We normally shoot at Ludgvan Community Centre on a Saturday afternoon through the winter season. However, there is also normally an annual chicken show booked for one Saturday. This year it is on Saturday 3rd December, so in the interests of not shooting any of the competitors there will be no archery session that day.
The Handicap Portsmouth will take place at Pool Academy on Sunday 27th* November. As usual we will be shooting half a Portsmouth round in the morning (that is, 2 1/2 dozen arrows at 20 yards) and a full Portsmouth after lunch. The scores from the morning round are used to calculate a handicap rating. We then add an allowance onto your score for the afternoon round. So, if you shoot well in the morning you get a low handicap and a low extra. A beginner might get a higher handicap and a higher allowance. The idea is that the people who better than they normally do are most likely to win, rather than the one with the highest score.
If that sounds complicated, don’t worry, we do the sums and there are awards for the highest overall scores as well.
It is a popular shoot and great for beginners, so pop over to the Events page for more details and to download a copy of the entry form.
*It really is the 27th, not the 12th as I originally put in the title 🙂
Fiona Pine has been shooting with a longbow for a few years, and last Sunday went to her first competition, Redruth Archers’ Longbow Day, where she won a silver medal not only in the two-way Western in the morning but in the clout in the afternoon as well! This is a fantastic achievement, and we look forward to seeing your name in more medals lists to come.
At the time of writing the results haven’t been published yet, but they will appear on Redruth Archers’ website in due course.
It just shows that competitions are genuinely open and friendly events, and any member of an ArcheryGB club will be made welcome, regardless of how good you are.
The Devon and Cornwall Clout Championships were held on Sunday 20th March, hosted by Newquay Bowmen at Tretherras School. Two of our archers came away with medals. Marcus Hayward won comfortably at the Gents Recurve 165m distance. Considering that Marcus has been shooting less than a year this is a great achievement! Paul Phillips did well with a longbow at the same distance, and came home with a silver medal.
Clout shoots are long distance and aimed at a small flag placed in the ground. Archers shoot six arrows at a time and score according to how close their arrows land to the flag. Bows have to be aimed higher than usual to reach the distance, so it is harder to aim precisely and there is more chance of arrows being affected by the wind on the way down, so it is not an easy round to shoot.
As per the title, the outdoor season starts with the first session on Monday 4th April at Hayle Football Club. Thereafter we shoot on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – see here for full details of the shooting times. It will be good to get outdoors again and to shoot at some longer distances.
On sunday we hosted our Valentine’s Shoot, this year consisting of a Worcester round shot in the morning followed by a Vegas in the afternoon. Both of these are on small target faces and are quite challenging. The full Worcester face for recurves and longbows are 40cm, and the compounds only get the middle bit. The Vegas is the middle 5 scoring zones of a 40cm face, so only a 1/4 of the area.
Everything went swimmingly on Sunday, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Thanks to everyone who helped transport targets and set up on Saturday evening, provided food, and helped during the day on Sunday.
Bob has compiled the results, which can be downloaded here.
We held our annual Handicap Portsmouth at Pool Academy on Sunday 29th November, and what a nice day it was. At least, it was a great day to be indoors in good company listening to the gale blowing outside! 35 archers from across Cornwall and Devon joined in and all had a good time. Thank you to everyone who attended for making it an enjoyable event, to John Nunn and Peter Consibee for officiating, to the club members who helped and to the visitors who helped us take the targets down at the end. We even managed to get everything back to our container before it got dark.
The results can be downloaded here. The Gents’ Recurve in particular was a close-run thing, with a mere one point between first and second!
Every year we share a Christmas meal with our friends at Mounts Bay Archers. This year it will be at Trevaskis Farm, Connor Downs, on Sunday 13th December. Members are welcome to bring partners and children. The cost is fixed at £22 for three courses plus coffee and a mince pie, or £20 without the coffee and mince pie, or £17 if you skip either starter or dessert or £15 if you skip the coffee and mince pie as well. Please sign up on the sheet at the club ASAP.Here is the menu.
We can now offer gift vouchers for our beginners’ courses that you present to friends or family. Just pay the normal fee for the course (£40 for an adult and £15 for a junior) and we will send you the vouchers. They will be valid for 12 months after the date of purchase, so the recipients can have some choice over which course they attend. Contact us for details.
Yes, it’s coming up again, our popular Handicap Portsmouth shoot at Pool Academy. It is open to all ArcheryGB members. A Portsmouth round is 6 dozen arrows at 20 yards distance. What we do is a Half-Portsmouth in the morning (i.e. 2 1/2 dozen arrows). The scores from this are used to set a handicap allowance, then you shoot a whole Portsmouth after a leisurely lunch. The handicap allowance calculated earlier is added to your total for this round. The idea is that this creates a level playing field where anyone, regardless of how good you are, has an even chance of winning.