First of all I just want to thank Martha van Geel (FCI) for the opportunity to be part of the Carnival City One Loft Race. It was a great honour and pleasure. I hope the following report will be sufficient and meet your standards.
On my arrival on Friday the 11th of January 2013 at Carnival City One Loft Race, for the basketing, my first impression was that there is onstantly controlled management because of the neatness and tidiness of the lofts.
The pigeons were basket in a very controlled and secure environment and all the data was displayed on a screen during the whole process. There were between seventeen (17) and eighteen (18) pigeons put into a basket (the baskets can take up to thirty five (35) pigeons). As soon as the baskets were filled they were loaded onto the Transport Vehicle. The baskets was then, under my supervision, sealed and noted by Mr. Herman van Rensburg. Three hundred and twelve (312) pigeons was basket for the race and one pigeon was left at home because of his general fitness. The basketing list was immediately emailed to Martha van Geel, Vincente Prats and Attila Petho. Mr. Herman van Rensburg locked up both sides of the Transport vehicle with padlocks to ensure that no one can open or tamper with the pigeons. The transport vehicle departed at approximately 13h00. On their way to race point (Glen 357 km) they stopped once to give the pigeons some water. On arrival at overnight destination (Plover Cottage) the pigeons were given food and water.
Saturday 12 January 2013 at approximately 04h50 the pigeons were given water again. The Pigeons was liberated at 05h35. All the pigeons were airborne without any complications. All necessary documents was completed and signed at liberation point.
At 11h01 the first eleven (11) pigeons arrived and were kept separately to confirm the data on the clocking system. All the data of the eleven (11) pigeons correlated. At 11h03 the second group of twelve 12 pigeons arrived and was also kept separately for controlled measurements. The results was emailed to Martha van Geel, Vincente Prats and Attila Petho.
The FCI and the Hotspot winner of the day is a Blue Bar Cock, DV 07755 2012 754. The first three (3) Owners are invited to The National Prize Giving (Gala Night) on the 6th of April 2013 at 18h30 held at the Emerald Casino Resort.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Herman van Rensburg for the effort that he puts into this precious sport and the relations that he built nationwide.