Waterford 2022

Date: Saturday 18th June 2022.
Venue: Carbally Community Centre, Ballymacaw, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Admission: €15 without accommodation or €50 including use of campsite facilities
Starts at: 11am
Finishes at: 6:30-7pm
Hosted by: Eoin Jackson
Games to be played: 7 (four 9 rounders plus three 15 rounders)

The Emerald Isle’s evergreen event is back on the FOCAL calendar for 2022, making it the only event to have run in each of the three calendar years that comprise this season’s standings.

Waterford 2021: Host Eoin gives the thumbs up

Who can come?

Anyone at all! Having an interest in anagramming, word games, or puzzles would certainly make it more fun for you, but that is not a requirement. The event caters for all abilities. Some players will be very skilled, but many will be beginners. There will be prizes on offer at each ability level… so whether you are expert, intermediate or novice, there is a chance of coming away with a prize.

Novel Coronavirus

Having had the experience of hosting Co:Wat in 2020 and in 2021, we are well used to running events with covid safety measures in place. Now that restrictions have been lifted, it is likely Co:Wat 2022 will resemble the 2018 and 2019 editions. However, the pandemic is not over yet, and we will be keeping an eye on public health recommendations and will ensure the event meets the standards.

The Irish Bonanza

This year there are more Irish co-events than ever before! Zoomdown host Paul Anderson launches the first ever Co:Galway on June 11th, followed by Co:Wat exactly one week later on the 18th. The idea behind scheduling these two events so close to one another was to accommodate anyone travelling from the UK who might want to make a holiday of it. Come for Co:Gal, get to do the touristy stuff, and stay on for Co:Wat. A Summer get-away bookended by Co-events in two scenic locations on the Western and South-Eastern coasts.

(For UK visitors who are coming to both events, get in touch if you are stuck for accommodation in the week between the two events, and we will see what we can do for you.)

For those doing both of the back-to-back Irish events, there are bus services from Galway to Waterford, or you can make your own road trip plans if that’s the sort of holiday you’re after. Fiona is doing a cycle trip between the two!

Waterford 2021: Champ Eddy with mum Annalisa and dog Tilly!

How will it work?

It kicks off at 11am, and will be conducted using the Bristol-style classroom format. Everyone gets to see the same sets of letters and numbers, and to play them at the same time. Each person will have a direct opponent assigned. These match-ups will be drawn at random just before the start of each game. Everyone is guaranteed 7 games during the day. The results of the early matches (four 9Rers) will determine the composition of the different quarter final groupings. After lunch we play the QFs SFs and finals for each grouping of 8 players. These matches will be 15Rers. The top 8 (sorted by number of wins, then number of points) will contest the quarter final group from which the event winner will come. The final game to determine the event winner will be the only game that won’t be done in the classroom-style setting. It will be a stand-alone match, and everyone will be welcome to stick around and spectate if they so wish.
After dinner, we’ll stroll down to Whites for a few games of pool, followed by an evening of music. Can’t bate the oul singsong!

How much to enter?
Once again the aim is to make this as cheap as possible while still covering costs. This year there are two price plans:-

~PLAN #1 [FULL PACKAGE]:- €50 …includes the event, access to a camp site, and up to 3 meals during your stay.

~PLAN #2 [EVENT ONLY]:- €15 …includes the event and a gourmet lunch (no… really, ask anyone who’s been before, Finola has a talent when it comes to all things culinary!).

I would expect that many of those travelling to Waterford for this would need accommodation. Some years we can provide decent dormitory accommodation very cheaply, but this year we can offer a camp-site. We will provide a few tents. We can guarantee 12 spaces in our tents. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, air bed, pillow etc. (There is plenty of space in the campsite. For your €50 you are getting 2 nights access to a camp site specially kitted out for Co:Wat guests (with toilet / basic kitchen facilities), the event, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday, and also breakfast on Sunday.
€15 is the price available for Waterford natives, or anyone else who has their own accommodation sorted. The price includes the event, and lunch on Saturday.
Other items that are provided throughout, free of charge, include:- 1. Pens and paper to use; 2. Coffees, teas, and some soft drinks; 3. Snacks.
(We are hoping all of this will be doable without operating at a loss financially. Depending on the numbers, it is possible.)

To book your place at Co:Wat?! send the payment to Eoin Jackson via paypal at the address ayum@live.ie. (please remember to select ‘payment to friends & family’) Alternatively make out a cheque to Eoin Jackson, address available on request, or you can pay on the day (cash only in this case).

We look forward to seeing you there!

For other enquiries, please contact FOCAL and we will be happy to assist: hello@focalcountdown.co.uk.

Attending or organising a FOCAL event is subject to the FOCAL Code of Conduct.

Page last updated 08/04/22.