17.08.10 DCRA Day 5

Once again the team left the hotel shortly before 7am, to pleasant views of blue skies, ready to shoot the Letson (the Canadian equivalent to Queens I) and the Alexander of Tunis. Those on the early morning details were pleased to be advantaged with next to no wind and soon made the most of it.

Before lunchtime most of the team had had fairly uneventful mornings with many going clean. However by midday the wind had started to rear its ugly head, just in time for the Coached Pairs match which was to be another trial for the shooters and coaches of the team. Squadding for this match was rather unusual involving a rather athletic, survival of the fittest, type technique where those who could run to the point quickest got their first choice of target. Ironically, this left the most athletic member of the team wandering up and down the 900 point looking for a target. Fortunately the Captain and Main Coach had prepared for this well with some rather unusual lunch combinations. As the Captain’s Pair did the best of our teams, her cheese, salad and peanut butter sandwiches were obviously much better than the Main Coach’s tuna mayo and marmite.

In the afternoon, the Alexander of Tunis lived up to its (and its British cousin the Corporation’s) reputation by blowing an absolute gale. Winds ranging from 10 to 15 left proved challenging to read on the flags and large gusts caught many out with 46’s being a standard score and only one 50 in the whole competition achieved by an American on the last detail of the day. There were some impressive 49’s with the Main Coach topping the team with a 49.3. Another impressive 49 was achieved by the Atheling Evan Torrance who shot with the ever mysterious Gary Alexander, winding off from every one of the latter’s inners. While Evan was understandably reluctant to admit this to Gary, the diarist understands that Gary is pleased that someone could salvage something useful from the debris of his shoot.

The late afternoon gave us the excitement of not one but two tie shoots with Chris shooting for the Norman Beckett and Steven Thomas for the Brick. The excitement was a little too much for the Main Coach who in his rush to chauffeur Steven from a late Tunis detail to the 600 yard point, scrunched to a halt using some of the (hopefully less important), plastic parts of the car’s underside to brake on the kerb.

Despite a valiant effort at 800m, Chris came a close second. Fortunately Steven’s shoot had got off to a rather slow start, enabling those who had watched Chris’ shoot to get to the 600 point in time to see Steven’s go to ‘sudden death’. After three further shots, Steven’s Tai Chi approach prevailed giving him a V to Kent Reeve's 5, winning him the Col. John Brick.

The team wrapped up the day with a team meeting, primarily to congratulate Charles Dickenson (aka Admiral Whitebeard) on his birthday, before moving over to the NCRRA’s clubhouse for an excellent corn boil and sausage BBQ.