A group of ladies took part in a charity parachute jump on Saturday 13th May at the Skydive GB site near Bridlington. Two of the ladies are from Walkington and this was their first jump and they were also raising money for the childrens’ charity ‘Bundles of Joy’.
The group arrived at the rural site on the road to Grindale, at about 10:00am for their briefing and safety instructions. The jump was to take place from about 10,000ft and was described as a tandem skydive whereby you are harnessed to an experienced skydiver and jump in tandem. Apart from the 10,000ft bit, it all sounds reasonable so far. It gets a bit scarier when you consider the plane takes about 20 minutes to attain that altitude of 10.000ft and then when the light turns green… you jump. Aaaagh!! From that moment there’s only one way and that’s down, accelerating to speeds of 120mph and covering 5000ft in about 30 seconds. Then the instructor pulls the main cord on the parachute and you both float gently back down to earth.
Well, that’s the theory out of the way. In practice the good old British weather intervened and due to a gusting windspeed above the safety level our intrepid ladies were unable to jump. So we sat around for a couple of hours in the waiting area watching a horizontal wind sock and eating cheese toasties, sausage sandwiches and cake. Did I mention the chocolate cake? Wow, what a cake made by a friend of Claire’s, the jump organiser, and delicious it was too. Finally it was agreed that the group would return first thing on Sunday morning and go through it all again.
This time I’m pleased to announce that they did it and once the cord was pulled it took about 6 minutes to land. I’m told it was awesome. A word often overused, but jumping from 10,000ft, I think qualifies as awesome.
Well done to all the ladies in the Bundle of Joy parachute team.