Having arrived to confirmation that the weather forecast for the day was exactly as predicted; warm, high pressure and very light winds, I knew from experience that achieving even a respectable distance with the #5 would be very difficult. I like to have a guess at what the winning cast will be at the start of the day and 130ft plus numbers did not figure in my thoughts at all, actually I thought 120ft would be a struggle. So when I was marking and Bart put his warm-up cast to 126ft I turned to the person judging the lane next to me and made a comment along the lines of ‘he might regret that one’. In the past I’ve seen so many people make their best cast whilst warming-up that I’ve lost count, and I assumed I’d just witnessed another. For this reason I personally never make any full practice casts; I might get to my carry point but I never shoot it down the tape.
I have to admit that I was astounded when, after the timer called for casting to commence, Bart’s first officially marked cast sailed out to 138ft 2in, breaking Paul’s previous BFCC record by 4ft.
Sometimes at these casting competitions I can’t resist having a cast after the event has finished. Often this is because I’ve felt I could have done better, and quite often I’m right – once the pressure is off my distances often improve. I’ve even beaten the winning cast and the old record on occasions, but obviously this doesn’t count. However, on Saturday I knew I could have stood casting on that pitch all day and I wouldn’t have got anywhere near to Bart’s distance, it was a truly outstanding cast in conditions that were far from ideal. So well done again Bart, it will be interesting to see what you can do in ‘good’ weather.
Hopefully the interest in the competition side of things will keep going through to next year when the BFCC kicks off again. In the meantime there are a number of events planned at Port Haverigg in Cumbria, so if you need a fix of competitive casting there are opportunities to cast at this year’s world championship venue.