By Francesco Cipollone, D-31600
Held at the Blue Sky Ranch near New York City September 24-October 1, the first invite-only dynamic flight camp made a lasting mark with its dedicated focus to small groups, high skill flying and a carefully crafted, intimate social experience. Organized by Francesco Cipollone and World Champion freestyle flyer Will Penny, the camp had a 4-to-1 participant-to-coach ratio, a rarity in the current world of large flight camps, and attracted a highly talented and select group of 26 flyers from 11 countries and 4 continents.
Named the “Outdoor Parachuting Classic” for its debut, the event successfully incorporated New York City, the beautiful Hudson Valley, a gorgeous shared house, catered meals and delicious dinners to deliver a one-of-a-kind package to its participants. With skydives made on 5 of the 7 days, the 5 groups made an average of 20 jumps out of the 30-jump goal. The one full rain day saw the event quickly mobilize to the near-by wind tunnel for a 7-hr tunnel marathon with coaching from some of the world’s best tunnel flyers included in the registration fee. Coaches were Johannes Bergfors, Francesco Cipollone, Paul Ferriman, Matt Hill, Will Penny and Scott Plamer.
The event will again be held at The Ranch in New York in September 2017. Interested flyers can contact Francesco Cipollone directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.