- Jan 21, 2002Greetings
Folks, this is just a reminder that the Winter Challenge, an annual
postal shoot sponsored by the Marche of Gwyntarian, in the Middle
Kingdom, is still running strong and looking for more participants. It
is a simple yet subtle group of rounds designed to enhance your skill
and keep you active over the winter months (yah, yah, quiet down over
there in the Ansteorra and Caid sections...).
All archers of the Known World are invited to participate in a winter
archery competition from November 1, 2001 through April 30, 2002. The
shoot is the same as previous years using the basic commercial target of
any 5 ring 40 cm (16 inches) face. All rounds are shot at 20 yards. Each
round will consist of two (2) ends. Equipment standards are as per SCA
legal for your kingdom. There is no traditional equipment bonus or
requirement. Participating archers should include with the scores sent,
this info: SCA name, MKA, their SCA group, (and Kingdom, if outside the
Midrealm), the type of bow (crossbow, longbow, recurve or other), the
bow's draw weight, and whether or not any sight marks on limbs or
crossbow rear sights were used. PLEASE NOTE THAT LAST COMMENT! Last year
many entries were not listed as being sighted or non-sighted. The
scoring breakdown this year is going to take into account whether a
weapon used sights or not: IF NO INFORMATION IS GIVEN, I WILL ASSUME
THE WEAPON IN QUESTION HAD SIGHTS!
The marshal in charge is Bruce R. Gordon (Forester Nigel FitzMaurice),
866 Beardsley, Apt. 1, Akron, Ohio 44311; and if you like...a copy to
obsidian@... for quick posting on the results page.
As it was last year, the shoot is eight ends at 20 yards, and may take
place at any event, practice, or get-together where a warranted SCA
archery marshal (or your Kingdom's equivalent) is present to score it.
Target Round - intended to help maintain accuracy over the winter
months. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed at a 40 cm (16
inch) 5 ring target with standard 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 scoring.
Speed Round - intended to help archers practice speed shooting with
accuracy. It consists of 2 ends of unlimited arrows shot in a 30 second
time limit for each end. Each archer must shoot at least one arrow each
end but may shoot as many as possible in 30 seconds. Scoring of the 40
cm 5 ring target is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Archers who do not manage to shoot
off 6 arrows in 30 seconds will gain bonus points for arrows unshot. To
determine the number of bonus points, subtract the number of arrows shot
from 6 for each end and add that number to the actual score of the
arrows that hit the target. IE: you shoot 4 arrows, you get 2 bonus
points. If the archer has not managed to hit the target at least once in
the entire round of two ends, then no bonus points are added. When
scoring, please show real score + bonus points, IE: 12+2
Wand Round - intended to help the archer concentrate on minimizing
left/right movement. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows untimed. Each end
is shot at a target wand 3 feet long by 6 inches wide, consisting of a
central strip of one color flanked on either side by strips of a
differing tint (hint:a standard strip of duct tape is 2 inches wide);
each band equal in width (2 inches). Each arrow within or touching the
central strip scores five points. Each arrow outside the central area
but within or touching either of the two outer bands scores three points.
Bull's Eye Round - intended to help the archer focus on the center of a
target. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed. Each end is shot
at a target consisting of a 4 inch circular bull's eye centered within a
8 1/2 inch outer circle,(standard piece of paper). All arrows within or
touching the inner circle score five points each. All arrows outside the
center bull's eye but within or touching the outer circle score three
It is strongly suggested that a target that will prevent pass-throughs
and bounce-offs should be used. However, should these occur, witnessed
pass-throughs and bounce-offs that cannot be determined as to score are
traditionally scored as 3 points, in the target and speed rounds.
The results may be viewed online at
but I can mail 'em direct if asked to.
Hope to hear from you...
Ex Tenebra, Lux
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