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31st, July / 1st, August ~ This time a TREBLE-header weekend with Barcelona and St. Vincent Internationals along with the longest National race of the year at Bordeaux. The BICC sent 225 pigeons to Barcelona with an additional 140 from the BBC, and at St. Vincent there were 272 UK pigeons. 337 members sent 2217 pigeons to Bordeaux.

Members MUST when verifying at the start of their message please state which race they are verifying for.

Please note amended Hours of Darkness for Bordeaux: – Sunday night 21:15 to Monday morning 5:15. 

Sunday 2nd, August: – 

The B.I.C.C. convoy were liberated at 06:40 into broken cloud and sunshine the convoyer reported that the pigeons cleared the site immediately. Flight path clear with varying cloud formations and good visibility. Winds light from the NNW over France veering to a more westerly direction over the channel.

Good Luck, 

Mark Gilbert & Steve Appleby.


The Hours of Darkness for the two Internationals are shown below

Friday 31/7  5:38   ~  22:29

Saturday 1/8 5:39  ~  22:27

Sunday 2/8  5:41  ~  22:26

Monday  3/8 5:42  ~  22:24

Tuesday 4/8 5:44  ~  22:22

These are Continental times and need a one hour adjustment for UK times.



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