Well, I thought SWI finished the season, but NO! – SWI members competed again this year in the annual Western Open from Winnemucca on May 28, 2017. Additionally, there was a Winnemucca3 Race to complete the NorCal Sprint series on 13 June, 2017 and a special 600 miler on 14 June, 2017 from Grangeville, Idaho. So, let’s get to the details.

Since I don’t have a breakdown of the competitors in front of me, I’m making a pretty good guess that this years’ Western Open had fliers from Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana – there could be more. 989 birds from 71 lofts were liberated at 0600 in calm and cool conditions resulting in an overall winning speed of 1557.830. SWI had STRONG representation from the following fliers and finished:

De La O-Siino (sent 7) 6th, 13th
Vasco Kid (sent 6) (Jim Bryan) 14th
Siino-De La O (sent 7) 20th and 80th
Ellis Family (sent 7) 35th, 42nd
De La O-Siino again 41st, 87th
Valencia Loft (sent 3) 123rd

Great showing by SWI! – I’m only mentioning those birds in the top 100 Overall or first bird from each flier for the Western Open.

And the final Sprint Series race for the NorCal Concourse was won by the team of De La O-Siino. There were 96 birds from 14 lofts competing and the following SWI lofts were:

De La O-Siino (sent 20) 1st, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 21st, 29th, 30th, 32nd, 33rd, 37th, and 42nd.
Siino-De La O (sent 20) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 38th, 39th, and 41st
Vasco Kid (sent 5) 36th and 53rd

Grangeville, Idaho would prove to be a much tougher race than the previous days’ race. 147 birds from 20 lofts were liberated at 0530 into a partly cloudy sky with some variable winds. Temperatures along the course reached highs between 80-90 degrees with 5-15mph headwinds for most of the course. There were no day birds and the next day saw birds spread out throughout the entire day. SWI club only had two competing members for this special race and the teams of Siino-De La O sent 6 birds and placed 2nd (flying 619 miles), 22nd, and 29th overall. De La O-Siino sent 6 birds and placed 5th overall.

Click Here For WesternOpen-2017-Overall
Click Here For NorCalSprint-OB17-WIN3S
Click Here For NORCAL-OB17-Grangeville-Special

June 12, 2017
Sonoma West Invitational Club just finished up a tough season – and the first time competing in all races in the NorCal Concourse which is comprised of the NCC Combine and Camellia City Combine. The NorCal Concourse averaged about 600 plus birds from 39 lofts to 200 plus birds and 31 lofts on the longer TOUGHER races.

The team of Armando De la O and Pat Siino (they fly two lofts from one location) had a great season overall flying over 1200 miles further for average speed and over 100 miles overfly on some of the shorter airlines in the concourse. Here’s a Summary of their outstanding season:

1st and 3rd Overall Average Speed (A and B Races) by 1 hour, 6 minutes
1st and 3rd Average Speed (A Race) by 1 hour, 23 minutes
2nd and 3rd Average Speed (B Race) 15 minutes behind winner
2nd and 3rd Champion Loft (A Race)
7th and 14th Champion Loft (B Race)

They had 17 birds listed in the Concourse Champion birds. Congratulations!!

Click Here NorCal Concourse OB 2017 Results

Click Here For NorCal Concourse Overall AvgSpd OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse AvgSpd (A) OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse AvgSpd (B) OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse Champion Loft A and B OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse Overall Champion Bird OB 2017

Also, big shout-out to Tom O’Brien (TRAPnCRAPn Loft) – very good season:

1st Club at Lovelock1, 1st Club Imlay1, 1st Club Imlay2, 1st Club Carlin2. Concourse positions were: 21, 48, 55 respectively and a big 1st Overall Concourse at Carlin2. Congrats!!

Ellis Family Loft took 1st Club at Winnemucca2

And Valencia Loft (new fliers) was 2nd at Valmy4. They sent only 4 birds and placed 13th Overall in the Concourse against 309 birds and 35 lofts.

Congrats to all!!

18 June 2017 – And a slight oversite:

SWI Club only had 6 lofts competing in the NorCal Concourse Champion Loft (B Races) but had a strong representation in this category. I previously noted Armando and Pat’s results in Concourse Champion Loft competition. But there were others with top finishes:

Jim Bryan (VASCO Kid) 10th Overall, Ellis Family loft 17th Overall, Tom O’Brien (TRAPnCRAPn) 20th Overall, and Valencia Loft at 30th Overall.

Click Here For All SWI Club Results SWI Club OB 2017 Results

Great YouTube Video of Pat Siino and Armando De la O Racing Team From 2011

The Picture Above Was Taken During A Prior AU Convention. That’s Mike Cambra On The Left And Armando De la O On The Right

The Sonoma West Invitational Racing Pigeon Club joined the new AU chartered Northern California Combine (NCC). The NCC will be flying the Interstate 80 course. The NCC will fly all races with the new NORCAL Concourse which consists of the NCC and the Camellia City Combine.