Things got worse on the Saturday as the wind speed got up to the point where the advertising boards (saying what competitions were being held) starting falling down and the frames of the supplied marques started to bend. At this time it was deemed that the (now lengthened) platform was too unstable to cast from, with the carpet at the end flapping uncontrollably and waves splashing over the top. As such, a casting lane was marked out on the grass, up a significant slope, and this was used for the remainder of the weekend.
There was never more than a trickle of entries into the daily competitions (at previous Game Fairs we’ve been run ragged trying to keep up with demand) and the championships were a non-starter with only a few BFCC members setting qualifying distances (no finals were held). The one competition that was keenly contested was the accuracy, however the huge cross wind made this almost impossible at times, on a number of occasions I watched as someone was aiming at least 10ft to the right of the target’s outer edge only to miss on the left by some margin.
With all that said, Tracy and I (and hopefully the other volunteers) had a great weekend. We caught some nice carp from the lake (attracted by the night time flood lights) on deer hair flies. TC somehow managed to push a backcast into the wind with a trout distance outfit and recorded his first ever competition #5 weight cast over 120 feet (37 metres). We ate well courtesy of JT’s excellent barbeque and we drank until we could no longer stand up (well some of us did!).
Hopefully next time the weather will be kinder though.
Have a great weekend,