The Derby Arona Tenerife One loft Race

“YOUR NUMBER 1 WINTER SUN ONE LOFT RACE”

📢  Team Woodhouse Boys England 1st International “CAR RACE-1” winners 😃

With all island and sea training now completed the team were preparing to start the major races with the first hotspot race from the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria approx. 100klm east across the mighty Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Tenerife.

With the prospects of unsettle weather and strong coastal winds forecast over the few days prior to the build-up to the race, the Arona team were concerned that conditions weren’t going to be right on the day advertised to take on such a challenge so with the welfare of the pigeons a priority they decided to delay the first hotspot race until things improved.

In the meantime to keep the pigeons focused and basket fit they decided to hold a short 35klm training whilst the poor conditions over the Atlantic cleared, this current weather pattern is a natural thing in the canaries at this time of year as sand and high winds are known to sweep across the ocean from the Sahara desert.

With 2,113 pigeons basketed the night prior to liberation, the following morning Abel and the team made the short journey north through Tenerife to the planned liberation site, and following a short rest and with conditions right they were able to get the pigeons away at 10.40 into 21 klm variable wind an temperatures at a moderate 18 degrees. (Movie: youtu.be/uTudU5qd4fE)

Team Bodijozsefand pigeon bani is international race 17
Team Bodijozsefand pigeon bani is international race 17

At the lofts and on live stream fanciers were gathering and waiting for the first pigeons and as such as the time of previous training races from this distance came and went, there was a sigh of relief as on 30 mins flying time the first arrivals were seen heading for the loft,  as we would expect after all the previous training and experience these pigeons have already overcome, today’s flight shouldn’t of been much of a problem for them which was proven to be the case as hundreds of arrivals were by now circling above at various heights.

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A bird’s eye view of the approach to the lofts during island training.

With the leading pigeons on the clock and hundreds following in, we waited for a short period for the winning positions to be announced, taking the top honours with 1st international we go to the country of Hungary with team bodi jozsef and pigeon bani with its third top 10 position following on from 38th in race 4 and 77th in race 11 prior to today’s achievement on 11.10.06.60,team Uk & Ireland timed in to take the runners up position and 2nd international as team Clive browns heroes representing England secured its place on a time of 11.10.07.60,a second arrival for team hungary takes 3rd international with team Backskai Sandor& Kellner andrea

PIGEONS ORIENTATING OVER THE SEA IN CAR RACE-1

With pigeon sonyi on 10.10.09.40,marginaly ahead of two arrivals for team Belgium the first being team P.E.C. With pigeon zanky on 11.10.11.00 for 4th, just holding off the challenge from pigeon lynn for team moors and dochters 11.10.11.30 in 5th, team wales came in 6th for new comer for paultit combe flying under the syn name of team merrystone with pigeon maggs on the clock on 11.10.12.95,one of the main challengers at present for the ace pigeon comes in in 7th with the pigeon by the name of bolero for team pouw & Willems on 11.10.14.05 from the Netherlands, whilst team Romania an pigeon akta for team Hrab. Marius & lesanjonut just a decimal behind comes in on 11.10.14.35 for 8th position, Benjamin neag from Austria is again in amongst the leaders again today in 9th with pigeon walking in the wind on 11.10.14.85 as team wales record their second arrival as team roydavies rounds up the leaders with pigeon Cristy in 10th on 11.10.14.90

Pigeon black beauty for team clive browns heroes England 1stuk/Ireland 2nd international race 17

 

3rdinternational team backskaisandor& Kellner Andrea with pigeon sonyi (Hungary)

 

3rd international team backskaisandor & Kellner Andrea with pigeon sonyi (Hungary)

As we gathered today event wasn’t going to be or shouldn’t of been much strain on the pigeons after such a vigorous training schedule as the result shows as in no time 99% of them were home after what seemed to be a routine exercise flight and with the final few drifting in throughout the day, the team where pleased with a 100% returns rate in the preparation for hotspot one and first car race in the following days.

Inma and Gladys at the fugare show Belgium representing the Derby Arona

Friday 15thfebruary and with inma and Gladys setting off to Belgium representing the Derby Arona at the forthcoming fugare show.

