Margate SkyDive Boogie 2011, South Africa
Submitted by fred1986 on 2011-07-26What a blast.... 92 registered skydivers, 2 Turbine Atlas Angels, two and a half days of great skydiving weather (one and a half days of not so great skydiving weather), 74 loads, 637 descents, 13 500 ft, 15 000 ft and 18 000 ft loads, an average of 7 jumps per jumper! There were both organised, and disorganised loads, formation Atlas Angel drops, 2Ways, 4Ways, 8Ways, 12Ways, 16Ways, lots of coaching, skills transfer, progression, a great vibe, beautiful scenery, beach landings, nakedness, parties, hangovers, no incidents and no cutaways.
The Margate Boogie has been put together by Pete Lawson for many years. Pete commented that skydiving in South Africa is pumping and that this was one of the best turn outs for a number of years. I love seeing my alti go all the way around past zero again, which it did every time! An absolute blast it was indeed!
There was representation from drop zones right across South Africa, as well as a number of South African Skydivers who came back from overseas specifically for the Margate Boogie - bringing with them more skydivers from all over! Naomi, having been working at the Abu Dhabi Tunnel, I Fly Dubai Tunnels, and Skydive Dubai for the last 2 years, rocked up unannounced with a bunch of good people from that side. Tamsin came all the way from New Zealand! A full on reunion - this is what Skydiving Boogies are all about!
With Formation Skydiving load organising by Simba (one of 4 South African Skydivers with the World Record 400Way under his belt), the first formation Atlas Angel drops were flown building up to 16Way FS jumps. At the same time Llewellyn flew his 500th hour on type, making him the most experienced Atlas Angel Pilot in the World.... Simba highlighted the importance of ground work, team work, skills building and preparation, building up towards larger formations. A number of people their first 8Ways and 16Ways in, and from what I can gather at least 7 people on one 16Way Skydive completed the last of their requirements for D-Licenses. Whoo Haar! The last time Graham Field was part of large organized FS skydives was back in 1994 as part of the World Team and the 216Way World Record in Bratislava Slovakia, after the 16Ways Graham commented "
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