Updates

24/12/18 - Email message to the MOC membership.

MOC has committed to hosting “Wardstock” (SIOC 2019) together with assistance from Nelson OC with the event scheduled between 25-27 January 2019.  Whilst the Sprint will be held at Marlborough Girls College, Bohally Intermediate School and Pollard Park, the Long and Middle events will focus on Ward as MOC seeks to support the local communities who were severely affected by three major earthquakes in four years.
Being a small club, and facing a relatively major event, we will need club members to offer to act as volunteers over the weekend in various roles. These duties are described below and it is hoped that members will help us deliver a memorable event. All volunteers will be able to compete at the event even if they are allocated a particular job.  Feel free to volunteer your 'significant other' or even your friends
Description of Duties
Start – assist with the start procedure which sees competitors pass through 4 control areas (check SI number; check and clear; control descriptions; and final briefing and map collection) prior to starting. Due to the need to separate competitors running the same course, this may require two shifts/teams
Finish – Collect maps from competitors at the finish; sort out maps by course; give maps out at end of event.
Registration – sort out any payments on the day (overseas regos); deal with collection of Hire Sport ID; hand out pre-paid dinner and camping tickets
Water – on course delivery and keeping filled
Control Collection – probably need 4 or 5 per event to bring in controls

Could you please email maps@moc.kiwi.nz if you can volunteer and your preferred role

Thanks in advance
Stephen Bradley

13/12/18 - Comment on the Middle course from Planner Michael Croxford. I've attached my draft course lengths etc details.  Subject to change after discussions with Jane (Controller) but can go out with a caveat.  I have split courses 3, 4 and 5 into an A and B category.  They are the same courses but will be printed at different scales.  

Basically grades MW16 to MW40s will have 1:10,000 scale maps and grades MW50 & over plus MW14 & under will have 1:7,500.  This is based on on the Swedish Orienteering Federations recent recommendations regarding eye site.  
I am using a 1:5,000 scale for the MW10 only.
I have included climb and percentage climb.
I have shifted W20 to course 3 for the middle.  This means that the womens grades follows the same cascade as the mens.  W20 c3, W18 c4, W16 c5 - M20 c2, M18 c3, M16 c4.  This was the approach at the recent Canterbury Championships.
I have merged course 6 and 7 for M70 and W60 & above.  The course has been designed to avoid climbing fences, minimise climb overall and still provide a navigational challenge. 

10/12/18 - Re SIAC. The stations will not be in beacon mode, so you can use your SIAC but you will have to poke it in the hole like all the common people!

08/12/2018 - We will not be using Air Cards. Standard SI Cards only.

Wardstock Orienteering Festival (South Island Champs)

Marlborough Orienteering invites and welcomes you all to a three day festival of orienteering, fun and good times located in and around the magnificent Eastern region of Marlborough!

The South Island Champs 2019 is our clubs offering to the NZ Orienteering community to come and run on two new maps in an area where we have never had maps before. "Post-earthquake Lidar examination of land movement conducted by GNS and the Marlborough District Council provided a great opportunity for new detailed maps by Wayfind Outdoors (Michael Croxford)." Having new maps will also allow the club to introduce orienteering to the Ward and Seddon Schools next year.

The Ward community has endured 3 major earthquakes in 4 years and the champs event is also an opportunity for us to engage with and support the local community. While MOCs main focus will be on the event the club has engaged with the Flaxbourne Settlers Association and the Seddon Lions.

The Seddon Lions will provide marshals during the event, putting up shelter and helping out on the course with safety, manning the water stations out on course and security at the Ward Domain while the events are taking place.

Camping at the Ward Domain is available Friday and Saturday (Sunday at the discretion of the caretaker). Facilities are basic with water, portaloos, a couple of permanent toilets, a large new covered shed with power, seating, tables and a stage where if wet or hot (shade) cooking and eating etc can be done. The money for camping is going to the Flaxbourne Settlers Assoc.  

We are offering a catered evening meal on Saturday night at the domain. Local Gal GG (Genevieve King) will be bringing her food truck and band of merry helpers to provide a gourmet sensation. There will be an Adults and Children’s options.

Draft menu here:

There is also a possibility of food being available on the Friday evening with GG at the Ward Domain and local Jody Edwards and the Kai Shack at the Ward Hall. Details to be confirmed. The Kai Shack will also be at the Long and Middle events.

Both the meal and camping ($25/site/night - that's per site not per person with a site being able to accommodate 4x people) will be on the Merchandise page of EnterO. We highly recommend and encourage you to take advantage of the evening meal and camping. It will add to the experience and also helps support the local community. Good karma for your course runs we hope!

There are very limited supplies available in Ward and we recommend that you stock up with food, fuel etc beforehand and be prepared to be self-sufficient.  

The landscapes and geological features of Ward are spectacular. Vistas overlooking Cook Strait, the chalk range and up to Tapuae-O-Uenuku are something to behold.

Wardstock? A friend of friend came up with the name and given its 50 years since the inaugural event we thought why not start with something new, a new era maybe? Whatever….. we’re working hard on making sure that the orienteering will be great, the whole festival will be about fun and what better way to end the school summer holidays. Peace out.

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