Cape Fear 2022

Feb 12, 2022
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Cape Fear Community College

502 N. Front St. Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Windell Daniels Hall on the 5th floor of the Union Station Conference Center ("U Building")

Organization team
Zachary Ochs
WCA Delegates
Cady Shields, Jacob Ambrose, Katie Hull, and Zachary Ochs
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

All competitors must read the Competitor Information Tab and the COVID-19 Precautions Tab prior to registering. By registering for this competition, you agree to follow all policies and guidelines outlined on the above information tabs.

Masks (worn properly over both nose and mouth) will be required for all attendees.

Please always include your name and the competition name in any email that you send to us.
Please read all tabs prior to the competition and regularly check your email for updates from us. All contact will be made via the email address you provided when you set up your WCA account.

Only one guest per competitor will be allowed. Competitors ages 16 and older are encouraged to come alone.

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There is a competitor limit of 70 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $18 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 90% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until by contacting the organization team.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.

  • To register for this competition, you must pay in full in advance through Stripe. Your registration is not complete until you pay.
  • If you are having payment problems, please contact the organizers for an alternative payment method.
  • To cancel your registration, please email the organizers with your name telling them you want to cancel your registration. If you are having trouble paying on the website or any other registration problems, please use the contact button to talk to us.
  • After the competition reaches 70 competitors, a waitlist will be created. You must pay to be placed on the waitlist. If you are at the top of the waitlist and someone cancels their registration, you will receive an email from the organizers. You must confirm your registration within 24 hours of receiving the email to compete. If no response is heard from you, the next person on the waiting list will be offered your spot.
  • After the competition, all competitors on the waiting list will recieve a refund for the registration cost minus Stripe fees.
  • If the competition reaches its competitor limit and when registration closes, no additional registrations will be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Staff will be refunded their registration fee after the competition.
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Michael Nielsen won with an average of 7.18 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Zayn Khanani finished second (7.68) and AJ Kamal finished third (8.47).

World records: Zayn Khanani‎ 2x2x2 Cube 1.02 (average).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Michael Nielsen 6.82 7.18 United States 7.306.938.997.326.82
2x2x2 Cube Zayn Khanani 0.71 1.02 WR United States 1.110.711.040.901.21
Clock Kerry Creech 3.67 5.07 United States 4.793.675.415.016.02
Megaminx AJ Kamal 38.41 43.95 United States 44.7841.2638.4147.0645.82
Pyraminx Michael Nielsen 1.80 2.12 United States 2.441.801.802.123.01
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 36 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Clock First round Ao5 1:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (February 12, 2022)

From 08:00 AM
To 08:30 AM
Set Up/Competitor Check-In
Windell Daniel Hall
From 08:30 AM
To 08:45 AM
Competitor Tutorial
Windell Daniel Hall
From 08:45 AM
To 10:25 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
Top 36 advance to next round
From 10:25 AM
To 11:40 AM
Pyraminx First round
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 11:40 AM
To 12:40 PM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 12:40 PM
To 01:25 PM
Windell Daniel Hall
From 01:25 PM
To 02:35 PM
Clock First round
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 02:35 PM
To 03:20 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 03:20 PM
To 04:25 PM
Megaminx Final
Windell Daniel Hall
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
From 04:25 PM
To 04:40 PM
Pyraminx Final
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
From 04:40 PM
To 04:55 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
From 04:55 PM
To 05:20 PM
Clock Final
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
From 05:20 PM
To 05:35 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Windell Daniel Hall
Time limit
From 05:35 PM
To 06:05 PM
Windell Daniel Hall

Location: 502 N. Front St.
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Room Details: Windell Daniels Hall, 5th floor of the "U" building
Lunch: Lunch will not be provided; however, there are many restaurants within walking and driving distance of the venue that serve sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and more. There is also a coffee shop in the same building as the venue.

Here are some important policies and procedures we will be following:
-Masks must be worn regardless of vaccination status. Masks are to be worn properly (covering both nose and mouth) by all attendees.
-Competitors will only be allowed one guest. Competitors age 16 and older are encouraged to come alone.
-We strongly encourage all attendees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination prior to the competition. You can find a place to get vaccinated here:
-Sanitize or wash your hands upon entering the venue and often while at the venue.
-Attendees should maintain a minimum of 3ft from others whenever possible.
-If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. you should not attend this competition.
-If you have had a positive COVID-19 test or prolonged exposure to someone with the virus within 14 days prior to the competition, you should not attend.

Changes to Competing Procedure
-Competitors will have the same judge for the entire round. They will stay seated at the solving station for all solve attempts in a round. There will not be a "Competitor Waiting Area."
-Competitors should sanitize their puzzles prior to submitting them off for scrambling.
-Scramblers will be required to sanitize their hands prior to scrambling
-Additional information will be relayed during the Competitor Tutorial in the morning at 8:30am.

Infractions of the above policies may result in dismissal from the competition and removal from the venue, at the discretion of the WCA Delegate.


Please visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the most up-to-date information on the virus related to North Carolina.
Visit the Center for Disease Control here.

Competitor Check-In and Tutorial
Competitors should check in between 8:00-8:30 AM.
The Competitor Tutorial is mandatory for all competitors. In accordance with the WCA Competition Safety Policy, there are changes to normal competition procedures. The Competitor Tutorial is from 8:30-8:45 AM.

