For those who are interested here is a description of the events and the results.
The Speycasting was in the middle pool at the GG Casting club and the casters were in about 2 1/2 to 3 feet of water (crotch deep) and forty feet out from the concrete. One practice shot and 3 measured casts from each side. Any style of cast, but the d loop had to be on left for 3 and on the right for 3. Roughly 19 contestants and the best 3 would cast off again in the finals.
Order of casting was determined by drawing straws to be fair if the wind came up etc. The was around a 35-40 degree change of direction.
The first round was won by Ian Gordon(Scot) with casts of R139 and L133 for a total of 272 feet. Second was Knut Syrstad (Nor)with R136 and L135 for 271' total. Mariusz Wroblewski (US)was in third with a R121 and L116 for a total of 237. Way Yin (US)and Bill Drury (Scot) tied for 4th with combined 236. Andrew Toft (Scot)next with 232. Ian Gordon, Bill Drury,Andrew Toft and Way Yin were using long lines. Knut and Mariusz were using shooting heads.
In the finals things weren't quite so close. Ian Gordon clearly had a better afternoon, winning with a R143 and L131 for a 273 foot total. Knut was second with a R122 and L135 for a 257' total. Mariusz had a R116 and L114 for 230.
I am sure some are interested in the equiptment used. The finalists all used G Loomis rods with Ian using a 15 GL3 10/11, Knut using a 15' Trilogy 10/11 and Mariusz using a GLX 15 10/11.
For lines Ian was using a Carron Jetstream long headed line, Knut using a Rio
Windcutter head around 57' (9/10 wt) attached to a running line.
A few more notes. Steve Choate had a good right cast of 128' but didn't get off a real good left. He just ticked the water with 2 of his lefts or he may have done better. Certainly a great Speycaster anyways...... Bill Drury of Scotland had a back injury and was a late addition or he may have done better.......Knut Systad's 10/11 GLX Forcelite had been broken so he was using a borrowed rod. (Hopefully this wasn't a factor).....A woman named Donna O'Sullivan qualified (120' qualifying distance) but was nearly over her waders during the competition as she is maybe 5 feet tall. A great cast to qualify none the less.
I guess nothing was learned as to long lines or heads being better for distance.
In the overhead here's the story. A Sage 16 rod was used with a full length line. The competitors had one practice cast and 2 scoring casts. No practicing beforehand at all for any of the contetants. You had to instantly read the action and hope for the best.
Three were tied after the first round with 160' casts, these were Jerry Siem, Tim Rajeff and Knut Syrstad. Next was Steve Rajeff with 150" and Way Yin with a 146'er. Jay Clark and Graham Anderson were next with 140'ers.
In the finals Tim hit a 152'er for the win and Jerry was second with a 141 and Knut had a 140 for third.
The overhead competition was done off the cement platform which is about 20" above the water. Makes Ian's 143'Speycast seem pretty impressive since he was crotch deep in the water.
All in all a fine weekend with hot clear weather. No wind. Tne Goldan Gate Casting Club is a great facility and is a must see for anyone visiting San Fransisco. (They also have a nice bridge in town you may want to see after seeing the club)
A great job by all the sponsors (North American and abroad)
and demonstrators as well as the local club members who put on the show.