The unique One Loft Race over Land and Sea
Race 8 & 9 Reports
The Derby ARONA Tenerife one loft race programme is moving on rapidly now since the new year break as the convoy makes its way northwards through the island prior to the sea liberations, with the latest outing being from the 35 klm distance 3,027 pigeon on board
In a light north, easterly wind and temperatures averaging 22 degrees with clear blue skies abel Ledesma released his cargo at 10.45 am as many again sat patiently on the internet to see how today’s race would unfold after such a difficult event in the race prior
Following the confirmed liberation time The convoying team relayed a message indicating that a few minutes after liberating for some reason the pigeons were reluctant to clear the site and were still orientating at the liberation site for some reason, but on viewing the area but to the eye couldn’t see any apparent reason as to why, this was reported to have gone on for a while until to the relief of those waiting the pigeons were finally seen to be making their way down through the valley towards home.
At the loft all eyes were on the trap as the first pigeons where spotted circling above following a thirty five minute flight, the leading pigeons two pigeons today goto team Slovakia with the synsivakjozef&tomas Daniel entry timo just having the edge to claiming 1st international on a time of 11.21.08.20 narrowly ahead of fellow countrymen team r.c.h with pigeon hot in 2nd place on a time of 18.104.22.168,team Germany take the 3rd position with kvsk&Lipperland taking their country honours with pigeon anabel on 22.214.171.124,for 4th we go to indonisia with team taraaguna sunrise syn and pigeon florina timing in on 11.2131.75,two arrivals for team Germany take 5th and 6th international with team klass&shon coming over the line with pigeon Argos on 11.22.08.00ahead of team dr.angelatargatz with pigeon quely on 126.96.36.199,team usa claim the next two positions as in 7th spot its pigeon named maiden over for Kris twardus188.8.131.52,keeping team irish syndicate lofts in 8th with pigeon kings first choice on 11.23.37.05,team Belgium round off todays leaders with 9th team lucky 5 and pigeon lily on 11.25.53. 40 whilst the 10th position goes to team castermans&maes with entry yarno on 184.108.40.206.
On looking at the result and the times of the first pigeons it seems that a small batch had broken away from the main pigeons,as they orientated giving them a few minutes head start. .however the majority of pigeons came shortly afterwards which was good to see.
As the day went on pigeons returned after there ordeal and as the sunset in Tenerife and the night fell 2675 pigeons from the 3,027 entered indicating that at such time just over three hundred pigeons were adrift, this looking at the way he pigeons have returned during the day indicated that this was possibly the result of a peregrine attack on route which may have split and turned the pigeons
As the day broke on day 2 and with a few birds away it was again pleasing to see pigeons returning during the day unscathed after their ordeal and there to fight another day as the returns rate had now rose to 92.66% returns rate
Saturday 19thand the training continues with race 9 we are coming ever closer to the north of the island and the introduction of the challenging sea races, however before such there’s still the matter of completing the island training programme and for today we are travelling the 40 klm journey to top of the gumair valley.
