On May 30, 2014, at 11:52 AM, Jennifer Moody <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Have you ever wanted to shoot from a Viking longboat? The Bee Hive Five (Lady Alessandra de Piro, Lady Cecilia de Gatisbury, Lady Emeline de Moulineaux, Mistress Rahil al-Sirhaan, & Sir Robert Brockman) and the crew of the Fyrdraca, have joined forces to bring you this unique opportunity to do something exciting while raising funds for two worthy causes. The cost is $30 (cash only please) to shoot one round of 6 arrows. All money will be split evenly between the Fyrdraca Preservation fund and the Lilies Archery fund. The boat will take 15 archers per raiding party, on a maximum of 3 voyages. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served, basis. Tickets can also be purchased Friday night of Lilies at Troll. If you are coming in on Saturday or Sunday, tickets can still be purchased (if available), but you will have to find one of us. If tickets are not sold out, you can buy them at the time of the shoot. 

Wow. What a neat fundraising idea!  Are crossbows allowed or just hand bows?

> . Please bring arrows appropriate for a 3D shoot.

What would these be? Something other than regular target points? I'm assuming not broad heads, even if the targets are 3D animal shapes (since I suspect they would tear up the targets, just as they would an animal).

> Also, participants need to consider how to store their bow & arrows while rowing. Because of the rowing motion, amount of people on board, and water in the boat, the bow cannot be laid down while rowing.

Are the archers going to be rowing? How many people fit in the Fyrdraca? If that is 15 archers plus six crew, that seems like a pretty full boat. 

Do the archers need to be able to sit? If so, I'm not sure a shoulder quiver would work well. Belt quivers?

What are the suggestions about storing bow and arrows? If the archers aren't rowing, can they just hold them? Can a waterproof(?)/water resistant quiver just be rested on the boat bottom?

And no, I'm not sure how archery equipment would have been carried in period. Wrapped in oil cloth?


PS: I hope someone creates some pictures.
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