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British Falcon Races 2020

27/09/2020

~  JOIN US FOR THE BRITISH FALCON RACES  ~

Qualifiers will be held on Saturday 26th Sept, Finals on Sunday 27th Sept 2020

Registration for the British Falcon Races closed at midnight on 31st August.
For enquiries please contact us at: [email protected] or on 01793 852115.

Open to competitors, breeders and spectators, the Vowley Racing competition promises to be a highlight of the falconry season!


♦  THE COMPETITION  ♦
The competition tests a falcons’ abilities in both straight line speed and aerial pursuit in an exciting and varied spectacle.

The Vowley Flat Race (Telwah) is a classic 400m straight flight sprint to the lure over level ground, timed between a start and finish beam. The fastest falcon wins!

The Vowley Hunt Race is a simulated hunt of a remote-controlled robotic prey (Wingbeat Roprey), demonstrating the hunting abilities of the falcon; strength and fitness in the climb, speed in the stoop, agility in the chase and accuracy in its footing of the Roprey.

View and download the racing rules:
The General Rules  |  Flat Race  | Hunt Race Rules

Watch the video highlights from the 2019 races on YouTube
View the race results table from 2019: Flat Race | Hunt Race


♦  EVENT SCHEDULE  ♦

SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER | QUALIFIERS

All falcon entries together with their pilots MUST attend the qualifiers at Vowley on Saturday 26th to obtain a qualifying time. This applies for both the Flat race and Hunt race entrants. The 60 fastest falcons from the Flat race, and 30 fastest falcons from the Hunt race will be entered into the final on Sunday 27th September 2020!

Gates will open at 08:30am for a 09:00am start. The Flat race trials will take place in the morning, with the Hunt race trials in the afternoon after lunch.

Wind down afterwards with an evening BBQ on the terrace.

SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER | FINAL
08.30:  Gates open
09.30:  Welcome introduction
10:00:  Flat race final – up to 60 falcons
12.00-13.00:  Lunch
13.00:  Hunt race final – up to 30 falcons
16.30:  Races close
17.00:  Awards ceremony
18.30:  Gates close

PRACTICE DAYS
We encourage all competitors to attend Vowley on Thursday 24th and/or Friday 25th September for an informal practice and a chance to introduce your falcon to the course and local environment. These days are optional.

Please note: the race times on practice days will not count towards qualifying times.

RACE ORDER
Saturday 26th | Qualifiers; The race order for both the Flat race and Hunt race will be randomly selected and announced on Friday 4th September.

Sunday 27th | Final; The order of flying at the final will be the same as the race order at the qualifiers, for reasons of appetite. This applies only for the 60 fastest falcons in the flat race, and 30 falcons in the hunt race. Falcons going through to the final will be announced following the last qualifying flight on Saturday!


♦  PRIZES  ♦
The cash prizes are very kindly sponsored by Dubai Falcon Center.
The Trophy for the Flat race winner is kindly sponsored by Ayama.

Flat Race (Telwah)
First Prize: £5,000 and Trophy
Second Prize: £1,500
Third Prize: £500

Hunt Race (for falconer and pilot)
First Prize: £5,000 and Trophy
Second Prize: £2,000
Third Prize: £1,000


♦  TICKET PRICES FOR THE WEEKEND  ♦
Adult entry: £25.00 per person  |  Child entry: £10.00 per child aged under 16yrs
Falcon entry: £30.00 per falcon, per race entered
Evening BBQ on Saturday: £8.00 per person
Overnight falcon barn accommodation: £10.00 per falcon


♦  DRESS  ♦
High standards of presentation throughout the weekend.


♦  WINGBEAT ROPREY  ♦
We’ve organised an exclusive discount of £100 off a Wingbeat Roprey model purchase (complete set only) for competition entrants!!


♦  FALCON ACCOMMODATION  ♦
There is secure accommodation for 90 falcons on wakrs with 24/7 attendance during the event. There is a specialist falcon veterinary hospital in Swindon (10km), and an official falcon vet will be in attendance.


♦  IMPORTANT INFO  ♦

  • Falcons entered into the Flat race will need a GPS tag to enable efficient tracking and retrieval of falcons.
  • Falcons entered into the Hunt race will be provided with a Microsensory Barometric Altimeter tag with GPS to enable accurate height measurement and efficient tracking and retrieval of falcons.
  • In accordance with UK drone law, all Pilots must hold a valid flyer and/or operator ID. More info can be found at: www.register-drones.caa.co.uk
  • No pets are permitted onsite for falcon safety reasons.

COVID-19

  • If the event is cancelled due to Covid-19, you will be fully refunded.
  • We will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely in the run up to the event. As it stands please bring a suitable face covering.
  • Hand sanitiser will be readily available around the site.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place and we politely ask for your cooperation.
  • If you feel at all unwell, or are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 prior to the event, please do not attend.

2020 event is sponsored by;

                         

 


Complete the form below to purchase your ticket(s) for the weekend event.

Please note, the form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete if you are entering falcons into the races.

 

Entry for the British Falcon Races closed at midnight on 31st August.
For enquiries please contact us on: [email protected] or 01793 852115.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

When will tickets be available for purchase?

Tickets will purchasable on the website from the 7th August 2020 until midnight on 31st August 2020.

How does the competition work?

Once a ticket has been purchased, the falcon must attend the qualifiers on Saturday 26th to obtain a qualifying time.
The 60 fastest from the Flat race, and the 30 fastest falcons from the Hunt race will be entered into the final on 27th September 2020.

 

What order will falcons race in?

Saturday 26th | Qualifiers; The race order for both the Flat race and Hunt race will be randomly selected and announced on Friday 4th September.

Sunday 27th | Final; The order of flying at the final will be the same as the race order at the qualifiers, for reasons of appetite. This applies only for the 60 fastest falcons in the flat race, and 30 falcons in the hunt race. Falcons going through to the final will be announced following the last qualifying flight on Saturday!

Is the event invitation only?

The event is open to all. However, you must purchase a ticket to attend.

Do I need to enter a falcon in order to attend?

A falcon isn’t required to attend the weekend event. We welcome falconers, spectators, breeders and trades.

Can a falcon be entered into both races?

Yes, the same falcon can be entered into both the Flat race and Hunt race.

What falcons can enter the competition?

The races are open to all falcons of any species, sex or age.
While the UK falcon racing scene is in its infancy, the races are open class, meaning falcons of different species compete head to head in the same category.

Do I need to bring my own Wingbeat Roprey model to participate in the Hunt race?

Yes, you are required to bring any of the Wingbeat Roprey models to take part in the Hunt race. The wings and fuselage must be factory finished, however the internal components may be modified if desired.

Does my team need its own pilot?

Yes, each pilot may only fly for one team. This is to ensure a fair competition without a pilot flying favourably for one team over another.

If you do not have your own pilot, you can either pilot for yourself and have a friend slip the falcon for you, or join a friends team allowing the teams’ pilot to fly for you.

What if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19

In the occurrence that the event is cancelled due to Covid-19, you will be fully refunded.

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