With the 2,805 on board which successfully overcome the past training races re-basketed and on route, we again witnessed many fanciers were gathering on livestream to see the race unfold, as well as the large gathering that was forming in the ukat the derby arona one loft race stand at the 2019 British homing world show of the year in Blackpool, who were viewing via livestream filming from the lofts in Tenerife on Saturday morning, which also gathered a lot of interest around the stand, as we awaited the news on a liberation time, and returns
It was shortly after 11am that we received confirmation that at 11am the pigeons were away in a light northerly breeze and arrivals were expected around 11.30 at the guazza lofts
Taking the top honour of 1st international from 2805 pigeons goes to the Hungarian syndicate of team brigetio with pigeon paula which landed a few seconds ahead of the field and made a swift entry timing ahead of the masses that followed on a winning time of 220.127.116.11, as the remaing returns scrabbled over the line to record their arrival and with the result formulated it was announced that in 2nd we have the well known name and fancier within the one loft race circuit from the usa mike ganus and family syndicate with their entry world ace timing in on 11.30.04.50, team taraaguna sunrise from Indonesia is once again amongst the leaders with pigeon Florinda improving on the previous result coming in at 18.104.22.168,just ahead of the second arrival for team usa as team irish syndicate lofts and pigeon kings first choice timing in at 11.31.27.05,team Romania held off a trio of Belgium pigeons to take 4th spot with team vioralgah and pigeon vio 6 coming over the line on 22.214.171.124 leaving the current averages leading syndicate of castermans and maes representing Belgium in 5th with another of their entries named yarno on the clock on 126.96.36.199,for 6th we remain with team begium as syndicate geris guido& Thomas timed in their pigeon tarzan on a time of 188.8.131.52,the third of the Belgium pigeons which claims the 8th spot goes to Jacky and Jelle creemers with pigeon timothy at 184.108.40.206,decimals ahead of the Slovakian team of las Vladimir & dana and las 2 which makes another appearance in the top flight on 220.127.116.11,as team uk& Ireland claim the 10th position as team amigos in paradise record their pigeon shearer 18.104.22.168.
With the announcement of the leading pigeons it was clear to see that this training race was a vast improvement on the previous two due to what we gather to of been peregrine attacks on route as today the pigeons returned in their large batches with minimal losses which was pleasing to see with 2,678 pigeons recorded by the end of day one, the following morning from first light the pigeons who were absent from the day before started to arrive and considering there wasn’t as many adrift as in previous training races pigeon were coming at regular intervals and followed up with a few more coming on day three this brought the returns rate to respectable 97.8 %
Over the past few races behind the scenes the averages and ace pigeon table has been changing regularly through the series amongst the list however maintaining their returns rate and staying at the top of the leader board we have team castermans&maes from Belgium with there front runner pigeon cindy topping the board in pole position on 31,643 points a clear 500 points clear at this stage of the 2nd place syndicate of pouw& Willems from Holland with pigeon bolero also holding its position in runner up spot with 31,152 points, as pigeon named peanuts for team jura fighter from Switzerland takes 3rd place on 29,774
The training is now becoming more regular and challenging for the pigeons and fanciers no doubt, as we move further north through the rugged terrain of the Island we have just one or two land training races still to come, before we head out to sea towards gran canaria, for the forthcoming sea liberations and hotspot races 1 & 2 these will then be followed by the double island flight from Fuerteventura to Tenerife for the semi-final and final race, in 2018 the arona team also introduced some additional short training races in between the major races hopefully this will once again be the case to maintain the fitness of the pigeons, for future challenges that lay ahead something that proved beneficial last time will no doubt be welcomed by the fanciers again this year
At this point I can confirm that the arona team will also be opening up the nominations option to fanciers once we liberate from the sea, which will undoubtably bring some additional fun and excitement to the races and rewards to fanciers wishing to place some pools on their pigeons all this will be available on the website at www.derbyatlantic.com
Some pictures showing the busy times for the derby Arona team at the recent British homing world show of the year in Blackpool 209 with present and new participants at the stand.
And doubt as the training and excitement continues all thoughts will be on the final race and the wish to be there to see the event in the final stages, things will commence at the lofts on Wednesday 27th march with open basketing at the loft, when fanciers will have the opportunity to handle there finalists prior to entry into the race, this is followed by the invitation by the Ledesma family to join them to the official welcome evening at a top Canarian restaurant on the Thursday evening prior to the big day on Friday of the release and return of the pigeons in the derby arona final when once again a champion will be crowned for another year and receive the arona prize of 120,000 euro
The curtain will then come down on yet another derby arona Tenerife year with the prestigious gala night at the mare nostrum resort in playa las Americas on sat 30th march when all prizes are awarded to the 2018/19 winners a night not to be missed im sure.