Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
The 2013 British Open Nationals continue with FS 8-way - including the new, user-friendly, FS 8-way Rookie Class - Artistics and Speed Skydiving over the weekend of 31 Aug-2 Sept at Skydive Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire. More at www.skydivingchampionships.com Then CF, Classics, 8-way Speed at UK Parachuting-Sibson, and CP at Skydive UK Dunkeswell, follow later in September. From scratch teams to the best of British and beyond, all are welcome.
4th Dubai International Parachuting Championships: 27 November to 10 December 2013. Disciplines: Accuracy - Male, Female & Junior; FS 4-way - Open & Female; VFS; FS 8-way; CF; Freestyle; Freefly; CP. Due to limited slots, the Competitions Committee ask that those wishing to attend please express their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday 30 August 2013. Selection for FS 4-way Open and Womens will be based on 2013 British Nationals position and 2012 Nationals position for CP. Teams/Individuals will be informed of the decision by Friday 6 September. For more on the meet, see Bulletin 1.
The 2013 British Open Nationals start over the bank holiday weekend 24-26 Aug with Formation Skydiving 4-way and VFS at Skydive Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire, followed by FS 8-way, Artistics and Speed Skydiving on the weekend of 31 Aug-2 Sept. Then CF, Classics, 8-way Speed at UK Parachuting -Sibson, and CP at Skydive UK Dunkeswell, follow later in September. With 70 teams pre-registered for FS 4-way, we're set to be the biggest FS Nationals in the world! From scratch teams to the best of British and beyond, all are welcome. More at www.skydivingchampionships.com
The retirement dinner for John Hitchen, BPA's National Coach & Safety Officer for over 30 years, will be held on Monday 7 October at the Leicester Marriott Hotel LE19 1SW, at £25 a head (by advance booking only, subject to availability). The Dinner Order form should be returned to the BPA Office. Hotel bedrooms, if required, should be booked direct with the Leicester Marriott (subject to availability) at the BPA rate of £100 per night double/twin, and £90 per night single occupancy, including full English breakfast. Leicester Marriott Hotel Bedroom Bookings For other hotels: Go Leicestershire
The Dinner will be held at 1930 for 2000. Dress will be suit and tie for men and evening wear for ladies.
Seating will be in rounds of 10, tables may be reserved if booking 10 tickets at the same time. If the main course vegetarian option (v) is required, it must be ordered on booking. Please advise on booking of any special dietary requirements, of which we shall notify the Hotel. The menu is:
Cream of Tomato and Basil Soup, focaccia croutons (v)
Roast Breast of Chicken, rosemary and garlic roasted new potatoes, market vegetables, white wine velouté
or vegetarian option (available only if ordered at time of booking)
Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, nutmeg and spinach sauce, roasted leeks (v)
Vanilla Crème Brûlée, butter biscuits
Freshly Ground Coffee and Tea with Minted Chocolates
Earlier this year, a dispute with some affected pilots about the BPA rule on pilot upper age introduced on 1 April was referred for arbitration by Sport Resolutions UK. The hearing took place on 29 July. The Arbitrator has found in favour of the applicant pilots. Arbitration decision in full (pdf, 226 KB). Martin Soulsby, BPA Chair, said “We note the Arbitrator’s decision and will give effect to it by immediately striking out the new rule on pilot upper age and reverting to the former rule that applied until 31 March 2013. ... [continued - click on 'More' below]
...We shall carefully consider the Arbitrator’s observations on arrangements going forward. I am naturally disappointed that the arbitration did not find for the BPA - our motivation was a genuine desire to improve safety. We will now carefully study the reasons underlying this decision and the lessons we can learn from them in our approach to the management of risk in our sport.”
Good luck to our delegation to the 2013 World Cup and Europen Championships in FS & Artistics http://epc2013banjaluka.org/ British teams: Team XX, Eclipse 4-Way Skydiving Team, Hyrrokkin 4 Way, Bodyflight Isis, Skydive Euphoria, Kaizen, Brit Chicks 8, Raykipo and Team Seraphim. Check out the live scores on this link: tinyurl.com/ngcl69h
Countdown to the start of the BPA British Open Nationals 2013. 4-way FS and VFS on Sat 24 to Mon 26 Aug and 8-way FS on Sat 31 Aug to Mon 2 Sept at Skydive Hibaldstow; CF, Classics & 8-way Speed on Fri 13 to Sun 15 Sept at UK Parachuting, Sibson; and CP on Fri 20 to Sun 22 Sept at Skydive UK, Dunkeswell. More on the Nationals page.
Updated 17 May 2012