Waterford 2021

20190727 Waterford group shotDate: Saturday 24th July 2021
Venue: Carbally Community Centre, Ballymacaw, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Admission: €15 without accommodation or €50 including use of campsite facilities
Doors open: 10:30am start
Hosted by: Eoin Jackson
Games to be played: 8

After an 11 month wait for a FOCAL event since our last one in Waterford we’re back… in Waterford!

Eoin Jackson is welcoming us to South East Ireland for our first event of 2021. This event will take place at the Carbally Community Centre in Ballymacaw, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland. The Community Centre is located a 5 minute walk from a beach and around a 7 minute walk from the two local pubs, Dowers and Whites. The venue is very spacious, and contains kitchen facilities.

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

There will be certain safety measures in place at Co:Wat?! 2021. We are probably capping the number at 24. The venue could accommodate around 26 players using the correct (2m) social distancing, but we’re going to go with a max of 24 people just to be extra safe, and it is a good number to work with as it gives us 3 quarter final groups. There will also be numerous readily accessible hand-washing points. (These are the same precautionary measures that worked well in 2020.)

How will it work?

It kicks off at 10:30am, 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 8 games during the day. The results of the early matches (five 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 might* stroll down to Whites for a few games of pool, followed by an evening of music. Can’t bate the oul singsong! 🙂
*This depends on coronavirus best practise at the time. If the pub is not an option then we shall think of a socially distanced alternative for the afters.

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:-
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~PLAN #1 [FULL PACKAGE]:- €50 …includes the event, access to a camp site, and up to 3 meals during your stay.
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~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!).
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I would expect that many of those travelling to Waterford for this would need accommodation. Most years we can provide decent dormitory accommodation very cheaply, but this year is different and our options are limited. We can only offer a camp-site. We will provide 3 large tents, each of which can accommodate 6 people, but we will only allow 4 people per tent… so that is 12 spaces. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, air bed, pillow etc. (If you are concerned about social distancing, it is advisable to bring your own tent just to be sure. 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. If we get 20 players or more, 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.

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 10/07/21.