Ramblers Orienteering Club

REPORT: Ski Orienteering Event

Centre de Ski FAR HILLS, Val-Morin – February 17, 2008

For Ski-Orienteering, the Far Hills cross-country ski centre provided a complex network of well groomed tracks that wound around, and up-and-over, a multitude of hills, valleys and lakes. By Ocad measure, the terrain covered by the event included over 36 km of excellently machine-set tracks and packed skier-trails. Indeed, a more ideal location for a Ski-O would be hard to imagine. And, as the crowning gem to the event, snow conditions were as ideal as they possibly could be. Even the sun kept shining until the last skier had finished.

The person that made it all possible was Ramblers O Club member, Stephen Novosad. Stephen obtained a super-large-scale black-and-white map of the whole area, trekked back and forth across it many times, doing field-checking – before and after the snows came, and then sat down to do the final computer drawing with our Ocad program to produce the finished O-map.

Stephen also set the courses and his design layouts showed considerable understanding of the requirements for good course planning. Route choice possibilities were numerous on all three courses and certainly challenged everyone’s navigational skills, as well as their skiing prowess and fitness.

Despite the challenges, almost all participants seemed to do quite well. Even the beginners on the easiest course, many of whom were weekend ‘regulars’ at the Ski Centre, had credit-able results. At 3.2 km (as the crow flies) the course was not long but it did require smart map reading in order to successfully find the nine controls situated along it’s circuitous route.

Lise Côté, a first-time Orienteer, but a regular at Far Hills, completed the course in 0:33:30 and then went on to ski Course Two in 1:21:35.

Simon Denier had the fastest time (1:08:55) on the 6 km (8.5 km probable best-route) #2 Middle-Distance course. Dominique Dufresne and 12-yr-old son, Alexis, were second in 1:56:05.

The 7.25 km (10 km PBR) Long Course had several exciting finishes. Francis Lambert had a fast 1:18:51 that put him ahead of some good times by Mike Bole and Anthony Berkers. But then Francis Falardeau skated in with a time of 1:09:32 to take what appeared to be the winning place – at least until locally unknown Margus Hallik flew to the finish after being on the course for only 0:55:11. It turns out that Margus, was / still is(?) a member of the Estonian National Ski-Orienteering Team! He is also a member of the Ottawa O Club and drove down for the day with wife, Käti, who was the fastest woman of the day.

Congratulations to the Halliks…and to everyone else who participated.

Meet organizers included Michael Bole and Anthony Berkers, who picked up flags, Gloria Charlow who handled Registration all day, John who acted as event controller and, of course, Stephen Novosad who did everything else ! Thank you, Stephen.

SKI–Orienteering

Centre de Ski Far Hills – February 17, 2008

 

 

 

 

O-Club

Time

#3

 

LONG–Ski-O     7.25 km   (10.1 km probable-best-route)     15 controls

1

 

Margus

Hallik

OOC / Estonia

00:55:11

2

 

Francis

Falardeau

 

01:09:32

3

 

Francis

Lambert

Azimut-Sherb.

01:18:51

4

 

Mike

Bole

Ramblers

01:19:33

5

 

Anthony

Berkers

Ramblers

01:28:10

6

 

Bruce

Glen

Ramblers

01:32:23

7

 

Alain

Harel

Ramblers

01:32:30

8

 

Jean-Pierre

Launay

Ramblers

01:43:52

9

 

Käti

Kangro-Hallik

OOC / Estonia

01:47:12

10

 

Ricardo

Izquierdo  &

Far Hills

01:48:30

 

 

  Ricardo

  Izquierdo-Bernier (12 yrs.)

 

 

11

 

Jonathan

Forcier

 

02:07:17

12

 

Pierre

Mauger

Ramblers

02:11:31

13

 

Elaine

S

Ramblers

02:21:27

.

 

Eric

Lillie

Ramblers

mispunch

.

 

Sylvain

Harel

Ramblers

(1:44:00) Lost card

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2

 

MIDDLE–Ski-O     6 km     (8.5 km probable-best-route)     (8 controls)

1

 

Simon

Denier

CRCO (France)

01:08:55

2

 

Dominique

Dufresne + Alexis, 12 ans

Far Hills

01:56:05

3

 

Thomas

Davignon  &

 

02:14:30

 

 

  Sylvie

  Perreault

 

 

4

 

Mathilde

Schneebeli  &

 

03:23:30

 

 

  Martin

  Bouchard

 

 

 

Deuxième Parcours / Second Course :

 

 

Francis

Falardeau

 

00:45:35

 

 

Lise

Côté  (Première fois – Orienteering !)

Far Hills

01:21:35

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1

 

SHORT–Ski-O     3.2 km  (4 km probable-best-route)     (9 controls)

1

 

Lise

Côté  (Première fois – Orienteering !)

Far Hills

00:33:30

2

 

Nieves

Novosad-Izquierdo   + Zoë

Far Hills

00:37:52

3

 

Tobin

Novosad   &

Ramblers

00:38:55

 

 

  Francis

  Izqujierdo-Bernier

 

 

4

 

France

Raymond   et

Far Hills

00:40:15

 

 

  Fabrice

  Coutaniceau

 

 

5

 

Catherine

De Robert

Ramblers

00:58:45

6

 

Steve & Kitt

Shaw  + Robin 11,  Nate 15

 

01:04:44

7

 

David

Lutfy & Nyon   + Francis, 6

Far Hills

01:14:08

8

 

Marie-Hélène

Bernier   + Isabel, 5

Far Hills

01:19:50

9

 

Zemfira

Khisaeva

 

01:32:40

10

 

Charles

Contanceau, 10 yrs.,  + 

Far Hills

01:34:20

 

 

 Elliot,10  + Victor,10

 Schlachter  /  Lalonde

Far Hills

 

11

 

Pascal

Carpanèse

 

01:36:15

 

3e Parcours :

 

 

Francis

Falardeau

 

00:21:54

 

2e Parcours :

 

 

Simon

Denier

 

00:30:27

30 Starts / 45 participants

 

Ramblers Orienteering Club