A squadron of 9 archers ( 8 x Barebow and 1 x Compound) from our Club made the journey to Nakhon Nayok this year. We hired 2 Toyota Fortuner SUVs, which proved to be comfortable and had enough room for all of us including our bulky gear. Due to a few missed turns, the estimated 2 hour drive from Suvarnbhumi Airport to the Sida Resort eventually took us about 2 hours 45 minutes. It was well and good, as we got to see more of the Thai landscape.
The competition was held within the grounds of the Sida Resort. It is is an expansive development with low rise flats and cottages for accommodation, free ranging horses, huge fields and a mountain river running right through it. Indeed, it was a serene and rustic setting enhanced by its location near the base of the Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam, one of the main attractions of Nakhon Nayok.
The Sida Resort does feel a bit aged but it is well maintained and the room rates were very reasonable at THB1000 per night (single occupancy). There was also pristine fresh air that you can’t buy in urban Singapore. The staff do not speak much English but were attentive. In the era of handheld phone translators and artificial intelligence, the barriers to cross language communications are quickly fading away.
The competition was run over 2 days. Day 1 comprised 2 rounds of 24 targets (unmarked distances) with 16 shooting stations. Average walking distance was 2000m lasting about 3 hours per round. Archers shot Round 1 from 9am – 12noon, broke for lunch and more or less continued with Round 2 after 2pm. Participants were then sorted out based on their total scores (for the 2nd Day shoot), with the top half fighting for their own medals and the lower half also battling for their group medals. This is a good idea as it gives the weaker archers an opportunity to win something and a challenge to move up the ranks next year.
Based on our estimation, the target distances ranged from 6m to 40m. There were some steep angled shots and limited standing room positions that added to the interest and fun in this event. The most difficult skill for a 3D archer is distance estimation. We don’t get much real practice in Singapore so a lot of it boils down to guesswork or intuition.
Despite this year’s much kinder layout, Day 1 was still a tiring affair. Some Eagles shot on while battling the fever or flu and our compound archer Hong Hui (HH) twisted his left ankle badly early on in Round 1. However, he soldiered on gallantly to complete the circuit but had to abandon Round 2, as the swelling and pain had gotten too bad. Nevertheless, HH has been bitten by the 3D bug and is determined to return next year.
Our Thai hosts were an energetic lot. They invited participants to an after dinner BBQ at the shoot location on Day 1. Lighting was rather limited but we enjoyed their campsite culinary skills and the BBQ was really good.
Day 2 shoot comprised of 1 Round and the shooting positions were moved around a bit, mostly with longer distances. It’s a pity that last year’s Barebow Champion Khun Montri was unable to participate in this year’s competition. However, we were treated to a good fight for the top 2 positions between Princess Cup Champion 2016 (Ex-Machina) and Princess Cup Champion 2017 (Khun Supin). Guess what, Ex-Machina won on his first time out! Khun Supin looks like a rather serious guy but he’s really light-hearted by nature. We enjoyed his funny comments whenever we missed a target.
The TOAC puts in a lot of heart and soul into hosting this 3D event. It requires several recce trips, hard logistics and good planning to run it as a safe, smooth and interesting competition. Indeed, such 3D competitions are very rare in ASEAN and we do sincerely hope that interest and support will grow for TOAC’s effort and the sport. They’ve done a great job for the Princess Cup Archery Competition and we wish them similar success in the TOAC 3D Challenges for the years to come. Archers…. make a date now for 3D Challenge 2018 and see you next year!
Eagles extended their stay at the Sida Resort so we could do some other stuff instead of shooting. Eagles being Eagles, we could not help going back to the shoot location with a small target board at the Target 3 location (approximately 40m). That done, we headed off for a very good lunch and then to the CRMA Gun Range for….. more shooting! It’s about a 45 minute drive southwards from the Sida Resort. A very safe and reasonably priced public gun range that is run by the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.
Photo credits: We are fortunate to have had many sources for photographs. Some of which are obtained from the links below 🙂
Passing of a Champion Archer
We received the sad news that Montri Tangjanrukij (Barebow Champion of the TOAC 3D and Field Challenge 2016) passed away on 22nd November 2017. Montri was known to be a very keen and gracious archer. Indeed, some of us were looking forward to catch up with him at the TOAC 3D Challenge 2017 and were surprised by his absence. May his Soul be Well and Happy.