Matt Smith – Wing Suit graduate Dan Evers – Wing Suit graduate Jason Schloss – Wing Suit graduate
This Newsletter starts with a report of a whopping number of Tandems done on a Monday! Veterans For Youth or V4Y as they are called, brought along a whole lot of kids, 31 in total, between 12 and 16 for a taste of skydiving. John Paul, Connor, Henry, Jamie, James, Brooke, Talia, Charlie, Matthew, Caleb, Ben S., Jack, Jaxon, Emmanuel, Zac, Harrison, Taimana, Jake, Hayden, Luke, Illya, Damien, Cade, Caleb, Ben R., Daniel, Liam, Christian, and Tristian, Tanoo, Bryn, Daniel, and Kate McDougal all did a Tandem.
Read the V4Y blog article and view lots more photos of this amazing day!
Other local fun jumpers were along for the ride. But it didn’t stop there. A bunch of freefliers, “Arepafest” arrived from Byron for a two day, 12 jump fun camp. Go Helmy and mates.
On Tuesday the freefliers carried on, hard. We had a few student jumpers here doing some solo fun jumps. Plus our regulars.
See more awesome freefly photos and watch a wicked jump Video in our Arepafest blog!
Things were back to normal on Wednesday. Josiah Leeke did AFF 5 & 6. Michael Sutter did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF, congratulations!
Thursday. Josiah Leeke did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF. Another Congratulations!
Another congratulations on Friday. Mitchell Brown did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF!
Saturday was busy after a bit of early bad weather. (Mick’s daughter) Amelia Donaldson was here for her first jump, a Tandem with Doyley. New First Jump students Riley Russell and Casey Barnard did their Stage 1 AFF. Aaron Andrews did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF – another congratulations!
I continue to be amazed by the jumpers this sport produces. Five star crest jumpers on Saturday, three made it and two have greatly improved their skills. Special mention of Sam Messner who nailed two of the jumps, with a B licence and just 60 (or so) jumps to her name. Also many thanks to John McMahon who took one of the ASC jumpers on her third jump and she passed with flying (falling?) colours, and Dave Girvin who helped out all day.
Despite some threatening weather during the morning we were able to get four jumps in, and it was well worth hanging on for the clouds to clear. One spectacular exit was in cloud, with the consequence that base (yours truly) lost bearings and did not one, but two barrel rolls. Even so that was still a successful jump with the formation almost completely built.
The highlight of the day without doubt was the second jump – complete but for one low jumper, and it flew level and still from 7,500 to breakoff at 5,000. And best of all, the day was safe for all participants, in freefall, under canopy and on landing.
Rangry looked after us all day as camera flyer and gave us great video for debriefs, including two docks, not a bad effort if you’re wearing camera wings…
Last, but very much not least, my thanks to Ramblers, and to Dave and Darren specifically, for consistently and generously supporting these events.
Sunday was a nice day’s jumping. Marj did a heap of fun loads. Our only Tandem was Bailey Parsonage, welcome aboard. Riley Russell got stuck straight into it and did Stages 2, 3 & 4 of his AFF Course. Aiden Everington and (Bruce’s nephew) Drew McDade both did Stage 9 – completing their AFF Courses!! Congratulations! How many’s that in a week!