Jug Bay

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June 5

Party Time! Everyone is invited to celebrate the end of QOC's September - June season with this party that also masquerades as an orienteering event (and a club Annual General Meeting). Additional details (especially about some kid-oriented events) will be posted in the days before the event in addition to the following:


10:30 am Registration opens
11:30 am Registration closes
11:30 am Annual Meeting
12:00 Mass Start for ‘The Chase’
Beverages for your selection: Beer, Soda, or Water


QOC will provide beverages, desserts and paper goods. People should bring picnic foods to share. Grills will be available and BBQing is encouraged!



Beginner: White/Yellow course: one loop: 2.91 K
Intermediate: 2 loops = 4.95 K
Wimpy Advanced: 1 loop 3.25 K
Short Advanced: 2 loops = 6.26 K
Long Advanced: 3 loops = 8.29 K

There will be just one mass start regardless of the number of loops being done. Beverage of choice (specified at registration) will be consumed at the start, finish, and in between each loop. At this time pre- printed maps will be provided. Additional details:

  • There will be an additional $1 fee to the regular meet fee to cover beverages and park usage.
  • Epunching will be used; bring your dibbers or borrow one of ours.
  • Note the registration times. Registration for Mass start will close at 11:30 sharp so don’t be late and don’t show up at the last minute.
  • This is a special format meet. There is just one start time for all courses so no formal beginner training will be provided. At the start, and after each loop, a beverage will consumed.


Map is 1:10,000 with 5m contours.

The terrain is not unlike Patuxent River Park with no point above 100 feet above sea level. There are lots of flat bland areas with scattered marshes. The woods have been getting more open over the years so should be fairly fast. Dave Linthicum has graciously updated the vegetation this year. The courses are designed with some “dog legs” in order to use areas of the map not always used. My justification is it will allow you to see who is immediately ahead and behind you. Hopefully there will be a good breeze off the Bay to keep things cool and and push away the dreaded deer flies which usually peak here the first weeks of June. Bring bug repellant, in case of an abundance of mosquitoes and ticks in the woods.

And most importantly: plan to have a good time - Jug Bay is a great place, and this is our time to celebrate a great season of orienteering together!


Jug Bay, Caretaker's House Area, Bristol, MD (Classic Courses)

RegistrationThis event will have day-of registration only. Be sure to arrive in time to be registered by 11:30 am so you'll have time to get ready for the mass start at noon and to participate in the annual meeting.
Start TimesThere will be a mass start for all participants at noon. Be sure to arrive far enough in advance to be registered and ready to orienteer by 11:55am at the latest so you don't miss any important information in the pre-race instructions.
ScheduleSunday, June 5
12:00 pmClassic Courses: Mass start
Course Setter:Ted Good
Location Details

Classic Courses
Jug Bay
Caretaker's House Area
Bristol, MD
Google Map

From the MD. Rt. 4 Capital Beltway exit, head south/east on Rt. 4 for 8 miles (where you cross over U.S. Rt. 301), then 3 more miles south (into Anne Arundel County) on Rt. 4 to the "Plummer Lane" exit. Ignore all "Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary" signs and continue on Plummer Lane (which becomes Pindell Rd.) for 2.0 miles, making a hard right turn at 5 mailboxes. Take the paved "River Farm" road for a mile though the O' map terrain; after the road become dirt, look for parking in the field a bit before the house by Jug Bay.
Course DetailsClassic Courses
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Beginner 2.942010
Intermediate 4.95018
Short Advanced 3.181057
Medium Advanced 6.213513
Long Advanced 8.217521
Long Orange 66016
Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) can be purchased from online vendors as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.