Entry Form for Valentine’s Shoot

Archers of the West’s next open tournament is our Valentine’s Shoot, which will be held at Pool Academy on Sunday 10th February. Click here for an entry form.

We generally run this as two different rounds, and this time we will have a WA18 in the morning followed by a Worcester in the afternoon. A WA18 is 5 dozen arrows shot at 18m at a 40cm target face. If you are used to a Portsmouth, 18m is a few inches shorter than 20 yards, so most of you should be able to use your normal indoor sight mark.this is 60cm in diameter. The target two-thirds the size, though, which does focus the attention. This does make it harder to get a high score, but everyone is in it together.

You will note from the entry form that entry for juniors is free, as long as you come from another club. Devon and Cornwall Archery Society this year is supporting junior entries from central funds in an effort encourage more juniors to travel to other clubs and join in the competitions.

Portsmouth results

That was a good, if packed, weekend. It started at 11am on Saturday picking up the trailer, loading it at the rugby club, then shooting at Ludgvan, then packing targets etc. into vans, driving it all to Pool and setting it all up. The redesigned stands for the foam bosses worked well, although a little tweaking will improve them still further.

We had been warned by the school that the heating wasn’t working, but when we got there we found that one heater was actually running, and with an extra couple of heaters that Paul brought in it actually wasn’t uncomfortable. We had a couple of last minute no-shows due to illness and injury, and we wish them a speedy recovery, but we were pretty close to full.

Once under way the shooting went very smoothly, with John Nunn looking after the proceedings as judge. We know there were a number of people there as their first competition, and as far as we could tell, they and the more experienced archers all enjoyed the experience.

The handicap award was won by Haydn Bridge from Redruth Archers as he managed the biggest improvement on the morning score. The winners of the awards for the total combined scores are listed in the full results list, which can be downloaded here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed, by setting up, donating raffle prizes, driving vans, booking the hall and all the myriad other things that need to be done for an event like this.

We’ll be doing it all over again for the next one on 10th February, but I’m not thinking about that just yet…

Handicap Portsmouth in November

As usual, Archers of the West will be hosting our annual Handicap Portsmouth at Pool Academy on Sunday 25th November. The format will be familiar to many local archers, but we have half a Portsmouth round in the morning (the normal 20yard distance but 2 1/2 dozen arrows) and a whole Portsmouth after lunch. We calculate handicap allowances from the morning score to be applied to the afternoon score.

Many archers have handicap ratings anyway, but newer archers in particular may not have had time to acquire a handicap figure, so this shoot is ideal for everyone. The idea of a handicap shoot is that you have an allowance added to your score depending on your handicap rating. Archers who normally score highly have a lower allowance. If everyone shoots exactly to their usual standard then the scores will be even once the allowances have been added. Handicap shoots, therefore, reward the people who improve the most rather than the those who put in the highest score.

We will also have awards for the highest total score for the morning and afternoon rounds, so you get the best of both approaches.

Sign up by downloading and completing an Entry Form.

The circus is in town

Once again a circus is visiting Hayle Rugby Club and will be putting their Big Top in the top field. This means we will not be shooting on Tuesday 28th or Thursday 30th August. These events raise money for the rugby club and so help keep the fees to a minimum, so we don’t begrudge the occasional break from shooting. We will be shooting as normal next week, until the end of September. We will then be moving indoors.

Try archery this weekend

Along with many other archery clubs around the country, Archers of the West is joining in with ArcheryGB’s Big Weekend, where clubs are open to anyone to come and meet us and have a go. On Friday 15th we shall be at our ground at Hayle Rugby Club from 4pm until 8pm, and on Saturday from 10 am until 2pm.

All the equipment you need will be provided by the club, and our coaches and other experienced members will be on hand show you what do do. You will also be able to see examples of different equipment as well from modern and hi-tech to classic longbows.

