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Euro Record from 2 Antonovs

Women on Wings has announced a European Women’s record event in 2018 from two massive beasts!…

Andreea kissing the Antonov-72 — by Robert Compton
Andreea kissing the Antonov-72 — by Robert Compton

Aircraft

The goal of Women on Wings (WOW) is a 120-way European Women's Record, which would beat the existing record of 101, set in Russia, in 2014. The jumpships are two giant Antonov 72s, that each take 64 jumpers to 15,000 feet in 7 minutes! The climb is so fast it is not even necessary to wear oxygen. Jumpers tried it and so sooner had they fitted the mask, it was time to take it off again! The tailgate trap is huge and it goes under the plane. The engines are placed over the wings so even though it has a dropping speed of over 180 km/h there is no blast. It is very easy to have a good exit with a lot of people out in 5-6 seconds.

Kharkov, Ukraine

The record event will be held in Korotich, 10 km from the lovely city of Kharkov, in an absolutely safe place of Ukraine. The dropzone has good facilities, food and a massive landing area – 5km by 5km! The cost of living is low, so dining out and entertaining cost very little. An international big-way camp was held in Korotich in 2017, to rave reviews by participants.

Getting there

There are direct flights to Kharkov from various cities in Europe, as follows:

  • Kiev (Ukraine Airlines) ;
  • Warsaw by LOT (Polish Airlines);
  • Minsk (Belorussia);
  • Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
  • Dortmund & Katowice, Poland (Wizz Air, starting April 2018).

From January 2018 there may be others – direct flights are expected from Vienna and probably from Germany. Visa is free entry for residents of the European Union.

Happy organizers after WOW's World Record 2016; Kate, Lise, Alia, Lesley, Marloes — by Andrey Veselov
Happy organizers after WOW's World Record 2016; Kate, Lise, Alia, Lesley, Marloes — by Andrey Veselov

WOW Team Captains
WOW Team Captains

Captains

Women on Wings (WOW) will use the same five captains that led the team to 7 European and 2 World Records in 2016. Kate Cooper-Jensen (Denmark), Lesley Gale (UK), Lise Nansen (Norway, Marloes Swartfhoff (the Netherlands) and Alia Veselova (Russia).

Dates

The event is five jumping days, July 30, 31, August 1,2, 3, 2018. July 29 is the arrival day, departure is afternoon on August 3, or on the following day. Sequential Games is running the Kharkov 100-way Challenge immediately afterwards at the same dropzone (4-8 August), so it is easy for qualified women to do both events with one set of travel time.

52-way Women on Wings Butterfly — by Henny Wiggers
52-way Women on Wings Butterfly — by Henny Wiggers

Hotel and Package

Participants will stay at prestigious hotels in Kharkov, where 'great deals' are being negotiated! A package price including the hotel and transfers (from airport and DZ) is being put together, to be most economical for participants. The cost has not yet been finalised but is expected to be good value, as the location makes jump prices very affordable.

Participants

Women on Wings has a network of ladies all over Europe, with representatives from different countries helping coordinate participants. There is a two-stage process to select the ladies on the Euro Record.

1, Invitations

Personal invitations will be sent out to all ladies who were on the previous WOW 3-point 56-way World Record, and other known big-way rockstars. This will include a link to 'Save your slot' by recording name and a few details. When the package price is confirmed, these ladies can choose to 'Register' for the record.

There will also be an Alpha team of selected superstars, ready to improve an area if needed.

2, Applications

WOW also invites any qualified European female skydiver to apply, by filling out the application form HERE. Participants must have a valid European FAI licence with 2018 sporting licence to take part.

Please note, if you receive an INVITATION, do not fill out the APPLICATION form above, use the link in the invitation email to the 'Save Your Slot' form.

WOW dirtdive, 2016 — by Andrey Veselov
WOW dirtdive, 2016 — by Andrey Veselov

World Record too?!!

The first day the team will train in two groups of 60-ways, from a single Antonov. The base will practice their build, while the outside sectors will mimic their formation, around an alpha team base. If either or both groups made a 2-point 60-way, this would set a new European Women’s Sequential Record! A 3-point dive would be a new Women’s World Record! (Current records are 2 and 3 points of 56-way, set by Women on Wings in 2016.) Of course these would have to be declared to the judges prior to the dives in order to qualify. A point of interest, if two groups set the same size record on the same day then both are counted as successful.

Further information

Visit and Follow the Eurochicks Facebook page for updates

Apply for the event HERE

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