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Globetrotting, or staying home, plenty of fun to be had
We have it all at Skydive Robertson. Our Website developer Andre du Preez is in Europe with the beautiful Vivienne, enjoying time in a wind tunnel at Prague. I have been assured however that he will still send out the newsletter, so if you are reading this, then thanks go to Andre for interrupting his holiday to keep us all informed.
Other clubmembers and club regulars out of the country at the moment include Lee, Sue, Oliver, Erik, 3M, Louis, Nicholas and pseudo member Paki. Sue, we’re including you on that list in expectation. Sue has had an awesome time completing her AFF at Empuriabrava, Spain.
But even at home, there is plenty of fun to be had. On this grim, miserable weekend (in Cape Town) we still had four happy loads go up and four loads of gleeful skydivers come down. The wind at altitude for the second load of Saturday was quite phenomenal. Heinri tells us it was 80 kts, based on his GPS. Since the door is opened at 80 kts, and then we throttle back before jumping out, this means that the aircraft would have been travelling backwards relative to the ground as we climbed out.
Craig Ziman did his first level of AFF and also experienced his first malfunction and cutaway. There are jumpers who’ve had thousands of jumps and never a cutaway. Many of us have become instructors, and not been able to describe our first cutaway to our curious students because it hasn’t happened yet. But Craig dealt brilliantly with his steeper than expected learning curve and greeted the reception party on the ground with a huge smile.
And to keep the achievements rolling in, Andi completed her AFF on the first load of Saturday. Well done, girl!
Canopies in general developed a strange reluctance to make it all the way to the ground on Saturday, with Pam’s (okay it was borrowed, so Steve’s) draping over a high thorn bush which she then had to climb, and Craig’s released main – well – if you want to know where that landed, chat with Ernst Conradie of Klipbos. All I can say is a big thank-you to Ernst. The club really appreciates your helpfulness and friendliness. You are welcome for another beer any time!
The operating weekends are updated on the Skydive Robertson Face Book Page, and we often post updates during the weekend as well… make sure you stay informed – Check under EVENTS http://www.facebook.com/SkydiveRobertsonWPSPC
== Chairman’s Comment ==
I would like to give a special word of thanks to our pilots this week. Like all duty staff, they have a tough time of it sometimes, being called up to do duty on weekends when they would rather be relaxing with the family.
This particular weekend, Johan came down with a “chest cold”. That is what he called it, but I spoke with him over the phone and it sounded like full on bronchitis to me. But, they made them tough in his day.
In any case, we had to call on replacements at short notice. Both Heinri and Wesley were willing to help even though each could only give a single day. In the end, we let Wesley off the hook and got help from Alwyn du Plessis.
So thank you to all of you – Alwyn, Wesley, Heinri, Johan, Hennie and Antenie for your willingness and dedication.
== Award Recipients ==
Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM. It was a great turnout and a very pleasant event. Daniel Walden commented that the formal part of the evening was very short. We aim to please. No point continuing once you have put the audience to sleep.
There was some improvement in the financials, and general growth in the club as a whole. The requirement for First Time Jumpers and Tandem Jumpers was emphasised – let’s all “sell” our club together and keep it strong.
The formal awards were issued first, with fun awards following. As usual, Ailsa made sure to list everyone who was nominated and to include some of the comments from the voters. Here are the results:
ClubMember of the Year: Justin and Andrea Fuidge
Some of the fun awards have stories behind them. Most of them arose as an attempt to boost our spirits when the club was at a low point just after the move from Citrusdal to Ceres. It is an excellent tradition which has “stuck” and people are always welcome to invent new awards for approval and inclusion.
The PLF (Pam Lands Funny) award went to Hildi Coetzee for her knee-skinning landing technique and her subsequent reliance on kneepads every time she jumps.
“I hope you people aren’t’ trying to put me off this sport because it didn’t work!” - Craig to the folks on the ground, on landing under his reserve.
“<censored>” - Brian; as is so often the case, not a single thing that Brian said all weekend is actually printable here.
“The urge to fly is strong in her” – Tim-O-T describing Andi
== Skydive for Rhinos ==
Clubmembers have been asking for more details about this. Mike Rumble and the African Conservation Trust have assured us they will be bringing us an Atlas Angel for the event. Our job is to provide the facility to them. They have indicated that their intention is for experienced jumpers to be welcome. For that, we will provide Manifest staff, and if students are involved, an Instructor and Jumpmaster as usual. So if you are an experienced jumper, please do pencil it in.
The African Conservation Trust are providing staffing for everything to do with the Rhino jumps. This means organization, welcoming jumpers, showing people where to park, dealing with litter, helping with refuelling, etc. For this they are bringing their own staff and sourcing volunteers locally. So if any Robertson local or individual would like to be involved, they can get in touch to find out more about what is needed.
== Booking Requests and General Information ==
I have deleted much of the standard information from this newsletter. It will reappear from time to time so that it is always handy in your recent archives, but we don’t need it every single week. If you can’t find it in a recent newsletter, you can always refer to our website.
If you are interested in trying out / starting skydiving please request our latest information and bookings document.
We look forward to welcoming you and your friends and family to Skydive Robertson, and introducing you to the exhilarating sport of skydiving and parachuting.
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