The final race for the London and South East Classic Club took place from Vire on Saturday 8th September and the birds were liberated at 08.30hrs into a light variable wind. A good steady race was expected and judging by the majority of the fanciers spoken to, most had excellent returns.
1st Open 1st South West Section: Joe Deville of Camberley: Joe had a brilliant race, sent ten birds and clocked nine! His Young Bird Classic winner was a blue hen sent sitting 14 day old eggs and was bred from his family of ‘Toey’ pigeons, Koopman / Van Dyke / Huybregts obtained from John Deville of Essex. Her sire won the Federation this year and the dam won the Combine from Poitiers. Joe is a past winner of the L&SECC and last won in 2007, when he recorded 1st open young bird Guernsey (1715 birds). He is also a great worker for our Classic and runs the Sunningdale clock station. Joe would like to thank the convoyers and race controllers for good racing this year with the L&SECC. Congratulations to Joe on his great win!
2nd Open 2nd South West Section: Mark Gilbert of Windsor: The ‘Master’ enjoys another great Classic race and his first young bird on the ETS was a blue chequer cock sent racing to the perch. This game pigeon was 11th open in the NFC race from Fougeres the weekend prior to the Vire Classic. His dam is bred out of a son of ‘Dutch Master’ when paired to a cock out of a daughter of Mark & Dick Evans’ Vandenabeele champion, ‘Golden Gabby’. Mark recorded his fourth L&SECC winner in great style this season from Alencon. Mark’s latest winner, a yearling dark chequer hen is raced on the widowhood system and is a grand daughter of his 2004 International winner. Last season as a young bird she scored in the NFC young bird National and was the first bird on the ETS from the young bird Tours race. This L&SECC win really was outstanding, beating 1,340 birds by over 50 ypm. Congratulation to Mark on a wonderful 2012 season!
3rd Open 3rd South West Section: Ken Comley of Windsor: Ken enjoyed a great race as his returns were five home on the day out of six birds sent. His first pigeon was a blue hen sent racing to the perch and she has been very consistent this season. She had raced the previous Vire with the L&SECC and was bred from Ken’s Belgium family of pigeons.
4th Open 1st North West Section: Peter Wells of Dunstable: Pete’s first young bird was a blue chequer cock racing to the perch. Pete said he decided to send it as it handled so well. The North West section winner has been a consistent pigeon on the road, being bred from the Wells Janssen based family. This game cock bred from the old hen that was 3rd Open in the Old Hens race the same day.
19th Open 1st North East Section: Bruce McAllister of Furneux Pelham: Racing a light blue chequer cock, Bruce said he looked so well on the perch he decided to send him to the race. It is an exchange pigeon with his friend Sonny Galloway who races with the Up North Combine.
31st Open 1st South East Section: Chris Kavanagh of Oxted: Chris was racing a blue cock driving his hen to nest. This cock was bred from Belgian pigeons crossed with his own family and has been a consistent young bird this season. The Kavanagh loft sent ten birds and recorded seven home in good time.
1st Open 1st North West Section: Peter Sabba & Daughter of Hillingdon: Pete sent seven birds and six returned in good time. He had two arrive together and the first clocked was a blue pied hen that was sent sitting 10 days. Her breeding is a Frans Zwolle x Jan Huybregts. Congratulations to the Sabba family on a wonderful performance!
2nd Open 1st South West Section: Mark Gilbert of Windsor: The ‘master’ strike again! What a brilliant performance by Mark, recording 2nd open in both races on the same day. A performance put up in his usual great style. Mark’s 1st South West section winner was a blue hen racing to the perch and was trained with his late breds. This pigeon was bred from a hen out of ‘Euro Diamond’ when mated to a cock out of daughter of Champion ‘Southfield Supreme’.
3rd Open 2nd North West Section: Peter Wells of Dunstable: Peter Wells has been one the best pigeon racers in Hertfordshire for many years and has recorded yet another great performance, by winning 4th open Young Bird and 3rd open Old Hens. Pete was 3rd in the Old Hens race with a blue hen, previously raced as a widowhood hen then paired up for the first time to one of his young cocks. The hen is a multiple prize winner for the Wells loft. Well done Pete!
4th Open 2nd South West Section: Vic & Lou Emberson of Banstead: Vic raced a blue hen sent sitting, but given a young baby the morning of basketing. This Staf Van Reet hen is a full sister to Vic’s 2nd Open Le Ferte Barnard pigeon. As a young bird she won Yelverton in his club and 24th Open with the LSECC from Guernsey, also 28th Open with the BICC from Guernsey.
