Good Morning Everybody

After all the great sunny weather we've had in the UK, you would think we would be guaranteed that today. Err no! For the first hour, we had stunning blue (but cold) skies and almost completed round 1 before huge fat low-flying clouds appeared and we are now on a hold.

Here's the dive pool for those interested.

The Nationals Are Just Around The Corner

It's not long now until the most exciting event of the year begins! In our opinion. We love the buzz of all the UK National Championships disciplines. So we wanted to check with you all that you are ready and registered for the competition. Don't forget to complete your team paperwork, pay your entry fees and have your docs up-to-date before you arrive.

This year we are offering an early-bird registration which closes at 5pm tomorrow for the 4-way and VFS competition. This drops the registration fee from £50 down to £35, so it's defo worth doing! Next week, the registration for 8-way, Artistics and Speed all close on Wednesday 29th August.

This year, we have Julia Swallow of Satori XL fame who will be on hand during the 4-way to help you all out with free coaching. She'll be hanging around the dropzone, so just ask for help if you want it.

A Reminder of What Our Nationals is All About

We wanted to share with you a nice video edit of our UK Nationals and the wide variety of disciplines and amazing competitors within it. Enjoy:

BPA Nationals 2017 at Skydive Hibaldstow from Swallow Group on Vimeo.

Nationals 2017 Is Complete

We have had one of the best nationals in years thanks to a great atmosphere and some great weather. The final rounds are being judged live on tv in reverse order.

In the senior 8-way, unfortunately Catherine Leather hurt her shoulder and alternate Laura Jones stepped in. In round 9, she did a comedy falling off the rail before outside centre Lesley Gale could key it. Despite this, they still managed to score 3 points. And in their final round, they had their best jump and did an amazing 9 points in time.

credit: Rob Lloyd

We have more news coming soon once the results are in, but we do already know who has the ticket for the 8-way World Champs in Oz next year - no surprises, it's MicroClim8!

End Of Day 1

All we can say is wow today. The weather has been amazing and the lions share of the competition has already been completed. All the Freefly and Freestyle rounds have been completed, so they will be having a mini party tonight after the judges have caught up. The Speed Skydiving have only 1 round to go and the 8-way have 2 rounds left to go. The Hibaldstow machine has really worked well today and did an incredible 64 loads!

In the Freefly A, team Varial have already won it 3 rounds left to judge. Their free round has been amazing to watch scoring a consistent 8.6 to 8.7 which is pretty competitive at a world level. Team Parallel are in second place and doing well with new cameraman Chris Cooke who used to be camera for 8-way team MicroClim8. Nice to see him working hard at a new discipline.

There is also exciting news in the Speed Skydiving scene. Max Hurd has just set a new UK record of 559km/h, that's 349mph average! New kid on the block Matthew Byrne has also scored 3 rounds over the 500km/h mark as well.

Tomorrow, it's wheels off at 9am.

Team Photos

The weather is still holding, we have sunshine (some clouds) and we are progressing quickly. The senior 8-way has in fact done 4 rounds already! There's also been some comedy exit funnels too, see round 2 :)

Good Morning Day 1

Good morning everybody, the weather is a bit cloudy, but it's very patchy too, so the 20 minutes calls have just been given!.

Here is the 8way draw for today: