1000 Shakes Navigation Trial, Saturday 13th/ Sunday 14th January 2015
Mackarel/ Hayes Claim Mammoth Shakes!
The 2018 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial saw a return to “Old School” type night nav’s as competitors tackled a 120 route comprising of 80 time-points just for a change! Following our 2015 event we agreed to clerk “The Shakes” again in 3 years, which wasn’t long coming around! We wanted to run a long event, with new territory. We wanted it to be tough, fair, challenging & enjoyable for everyone. We also wanted it to be “Old School” & everything was done with integrity – there was never going to be any sneaky stuff, just a good old fashioned hard core night nav was our goal.
We drew from our experience competing on previous 1000 Shakes; Niall Murphy’s events – lots of steering, Darren McCarthy’s events – lots of 1 & 2 minute sections back to back, Sean Daly’s events lots of farmyards & the late Ger Fahy’s events. The “Clock-face” was in Ger’s memory – who remembers his mind boggling 2003 1000 Shakes? I had an outline route in my head over a year. The foundation was set on the way to the Moonraker Forest Rally last April when I called to Kevin Hickey’s yard and was inspired by all the gates! I asked about other yards locally and nothing was going to be a problem – after all we were in Millstreet probably the Rallying capital of Ireland.
Based at Kanturk Rugby Club with 28 starters the first 20 time-points were similar to our 2015 route with some new lanes to keep it interesting. James Fitzgerald/ Ken Carmody (Impreza) were the initial leaders - clean until Tp10 as most crews incurred penalties at Tp5 and there was a lot of Wrong Approaches at Tp8. Local Semi Expert crew Johnny Casey/ Patrick O’Sullivan (306) held the lead on 5 penalties as the competitor’s handed in time card “A” at Tp19. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes (Impreza) and Owen Murphy/ Daire Hayes (Impreza) tied for second on 7 penalties. Top seeds Donal Healy/ Denis O’Donovan were the first retirement as the clutch gave up in their unique 4WD Starlet. The O’Neill brothers (Impreza) retired due to a damaged radiator and Mac Kierans/ Oisin Sherlock (Impreza) were out with engine trouble.
Following the first SRS (after Tp22) crews found themselves in new territory, further south than they ever expected to be and had to contend with “Clock-face” to find time-points 26 & 27. About half the crews found Tp26, but everyone dropped time. Only 4 crews found Tp27 and none made it on time. Tp28 was a repeat on Tp25 featuring an excellent piece of forest but only 4 crews got it as many gave up on the clock-face and cut to Tp29. Following the clock-face was a double loop through some over grown forest – despite the slippy surface I think it was enjoyed! The event worked its’ way towards Kilcorney for a farmyard maze incorporating Tp38 – Tp43. There were 3 laps of the farm culminating with an underpass on the final lap! Mackarel / Hayes cleaned the farm while most other crews dropped time with the exception of Semi Expert’s James McCabe/ Shane Farrell (Impreza). After a very challenging 75 miles and 47 time-points Mackarel/ Hayes maintained their lead on 36 penalties with Muireann’s brother Daire sitting with Owen Murphy holding second just 4 penalties in arrears. Mongahan’s Novice pairing of Emmet McCooey/ Christopher McMahon (Impreza) held an outstanding 3rd overall on 43 penalties.
The second half headed southwest of Millstreet into a “Lion’s Den” of new territory with several farm yards. While there was little change to the leader-board everyone lost time in this unfamiliar terrain. Tp55 through V56 to Tp57 was a 1 minute section over a series of tricky farm lanes. When we arrived at V56 the Marshal was laughing and called us “Evil”! Colin Duffy/ Sam Johnson (Impreza) were the only crew to clean it. Tp65 was the last farm yard - significantly all top three dropped a minute. The route thinned out from there and competitors could see the end was near as the second SRS headed north towards Kishkeam. Despite being stuck in a drain and having to cut a lot of the first half beginners Brian Doherty/ Tara Duggan (Forester) have the distinction of being the only crew not to incur penalties on the second SRS. The Hume brothers (Impreza) slipped off into a drain and went OTL. Local crew Kieran Hayes/ Derek Flynn (Honda CRV) also retired.
Following the SRS came the “Icing on the cake” with an exciting forest finale (from Tp 72 to Tp 75). The closing time-points were straight forward with 23 competitors making the Final Control on the outskirts of Meelin after 05:00. Derek Mackarel/ Muireann Hayes scored a narrow but convincing win on 49 penalties. Owen Murphy/ Daire Hayes took runner up spot on 54 - only 5 penalties separating the Togher siblings. Emmet McCooey/ Christopher McMahon completed the podium and took the Novice spoils on 76 penalties – punching well above their weight. Alan/ George Shinnors (Impreza) climbed to 4th by virtue of a strong second half performance. Colin Duffy/ Sam Johnson were 5thfollowing a good second half. James Fitzgerald/ Ken Carmody took 6th. Dermot Whelton/ Mark McCarthy (Impreza) were 7th and Best CMC crew. Peter Deery/ David McCrudden (Impreza) were 8th and won the Semi Expert class. James McCabe/ Shane Farrell were 9th and Johnny Casey/ Patrick O’Sullivan completed the top ten having lost power-steering for the second half. Monaghan/ Cork duo Colm McKeever/ JJ Cremin (Impreza) won the Beginner class on their first event together.
Results were finalised without any fuss - there were no queries. This is unheard of and is a credit to the Marshals, Results Team and the Competitor’s. The Residents/ Landowners were so keen that we even had Landowners manning time-points. It was a vast route and almost unattainable but thanks to the Marshals for turning out in force all 80 time-points were manned. The complimentary soup and sandwiches were well received. The donations box raised close to €100 and Cork Motor Club will be donating this to a worthy local cause in the near future. We need to thank so many people but are afraid of forgetting somebody. So Thank You sincerely to Everyone who helped us make the event the success that it was.
Thank you. Regards, Greg Shinnors, Clerk of the Course.
Pictured at the prizegiving for the 2018 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial, at Kanturk Rugby Club, were (left to right) Joe Shinnors, Ast. COC, winning navigator Muireann Hayes, winning driver Derek Mackarel and Greg Shinors, COC. (Pic by Matthew Twomey, M2Merallyphotos)
1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial 2018 – Published by Grace O'Brien
“The Best Kept Secret in Night Nav History”
On a night of “firsts” for Night Navigation Trials, the stars were aligned for a highly anticipated night of incredible action organised by Greg Shinnors, former British Rally Championship winning Navigator and regular on the night nav scene.
It was on the drive home from the Moonraker Forestry rally in April of 2017 that the wheels began to turn in Greg’s mind and a route began to form in North Cork. In territory that had never been used for Night Navigation Trials the farmers and landowners of North Cork welcomed the event with open arms, to which we are hugely indebted to. Such was the enthusiasm for the event that they even volunteered to man time points! Joe Shinnors, Assistant COC and Greg’s carefully chosen team began the mammoth task of putting pen to paper, plotting points and checking locations at dubious hours of the day and night, with only the necessary knowledge being imparted on the team!
A huge thank you to Kanturk Rugby Club for the use of their facilities; which was to be the HQ for the night. The competitors arrived on a cold, but clear night in anticipation of a challenging night ahead, including 8 crews who made the pilgrimage from Monaghan. Greg assembled his team of marshals for the long night; over 80 time points which needed to be manned. As a token of appreciation Jerry Murphy - R&R Tyres, sponsored two vouchers for those who turned up to marshal on the night. The lucky recipients, Greg McCarthy & Stephen Sheehan, were treated to a fuel voucher and a voucher for R&R Tyres.
Before car number 1 left the HQ, competitors were offered any assistance they may have needed, not limited to full access of a Subaru spares pack courtesy of Elaine Higgins. Stephen Sheehan stayed behind to act as security, thank you Stephen! Competitors also have Shane & Darragh to thank, Greg & Joe’s two nephews who stayed up all night and cleaned the spot lights at a time point and the petrol halt for competitors; what a service!
Collins Tyre Centre and Filling Station Millstreet opened their doors for the half way halt, to which we owe a huge thank you. By that point drama on the route saw four competing crews slip from the competition. Donal Healy and Denis O’ Donovan had issues with the clutch which put the brakes on their night. Mac Kierans and Oisin Sherlock had engine issues which also saw them retire, albeit very reluctantly. Ray & Stephen O’ Neill had radiator issues and Matt & Enda Hume slipped off the road and both crews went OTL. As the remaining competitors refuelled, provisional results awaited them – surely a first?!
The night rumbled on until almost 6am where 23 of the 28 competitors returned to Kanturk to hand in their final time cards, which is some achievement in itself. Beginner crew Kieran Hayes and Derek Flynn also retired their Honda CRV at this point such was the challenge of the night. We must also give a shout out to the farmer who picked up Colm McKeevers back bumper and kept it safe! Homemade soup, sandwiches, teas and coffees greeted tired but thrilled competitors, thanks to Elaine Kenny, Anna Harnett & Elaine Higgins.
Within 30 minutes of the provisional results being posted the results were final, not a single query. Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes were crowned the overall 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial winners for 2018. Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes took second overall and first in the expert class. And Emmet McCooey and Christopher McMahon took an incredible third overall and first in the novice class. For first time competitors such as Tom Murphy Jr and Liam Dennehy and Kieran Hayes and Derek Flynn it was the ultimate baptism of fire.
Thank you to Matthew Twomey for taking the official photographs for the night – to see all the action from the night click into the link below.
There are many many 'thank yous' that Greg would like to extend but he will get back to you once he has fully recovered from the last seven months!
From Cork Motor Club we would like to say a huge thank you to Greg, his family and team for the months of work, time and effort that has gone into this event – it was incredible!
Murphy and Hayes win Startrek Nav Trial
Congratulations to Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes who took overall victory on our 2017 Startrek Night Navigation Trial, which took place this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, October 14/15.
Pictured left, Aaron O'Regan, COC with winners Daire Hayes and Owen Murphy.
2017 Startrek Night Navigation Trial change: The time for the preliminary route card to be handed out has been changed from 8.30 to 8.15. All other times will stay the same. Route card 1 will now be handed out at 8.15.
Cork Motor Club's next event for 2017 will be our Startrek Night Navigation Trial, which takes place on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, October 14/15, 2017.
The event will again be run out of the Whitechurch Community Hall, (634/810.5) with check-in and scrutiny from 19.00 hours on Saturday, October 14th. The route will be approximately 80 miles in length, with fuel required for full event without refuelling.
Aaron O'Regan returns as COC, with Assistant COCs Chris Regan and Derek Butler also back on the team and they will be looking for marshals for this night event.
Event Sectary is Niall O'Keeffe, 9 Beach Court, Castlepark, Mallow, Co. Cork. Contact number 087-6359944 (Ring after 6.30pm). Entry fee is €130.
The COC Aaron O’Regan can be contacted on 087-7628277 after 6pm. (text anytime) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The revised Appendices 33 & 34 are now published on the MI website, and will be in force for the upcoming Night Nav season
Appendix 33 has changes in regard to
i) Lights (incl provision for spot checks on bulbs)
ii) Cages (proper padding required, no cages from October 2018)
iii) In car cameras (banned)
iv) intervals between Time Recovery Sections
v) damage declaration forms & penalties re same
vi) CLO & Beginners class compulsory (were recommended)
as well as other “housekeeping” changes.
Appendix 34 (re Championship) is effectively unchanged.
You can read or download the revised Appendices 33 and 34 Here
Cork Motor Club have again come out on top for night navigation events after our Startrek and 1000 Shakes events were voted first and second at the 2015/16 National Night Navigation prizegiving which took place at O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise. The night also incorporated the Munster Navigation Championship prizegiving.
Our winning event was organised by Sean Daly and team and a big congraulations must go to all for the work put into the event. COC for our second place event was Nial Murphy who again had a strong team helping out. This is in fact the second time CMC have dominated the Night Navigation scene, with as the 1000 Shakes took top award and the Startrek second place in the 2014/15 series.
