Liberation Detailed Report.
Our birds were liberated this morning (16/06/18) at 6:10am from Ancenis in a 10° temperature and a wind that was North Westernly and only 2 to 4 mph. The Convoyer reported clear skies and one large high cloud that prevented an earlier liberation. The birds broke well but we had one small batch that had a mind of its own but cleared the site within 5 minutes of release.
As Race Controller, I ideally wanted to get the birds off and on their way at least 40 minutes early. The reason being that all the data I had collected showed we could beat the weather over to the UK, instead of dodging it. Although we started off in a very light North Wester, the French wind will change to a South Westerly, as we approach the coast, where there may be very light scattered outbreaks on French soil. The fresh channel winds will remain predominately South West for the crossing and mostly shower free. The winds in England are hugely variable with light directions from West to South South West and speeds of 4mph to 22mph. Unfortunately due to the delayed liberation, some members will have birds going around the isolated showers. Those that fly directly through to their lofts, will be the winners today. Best of luck to all our Members.
Non Members who wish to enter the NFC Ancenis Open Race are requested to follow these steps: -
1) In order to register you interest and enter you personal details please click on to 'Members Area', then 'Open Membership Management', then 'Open Race Membership Registration'. Compolete the on-line form. Once you coinfrm you details you will receive an email with your Username code number and a link to login to the site. The system will generate a randonm passord so teh first time you login you will have to click the forgot password link in the login screen.
2) In order to register for the race, if you are not already logged in, log in enter your userid and password details via the 'Members Area', then 'Logging in & out' menu options. Once logged in, click on to 'Races', then 'On Line Race Entry Form'.
If you prefer, you can also post your entry to teh club secretary. You can get the forms here: -
On Saturday the 2nd of June, approximately 7000 National Flying Club Racing Pigeons were liberated
A loft that has been consistently at the top of National results and amassed the phenomenal total of eight National wins along with over thirty-five section wins is husband and wife partnership Mel and Sue King. They live in Blandford Forum, a market town in the northern district of Dorset, close to the river Stour and have flown at this address for the past 35 years. While I was aware of their previous successes, I had never been given the opportunity to visit, so I was thrilled when I received the call to go and report on their latest National Flying Club win from Coutances, the first race point of the season, which is situated on the Cherbourg peninsular in France.
For the first race, Coutances, due to hardware failure, resulting in a network failure, an online verification result will not contain every members verifications in good time. In detail, those that verify on line will be shown. Those verifying by telephone will not be shown. We hope to have this sorted as soon as possible.
Sid Barkel, Secretary
19th May - The birds at Coutances have been liberated at 7.15 hrs in a 8 mph North East wind in 9' temperature, in to clear blue sky. Trevor Cracknell informs us that they cleared very well. We wish you thevery best of luck.
Although we have published the handbook online, the race entry forms can be printed out, the Handbook has sent out in the post: - Enter online for accuracy and ease. On the top menu, simply click 'Racing' and then select, 'On-Line Race Entry Form'. Some keen members have already entered this way, fantastic!
Click the link On-Line Race Entry Form / Enter-Race
Read the Press Officers report on the Management Committee meeting held on Wednesday 18th April: - NFC Press Release 180418