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Derby Arona Report 30-01-19



The  No.1 Winter Sun One Loft Race

The Final Island Training Flights

The Derby Arona Tenerife one loft race training programme is progressing rapidly towards the northern limits of Tenerife with training now taking place every two day`s and on being at such stages of the race we can now look forward to serious stages of the race programme which takes on the mid sea liberations   and future hotspot races, with rewards to   the winners of new cars or a cash equivalent prizes

However before such events  ,there’s still the last of the many trying and vigorous  island training races to overcome as  the convoy have reached a location  just short of Porto Santa Cruz , an approx. distance of 50 + klm, to the lofts in the south

some may have noticed that this liberation is slightly  shorter than in previous years at this  stage of the race but after speaking to Jose he explains  this  has been  adopted by the team after reviewing the situation  in the port area ,  its now  become more populated and built over the recent years  therefore releasing  pigeons in such an area is becoming more difficult, so  they have decided to liberate  from this  point just outside the town where they will  be  giving the pigeons a clearer orientation , away from such obstacles

Race day 10 and as the 2746 pigeons that remain in the competition make the early morning journey along the Tf1 motorway to the north of Tenerife, the loft management team along with  everything else was set at the lofts to await the pigeons return ,along  with the livestream feature which as always up and running again attracting  over 200 fanciers from around the world to watch the pigeons on their return and to chat and await the confirmed liberation time

With everyone poised and waiting on a liberation time Abel reported that the pigeons were away at 11.30 a little later than advertised into a light 17klm north easterly wind with broken clouds and a moderate 20 degrees on liberation


team Armando Soto racing pigeon loft with pigeon Celtic thunder 1st international race 10

At the loft and on line  time ticked on ,as fanciers  guess the time of the first birds was again circulating the networks ,and as most of the estimates  came and went  was just under forty minutes flying time that the  batch of around 200 or so pigeons were seen reported on approach to the lofts with further numbers following just behind , following a quick turn the pigeons hit the landing board and jostled to enter the loft and record their arrival


Jozsef Kovacs 2nd international team Hungary with pigeon eniko 3

Taking the top honours of 1st international was the south American country of Mexico with  pigeon Celtic thunder entered by team Armando Soto racing pigeon loft, first over the line on a time of ,in 2nd we go eastern Europe jozsef kovacs entry eniko 3 maintained a top position for team Hungary  on 12.09 19 60,resulting in team Italia taking 3rd place with pigeon tedi 2 for adriyan miroslavov Stankov with a time of,in 4th  again team amigos in paradise  take the uk honours with pigeon shearer presenting team England improving on its previous tenth position in race 9  today at,team hungary come in 5th with their second country arrival as team  jozsef kovacs records his second team entry bence 4 on 12.0922.30 ,Francisco Gutierrez from sevillaa regular entrant at the arona  comes on 12 09.23.00 with pigeon nathelie taking 6th,a head of team Netherlands team marc van olst with pigeon speedmaster 58 in 7th timing in on,resulting in team stockinger aus wien and pigeon micheal from Austria in on for 8th ,taking 9th we go to team Germany with pigeon 233 wonderful for sg elder on, as team Belgium round up todays front runners on with  pigeon jan 28 for team team p.s.s.s.


pigeon tedi 2 for adriyan miroslavov Stankov team Italia

As you can see once again today it  came down to the slightest of margins separating the  leaders ,but like in most one loft races whilst they’re liberated together it’s the first over the line that gets the glory

Over the following few minutes the loft and clock showed nearly 80 % of the pigeons home safely and whilst we wait for the back markers it was good to see that by nightfall  2,587 of the pigeons liberated were perched and with further 100 or so arrivals on the second morning this brought the percentage rate up to a respectable  96%,


Pigeon shearer 1st uk/Ireland 4th international team amigos in paradise

48 hours later and were at Race 11 , the penultimate island training race  with another visit to the 50 klm point with 2362 pigeons on board ,conditions over the island showed a  lightly clouded canarian sky on liberation with with thicker darker clouds at the home end and a trailing light northerly wind as we received confirmation that able got the birds away at  11.10


John may (Team mambo boys) 1st uk/Ireland 1st international with pigeon ben race 11

Once again its narrow margins that decide the winning positions as the result is declared with pole position on this occasion taking the  1st   international honours going to the uk/Ireland with syndicate  team mambos boys from England (john may) with their entry ben crossing over the pad at 11.52.90. 11, just in front of the 2nd place winner Francisco Gutierrez, from Sevilla arrival, Nathalie on Belgium and entrant jo bauters pigeon youri takes 3rd spot,followed by local fancier from the neighbouring island of gran canarian team carlos y german and pigeon twinkle floortje takes  4th at ,syndicate karoly haraszti`s  pigeon Natasha  from Hungary was just a decimal behind therefore claims 5th 11.51,the 20154.31,whilst the 2016 final race winner beniamin neag from Austria, comes in 6th with pigeon Audrey on,on its tail we have team Belgium recording  their second team arrival for 7th with syndicate petra & john smits entry  helma on ,team uk & Ireland take the 8th spot as mr & mrs uphams entry within the welsh national winners syn 2018 ,pigeon fair dincum run times in on, team bacskai sandor & Kellner andrea timed in their pigeon named adinin for the second Hungarian arrival in 9th on resulting in team Netherlands, entrant sjaak buwalda with pigeon frysian swift taking the 10th position on


Fransico Gutierrez sevilla 2nd international race 11with pigeon Nathalie

the leading pigeons came through in their numbers and unscathed but for some reason  this year and this isn’t just the one loft pigeons as local fanciers are also experiencing the same difficulties  with pigeons  being split on route, something we can only assume  must be the local peregrines population  playing with them during there flight forcing them off line


