May 22, 2013
It's almost time for Canoe-O! The water level should be up in June so
we will be able to utilize all the creeks in the immediate area.
There will be some boat traffic out in the bay, but it should be on
the light side as it is still early in the season. Unfortunately, the
canoe rental facility at the hotel went out of business this year so
you will have rent canoes and kayaks at other places. Oak Orchard has
a program that provides you with a car top carrier and life jackets.
(Scroll down for Empire Blvd. rates) It is cheaper to rent a boat at
their Waterport location, but for most it is a bit of a drive).
http://oakorchardcanoe.com/rentals.php If anyone finds a better rate
somewhere else let us know and we will post it.
EVERYONE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $5 LAUNCH/PARKING FEE (Normal
fee is $7) in addition to the usual ROC meet fees.
NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO START WITHOUT LIFE JACKETS FOR EVERYONE IN
THE BOAT. The water will still be cool at this time of year. The bay
is generally sheltered so big waves are not normally a problem. Not
sure about portaging possibilities at this point until we know about
the water conditions. Will send out course notes a few days before
There will two divisions. One for canoes and one for kayaks. Extra
points will be given for any garbage collected from the bay. There
will be a mass start at 1 PM and a 3 hour time limit. Cannon balls
will be shot at any boats still on the water after 4 and HUGE point
penalties will be assessed. As usual the organizers will offer
significant bonus points for any positive comments about the meet or
their appearance. "Style" points will be awarded for decorated boats
and participants. It is a great area for boating with lots of extra
streams an inlets for controls. It will be a Score-O format.
Rick Worner, Course Setter
May 18, 2013
Results from the Mendon Ponds meet are now available on the
May 15, 2013
There will be a regular meet this Saturday, May 18 at Hopkins
Point Lodge in Mendon Ponds Park. Starts will be from 10 AM to
noon. Note the earlier time! WYOBGR courses will be offered. We
can promise better weather than at our last regular meet!
will save you time, as well as the staff.
May 13, 2013
Results from last weekends US
SML Champs in Lake George, New York in Sprint, Middle and Long
events for ROC club members.
||1 Gold, 1 Bronze
||1 Silver, 1 Bronze
||2 Gold, 1 Bronze
Congratulations to all of our medal
May 6, 2013
Results from Rochetser Map Adventure 2013 are now available on the
April 24, 2013
Map Adventure 2013 is only 10 days away!!! The date is
Saturday, May 4, with a mass start at 11:00 am. The start location is
the South Avenue Community Center, at 999 South Avenue, Rochester (in
the Highland Park area).
Rick Lavine and I (Dick Detwiler) have really enjoyed setting the
course for this year, and we're sure the participants enjoy it as well.
This year's event covers a somewhat different area than last year's
(but with a lot of overlap). It will include the South Wedge, Cobbs
Hill Park, Highland Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery, University of Rochester,
Corn Hill, Downtown, the Park/East Avenue area, and the Neighborhood of
This event has a total of 82 control points.
There's something for everyone in this event. For someone who is a
serious runner or biker and wants to be challenged to cover a lot of
ground in a quest to visit all of the controls, our estimate is that it
would involve covering approximately 28 miles to do so.
But someone who isn't interested in covering mega miles will have a lot
of controls accessible also -- within a 1-mile radius of the starting
location, there are 43 of the 82 controls.
Pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged. It helps us make sure we have
enough maps and food, and it saves the registrant $5 per person
compared to registering the day of the meet.
Notes Updated 5/3
April 20, 2013
Results from the Black Creek Park meet are now available on the results page.
April 19, 2013
ROC TNT training for the 2013 season.
Are you interested in improving your orienteering skills? ROC will be
holding free informal activities twice a month. Sessions are open to
ROC members on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from late April through
September at a variety of area parks. These self-service activities
will be hosted by volunteers, and are intended for intermediate and
advanced orienteers to develop technical skills and endurance.
To learn about these activities visit ROC
Training or use the link on the side navigation bar.
The orienteering activity will be informal and free. Sessions run from
April 12, 2013
Next meet takes place on Saturday, April 20th, with starts
between 10 am and noon. Note the new Saturday start time! We
will start at Black Creek Park, 3835 Union Street, in North Chili.
Start and finish are at the Pathfinder Shelter on the east side of the
park. Look for the orange and white signs. Pathfinder is an open
shelter, so dress accordingly. Course setter Rob Holmes will be
offering a full color range of courses WYOBGR.
