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Smooth Final Race for the 2024 Edition of the Derby Arona Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest island of the Canary Islands where about 6 million tourists flock annually to enjoy all the delights the island has to offer.

What many tourists may not know is that for many years, it has been the venue for a special pigeon event, namely the Derby Arona One Loft Race. A pigeon race over the sea, which is also the biggest challenge the pigeons have to face. The final race is only 250 km, but the pigeons have to fly from the island of Fuerteventura over Gran Canaria to Tenerife, and not every pigeon can make it.

This year, they started with around 1,100 pigeons from many different European countries. After several weeks of training and also some overseas releases from Gran Canaria, it was finally time last weekend: time to play the Final race.

On Saturday, March 23, 2024, exactly 322 pigeons took off for this final, and the pigeons were released in calm weather at 7:30 a.m.

The expectation was to see the first pigeons landing around 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., but we were pleasantly surprised when 3 pigeons arrived from the right direction at 10:33 a.m. Without any hesitation, they rushed into the loft, making the top 3 a reality. After a few minutes, about 25 pigeons were clocked, and within a good half-hour, a hundred had arrived, so it's fair to say that it was a smooth final.

The honor went to Geert and Koen Couvreur this edition, the always cheerful brothers from Bassevelde in East Flanders, who once again put Belgian pigeons on the map. Belgium has been the winner of this One Loft Race multiple times.

Here's the top 3:

  1. Belgium Team Bass  (Geert and Koen Couvreur) - Name of the pigeon: Jenka
  2. England  Team D and S Field - Name of the pigeon: Pheonix
  3. England Team R.J. Sarnia - Name of the pigeon: Suzi

Video winner

The head of the winner: Jenka.
The wing of Jenka

You can find the complete results on the website of Derby Arona Tenerife.

Video Team Highfield Lofts

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Below are some atmospheric images from this successful edition.

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