Its early February and with the sea races now well a truly underway and all sights on the forthcoming first of three hotspot races where the winning pigeons owner will walk away with one of the new cars, the pigeons were once again sea bound as they head out into the mid Atlantic between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
With 1,750 securely basketed after successfully completing the first sea race, and on route to the port of Santa Cruz to catch the early morning ferry, the weather at sea and throughout the island of Tenerife is seen to be described as cloudy skies with a moderate 23klm north by north easterly breeze and temperatures reaching a moderate 24 degrees.
with the transporter once again positioned at the rear the Fred Olsen vessel it released its ties and set sail at 08.30 out to sea, as we patiently sat awaiting for the reduction in speed of the vessel via the marine traffic website which would give an indication that a liberation was imminent, it was shortly after 9am we were informed that the pigeons had reached the proposed distance of approx 80klm and were released at 9am and reported that they had cleared the vessel and were heading in a southerly direction towards home,
at the lofts and as for all sea races there was the usual anticipation and speculation which was present on the chat page, as everyone sat patiently to await the first sightings, and with the Arona Team estimating pigeon on or around the loft on 40 to 60 minutes if the pigeons took the right line of flight, and not to disappoint, this was to be as on forty minutes after liberation the first birds were seen approaching the lofts
whilst a few pigeons landing to the loft roof a blue could clearly be seen pitching directly to the landing board and swiftly enter the loft by which time more and more were seen circling above, this gallant pigeon which took the honour of 1st place was an entry for the Netherlands Team van den bosse hoondert lewedor with the name of rut han, this pigeon has really produced some high result, performances over the past weeks such as positions consisting of 52nd 2nd and 32nd prior to today’s result of 1st international sea race 2 with an arrival time of 09.42.30.50, regrettably the second pigeon on the arrival sheet on this occasion was an in activated pigeon, on a time of 09.42.34.75 which for all its efforts results to nothing, so moving into 2ns place is another Dutch entrant and consistent flyer in this event and previous car winner, hok j riejen with his entry platon timing in on 09.42.37.00 in 3rd place its Team Germany and sparkee blue for Team rholing and bukowski at 09.42.37.35 for 4th place we go to Team Rumania and pigeon tom for Team pitea laurentiu at 09.42.38.00 just ahead of mr dapi a pigeon entered by Team Denmark and Anita and tage gravsen
in 5th spot on 09.42.40.05, karel klemens from the Czech republic comes in at 6th with his pigeon theo on 09.42.40.907th, for 7th place its back to Team Netherlands and entry midnight cruiser for Team schoordijk and schults at 09.42.42.00,in 8th place goes to Team Hungary and Laszlo Gotthard and pigeon humberston lad timing in at 09.42.43 whilst Team Rumania time in their second arrival in 9th with mojo working for Team florin sorin at 09.42 44.10, with yet another un-activated arrival taking the next position Eric Muller of Team Germany with pigeon up the daggers moves into 10th place and rounds off the leading pigeons
With the early pigeons dually timing in, the first uk and Ireland arrival goes to Team England, with mark Gilbert and Southfield jester recording a time of 09.42.45 in eleventh place overall
again on witnessing the pigeons on their return, and the way they trapped, the result shows that approx 170 pigeons were recorded within the first minute., which was pleasing additionally it could clearly be seen that whilst the mood was good for those who were watching, unfortunately there was still a number a drift .however during the following hours and by night fall most of these were present and with more arrivals the following morning this resulted in the final number which now should see the basketing list for sea race 3 at 1,750
Saturday 6th February and we were once again on the road with sea race three of four with a planned distance of approx 90 klm of sea and land flying, ahead of the pigeons.
with the usual uneventful journey north with no incidents to report the pigeons were loaded onto the morning ferry and on route to the required distance half wy mark of the two islands,
with the speed once again dropped to a low of 9knots, Abel had no hesitation in releasing today’s entries at 09.15 into another north easterly breeze and moderate temperatures of 21 degrees.
With the pigeons air Bourne, we heard the dramatic news from the ship that whilst the pigeons were travelling together in large numbers they were also seen to be heading in the wrong direction towards the island of gran canaria, which could result in a make or break situation for some if they become separated from the main batches and required to come home alone, this news was dually transferred to those on livestream and for those who have witnessed such races in the past it was now down to the pigeons to use their heads and past weeks of experience and training to return across the Atlantic ocean to Tenerife .. was this to be an early survival race only time would tell as everyone once again sat and waited for pigeons to be seen above it was a moment of relief when notifications were popping up on the live chat of pigeons approaching and on seeing such remarks the first arrivals pitched the boards at 10.03 to the delight of those watching.
crossing the winning line first was an arrivll for Team Rumania and syndicate Toncu Stefan & Madalin with pigeon black satin dancer finishing ahead of the field with an arrival time of 10.03.51.05 in the runners up position taking 2nd place just two seconds behind the winner is Team polska and Arkadiusz Buttner with his entry domi on 10.03.53.95,erich Muller records the first of his Team egon in third place ON 10.03.54.40 4th goes to a second arrival for Team Poland and pigeon Kenny for Team Tomasz jopek with an arrival time of 10.03.55.30,
In 5th position its Team florea sorin with flor 9 who maintains a high position following on from sea race one when another of his entries mojo working scored in 9th position, in 6th its, Team klass& shon and pigeon hot dog returns timing in at 10.03.56.15for Team Germany, for 7th Dionisio & Pandiella syndicate from Asturias, also make a return to the top flight with trufa 10.03.57.05,just ahead of the first arrival for Team Netherlands with pigeon buzzlord for Cees van Gelder in 8th position at 10.03.57.15, Team Italy takes the 9th place with ferngully timing in at 10.03.57.40 just holding off pigeon Stefano of Team Poland in 10th for Team Smge Rumik Krzysztof at 10.03.57.80,for sea race 3 Team wales take the first uk/Ireland arrival with Team bagillt and pigeon whitefield wizard coming on the clock in 12th place overall
so were nearly there and with one more sea race to overcome before we touch land on gran canaria, at nightfall from the liberation of 1702 pigeons that were released 1,664 were safely perched, which gives a returns average of 97%, which the Arona management Team have held and maintained, throughout the earlier stages, and with a possible few more arrivals expected on Sunday and Monday the figures will surely rise to give the Arona a good entry for the final sea liberation and first hotspot race.
Once again it’s the end of another week and time to take another look at the averages which are swopping and changes after each race at present celerina t2 for the dutch syndicate jong and jupid are holding pole position with a score of 27781,2nd are Team Italy and peaches on 27605 and in 3rd after such a good last few results rut han has moved up into the top three with an average of 27428 for syn van den Bosse-Hoondert Lewedor.