If you have not already pre-registered; please Register
Rob says the low areas of the park are quite wet and at least one major
trail is impassable, which will be reflected on the map. Hopefully the
weather will dry up a bit before the meet. On the plus side the
vegetation, which is normally pretty rough is quite open. Course notes
will indicate all “green” areas can generally be considered one shade
ROC tech shirt ordering deadline has been extended to April 20th at the
Black Creek meet. Order at the meet or see the news post at the end of
March below for ordering information.
April 7, 2013
Results from the Durand Eastman Park West Icebreaker meet are now
available on the results page.
April 3, 2013
The Icebreaker orienteering event is this Sunday, April 7th from 12
noon to 2:00, if you have not already pre-registered; please Register
Online now. The event we all have been waiting for will be
held at Durand Eastman park starting from Camp Eastman's Rotary cabin,
follow the "O" signs.
We will have a full line up of courses for you to choose from.
Course lengths are:
White - 1.8k
Yellow - 2.5k
Orange - 3.2k
Brown - 3.9k
Green - 5.4k
Red - 6.2k
Come out and join us. If you are new to orienteering this is a good
event to try out the skills you have learned in the workshops you
attended! If you missed the workshops there will be instruction
starting at 12:30.
March 28, 2013
This year for the first time we are offering a ROC tee shirt in a
comfortable moisture-wicking fabric. The shirt will feature the club
logo and "Running Wild" on the back of the shirt. The shirts are
available in both long and short sleeves, and you can choose from
Men's, Women's or Youth styles and sizes. We will have some shirts to
try on for size at the April 6th Workshop and the April 7th meet. Order
deadline is ++EXTENDED TO April 20th meet at Black Creek.++
Shirts are available in Silver (a light gray), Purple, or Tropic Blue
(a medium teal) for $14 short sleeve and $19 long sleeve. Order form
with ordering instructions.
Note that these shirts are in addition to our traditional cotton
schedule tee shirt.
March 18, 2013
ROC is offering a second workshop on Orienteering Skills on Saturday
April 6 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Highland Park. A class
will be offered in beginner orienteering skills. The workshop will run
from 8:30 am until noon.
Skills Workshops Registration by April 1st strongly
encouraged. We had to turn people away that showed up day of wanting to
sign up because we had run out of space for the March workshops. See
Feb 3 post for class descriptions.
March 12, 2013
Classes have filled up for the workshops on March 16. The course
setting class is cancelled due to lack of signups. The workshop will
run from 8:30 am until noon. Classes may include outdoor activities if
the weather permits.
Workshops are free to members of ROC. Non-member fees are $10 per
person, $15 per family. All fees are fully redeemable towards ROC
membership on the day of the workshop.
February 3, 2013
Skills Workshops - Info and registration now available. Class
February 1, 2013
The ROC ski-o scheduled for Sunday February 3 at Harriet Hollister is
cancelled. Some light snow has fallen there, but we would need quite a
bit more for safe skiing.
January 28, 2013
The 2013 schedule is
now posted, some details to be determined.
We have planned a ski orienteering
meet at Harriet Hollister Spencer this Sunday, but it's not clear yet
whether the weather will cooperate. They tend to get and keep more snow
than other places, but they didn't get much during the recent lake
effect snowfall, and we are in for a few days of warm temperatures. As
of now, not much snow is predicted after that. We will send further
information when the situation is clearer. We plan short, medium and
long courses, all on the shorter side. Start from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
If skiing is not possible, the meet will be cancelled.
There are no indoor facilities, except bathrooms located a 15 min ski
from the parking lot. For those who haven't been there, the park has a
spectacular view down to Honeyoye Lake. Ski conditions are posted on
the RXCSF website. The park is about 12 miles south of the junction
(West Bloomfield) of 65 amd 5/20.
Rick and Dayle Lavine - Course
January 20, 2013
Results from the Winterfest Mendon
Ponds Park meet are now available on the results
January 17, 2013
The Rochester Orienteering Club has
scheduled an event this Sunday January 20, Ski-O at Mendon Ponds Park.
Hopkins Point Lodge. Start from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m.
use ROC Online Registration.
White - 7-8 controls
Scatter-O Courses of 24 controls
Short - 8 controls
Medium - 16 controls
Long - 24 controls
Part of Mendon Ponds Winterfest.