Australian record broken in South Coast skies

IN FORMATION: 44 skydivers descended on Moruya to help set a new Australian record. Photo: Mark Gazley.
IN FORMATION: 44 skydivers descended on Moruya to help set a new Australian record. Photo: Mark Gazley.

Skydivers from all over the country have made a new Australian Vertical Formation Record skydive.

44 skydivers exited three aircraft from 20,000 feet in a head down orientation reaching speeds of up to 380km/h.

The current record of 33 was set at Sydney Skydivers, Picton in 2011.

Members of the Australian champion team ‘Focus’ have been coordinating this event for more than twelve months.

Team member Kieren James states “the dedication of all participants attending these camps has finally paid off”.

“The support of the Australian Parachute Federation has been integral in making this record happen,” James said.

The progression of the record attempts has been slowed due to bad weather.

“Now that the weather has come good and we’ve got a record, we’re going to go bigger!” Focus team member Scott Hiscoe said after landing from a 36-way record.

Only hours later they went up and built the 44-way record that went in the books.

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