2006 January Jaunt Results
As the only winter Navex in Ontario, the Jaunt provides a unique combination of driving and navigating challenges. This year was no different. The rally gods smiled on us again, delivering a snowfall just in time for the event, with healthy snowy weather throughout the night as well that added to the spirit of the rally.
Every competitor finished the rally this year, the first time in the recent (3 year) January Jaunt history. Car 19 found a little mud off-route, and decided to head to the finish after getting out, but by checking in at the final control, they still finished the rally. A few other crews got lost, and I heard that there were a few frustrations, but everyone recovered, and I hope that all had a good time overall!
The Novice entry in this event topped even last year's entry of 13, with 15 crews entered! There could be a number of reasons for this, but I think that the location, length, and timing of the event add to its appeal. Some competitors like to use the Jaunt as a shakedown for the other winter rallies later in the season, although all crews opted for regular ORRC classes rather then the available Open class (where experienced crews can run with Novice instructions).
The Novice class was given "Easy" instructions this year, although there were a couple of sections that proved to be not so easy after all. Novices were challenged by the last section, a flow chart with added distances to help guide the way through. We used this type of insturction with Novices in the past, and it proved to be less of a challenge then than this year. I'll just say that I think we'll give this instruction type a break for a couple of years for Novices. Of course, the Novice class consists of both first- or second-time competitors as well as teams that have run for a couple of years, which makes balancing the instruction types a little bit of a challenge as an organizer. For instance, a few beginners were flummoxed by straight-line diagrams, while the way they were introduced was suitable for the majority of Novices. I think there are a few ways we can improve the instructions, such as running a (non-ORRC) beginner class, or providing a more thorough explanation (maybe a beginner's guidebook) at the beginning. (If you're one of these beginners, I'd appreciate any feedback you have on this point.)
While the "Hard" instructions were - er - hard, it is interesting to note that only one Intermediate crew decided to open the supplied panic envelope and take the 10 point penalty for doin so. (Our lone Expert team had the same instructions as the Intermediates, but since they never panic, they didn't need an envelope.) There was a question about how to interpret the straight-line waffle section, where each cell in a waffle was a straight-line segment. You start at a point in the waffle, and can only execute an adjoining instruction, selecting the appropriate one with a matching intersection type. The question was whether you should enter each segment from the top or bottom; while the first instruction set a precedent, and normally there would be no doubt in my mind about the remaining ones, the guru suggested adding this clarification for the similar section in the Novice instructions, so a clarification could have helped. I'll have to remember that for next time!
Summary and detailed results are given below, so I'll just highlight the top finishers here. For the record, provisional results were posted at 10:15 PM, and were declared final at 10:32 after a couple of minor corrections. (Martin Loveridge did a great job as scorer, getting our results out a lot earlier than last year!)
Our lone Expert crew of Paul and Rita Moore managed to take the win in their class, after struggling against themselves (and the waffle) all night!
Tudor Horia and Mihai Chiriac took the win in their first event as Intermediates after being bumped into this class from Novice for 2006 - they were obviously ready for the move! Last year's Intermediate winners, Paul Leonard and Dave Jones, finished in a commendable second place.
The Novice class was quite hotly contested this year, with 15 Novices, and 5.3 points separating the top 4 competitors! Robinson Kelly and Sheena Disher started their winter rally season off on a good footing by winning the class with a score of only 5 points. Kyle Epp and Calvin Kwok were only 1.9 points behind, while Topy Link and Connie Williams took home third place trophies for their score of 9.4. Andrei Glotov and Natalia Glotova were only 0.9 points behind, in fourth place.
Once again this year, we used HAM radios to improve communications between crews, which helped quite a bit. Also key once again was tracking cell phone numbers of competitors and crews - we once again used cell phones to track down one car that didn't show up at a checkpoint (we weren't leaving anyone behind!), and car 19 called the organizers when they got stuck in the mud that was just off-route. So this proved to be a very effective practice, and one that I would recommend to other organizers as well.
It seems a little obvious to state it this way, but our event just wouldn't run without the effort of the people who volunteered their Saturday to help out - I truly appreciate their hard work and their time. I'm just going to say thanks for the hard work to the workers listed below, and also to my co-organizer, Dietmar, and Robert Roaldi as ORRC Guru who reviewed the event. (And accurately predicted the hard sections!)
So thanks again to everyone who came out to make our event a success, workers and competitors alike. The turnout was fabulous, with great competitors enjoying the sport, and workers who enjoy the sport so much that they're willing to help make it a success. I enjoyed seeing and talking to everyone. We're thinking about next year, and have tentatively scheduled January 6, 2007 as the date for the next January Jaunt - we hope to see you there!
Kurt Seelenmayer VA3KSE
Scores Last Updated on 1/7/2006 by Martin Loveridge
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