Sunday 15th July,

It’s starting to get repetitive.  Another stunning day. Alison did her first 600km flight.  Tim did another 600.  Trevor did 590ish.  Steve did 500 starting at 13:45 and then had an epic time getting past Cheltenham landing at 19:35.  Numerous other 300, 400 & 500km flights.  Mark C had an introduction to XC flight in the DG with a trip to Grafham water. Seb worked for 5 hours to sort an issue with the winch.  […]

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Saturday 14th July

Another stunning day.  Trevor currently tops the ladder with 581km, Tim went a little further, but needed a mug of petrol to get home.  Steve and Russ did 500km, a number completed the smaller 420km task, including Will in the DG.  Alison ran the field and completed Ben’s Bronze C with his flying test.  Oli flew MY and then took over from Gavin in the winch.  Jordan tugged and Simon BI’d.  Apologies to all those […]

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First week of July – a record week?

The BGA Ladder records over nearly 18,500Km flown from Nympsfield in the first week of July, with an average flight length of over 300Km! Probably means (assuming a few flights do not get onto the ladder) that we did well over 20,000Km during Sid’s task week – with task week participants from Nymspfield and North Hill and regular flying by BGGC members. The week included first 300km and 500km flights, and of course BGGC members […]

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Sid’s Task Week

Seven contest days out of eight, with three days over 300k – a record..! On Thursday the rather energy-draining weather enabled a 357k of NYM-GRM-GRW-DID-NYM to be completed by everyone, won by Pete Bagnall at 87,4kph (H’cap). The ‘B’ Class managed 254K NYM-LED-BUC-DID-NYM, won by Alan Montague at 70,2kph. Friday saw Russ Francis win the rather more difficult (due to sea-air) 294k NYM-STU-BAS-BAD-NYM at 86,6kph in a ‘borrowed’ ‘MY’ with no electric vario, with Carol […]

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Saturday 6th / Sunday 7th July

Saturday Cannot remember much I am afraid: Sid’s task week finished with a another good day. Alison, Rob and Tim did 500+. Numerous others did 300+ including the DG.  Henry discovered it isn’t always easy. Jordan tugged, sorry cannot remember who drove the winch but thankyou. AJ and Laurent flew the trial lessons. Russ instructed. Sunday I can remember a bit more: Jordan completed his first 500km in his Libelle.  Some might call it a […]

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Task Week – the story so far. (To Wed 4th)

The week got off to a fair start on Saturday, with A Class completing 146k to Banbury into a fairly stiff headwind and initially blue conditions that finally gave shallow cu to 5k’ at Banbury. At least the FG back were easy!! Day was won by Alison at 61,6kph. None of the B class completed. Sunday was scrubbed at briefing. Monday presented a challenging day with another brisk ENEasterly and solidly blue but very broken […]

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Saturday 30th June / Sunday 1st July

Saturday First day of Sid’s task week saw a number of flights in the blue to Banbury and Little Rissington.  Almost everyone got back.  Gavin worked all day on the training list whilst Simon and I dealt with the trial lessons before doing the Banbury trip.  Nick drove the winch and Chris the tug. Sunday Less entertaining than Saturday but intermittently soarable even under a grey sky by the end.  Xtophe drove the winch, Andy […]

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Saturday 23rd June

Bright and warm but with a lot of high cover and the initially large grid diminished as it got heavier, leaving only a couple of private owners to do some local soaring – well, 190k for Andy is local soaring..? Busy day instructing, although all trial lessons had to be cancelled with the tug U/s, despite the best attempts of  Steve M to fix it. It should be ready again on Monday. Anson Tai managed […]

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21st/22nd June

21st / 22nd June Where to start.  How about the 21st, the longest day. Jordan, James and others commenced flying a little after 0400.  The day that followed was the best in the UK for many years.  At least 3 x 1000km flights (not from NYM), Trevor managed 690km+, a number of other flights in the range 400-500km.  Henry Mo completed his second XC with a brisk 300km.  Not bad for someone who only started […]

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Longest Day 2018

  Very successful event with the club DG505 tookoff at 0421 on a chilly Thursday morning to kick the day off. Great enthusiasm flew along the ridge from early morning until dawn.

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