Joondalup Learning Precinct, Saturday 8th March
Urban orienteering continues with the first of the NavDash sprint orienteering events at West Coast Institute of Training (WCIT). NavDash is very suitable for beginners, but differs from the Metro Series in that events are in the more traditional format with 'line' courses and interval starting. Line courses feature a set number of control points that must be visited in a certain order, with participants starting at one or two minute intervals competing agains the clock rather than directly against each other. Electronic timing is used, ensuring instant checking of control point visits and results.
NavDash events will have 3-4 courses of different, but fairly short length (2 to 3 kms), using different control points. One of these courses will be graded Easy for beginners and children, but since the events are generally in parkland and campus environments, the harder courses are still relatively easy navigation and within the capabilities of inexperienced orienteers. For the experts, the challenge is to complete the course in the shortest possible time through concentrating on interpreting the map and making instant route decisions, while running at high speed. Newcomers will be able to take their time, and enjoy exploring passageways and landscaping features around the WCIT, Edith Cowan University and WA Police Acadamy campus in Joondalup.
Registration will be open from 1.00pm to 2.30pm near the Pavilion Restaurant at WCIT. Parking is off Kendrew Crescent, just a short walk away. A briefing for beginners will be conducted at 1.30pm, and for more information go to the NavDash 2014 page, where you will find links to other useful pages including 'what happens', 'orienteering tips' and sample maps. Details of event fees are here.
The nearest Mitchell Freeway exit is Hodges Drive, from there head East, crossing Joondalup Drive into Grand Boulevard. At the next traffic lights turn right into Kendrew Crescent, then first exit left at a roundabout into a large car park, where it is best to proceed to the far end of the Visitor Parking area.
For Orienteering Western Australia members: don't forget to bring your Sportident card!