The competitions are held over two days with the first day being for archery and the second for spearthrowing. The rules about kit are a bit stricter than most and no plastic nocks or metal points are allowed. Given the lightness of most primitive materials this provides a good challenge for making ballistically sound arrows and darts. Not being particularly fussed about the archery Steve and I just attended the spearthrowing Sunday
The course is based on 10 targets at ranges from 8-26 metres the course is shot three times for a total of thirty shots. For archery the scores a quite high as the course is not amazingly taxing however some of the throws are more than challenging for a spearthrower.
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Like many atlatl events, what seems easy on paper turns out to be deceptively hard. I felt like I really didn't throw very well particularly on the upper sections where I contrived to miss the furthest and closest targets every time. I pulled myself together for the lower section where we all started to throw better.
In great weather we joined a very welcoming group of throwers who I think had come just for the spear section as we had or perhaps they had not camped. There is a great sense of community at these events and it is apparent that their is a great deal of real friendship among the participants which manages at the same time not to be exclusive. Events are pretty short in comparison to the UK and I wonder whether the chatting time and meals contribute to this.
Being gentlemen Steve and I elected not to show bad form and win and contented ourselves with 2nd and 19th place, which we were both happy with.
Thanks to all at Samara and to the friendly and welcoming throwers of the championship I very much hope that we will be able to attend more or the events. Thanks also to Steve for the driving and for the questionable French take on McDonalds at the tunnel terminal.
In the UK we will be throwing the last ISAC of the season this October on the 7th. We are also going to try to put up a few target round the wood, tuition and equipment will be happily provided please contact me for more details.
(I will upload more photos soon)