CONGRATULATIONS to the first drop of 10 birds - well done ~~!! They will split the first 10 prizes.
I am very pleased with the performance of the birds today -
The day started off with light NE winds which pushed them a little south, and then a period of tailwinds SE-10mph, and dead calm at the lofts. There were still later groups showing up from the West - which means they took the scenic route home - seems habitual now.
Monday - Open loft
Tuesday - Light 40 mile toss
Wednesday - Loft fly
Thursday - Rest
Friday - ACD350 mile with SW winds side/head winds - I checked multiple apps with no sign of tailwinds - a Champion will be determined ~~!
Stay tuned for race day specifics and complete prize payout info.
Cloudy and 42 deg at release, light NE winds... winds are picking up along the course 7-12 SE is what the Windy App is saying...
best of luck
Payout for the ACD300
ACD300 is on Sunday due to blowhome conditions on Saturday. Sunday looks to be better race speeds with variable SE(tailwinds) and NE (crosswinds) conditions along sections of the course. Hopefully they neutralize each other. 236 birds will make the journey - best of luck ~~!
Today's clocking will be uploaded later as the computer/Wincompanion was powered off.
Birds will be rested tomorrow Saturday, bath and fed at 8am...
ACD300 basketing list to follow...
300 mile payout posted tomorrow ~!!
Birds loft flew this morning for about 45-60 mins - routed well and diving on return - Inventory will be up later tonight. They will be on the road for a 40-60 mile toss in the morning.
Our scheduled ACD300 is this Saturday 15th. We are monitoring the winds - for about 50 miles of the course, there are 15-18mph East winds, and double-digit side/tailwinds along other areas which could spell a 2000 ypm blowhome or serioius overfly and having to counter a 15 mph headwind to get back. As the week progresses, if this does not change - we will move the ACD300 to Sunday 16th - stay tuned here ~~!
Looking ahead - the Final ACD350 is on Friday 21st - and as we cross over into Texas - currently it looks like variable headwinds 5-10mph all the way - WHICH WE WILL BE FLYING ~~!! We do NOT delay races due to reasonable headwinds.
FAST and FURIOUS !!!!!!!!!
At release station 8 mph NE, at the 200m station 10 mph East, at 150 miles 12 mph ESE is what was predicted... at 100 miles from the lofts it was a different story.... the Windy App showed 15-25 E and ESE at 100 miles in ... We were expecting birds around 11:30. They showed up at 10:58 .. Congrats to that 1st drop of 6 that set the pace, and dove for the traps. The last two big groups came straight out of the West (overflew) - not sure how to correct that - it seems habitual now ~! That should set them up for the longer races with the additional wing time over the early arrivals.
I apologize to those that showed up and we were not setup for entertaining. Food and refreshments will be provided on the Final race. There are no planned activities for the pre-races.
We will have the next race on Saturday Dec 15th. Thur-Mon are showing some tailwinds at this point. I want to maintain the momentum and be aggressive by NOT having the birds sitting around more than 5 days between races. This would set us up for having the Final on Friday 21st Dec.
Tuesday - Lockdown/Rest
Wednesday - TBD (Loft fly or 50 miles)
Thursday - 50 miles
Friday - Lockdown
Saturday - ACD300
Basketing List published later tonight....250 is on for 12/10/2018
Rain Thursday night and early Friday morning with cold damp air. Loft flying birds today again with a 50 mile toss Saturday. Rest on Sunday - and we go to 250 on Monday.
Birds are on lock-down today with Vita King Return Combo and to allow any 2nd day birds to clock and rebound.
Thursday - Loft Fly/Bath/Open Loft
Friday - 50 miles
Saturday - 50 miles
Sunday - Locked down
Monday Dec 10 - Next race
CONGRATS to the winners ~~!!!
Release 28 degrees, NE winds < 5mph. Our race course is South East with today's expected winds less than 10 mph variable along the course, clear skies and perfect temperatures. This should have been an easy race (if there is such a thing).
Winds notched up to 14-20 mph East as the morning progressed in Winkelman (60 mile station). The first drop of 23 or so came directly out of the SW which says they were pushed to Tucson (south of us) with the later winds. The 2nd drop came directly out of the West which means they definitely overflew. The later birds were not tired at all - no open mouths or drooping wings. The later ones are definitely in the + column for wingtime.
Thanks to the local lads that helped out with the droppers and came to watch the race and congrats with 2 of them being in the 1st drop (Scott and Jairo).