Jo Bauters Belgium with pigeon youri 3rd international race 11

With the majority of the pigeons home just after noon,we again had to wait throughout the afternoon for pigeons to come through, and as could be clearly seen on their arrival there was nothing taken  out of them as they came to the loft after their five or six hours flight, so as such gained a lot of experience and island knowledge to correct there errors which may put the in good stead for the forthcoming sea and hotspot races

With 2,519 pigeons home by nightfall and the expectancy of more the following day the team reported at the end of day two the numbers had risen to 2,559 a percentage of 97.22% and adding the few that came on day three and four it wasn’t as bad as first thought

With Gladys and the arona team on route to the Olympiad show in Poland representing the derby arona Tenerife one loft race overseen by the new corporate partnership of  Ledesma global organisation ,its report that the race has created a lot of interest in eastern Europe as numbers swell not only for this year but also greater interest for next year and seemed to have  attracted many interested parties to the stand

Meanwhile  at the loft jose,Abel  and the loft team remained in the warmer climates to continue with the later stages of the island training  programme  with the final island training race prior to heading out onto the Atlantic in the direction of gran canaria ,


The town of  Poznan Poland the venue for the Olympiad show 2019

And photos of visitors to the stand

with the 2,559 pigeons on board they made there journey once again to the  50 klm liberation site for the third time and and final time after settling on site  they were away, at 11.25 into a broken blue sky ,and a temperature showing 20 + degrees

with the pigeons in the air abel reported shortly after  that they had completed their orientation of the liberation site and could be clearly seen making their way south in the direction of home,by the time they had packed away

once again as previous race days the race is attracting many interested parties as the arona provides their uninterrupted live feed from the lofts with large numbers logged in and on various social media sites from around the world


1st international team Rumania syn viorel stetco with pigeon tipello gold race 12

on this occasion the pigeons made the southward journey slightly quicker than on previous occasions with the leading pigeons coming through just over forty minutes  as team viorel stetco from Rumania takes the 1st international position  with pigeon tipello gold timing in on to continue its consist returns rate after achieving other highly ranked positions such as 50th ,53rd & 54th in the earlier stages  ,in 2nd we head to Switzerland as team alpen jager entry schnidel wulz climbed over 200 places on the last race clocking in on,team stb from Romania claimed the 3rd international placing with pigeon lady olr on,ahead of their fellow countrymen syn of  team ponistiak Rudolf & Jacub as their entry “no time to loose “ in 4th on ,Robert marjanovic from Austria takes todays 5th spot as his entry the general comes on the clock shortly after, resulting in the  German entrant team schnellin taking 6th  with Richard der 3,for 7th we go across the atlantic to the usa as team timothy Macken and pigeon Claribel takes their country honours on a time of,the leading nation of rumainia claim another top spot with with 8th as  their second arrival of indigo for team tanasa & paul timed in on as we see team fratti-strunga-cosmin & George from sevilla take 9th with their pigeon lets go for fun on ,team uk/Ireland also  maintain a top position today as new participants team perry & plumber from Ireland round off todays top ten with pigeon  blue boy  with

team alpen jager entry schnidel wulz  2nd international race 12

unfortunately once again following a clear liberation and the leading batches  coming at regular intervals things still wernt right on route with a clear liberation and the birds making good headway for home once again   the returns were well split and therefore we seen pigeons coming throughout the afternoon up until nightfall ,and with just over 2,210 pigeons perched by dusk  we all hoped day two would provide us with more arrivals and increase the numbers dramatically

Team stb with pigeon lady olr 3rd international race 12

race 12 2nd day and it was a clear blue sky over the island of Tenerife and as a result of a considerable number of pigeons still unaccounted for the arona team once again run the livestream facility  and no sooner as it was up and running the first birds which had overcome their night out were seen to be coming to the loft , ironically still in small batches which indicates that after  there ordeal the day before they had stuck together and made there way home,

as the day went it was pleasing for the participants and jose and the teams perspective  to see a large  number had made loft at the end of day two and with a further 35+ plus on day three showing up only a small number were adrift ,as the returns rate increased to over 93% ,yes theres pigeons away but like in all corners of the world pigeons come across obstacles during flight such as birds of prey wires etc and the island of Tenerife is no different ,but no doubt some will still make it home over the next few days

Team perry & plumber blue boy  1st uk/Ireland 10th international race 11

with all the twelve island training races completed and before we head out to sea ,the averages are again mixing and moving with different pigeons coming to the forefront ,however still amongst the leaders are team pouw & williems from the Netherlands with pigeon bolero in top spot on with 36,162 pts closely behind dropping one place is team Belgium with castermans and meas with their pigeon cindy in 2nd with 34,528pts as team hagemand and van acker from the Netherlands take the third position with entry dark Barcelona on  34,253

Pigeon “bolero” currently 1st ace pigeon for team pouw & williems

following an educational island training programme we now set our sights on the forthcoming mid sea liberations ,these will take place depending on the weather and vessel availability and will consist of three or four liberations from various points at sea in the direction of gran canaria the island which will host two of the three hotspot races ,and as previous years the arona team will commence with filming both the liberation and arrivals to make a documented film for your viewing so as we set ourselves for the next chapter we wish you all a successful competition as we continue forward

also from sea race one nominations are open for some added fun and interest is  obtainable via your login tab on the derby arona website  with full instructions available  ,however please ensure funds are  transferred and in place prior to nominating


Tom Harris