WL 1 Kent Woodsmen Oct 20th2013We all have occasional night mares; the one I always get the night before KentWoodsmen is about being on Death Row the day before they pull the deep fry switch!I go over this one with my psychiatrist & it seems to emanate from my very firstcompetition there 5 years ago & with no advice from anyone in the club, I just turnedup with my Logun Solo & a Nikko Nighteater (3-9x40) & it was proper Bay of Biscaytrawler weather where you needed to lash yourself to a tree! I was a quick shot thatday & was first in the pub with a colossal score of 3; some things will never change!
So there I was again going down the dark tunnel of gloom, the M20 as the weatherjust got worse from Hurricane Kentish Colin! With Granddad & son in the car wearrived at Ham St, with no rain, there was a hole in the cloud & some sun was dousingthe course!!!! But the wind 20 mph+
We got started in a three-some, Stan Kempton & I and a novice lad, Harry on lane 13,the wind was a real blast left to right. I’d not really shot since the Worlds & I had thenews scope on, the Sightron with the IR dot in red. I started well I have to say, butwhat ever I had learned in Germany on standers (as I got them all in the three daysthere), I suddenly forgot & missed all 4 (I need to re-group here).The course was very much the KW lay out, some real long ones at 53/4 yds making itreal hard to judge the wind, but I now have hash marks on the rec (like mill dots) &my judgement was much better & I got most long ones & all my kneelers. My eyes letme down with looking at any numbers on targets & if the string is run to ground andthe target is up the tree crossing another with the number at the bottom of the tree itseasy for me to plonk the wrong target, or, then I spend too much time using my scopeto put a number with a target, this tends to be a slight problem at KW. For all the windwas the enemy here today but thank God the rain didn’t arrive!
Summing up for all, wind took the casualties and I think a high score was 33, personally looking at my own problems on the day, I had one go off on me with heavyfinger-mode, I missed a 14.5 yarder & I don’t know why so I need to re-visit mysettings which are three weeks new & might have an odd PC print-out pilot error?I missed a few (2) to wind, but the 4 standers I’m furious about, even if I’d got 50%of my standers & no pilot error on the 14.5 yarder + heavy finger I might have comeaway with a 32/3! BUT, its early days, back to drawing board for two weeks now &check my close mid on the turret before WL2 at ETL.