Friday 21st September 2018 6:14AM
Truck arrived at Maryborough at 16:00 Friday, feed and water on all birds reported to be eating and drinking. Bird numbers - Maryborough, 24 Flyers, 16 baskets, 137 birds. Gympie, 26 Flyers, 22 baskets, 181 birds and 4 surplus. Included in the 181, 73 birds and 13 Flyers are competing in the Gold Band Ring Races. The Liberation Committee has reviewed the the latest forecast and current conditions, and have agreed due to a rain front developing in the south and forecast to reach the Hunter on Sunday afternoon and with rain forecast for Monday and Tuesday covering the majority of NSW coast and ranges, including South East QLD. The Committee reviewed the current conditions and forecast for Friday an agreed that both races will be liberated on Saturday. The forecast for along the line of flight and down the coast, for Saturday and Sunday are for light winds, which are considered more favorable in achieving successful racing. Current conditions at Maryborough are, winds Southerly at 22km gusting to 30km, temp.14.5. The current plan is to liberate Maryborough EAP, travel to Gympie (estimated 1 hrs drive) and liberate once the truck is setup and the birds are settled. Estimated liberation time for Gympie is 8:00 Saturday.