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Derby Arona 25-01-18

The ultimate Atlantic challenge

Latest Island Race Reports

we`re on week two of the new year, and the derby Arona  one loft  race is now making great progress northwards through the island of Tenerife ,as we plan the latest liberation from the 40 klm race point of guimar, this area is well known by local fanciers for the volcanic terrain  high altitude and baron land that the pigeons need to overcome on their journey south but is also  felt is  something the birds need to face in their preparations for future training and whilst this part of the island holds so many   infringements and difficulties to overcome, in the past losses have been  unavoidable on times


Carlos Abitia from the USA 1st international race 9

with 2,058 pigeons on board and the convoy heading off on their journey the pigeons arrived safely on site and after giving them a short wait to allow them to rest and settle abel released his cargo at 11.30am in a hard-northerly tail wind with an average temperature of 23 degrees increasing as the day went on

with the liberation confirmed we all sat patiently for the arrivals knowing it was going to be a fast race due to strong northerly wind and as always, the usual guess the time and general conversation was once again taking place on the livestream chat which over recent weeks has now gained new viewers on a daily basis as we head towards the main hotspot races

taking the top honour today was one of our newest competitors from the U.S.A. in Carlos Abitia with his pigeon named David which was gained through 3rd party activation timing in on, team Belgium followed in 2nd place as Team Batenburg- v.d. Merwe / PEC recorded their entry pec 214 on


Team Batenburg- v.d. Merwe / PEC 2nd international race 9

for 3rd we head to Romania as team Tanase & Paul, Damaso Melero from Cordoba takes 4th with pigeon atena on just ahead of Team Leyen-Paloma-Segers Racing who recorded their first arrival and  second  Belgium entry on in 5th position ,for 6th we head back to eastern Europe with team Hungary and pigeon stelli for Team Bacskai Sandor & Kellner Andrea timing in at go to India for 7th place today as Dream Team India Viki & Johan van Boxmeer recorded their pigeon on, team Slovakia and pigeon named Viktoria for team van helsing & tomaska take 8th position with a time of,just a few decimals ahead of team Gabriel Valdo from Germany with pigeon avium on finally taking the 10th spot it’s the first Netherlands arrival in the form of canary 3 and team Klein facklnborg on ..for team UK it was a 15th international for Paul Bamford from Wales on this occasion with pigeon Ellis recording an arrival time of


Team Tanase & Paul from Romania 3rd international race 9

once again whilst the leading birds came through faster than anticipated pigeons returned  throughout the day and although there were still quite a few pigeons missing by nightfall ,this we put down to the awkward location of the liberation site position   the team were optimistic that whilst 1929 pigeons were home and safely perched  more would return the following morning, with fanciers no doubt checking on the early arrivals the following morning a further twenty seven pigeons were recorded giving a race final returns percentage of just over 95%


Paul Bamford Wales 1st UK 14th International race 9


just 48 hours later we were back on the road this time going them extra few kilometres to the 50klm stage and again under the warm canarian skies the pigeons were once again liberated at away 11.30 am in a light north easterly wind with broken blue skies

for the winning pigeon for this race we head turkey as team Ishan Sariyer and pigeon Sila were first on the trap and beat the remainder of the leading pigeons over the line with a time of just ahead of, team Poland as Team Smge Rumik Krzysztof timed in one of their pigeons named histoire sainte on,


Ihsan Sariyer (turkey) 1st international race 10

team Belgium take 3rd today as pigeon ull1 for team moorsen dochers timed in on 12.10;08.50,in 4th it’s the local canarian  entry for team yahve ,Oliver and Fredy from gran canaria with pigeon Martha recording a time of followed in by team Germany and pigeon howling dew for team zumdlek on team big dreamers for the UK/Ireland where in 6th place representing team wales with little bri coming in on just ahead of the Czech republic entry of take on me for team lubomir kubacek in 7th place with a time of, a second arrival for team turkey takes 8th with team baris -yakup-ramo and pigeon gul coming in on,in 9th place we have Team John Rimmelzwaan from the Netherlands with his pigeon shadow on


