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Moonlight Madness

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Moonlight Madness, urban night orienteering by headlight or torchlight under a full moon, has returned for winter 2015.

This year we have 6 events (set by members of Garingal, Bennelong and WHO orienteering clubs) in the usual Sydney Summer Series format (30 controls, 45 minutes on a Wednesday night). Date are chosen to be about the time of the Full Moon between May and September.

Course setters should be putting on an event with the intention that it is fun and enjoyable for anyone lunatic enough to don a headlamp or carry a torch and jog around somewhere in Sydney finding moonlit control features in the dark!


Maps will be 1:7500 on A4 for ease of readability at night.  The best orienteers should just about get all 30 controls inside 45 minutes every time - ideally, their only challenge is to beat the 45 minutes by clever route planning and execution.

Starts are between 5.30pm and 7pm with courses closing at 7.45pm when we go out to retrieve the markers - so you need to come back by 7.45pm because after then, there will  be no markers out there to look for! 
NOTE: For Event 3 at Davidson starts are between 5:30 and 6:30pm, with course closure at 7:15pm.

SportIdent is not being used, just cards and pencils to make things easier for our novice setters. 


No Date Map Meet Organiser Phone
1 Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Meadowbank Bowden St, Meadowbank Nerise McQuillan (WHO) 0402 036 644
2 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 Whale Rock North Epping Oval, Boundary Rd, N Epping Michael Ridley-Smith (GO) 0411 404 594
3 Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Cemetery Small park next to Belrose Library, cnr Lockwood Av & Glenn St, Belrose Ron Junghans (GO) 9450 2027
4 Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Cremorne Point Ilbery Park at the south end of Barry St, Neutral Bay  Martin Cousins (GO) 0413 521 792
5 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 Normanhurst West NEW
Normanhurst Pk, Harris Rd, Normanhurst David Stitt (GO) 9413 3814
6 Wednesday, 23 September 2015 Field of Mars Pooley St, Ryde - private home Gordon Wilson (BN) 0402 622 338


moon and GOanna

Cost will be the usual for urban events:
$10 adult member or group. $7 junior member $5 sub-junior member
$13 adult non-member or group, $10 junior non-member
$25 family maximum (pay no more for extra family member entries)

Watch the GO home page for Madness details.





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