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PostSubject: Watchfield 25.06.11   Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:03 pm

Watchfield & The Vale Flying Club
*Remember there are No Secrets from a Bottle, just Hardwork, Dedication & Determination*

Well folks here we are again and its now the 5th June, i hope things are progressing well within your lofts and things are going to plan with your results and achievements so far.

This week we have entered 3 birds into the NFC Nantes race and 6 into the club race from Cholet with the Wessex combine and the remaining few into the land race from Kingsdown.

8th Race Weekend, Kingsdown & Cholet 04/06/11.
Up and about early on Saturday morning, got all the loft chores done and out of the way, soon had the phonecall to say the birds were on there way with the combine going at 0605hrs, the national at 0630hrs and the kingsdown birds away at 0715hrs. So it was out with the calculator and work out some velocities for these races which are not going to be easy this weekend due to the strong north east winds and predictions of a lot of empty boxes from the channel races. So with approx ETA’s being drafted i wanted arrivals from Kingsdown at 0920hrs, combine at 1340hrs and the national at 1410hrs.

So i set up the ets, put the kettle on and prepared for the wait, the wind was really blowing here and we had heavy showers around 9am which were obviously heading towards the returning kingsdown birds due to the wind direction, at 0922 we had our first arrivals who after wasting some time were recorded at 09.23.54 and 09.23.57, with others returning at 0930hrs they came well....then it was time to carry out some loft chores around the loft to pass the time whilst we had a few hours to pass. So i decided to trim all the growth from the trees surrounding the lofts and overhanging this was fine until the ladder slipped and i was on my back (this hurt and knocked the wind from my sails), so that was that for an hour or so the ladders were put away, as i’m writing these notes at 7am on the Sunday morning i am extremely tender on my legs and back. Clare & Mia witnessed this and rushed over to pick me up, and after finishing laughing, they called me all the names imaginable, but there i was on my feet and definitely used all my luck for the day as i know that so easily things could have been different so i’m lucky really.

Anyhow after some rest, we had to get ready for the channel birds and what a disaster this turned out to be, this will go down as a “bleak day” in the history of channel races for returns were absolutely shocking, there were some fantastic performances but up in the national by some superb flyers & birds but the majority of people were very late with minimal retrunee’s if any at all. Why!! Yes the wind was strong in the channel and pressune they got pushed along to the west country but the national winner was in Bristol and 3rd open was dead central so that puts that theory into a hat.....pressume we will never know.

Anyhow back to the race and we eventually clocked from the combine at 1705hrs & 1852hrs and got a returnee from the national at 1805hrs and that was it, we were 6 birds missing incuding some big winners from Bergerac last year so were are they!!

At the club that night the result from the Kingsdown race was a good one for M/M Roy & Shiela Titcombe timing a 4y old red cock on widowhood to record 1239.2 followed by top sprinter Ken Thorpe who timed a 4y old black widowhood cock on 1232.9, E Smith & Baker timed a 2y old cheq widowhood cock to record 1220.8 and we mopped up the 4th & 5th places with two yearlings on natural firstly a cheq hen bred by Ian Young of south shields who recorded 1218.2 and then a cheq gaby vandenabeele cock who was 2nd club 3rd fed last week on 1217.7.

Cholet, saw a superb and richly deserved win for Martin Fulcher timing a blue cock at 1623hrs to record 891.2ypm, R&P Habgood timed a 2 y old dark pied cock to record 860.3 for 2nd club, we dropped in with 3rd & 5th club with our 2yr old cheq batenburg cock sitting 3 days on 814.3 and our good 2y old gaby cock “05” to record 702.9 and Keith Palmer finished 4th club with a 6y old blue cock recording 730.1 and that was it only 5 birds recorded home on the day for a shocking race return wise with the winner flying ten and half hours and the 5th placed bird flying nearly thirteen hours for a 300mile race......and with Saintes and Bergerac still to come, god only knows whats going to happen then.

Well folks here we are again and its now the 11th June, i hope things are progressing well within your lofts and things are going to plan with your results and achievements so far, wont be long now before the old bird season is drawing to a close and the youngsters start.

This week we have not entered any races, the club have a land race from Newton Abbot but we have decided to have a family day out instead and head down to poole to an island called brownsea island, our birds are looking well and this break should do them no harm at all. We have also decided to miss the national from messac next week as we just cant get to marking this time around and don’t like to burden friends into taking them for us, so we shall enter our team into the combine Saintes race for the weekend of the 18th June marking on Wednesday.

Well it was up early as normal on Saturday but this time it was to get the picnic lunch packed and kids ready for the day trip ahead, the day was lovely weather so i decided to make the most of the day out and at least take the birds with us for a trainer from Poole (56mile to us), so at least the birds had some work this weekend. Poole harbour is a wonderful place and we were soon on the ferry over to Brownsea Island, would recommend this trip to anyone and we will certainly do it again in the future.

We will probably plan another family day for the weekend of 25th June as again the club only have a Newton Abbot land race which as stated before the season commenced we would not be competing fully during 2011 as the family would come first this season and then we have another blank weekend on the 16th July which is a federation break to enable the youngsters to be trained.

9th Race Weekend, Newton Abbott 11/06/11.
At the club the members had enjoyed a good race and the result from this Newton Abbot race was a good one for sprint kings M/M C Aldridge & Son who timed two quick ones for 1st & 4th club, first over the pads was a 4y belg cheq cock a previous big winner for the loft on 1543.9 followed by a 5yr old cheq pd dutch cock on 1532.7 another top performer, taking 2nd & 3rd club following the win last week was M/M Roy & Shiela Titcombe who timed two in nine seconds, firstly a 2y mealy cock followed by a 3y blue cock to record 1539.6 & 1537.8 and with other top sprint loft Ken Thorpe finishing of the result with a couple of timers for 5th & 6th club.

