Sunday 10th October
A brilliant autumn day with great visibility and even a few thermals appearing later in the day. With the first launch just after 10am, we managed to get everyone flown by 5pm with 34 launches in the day. Three new members flew as well as a few returning UWE students, Tim Bralesford completed some more instructor training, and Ben introduced 6 new people to our wonderful sport. A big thanks to Mike and Richard for driving the winch, and to Ben and Jonathan for looking after the trial lessons.
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.