Summer Clouts

For may years we have done a series of clout shoots through the summer season. They are only at 100yards rather than the usual maximum of 180yards. This is all we can fit in our field, but it is a nice way to spend an evening as an alternative to the standard targets. The relatively short distance put it within reach of everyone, regardless of bow weight.

So, what’s a ‘clout’, anyway? The term comes from an old variant of the word “cloth”, and refers to a small flag which is placed in the ground. We aim to land our arrows in the ground as close to the flag as possible, and scores are awarded accordingly. A whole round is three dozen arrows, shot in ends of six.

This summer, weather permitting, we shall hold a clout on a Tuesday once a month at Hayle Rugby Club, on the following dates:

24th April
22nd May
26th June *edit: changed from the 19th as a few people are away at Dunster Week*
24th July
21st August
18th September

We aim to start at 5:30pm and will do a double round if the light holds out long enough.

Archers from other clubs are very welcome to come and join us for these events. Please note, though, that because this is a shared sports field we don’t allow all-carbon arrows to be used, for the simple reason they are hard to find with a metal detector. Wooden arrows are OK, mainly because they fly slower so tend to stick up in the ground and are easier to find.

Beginners course starts 16th April

We will be starting our next beginners’ course on Monday 16th April. The course is four sessions, once each week, starting at 6:30pm and finishing at 8:30pm. It will be held at our outdoor venue at Hayle Rugby Club.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in archery to try it out properly before having to commit to joining the club or buying equipment. We provide all the kit you need to get started, and will show you how to shoot safely and with good technique. We will also introduce you to scoring, competitions and show you the different types of bow that might tempt you when you are ready to find your own equipment. Our courses are run by qualified and experienced coaches. We are an inclusive club and welcome anyone from the age of 8 upwards regardless of background. If you have a disability you are just as welcome, please let us know if you have any questions or particular needs.

To book your place and for more information, go to our Starting Archery page which has a link to our online booking system.

Grant from Hayle Town Council

In our news a while ago we reported that we had been awarded a grant from Sport England to cover the cost of replacing large amount of ageing equipment. As is usually the case with grant applications, we didn’t get the full amount we applied for. Hayle Town Council has a certain amount of funds available for community projects, and they generously decided to grant us £500.

This will help greatly towards buying some of the equipment we need, and we are grateful to the council for the support.

Valentine’s shoot

Thank you to all the archers who attended our shoot on Sunday 11th February, to the club members who helped and to John Nunn for doing his usual sterling job as judge. A Worcester and Vegas are not the easiest of rounds. The Vegas targets in particular are rather unforgiving – they are very small, anything less than a 6 scores nothing, and you have to remember to shoot your numbered arrows in the right order. It is even harder for juniors and longbows! Despite that, we were all in it together, everyone had a good go at it and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks to the generosity of club members and a couple of local businesses we also had a bumper stock of raffle prizes.

Jimmy and Sally Sandoe were there as usual with their shop stall as well. So, if you don’t win a medal with the shooting, at least everyone had a good chance of taking something home, one way or another.

A full results list is available to download here. Congratulations to everyone who won a trophy or a medal.

Valentine Shoot Entry Form

On Sunday 11th February we will be hosting our second competition shoot of the indoor season, a mixed round of a Worcester in the morning followed by a Vegas after lunch. As usual it will be held at Pool Academy Sports Hall. Download your entry form here. Please try to get your entries to us in good time. Any remaining spaces after the closing date (3rd Feb) may be given to our club members.

The Worcester face
The Worcester face
The Vegas face
The Vegas face

Do bear in mind that these are smaller targets than the usual Portsmouth face, so it is that bit harder to hit the middle. The Worcester is a special black target face with a white centre and scoring 1 to 5. The Vegas is a triple face with the centre of a 40cm face, so you can only score 6-10.

Despite the focus of the small targets we try to keep all our tournaments friendly, and newer archers will be made just as welcome as the champions.