Pi­geon rac­ing tight

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Rac­ing Pi­geon Club is mid­way through its race pro­gram for 2019 and an over­all cham­pi­onship is a close tus­sle be­tween club pres­i­dent Terry Brauer and last year’s cham­pion flier John Muszki­eta.

Af­ter last week­end’s race both mem­bers are on equal ag­gre­gate points.

Satur­day’s race was again from Coomah, NSW, a road­side stop mid-way be­tween Mil­dura and Bro­ken Hill. A strong northerly wind gust­ing up to 35kmh re­sulted in another ex­cep­tion­ally fast race.

Lead­ing pi­geons av­er­aged 1920 me­tres a minute, which meant they av­er­aged 115kmh for the 425km flight. Rac­ing pi­geons typ­i­cally av­er­age 72kmh with­out the in­flu­ence of the wind.

The two lead­ing pi­geons homed to the lofts of two mem­bers in the Haven district.

Af­ter three hours and 40 min­utes of flight, the race was de­cided by half a sec­ond. Leigh Arnott’s win­ning pi­geon won by the lit­eral ‘split sec­ond’ from Bill Har­ti­gan’s lead­ing en­try.

The nar­row mar­gin is re­flected in the av­er­age speed flown by both pi­geons, which is cal­cu­lated by the av­er­age num­ber of me­tres flown per minute. Both pi­geons ex­celled given the strong northerly be­ing about one and a half min­utes ahead of the next three mem­bers’ lead­ing birds. Com­pe­ti­tion results: Leigh Arnott, in a fly­ing time of 3 hours 41 mins and 16 sec­onds, which av­er­aged 1920.12 me­tres a min­utes 1; Bill Har­ti­gan, whose loft is shorter, 3.39.55, 1920.55 2; Gra­ham El­bourne, 3.41.29, 1908.63 3; John Ais­bett, 3.41.18, 1906.02.

A King Clock award went to John Arnott whose lead­ing pi­geon clocked in af­ter 3 hours 40 mins and 3 sec­onds, how­ever, be­cause it was fly­ing three kilo­me­tres shorter than the win­ner in fact av­er­aged the fifth fastest speed for the time.

Next week­end rac­ing will be from Bro­ken Hill on a north­east line, and from Phillip Is­land and King Is­land on a south­east line.

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