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Discussion: COC Sprint Results

in: 2015 Canadian Orienteering Championships (Aug 14–23, 2015 - Hillsborough, NB, CA)

Aug 20, 2015 7:56 PM # 
Sprint results & course maps.

Last minute chaos for the organizers as construction on site affected three control sites - and some champion-level negotiations and inventive "solutions" barely got us there.

On the competition side, some great performances again on courses that demanded full concentration in what may have appeared to be a much simpler race venue. Notable mention to Emma Waddington and Damian Konotopetz who are Canadian W/M21E champions and as such are pre-selected to the 2016 World Champs in Sweden.
Aug 20, 2015 8:39 PM # 
I liked the way that the individual trees were mapped---white with a green circle. I've noticed trees mapped in different ways and am wondering if this is the latest standard?
Aug 20, 2015 9:02 PM # 
Congrats to Damian and Emma (well done kiddo!).

Nice looking map and courses again! Lots of big names DQ'd on course#5. Looks like several punched 135 instead of 213 ??

Junior girl (Emma) fastest on course #4 and a junior man (Jan Erik) third fastest among elite men with 3 junior men in the top 6 on elite men's course.
Aug 20, 2015 9:15 PM # 
It's amazing how fast people can run when they have a lobster dinner to look forward to. :) Congrats, all - with a special shout out to our own AdventureGirl!
Aug 20, 2015 10:19 PM # 
@carlch - I have liked using this for a while now, especially in Asia, where a tree, there in the Tropics, with a huge canopy could pretty much shade as much as a little forest here. Nice read from Kell
Aug 21, 2015 12:51 AM # 
ICarl I may not have the full story but use of that green circle with a white-over-yellow in the middle I think came to Canada via a Czech mapper named Alles who used it and impressed Bill Anderson who taught it to me and probably to the UPEI mapper, Jeff Teutsch, as well.
In open and rough open areas the green circle with the white inlay is so much better as in easier to read than a green circle on top of the yellow.
And in Florida where the distinctive trees are often wide spreading oaks with nothing growing underneath but a canopy sometimes reaching to the ground the green circle/ white infill is a pretty accurate representation of the tree.
Aug 21, 2015 1:05 AM # 
I remember first seeing that on a map in San Diego (Laguna Meadows) in 1990. These days you can just create the symbol and click, but back then in the days of ink drafting it required leaving a white spot on the yellow mylar separation, a lot of work. That was my memory, at least, but I just pulled out the map, and it looks like only about half of the green circles actually have the white center, and it's a 1:15000 map, so it's hard to see anyway (at least for my aging eyes).
Aug 21, 2015 1:35 AM # 
Can anyone confirm that this is the first ever Orienteering event in PEI? If so, congrats to the organizers, regardless, first big event in the province!

Congrats to DMan, Emma and the giant leap Jan Erik has taken over the past year!
Aug 21, 2015 1:39 AM # 
All the above is true but what convinced me more than anything else was when Eric Kemp once told me that he can sometimes hardly see the green circles on the yellow (Eric is colour blind) but that the white in the middle makes it so much easier to see. And I agree that it helps so why not?

The discussion on the trees is interesting. I think the white dot in the centre of the distinct tree symbol is fairly uncontroversial but what did people think of the way the large evergreens were mapped (dark green drawn to size with a dotted vegetation boundary)? I have seen this used a few times before and thought it a nice way to differentiate the different trees on the map that were super easy to differentiate in the terrain. The other reason is the part of the map that people didn't see:
Aug 21, 2015 1:50 AM # 
It is not the first "O" event in PEI. I attended one in 1977, held in conjunction with Nova Scotia hosting the COC that year. I can't really recall where on the island it was, but it was called 'Peakes'.
Aug 22, 2015 8:41 AM # 
My understanding of the white centre is that it's used to illustrate where the canopy is. If it's a single tree with a high canopy, you'd just use a green circle - the runner's view is just a trunk. If the tree has low branches at/near ground level, then the white indicates that the feature is more than just a point object.

Or it might just be that it helps colour-blind people and I'm over-thinking things.
Aug 22, 2015 7:44 PM # 
The meet in 1977 at Peakes, PEI has been mentioned on several occasions here on AP.
I was there and so was PG - who has put up his maps from the whole COCĀ“s week here.

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