Got word on Thursday that the grass had been cut and gathered in, so the word was sent out and 8 member turn up 7 of us where there to do battle with the 125g lead. With the wind coming from a southwest changing to westerly later, the upper field was the only one suitable. So we set up on the sloping upper corner and put the court out and started the first round. Soon after start the wind went westerly so we had a slope and a cross wind to deal with but at last the grass was cut.
Results for 30/6/19 125g day.
Bobby = 178y
Tommy = 215y
Stevie = 243y
MC = 237y
Benny = 220y
Scrab = ncr
Well done to Stevie Ratcliffe on the win, until the next time lads
Today was our scheduled "Light Line Day". That means casting 100g, 75g and 50g - all on O.25mm main line with a 50lbs minimum leader. It was a great day weather wise with sunshine all day and a light breeze that actually stayed in the direction we wanted. It was only a light breeze of 2 to 5mph but anything is better than nothing. We also had high air pressure which did us no favours.
The light line event consists of four casts on each weight with your best cast from each weight being added together to give each caster their overall aggregate score - the longest aggregate score being the overall winner of the event. It was an interesting day with the final result not what some were expecting but maybe a lesson or two learned in the process. Time will tell maybe.
We had seven members turn up to take part today. We were also able to get into the second field that is more or less flat which gave us high hopes of some decent distances but that wasn't to be. On the plus side it did provide some close competition right up to the end of the day. In the end there wasn't that much distance separating the top three or four aggregate distances and the results could easily have been different. Still is was a great day to be out slinging some lead about the place.
With our next scheduled event being the Ultralite Challenge on August 25th today was our last chance to get some much needed practice in for it. The ultralites are the 18g plastic plug and the mighty 1oz lead weight but for some reason though several members chose to start off chucking great big lumps of lead around the place. Whatever - some people just don't read the memo it seems...
Thankfully the forecast showers and rain stayed away for the time we were there and we did have a reasonable breeze. It was a bit gusty at times and it wasn't blowing directly down the court but we were happy to have it. It does mean that the plug distances go down in the wind assisted column for today but that's ok As the day went on more casters switched to the plug and 1oz with the idea of getting reels set up for the challenge. It looks like the plug will be cast in seperate multiplier and fixed spool categories at the event for the first time. It seems several members may see this as the easier option over the vagaries of setting up a multiplier for it. The Ultralite Challenge is shaping up to be an interesting event. Now all we need is the grass cut at the oche!
Today was the day some hate and others . . . well - don't hate as much. THE SKINNIES! In other words this was the clubs sceduled Ultralite event. A day set aside each year were we cast only the 18g plug and the mighty 1oz. Usually a good laugh if nothing else but there's also another competition hidden in the proceedings. This competition is a personal event between MC and Benny. It follows along the same lines of the main event but they must cast each weight 4 times with the fixed spool and 4 times with the multiplier. The longest distance wins bragging rights for the next year as well as a bottle of whisk(e)y. Their distances also counted for the main skinnies event.
The forecast was for a steady breeze up to around 10mph from the southwest - wrong! We did enjoy a cloudless and very hot and sunny day though. We set the court up with the very light breeze of about 2mph running down the court with the hope that it would pick up - it didn't but it did turn and blow straight across court and at times coming back up the court towards the oche a little. We put up with it for the duration of the 1oz event but for the 18g plugs we changed the court around. Unfortunately the breeze decided to change its direction as well - back to straight across court. It was only blowing at around 2mph or so but it was annoying and did the plugs no favours if there was any height in the cast. For the last round on the plug we ditched the court and cast with the light breeze, more out of frustration than anything but it did show how much distance even this light breeze was stealing from us. An enjoyable day for some of us but a painful one for others - can't wait for next years event!
25-08-2019 Ultralite Day -
MC = 18g / 86y, 1oz / 126y
Benny = 18g / 95y, 1oz / 127y
Tommy = 18g /89y, 1oz /130y
Bobby = 18g / 79y, 1oz / 130y
Sean = 18g /144y, 1oz /177y
18g 1st =Sean Neill
1oz 1st =Sean
MC & Benny Grudge Match -
MC = 18g FS / 86y, 18g M / 83y, 1oz FS / 126y, 1oz M /115y total=410y
Benny = 18g FS /92y, 18g M /95y, 1oz FS /127y, 1oz M / 122y total=436y
A free day to play and, yes - it bloody rained for the most of it. Typical! We also had to use the second field from the road. It having the least amount of livestock in it but the wind direction at the start of the day was wrong and was blowing directly toward the farmers house. For safety's sake we had to set up with the wind blowing across the court. It wasn't that bad and as this was just a practice day it didn't present much of a problem - except for those casting plugs. Later in the day the wind died away so we got a few plugs away to decent distances.
We also had the oportunity to welcome new caster, Jonathan Kerr to the club meeting. For someone relatively new to distance casting he put down some nice looking casts using the off-the-ground style. With more practice and a little tweek here and there he's got a lot of potential and some very long casts ahead of him. Todays conditions weren't going to do him, or the rest of us any favours though. It didn't take very long before we were all soaked, or at least very damp and wishing we were somewhere else.
There wasn't much in the way of big distances today thanks to the rain, wet gear and initial wind direction but we still had a go and had the odd laugh along the way.
Today was a free day, as in we could cast whatever weights we wanted to - within the club's rules of course. A chance to get some practice in for up coming events and get some work done on techniques.
We got to use the second field in from the road again with the wind blowing from the north west all day. We weren't able to angle the court enough to have the wind blowing directly down the court but it was near enough for what we wanted. More importantly for us was that it didn't rain in the time we were there and the ground stayed firm under foot and didn't turn to mud. It was cold in the wind to start off but it turned into a nice day.
There were six members in attendance today with every weight from 18gs to 175gs being used. There was also a little competition between MC and Tommy on various weights to add a little interest.