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Discussion: Scheduling

in: PrueD; PrueD > 2018-05-20

May 22, 2018 10:56 AM # 
This weekend was first and foremost about WOC selection. The timing is pretty much fixed around this weekend give or take a week or so. The next choice is what terrain. Two issues to consider. One is willingness of organisers. The other is terrain similar to the WOC terrain. Jim decided that Bendigo would organise the middle selection on Yorkshire Hill. That is a middle map. But the terrain for WOC is more brutal. Not the lovely Latvian sand dunes, but this.
Most similar terrain in Victoria was Blowhole. But Eureka wasn't keen on the map or organising. Map is too old (like so many of our maps these days). So next was Tipperary Springs. You can see the similarity still to WOC terrai. And BKV was kind enough to put their hand up. Given that, you might as well make the event a SS to raise a little more money. As I understand it, the Board vetoed this being a Long Champs.
So as you can see, season appropriateness was not a consideration.
May 22, 2018 8:54 PM # 
Thanks Invis. I can see now how this event happened.
But our club ran Sailor's Diggings last year (l think it was) and seems to have an event most years somewhere close to Daylesford in winter (or close to it), with the start in an exposed place. That usually means a full day for most of us out in the wind and rain.
The NE at this time of year is glorious.
May 22, 2018 9:32 PM # 
Re SS: if it was just a NOL event, would it cover its costs?
May 23, 2018 2:07 AM # 
That from a Bayside member, the club who for years ran the "Winter Classic" around Daylesford. My best/worst memory is being sleeted on at one of those events. Re NE Victoria, no-one from Melbourne really wants to run events up there due to distance from Melbourne, and AWOC is past anything but their local event series. Which is leading to an interesting debate about Oceania. There is kick-back against using the existing maps up there. But any good new terrain would probably need a lidar flight. My info is that a flight for the OZ Champs next year in WA cost $15k. Thats a fair bit for a map in an area that won't get much return.
May 23, 2018 3:54 AM # 
Best weather here is Dec-Jan-Feb. But people claim other things on in Dec, family holidays in Jan and Feb is taken up with deciding what to do and who to do it. Not for us the scheduling of events years in advance:-) But maybe that "thinking on your feet" is what gives us an edge in certain competitions.

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