Cape Town possesses, at one time one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Table Mountain, as well as the Famous Wine Route and the surrounding picturesque beaches.
The route chosen to train and race the pigeons on was the N7 which leads to Namibia. This is a very challenging route even in Winter/Spring when traditional racing occurs. November to January temperatures are normally high 20’s to lower 30 degrees and the predominant winds blowing is South Easterly, which would mean a headwind for the pigeons. Which makes it a very challenging route and task for the pigeons.
The loft was an existing loft that was taken over to run this new event from. The premises also house an onsite Avian Veterinarian. Which enables regular testing. We also have a very good trainer with many years of experience in Cape Town and being successful himself in racing. This can surely be seen by this season past results.
Pigeons were imported from Germany, Romania, Denmark, Switzerland as well as from many local South African entrants.
The loft closed for intake 30 September 2019 and homing and loft training started in all earnest. Road training started Mid November, and one month later we were ready for Hotspot1 on 22nd December. From the original intake we had 73% go to HS1, 70% to HS2, 67% to HS3 and 60% to the Final.
In the final 82% returned of basketed, which is also 49% of original intake. The 3 Hotspots went off without a hitch, which saw most races between 1200/1300 velocities, and birds falling groups
HotSpot1 – 150 km
HotSpot2 – 250 km
HotSpot3 – 350 km
Final – 470 km
Because of the unaccustomed weather conditions this time of year, the final was much faster than expected 1503 velocity for the winning pigeon. With 8 pigeons on the drop.
Congratulations to all the prize winner especially the top 8 and the top 3 ace birds. 2 South Africans in the top 8 which was very good. Interestingly only 3 of the top 3 prize winners over the 3 x Hotspots made it back from the final, all 3 South Africans.
Special mention must go to the Final Winner 543 of Hans Broebech (Denmark) which is also 5th Ace Bird and the Average winner 285 of Andreas Moeller who was 3rd Final and was leading the averages before the Final.
Andreas Moeller also took 4th position. This is excellent results. 285 and the 2nd pigeon 147 of Helios had no 10th flight on the final!
As mentioned many times, yes we have had an easy tour with mostly higher velocities on the Hotspots and Final, but this is out of the norm it will not be case next year for sure.
Top 5 Final winners attached which includes the 1st and 2nd Ace Bird as well as pedigrees.
The first 32 pigeons were auctioned on Toppigeon.co.za, and included the top10 Ace Birds. The Ave Ace Bird of Andreas Moeller sold for R80 000.
Auction2 has also been completed, and Auction3 is busy underway closing 4 March on Toppigeon.co.za.
I thank all entrants for supporting us in the first year from the bottom of my heart. We really appreciate it and hope for your support again in the next edition.
Please tell your friends, fellow fanciers, acquaintances and urge them to enter and join/support this race. We want to grow this loft and race so we are putting everything back into the it to make it bigger and better each year.
I was also approached by PIPA to auction the top20 pigeons for 2021 on PIPA. There will be a race/loft report on PIPA also soon.
Because we can only take 650 pigeons it will be a matter of first come/paid, first served. This is 162 teams of 4.
We are very happy with how the first season went, and look forward to the next edition. The support and feedback from all quarters has been very positive. We aim to have at least 400 paid entries in 2021 which will enable us to pay out over R1m / 65 000EUR / 74 000US$ in total Prizemoney which consists of 40 positions for the final, 3 x HS of 4 prizes each, and a top 3 Ace Bird Average prizes.
Denmark 16 March to 17 April. 27 April to 28 May. & 8 June to 9 July.
60 EURO per pigeon
USA 15 April to 15 May
70 US $ per pigeon
Team is now 4 pigeons. 1 paid and 3 reserves.
Reserves now also R5000/312 EUR or 350 US$
EURO Entry will now be 312 EUR = 350 US$ = R5000 for primary entries payable prior or on delivery of pigeons
NO perch fees! NO forced activation fees prior to HS1 or Final!
Final 470km – 23 January 2021
MC Hansen – Denmark
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W Waldow – Germany
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Midlands Lofts (Jaco Venter/Gavin Thompson) – KZN
Anton Schonken – Northern Cape/Eastern Cape/Freestate
Stefan Brill - Gauteng Agent/Shipper
Loft Video/Interview Race Director – Emile Slabber
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