Sunset and rest time for the pigeons the night before hot spot race 1 (Gran Canaria)

On the island of Tenerife the team were pleased to see a rapidly improved forecast over the canary islands and Atlantic ocean in the forthcoming coming weekend, clearly showing the return of the traditional blue skies warmer temperatures and lower winds and with such the team formally announced and published that basketing for hotspot one would take place on sat 16thfebfor a liberation the following morning from Gran Canaria just over 100 klm from one island to the lofts in the south of Tenerife for the first car race of 2018/19,  this is the first of three races, where the winner will be rewarded with the option of the car prize or equivalent cash sum of 8,000 euro,  with 2,113 pigeons safely on their way to the northern port of santa cruz, for the late afternoon crossing to Gran Canaria, the excitement was brewing around the world as the nomination /pools was re-opened for participants to make a gamble on their entries which prior to liberation indicated over 4,000 euros where laid down in the hope of winning some additional prizes and additional interest and excitement come the final result.

The route from Gran Canaria to Tenerife ..over the Atlantic ocean.

With the pigeons safely on the island of Gran Canaria and following the short journey to the liberation site over looking the Atlantic coastline towards Tenerife with mount tiede far away on the horizon, abel & co supplied a continuous supply of water to the birds overnight as an early liberation was planned for Sunday morning.

 

 

Day break at the liberation site on Gran Canaria

Sunday morning and with the sun rising and all looking good both on site and the home end the final preparations were carried out to everyone’s satisfaction the pigeons were away 08.20 in a light 19klm north easterly breeze and a sunny 23-degree temperature.

With the pigeons airborne, and anticipating their crossing over the vast area of water below them, Abel reported back that shortly after liberation a local peregrine was in the area which disturbed the flock for a while as they orientated, to the despair to those hoping for a clear flight path and safe crossing once they got their bearings for home.

As in previous years from this liberation we experience that,  some large batches can be clearly seen making progress heading out over the water some would return to the safety of land below,  take a few minutes to gain height and then build up courage to once again to have another go,this exercise goes on for a while until after a few attempts they appear to build up courage and make good headway, this is not an unusual practice as we see it most years, with the largest of batches pigeons clearing the liberation site leaving behind a few smaller batches not so keen to cross so remain hugging the Gran Canaria coastline waiting for their moment.

At the lofts and with excitement brewing over 120 viewers on livestream and more on various social media sites, sitting patiently to see the out come of today’s race and the impact the peregrine may or not of had on the pigeons following liberation.

Team woodhouse boys 1stuk 1st international and hotspot car race 1 winners with pigeon DARK DIVA
Team woodhouse boys 1stuk 1st international and hotspot car race 1 winners with pigeon DARK DIVA

From the liberation of 2113 pigeons, it clearly appears that three gallant pigeons had broke away from the main numbers and headed straight for home as we all witnessed and watched them landing way in front of the rest of the convoy, following a moment of anticipation they duly made their way in to the delight and anticipation of those watching to record their arrival, with all interests now focused on the clock to see who was to be crowned the winner.

Taking top honours with 1stuk& Ireland 1st international were the woodland boys syndicate presenting England with pigeon dark diva just in front claiming today’s major prize of the new car or cash equivalent plus the winner’s trophy with a winning time of 09.32.22.20,just two seconds behind the winner we go to Romania with pigeon schuppl for team ion ureche who takes the 2nd international position the runner up trophy along with the prize of 2,000 euro with a time of 09.32.44.50,team Wales and the Rhondda rockets syndicate take the third big prize and trophy along with 1,000 euro with 3rd international as their arrival margavin makes up the leading trio as he recorded his arrival on 09.32.54.95.

There was a clear six minutes on the clock before anymore arrivals could be seen as the first of the larger bunches were upon us with pigeons 4th to 10 also claiming cash prizes of 220 euro it was a race over the line to claim such amounts, taking 4th with a time of 09.39.35.50 was the first of two usa entries with pigeon named replay for team Bruno lofts just edging out his fellow countryman Carlos abitia with pigeon gale into 5th on 09.39.38.10,the country of turkey come in for the 6th place with team harunbozar with pigeon ertugrul on the clock on 09.39.40.40, team mountain California friends from the Netherlands timed in their entry enciinitas on 09.39.42.35 to take the 7th position just ahead of entry of their closest neighbours,  as dirk verstichelen from Belgium records his and his nations first arrival Arona 956 on 09.40.02.80 in 8th, it’s a third arrival for team usa who in there first year competing are making an impact on the race as pigeon cork for frank McLaughlin comes in for 9th with 09.40.03.10,team taros from Italy claim the final 220 euro prize in 10th as pigeon maka timed in on 09.40.09.40.

