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Day 1 at the 2013 WCPC in the Books

We will post a more thorough posting on Day 1 later, but for now we want to point our viewers to our Facebook Page where we are posting short update blurbs as we get time to. There is a lot to do at the chunk, and that forum will be easier to get immediate updates.

However, the short form is that NASAW is in 4th (we think) place after Day 1 of competition, with a 1837' shot, our first non-2000-foot shot (aside from pie) at the chunk. Yankee Siege upped their Delaware record to 2397', and First in Fright also finally joined the 2000-foot club with a shot a bit over 2100'! Additionally, Launch-Ness Monster just missed joining the club too, with a shot of over 1950'. Pumpkin Hammer misfired, and American Chucker shot around 1500', rounding out the top competitors from last year. The winds were extremely strong (and pointed mostly at the us) while the trebs were firing, but there were a couple of luls in the wind, which allowed for a couple of nice shots like described above. In our case, we had stiff headwinds, but overcompensated and lowered our trajectory too much, which meant we just didn't have enough hang time to get out there further. We took a nice test shot in the late afternoon, and are ready for Round 2 in the morning, hoping to take the World Record!

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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!