Initially meeting up at Bar Bacchus at the Porches Pottery for a welcome pre-event coffee (or in some cases a Hot Chocolate) and a half-hour of socialising, the nineteen competitors set off in seven cars at intervals, each armed with a list of 27 clues to solve along the route. The 35 Km route took us over many small roads that even those who had lived here for 20+ years did not know existed! Only one team got significantly off track and was a little late arriving at our lunch venue - but still somehow managed to come joint 4th.
The slight delay to our lunch at Flor do Campo (near Alcantarilha) allowed plenty of time for lots of animated discussion about the route and the questions while the papers were being marked by the judges. The afternoon's rain started just as we moved inside for our lunch which was very well received and much enjoyed. Between courses the results were announced, and prizes distributed. We had to use a tiebreaker as two teams (The Bryanks and The Lost Tribe) each managed to score 26 points out of the possible 27. The silver cups will be held (after engraving) by the top three teams until the next Treasure Hunt when we do expect them back! However, the Wooden Spoon for the poorest score may be retained as a permanent treasured keepsake! Overall, a very pleasant day out, many agreeing this was our most challenging Treasure Hunt for some years.
Our thanks go to the staff of both Bar Bacchus and Flor do Campo for the excellent service provided at both locations. Also, our grateful thanks to our members Daphne & Paul who spent many hours planning our very enjoyable and challenging Treasure Hunt for us; we have already started twisting their arms re next year.
The scores of all the teams in place order are:
In first place are The Lost Tribe with 26 points and tiebreaker, in second place are The Bryanks with 26 points, Terrible Trio came third with 24 points, Clueless came joint fourth with SuperSeekers with 23 points, followed by, Newbies with 14 points and finally the Wooden Spoon winners were Intrepid Explorers with 5 points.
The remaining club events for 2022 are a dinner at Cantino do Almearado in Guia on November 10th and Christmas Lunch at Thyme by Ruccola near Alvor on December 2nd. Full details of these and all our planned events, all of which are open to non-members, can be obtained from the club web-site - www.casasocial.club, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or from Cecilia on +351 282 332 251.
C.A.S.A. Annual Motor Meander/Treasure Hunt
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