It has been a hectic few weeks for us here at the lofts, my laptop decided to pack up on me, was sent in for repairs but lasted about a day then packed up again and was then fitted with a new hard drive so that is all sorted and ready now for me to write this newsletter. The pigeons are currently in of the best form I have had a team of pigeons here at the lofts. The losses on the two Ventersburg training flights as well as on race 1 and 2 has been minimal and here I would again like to thank Dr Piet van Zyl for his input as well as his Break-A-Way products he supplied to us to use.
My newsletters I usually do soon after a race but with the laptop not in working order and then the motor vehicle accident I was involved in on Friday last week has put me back a bit but now we are back in the office and ready to get going again.
Race 1 Glen (Weltevreden Game Lodge), it was a nice day out for the pigeons with some scattered clouds about at liberation, we parked in the open grass fields of the game lodge and opened the pigeons at 07h15, they did not mess about and took direction towards Gauteng fairly quickly.
As we drove back the windmills were barely turning and I expected a velocity of close to 1275mpm, as we turned in on the dirt road close to home I received the missed call from Carlos that is his way of letting me know the first pigeons have arrived. Back at the lofts the fanciers who came to watch the arrivals was surprised to see how high the pigeons were on arrival, as we drove into the farm I could see some of the later arrivals just as high dipping down towards the lofts.
The first kit was close to 40 or 50 pigeons apparently but the main winner on the day was Greg Anderson who had a number of pigeons in the first kit, he also clocked in 1st and 2nd position! The top 6 positions were:
|1||Greg Anderson||R4 000||W0022 GRPF 20 1637|
|2||Greg Anderson||R2 000||W0020 GRPF 20 1644|
|3||Lions & Springboks||R1 500||W0219 EDEN 20 4255|
|4||Quentin-Brett de Beer||R1 500||W0038 CYRL 20 5123|
|5||Victorian Lofts||R1 500||W0425 ZA 20 262399|
|6||Mountain Lofts||R1 500||W0587 MOUN 20 959|
Well done to the money winners on race 1, the full results can be viewed by following this link:
Race 2 was flown a week later from Tierpoort Dam south of Bloemfontein, it was a very cold night in the chalets there next to the dam and when we got up the next morning I decided to delay the liberation by 15minutes to get the sun shining a bit clearer and the temps to rise a bit. We liberated the pigeons at 07h30 the wind was south south westerly but not strong at liberation, as we drove back the windmills was turning slowly and there was not a lot of wind at group level, some participants said we will fly a 1700mpm but I thought closer to a 1500mpm well was I wrong, we were still near Deneysville on our way back when I received the missed call from Carlos. The pigeon or rather the first 4 pigeons arrived at 11h18 flying a velocity of 1671mpm. Well done to Dirk Norval who won race 2. The money winners on race 2 were:
|1||Dirk Norval||R4 000||W0142 NV 20 2114|
|2||Steenkamp Family Loft||R2 000||W0680 CYRL 21 921|
|3||Emerald Stud||R1 500||W0087 NJ 20 5504|
|4||Andre Koch||R1 500||W0521 WPU 20 3188|
|5||GVR Hokke||R1 500||W0646 GPU 20 2415|
|6||Quentin-Brett de Beer||R1 500||W0044 CYRL 20 5120|
The full results can be found by following this link:
The plan was to have race 3 sometime this week but due to the unforeseen accident I have not really been able to do the driving, I have a friend who will assist us tomorrow in driving to Kroonstad and doing the long training flight and I am sure towards the middle of next week we will have race 3 from about 420km.
The team’s competition is also on the go and the current leaders in the team’s competition are:
|3||GVR Hokke A||74||28||46|
|6||Greg Anderson A||52||52|
|8||Greg Anderson D||49||22||27|
|11||Pietersen Fam A||47||47|
|13||Greg Anderson C||42||21||21|
|15||GVR Hokke C||38||38|
|16||Gys & Formyn A||38||38|
|17||GVR Hokke D||37||37|
|19||Gys & Formyn B||33||33|
|23||QB de Beer||20||20|
|25||Die Ou Skuur||15||15|
|26||Antonio Sampiao A||14||14|
|29||Midlands Loft A||11||11|
|30||Bela Vista B||8||8|
|34||Greg Anderson B||6||6|
I will publish the full results as well as the knock out competition on our website as well and put the links on fb and WhatsApp.
Thank you very much too all the participants for your patience and if you pick up any mistakes that I might have made please just send me a WhatsApp so I can look into it.