Messac 2012 - Saturday 12th May 2012
Marking Thursday 10th May
Racepoint (code: 5029) Messac, Messac Gare
Coordinates: 47°49'54,00/01°48°53,00 West
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Thursday 10th May 2012.
The Channel Islands entry suffered a devastating attack from a fox while in transit to the marking station. This has resulted in the loss of many very good pigeons.
Saturday 12th May 2012 0720
The weather is clear, spoken to our convoyer we have sunshine at the liberation site, we have North East winds in France, turning North in the channel and north westerly on the coast.
We are awaiting another hour for the sun to warm up a little, and will update shortly.
Clare and Mark
Saturday 12th May 2012 at 0800hrs in a north east wind.
Sec. Mem. Birds.
A 40 339
B 44 289
C 36 277
D 30 243
E 14 65
F 0 0
G 8 56
Weather for Pigeon Fanciers.
At long last the weather for this Saturday presented us with good conditions for racing which is long overdue. During Friday night high pressure moved over northern France and England stabilising the weather resulting in a fine conditions for Saturday. Clear skies allowing long sunny periods was the general picture at first light. Winds light from the northwest over England early on veered to a more northerly by mid morning. Over northern France wind direction light from north north east but over the channel fresher reaching force 3 or 4. Visibility as far as the eye can see due to the quality air drawn off the Atlantic Ocean. So an excellent day for racing with as usual wind direction deciding where the winners are timed in.
(if you cannot see the Result displayed below Click HERE)
Top 5 in each Section
Provisional Result Mapped and grouped by Velocity.
To view detailed Map Click HERE.
For this, our second race of the 2012 programme, we had a total of 178members entered 1279 birds into this Messac National.
Section A 40 members sent 329birds Section B 43 members sent 274 birds
Section C 36 members sent 263birds Section D 30 members sent 243birds
Section E 14 members sent 65 birds Section F 0 members sent 0 birds
Section G 8 members sent 55 birds Section H 7 members sent 50 birds
The British Barcelona Club, would like to pass on deepest sympathy to our Channel Island members over the devastating events of the evening of Wednesday 9th May. A number of our Channel Island members had sent over an entry of 50 birds to compete in the Messac National, they had loaded the birds onto a ferry as they have done for many years and sent across to the mainland, the events of the evening are unknown at present, but the devastating consequences are, at sometime during the night/early hours a fox got access to the crates on the docks/warehouse resulting in carnage and the loss of many outstanding birds.
Our thoughts are with you at this heartbreaking time.
XC Weather windmaps on Liberation day, shown above, highlight the north east winds in France turning northerly in the channel as the birds approach the UK and then north westerly when they hit the south coast which would indicate a hard race.
1st, 2nd & 4th Open, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Section E - Mr E Jones, Telford, vels: 1106, 1101 & 1081ypm
What an outstanding team performance by Eric, (Eric is centre of the photo) the overall race winner and 1st Open BBC National, GB08A47294, is a 4yr old blue busschaert cock through lines from Dave Ellams & Graham Bailey, he was fully fancied and pooled in this race, he is a previous top performer for Eric being a winner of Bordeaux BBC 6th section E 128th open, Poitiers BBC 1st section E 59th open, Carentan BBC 6th section E 134th open, Vire BBC 2nd section E 47th open & Tours Midlands National 20th section SW 78th open.
2nd Open National, GB10Z18289, was a 2yr old (cheq cock held by Graham Bailey (Captain) on the right of the photo), again a previous winner of Carentan BBC 3rd section 87th open. He is a Busscheart/Soontjen, lines from Neville Broadhurst and Tommy Edwards.
4th Open National GB08N43297, was a blue cock held by Barry Jones (left on photo), this 4yr old cock has had the following result; Carentan BBC 1st section E, he is a Cattrysse lines from Colin Lloyd.
A truly remarkable performance for this winning team, who clocked 3 birds within 13 minutes flying over 337miles on a very testing day.
3rd & 7th Open, 1st & 3rd Section C - G Clift, Tirley, vels: 1085 & 1066ypm.
Graham timed two great birds, both yearlings, from his base family from the lines of Steven Van Breeman.
The first bird from Messac is from the 7th Open hen and a Van Breeman cock, Graham entered 22 birds and had 19 back, clocking another 6 birds within 30 mins of the first. He races his birds from a 50ft long Petron loft flying both cocks and hens on widowhood.
The birds are hopper fed on Versele Laga Super Star Plus and he commenced the season with 36 pairs. Since retiring last year he can spend much more time with the birds and the decision was made to compete more often in national races BBC, NFC and CSCFC.
His love has always been long distance racing and he has invested in some of the very best bloodlines from top pigeons of Brian Denney, Crowley and Green and Geoff and Catherine Cooper. He has 25 pairs at stock, his lifelong friend George Harding manages the stock birds from his address and does a great job breeding approx 70 ybs for racing and currently has a back up of a further 45 ybs should Graham experience losses with the race team.
