Skip Cottage Curling is still in holiday mode (and will be until August), but the sport certainly is not, and there is a lot happening out there. You will know already of the launch of the Scottish Curling Tour, bringing together five open events in the calendar, see my post here. The last of these, the Petrofac Aberdeen City Open, will take place February 3-5.
The inaugural event was last season and a great success. I really enjoyed being involved, see here, and here as an example, but check back in February's archive if you want to see all the posts. For the new season, Petrofac is sponsor again, and teams will battle it out to have their names engraved on the striking trophy that Aberdeen City Council donated following the European Curling Championships that were hosted by Aberdeen.
The competition is open to any four curlers who wish to enter from home or abroad. Every team is guaranteed four games as the twenty-four teams will play a schenkel system of four group games in two sections. The top four teams from each section will contest quarterfinals on Sunday morning.
The organising committee notes, "We are delighted that this event has also been selected to be one of a number of events that is to form the ‘Goldline Scottish Curling Tour’, with that in mind we expect that there will be significant interest in the event and would encourage early registration to avoid disappointment."
The new website is up and running already, see here, for further information and all the contact details if you would like to enter. Note the special accommodation deal with the local Holiday Inn Express at Westhill. Included in your entry fee is a two course meal followed by an evening of entertainment on the Saturday.