May 15, 2010 - Colonie Town Park


Colonie Town Park (in the process of being renamed Colonie Mohawk River Park) is a great venue for orienteering, with plenty of interesting features packed into a small area. It's such a small area, though, that it is difficult to set a course above orange length. Previous meet directors have met this challenge by suppressing the trails and using a map exchange. I decided to try a scrabble-o. Each control was given a letter, and the object was to create the highest-scoring word by punching no more than seven times. There was a huge incentive (50 points) to net a seven letter word, and a small incentive (up to 7 points) to punch the controls in the proper order. With a 90-minute time limit, it wasn't quite possible to visit all of the controls before deciding which word to make. No one got the highest-possible scoring word, QUICKLY (82 points if gotten in order), but the Canham family came very close with ZYGOTES (77). Most remarkable is that they were heading back, ready to turn in ZYGOTE for a mere 26 points but happened upon the S conveniently near the finish line. A very honorable mention goes to Dorinda Hamilton and Emmanuel Bryant for the relevant BOULDER.

I affixed actual scrabble tiles to the control boxes, and amazingly got them all back with the help of Phil H.-T. and Brenan Tarrier. We didn't get all the control boxes back, though - one of the few not part of the scrabble-o (on the white and yellow courses only) was at the end of the boat dock jutting into the Mohawk River. Two years ago when I set a course here, this location was a big hit with the kids, so I used it again. It happened to be the last control I set before the meet, but less than an hour later the early competitors reported it missing, though the stand and the flag were undisturbed. The only thing I can figure is that some kids made their way down to the water's edge, saw a strange electronic gadget sticking in the water, retrieved it, saw that it had no obvious function, then either couldn't figure out how to snap it back in place, or just heaved it in the water. Which raises the question: do these things sink or float? In case of the former, I waded around in the muck for a bit afterwards but with no luck. The moral of the story, I suppose, is to set controls at least somewhat off the beaten path.

All in all though, it was a fun day, and by special request the next club scrabble-o will use the Cyrillic alphabet.

Frank Boscoe

Event pictures



Scrabble  (8)                                                            
                                       Score   Word   Time                                                                                                                                              
 
    1 Canham Family, Krista              77  ZYGOTES  1:20:49             1:04:19 1:07:51 1:09:33 1:13:00 1:14:15 1:16:47 1:19:56                                                                 
      EMPO                                                                  *125    *121    *103    *105     *36     *39     *32                                                                 
    2 Swank, Doug                        71  CATCHER  1:22:25               53:51   58:57 1:01:30 1:06:18 1:12:49 1:17:37 1:19:58                                                                 
      EMPO                                                                  *102     *38     *36     *40    *104     *33    *101                                                                 
    3 Conway Bagnato, Amy Stephen        67  CRINGES  1:00:34               32:11   37:05   39:11   42:33   47:07   56:05   58:42                                                                 
      None                                                                  *102    *101    *127     *35    *103     *39     *32                                                                 
    4 Hamilton Bryant, Dorinda Emmanuel  65  BOULDER  1:17:34               44:12   47:57   57:55 1:01:19 1:08:57 1:13:12 1:14:38                                                                 
      EMPO                                                                  *110    *128    *124    *122    *123     *39    *101                                                                 
    5 Goodwin, Bob                       61  BLOATED  1:23:45               54:04   56:26 1:01:50 1:06:55 1:11:21 1:14:28 1:20:24                                                                 
      EMPO                                                                  *124    *123    *122    *105     *38     *36     *33                                                                 
    6 Lange, Bob                         13   GLOATS  1:22:00               56:16   58:41 1:02:23 1:06:57 1:09:50 1:20:20                                                                         
      EMPO                                                                  *103    *122    *105     *38     *36     *32                                                                         
 
      Hawkes-Teeter, Susan              DSQ           1:20:25      
      EMPO                                                                                                                                                               
      Fisher, Kathy                     OVT           1:45:43                                                                  
      EMPO                                                                                                                    
 
 
 
Orange  (8)                            4.3 km   16 C                                 
                                                            1(38)  2(106)  3(107)   4(105)  5(108)  6(126)  7(127)  8(124)  9(104) 10(128) 11(103) 12(122) 13(121) 14(123) 15(125) 16(200)       F         
 