As i write these notes its Sunday 12th and the weather has been awful all day long with heavy rain, so any birds that made mistakes yesterday will have difficulty in getting to their lofts today, with all our own birds confined to the loft today.

Well folks here we are again and its now the 18th June, i hope things are progressing well within your lofts and things are going to plan with your results and achievements so far, wont be long now before the old bird season is drawing to a close and the youngsters start.

This week we have a land race from Kingsdown and the combine race from Saintes, we have entered 8 into the combine which comprise of some proven birds ie combine cock who won the messac combine race last year as a yearling, 59 hen who is a quality racer, 02 who is consistent 14 & 02 cocks who have scored previously and 3 others who are being tested to see if they can cope with 400mile racing. We did enter a few others in the land race from Kingsdown but with the South Westerly wind forecast we wouldn’t be bothering the winners of the land race this weekend, but hopefully the channel race should be a different event.

Well it was up early as normal on Saturday and the weather was a bit hit & miss and news soon came through that the Saintes birds were heldover but the Kingsdown birds were away at 0745hrs for this 89 mile race, so a quick work out give an eta of 89 minutes so we were looking for arrivals at just before 0915hrs.

So the lofts were all cleaned, drinkers refreshed and then i went back to the house to make a cup of tea, headed back up to the loft only to find our “05” & “46” cocks already there........ and it was only 0900hrs, so they had seriously shifted. A quick work out saw that these birds were making velocities of more than 1950ypm which i didn’t predict, so we were well out of the running for this race.

10th Race Weekend, Kingsdown 18/06/11.
At the club the members had enjoyed a good race and from this Kingsdown race the result was a superb one for R & P Habgood who took the first three positions, with Rob having 4 birds drop together (the other won the Ferndale club, so a hell of a days racing), Rob recorded 3 blue hens on roundabout, firstly a yearling then a 2yr old followed by another yearling to achieve velocities of 2027.946, 2027.946 and 2025.150 in 4th club was M/M Roy & Shiela Titcombe who timed a yearling red ch cock on widowhood to record 2024.248

So it was back up on the Sunday to await calls regarding the Saintes birds, news soon came though to say they were away at 6am in a light west turning stronger on the channel, i had to go to Bristol first thing so it was a nervous few hours but i thought it would be nine hours for this area giving an eta of 3pm for a good one. I left Bristol at 1330hrs and arrived home at 1425hrs and went straight upto the loft connected the clock and let the remaining old birds out for excercise, then went back to the house to put the kettle on.

I was back at the loft and sat in my chair by 1435hrs, the old birds were obviously enjoying themselves and it was a pleasure to watch them they finally decided to land on the loft at just after 1450hrs and yes would you believe it there was my little blue hen from Saintes, she quickly dropped and entered to be recorded at 14.51.37, she was tired and had obviously come through rain, i was very pleased with her efforts. It wasn’t until 1510 when our next arrival appeared “our combine cock” who still flew round for over 5 minutes and you could see he was tired but he still wouldn’t land, this was caused by an hawk strike which he witnessed a few weeks ago. Our next arrived just before 4pm and again she had given her all.

At the club that night it was a good result for ourselves taking the first three positions, with our 2yr old blue gaby vandenabeele hen (dtr of our good “33” cock, previous double combine winner) with a velocity of 1315.9 (early indications based on provisional times are that she is looking like winning the federation) our next arrival was our very good 2yr old cheq “combine” cock to record 1255.0 and finally our 3yr old cheq gaby vandenabeele hen to record 1163.7, Ray Page was 4th cub timing a 3yr old blue cock on 1141.3

We have a weekend off next week as we wont be sending to the scheduled Kingsdown race on 25th June, we will get some ready for the Carentan race on the 2nd July and a few for Bergerac on the 8th July then thats the old birds finished. Then we have a blank weekend on the 16th July with the first young bird races starting on the 23rd.

I am seriously considering not racing the youngsters this season with the Wilts fed, i will just train them down to the coast and maybe send as trainers with the Solent or BBO fed on a couple of occasions to get them used to being basketed overnight and having to break from a batch. If you remember i was only going to give my main team of youngsters 3 races anyhow and to be honest i don’t want them to pick up the line from the west country into Swindon as the land racing doesn’t interest me as much as the short to middle distance channel races which come up from the southerly route not the west as the land racing. I will condition the gold ring/breeder buyer youngbirds for the Triple chance classic race on August bank holiday Monday from Truro which will probably be their first competitive race but trust me the survivors will have had a good training regime and be fit & ready for this race. At this moment we still have 5 breeder/buyer birds which are a cheq pd hen bred by Ashtree’s lofts, cheq pd hen from R&S Titcombe, cheq hen from R&P Habgood, cheq hen bred by Steve Bennett and a cheq cock bred by AE Wheeler, i will then turn back the returnee’s from this race back into the combine event from Carentan.

11th Race Weekend, Kingsdown 25/06/11.
We decided to give this one a miss, but at the club the members had enjoyed a good race dodging the showers which were around, the birds were liberated at 1220hrs in west south westerly wind and it was a brilliant result for sprint ace Ken Thorpe who took the first four positions with his widowhood cocks, firstly a yearling blue on 1774.593, followed by two red cheqs first a yearling on 1728.6, then a 2yr old on 1727.6 and finally another yearling blue cock, these four all from Ken’s established and proven Staf van reet and redfox Janssen familes, well done Ken top racing.

Well that’s it for this week, try hard, work harder, be happy and good returns.

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