CMC competitors were also to the fore in the 2015/16 prizegiving event. In the Munster Navigation Trial championshlip, Donal Healy was best Expert driver with Owen Murphy second and Johnny Kenneally third, while Ken Carmody took third Expert navigator. In the Semi Expert class, Johnny Casey and Grace O'Brien were second driver and navigator while Derek Butler was third driver in that class. In the Beginner's class Brian Duggan took second place driver. In the MI National championship Donal Healy was third Expert driver and Patrick O'Leary third Novice navigator. A big congratulations to all prizewinners.
The National Navigation Championship Prizegiving, as well as the Annual Navigation/Endurance Forum and the Munster Navigation Championship/Forum will take Place on Saturday 11 June. Time: 8pm sharp - hope to finish before 11. All welcome.
Venue: O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise Town Centre (also HQ for Laois Mini stages following day) (note change from previous years).
Format: 1. Navigation Forum incl. Discussion on impending rule changes. 2. Endurance Forum (ditto)
Cork Motor Club's first event of the 2016, the 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial took place on last Weekend, 16/17 January. It was the fourth round of the National Navigation Championship, part of the Munster navigation Championship and our own club champioinship and attracted 27 entries, with a mix of local and Northern competitors. Run from Macroom Golf Club, it had Nial Murphy returned as CoC, Sean Daly as Assistant and Kiera Daly yet again reprising her role as Chief Marshal. The ice of the previous days had passed, and apart from some very limited mist in parts, weather conditions were near ideal for the drivers.
Unusually for the 1000 Shakes, Nial chose to run a "short" event (85 miles, no petrol halt), but the compact route (all Plots fitted on an A4 Sheet), some well-chosen plot & bash on 2 sets of unmarked roads and the usual format of intensive use of separate groups or sets of the many tight and twisty lanes West of the town, with slightly less intensive "link" sections between the Groups or sets, meant that the event was as challenging, and yet satisfying and enjoyable, as in previous years.
The first set of 5 competitive points immediately West of the town gave an indication of what was to come, with all crews down small amounts of time by TP6. West Cork Expert Crew Dermot Whelton & Mark McCarthy, along with the Northern Semi Expert crew of Keith McConnon/Michael McCluskey (who were continuing the good form shown on the last Cork MC event) fared best, having a single penalty each, with 7 other cars on 2 penalties, indicating both the difficulty of maintaining the Schedule and the close nature of the competition, and showing that time loss was due to the nature of the terrain, and not to any Navigational issues. Different problems affected Donal Healy/Denis O'Donovan, whose Starlet slid off into mud on the way to TP3, and even with 4WD and a relatively light car, they lost 6 or 7 minutes extricating themselves, effectively putting them out of contention for any overall award.
The next "set" of points, from 8 to 16, situated to the North-West of the town were, in effect, more of the same, but including the first "plot & bash" of the night, centering on a group of roads/tracks already pre-plotted for later use. These saw all crews picking up more penalties, and the gap between leaders and "the rest" widened considerably. By the end of this section, Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes had moved into the lead, on 3 penalties, followed by Eoin Murphy/Daire Hayes on 5, Alan & George Shinnors on 6, Whelton/McCarthy on 7, Johnny Casey/Patrick O'Sullivan on 8, with Cork Beginners Tim Hayes/Finian O'Donovan putting in a fine showing on 11 points. the same score as Novices Trevor O'Callaghan/Patrick O'Leary, on 11. The top 10 was completed at that point by Ray & Stephen O'Neill (12), and George & David Swanton and Mac Keirans/Conor Boylan both on 14. McConon/McCluskey missed TP 13, and had dropped out of the top runners.
A welcome Time Recovery followed TP 16, but
the action began again at TP 17, with the crews re-entering the same roads as
TPs 8 >16, used differently, but with,
in effect, similar results. By the end of the Second card, at TP21, the top 10 was occupied by the same 10 crews (albeit in a slightly different order outside of the top three) , and with all crews increasing penalties .
That there were, at that point, four 2wd drive cars in a very competitive top 10 was probably indicative of the high tarmac content of the event (7 miles non-tar out of 85 total).
