The latest news from Tenerife
training flights 6&7
Its mid- January and were back on the road with this year’s derby Arona Tenerife one loft race following a two week break to oversee, owner’s activation of their reserve pigeons and third party activations which allows interested parties an opportunity of entering the race by purchasing one of the twenty three pigeons that became available and will now go forward under new ownership.
With 2066 pigeons basketed and on route northwards through the center of the island to a distance 25 klm, we were informed that following a period of time to settle on site, Abel released the convoy at 12.15 into clear blue skies and a gentle southerly breeze coming in off the Atlantic
At the loft with livestream once again up and running we sat and waited for the first sightings and with this being the first time in the basket for a while there was a slight uncertainty as to whether the pigeons would follow on with their gained knowledge or take their time to orientate following the liberation.
With thirty five minutes flying time behind them a dark shadow appeared over the loft as the first arrivals were seen to have returned.
Monick Nys & Kris Govers Belgium pigeon Camposa 1st international Derby Arona tr6
Taking top honors of 1st international training race 6 we head to Belgium and team Monick Nys and Kris Govers with pigeon Camposa timing in on 184.108.40.206, taking the runners up position with a time of 220.127.116.11 we got to the Netherlands with Lorenzo van Russel with pigeon Arron, Team Pawel Orlowski from Poland saw their entry Nasdaq take 3rd on 18.104.22.168, resulting in a second arrival for Team Belgium claiming 4th spot with pigeon De Laat Komer for Team EPW Belgium on 12.52.20.00, Mark Gilbert representing Team England takes 5th International with pigeon Southfield De Gea timed itself in on 22.214.171.124 Team Sovic Barbara and Miha from Slovakia takes 6th place as their entry Urska’s comes in at 126.96.36.199 for 7th position we go to Columbia with Team Club Café, De Columbia and pigeon Oscar recording its return on 188.8.131.52, whilst a third arrivals for Team Belgium takes 8th with pigeon Lindsay timing in for team Jef Goris on 184.108.40.206, the top positions seem well spread as we got to the Ukraine for 9th International with pigeon Aron for team Valera Huesk timing in on 220.127.116.11 with team Millys Loft entry Baby Milly timing in for Team England on 12.52.20 71 for 10th international that concludes the leading pigeons.
Lorenzo van Russel 2nd International tr6 pigeon Aaron Netherlands
On looking at the result it’s clear to see it’s a blanket finish and all down to the good trapping we`ve witnessed so far this year as over 2000 pigeons timed in in less than a minute of the winner a true testament to the loft management team on the handling of the pigeons within their care
Pigeon NASDAQ 3rd international tr6 for Team Pawel Orlowski Poland
as the minutes ticked by the clock took its time as it struggled to load the arrivals in order ,as a further 1800+ pigeons were recorded in the next few minutes that followed.
as the clocked continued to produce a result it was pleasing to see more and more pigeons made their way in during the afternoon and as the sun set on the island 2,041 pigeons were recorded ,one thing that’s being noticed and commented on so far this year is the trapping on return faultless is the word being used as we witness the arrivals hitting the board and fighting to get in, a credit to the loft management team on the feeding and preparation they’re giving the inmates.
Mark Gilbert 1st England 1st uk 5th international derby Arona tr6 pigeon Southfield De Gea
With the dawn of a new day the trend continued as more pigeons which were adrift from day one started to come in and as such, come lunch time on day two 2,055 pigeons from the 2,066 released were home giving a returns ratio of 99.46% and 11 unaccounted for
Training race 7 and were now proceeding on our journey north through the heart of the island to a liberation site which hosts some of the most rugged terrain the island has to offer, with the 2055 pigeons basketed from the previous outing on route, it was clearly visible via various video links showing clear blue skies and a light northerly breeze, shortly after arrival Abel was happy to release the pigeons at 12 noon.
With the pigeons now getting back into their stride following the break, at the lofts our expectations of a good training flight were knocked, as the loft reported that shortly after the liberation whilst orientating the batch were struck by the resident colony of peregrines, which not only reportingly divided the pigeons into small groups but halted their progress in clearing the area.
