DERBY ARONA TENERIFE ONE LOFT RACE
The final pre-selection training flights of 2020 – Training races 4 & 5
On the island of Tenerife, the Arona team are making steady progress with the preselection training programme as they move the liberations further north to the designated 15 klm liberation site with the 2,129 pigeons which have successfully overcome the previous training flights basketed.
With Abel Ledesma in control and after allowing the pigeons a period of time to settle after the journey he was able to get them away a little earlier than advertised due to the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few hours which was moving west from the neighboring islands so the issue was to get the birds in the air and home prior to the rain, was the most important issue for the team.
With the confirmation of the liberation at 10.45 into broken skies and the pigeons orientating the liberation site, everyone was set to await the leading pigeons.
Following a period of time with eyes peeled around the loft the first small batch of pigeons was visible for all to see landing taking top honors of 1st international Training 4 with a flying time of twenty five minutes we head to Hungary and team Fenyvesi, Balazs & Norbert, with pigeon 610 recording its arrival on 11,10.19.70, team England take a close 2nd with pigeon il be back entered by team W & S Sweet coming in on 126.96.36.199 just ahead of a second arrival for team England as pigeon named wind entered by andy Harker in 3rd on 11.10.59.05,team van der mass from Belgium entry bran timed in on 11.10.59 .10 for 4th international, for 5th place we go back to the winning nation of Hungary with team Horvath and pigeon horesz 35 coming in on 11.10.59 50,team Belgium take 6th as derby Arona coordinators Jacky and jelle Creemers entry carlito records its arrival on 188.8.131.52, holding off team f.b.i also from begum into 7th with their entry f.b.i.2 timing in at 11.11.00.50, Hendrik Wilpers from Germany takes the 8th position with pigeon arruga on 11.11.00.95 9th goes to local fanciers from Tenerife team columbacanaria on 11.11.01.75 with their pigeon sniper, leaving team de bruin bv from the Netherlands to finalize today’s top 10 with their entry akbar on a time of 11.11.02.05
With the distance now becoming much greater by each flight encountered the pigeons are starting to arrive at the lofts in smaller batches, which is god to see as they’re now using their own ability to adapt to the Tenerife terrain and return home.
With large numbers now arriving and the trapping area being engulfed in pigeons the clock needed to work overtime to formulate a result as over 1,700 pigeons made the journey back within the first ten minutes of the winning pigeons, with some 400 still to record their arrival, it’s at this stage in the training we will experience intervals within the returns as its believed the pigeons line will come through the local peregrine population which may well force them wide of their direct route.
As the afternoon went on the clock indicated the majority of the pigeons liberated were safely back at the loft as the numbers increased and a s result as the light faded some twenty or so pigeons were still adrift with he arrival of four more returning on day two this brought the returns percentage to a satisfactory 2113 pigeons 99.24%
28th of December and due to constant work within the loft by the loft team along with the fortune of some fine canarian weather the team are pleased to have reached the final training event of the pre activation training programme with 2113 pigeons basketed for the 20 klm flight.
With the birds basketed and duly on route northwards and following a period of time to settle, Abel again in charge cut the strings to release the convoy at 11.45 into a broken blue sky a light northerly breeze with temperatures rising to a moderate 21 degrees.
As we waited the first arrivals on the livestream which was now hosting some 13 viewers with more witnessing today’s event on other social media outlets and whilst some estimated times circulating we sat patiently for the first sightings of pigeons.
Taking top honors with an arrival time of 184.108.40.206 and the honor of 1st international tr5 we go to the Netherlands with last year’s final race winning syndicate of team soepboer once again flying high with entry banshu claiming another top spot for them, the neighboring nation of Belgium, take the runners up with pigeon wordnix timing in on 220.127.116.11 for regular participant roger mertens on 18.104.22.168,team England take 3rd and 4th spots today with team glevum once again making their presence known in the top flight taking 1st uk with their entry jorje, with a time of 22.214.171.124., team tinks treasures in their 2nd year with the Arona race take the 4th spot and 2nd uk with their entry boo boo crossing the line on 12.18.27,team usa take a top ten position on this occasion with 5th international going to team daniel hash with pigeon vasco on 12.18.47.00, holding team segers & coppens into 6th with Belgium’s second arrival corky on the clock on 126.96.36.199,the syndicate of rien van oss en zn from the Netherlands take the 7th spot with pigeon oss 786 on 188.8.131.52, team two pauls syndicate England see their consistent entry Essex vision maintaining its form with its third appearance in the top ten taking 8th spot today with a time of 12.19.04,50alia Team Adriyan M. Stankov & Ion Jucan take the 9th international spot for team Italy as their entry stan pf2 timing in on 184.108.40.206 leaving team luckyspil to claim 10th for team Belgium with pigeon Matthias on 1219.18.25
With the leaders safely fed and perched and with the clock ticking away sowing 1,800 returnees it was clear to see that at sometime during the route, the pigeons had been struck by birds of prey which had resulted in them beng well split, at the time the livestream had closed there was still some 300 plus pigeons adrift, most of which 2,057 0f the 2113 had thankfully made it through unscathed but still as night fell on the island, eighty or so were still experiencing a night under the stars.
Day 2 and with yet another good forecast over the canaries from early morning the team were pleased to see some of yesterdays missing pigeons, coming through with pigeon biuty for team Arthur Gasiorowski of Poland being the first to pitch shortly after 07.20 which seemed to be the start of a steady flow of pigeons coming in prior to lunch time which increased the numbers to 2,067,with the odd one or two additional returnees over day 3 and 4 the final numbers showed a 97.9 %
With the five reselection races overcome, this is where the derby Arona race differs from all other one loft races in that on entry you only pay an initial loft fee of 220 euro with no additional payments required until after training race five means, if your unfortunate to lose any pigeons from within your team within the first few weeks in the loft or early training flights you haven’t lost any monies unlike other olrs which require advanced payment for each pigeon on entry.
Owners activation will run from dec 28th until jan 8th after which third party activations will come into play this is when outsiders have the opportunity to take over ownership of any inactivated pigeons during third party period from jan 1th to 15th.
During the initial flights we see the start of the king of sprint averages which runs from the first race to the final races on an accumulated points system, taking an early lead with 9858 pts are the Netherlands team of Jorge unglaube with pigeon time bandit 3, in 2nd place we have the red devils syndicate from Belgium with pigeon lauranne on 9808,and 3rd pigeon sky diver for team callejas lofts from the usa on 9433
With a short break in progress the team will continue to loft exercise the pigeons while Gladys makes headway through the many emails, bank transfers and general administration and activations ready for the restart on jan 19th, with all this going on the team have recently also been able to published their unique loft list illustrating individuals photos of all the pigeons within the loft at the time, and provide an opportunity for participants to see their entries for the first time since handing them over weeks and months prior.
Over the past few weeks we`ve received enquires in regards to the finals race week and the build up to the big race, finals race week consist of live basketing at the loft on the Thursday morning followed by the traditional welcome evening on the Friday evening, in preparations for the liberation on sat 27th march (weather permitting ), after which the series will come to a close on the Sunday evening with the gala evening, all of which will go ahead solely in line with any covid restrictions implemented by the Spanish government.
DERBY ARONA TENERIFE ONE LOFT RACE 2020/21