Santa Cruz and 1st sea race report 2016
Tuesday 26 th January and the Arona one loft race has reached its final inland race point from the north eastern coast of Tenerife, from the port of Santa Cruz an approx. distance of 65 klm to the lofts in Guaza, and covers the well-known rugged volcanic terrain of mountains and valleys throughout their southerly flight to the loft.
With the 1,964 pigeons basketed the evening before followed by an early start and uneventful journey north to the liberation site, the transporter arrived on site overlooking the port of Santa Cruz just after day break and with the sun and temperatures rising to a moderate 26 degrees Abel Ledesma was once again pleased to get the birds away early today at 9.15 into a light helping north easterly breeze and, we were pleased to be informed that once the pigeons were airborne they were reported to have cleared the race point on line for home.
At the home end the usual participants were logged in via the internet, as we sat patiently for the first sighting of the pigeons, and with the usual estimated time of arrival once again doing the rounds, it was at 10am after forty five minutes of flying, it was seen that the pigeons had taken advantage of the helping breeze, as the first birds were spotted above, with the first six pigeon pitching directly onto the landing board they swiftly made their way in.
The leading pigeons arrival times were dually announced with 1st place going to team Belgium with team Segers-Coppens-Minner and pigeon goldrush 1 taking the honours with an arrival time of 10.00.45.70, once again a few pigeons are starting to show some consistently as we progress, and this is one of them with previous positions of 51st, 6th and 50th before today’s outing with averages of 23rd in the country average and 414th internationally, close behind the winner in 2nd and 3rd was team Netherlands with syndicate of van den Bosse-Hoondert Lewedor recording their entry rut han on a time of 10.00.46.45 to take 2nd place, just holding off fellow countryman Team Bustraan Pigeons and el borracho into 3rd on 10.00.51.30, 4th position goes to the German fancier peter knocks with his pigeon zuzo at 10.00.51.80 5th goes to team Poland and syndicate Smge Rumik Krzysztof and pigeon myszka recording its presence at 10.00.55.55, the country of Asturias and syndicate Dionisio & Pandiellatakes 6th with their entry elmer at 10.01.02.75, Günter shneermann and pigeon martyns shep for team Germany takes the 7th position on 10.01.03.70 just ahead of the first arrival for the uk with team England and team ultimate and pigeon ultimate super taking 8thposition following on from 2nd position from race 10, on this occasion recording an arrival time of 10.01.05.05, for 9th we return to team Belgium and pek racing team adk with pigeon Andromeda at 10.01.05.60 followed into 10th by team astbury, with astbury kath timing in at 10.01.05 80.
Upon reviewing the result, It was also encouraging to see that in a matter of a few minutes over 1,700 of the pigeons liberated, were recorded home, and as the remaining pigeons came throughout the afternoon, just the small number of thirty five pigeons are currently unaccounted at present, however to give each pigeon the same opportunity and race transparency and to clarify to questions being raised as to returned pigeons during these early stages, if any of the lost pigeons from previous outings, return in the future and are considered fit and healthy then they will re-join the race at which ever stage that they are currently at.
So there we have it through the hard work and dedication of the arona team in preparing the pigeons and maintaining a balance of health, vitality and stamina over the past months these remaining 2,929 pigeons have overcome the first stages of island training on the programme and have now reached the coast in preparation for the first of six sea liberations from the atlantic ocean. This will be done as in previous years with the transporter positioned at the rear of the vessel and once the required distances are reached the vessel will reduce speed to allow the pigeons to be liberated, it is hopefully that this experience will encourage
and eliminate any fears that the pigeons may have for the future, once they are required to cross open spans of water from island to island in future races.
As an added feature, for sea race 1 and beyond the arona team have advertised complete coverage by filming both the liberation and pigeons arrival for both your enjoyment and to show the transparency of the arona olr which can be viewed on the website at www.derbyatlantic.com
Seas race 1
On fri 29th the 1929 pigeons which safely returned from the previous race from Santa Cruz, took their first step out for the first sea liberations of the season, with a distance of 60 klm of land and an additional 5klm of water to overcome.
