Finally time for the much anticipated ultimate race of the First Non-Annual Cayman Islands International Sprint Orienteering-palooza Cup, or, FNCIISOC, or something like that, its possible I forgot a letter (TM).
This was clearly the most important orienteering race to have ever happened on the Cayman Islands, and the men's and women's elite category was a who's who of international orienteering, in that the international orienteering community would say, "who?".
In the interest of efficient start management, the race was a mass start. Unfortunately, the route choice to number one was immediately blocked by some unexpected construction, which pretty much made this race fall in line with most urban sprints around the world. Its like it was meant to be.
There was much protesting over the quality of the mapping, particularly on the way to number 2, when a very obvious underpass and sidewalk were mysteriously omitted from the map. Clearly the mapper did not put in the requisite time with Google Earth or creeping on people's vacation videos on Youtube.
Unfortunately, on several controls, all elite competitors were in fact disqualified by officials who were hiding in the bushes.. However, upon multiple protests, they were all reinstated due to the fact that were it not for crossing the olive green, the athletes would have literally been trapped and unable to get to the next control. Glad to see the jury was willing to be flexible. It is assumed there will be plenty of passive aggressive comments about this on Attackpoint.
The race featured some short legs, two controls on a tropic island, a super-long, map spanning route choice leg, and plenty of bewildered observers.
This can only bode well for the future of orienteering on the Cayman Islands. Since the founding of the Cayman Islands as a country there have been an average of zero orienteering events per year. Now we can proudly say that rate has increased to 0.0189 orienteering events per year. Talks with Noname to produce Team Cayman O-lands is already underway.