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  2019 - Fougeres Provisional

FOUGERES 2019 - Race 1
19/05/19 - The birds at Fougeres have been liberated in bright blue skies at 7.45 am in a 4 mph West North West wind. The birds cleared the site in two minutes.  




The Coutances 2018 Young Bird & Old Hens will be liberated at 8:00 am in a light Easterly wind, of approximately 5 miles per hour, in gloriously clear & bright Normandy French sunshine.

Winds for the 2,546 Young Birds & 866 Old Hens will be variable from East to South-East, along the French leg of the racing route, with a strength of 6 to 15 miles per hour, with the latter being in the channel but otherwise, they should experience a good clean run home to Blighty.

Once on UK home shores, the 3,412 birds will experience light winds that will be South-East to South for most fanciers and around a maximum of around 10 miles per hour, with some rain on the West Coasts from 8 am.

So, in general, our weather should be race friendly, UNLIKE our local British traffic, unfortunately, as there will be 111 United Kingdom liberations by various pigeon organizations, as reported, & under the control of the RPRA, as can be seen on their website.

Best of luck and happy exciting racing to everyone in the National Flying Club for this, our last race venue for this season.

End of season thanks on behalf of myself & the Convoying Team, Trevor, Barry, Richard and Bob, I would like to thank all the Members for their valued participation and hope you were satisfied with an overall successful race season without any holdovers and allowing the birds to get down and do their best racing available to our British fanciers, in what proved to be an extreme year to deal with due to weather, communicational microwave transmissions and solar flare activities, to mention only three.

On a personal note from myself, wherever this pigeon racing story takes you, however dark and difficult the season's theme seemed to be at times, there is always some hope and redemption. Stay positive and happy to go on & breed better birds for the next season. Work hard at being a better fancier and don't give up hope of winning those National Flying Club titles. Be open to constructive criticism and keep an open mind to learn more in these modern times. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people that will help and encourage your pigeon racing to future success.

Thank you & All the best.

Paul Hill

2018 Race Controller


Sigogne - Liberation & Convoyer Report - 21st July 2018
Exactly 24 hours ago our Racing Pigeons were at Caen docks resting and being watered after their channel crossing. Around midday, Tours, once a Gallic-Roman settlement, was their resting and watering hole. The Chief convoyer and pigeon fancier, for over 6 decades, Barrie Smith, rested them for an hour at the beautiful liberation site of Sigogne, before feeding and thereafter liberally watering from 3:30pm onwards.
Today the sun poked its head out around 6am, to greet the NFC Transporter, in thankfully a clear dry sky with very high clouds that were broken and not going anywhere for several days over the Northern hemisphere. The team decided to cut the strings and give the birds their freedom at 6:30am in a sunny 4mph Southwestern wind. The flock cleared the site in less than a minutes and headed home in textbook fashion, as Barry and Bob our responsible driver watched them high tail it back to England & Wales.
On their way home, they should have light variable winds of no more than 4 to 9mph, and very little gusts, including the channel, which makes a welcomed change. Temperatures should get to around 24 degrees in France and even hotter in England. Our winners should encounter no more than light showers as they disperse to their home lofts but in most cases, these will be easily avoidable.
Barrie reports that Sigogne is the perfect liberation site for the NFC as it has extremely friendly French pigeon fanciers, that make the team very welcome on its large home football pitches. There are open skies with no obstructions, it is on high ground and no water courses to lure in mist and fog.
Best of luck and great racing to all our valuable and appreciated members.


The National Flying Club winged battleship released her bravest contestants at 6:15am into a cool 16 degree and cloudy sky above French soil. A distinct crack of pigeon bloom erupted from her ports and slid along the 4 mph Westerly, as the pigeons gained height to head for home and a personal victory for the best amongst them!

The normal historic strategy is to cover the 365 nautical miles (420 miles) up to the French peninsular at Cherbourg before crossing the bedeviled ahead. Their journey should be a constant driving North Easterly wind of around 6 to10mph, and temperatures along the way from 15 to 22 degrees. This epic battle may reveal something new and special in the way you play this game, but only for one lucky soul that entered this race of over 2200 birds.

Many a skirmish has been won in the English Channel and today's bout could be just that day. Winds will be 18 to 24 mph NE, till they hit English shores, where there will be a welcomed lull of 4 to 10mph. Here we will possibly see the powerhouse birds pull ahead with their superior strength, stamina, and unique abilities.

May your best warriors go forth today and conquer this beast on your half, to win the greatest Grand National Pigeon title in the United Kingdom, today!

Best of luck to one and all, for the NFC Tarbes 2018 Race.

 ANCENIS 16th June - The birds at Ancenis have been liberated at 06.10 hrs in a 2 to 4 mph North Westerly wind in a temperature of 10' celcius.

 MESSAC 2nd June - The birds at Messac have been liberated at 6.00 hrs in a 3 mph North wind with clear skies and about 11' celcius.

COUTANCES 19th May - The birds at Coutances have been liberated at 07.15 hrs in a 8 mph in a temperature of 9'. Chief Convoyer Trevor Cracknell informed us they cleared well in to blue sky. Good luck everyone.