JSC just waiting to confirm new national record

Skydivers in action at the JSC on Sunday morning during their new record-breaking formation.
Skydivers in action at the JSC on Sunday morning during their new record-breaking formation.

Skydivers at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carletonville are just waiting for the official confirmation of a
new national record that they set last weekend.
According to Pottie (Eugene) Potgieter, the JSC’s chairman and Fochville resident, the club was a hive of activity
with the annual Tonto Boogie last weekend.
This is an annual event in honour of a former club member, the late Eric ‘Tonto’ Stephenson, who passed away in October 2007.
This year, again, the boogie drew skydivers from all over the country, some of whom came from as far as
Cape Town and Durban for the event. There was also a visitor from the United States, a former JSC member, Carl Meyer.
The highlight of the event was a 24-way formation jump on Sunday morning.
‘It is definitely a club record and we are just waiting for official confirmation of it being declared a national record as well,’ Potgieter told the Herald on Tuesday.
He said it took three aeroplanes to take the two dozen skydivers into the air for their formation jump, which was structured to look like a bird – the emblem of the annual Tonto Boogie.
‘I have been working on this project for the past two years.
‘As a result of the heavy rain on Saturday, we only had two attempts at the record on Sunday morning before some of the participants had to get back home. If we had not succeeded, the record attempt would have had to stand over until next year,’ says Potgieter.
The skydivers who took part in the record attempt were handpicked from clubs all over the country. While other
residents were still snuggled up in bed early on Sunday morning, the skydivers were already preparing for the
first record attempt at 06:00. The second attempt, at 07:00, was successful.
The rainy weather never deterred the skydivers from having a good time for the rest of the weekend. There were
80 jumps on Friday, 73 on Saturday and 313 on Sunday.
In the meantime, local residents who are interested in trying skydiving are welcome to contact Potgieter at pottie@jsc.co.za.

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