Team Smge Rumik Krzysztof 2nd international race 10

whilst the race was going on and after witnessing the first arrivals , we were packing things up for the journey to the British homing world show in Blackpool representing the derby Arona, so it wasn't till late that evening we were able to catch up with the returns and it clearly shows that once again this was a hard battle for these brave pigeons as by nightfall 1,768 pigeons were safely home and with a further forty more arrivals the second day the team were pleased to see 1,809 pigeons back indicating a loft percentage of 92.8%


Team Moors en Dochters Belgium 3rd international race 10

as we`ve progressed over the past weeks and the distances have increased there's been a few losses along the way this is clearly seen in the numbers now within the loft , however we must remember where these pigeons are competing, it’s a warm and humid climate with temperatures on times within the high 20`s furthermore with such a rugged volcanic terrain to compete with it ,hence why it's described as the hardest one loft race in the world

Saturday morning and as the show opens in Blackpool, we were once again preparing for the final island race from porta Santo Cruz approx. 60+ klms from the north eastern location of the island to the lofts in the south


Team Big Dreamers Wales 1st UK 6th International race 10


with the 1,806 pigeons that returned from the previous race again liberated at 11.30 into broken skies and a moderate north easterly wind it proved that they once again took advantage of the helping winds which were pushing them on as the leading birds made good time covering the distance in just over 40 minutes

taking the leading positions where team netherlands who recorded a 1,2 and 3  today with   Team H. V. Venrooij taking pole position over there fellow countrymen as their entry anita came in 1st with a time of 12.09.52, the  2nd pigeon for  team netherlands was one for  Team di Roberto as his entry wild fire which crossed the line on 12 09,54.85 ,narrowly ahead of the third arrival for team  poelman-kap with pigeon daughter david on,


Netherlands   Team H. V. Venrooij ist international race 11

in 4th place it was team switzerland and team alps pigeon beppovitch which timed in on as team uk & ireland comes in in 5th as andrei antoce representing england with pigeon banny on was followed closely by the hungarian entry of bazi in 5th pace for Team IFJ Ferge Miklos Jr.on,from the neighbouring island of gran canaria we have  Team Yahvé, Oliver & Fredy in 6th with their pigeon odin on 12 .10.03.55 as the switzerland team of team alp race chased them over the line in 7th with their second arrival super 47 on in 8th position and still up amongst the leaders again today  its our good friend daniel as team belgium's finest with pigeon atlanta on on 12 .10.04.25 followed by two eastern european pigeons the first being karin for rumania and team familia bacalu on and danko for  Team Krajcik Daniel & Andrea on



Netherlands Team di Roberto 2nd international race 11


as we come to the end of week two the averages have no doubt changes numerous times however currently standing in 1st position in the king of sprint are team  netherlands as  Team Hennie & Arie Voskuil  hold off the latest challenges with a score of 20803 ,in 2nd we have team switzerland and pigeon beppovitch for team alp race with 20525 and3rd its Constantin Banu from romania with aventador with 20301


Netherlands   Team Poelman - Kap 3rd international race day 11

so there we have it the last island challenge overcome from here on in we head out over the atlantic ocean towards to neighbouring island of gran canaria taking a minimum  of three mid sea liberations along the way from various points


pigeon named    Banny for  Andrei Antoce 1st uk 5th international

as such from the first sea liberation the nominations will be open to add that little bit more excitement to the race  ,this can be done by accessing your personal login and selecting your desired pools etc to each pigeon individually


Netherlands Team Hennie & Arie Voskuil

currently hold 1st place in king of sprint averages

as for blackpool with the stand set up early friday morning in preparation for the show , once the doors opened we were happy to see so many old faces come along and say hello, as well as a lot of new added interested parties who have pledged an interest in the race, for the forthcoming race in 2018/19  therefore  based on such feedback we are hopefully that a few of these will take up the atlantic challenge in the future


The Derby Arona stand at Blackpool all ready for the show

during the weekend we also informed participants of the forthcoming shipment dates for the 2018/19 from the uk & ireland these will be going out in june and sept ,the cost at present stand at £350 for a team of 5 pigeons in the loft ,including  transport at current rates, this will be 1 paid and 4 reserves, activation of reserves will be in december after months of loft orientation and  five initial training races ,remember at the derby arona you dont pay per pigeon,entry into the loft  you only pay for pigeons actually within  the loft  come activation ...


Tom Harris