Fantasy Swoop 2001
Overall winner: Nathan Gilbert
2nd: Vladi Pesa
3rd: Joe Bennet
4th: Jimmy Tranter
Winner: accuracy: Nathan
Winner: Cones: Vladi Pesa
Winner: Distance: Joe Bennet
Winner: Time in water: Scott
The swoop meet at Skyquest
had the luck to be using the finest ponds that I have ever seen for swooping,
an L shaped 260' pond, 8' deep in the middle rising evenly to the bank.
The courses proved to be challenging, made even more interesting by the
cross/down wind set up on the Saturday and for most of Sunday. Sunday evening
gave us the best conditions, virtually no wind, a glassy pond to make the
last rounds even more pleasing to the eye!
We started with the accuracy
round on Saturday, competitors had to touch the water prior to a set of
gates and then come to a complete stop in the target area, the 'complete
stop' proved to be the challenging aspect of this round. The round was
won by Nathan Gilbert, our overall champion.
Round 2 was the carving cones
event, again competitors had to touch the water prior to the gates and
then chose a set of cones to touch and score as many points as possible.
The cones were set up in a left and right carve as well as a straight line.
This round added a few grass stains to most competitors clothing. Most
people took it slightly downwind to get more speed through the cones ,
this was definately the more exciting option.... Vladi won this round.
Round 3 was distance, again
competitors had to touch water prior to the gates to start scoring and
get their 5 points, the distance was measured from the gates to the first
point of contact. Although Vladi and Scot had some very impressive swoops
it was Joe Bennet who won with consistency over both jumps.
Round 4 was only one jump,
all the other rounds were held over 2 jumps. This round featured the best
conditions... The objective was 'Time in the water', the stopwatch was
started as competitors made contact with the water and was stopped as they
broke contact. Two judges were used to make sure that we got an average
time. The winner was Scott Miller with a beautifully controlled swoop from
virtually one end of the pond to the other and a 3.8 second time. Other
competitors went from 0.1 up to 3.6.
Some 4 way competitors chose
to compete in the swoop event, this made their life pretty exciting if
their spots were a bit long!
The prize giving was held
on the Sunday evening, with Nathan Gilbert walking away with 2 huge checks
from PD and Sun Path. Vladi in 2nd and Joe in 4th also walked away with
cash. Scott won the 50% off a Birdman suit. All the winners walked away
with more prizes from Nature Coast EyeCare Institute, Universal Studios,
Atair canopies, Jumpshack, SSK and medals were supplied by the Relative
The event was fun and challenging,
made easy to judge and set up thanks to the help from: Anne Maxwell, Alicia
(from Z-Hills), Kaz Morley, Harry Parker and Vladi. I can't wait to compete
in the next event at Fantasy of Flight!
by Pete Allum