Team Weekend Stage 6: The Short Gaffle

Stage description

You’ll see three mini courses. You have to decide which is the FASTEST, as quickly as possible.

Recommended device

Desktop computer or laptop.


The relay based stage! Who doen’t want to run the short gaffle?

What’s a gaffle? In case you don’t know a gaffle (or forking) is the method for mixing up which courses people run in a relay and is designed so you can’t just follow the person ahead of you! So control 1 might have 3 different controls in a 3 person relay with each team member visiting a different control 1. It’s a fair competition as everyone in your relay team runs the same gaffles as every other team. But if you want to ‘win’ your leg you want the shortest gaffle.

For this stage you need to pick which of the mini courses we show is the fastest. But take too long to decide which is best and you lose any advantage (see scoring below).

The website we’ll use has been created by Ben Brown for this Lockdown Orienteering competition. You don’t need to register, but we recommend that you play the warm-up games before playing the actual stage.


At the end of the stage you get a time, with the winner having the shortest time. The time includes

  • How long it takes you to decide which gaffle is fastest
  • The time it took us to run your gaffle


You can play three warm-up games before moving on to the real thing.

The competition

There are 10 puzzles. Each puzzle has 1 or 2 gaffled controls. The first 9 are sprint maps to the new specification ISSprOM 2019 (so dark green is forbidden to cross). The final map is of an open hill.

When you’re ready to play:

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Enter your competition number. Your name should appear.
  3. Select Start.
  4. When you finish, your score is automatically recorded.

You MUST complete this stage by 17:00 UK Time on Sunday 24th May.

If you have any issues, please contact us.


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