PIGEON racing begins again in the Shoalhaven next Saturday with the first race from Moruya, a distance of about 130 kilometres to Nowra.
This year, the Shoalhaven Invitation Racing Pigeon Club welcomes seven new members from Sussex Inlet, St Georges Basin, Culburra Beach, Greenwell Point and East Nowra/Worrigee.
The competition will be very strong with 19 members competing for four prizes weekly.
The club also competes against fanciers from Nowra and Ulladulla clubs on a federation level, with a weekly pointscore and combines races during the 21-week racing season.
This year, heading south, the birds are released weather permitting, on a Saturday morning to return to their owners/trainers lofts.
The pigeons are registered on a special timer as they enter the loft and average flying velocities are calculated to determine the winner at the clubrooms on a Saturday night.
Racing progresses week by week, down the coast into Victoria and culminates in the birds being released at Launceston in Tasmania on October 6.