Pierre Dordin (Harnes, FR) studied the influence of location, wind and deviation from flight route on the results – Part I

In the middle of the previous century the pharmacist Pierre Dordin conducted a study into the influence of location, crosswind, deviation from the flight line, the disadvantage of short distance flights etc.

In January 1950 I met a small, sturdy and energetic fancier in Paris; I think he was about 50 years old. His name was Pierre Dordin. He was a pharmacist in Harnes (Pas de Calais) and chairman of the French Commission Sportive Nationale. He was in the company of Raymond Masurel, Eduard Roussel and Robert Sion (the son of a famous father), three textile entrepreneurs from the north-western industrial area and avid pigeon fanciers. The three played an important role in the French federation.

Pierre Dordin and caretaker

Dordin and I were jury members at the national exhibition of Vincennes, a suburb of Paris known for its military academy and its horse race track. Mr Masurel had held a banquet for his guests in an exclusive restaurant at the Champs-Elysées and I happened to sit next to the pharmacist. He explained to me that the system of calculating your own speed, used in pigeon racing, was not good. He was planning to prove his point in the summer of ’50 through an experiment. Dordin had been a fancier since 1926. Before the war he mainly used the bloodlines of Hansenne (Verviers) and Commine (Leers-Nord).

After twelve years of close inbreeding, he had a number of great successes and in ’38 he was rewarded for his efforts with a first important victory: the first national prize from Morcenx. This race is very popular in France; you could compare it to St. Vincent in The Netherlands. The difference is that the race from France has a few thousand more pigeons in the race.

Dordin did well in pigeon racing after the war as well. In 1949 he managed to win Morcenx for the second time in his career, despite the fact that his pigeons were housed in a very poorly equipped loft. The name of the loft, Villa Patience (house of patience) was an apt name: the entire construction was made of concrete, both on the inside and the outside. Regularly the walls were damp and the floor was never dry either. His long distance pigeons must have had a great adaptability and a great health to be able to win prizes, let alone first national prizes in these circumstances. André Février, a pigeon fancier and a slipper manufacturer from Wavrain said: “If he builds a loft with decent ventilation and a waterproof roof he will be winning one race after the other in no time.”

André proved to be right. Pierre built himself a new loft and he basketed his pigeons for the national from Libourne in ’53, where he had seven pigeons in the top ten! Masurel and Dordin had agreed years ago that the system of ‘Own Speed’ was not correct and it needed to be replaced by a different system. It was the formula of the system that was not correct and that inevitably led to mistakes: distance divided by time equals own speed. The fact that the necessary reforms would actually be disadvantageous to Masurei and Dordin did not keep them from implementing a new system.

The first important step was an adaptation of the old Belgian system and the Henderickx system. In the summer of ’50 an attempt was made to find out to what extent the pigeons were blown off course on their way home due to cross winds. In addition they wanted to collect data about the number of pigeons being killed by electric wires and they also tried to map the route that the pigeons followed in the different races. They were even planning to follow the pigeons on their way home by plane. These experiments have all been carried out. In late 1950 several French and Belgian pigeon magazines reported about these “Expériences Colombophiles” of Dordin and his assistants.


Doe dit ook al sinds 1973...
Blijkbaar vinden ze bij de kbdb nog altijd dat ze het beter weten...
Veel is er in elk geval niet verandert sinds 1920.

Am I missing something. There is no information here except a historical reference to something that is already mentioned in the title.