The SAMDPR is excited to announce that we have now received our import permits for the 2020 race. As many of you will know, over the last few years, we have had extraordinary difficulty in getting our permits on time which has sometimes caused us to reduce our training distances and schedule our Hot Spots to after Christmas. We have spent the last 18 months of so lobbying people and institutions in order to overcome these problems and it would seem that we have succeeded.

What does this mean.....

We will be accepting pigeons between May 13th 2019 and June 28th 2019 in our quarantine lofts in South Africa. Your shippers will shortly be in contact with you to advise on when you need to deliver your pigeons to them and what kind of preliminary vaccinations are required before hand. If you don’t have a shipper, check out the listing on our website. All South African fanciers are welcome to quarantine their pigeons with the international pigeons, which is what we recommend, or to deliver them to us in the first week of August. The choice is yours. Please keep in mind SA pigeons received after quarantine will sit a separate quarantine period before joining the main pack for orientation.

Our lofts will close for quarantine on July 1st 2019 and no latecomers will be admitted.

Quarantine should be lifted on August 1st 2019 and we will then start the homing process. Your pigeons will then benefit from a six month training period, the longest in recent years, in order to get them perfectly prepared for the main race. We have programmed the Hot Spots to start end November from 165 KM graduating up to 308KM for Hot Spot 4 and 350KM for Hot Spot 5. The main race will be on February 1st 2020 from 521KM (Colesberg). However, the main race is more dependant on wing time than distance. Ideally, If the wind is favourable, liberation for the final race can also be at 615KM (Hanover) or 700KM (Richmond) so that the wing time is at least 8.5 hours.

The clock is ticking, make sure that you don’t miss the intake dates and get in touch with your Shipper quickly.

Sara J. Blackshaw

MD Air Sport Internationale SA.

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