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NFC Statement 2019 1

NFC Statement: - Mr. P. Hill has stood down from his position as Race Advisor.  The Chairman Mr. P. Naum will undertake his duties as Race Advisor until the inquiry meeting on the 5th June where an offical appointment will be made.

 

Cholet Sat 15th Photos

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Cholet 2019 Friday 14th June Photos

See three photos taken in France on Friday at 7.00 a.m., by Dom McCoy, Chief Convoyer.

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NFC Enquiry Statement 2019 A

On Wednesday the 5th June, the National Flying Club Chairman conviened a Committee meeting to discuss the liberation of the Fougeres race held on the 25th of May.

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2019 Messac R2 Convoyers Report

 MESSAC National Race 2019

Dom McCoy & Nik Booker, Convoyers Report

First, I would like to introduce you to one of our permanent convoyers, Mr. Nik Booker, who will be collecting birds from the East side of the country. Nik is very experienced and I have known him for a good few years, we have worked together on numerous occasions at both federation and combine level and I know everyone will be very happy with him in the way he will care for your pigeons and he will prove to be an asset to the NFC convoying team.

An approximate total of 4,907 birds were collected from various marking stations from Wednesday until Thursday and both transporters met at around 9.30 p.m., ready to board the boat. Unfortunately, we were not able to top up waters before we boarded because of arriving at the docks late, due to traffic but as soon as we docked the birds were all given fresh water on three sides of each crate. We stayed on the French docks for well over one hour to allow all birds a chance to drink. We left the docks and made our way down to Messac which takes around three and a half hours.

As soon as we arrived at Messac Marina, the lorries had to reverse down a narrow strip between open fields and the boat marina which gives us the perfect liberation point. All the electric fans on both trailers were switched on, a total of eighteen were soon doing their job lowering the temperature inside and also monitoring the humidity which made the inside around 24 degrees compared to outside of a rather sticky 26 degrees. All birds were fed and as it was early, we gave the birds plenty to eat so they would have lots of time to digest their food before the race after feeding and a clean-up of surplus food that the birds scattered over the floor. Water was once again filled up to all three sides of the crates. Birds were monitored from a short distance and were all seen to be drinking. We left the birds to relax and had a well-deserved coffee. At different times, water levels were checked and temperature readings were taken all were found to be good. At around 8 p.m., the fans were switched off, the sun was going down and birds were left to rest for the night.

Saturday 4.30 a.m., myself and Nik were up checking for any drinkers that needed to be topped up, although this year we are giving birds water on three sides, all crates had water available at all times. At 5.45 a.m., calls to and from our weather team and various other contacts including our Chairman who was overseeing the race, I received valuable reports from various parts of country and good information from Tony Adams. We had a perfect liberation sky as per photos. Channel clear with a light South East wind, we liberated the birds at 7.15 a.m., into a bright blue sky. All birds cleared together after two minutes heading towards home. We had some French officials at site taking photos before and after liberation and they were very happy with the way everything went. Many thanks to all involved in the liberation from Dom McCoy and Nik Booker, Convoyers.

Messac photo galley 3

See the photos taken by Chief Convoyer Dom Mcoy this morning, looking good ...

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Messac photo gallery 2

See the photos from our Chief Convoyer Mr. Dom McCoy, from the Messac liberation site ...

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2019 Messac photo gallery from the docks

See the photos taken at the docks, part of the journey to Messac

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Meeting May 2019

The National Flying Club Management Committee are holding a meeting on Wednesday 5th June, 2019, amongst different items on the Agenda, the committee are having an inquiry in to the Fougeres National Race liberation. The meeting will start at 10.30 am and will be held at the Alveley marking station, "Alveley Sports & Social Club, Button Hole, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6JX".

2018 Race 2 Messac Press Report

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Coutances 2018 Young Bird & Old Hens Race Report

Race Controller Mr Paul Hill wrote “The Coutances 2018 Young Bird & Old Hens were 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 were variable from East to South-East 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.

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2019 Auction Sale 2

 Birds on sale from a number of top National race winning fanciers, National average winning fanciers ..

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2019 National Flying Club Auction

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Calendar 2019

Click to see the Race dates for 2019 and the following 9 years as well as key dates in the Club Calendar.

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2018 Coutances YB & OH Winners Report -

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Cholet Sat 15th Photos

See the photos etc., of the weather etc., today 

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Cholet 2019 Friday 14th June Photos

See three photos taken in France on Friday at 7.00 a.m., by Dom McCoy, Chief Convoyer.

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NFC Enquiry Statement 2019 A

On Wednesday the 5th June, the National Flying Club Chairman conviened a Committee meeting to discuss the liberation of the Fougeres race held on the 25th of May.

Read more ...

Messac photo galley 3

See the photos taken by Chief Convoyer Dom Mcoy this morning, looking good ...

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Messac photo gallery 2

See the photos from our Chief Convoyer Mr. Dom McCoy, from the Messac liberation site ...

