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PIPA visits Lanzarote (Canary Islands)

During his holiday on the beautiful volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote, PIPA CEO Nikolaas Gyselbrecht took the time to visit some of the local fanciers to see how they experience pigeon racing.

Lanzarote counts about 200 pigeon fanciers, they have 4 clubs, each of them has averagely 50 fanciers. The numbers of pigeon racers increased in the recent years, 10 years ago there were about 150 pigeon fanciers in Lanzarote.

The total pigeon fanciers population in the Canary Islands is 60 % of the total number of pigeon fanciers all over Spain, so the sport is rather popular over the Islands.

To race pigeons on the Canary Islands, including Lanzarote, is really very tough. The wind is blowing constantly very hard and the landscape is really like the landscape on the moon, a pigeon won't find a pool to drink easily. The longest races are organised up to 500 km, from the Island of Hierro. 420 KM races is the distance to La Palma, 375 KM to La Gomera, 330 KM to Tenerife, 200 KM to Gran Canaria, 120 KM to Fuerteventura. The Canary Islands consists of 2 pigeon federations :
1 - Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife.
2 - Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Every year there is organised in Lanzarote the 7-ISLAS competition. Every fancier in Lanzarote can participate and can send pigeons to 7 different liberation points over the different Canary Islands. The fancier that has his 7 pigeons back averagely the fastest from all liberation points wins.

In the gallery below, you can find pictures taken during the visit.

Comments

Nice report....and nice weather as it seems ^^

The pigeon racing in the Canary Islands is the most difficult of the world. Nice visit!

Congratulations From Morocco

Thanks for an interesting article Nikolaas

amh.almaleke@yahoo.com تحياتي لكم السباقات الحمام في جزر الكناري هي الأكثر صعوبة في العالم