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Le Tour Des Maritimes Invitational Testing Station

 2007 Summary

 

 The Challenge

Le Tour Des Maritime Invitational Testing Station (TTS) is a series of 9 races.  This year the birds flew a total of 2430 km over one of the most challenging courses in Canada.  This is mostly a head wind course and because of the nature of the geography for the last 3 races, the birds, unless they fly over water have to fly considerably further than they are credited.  Just flying all 9 races and arriving home is an accomplishment.  Flying all races in race time can be described as an outstanding achievement.  This year the birds were challenged several times with strong wind conditions.

In my opinion this has been one of the most competitive Le Tour Series ever.  After 9 races, 2430 km and over 41 hours of flying just over an hour separates the top 10 birds, less than 3 hours separates the top 20 birds and less than 5 hours separates the top 30 birds.  The big separation occurred after the Antigonish race (370 km) where a third of the birds arrived the next day.

Map of the Course   Provided by Nelson Paw   Note: The New Glasgow release was replaced by 2 Truro releases and the Sydney race point was replaced by St Peters on Cape Breton Island.

2007 Facts

- 96 entries of which 74 began racing and 58 were still in the loft at the end of the series
- 53 birds flew the series in race time
- birds received no medication until training began
- birds were flown on the light system
- birds were only exercised in the morning for approximately 1 hour
- birds received 10 training tosses before racing began at 107 km
- once racing began the birds received no training but their 1 hour daily exercise
- birds flew 9 races totaling 2430 km during a period of less than 6 1/2 weeks
- birds flew the last 5 races  totaling 1850 km (1156 miles) in a period of less than 4 weeks
- birds flew the last 3 races totaling 1220 km (762 miles) in a period of 13 days
- 56 birds out of 60 shipped flew 450 km on the day
- this is a predominantly head wind course, the prevailing winds are from the NW
- the birds had to fly in strong wind conditions several times
- flying velocities ranged from 900 m/m to 1219 m/m for an average of 995.5 m/m

Andrew Skrobot    (506) 546 2073     email

 

Shipping Details

-All shipping costs will be the responsibility of the buyer.  This may include the shipping crate.
-Where convenient and possible shipments may be doubled up at the buyers' request.
-Birds will be shipped by Westjet were possible otherwise Air Canada will be used.
-Due to logistical problems I am only able to ship to Canadian destinations.
-Birds will be shipped to buyers after the auction is over which should be in December.

Click on Eye to go to Details of Bird's Performance.

Part 1

1st - 07 HC 369 2nd - 07 ORI 42 3rd - 07 CU 21156 4th - 07 CU 22423 5th - 07 ORI 46 6th - 07 TBY 812
7th - 07 CU 0234 8th - 07 CU 0231 9th - 07 BORD 7737 10th - 07 CU 21157 11th - 07 CU 18316 12th - 07 HC 368
13th - 07 CU 0232 14th - 07 CU 18312 16th - 07 CU 21177 18th - 07 CU 21165 19th - 07 CU 21164 20th - 07 SL 684
21st - 07 CU 24956 22nd - 07 STAN 11 23rd - 07 STAN 179 24th - 07 CU 13513 25th - 07 HC 367 26th - 07 CU 18313
27th - 07 HC 357 28th - 07 CU 230 29th - 07 CU 21172 30th - 07 TBY 818 31st - 07 CU 21127 32nd - 06 CU 21180

Part 2 will be uploaded to the Tour Testing Station Auction page on Saturday November 10.

Part 2

33rd - 07 SL 668 34th - 07 CU 24951 35th - 07 CU 24948 36th - 07 CU 24958 37th - 07 STAN 44 38th - 07 TBY 826
39th - 07 TBY 824 40th - 07 ORI 41 41st - 07 CU 228 42nd - 07 CU 13572 43rd - 07 CU 22422 44th - 07 CU 21182
46th - 07 CU 21195 47th - 07 ORI 43 48th - 07 CU 21173 49th - 07 CU 21160 50th - 07 SL 693 51st - 07 STAN 230
   
52nd - 07 CU 24960 55th - CU 21176 56th - 07 CU 0235 57th - 07 SL 662