Teams from ten countries met in Yugoslavia for the 8th International Parachuting Competition. The prize?
Teams from ten countries met in Yugoslavia for the 8th International Parachuting Competition. The prize was the ad???iatic Cup, which was taken home by the United States. From September 1st to 9th, the teams competed at the seaside resort of Portoroz, near Trieste.
One of the highlights of the competition was the "Portoroz '73" prize. At the end of the main events, the teams displayed their most imaginative and daring jumps. The Soviet Union won the prize with a "multiple" jump. Four parachutists jumped with one parachute, then used auxiliary 'chutes for the rest of the descent, performing gymnastic feats on the way.
There were several group accuracy jumps, which formed the main part of the competition. The teams drifted down from heights of 2,500 metres (8,200 feet), 15,0??? metres (4,920 feet) and 1,000 metres (3,280 feet). They also jumped from a height of 600 metres (1,968 feet) into a pool of water, and swam to a target. Men's and women's teams took part in most events.
The United States was the only non-European country represented. The Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia sent two teams each for the competition, which was run by the Yugoslav Tourist Board in conjunction with various international parachuting organisations. The United States, with an aggregate score of 12.09 points, was the overall winner, followed by a Bulgarian team, with 12.48 points, and a Soviet Union team, with 12.79 points.