Expectations and Clarifications

  • Masks must be worn, reguardless of vaccination status. Masks are to be worn properly (covering both nose and mouth) by all attendees. This is non-negotiable.
  • You are expected to be familiar with the WCA Regulations and Guidelines. Article A is most important for speedsolving events
  • You are expected to help judge. You should judge for at least one group of every event you compete in.
  • If you want a refresher on how to compete or judge, you can read the WCA Competitor Tutorial.
  • You must NOT talk about scrambles or what specific algorithm(s) you did while the event is still in progress. This is considered cheating and grounds for disqualification (Regulation 2g3)
  • Make sure all screens of any cameras or phones you have on the table are facing away from you and do not touch them during the attempt; otherwise, this will result in a DNF (Regulation 2i2). Electronic/bluetooth cubes (ex. Giiker cube, GOcube, GAN356i) are not permitted under the same regulation.
  • Please treat the venue with respect. Pick up any trash, and leave the venue better than how you found it.
  • We are not responsible for your belongings or puzzles. Keep track of your own belongings/puzzles and be respectful of others and their belongings.


  • Only one guest is allowed per competitor. However, no prior registration is required for guests. Everyone in the venue must wear a mask.
  • Flash photography is NOT allowed in the venue, as it is very distracting.

Live Results & Schedule

  • You can find live results for the competition on WCA Live. A few days after the competition, the results will be uploaded to WCA officially.
  • We reserve the right to alter the schedule in any way. We may alter the number of competitors proceeding to the next round. We may eliminate a round altogether. This all depends on if we run ahead or behind of the planned schedule.
  • We may start a round early. Please make sure you are at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to an event you are competing in.
  • We will be using regulation 9p3 for all final rounds. If you are not present when a final starts, you will be withdrawn from that final.

People You Should Know

Q: Do I really have to wear a mask even if I am vaccinated?
A: Yes, everyone must wear a mask during the entire competition.

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: YES! You are responsible providing your own hardware in order to compete.

Q: What are some examples of puzzles that are not allowed?
A: Electronic cubes (such as Giiker, GOcube, or GAN356i), carbon fiber stickers, significantly damaged stickers, faces missing stickers (note: completely stickerless cubes are allowed), and/or cubes missing pieces. Please see Article 3 of the regulations for more details.

Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Competitors are permitted to bring one guest (i.e. a parent) with them to the competition. Competitors ages 16 and older are encouraged to come alone to limit the number of people in the venue. Spectators who are not accompying a competitor are not permitted.

Q: I have a question, who should I contact?
A: If you have any questions about this competition, please email the organizers and be sure to include your name in the email: Cape Fear Organizers

Q: What is the average age of competitors at these events?
A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 25 years old. Don't let this stop you though - everyone can and should cube! There will be competitors of all ages present.

Q: How fast do you have to be to compete?
A: If you can solve the standard 3x3x3 Cube in under 10 minutes, then you should compete! Other events often have cutoffs or time limits. Please see the Events Tab to learn about those events.

Q: What is the competition like?
A: Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing - cubes! Of course there is also competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants' new personal bests. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into groups, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?
A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of the competition, go to WCA Live to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about the 2nd and 3rd rounds of events. Results have to be entered in by hand and will not appear immediately on WCA Live; please be patient with us as we work to upload results as quickly as possible.

Q: Why am I not on the competitors list yet?
A: Registrations must be approved manually, so please give us time to accept your registration. Registration is likely to fill very quickly for this competition. Registrations are accepted in the order of payment. A waitlist will form once 70 registrants have paid. Even if you register the same day that registration opens, the competition might already be full. If you have additional concerns please email us: Cape Fear Organizers

Q: Are there age or gender divisions?
A: Nope! All competitors compete in the same division.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?
A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!
We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

In accordance with the WCA Competition Safety Policy, competing procedures will be altered. We will go over those changes during the Competitor Tutorial in the morning. However, this video will help explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know. It is highly suggested that parents watch this video as well.

A written competitor tutorial can be found here.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial in the morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!


  • Please bring some form of identification. This will be used to verify your name, birthday, and nationality. (something like a passport or school ID).
  • Please be familiar with all of WCA's regulations, most importantly Article A. If you have any questions about the regulations, feel free to ask us.
  • In each event we will have rounds. We will take the top competitors on to the subsequent rounds. After a round is completed, results will be entered into WCA Live. Your name will be highlighted if you made it to the next round.
  • Each round will be divided into groups to help them run more efficiently. We will call the groups in order. Please bring your solved puzzle up to the station with your scorecard. We are allowed to deny you the ability to compete if you do not come up when your assigned group is called.

Click the FAQ tab to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

Live results can be found on WCA Live.

The Group Sheet for the competition can be found below

Results from the competition will be submitted and uploaded officially to WCA within a week after the competition.

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified about future North Carolina competitions, please fill out this form.
Anyone can join the mailing list; we encourage parents/guardians to join as well. This mailing list is run by local Delegates and therefore is not official.

This competition is sponsored by! They will be providing gift card codes to the podium finishers!
Additionally, a huge thanks to Cape Fear Community College for allowing us to use this wonderful venue!

Registration for the waiting list is closed.
The waiting list can be found here:

If you are at the top of the waiting list and someone cancels their registration, you will receive an email from the organizers. You must confirm your registration within 24 hours of receiving the email to compete. If no response is heard from you, the next person on the waiting list will be offered the spot. This policy is outlined under Registration Requirements on the website.

After the competition, those who were on the waiting list but didn't get a spot will be refunded.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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