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2019 Messac photo gallery from the docks

See the photos taken at the docks, part of the journey to Messac

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Meeting May 2019

The National Flying Club Management Committee are holding a meeting on Wednesday 5th June, 2019, amongst different items on the Agenda, the committee are having an inquiry in to the Fougeres National Race liberation. The meeting will start at 10.30 am and will be held at the Alveley marking station, "Alveley Sports & Social Club, Button Hole, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6JX".

2018 Race 2 Messac Press Report

at 6am from Messac, in a gentle 3mph North wind with clear skies and about 11 degrees Celsius. The winds in France were very light and variable, turning a light North Easterly before a westerly as the birds got to the Channel beaches leaving France. Winds in the UK itself varied in direction with speeds of only 4 to 7mph but mostly westerly in direction and apart from the longer flyers in section N, who encountered a line of thunderstorms, a great race ensued.  Indeed the champagne club in Plymouth were celebrating yet again on Saturday evening because Terry Luscombe won the National Flying Club race from Messac, thus becoming the tenth National win amongst the members.Terry Luscombe

Times had recently changed for Terry, as he had decided to leave his business partners of many years, bought a static caravan in Millendreath near Looe in Cornwall and relinquished his many roles in the pigeon administration to take a more relaxed approach to life. A friend had different ideas though and a new business venture was offered last December which he accepted. Growth of the business over the last 6 months has been rapid which has taken up his time although he does make a weekly visit to the caravan with his wife. For this season he did plan to race his birds on the Roundabout system but a bad toss from Exeter resulted in him losing nearly half his team just before racing began, along with his workload increasing, he was considering giving up the pigeons so he changed his plans and let them pair together on open hole to race them natural.

For the Whitsun Bank holiday, he did not send to the club race and went with his wife Ann, along with new baby granddaughter, to the caravan for the weekend. The pigeons were now settled into the natural nesting cycle, been fed the previous seven days on diet mixture whilst sitting and taken along with them for yet another “double up” training toss from Cornwall. The liberation times were recorded and upon return he could see that some birds did not register their arrival until as late as 8pm from a morning toss. He assumed they must have been scattered by a falcon yet again, but as all were home his NFC race team could be prepared. Monday evening, he began feeding Gerry Plus and from Tuesday onwards he added Energy Mix and Peanuts. Terry said he used Peanuts quite a lot and would scatter some in the basket as they were collected by Chris Williams to go to the marking station.

On the Saturday morning of the race, Terry (who has a reputation for being busy and missing the pigeons) received a phone call from club mate Terry Dyer who said to him “make sure you do not miss them today, this could be the day you win the National” so he decided that whilst he was waiting he would wing stamp the young bird team. As he stood outside the loft he heard a flutter of wings and a thump on the landing board. It was way sooner than he expected but the bird preened himself up and went over the pad to record his arrival, showing it was one from the national. After verification he sat down to watch his other pigeons arrive when John McClements called to congratulate him. “what for?” Terry asked “you are currently top of the result”, came the reply and a very anxious few hours followed as they watched the rest of the birds being timed further up the country. It became clear, as the day went on, that the rest of the convoy would not be getting faster than 1500ypm so they had a countdown, a big cheer and the Champagne club were happy to continue tradition by purchasing yet another bottle.

The winning pigeon, now called “Jessie’s Pride,” is German rung although its bloodlines are Belgian via Flor Engels and Dirk Van Dyke. He had suffered a hawk strike two week previous which resulted in him having some tail feathers missing, but this did not faze him, “they have become streetwise now” said Terry, “they are constantly on the lookout.”Hawk StrikeWing ShotJessie's Pride

It was bought along with three others at the spring show in Houten to be raced as a “coach trip” young bird. Each year he and his friends go to Lier Market by coach from the Plymouth area and buy three youngsters each to race and a £10 per fancier pot is won by the best of them. The winner then chooses the colour of the pigeon to be bought the following year. In 2017 Lier Market was cancelled due to bird flu restrictions so they diverted to the Houton Show and bought their birds from there. Terry did try to call the breeder but unfortunately, he did not speak English so my friend Martin Steffil helped out in order to tell him his pigeon had just won the biggest club in the UK… I think he may have had a surprise.

Terry’s father served in the RAF Pigeon Corp, and when he was growing up his older brother raced pigeons but at 16 years old he took them over and has kept detailed records dating right back to that year, 1974. As I have previously said, he has now decided he wants to take a more relaxed approach to pigeon racing, making more time for his granddaughter and new caravan. So, for the old birds, Ancenis and Saintes with the NFC are the only remaining races he will enter. His 40 strong young bird team will go to the first four races in the club and then be rested until the yearling stage.

Before this National Flying Club win he was a little deflated but has now been given the motivation to continue and I wish him all the very best for future races. He has worked hard for years in the administrative side of the sport and fellow club members are pleased he has been given his just rewards “it could not have happened to a nicer bloke” they said. Taking a more relaxed approach has proved successful for him, long may it continue.

The next race is the Ancenis Open to commemorate the WW1 Armistice so our message to any non-members is come and join us for this special race, there is £1000 to be won and who knows, you may have a great day a want to join the NFC. The entrance form is in the press and can be downloaded from the website www.nationalflyingclub.co.uk

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