Hey Brigitte are you able to post your map? Be good to see what happened.
Erin, Jon set the course with a few distractor controls. 50-75m short on a leg, same feature, likely approach path. 4 teams got suckered, but Bridge's is the only with the distinction of falling for all three. :-) One caught their error and fixed themselves.
What I don't know is if they were following my suggestion of pairs trading off leading - this was adventure racing prep, so learning to work together through transitions was part of the focus. Distractor controls were on 3, 5, and 7, so a single cadet could have thrown it off for the team.
We were pin punching (reunion Orienteering courtesy of USMA '96, old school), but controls were marked. Looks like a some punch routine development is in order.
Well, shoot, those mp's were on me...
We'll send some notes in a few days (had some serious reunioning to do this weekend, plus Mid-Atlantic Champs...just got home).
It sounded like the WCAP athletes talked to you about the importance of making some things routine...ie almost automatic...which I think is good in O because it is such a conscious thought-involved sport. When you're tired, it's hard to remind yourself to spot your exit as you come in to punch, be sure you hear the beep/see the lights, check your numbers, look at the next control description (which some people don't do; I do). But when you do it the same way every single time, your brain doesn't have to devote conscious thought the same way it does when you do things occasionally or differently every time. Plus, you reduce error, especially when you're tired.
I once spent a day of a USMA national meet in a tree stand overlooking 4 advanced controls in proximity. Besides getting some good pictures, I also got a real lesson in punching routine and flow from all our top runners late in their courses. Best one I saw? Clem McGrath (went to WUOC with Jon right after we graduated, ran on the WOC team for years). He was so smooth, I don't think I got a picture off...