Team rhondda rockets Wales 3rd international hotspot 1 with pigeon margavin
Team rhondda rockets Wales 3rd international hotspot 1 with pigeon margavin

With he top ten covered theres still monies to be won by the following ten positions upto 20th where each will receive a prize of 100 euro these will go to the following fanciers 11th team fratti-strunga-cosmin & George with pigeon lune de miel, gaby from sevilla 12th team maridean lofts usa with pigontrosky 13th team battenburg-merve & l thanh.h with pigeon Ortega,14thferneccsorna with jazmin from Hungary, 15th Romania with pigeon Tenerife boy for syn class 888 in 15th team Netherlands takes 16th with pigeon nelly for team knol pigeons, 17th is another usa arrival as pigeon killer for the flying pilgrims, 18th were team hrozan p& p with pigeon kittel from Slovakia 19thkellysirishheros and pigeon tony the tiger comes in 19th for team England and the final reward going to team Poland as team zanart and pigeon zanart no2 make up the top twenty places

Over the following hours there was a steady flow of arrivals coming in and as night fell just under 1,000 pigeons had made their first ever adventure across the Atlantic ocean back to the lofts,  from 1st light on day two and three more pigeons had since returned and although there’s still a number away this is the Derby Arona and it has its challenges ..some of which are the attitude and volcanic regions of island training followed by the cross Atlantic flights from islands to islands, the team are confident that with the pigeons at present a little reluctant to come across such an open span of water we assume they are probably still on the island of Gran Canaria and no doubt more pigeons will face the challenge of flying over in the next few days.

Ace pigeon current standings

As for the averages things are really starting to get serious now, with new pigeons starting to advance up the list challenging for honours, with pigeon bolero holding top spot for team poew & Willems from the Netherlands with 56,104 pts team Austria move into 2nd place with pigeon general for team Robert marjanovic on 53,666 pts and in 3rd we go to Slovakia as team pj pigeons come into 3rd with pigeon pjlionel on 53,326pts.

There’s just two major races now before the final which are hotspot 2 from Gran Canaria and the semi-final from Fuerteventura both are once again cash and car races, when the semi-finalrace will include the unique double island crossing a flight path that consists of two open spans of the Atlantic ocean, between the race point in Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria then Gran Canaria to Tenerife this will undoubtedly test the pigeons endurance and ability even further.

Nominations with over 4,000 euro on the table for sea race 1

We then prepare for the ultimate race which is the final race with a liberation from the eastern side of Fuerteventura, this is when a new champion will be crowned,  again it’s another challenge the pigeons will face but rest assured following three sea crossings the pigeons will be fully aware of what’s in front of them and will take it on with success and the crowds will be ever present at the lofts on the day to welcome them home .. A day full of atmosphere tension and excitement and possible tears for someone when the winner is announced.

Pre final race procedures

Live basketing march 2018

For those present in Tenerife for the final race tickets for the welcome evening (30 euro inc transport)at a top canarian restaurant and the gala evening (60 euro) at the mare nostrum resort can be obtain in advance by email to gladys@todopalomas.com or at the loft during finals week.

Dates for the diary

Wednesday 27th march live basketing at the loft an opportunity to handle your entry prior to basketing.

Thursday evening the formal welcome to Tenerife by the Ledesma family.

Friday 29th march “THE BIG ONE “ final race day.

Saturday 30th march “THE PRESIGOUS GALA EVENING”

A night not to be missed when all winners and achievers are rewarded
Gala night and traditional canarian entertainment.

Already we’re having enquires for the next series to the Derby Arona Tenerife one loft race, “The number 1 winter sun one loft race“, from the uk two shipment will be transported to Tenerife in June and sept, costs are 220 euro for a team of five (1 paid 4 reserves ) plus shipping costs, remember at the Arona you only pay for a team entry (220 euro) on arrival and reserves in December after a minimum of five training races.

Tom harris.