inside and NSL President Kurt Gaebel invented a new Photon for Block 11 and repeated this mistake on each page of the jump. Two of these Photons were within working time, and the reasonable 11-pointer turned into a disappointing 9-pointer on the scoreboard. Teiwaz took it easy and continued heading toward a 14.8 meet average after six rounds.
The A Class sequence for the first round was completely different. None of the three AAA Class blocks (22-11-16) are a part of the A Class dive pool, and two other blocks had to be drawn to replace the AAA Class blocks. Skydive City and ZT Mal4mations had Block 8 (Canadian T - Canadian T) and Block 21 (Zig Zag - Marquis) on their agenda for round one.
Stay tuned, the next round of the last Southwest Skydiving League meet is next on NSL-TV.