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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

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.

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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.

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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".

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.

Twenty-two attended with representatives from all sections in the National Flying Club and the Chairman announced just three apologies due to work commitments. It is important to note that this meeting was held in a constructive manner with a frank discussion as to what went wrong and how we could improve for the future.

It became clear that most were well aware of the difficulties in achieving a race in which all of the UK had perfect racing conditions throughout, but it was felt that there had been too much emphasis placed on the modern technology available to predict our fluent weather patterns. A break down in communication along the line of flight resulted in a liberation which was not ideal, and far from the high standard of racing that our members expected from the National Flying Club. Not wishing to dwell on the negative, suggestions were submitted from around the room, as to how we could incorporate all aspects of information available to us with a “back to basics” mentality.

The Chairman had three applications for the position of Race Adviser to the Chief Convoyer and each was discussed as to their individual merits. The Committee decided to accept and capitalize on the valuable experience held by Mr Tony Adams of Southampton, who has built an intimate knowledge of the channel over the years, with a strong network of contacts available to him. It was also agreed that Mr Roger Sutton from Section L would assist the team to gather information for the line of flight from the coast to the Northern most sections and report to the Chief Convoyer as another essential addition to the decision making process.

Furthermore, the meeting was informed of a recent initiative championed by the RPRA Chief Executive to collaborate directly with the Meteorological Office, who would provide all RPRA organisations with a weather forecast custom made for Pigeon Racing, which will be updated Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. The National Flying Club Committee agreed to be the flagship club in alliance with the RPRA Chief Executive to move this great idea forward as soon as possible, with the hope that it can be used from the Ancencis race onward. Representative for Section K, William Curtis, will collaborate with the RPRA and the Met Office on our behalf. The enquiry ended on a very positive note with the Committee all agreeing that the final decision to liberate is to be taken by the Chief Convoyer, when he is confident to do so, with the compressive information gathered by the team to the best of their abilities. Chris Sutton, Press Officer