Junior Nationals and Cotswold Regionals Competition Week
The competitions have just ended at Aston Down and it was an extremely successful week for all. We had full entry lists with 40 competitors in the Juniors and 30 in the Regionals plus 2-seater training in our own DG500 and other visiting gliders.
The week delivered challenging weather for the organisers who did their very best to fly as much as possible. In the end we had competition flying on five days. Launching 80 gliders is no mean feat but with an efficient ground crew and eight tugs this was generally completed in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
CGC was represented in both competitions. Ben Hilsenrath was our sole entry in the Juniors (seen below looking far too comfortable in his little black dress), finishing 38th. In the Regionals the club was represented by Steve Noujaim (5th), Chris Gough (12th) and Adrian Giles (26th). Congratulations to them and all the other competitors.
A huge thanks to Matt, Brian and their extensive team who organised and ran the competition. Various comments were overheard about this being one of the best run competitions ever and the competitors and crews had a great time. Well done all.
Rather a grey and dismal start but the forecast promised better conditions later in the day and with a full complement of trial lessons to deliver we set the field up in hope that the forecast was correct. The first couple of winch launches found cloudbase but we did manage to get to 2000' on later aerotows. We had a group on a Hen weekend in the Cotswolds who only told the Hen that she was going gliding on Sunday at 11 o'clock the previous evening, they left with some big smiles! Later flights in the afternoon found some gentle thermals for some extended flights.
COVID precautions after 19th July
The Government is changing the law to remove most of the restrictions that were applied to address the Covid19 pandemic.
The BGA encourages clubs and their members to continue to comply with Government published guidance, and to consider others as well as themselves in maintaining a cautious approach to the ongoing risk of infection.
With this in mind, the club has prepared the attached document which is also on display in the clubhouse. Please stay safe and consider others so that we can continue to enjoy our sport as we come out of the Pandemic.
Saturday 19th June
Despite solid overcast at 1,600' and an irritating cross-wind, we managed a full day's flying. Visitors Lyndsey and Alex enjoyed their introduction to gliding on the One Day Course. Cadets Jack and Brandon continued to progress well, both of them getting to grips the winch launch. Meanwhile, Martin Hayward and Tom J were working on their Friends & Family ratings with Simon Lucas and Mike Weston respectively. Instructors John Huband and Tony Parker flew an enthusiastic group of UWE students. Many thanks to Martin Hayward and Alistair Lomax for driving the winch.
ENK's progress Pt 2
More pics of ENK's progress
Here's a pic of ENK as it enters final preparation for return from Slovenia to the UK.
Sunday, 6th June
Low cloud and drizzle had cleared by mid-morning to give a perfectly satisfactory training day. Members under training who were put off by the poor forecast missed out. So few were present that they enjoyed an unusual bonanza, getting in far more flights on K21 and K8 than they expected. A new member with experience elsewhere soloed on the K21 and K8. Two aerotow trial lessons were done, one of which resulted in the individual deciding to join on the fixed price to solo scheme.