30.07.10 BCRA Open Day 1

Today the team started the BC Open Meeting and were greeted by some of the most confusing wind indication they had ever seen, outside New Zealand’s notorious Trentham range, with flags often pointing in opposite directions to both each other and the mirage! A wide variety of firing points were also provided for added interest, ranging from bumpy and holley to soft and spongy, to pure dirt. Despite all of this the team got off to a solid start with many people making good scores.

We started off at 300 with the butts in shadow, which made the sight picture quite difficult for some, although that probably wasn’t quite a good enough excuse for our Main Coach and wind reader extraordinaire’s spectacular 41. His pain was not soothed by knowledge of the WAGs’ trip to Vancouver’s most expensive antique jewellery shops. Another team member who shall be nameless struggled to connect with the target, led astray by an old shothole or ricochet on the target being marked erroneously as his first sighter.

The firing points at 400 were much smoother making the team quite a bit more comfortable. However, it didn’t get much easier with the light now behind the targets creating the effect of a square aiming mark and the flags still pointing in every possible direction, often at the same time.

The team lunched healthily on home made sandwiches and fruit, sitting in the shade to keep cool. Even the smokers had a healthier time than usual, being forced to walk all the way out to the main road before being allowed to indulge their habit since under extreme fire risk, smoking was strictly forbid on or near the range.

We finished the day at 500m where the firing points lacked any grass at all and tarpaulins had to be place along the front of the point to prevent dust being blown up into your face when firing.

As the day finished it was the team’s sailor who was showing us how it should be done with only two points dropped on the day. And the Captain was found to be leading the first stage of the Lieutenant Governor’s Prize (the BC equivalent to the Queen’s Prize) with a 105. Despite the contradictory wind conditions most people found that it all seemed to balance itself out to near zero and finished well in the afternoon details.