Pigeon Golden Boy 1st international Derby Arona tr 7 team Ifj Ferge Miklos jnr
With no further news on the pigeons we sat and waited patiently to see if the pigeons had recovered the attack and what effect it would have on returns so you could imagine the relief when the first wave of pigeons could be seen approaching
Taking top honors of 1st international Derby Arona tr7 we go to team Ifj Ferge Miklos jr from Hungary with pigeon Golden Boy taking the glory with an arrival time of 12.36.07.35, team Welsh hopefuls experienced a good trainer today, representing Wales and the UK with a double delight by taking the runner up position and 4th international with two of their team entries, the first being pigeon Brookhill Butty on 12.36.09.50 closely followed by pigeon Racey Lacey on 12 .36.09.80 dividing the two Welsh entries we go to the Netherlands with pigeon Layla for team P&A Wiersema taking 3rd place on a time of 12.36.09.55, todays training flight also provided more double clocking as team Slovakia in the form of Sadlak Vendelin & Andrej also timed two of their entries with pigeon Arona 33 timing in on 12.36.09.81 for 5th followed by Arona 90 on 12.36.10.00 in 6th , we go back to the Netherlands for the next couple of positions with one of team Lorenzo van Russel`s entries taking 7th international on 18.104.22.168, closely followed by yet another double clocking by last year’s final race winners team Soepboer taking 8th and 9th on 22.214.171.124 with pigeon Bunsky and Princess on 126.96.36.199 rounding up today top ten we go to the Lanarkshire lads syndicate from Scotland with pigeon Charlene on 188.8.131.52
John Wheatcroft breeder of the Welsh hopeful’s entry Brookhill Butty 1st team wales 1st uk 2nd international Derby Arona tr7
Following the initial strike it didn’t seem to interfere with the leading pigeons as they seemed to come on the time expected although by midafternoon there still seemed a large number adrift and whilst some continued to come through during the afternoon, the clock indicated a considerable number of entries were still affected by what happened earlier in the day ,not knowing if the pigeons had taken cover in the mountain regions or if they had been chased out to sea, something we realise we won’t get to know but hopefully more will correct themselves and make it through by nightfall
Team P&A Wierssema and pigeon Layla 3rd international derby Arona tr7
day 2 and with 1929 pigeons recorded on the previous day we all hoped for more arrivals today and thankfully shortly after 08.30 pigeons started to appear on the clock at regular intervals during the morning, this pattern continued during the afternoon and by early evening with an additional 40 pigeons recorded the returning numbers looked a little better, with an additional six pigeons experiencing two nights out and coming through the final number of returns calculated to 1976 (96.15%) with 56 pigeons unaccounted for
When we consider Tenerife as one of seven Islands that makes up the Canary Islands positioned in the Atlantic ocean just off the African coast, the weather conditions can change so quickly and added to this the peregrine attacks results on times with the pigeons being forced off line or having to take cover over night, thankfully the majority come through in the days that come, but this is the derby Arona one of the hardest one loft races in the world because of the routes of land an seas they need to overcome
With seven training flights overcome and the thought of taking on the guimar valley a line consisting of volcanic mountains and valleys which stretch nearly the length of the Island in training flight 8 it’s time to take a look at the king of sprint averages
Team Dirk Mertans currently king of sprint averages with pigeon Mad Jowan
Holding top spot is the Dirk Martens team from Belgium with pigeon Mad Jowan on 12871 pts, currently in 2nd place is the Hungarian entry Joco 3 for team Jozef Kovacs on 12855 and in 3rd we stay with Hungary with team Fenyvesi, Balazs & Norbert and pigeon 189 on 12652
With the island training making good progress we will shortly be at the furthest island training distance of 60 klm prior to heading out to sea for the mid sea liberations, these will require the pigeons to come across the Atlantic from various points mid seas on the ferries route to the neighboring island of Gran Canaria for the first hotspot race (survival race)
The Island of Gran Canaria will host two hotspot races from the west coast of the island and the semi-final from the east, plus additional training flights prior to us going the step further to Fuerteventura for the ultimate challenge of the final race incorporating a double island flight challenge.