Items of interest to New England orienteers
The 2017 Boston Sprint Camp is a go!
June 8 - June 11 2017
We heard your requests last year for more racing, and we are delivering, with not only more racing but also more formats. The Sprint World Championships will have a team sprint and a knock-out sprint, and now so do we! This promises for even more fast-paced racing action, with great spectating/heckling opportunities.
We have finally received verbal permission (waiting on the final touches of the written permit) to race at Minuteman National Historical Park, where you'll get the opportunity to race among the open battles of the American Revolution first-hand! We'll have time in the schedule to visit some of the sites and monuments - this is an opportunity not to be missed!
Boston Sprint Camp is a great opportunity for everyone from elite orienteers heading off to international competitions to your weekend warrior looking to beat his buddy next time they meet in the woods. The skills we will teach and you will practice are applicable across a broad range of orienteering puzzles, and will yield quicker decisions, better map-reading, and better orienteering race habits, all of which leads to faster results and more fun!
Thursday and Friday will be focused on skills, with a park-o style race in the evening. Saturday and Sunday will fill your days with racing, including a sprint relay and a knock-out sprint. We have two brand-new venues for your sprinting delights, and as always, your entry fee includes lunch from delicious local eateries. Can we say smoothies?
And of course, on Sunday - the winner gets pie!
Registration is open!
Sprint Camp: $130
Sprint Camp Lite: $70 (weekend-only)
Can't wait to see you!
Congratulations to the top-ranked trail orienteers who will represent the U.S. at this year's World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC). The WTOC '17 will take place in Lithuania from July 10-15.
Mika Latva-Kokko is a longtime NEOC member and past member of NEOC's Board of Directors. This is his second year on the U.S. Trail-O team.
We recently received news of the passing of Paul Pearson.
Paul was a long-time member of NEOC's Board of Directors, where all members benefitted from his knowledge and judgment. For many years, Paul managed NEOC's presence in Connecticut. Most recently, he handled map requests for our permanent courses.
Paul was a gifted instructor and OUSA "Navigation Certified Coach." He often drew the distinction between "compassing" (blindly following a bearing) and "orienteering."
NEOC sends our condolences to Paul's wife, Sue, and their family.
The 2017 NEOC membership form is (finally) on the air!
The fees are the same, but there are some changes that will streamline meet registration.
You must show your NEOC member card at registration to get the benefits!
Don't worry—your member card will be e-mailed to you right after payment (as a .pdf file), and you can easily get another copy sent anytime.
The Winter Party usually features some sort of map-oriented puzzle for people to ponder to when not eating or socializing. This year's involved matching portions of orienteering maps to a list of location in the U.S. and abroad. Three of 17 entrants got perfect scores: Alex Jospe, Ethan Childs and the Jeff Saeger/Judy Karpinski team.
For those interested in statistics, a list of places and number of correct answers is shown below. As might be predicted, the two NEOC maps used (Nobscot and Noon Hill) got the highest number of correct answers, with UNO's Burnt Mountain just behind.
|Map Location||Number Correct|
|Eastern Washington State||5|
|Western Washington State||3|