Aerodyne Cypres/aka Deep Blue Defenders have the Shamrock Showdown 2011 on the team schedule for the first competition this year, while the French Open Class lineup competed at the Valentine's Meet after opening the 2011 competition season at the Dubai Championship 2011.
The reigning 4-way champions in the Open Class have not won a meet yet with the new lineup. NMP-PCH Hayabusa took the 1st place in Dubai, and Arizona Airspeed defended the Eloy home turf successfully. France plans to show everything that the new lineup can offer at the Shamrock Showdown. The Deep Blue Defenders have two reigning 4-way world champions in the new lineup, as the NSL News reported with earlier stories. Sophie Deremaux and Amélie Tirman won the gold medals in Menzelinsk with a new 23.6 record average.
|World Meet 2010||Round1||Round2||Round3||Round4||Round5||Round6||Round7||Round8||Round9||Round10||Total||Avg|
|1||France Aerodyne Cypres||20||19||47||18||19||20||21||21||32||19||236||23.6|
|2||UK Team Bodyflight||16||17||44||17||17||19||18||19||30||19||216||21.6|
|3||USA Spaceland Blue||17||14||38||15||16||15||17||15||29||12||188||18.8|
|4||Germany ISB Air||16||15||39||13||13||15||16||14||28||11||180||18.0|
The video clip first shows the team during a training session at SkyVenture Arizona, with coach Marin Ferre observing the French flying from outside of the chamber. The NSL Talk took actually place before the tunnel training, and the French Open Class team had exactly the same schedule: first the NSL Talk and then the tunnel training.
Arizona Airspeed's Mark Kirkby was in the tunnel at the same time and took a closer look at the French flying, as well. His team will meet France for the second time this year at the Shamnrock Showdown, and then a few weeks later for the third time at the World Challenge 2011.
ISB Air from Germany competed in Menzelinsk 2010, as well, and finished in 4th place, miles behind France (23.6 - 18.0) after ten rounds. However, the German team has trained a lot with the new team member Petra van Overveld in the Point slot, and observers of the German training sessions were impressed with the performance level.
The Deep Blue Defenders obviously have the goal to defend the French gold medals in 2012. Perrine Sanchez is the new Center Inside and starts from scratch, as she explained during the NSL Talk. It's a big job, but she is ready to do her best and live up to the high expectations. Most importantly, the fun loving philosophy of the previous lineup seems to continue, as there was once again a lot of laughter during the NSL Talk.