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Vasona Lake County Park

Date: (Sun.) Dec. 20, 2009
Location: Los Gatos, CA
Event Director: - 925.872.3935
Course Setter: Jay Hann
Type: Junior; Park venue in amongst the holiday-light displays

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

This event will be held in conjunction with BAOC Vasona Lake event, and will be followed by a Light-O and a social event in the Willow Glen area of San Jose.

This is our first event of the year that we are not piggy-backing on another existing meet. This event will be at a city park, and there will be unmapped holiday light decorations and their associated guy wires, an added attraction!


9:00 AM – 12:00 noon: Registration
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: All courses starts
1:30 PM: Courses closed, must be back even if you didn't finish your course.


As always, we will be using electronic punching at this meet, using SPORTident finger sticks. The following models are supported: SI-Card 5, SI-Card 6, SI-Card 8, and SI-Card 9. Finger sticks are available for rent at the meet. In addition, you can get a finger stick to keep all season with your season pass.


If you have a BAOC COOL season pass, your meet fee is covered. If you don't have a season pass, the regular fees apply: $3 per Junior, plus a $3 fee for finger-stick rental.

Competitive Categories

The following courses will be used for the BAOC COOL classes:

Elementary boys and girls – Course 1
Middle School boys and girls – Course 2
JV boys and girls – Course 3
Varsity girls – Course 4
Varsity boys – Course 4


With a nod to the holiday season, we have more than the usual number of Christmas trees on the clue sheets, and there is a celestial theme to this Sunday's courses:

Course 1 – P is for Ptolemy
This is a shortish White course.
Course 2 – Cassiopeia, the constellation that looks like a "W"
This is an even shorter Yellow course.
Course 3 – Three Golden Rings
Be careful not to skip a control, since there are 24 of them!
Course 4 – Gemini, twin stars
A compass may assist in navigating these stars!

Here are the details for the courses:

     Course   Length   Controls   Scale
       1      1.1 km      16      1:2000
       2      1.1 km      11      1:2000
       3      2.0 km      24      1:4000
       4      3.1 km      19      1:4000

There is very little climb.

Driving Directions

To get to Vasona Lake, take highway 17 South from San Jose. Exit at Lark Avenue and turn left (east, over the highway at the light). At the first traffic light, turn right (south) onto Los Gatos Boulevard. Turn right again (west) at a traffic light onto Blossom Hill Road. After crossing over Highway 17 again, the park entrance will be on your right.

There is a $6 park fee per car, which you pay at a kiosk. The machine accepts credit cards.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.