(World Parachuting Championships Accuracy in Toba Japan)
The competition will be held in the region MIE, which is roughly located in the middle of Japan. Accuracy Landing takes place in Ise Shima and Classic Style in Toba which is more to the coast.
I hope to be able to update this page from the competition site so stay tuned if you are interested in this event.
The Dutch delegation consists of:
Competitor Classic Style:
Sunday October 1, 2000:
At the very last moment (about 4 hours before our flight) Bram Lasschuit had to give his slot in the team to Harry due to personal circumstances. Harry didn't have to think twice to join the team. He packed his suitcases and came straight away to Schiphol Airport.
The departure was too late but we probably had back-wind so no worries about the arrival in Tokyo. We felt like; plane in, plane out, bus in, bus out, train in, train out, bus in, bus out, plane in, plane out, etc. etc. We had 2 flights, 3 train rides and 6 bus trips with all our luggage so we were a kind of nackered on arrival.
Tuesday October 3, 2000:
Finally after about 40 hours of travelling we arrived in our (Sea Side) Hotel in Toba. First impression is great, nice Japanese style rooms with view on the Toba bay, Pearl Island and of course the sea.
Prices are "reasonable", around ¥ 800 ( 8$ USD) for a beer and 5 $ for a cup of coffee. I'll come back to this later this week.
Our Team Manager Johan Bronsveld.
Wednesday October 4, 2000:
Today we made our first 2 jumps in Japan. Ise-Shima
is located near the coast and therefore we expected some wind. We were
right, there was enough wind for us. We hardly train in "No-Wind"
circumstances so hopefully this wind will stay during the competition.
Thursday October 5, 2000:
The camera stayed in the Hotel today so we've no new pictures to add. Tomorrow I'll try to make some shots from the choppers and under canopy. So far we jumped from SA 350 helicopters (5 places) which seem to me like copies of the Ecureil (right spelling?) helicopters we have in Europe. The weather today was good for training, not too easy and not too difficult. Unfortunately only 3 Accuracy jumps but all with good results for all of us. At the end of the day Henny could make his first training jump in style. The score was 9,3 sec. which did not only surprise the team but even more Henny himself. Because the qualification for the competition is 10 sec. he can perform at least one competition jump in Classic Style. B.t.w. Harry also made his first attempt for style today when he tried to wave to Geert on one of his exits. You could see he has not a lot of experience with style because he started with a kind of back-loop instead of a flat turn.
The organization just confirmed that tomorrow the CH 47 (double rotor Chinook) will be used for the training jumps of Accuracy. Even better for us for the pictures. If possible Henny will make another training jump in style. Accuracy is held in Ise-Shima and style in Toba. Two different sites which makes it pretty difficult to combine during training. Anyway at least we can jump.
In the beginning we gave an indication about the costs here in Japan. Related to our standards Japan is extremely expensive. For me the most expensive country I've ever visited. Jumps are twice the price of Europe; Accuracy 20 $ and Style 30 $. Not everything has the same factor, it varies from 2 (jumps) to about 6 (drinks, food, etc.). A local bottle of wine costs ¥ 3000 (30 $). The reason for this, I guess, is that for me it looks like that in Japan everything is very well organized. Many more people are employed to do small parts of jobs of what we're used to. On the other hand those jobs are performed very well and are reliable. F.e. the busses are arranged by a lot of people but I've never been at a competition where the busses drive on a schedule that's on the minute. Japan is very, very clean. You won't find any dirt, paper, or whatever on the streets. No graffiti on the buildings and bridges.
The organization has arranged "support families" for all nations. Those families get in contact with the teams and try to exchange the culture of the countries. Today we've met our "support mother". She speaks some English and even has visited Amsterdam twice. On a no jumping day she will show us around in the province of Mie so we get a better view of the typical Japanese lifestyle. Although I'm not so cultural minded I'm looking forward to that because we won't get a touristy tour but more an insight into the local family life.
Friday October 6, 2000:
As promised the Chinook was present. Not just one but four of those beauties. For a few of us the first time jumping from this chopper (Beer!!). Following one on exit (Ton) could give the impression that "chute assis" is a new discipline but he said it was necessary for the individual separation. The teammanager disagreed vigorously. Despite the bigger size of the helicopter, turnarounds took much longer. The beauty hauled five teams (25+ jumpers) in one lift. Rounds between the teams were very long (± 5 min.). The pilots waited until the last of the previous team had landed.
Saturday October 7, 2000:
The previous days were relaxed but we needed that to acclimatize. Three
days before a meet in another continent is a minimum to get used to everything
like the competition site, the planes, the food, etc. This is neccessary
so during competition you only have to be concentrated on your own jump.
Finally this morning the competition was declared open. This was one of the better ceremonies I've attended (and I've done some). Very well organized and very efficient (only words that have to be said). Like everything on this meet, also the ceremony proceeded on an accurate schedule. Prominent attendees were of course Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino. Also B.J. Worth (president of the IPC), accompanied by his wife Bobbie, held a short speech in which he reminded the historic 25th WPC.
