|Left to right: Rowan, Richard, Kevin, Vicky, Susan and me.|
On the Bank Holiday Monday I shot in my first one day event at my club's St George's Day Shoot.
On Saturday we had gone to practice as usual, and the weather was perfect. I had a new set of limbs and arrow heads (heavier to make my arrows flex more the riser and then fly straighter). I changed my sight settings to compensate for all the changes and was shooting really well during the morning's practice session.
I was optimistic that on Monday I would rock.
|Admire my awesome carbon limbs.|
On Sunday I lovingly hand waxed my new string for Monday's shoot. Monday the weather forecast was for rain later and the day was cloudy with lots of wind.
I'm shooting what is called a short Western, this is where one shoots three dozen at arrows at 50 yards, then move the target to 40 yards and repeat, and finally pulling it back to 30 yards for shooting the final three dozen arrows.
Then the sun came out to play.
So I took layers off as I was getting hot and bothered. Then the sun went back in and the wind chill cut in. Just look at those grey clouds in the picture below.
I was shooting at one butt with Susan and Rowan, a new archery friend, and here's our arrows at the end of the tournament.
By this point the target was 30 yards.
My score sheet is below.
That poor first round killed my chances of coming anything but last. I had fun, but I was a bit disappointed.
The following Saturday the day was glorious and I had to take my leggings and extra layers off because I was so hot. If only the competition shoot could have been so nice. However, I still didn't manage to match my shooting consistency with that of the first Saturday with the new limbs, partly down to having to reset the sight and the change from the new high performance string affecting everything.
|Me trying out Susan's 24 lb bow, which I could barely manage to draw only a month or so ago.|
What I learnt, and this is the RPG/wargaming relevant content part of the post, is that wind will bugger your chances of making a shot, and that even small changes to your bow and arrows can have a big impact on your shooting.