Pigeon racing tight
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.