2017 Old Bird Schedule and notes

After our Feb. 18 meeting, members voted on the following schedule for the 2017 Old Bird season.

We will hire the Louisville Club to haul our birds. Shipping is Friday night for Saturday races with exceptions on the 400 and 500.

4/22/2017       140   GOODLETTSVILLE
4/29/2017       140   GOODLETTSVILLE
5/6/2017         200   COLUMBIA
5/13/2017       200   COLUMBIA
5/20/2017       250   DECATUR
5/27/2017       300   ARKADELPHIA
6/3/2017         400   MONTGOMERY
6/4/2017         500   OZARK

THE 400 &500 WILL BE THE SAME WEEKEND. THE 400 LET OUT ON SATURDAY AND THE 500 ON SUNDAY.

Other notes:

  • The distances above are from the release station to Louisville and will be longer for Lex/NKY.
  • For this season only, the club voted to pay members $25 to take our birds to Louisville on shipping nights. Volunteers so far are David Stephenson, Gary Potts and Tony Horn. We are looking for more volunteers.
  • Shipping limit this season is 25 birds.
  • Cost for the season will be in the $50-$60 range PER FLYER depending on how many commit.
  • Our next meeting will be on March 25 at 5 p.m. We will collect race fees at this meeting so please be prepared to commit to flying the 2017 old bird season on this date and bring your fee money with you. Of course, if more people unexpectedly drop from flying, the costs will go up.
  • Young bird auctions will be held on shipping nights of April 29 and May 6. If you bring birds to the auction, you are responsible for the opening bid of $20.

2017 Winter meeting notes

We had a very robust showing at our winter meeting on Jan. 5. I don’t know if it was the lure of pizza or good company, but whatever it was, I hope we can do it again soon.

A few general notes from our meeting:

  • We will be meeting at least once, maybe twice before old bird racing begins in April. When we meet in March, we will be asking for a commitment from the old bird flyers and that they pay their racing fees then. Many flyers are understandably undecided right now, but for the sake of budgeting, we will be asking for payment of fees well in advance of our first race this year.
  • It is possible we could have 6-12 flying members in old birds this year, but we will be more spread out than ever. It will be an interesting challenge for all.
  • We will continue to pursue engaging with the Louisville clubs to combine with them on the longest races.
  • We will be making an effort to hire our own driver in order to alleviate concerns over shipping limits and other questions that come with shipping with another club.
  • We will again have an invitation-only young bird auction race. Auctions will be on old bird shipping nights.
  • If you missed the meeting, please pay your AU dues to Fred ASAP. If you are eligible to buy bands from the club, please also get with Fred ASAP.

 

2016 Young Bird Results

Thanks to everyone for participating in this year’s young bird series. Congratulations to our newest member, Dave Starkey, for winning his first two races!

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2016 Young Bird Schedule

As discussed and voted on during our July 13 meeting:

Sept. 3, 100 miles, Starkey ($100)

Sept. 10, 150 miles, Stephenson ($125)

Sept. 17, 200 miles, Dunaway ($175)

Sept. 24, bye/rain makeup week

Oct. 2 (Sunday!!), 300 mile Auction race, Horn drives ($350)

Oct. 8, 100 miles, Starkey ($100)

Oct. 15, 150 miles, Dunaway ($125)

Oct. 22, 200 miles, Potts ($175)

Our season will cost $1150. The five members racing will pay fees of $230 each before the first race.


 

Other notes from our meeting:

We voted to name our 500 mile races after long-time member Bob Zerkle. The race will be called the Bob Zerkle “it’s not a memorial” 500. (OK, not really, it’s called the Bob Zerkle 500).

Bob also suggested a good weather app called “My Radar”.

We voted to take our leftover $50 from the old bird season to buy a trophy for the 2016 Auction Race winner.

We discussed (via email) the option of changing our shipping limits to 20/25. It has not yet been decided.