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It has been a busy fall for Team Urban Siege, but not so much on the hurling front. However, there is more than a little of that news to report. Read on for more:





World Championships Back on for 2016




Last week, it was announced that the World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin' (WCPC) will be returning in 2016 to the Wheatley Farm in Bridgeville, DE, site of the event from 2007-2013. The insurance issues that necessitated moving the event from the farm field have apparently been resolved such that we chunkers (and fans!) are welcome on the property again, as the landowner and his insurance company are now satisfied of adequate landowner protection. It should be pointed out that the Wheatleys themselves are Punkin Chunkers (United Flingdom III), and did not want to ask the event to leave, but situations were such with the on-going 2013 lawsuit from the 2012 incident that they needed to do what they did. We are thrilled that they will have us back, and are looking forward to chunking again in 2016! More information can be read in the official press release and in the Sussex County Post. Team Urban Siege looks forward to returning to Delaware to chunk punkins with all our friends from November 4-6!





World Championships of Punkin Chunkin 2015 Cancelled




Yes, the 2015 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin, scheduled to be held at Dover International Speedway on November 6-8, are cancelled for the second year in a row. The Association was unable to obtain an insurance contract for the event this year given all the legal issues that have surrounded the WCPCA since the accident and lawsuit several years ago. Suffice to say we chunkers were once again given short notice of the cancellation (the news broke October 8), and chunkers and fans alike have been left scrambling. Delaware was going to be our only out-of-state trip of 2015 due to our busy schedules, but we have made the last-minute decision to rush off to New Hampshire and compete there with our friends from Launch-Ness Monster, Yankee Siege II, Onager, and more. We haven't tuned for distance shots in 2 years (that is currently changing), but NASAW has been firing very nicely for the last 2 years so we hope to put on a good show and hopefully set a new personal best distance. For more information on the NH chunk, visit the event site now! Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for updates!





World Championships of Punkin Chunkin 2014 - Cancelled




Sadly, the title of this post is not a joke, a play on words, or anything like that. This morning the teams were notified that the event for 2014 has been cancelled, with less than 3 weeks' notice. With the trouble with finding a new field, the association was behind all year, and they felt that there was no way that the event could be held this year. Some more information is available at this link. While we wish there had been more notice, this is what it is. We are looking to see what we will do for the rest of this year, we would like to perform for the public at least one more time before the snow flies. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook Page!





Punkin Chunkin 2014 Has Moved - Both Time and Place




Important information follows, please read the whole post! Those who follow our Facebook Page know that the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin are at a new location for 2014. The reasons for the move are somewhat complicated, but stem largely from a lawsuit resulting from an accident in 2011 by one of the spotters in the field. The full details have not been disclosed to the public as the case is on-going, but the long and short of it is that the landowner of the field that we have been using since 2007 (and a chunker himself) has requested that the chunk be held off of his property (he is one of the parties named in the lawsuit). This news hit in March, and the Association only recently secured approval to move forward with holding the chunk at Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE and the surrounding grounds for 2014. What this means is big changes in the format and layout of the event, but those details are also still being finalized. Still, the chunk is slated to be held at a field bordering the speedway, so plan accordingly if you wish to come. The event will have a different feel this year, but it looks like there at least will be an event, which was very much in doubt a month ago.





2013 Punkin Chunkin Pictures Now Online




A ton of pictures from the 2013 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin' are now online. Enjoy!





Punkin Chunkin on the Discovery/Science Channels!




A quick reminder to all that tomorrow night (U.S. Thanksgiving, November 28) from 8-10PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), there will be the annual airing of "Punkin Chunkin" on both the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel. Tune in and enjoy!





WCPC 2013 Over




More to come, but for now a quick update. Yankee Siege won this year with their colossal 2800-foot shot, American Chucker came in second, and First in Fright came in 3rd, edging out Launch-Ness Monster. Pumpkin Hammer finally got off a clean shot and came in 5th at just over 2000 feet, finally joining that club! We had what looked to be a superb shot, with perfect trajectory and a lot of speed behind it, we all thought we had taken second and perhaps threatened a half-mile shot, but the distance shockingly came in at 1935'. We don't really believe that number, and neither do our fellow competitors, but we can only take what they tell us it is...





WCPC 2013 Day 2 Overview




Today was an incredible day for the trebuchet division. The winds were calm, and the weather was incredible all day with a mixture of clouds and ample sunshine coupled with mild mid-60s temperatures ruling the day, probably the best weather day we have ever had in our years at the chunk. Many machines shot personal bests, and another team, Launch-Ness Monster, joined the 2000-foot club! American Chucker also had a tremendous shot, and are currently in second with a shot of over 2200 feet. But perhaps the talk of the day was Yankee Siege's massive 2800+' shot that obliterated the standing World Record (and the European Record of 2504' from 2012, which was in reality the World Record coming in to this weekend).





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.







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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!!!