Did You Know...... that the NPSL continues to grow??
Traveling coach Robert Chromy and NPSL Director Sandy Grillet with Red Bull representatives
Event judge John Goswitz
A shortage of videographers threatened meet completion for many teams on Sunday. However, new Rookie Class team, OkieSpeed, had to leave without completing the meet for non-meet related commitments. With that, all the other teams were able to get in all six rounds before the clouds closed in.
Many thanks to Chromy, Sandy Grillet, and John Goswitz for coaching, organizing and judging respectively. Also to Skydive Chicago for use of the Otter and Skydive Iowa for another excellent kickoff to the NPSL 2005 season. We hope to see Chromy again in July for NPSL Meet 3 at Skydive Twin Cities.
Rookie Class team OkieSpeed
The new NPSL team "OkieSpeed" consists of Jerry Baker, Lawrence Rogge, Chris Erikson and Kevin Kracht and collected no scoring points in this meet.
A Class team Sputnick
"Sputnick" is another new NPSL team for the 2005 season and consists of Russ Lucas, Chris Meyer, John Arnold, Cliff Roy and Joel Davies on camera. Sputnick had a total of 14 scoring points for a solid start this season. Cliff Roy had attended the NPSL tunnel camp back in March.
A Class team M&M
AA Class team Fast FWD
Returning team "Fast FWD" (Bill Rehm, Aaron Hislop, Sarah Bultman, Steve Blake, Mike Guillou on Camera) won the AA Class competition with 54 points and a 9.0 average. Fast FWD had only four Cessna practices prior to the meet but managed to get a great tunnel camp in March.
Fast FWD team captain Bill Rehm noted: "We're happy with our work on the slow rounds three and five considering, but not so much with the faster rounds one, two and especially four. With all we've learned, we are hoping for a big improvement ramp this season and are just waiting for some all-random rounds in the future like we got last year. We left a lot of points in the air untaken this time. In all, this was a slower draw than the last two from the 2004 season where we also averaged 9 - it was hugely 'fun' draw this time. So we are picking up ahead of where we left off 2004 with almost no practice. We owe much to our tunnel coaches from March for a good launch into the season."
AA Class team Microburst
AA Class team Cockeyed
NPSL 2005 Meet 2 will be held at Skydive Twin Cities on June 18 - 19. The traveling coach will be Solly Williams of the reigning world champion 4-way team, Deland Majik. We are hoping for a mini-camp on June 17.
Meet story provided by Bill Rehm