Braemaring the Caber

The higher the division, the larger the caber and the greater chance that the athlete will need to run with it in order to turn it. In these instances, there is no controversy about direction of run and the clock face.

However, in the lower divisions, athletes have greater degree of variation in strength and ability as well as smaller cabers leading to some who “Braemar” the caber — those who pick it up and turn it immediately with out taking a step. Borges rule set address this the best by:

The direction of run is determined by the path taken once the competitor is deemed by the judge to be in control of the caber (this can be as little as the last two or three steps).

No matter the rules set, the competitor needs to establish a direction.

Why Braemaring a caber should NOT be allowed:  Tradition dictates that this event requires the contestant pick the caber and demonstrate control by taking at least a few steps forward, thus establishing a direction.  When a judge allows Braemaring the caber, the judge is

  1. going against tradition and history of this event;
  2. doing a disservice to the throwers as they will need to learn to run with the caber in order to turn the bigger caber in the higher divisions;
  3. causing more cabers to be broken.
    • The only proof that Braemaring leads to more broken cabers is common sense.  If someone is strong enough to turn a caber without a run, he is strong enough to drive the top end into the ground on a late pull, often cracking the caber.

The judge should make it clear whether he requires a direction of run be established before the turn.