We left off last time, yearning for more, having read a little bit about the pond at Raeford Parachute Center. It has been getting nipped and tucked all year in order to look it’s best come October. If you need a refresher, you can go back and read that post again. (Make sure to read the insightful comments below the post as well)
It takes more than a gorgeous pond to host a swoop meet. A metric ton of organization and planning is required to ensure everything goes off as smoothly as possible, and in this case a dream team has been assembled to take care of making it happen.
Director of Awesomeness (and the meet) is John Nolan. John is an accomplished canopy pilot and knows well what a competitors like to see at a meet. John’s mission is to make sure this meet will be fun and challenging for the competitors, offering more than the standard events in a predictable order. We will have that scoop for you later. In addition, good chunks of prize money will be doled out along with early registration incentives.
Esteemed Director of Competition is Golden Knight Greg Windmiller. Windmiller is an experienced competitor and tireless in his efforts giving back to the sport of Canopy Piloting. Greg knows his way around a pond from both above and below, and has been spotted setting up courses wearing nothing but ARMY issued short-shorts. The fact that this meet is being held in October will likely result in a few more articles of clothing, with the pond and its surroundings getting at least a PG-13 rating.
Honorable Chief Judge Jolene Brzezinski (perhaps better known as JoJo B) is known for her compassionate demeanor when comforting a competitor that has just realized he (or she) missed the gates by about 3 zip codes. Jo has been judging since 2010 and started her stint with the Florida Canopy Piloting Association. She went on to earn her National and FAI rating in CP judging. Jo served as Technical Director at the 2013 USPA CP Nationals and as a result can set up courses in her sleep. When not huddled over score sheets, JoJo can be spotted at first light in a 38 degree swoop pond wrestling course markers.
In addition to those 3 key players, a host of volunteers and helpers will be on hand to ensure a smooth and efficient operation.
Paraclete XP (located a stones throw from the dropzone) has graciously agreed to donate a sizable chunk of tunnel time, or 1 hr, 30 minutes and 15 minutes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd (respectively) in the following categories:
- Overall (all competitors will be ranked in Open)
- Stock Canopies (non Peregrine/Petra)
- Advanced/Amateur (FLCPA/CRCPL guidelines)
That is 5 hours of tunnel time up for grabs, IN ADDITION to the prize purse. Competitors dragging their feet in registering (no points for that!) might want to get in gear to be eligible for additional 3 hours of time, that will be shared between judges and those competitors that register prior to September 1st, 2013.
Prize purse currently totals $8,000 (not counting registration money going towards prizes). Event registration is $420, which includes all competition jumps and re-jumps.