10th Open 1st North East Section: Robbie Wilton and son of Chadwell St. Mary: This partnership consists of Dave the senior partner, son Robert and grandson Andrew. The Essex partners would like to thank Andrew for all his help with the pigeons. Their first pigeon on the ETS was a blue chequer hen raced on the widow system. She was previously 7th Open with the BICC from Guernsey and will take a position in this year’s NFC race from Fougeres.
12th Open, 1st South East Section: Alan Jackson of Tilbury: Alan’s latest Section winner pigeon was a blue hen sent sitting 12 day old young bird. This hen was bred from a Vandenabeele cross with a Robbie Wilton pigeon. As a young bird this hen won the section from Vire last year with the LSECC. Alan Jackson has won 1st South East section five times in his last seven races in the L&SECC. Other great performance put up by one of the workers in our Classic club! Alan is the I/C of our Tilbury marking station and I’m highly delighted to see him achieve his success, as he is a great worker.
(Thanks to Steve Appleby for all his good work as Sunday Press Officer this season. He has done a brilliant job for our Classic. Many thanks! – KJM).
Report by Keith Mott (www.keithmott.com)
PRESIDENT’S COMMENT - KEITH MOTT
I would like start this my last ‘President’s Comment’ of the 2012 season by stating that racing wise, with decreased birdage on most races this year, we have enjoyed a fair season of Classic racing! Low birdage seems to have been a general trend through out the Classic and National racing fraternity this seasons and I must say, it has been a season when I would not have liked to be a convoyer or race advisor! I have had a meeting with the Central Southern Classic Flying Club recently to secure our transport amalgamation for the two longest old bird races in 2013, which is a major financial factor for both Classic Clubs. I personally think this arrangement is paramount in our financial agenda, as with out this annual amalgamation both the Classics would loose thousands of pounds. A special thanks to our secretary, Terri Hoskin, for all her good work this season. I can’t praise Terri enough, she has been just brilliant! Three years ago she took on the job, with the admin side of the Classic in a bad state and was thrown into the ‘deep end’ with no real experience of being a pigeon club secretary. Here we are three years later and she has sorted out the Classic administration, and with that experience behind her, is shaping up to be one of our best ever secretaries. Thanks also to our marking station I/C’s; Alan Jackson, Allan Cecil, Brian Doick and Terri, and all the many workers who come to graft week after week. The Classic could not function with out you all!
What a weekend! With the Vire Classic last Saturday I think I’m right in stating that our convoyers and race advisor got it spot on! It was to be another game of chess, with anticipated easterly winds in France forecasted and before we had even put a pigeon in the basket we all thought it was going to be a hard job. Although the Saturday was predicted to be a good day, the worry was the east wind at the liberation site, but on the day every thing turned out good and the membership enjoyed one of the best races of the season. A great end to our 2012 young bird Classic season, with our members enjoying a great race with good birdage! Well done to our convoyers, Rube Johnson and Ian Mead, and to race advisor, Steve Appleby, for producing some great Classic racing this season.
WEATHER REPORT - STEVE APPLEBY
The main concern for this last race for the LSECC race from Vire was the development of fog over night. After contacting the duty forecaster at the Met Office I was reliably informed that fog was affecting some French coastal areas. This fog soon burn off as the sun gained height in the sky. Early on visibility in the channel was 5 miles plus outside any shallow fog banks which improved as the morning progressed. Otherwise broken could and sunshine was the order of the day over the complete race route. Winds direction difficult to determine as they were so as light but the influence over the channel was from the southeast. This ends a successful series of races for the LSECC. Good luck with your pairings during the closed season.
CONVOYER’S REPORT VIRE (2) RACE (8/9/2012) - RUBE JOHNSON
On the Friday marking day we did our usual pick ups in Essex and Kent and arrived at the Horsham marking station at about 14.00hrs, with all the birds being watered at the marking stations. After loading the last lot of crates we drove out of the Horsham car park just after 14.30hrs and arrived at Portsmouth docks at 15.30hrs, where we watered the birds. We sailed for France at 22.45hrs, docking at Caen at 06.15hrs to over cast weather conditions and drove through France with the conditions improving and sun braking through. We arrived at the car park liberation site at 07.15hrs and I must say the birds looked really well in the crates! We watered the pigeons on arrival and after resting them we liberated at 08.30hrs in a light variable wind, with sun on the baskets. The 700 birds cleared the site well in a Northerly direction and the weather was perfect on our drive back to Caen docks. Thanks to Ian Mead and Steve Appleby for all their good work this season!
COMPILED BY KEITH MOTT (L&SECC PRESIDENT)