All nine members of RNLI Torbay’s Skydive team landed safely after completing their first Kilimanjaro Challenge at Dunkeswell airfield.
The day started with short briefing, which everyone listened to rather carefully, learned what not to do, how to pose and what skydiving jargon to use for the camera.
They donned Aviators and their gear, boarded the plane, took off and climbed above the clouds… where they meatbombed at 15,000 feet, free-fell for 60 seconds, opened canopies and swooped gracefully through the final 5,000 feet to the DZ back at Dunkeswell airfield.
A crowd of well-wishers, friends and family welcomed them all back to terra-firma with loud whoops of congratulations and requests for autographs.
“What was it like?” asked one over-awed onlooker… “Bonkers!” came the reply.
“Would you do it again?” … “Absolutely!”
Back at the station, Skydiving team leader Darryl Farley, reverently handed over the Kili flag to Cridds, team leader for the next Challenge – the Six Island Cycle! … “Take special care of it!” he rasped with a firm handshake and steely look in his eye.
RNLI Torbay crew members are taking on a series of six intrepid and fearsome tasks, culminating in the eight oldest (average age of 60)climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro in February 2023 to raise money for their local lifeboat station.
The crew bravely accepted a relay of challenges including skydiving, endurance swimming, cycling, rowing, driving, that culminates with the hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the World’s highest freestanding mountain and seventh highest in the World!
The group believe these challenges comprise the most ambitious fundraising events ever attempted by any volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew. Over a sequence of tasks involving the entire Torbay crew, different teams will accomplish intrepid feats that will push them outside their comfort zone and experience.
Each team will take a banner on their task, a cherished flag, to keep in their care and pass on to the next team until it is eventually raised at the finish, on the summit of 5,895 metre-high Kilimanjaro.
For more info and to support the Challenges, please visit https://justgiving.com/campaign/RNLITorbaykili23
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