MNFC Bordeaux and Vire Liberation News

Saturday 21st July 2018


There is no liberation

from Bordeaux today.



There is no liberatlion from Vire today.

Good luck to all members.


Vire 2018 Members Sent Birds
East 23 230
East North East 17 138
East SE 16 167
North 40 482
North Central  13 143
North East 33 345
North NW 30 222
North West 41 447
South Centre 43 416
South East 56 585
South West 50 555
West 40 349
Totals 402 4079


Bordeaux 2018 Members Sent Birds
East 21 75
East North East 8 22
East SE 10 52
North 11 34
North Central  6 15
North East 19 65
North NW 17 53
North West 20 77
South Centre 27 110
South East 34 170
South West 31 132
West 36 100
Totals 240 911


 Please note the Abbey Clock Station (3) will be striking Vire clocks after 10.00PM

Good luck to all competitors.

Race Secretary, Jon Dodd

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Midlands National Flying Club Forced to Substitute Fougeres to Portsmouth 

Mr Leitch

A Clear Win for Cosby’s D & J Leitch

I suppose that in view of the weather predictions it was no real shock to be informed on Monday after the third day of holdovers with very little likelihood of a release the following morning that the decision was made to bring the pigeons back to England as the prospects of getting the convoy away on the Tuesday morning in this country were far more likely. This proved to be the case with the flaps dropping at 7.15 am into blue skies and with a light North Easterly breeze blowing.

 Let’s make no bones about this one, no one either plans or wants our race programme to be interrupted with substitute inland races and a few have voiced their opinion on the subject but in my mindthe people who were controlling the race who made the decisionon this occasion to bring the birds closer to home got it right with the pigeons welfare being considered to be of the greatest importance. A cancelled channel race is always a big disappointment but when all is said and done the majority of the members birds live now ‘to fight another day’. I believe that hadconditions been cooler and the winds more favourable then the birds would have remained in France a little longer to try and get a cross channel raceI’m pretty sure that the organisations who took the gamble and released over the weekend are now in the mainrueing their decision as none of them enjoyed a particularly good race and a couple that I am aware of havesuffered what can only be described as disastrous losses.Highlighting the fact that conditions in Northern France were poor was further endorsed when the Antwerp Union brought their middle distance pigeonsback home after two days holdover and with little chance of liberation in the immediate days due to thunderstormsenroute

 On now to the actual race and the event certainly had a ‘silver lining’ for D & J Leitch who now actually only consists of the son Derekas his dad sadly passed away a few years ago. Derek clocked his first arrival a two year old widower cock at just one minute after 10 am to record a velocity of 1246 and provisionally wins 1st Open. The bird is of Vandenabeele x Janssen breeding and I’m told that he has been a solid but unspectacular performer that was until this race. I will get more information forthe full report.

 As is the norm with my reports I won’t mention any other names until the result is finalised but it was pleasing to see some of the longer flyers appearing so highly on the attached leaderboard

As ever please send your birds details to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if your name is in the first four placings in your section.

                                                                                            Mike Lakin

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