Sunday October 8, 2000:
The weather forecast was right, when we woke
up the sky was covered with clouds. Even before we arrived at the DZ the
organization had a Chinook in the air to check the available altitude.
This seemed to be OK so the competition continued with the completion
of the fourth round for the girls. There's not enough altitude for Style
so we're on standby.
Finally we made the first accuracy jump. It was a very difficult one. In between the take off and landing the wind changed from zero to about 9 m/s until ± 5 mtr. height with a variable direction. Above the pit no wind at all. It was not easy to get over the pit (lots of wind) and subsequently full brakes to get it down. Ton, Harry and Henny were granted a rejump due to a sudden change of direction more than 90 º. Henny decided to keep his score. Unfortunately Paul didn't get a rejump although he had similar conditions. Extra unsatisfactory is that the judges stopped the competition after our jump. For me the conditions were comparable with Paraski and the eastern wind at Teuge. Except from the snow it completely felt like a Paraski approach. I love this!
Geert was so pleased with his score that his mind was only focussed on the landing and not on opening; he forgot to pack his slider.
After a few hours it slowly started to rain. The competition was canceled for the rest of the day. We left to the hotel, rented some bikes (¥ 500 = 5 $ for 4 hours) and toured through the city of Toba. In Japan bikes are not very common. Only school kids sometimes have a bike. This was very obvious because everybody looked to those strange Dutch guys on a bike in the rain.
Monday October 9, 2000:
Tuesday October 10, 2000:
06:30 h.; the weather looks fine. Up to the DZ and jump!
On the second round we had another rejump for Ton. He broke the tape that holds some A-lines. He had to cutaway but landed safely. His first chop in 929 jumps with this equipment (case of beer!). Again a difficult round but this is what we're used to at Teuge. Ton's canopy is professionally fixed by the Japanese rigger. Good job. Both Henny and Geert earned an applause. Henny already regretted not taking the rejump for the first round. The coming rounds will give the answer.
Round 3 we jumped without Ton (his canopy was not ready yet) but with Bruno Brokken who followed Henny to make some video shots for the FAI video. After a nice canopy formation stack the approach was difficult again. Some wind up and no wind down. Despite that Henny and Geert came above the target pretty well only Geert could finish it with another 0.00. Henny's foot positioning is not trained enough to make 0.00's. Harry was closer this time and scored 11 cm. Ton jumped later on his own and was happy with both scores of 0.02 and 0.00. Round 3 of accuracy is finished so we will switch to Style. Keep you informed so stay tuned.
Wednesday October 11, 2000:
Blue sky again. It promisses to be a beautiful and hot day. Schedule for today is Style round 2 man, Accuracy round 6 match women followed by Accuracy men.
We finished the first five rounds and the sixth will be according the match system. Geert and Ton did a very good job and at least Geert got qualified for the match system. There's a big change Ton will match too but we've to wait for the final results. The other three didn't make the final rounds for the individual ranking. As a team we also didn't qualify for the match system (only the first 8 teams continue).
We almost got our team target of 50 cm but we could have done better.
Anyway regarding the (sometimes difficult) circumstances not too bad.
Thursday October 12, 2000:
Friday October 13, 2000:
Both Goran Habschied and Marco Pflueger are well known competitiors at
World Championchips. It'll be though.
Saturday October 14, 2000:
Blue Sky but strong winds. The men still didn't jump the 6th round of Accuracy. Although winds are fairly strong the last round of Style for men could be performed. Now only men Accuracy Team and Individual rest. This can only start if weather permits (less than 8m/s wind). We'll wait for that and I'll probably work on some shots for the TV program in the meantime.
Finally at the end of the day with the last hours of sunshine the wind dropped a bit and came into acceptable limits. The Chinook went up and could do 2½ load before it was called off due to too strong winds again and no more daylight. Geert was lucky and made the jump. Ton was in the second half of the last load and had to come down with the chopper. He will likely jump tomorrow morning in the first load of the day.
Back to Geert. As mentioned before he had to match to Goran from Croatia. Unfortunately for Herr Habschied Geert was able to change that name into Herr Abschied. Although Goran had a nice approach he scored 2 cm. Geert stayed cool and scored his third 0.00 of this competition and outscored Goran with this. Geert will continue with the next round and for Goran it's over.
Sunday October 15, 2000:
The last day in Japan.
It started very cloudy this morning but winds were fair and the cloudbase proved to be high enough. The 6th round for male individual and the 9th round of female individual could be ran through before it started to rain. Now the meet was definately over.
Ton scored 3 cm but that was not good enough to beat the 1 cm of his opponent Pflueger. Because it's finished now Ton will be ranked between 37 and 74 and Geert between 22 and 44. We'll probably get the final sheets to late to be posted on this site, we'll be on our way back home by than. They will lickely be put on the WPC website www.wpcmie.gr.jp
On the last jump of Ton he has been filmed by Henny for the TV program. Especially the final landing is very nice on screen. That part will be broadcasted thoughout the world for sure.
This is the last update of this page. CU somewhere, sometime,