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British Falcon Races 2021

24/09/2021  -  26/09/2021

Be a part of the only Falcon Racing in Britain!

Join us for three action packed days of racing as the best Falcons, Trainers and Wingbeat Pilots go head-to-head at Falcon Racing! The qualifiers for race entrants will be held on Friday and Saturday with the final taking place on Sunday.

Open to Competitors, Breeders and Spectators, the Vowley Racing competition promises to be a highlight of the UK falconry season.

Register before May 31st using promo code: EARLYBIRD5 for £5 off each ticket! *Pavilion Package excluded.

Check out last years highlights video


♦  THE COMPETITION  ♦


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

The 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 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.

Learn more about falcon racing here


♦  EVENT SCHEDULE  ♦


FRIDAY & SATURDAY | QUALIFIERS
Gates will open at 09:00am for a 09:30am start. The Flat race trials will take place in the morning, with the Hunt race trials in the afternoon. *weather permitting.

SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER | FINAL
08.30:  Gates Open
09.30:  Welcome Introduction
10.00:  Flat Race Final – up to 60 falcons
12:00: Have-a-go Piloting the Wingbeat Roprey
13.00:  Hunt Race Final – up to 30 falcons
16.30:  Racing Finishes
16.45:  Awards Ceremony
18.30:  Gates Close

How to find us and other helpful information


♦  ENTRY PRICES  ♦


Adult Spectator – Final only £30 | Qualifiers and Final £50

Child Spectator – Final only £15 | Qualifiers and Final £25

*Pavilion Package* – Final only £99.99 | Qualifiers and Final £149.99

Competing Team – £25 per team member, minimum of two team members required. Valid for Qualifiers and Final
Falcon Race Entry – Single race £30 | Both races £50

Register before May 31st using promo code: EARLYBIRD5 for £5 off each ticket!  *Pavilion Package excluded.


♦  INFORMATION FOR ALL ATTENDEES  ♦


  • Dress – high standards of presentation throughout the weekend, however please do dress for the weather.
  • No pets are permitted onsite for falcon safety reasons.
  • Once you have purchased your ticket(s), you will be emailed confirmation. Closer to the event, you will receive an email containing a QR code – please save, download, or print it out – we will need to scan the code at the entrance.
  • Lunch will be available to purchase from catering vans onsite. *Buffet lunch is included for Pavilion Ticket holders on Saturday and Sunday – depending on ticket type.

♦  INFORMATION FOR COMPETITORS  ♦


Falcon race registration closes midnight 31st August.

All falcon entries together with their pilots MUST attend the qualifiers to obtain a qualifying time. This applies for both the Flat race and Hunt race entrants.

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 | Qualifiers; The race order for both the Flat and Hunt races will be randomly selected and announced w/c 6th of September.

The 60 fastest falcons from the Flat race, and 30 fastest falcons from the Hunt race will be entered into the final on Sunday 26th September 2021. Qualified falcons going through to the final will be announced following the last qualifying flight on the Saturday. 

Sunday 26 | 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 falcons going through to the flat race, and 30 falcons in the hunt race).

PRACTICE DAYS
We will be open for informal practices on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd September. These days are a chance to introduce your falcon to the course and local environment. Practice days are optional. Alternatively attend one of our other events earlier in the summer.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • 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.
  • 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 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

♦  PRIZES  ♦


This year will see the introduction of prizes for fastest in category, in addition to headline podium positions!

The Trophy for the Flat race winner is kindly being sponsored by Ayama.

Hunt Race sponsor to be confirmed.


♦  WINGBEAT ROPREY  ♦


We’ve organised an exclusive discount of £100 off a Wingbeat Roprey model purchase (complete set only) for all Hunt Race competitors. After entering your falcon and team to the races, you will receive a discount code via email to be used on the Wingbeat Rofalconry website.


♦  COVID-19  ♦


  • If the event is cancelled due to Covid-19, your ticket will be fully refunded.
  • If you feel at all unwell, or are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 prior to the event, please do not attend.
  • We will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely in the run up to the event.

♦  EVENT SPONSORS  ♦


 

More information on advertising and sponsorship opportunities can be found here


Frequently Asked Questions

When will tickets be available for purchase?

Tickets will purchasable on the website in March 2021.

How does the competition work?

Once a ticket has been purchased, the falcon must attend the qualifiers on either Friday 24th or 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 26th September 2021.

 

What order will falcons race in?

Qualifiers; The race order for both the Flat race and Hunt race will be randomly selected and announced w/c 6th September 2021.

Falcons going through to the final will be announced following the last qualifying flight on Saturday!

Sunday 26th | 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.

Is the event invitation only?

The event is open to all.

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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