Well done to everyone that was involved in the successful Skydivers Over Sixty UK record attempts which now stands at an impressive 18-way!
After a weekend of perfect weather and plenty of practice jumps, the team came together with a 2-plane formation of 18 jumpers skydiving from 15,000ft and held the formation for a solid 12 seconds. The dropzone loves doing formation skydiving records and back in 2009, they set a dz record of a 60-way, so they were more than happy to supply the aircraft to the SOS group!
“On Sunday the 8th July 2018, a group of 18 skydivers over the age of sixty built a formation from two Dorniers at 15,000 feet over Skydive Hibaldstow. The formation held for over 12 seconds and this becomes the UK Record for SOS (Skydivers over Sixty).
There had been two attempts on Saturday and then the record jump was the second jump on Sunday. The old guys nailed it on the fourth attempt! The previous record was a 14-way that was achieved on the 17th July 2018 also at Hibaldstow during a weekend that was designated as a practice weekend prior to the actual record attempt weekend.
Before that, the record had stood at a 13-way set on 13 September 2014 at Skydive Langar. In the intervening years, attempts to beat that record had been frustrated by bad weather, but this weekend we had perfect conditions.
The record jump was organised by Chris Shaw assisted by Ron Wands and the jumpers ranged in experience from several hundred jumps to one with over 13,000 jumps. The group of young at heart skydivers are grateful to their organisers for making it happen, but especially grateful to Skydive Hibaldstow for providing everything else from manifest through pilots, bus drivers to packers and fitting the record jumps into the drop zone’s busy schedule.”