Card 3 included the re-use, more or less in reverse, of TPs 2 >6, as well as the SRS section, which was unusually long , at c. 16 miles, and while the SRS was probably the most relaxed Section of the night (and certainly the best of the roads), most crews still managed to attract penalties at the ITC. By the end of the card, local (very!) crew David Kelleher/Kevin Healy had climbed to 7th o/all, and Healy/O'Donovan had recovered to 9th .
Matters on the longer final Card 4 (TPs 32 > 45) were not quite as high-pressure, with the notable exception of a series of 3 points (35, 36 & 37), 2 of which were Plot & Bash, and all on farm tracks just South of Ballymakeera. In fact, only two crews - Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan and Kierans/Boylan managed to avoid penalties there, moving them up in the reckoning. However, Butler/O'Regan then let matters slip again with a WA on the penultimate control, robbing them of 6th O/all and a top Semi finish in their 1330 Starlet. Murphy/Hayes dropped some time on this section with a loss of any real brakes on their Forester, but still managed a strong finish.
Provisional results were posted c 30 mins after last car finishing, and, after some minor arithmetical corrections, results were finalised with the agreement of all prior to the expiry of the usual 30 minute period. They showed Duffy/Hughes on top with 8 penalties, Whelton/McCarthy next on 13, followed by Alan/George Shinnors on 15 and Murphy/Hayes on 17 and Healy/O'Donovan who staged an impressive, but unfortunately insufficient, strong recovery from their early "off", finishing 5th on 16. An impressive sixth finish by Northerners Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock comfortably gave them 1st Novice
A very positive feature was that, of the 27 starters, only 1 failed to make it back to the finish - Eoghan Corr/David McCrudden, who retired their borrowed Impreza with a collapsed suspension. However, Ray Heney/Aidan Coffey from Tipperary missed the penultimate Control , and therefore could not be classed as finishers, giving, officially, 25 finishers.
All points were fully manned, and, overall, it was another successful "Macroom " event, well received by all. It showed that with the right roads (fortunately in plentiful supply near Macroom) and careful planning, along with essential "safety stops" at "merge" points, a straightforward route using traditional Navigation (i.e. Map References only) can be produced which can test the experts without giving telephone number scores to the less experienced.
Thanks to all involved, including to the good turn-out of marshals from both Cork and Skib
Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes have a smile for the marshal on their way to winning a very competitive 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial last weekend. (Pics: John Harrington)
COC Nial Murphy being navigated by Gerard Quinn on the night.
The 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial of 2016 will take place on Saturday night, Sunday morning January 16 and 17 and will, as usual, be our first competition of the new year.
With the changes in the way that MI are issuing IRDS cover, drivers are reminded that they need to fill out an IRDS application and have it at MI offices in Dawson Street by next Tuesday, (Jan 12) at the very latest for approval. This removes the flexibility for last minute applications, so it is essential that all applications be lodged immediately if cover required for 1000 Shakes. MI will not be issuing individual IRDS cover letters this year, but instead will publish a list on their website every Thurs a.m.. If you are not on next Thursday's IRDS list , you will not be competing on our 1000 Skakes Nav Trial. Download form here: MOTORSPORT IRELAND Licence Holders IRDS application
Meanwhile, COC Nial Murphyreports that the route isnow finalised after some slight modificationss due weather damage, and approximately seven mls out of the 80 mile total are non tar.Also, all plots are now on Sheet 79, but for one short section between TPs on both Sheet 85. The distance is very short & very straightforward - any edition of 85 (or 86) will do, and even if not, we will find old maps or something to keep everyone happy.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7pm on Saturday, January 16 at Macroom Golf Club (335½726 - Entry thru Castle Gate Arch in Town Square). Nial Murphy is back as COC for the event. Regs are with MI awaiting approval & will be available online at www.corkmotorclub.com as soon as event permit is issued.