    1 Bobok, Gabor                      OO          48:23    2:52    5:17    9:00    11:57   13:36   15:29   22:31   26:10   29:20   31:11   33:16   35:46   38:44   42:15   44:26   47:55   48:23         
      EMPO                                                   2:52    2:25    3:43     2:57    1:39    1:53    7:02    3:39    3:10    1:51    2:05    2:30    2:58    3:31    2:11    3:29    0:28         
    2 Soloviev, Dmitri                  OO          52:07    2:45    4:58   10:59    13:53   15:58   18:16   24:17   27:34   30:24   32:46   35:15   37:21   42:18   44:57   47:15   51:41   52:07         
      EMPO                                                   2:45    2:13    6:01     2:54    2:05    2:18    6:01    3:17    2:50    2:22    2:29    2:06    4:57    2:39    2:18    4:26    0:26         
    3 Forti, Adam                       OO        1:02:44    4:48    6:57   12:40    16:53   18:49   20:27   26:53   29:57   38:16   41:13   43:08   45:00   54:15   56:35   59:29 1:02:25 1:02:44         
      EMPO                                                   4:48    2:09    5:43     4:13    1:56    1:38    6:26    3:04    8:19    2:57    1:55    1:52    9:15    2:20    2:54    2:56    0:19         
    4 Collins, Eric                     OO        1:04:38    3:21    5:39   13:00    16:13   19:12   21:54   30:20   34:20   38:08   40:36   43:48   46:25   52:49   55:51   59:06 1:04:08 1:04:38         
      EMPO                                                   3:21    2:18    7:21     3:13    2:59    2:42    8:26    4:00    3:48    2:28    3:12    2:37    6:24    3:02    3:15    5:02    0:30         
    5 Frielinghaus, Chris               OO        1:10:03    3:26   13:22   17:32    21:45   24:38   28:52   34:49   39:42   45:15   47:43   49:44   53:19 1:00:34 1:03:03 1:05:47 1:09:32 1:10:03         
      EMPO                                                   3:26    9:56    4:10     4:13    2:53    4:14    5:57    4:53    5:33    2:28    2:01    3:35    7:15    2:29    2:44    3:45    0:31         
    6 Guskie, Paul                      OO        1:13:57    4:14    6:52   10:52    14:03   16:15   19:09   31:55   38:01   47:29   50:38   53:06   55:58 1:00:30 1:03:44 1:08:16 1:13:32 1:13:57         
      EMPO                                                   4:14    2:38    4:00     3:11    2:12    2:54   12:46    6:06    9:28    3:09    2:28    2:52    4:32    3:14    4:32    5:16    0:25         
 
      Collins, Jeff                     OO             mp    5:32   22:42   37:48    41:55   47:32 1:01:31 1:13:12 1:25:00   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   ----- 1:29:29 1:34:39 1:35:13         
      EMPO                                                   5:32   17:10   15:06     4:07    5:37   13:59   11:41   11:48                                                    4:29    5:10    0:34         
      Collins, Aaron                    OO             mp    3:17    9:50   16:47    21:21   25:21   30:10   42:12   48:32 1:06:35 1:09:50 1:14:16   -----   -----   -----   -----   ----- 1:31:58         
      EMPO                                                   3:17    6:33    6:57     4:34    4:00    4:49   12:02    6:20   18:03    3:15    4:26                                           17:42         
 
 
 
Yellow  (5)                            2.7 km   11 C                                 
                                                            1(32)   2(39)   3(40)   4(101)   5(34)   6(35)  7(102)  8(103)  9(104) 10(105) 11(200)       F                                                 
 
    1 Poole Family, Stuart              OY          50:50   -----   -----   -----    -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   50:50                                                 
      EMPO                                                                                                                                           50:50                                                 
    2 Gurzler, Beth                     OY          51:21    2:47    8:05   10:59    13:40    0.00   21:12   26:52   36:00   38:15   43:01   50:26   51:21           33:07                                 
      EMPO                                                   2:47    5:18    2:54     2:41            7:32    5:40    9:08    2:15    4:46    7:25    0:55            *104                                 
    3 McCormick, Elena                  OY          59:36    1:42   14:49   17:55    22:09    0.00   27:59   33:45   38:27   44:52   52:27   59:08   59:36                                                 
      EMPO                                                   1:42   13:07    3:06     4:14            5:50    5:46    4:42    6:25    7:35    6:41    0:28                                                 
    4 Collins, Kelly                    OY        1:00:06    2:48   10:11   15:58    19:39    0.00   29:03   34:43   40:26   43:20   48:52   58:47 1:00:06                                                 
      EMPO                                                   2:48    7:23    5:47     3:41            9:24    5:40    5:43    2:54    5:32    9:55    1:19                                                 
    5 Scout Group, Berloff              OY        1:07:00   -----   -----   -----    -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   ----- 1:07:00                                                 
      None                                                                                                                                         1:07:00                                                 
 
 
 
White  (2)                             1.9 km   8 C                                  
                                                            1(31)   2(32)   3(33)    4(34)   5(35)   6(36)   7(37)  8(200)       F                                                                         
 
    1 Carrubba Group, Beckie            OW          52:30   -----   -----   -----    -----   -----   -----   -----   -----   52:30                                                                         
      EMPO                                                                                                                   52:30                                                                         
    2 Tobin Family, Lily                OW        1:34:03    3:48    5:40    8:58     0.00   52:15 1:11:34 1:17:22 1:30:49 1:34:03                                                                         
      None                                                   3:48    1:52    3:18            43:17   19:19    5:48   13:27    3:14