To further clarify the situation regarding our racing from France; The RPRA who has been working hard on our behalf has had to get agreements from various Government Agencies in order for us to proceed with our 2021 race program. These include UK Government Covid Restrictions, the DEFRA Bird Flu Restrictions and the entry conditions required by the European Union to be able to reach the race point unhindered. Of the three hurdles mentioned, two have been successfully achieved with statements having been published to give instructions for Covid Restrictions at marking stations and with regards to Bird Flu, DEFRA will now allow racing from France, BUT the entry into France is policed by the French Border Force which, although we have an agreement in principle, this documentation has not yet filtered down to the French Border Control at the ports. The statement from the RPRA this morning has strongly advised against channel racing until they are fully satisfied that our pigeons can reach the intended racepoints unhindered.
The contact for the RPRA in the EU is currently working hard to link up information flow to the French Border Force and it is expected to be complete in the near future. For the time being we shall revert the first being from Messac on the 5thJune, in the expectation that all will be complete by then. Our Chairman Mr Paul Naum has been working hard making arrangements, only to have to make re-arrangements with this very fluid situation and he advises that if we cannot go to Messac on the 5th June, we have everything in place to race from Guernsey as a last resort.