RAY'S WORLD

A quick synopsis from one of our brother's in arms down in the mighty USofA and some of the games he has travelled to...

Richmond, Virginia

This games is one of the largest games you can attend on the east coast. The crowd was over 22000 in 2000. The pro competition was on the Saturday, with the Amateur A and B athletes competing on the Sunday.

The Amateur A division is actually the South East US Championships and in order to compete, you must have qualified by placing first or sometimes second in a number of other "qualifying" games (these include Annapolis, Maryland; Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Williamsburg, Virginia). The B division was invitation only.

The first place finish throws were in the following ballparks:
Open Stone - 49'
28# Distance - 70'
56# Distance - 36'
16# Sheaf - 31'
22# Hammer - 94'
56# Height - 13' (Bad day, apparently)

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Overall impression: Great games and good organization. Rumour mill grinding that they're looking to host a North American Championship in 2005 or 2006 with about 12-14 US competitors and 2-4 Canadians. Time to practice hard, I guess.


Charlston, South Carolina

Easily the best games I was at in 2001.  I'm not sure how many people, maybe 6 or 7000.  Professionals and amateurs compete at the same time on the same day.

The site is Boone Hall Plantation.  BEAUTIFUL!!  A huge plantation.  Only a short drive to the ocean. Lets see if I can remember first placements.

Open Stone - 45'
28# Distance - 66'
56# Distance - 35'
16# Sheaf - 26'
22# Hammer - 89'
56# Height - 15'

Amateurs are treated very well.  Much like in Alberta.  Amateurs get some travel money.  OK US$25. Better than anywhere else (in the US) I went to this year and I went to quite a few this year.

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Overall impression: Great games and good organization. Can't wait to go back for next year.


Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

Another Huge games.   20,000 people on a mountain cleared for 5000.  It is too many.  Professionals and amateur As compete at the same time on the same day. The event runs over 4 days.  B's and Pros over 45 or 50 go on Sunday.  The A event has a 9 player max. 

I dont remember 1st placements in the events exactly.  It would be a good competition for Gord, Mike, and Sean.  I mean there is no reason they couldnt win if they have a good day.

To win, you would need...
Open Stone - over 45'
28# Distance - over 65'
56# Distance - over 35'
16# Sheaf - over 28'
22# Hammer - over 90'
56# Height - 15'ish


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Overall impression: It sucks...and I'm not sure If I will go back this year.  However if there is anything to be found at a highland games IT IS HERE.  2 rows of tents side by side all the way around the field.(about 400 Meters)


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