DZ Round-up #17
Well Christmas and New Year have come and gone and it’s been jumping almost every day throughout the break with virtually perfect weather. Wednesday 23rd Dec was slow but it didn’t stop Peter Flanagan...
Peter Flanagan front looping out the door!
...and Christine Clarke getting a couple of B-Rels in. Faye Oliver was back for a couple on her way to her A Certificate. And Daniel Light also did a couple of jumps of his Static Line course. We had a couple of tandems and Brody and Kirstin Moriarty were again back in the air.
Christmas Eve was about the same; two more tandems and Vanessa Dear and Michael Cross started their Addiction Package. The Christmas Orphans were starting to arrive including Clay Anderson who only left yesterday (2nd Jan). Tom Valentine and Brody (who hasn’t left yet!) also did a couple of jumps. Christmas Day was a day off and the orphans headed for the Brisbane River for a day of fun. And then it all began!
Boxing Day was a beauty. Michael Cross and Vanessa did Stages 2, 3 & 4, Adrian Van Trier did a couple, we did three tandems and 22 fun jumpers got the Christmas Feel Good Boogie on its way. Mossy, Fong, Pauly and Fabbro – the Ayr Monkeys, started their training camp with Lisa on camera.
The Ayr Monkeys - Photo by Mark Laing
Familiar old faces appeared including Fred Mallouk,…
Fred Mallouk exits
…and Stephan and Sandrine de Rienzo from New Caledonia,…
Sandrine docks on me and Stephan
...plus new visitors Vera Bjork and Joni Mannisto from Germany. Daniel Moore from the UK arrived and started helping out with Manifest. Plus the regulars!
By Tuesday the number of fun jumpers swelled to 30 and there were lots of new faces. Vanessa and Michael bowled over Stages 5 & 6, Shirley Nicholson and Dan Smith were back for Stage 2 and we had 3 more First Jumpers, Paul Stokan, and father & son Michael and Adam Riggs.
Alan and Julie Wills arrived & got stuck into it…
Alan Wills dive exit
Cody Bartz was our only tandem...
Cody with Brody Tandem exit
Cody's 16th birthday jump with Brody
Wednesday was bigger again, we were up to 38 fun jumpers,…
Tim Ramsby approaches me, Fred and Joel Byrnes
Stuart Forster and Troy Maher go low
…we had 6 tandems, Travis and Karen were back, and Pete and Pixi. Travis and Pete were put to work! We had 7 AFF students on the go; Michael and Adam and Paul all did Stages 2, 3 & 4, Shirley and Dan nailed Stage 3, Michael and Vanessa did 6 & 7 and Sean Thompson did a couple of B-Rels. The staff were on the move!
The Ayr Monkeys increased their daily dosage...
Ayr Monkeys with Lisa - Photo by Mark Laing
Froggy and a bunch of other “locals” all helped Homer do 15 loads, all full to the brim!
Dingo leading with Macca, Louis and Naomi - Photo by Bart
And Art Littlemore, my 1st Jump Course Instructor from 1967 paid a visit!
Thursday was just as big with a slight increase in fun jumper numbers – 41. Sam Golds arrived, jumped...
Sam Golds leaps out
…and chopped down trees.
Bye bye tree - Photo by Rodney
Our AFF students kept at it, Michael and Adam did 5, 6 & 7;
Michael Riggs - Stage 5 - Photo by Belgy
Shirley and Dan did 4 & 5 and Paul Stokan did 5 & 6.
We did another 2 tandems,
Phil takes Rusty for his first jump
Allison Mitchell geeks Rusty
...some wing-suiters got stuck into it...
Kieron Selby - Photo by Mark Laing
Kieron with Vera Bjork rodeoing - Vera's 100th jump!
Photo by Mark Laing
... and the weather finally played up a little towards the end of the day.
Friday was bigger again. I did manifest all day but I got on the last load.
Dingo, Louis and Brody
We started early with a couple of 182 Hop & Pop loads. Two more tandems jumped. Paul Stoken and Michael Cross did Stage 9, well done! Michael and Adam and Vanessa all did Stages 7 & 8 and George Teece was back for a solo. The Ayr Monkeys went even harder with Brody on camera.
Ayr Monkies exit team training with Brody camera
There was CRW in the air...
Mossy exiting for a CRW jump & Lisa in the Sky
Photos by Louis
Trent Argus was back…!
Down Plane; Belgy and Dave Carr
A few more regulars arrived and we did 13 full loads with John McEvoy flying.
Saturday - New Year’s Eve was our biggest day of the Boogie. We had 48 fun jumpers and “workers”, Roger Spinks did a jump!, we did 15 tandems...
Wade with 81 yo Irene Kenward - Photo by Louis
Wade with Rachel Liepke - Photo by Louis
Michael Riggs did Stage 9, Adrian Van Trier did a couple and some old regulars were back including Greg Maskell, Al White, Andy and Suzanne and Naomi and Dingo, Des Parkes, Lou and Funky, Jim Czerwinski, Stewart McNee, Jane Jones and a bunch of others, all getting their last jump of 2011.
My last jump of 2011 with Phil, Wade and Louis
The Boogie was a great end to 2011 and the weather had been near perfect. ( We should have had the Nationals!). And then the party started!
It, the Party, went ‘till dawn so we had New Year’s Day off! But that was it! Monday the 2nd of January 2012 was off with a boost. 5 First Jumpers arrived for the course; David Gibbs, Shane Dutton, Tim Roy, Lee Wendt and Russell Gregg all kept Belgy busy. Plus Michael and Vanessa were back, and Jon Sirasch and David Schmuttermauer. (Dave, you’ve got to get a shorter surname!) Another 10 tandems rocked up,
Craig Francis with Phil - Photo by Louis
...most with Gift Vouchers from Christmas and included brothers Ben (16) and Daniel Marshall(11). Our fun jumpers had thinned but our staff were kept busy. Brett Ogden was back and brought along Jeffrey Lunt and Sandy Glenday from SA. Orby and Chris Coulson arrived. Bart Cunningham wasn’t ready to leave,
Atmo exit with Dingo, Naomi, Louis, Tim and Bart
Tim Leitch did 5 jumps and Naomi and Dingo did 4. It was a good start to our new year.
Tuesday the 3rd was also busy as all our first jumpers from Monday did another three stages.
David Gibbs Stage 2 - Photo by Belgy
We only did 5 loads but they were all FULL. All staff were on deck, including Rodney and me. Chris Coulson was on every one, Naomi and Dingo only missed the first, Jenny Thornton brought along some great furniture and did her first 3 jumps of 2012. Tim did one and finally, reluctantly had to leave. Sandrine and Stephan did their last jumps.
Vanessa completed Stage 9, yahoo!
Vanessa Dear (and Michael Cross) Stage 9
I did another atmo with the gang…
Dingo and Brody
...and Daniel Moore handled Manifest all by himself.
And that’s it for now
so see ya,
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