With the transporter securely loaded on the rear of the fred Olsen ferry bentago express we followed its course via marine traffic as it made its way out to sea at a speed of 33 knots bound for gran canaria.
Upon reaching its required distance the captain eased up on the throttle, reducing the speed to a more steady and moderate pace, giving a lower trailing breakwater behind the ferry, and with the island of Tenerife clearly visible to the rear, the all clear was given to release the pigeons at 08.55 into a light N.N.E. sea breeze.
The liberation is itself is done under a controlled environment to ensure the safety of both the pigeons, and the crew and ferry, so with the pigeons going out row by row once in the air and clear of the vessel they soon bunched together and were reported to be making a good line back towards land
At the lofts and on the livestream we received confirmation of the liberation at 8.55 as everyone waited for the pigeons to arrive it was, at 9.37 three pigeons were seen circling above and as everyone waited to see their intentions they swiftly landed on the loft and landing board and dually made their way in, on doing so another two were approaching the loft, clearly indicating that a small number had broken clear of the bunch and had made a direct line for home down the coastal route, whilst in all probability the rest had flown back to land and were following their usual line south.
The first pigeon to land and cross the finishing line to, take 1st place goes to team Croatia and Team Pudic Family Loft with their pigeon matija recording a winning time of 09.37.44.25 narrowly ahead of the 2nd place winner for team Malta and Team Tencho Loft and pigeon mimi at 09.37 49.05, the third of the three leading pigeons, goes to team uk/Ireland with pigeon named the aristocrat, for josh reily of Ireland recording a time of 09.37.52.75,
4th place sees a 2nd arrival for team Croatia and pigeon highlander for Team Bosko Jenjic – Bild Jenjic syndicate at 09.37 59.30, Team Karl-Heinz & Ralph Schleifer of Germany and pigeon turbo takes 5th place on 09.38.07.90,6th position goes to team Scotland and garth rankin and show boy on 09.38.10.75, Josh Reily records his second arrival 09.38.18.80 with his pigeon beliver narrowly finishing in front of team England’s lucky devil syndicate pigeon royal wave that finished in 8th at 09.38.18.85, team Germany take 9thand 10th place with pigeon clay dark for Paul-Heinz Wesjohann claiming 9th on 09.38.19.15 shadowed by team ladys Germany in 10th with atlantic 73 on 09.38.31.45
With 1929 pigeons liberated and after reporting on the arrival of the leading pigeons the main draft of entries weren’t that far behind and pleasing to see was that just thirty minutes following the liberation 1,600 of the pigeons were safely perched, as for the pigeons away these drifted in through out the afternoon and added to the few that returned the following morning a total of 1,748 of the pigeons and a percentage of 90% have successfully overcome what has to have been one of the scariest moments of their young lives, being liberated from the rear of a moving vessel out at sea and successfully overcome this fear this will hopefully will give them the confidence in future races as the programme progress’s.
As for the averages, and after overcoming the past twelve races the averages table is changing dramatically race by race and at the time of compiling this report team Italy are in 1st place with peaches with a score of 26582 followed by fellow countryman Lorenzo Ghiacci and super million on 26321 and in 3rd it’s the Germany Team Jung & Jupid and celerina with 26109, as for uk and Ireland team yellowbelly are once again on course to repeat or improve on their 2015 performance of runner up average winner, as pigeon megan is currently placed in 6th position with 25009 once again being an activated pigeon.
We have received clarification from the Arona team following sea race 2 which has just been flown and will be reported on in our next report, that, there will be a further two sea races before we go forward to the first car race of the year and survival race from gran canaria in future days weather permitting
As for the progress of the Tenerife one loft race over the past years it is clearly visible that interest has grown as and with the help of the internet and livestream facilities and the race has pleasure in reporting +6 millions views via Youtube and a further 15,444 fans that have viewed and liked what they have seen and experienced via facebook comments pictures and regular updates which indicates that the race is making progress in it ambitions in giving out the Arona experience to the wider audience.