Looking back 10 years: The 2006 1000 Shakes was won by andrew Mackarel adn Liam Higgins from Bones O'Connor and Paul Phelan, with Brendan Fahy and Kieran Daly taking third in a tie breaker from Ger O'Connell and Diarmuid O'Donovan
Note: Bones O'Connor holds the record for wins on this event, which currently stands at 13. (and no, he won't be back for 2016).
CMC's first Nav event of the 2015/6 season took place on 21/22 November last. Based out of Shanballymore in North Cork, and with Sean Daly again as CoC, the event attracted a decent entry of 28 cars, with 27 starters.
The event was a "short" one (i.e. 80 miles, 40 points, no petrol halt) but proved long enough for some competitors and certainly long enough to get a result.
The difficulties for most started as early as TP5, where most crews incurred penalties. Almost all were one minute down, some slightly more, and only 3 crews - Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes, Joe & Greg Shinnors and the Semi-Expert crew of Keith McConnon/Michael McCluskey managed to keep their sheets clean here. Most crews reached TP6 without further penalties, but the real drama of the night then came early, at TP7, where a difficult-to-find slot to the approach road had all crews down time. The TP was definitely the turning point of the event, as Duffy/Hughes incurred a 20 min penalty here, and were also down a further 4 minutes at TP8. CMC's Johnny Keneally/Ken Carmody were another leading crew to suffer badly here, dropping 6 minutes at TP7 and missing 8 entirely.
After TP8, it was Alan & George Shinnors and the new combination of Donal Healy/Denis O'Donovan in Donal's refettled 1500cc 4WD Starlet who led the event on 3 penalties from Dermot Whelton/Mark McCarthy, McConnon/McCluskey and Novices Brian O'Mahony/Amy Gallway, all on 4, with Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes, Trevor O'Callaghan/Patrick O'Leary and Ciaran Sheridan/Conor Boylan on 6 following, with Ray & Stephen O'Neill on 8 being the only other crew still in single figures, with all of these remaining on those scores until the end of the first Time Card at C12.
While a set of 4 Plot and Bash points in the woods, beginning at V23, caused some further penalties down the field, there was little enough drama on Cards 2 & 3, (to TP 29), with the leaders generally avoiding trouble, and only O'Mahony/Gallway climbing into double digits.
However, by then, three crews had retired - the one-off pairing of Cork's Gerard O'Connell and Dublin's Enda Hume who suffered radiator damage to the Subaru, as well as George & David Swanton, and Colm & Conor Mohan. In addition, others, including Derek Butler/Andrew Wedlock, Steve Lane/Grace O'Brien, Brian "rally.ie" Duggan/James FitzGerald and Elaine Shinnors/Marie McCarthy were forced to skip multiple time points to get back on Schedule, with mechanical woes generally to blame.
The final section was interesting and intricate, including double-use of a cattle underpass and 2 more Plot & bash points, but, with the notable exceptions of Joe & Greg Shinnors, who retired their Impreza with a bent Front wishbone enroute to the penultimate TP (although, despite an otherwise clean sheet, they were already out of contention following a 10min loss at TP7), and Healy/O'Donovan, who dropped what would turn out to be a crucial minute at TP31, the leaders were unaffected.
At the finish, Alan & George Shinnors, winners on this event last year, were again to the fore, with Healy/O'Donovan Second on a "furthest cleanest" tie break from Whelton/McCarthy. Had they not lost the final minute, Healy/O'Donovan would have been on equal penalties with the victors, and would then have won on an Engine capacity tie-break, but such is rallying, and the Shinnors' victory was well deserved. Murphy/Hayes were fourth, and in what was probably the performance of the night, Novices Sheridan/Boylan were fifth overall.
The event featured a very significant amount of loose surface mileage, the vast bulk of it smooth and very passable, and it was difficult enough to produce a result, but yet mostly straightforward enough to be enjoyable. An encouraging feature was the new names & fresh faces, and the good performances of some of these - while there were a few injudicious "50"s, others did very well
Congratulations to CoC Sean and Assistant Tom Sheahan on another fine event, and to Chief Marshal Kiera Daly who ensured that not only were all Timepoints manned, but that there was adequate personnel to man the Safety Stops at some otherwise potentially dodgy "merge" points on the looped sections.