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Race 13 Report

As they say in the classics….thirteen, lucky for some….The penultimate race in the 14-race AFRIKAPRO series was held yesterday from 201km.

We are currently in the midst of a heatwave in Limpopo, Gauteng and the Free State and temperatures have maxed out at over 35 degrees for the last few days and are expected to continue to be this high until Wednesday next week.

Yesterday, the pack was liberated at 6:20 in 20 degrees Celsius and calm conditions. In customary fashion the pack set off straight away, this time not even making half a turn.

Predictions on the winning velocity varied from as slow as 1250m/min to over 1450m/min. As we have seen before, it is not only wind that influences the speed, but temperature as well.

The winning pack of about 20 arrived at 8:55 and “ALAN” entered by Schalk Germishuys walked away with first prize at 1312.867m/min. Congratulations to Schalk with this top class performance against the world’s best.

For once there was no fancier with more than one pigeon in the first pack and our Fancier of the Race prize went to a well-known name at AFRIKAPRO….very well done to the duo of Koekemoer and Joe Gomes with their “Agnola” (3rd) and “Angele” (40th) who managed to beat the team of J Hooymans by 2 seconds.

As expected there were sone changes on the various leaderboards but the top spots in both the Black and Blue Jacket rankings remained the same with Du Preez and Deetlefs still leading Johan King by over 21 minutes.

In the Blue Jacket, Lex Webster’s “Gamebreaker Boss” is also still leading “Cyclone” from Du Preez and Deetlefs by 10 minutes.

The Grande Finale is now less than a week away and things are abuzz with excitement around the AFRIKAPRO offices with all the arrangements for the events of next week now in full sway.

We again want to extend a warm invitation to all participants and fanciers in general to join us for the basketing at the lofts and of course the Final which will be broadcast in the Sun City Superbowl.

We are watching the weather with some trepidation as it currently looks like some bad weather with rain is expected for next weekend.

We are looking forward very much to an event which will be entertaining and exciting for all of you but want to also make it clear that the well-being of the pigeons are always our first priority.

We want to make 100% sure that our Final is a tough but fair test for your champions and we certainly do not want the weather to be the decider in determining the winners.

We will keep everyone informed about the times and dates on a regular basis from Monday onwards. Good luck to everyone for the last week in the 2023 season - it’s been quite a ride so far and we are in for even more excitement during the next few days!

To view the flying routes of the tracker pigeons on Race 13, please see the following:

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