Although the first new introductions were purchased as latebreds in 2009 the offspring have already started to show their worth winning top Fed positions and from the first CSCFC Carentan race last week, 7th Open from circa 2400 birds.
Although the Messac race tested the birds they all returned in excellent condition a testiment to the convoyer and the BBC.
5th Open, 4th Section E - P & S Harris & Daughter, Telford, vel: 1070ypm.
He purchased some of the principle pigeons from the clearance sale of Matt Rakes in Blackpool several years ago; they have been excellent middle distance pigeons and won from the word go.
He puchased two janssen hens from the clearance sale of Ron Davies of Bristol as a cross both having been 5th and 7th Open in the BBC.
The winner of 4th
Section E is a 3yr old
Cheq cock “08”,
actually won the
section in the first BBC
National 2 weeks ago.
His sire is a Verheye, a
gift bird from their
friend the late Tommy
Edwards from his top
cock “700” sire of
“Blue Cock” 12x1st
4x1st fed for Tommy.
Dam of “08” is a
Soontjen purchased at
This cock was again
well fancied to collect
some pool money to
add to its section
6th Open, 2nd Section C - B J Lock, Worcester, vel: 1069ypm.
This 3yr old, GB09P46737, flying 303mile in 8hr 18mins
8th & 10th Open, 5th & 6th Section E - M Hughes, vels: 1065 & 1062ypm.
Now here we have another quality team performance from an entry of only 3 birds, clocking 2 within 2 minutes, first bird is a yearling followed by a 5yr old, GB07E15319 .
9th Open, 1st Section B - Owers Bros, vel: 1064ypm.
This 2yr old, GB10N98504, was flying 202 miles in 5hr 35min, unfortunately I have not been able to get any details from the winners.
Other Section Winners:-
Section A, 1st - P Abrook, Cowes, vel: 1011ypm.
Another 2yr old flying 202 miles in 5hr 50mins, Mr Abrook had some major issues with his ets system, but thanks to Ray Knight at Unikon, this was easily remedied enabling the bird to receive its right reward.
Section A, 2nd - Berry & Matthews, New Milton, vel: 1009ypm.
Again a 2yr old flying 203 miles in 5hr 54min
Section A, 3rd - J Fulford, Salisbury, vel 996ypm
James clocked a 6yr old flying 226 miles in 6hr 39min.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Attril, Salisbury for his honesty and integrity as we had some issues with some of John’s birds on the ETS with a couple not recording or unallocated which resulted in a marking error. Unfortuately John had to leave marking before his birds were put through, so these unallocated birds were returned home with a bird that was actually race marked, as soon as John got home he rang me to notify me of this error, which is credit to the man, thanks John.
Section B, 2nd - B & D Young, Bournemouth, vel: 1055ypm.
The winner of 2nd Section B, GB09E38036, is a 3yr old 202 miles in 5hr 37min
Section B, 3rd - Mr & Mrs Wiffen, Dorchester, vel: 1052ypm.
The winner of 3rd Section B is a 2yr old 201miles in 5hr 37min.
Section D, 1st - PJ Wells, Dunstable, vel: 969ypm.
The winner of 1st Section D, GB08A00682, is a 4yr old Janssen crossed DePrut widowhood hen flying the 286mile in 8hr 39min
Section D, 2nd - R Alty, Stevenage, vel: 959ypm.
The winner of 2nd section D is a great yearling, one of only two entries into this Messac race flying its 289 miles in 8hr 51min.
Section D, 3rd - I & D Holt, Chesham, vel: 954ypm.
The winner of 3rd Section D, GB10C36650, is a quality bird, a winner of 3rd section D BBC Carentan National 2 weeks ago as well as previous winnings of 1st Club, 4th Fed Carentan, 2nd UBI Combine Poitiers, 422nd NFC Fougeres and 307th NFC Saintes last year as a yearling in the four cross channel events he competed in. He has started 2012 in the same veign with his first channel crossing of the year bringing home 3rd section and another 3rd section here, certainly a racer with a big future.
Section G, 1st - P Hughes, Chichester, vel: 918ypm.
The winner of 1st Section G, this was only the birds 2nd race, due to work commitments, and is a late bred off his old family.
Section G, 2nd - D E Farr, Bognor Regis, vel: 850ypm.
The winner of 2nd Section G, GB09A01117, is a 3yr old flying the 211miles in 7hr 18min.
Section G, 3rd - J A Akmenkalns, Barnham, vel: 813ypm.
The winner of 3rd Section G is a 2yr old flying the 214 miles in 7hr 43min.
Again I ask that those who do verify a pigeon but then find out you are a little behind, please please give the secretaries a quick call, text or email, just to let them know that you are not returning your clocking sheets, you will be amazed how helpful this is, always write your club number on any cheques and which marking station you have used on your clock envelope.
Please ensure all your entries, clock sheets and anything related to the Club come through to us, Mark & Clare Brown, 16, Inholmes Common, Woodlands St.Mary, Hungerford, RG17 7SX as we still have a lot of info going to past secretaries which just delays things.
That’s it for this one, best of luck to all competitors in the Niort National