Orienteering 51:29  5.1 km (10:06 / km)
Manga Pirau Waikawa Beach
First world cup race in NZ since 1994. Very sucessful with lots of people out watching. Inspiring stuff. Some good NZ placings. Felt like a WC race, with medal ceremony etc. IOF should be commended for putting the World back in World Cup.
Our race started through the open dunes, i pushed a bit more than recent days. Did a conservative route choice on 5, which whilst it worked, involved 2 dune crossings and a patch of mostly untracked green, so lost a bit of time. Was a bit frustrating as the direct route apperntly you could see the man-made object, so they lucked-in. Most kiwi's know that that kind of beach leg is extremly risky. Then suffering up through the dunes. When I got to 12 my SI card wouldn't register (hence the mp in some results), I did get reinstated later. Seems random that it didn't work for my card, but Carsten and everyone else behind me had no problems....
Identified 13 as being hard, and went right, thinking i would see the bend and the hill. There was just small (too small to be mapped) sand dunes everywhere, and my plan quickly came unstuck. Then i went to some high ground and try to relocate, which was fairly unsucessful. Before eventually deciding I was too far south and heading north. Lost about 4 mins, and race gone.
It was frustrating, and in retrospect I should've gone straight into it, over the index hill or in from the flat on the left. In relocation, I probably should've done something more radical like out to the east to the flat area. I'm also useless at relocation, partly causeIi don't do it that often :-). In summary my sand dune orienteering is just to poor to do this kind of control clean - and it always has been.
Then followed Carsten down beach to 14, which he promptly stuffed up and so did I (2 mins).
Enjoyable race - Ed Nicholas had a blinder, maybe he should emigrate.