Sidmouth teenager Knight takes to the skies with the Devon and Somerset Gliding club

10:47 13 March 2014

Elizabeth Westcott in the glider set for lift-off

Elizabeth Westcott in the glider set for lift-off

Archant

Warm weather and blue sky brings out the glider pilots at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, writes Jill Harmer.

Dryer conditions meant winch launching was back in full swing at North Hill airfield this week. Many members were refreshing their gliding skills.

Although thermals were in limited supply, wind on the southerly ridge of the Blackdown Hills kept pilots aloft on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and there was an area of weak wave lift in the Broadhembury valley which extended many flights.

With the southerly wind on Saturday, John Burrow from Taunton flew his Ventus Turbo glider along the south coast at Sidmouth, in search of lift along the cliffs. Sadly the wind was not strong enough when he got there, so he used his retractable engine to return to North Hill.

Our Junior members were also out in force this weekend; amongst them, 15 year old Peter Bennett from Yeovil flew a beautiful vintage wooden K6 glider for the first time.

Luke Knight (16 years) has just joined the club following his family’s move to Sidmouth. He was a solo pilot at a gliding club in Wiltshire and after some refresher training, flew solo at North Hill on Sunday.

Our first trial lessons of the year have been booked. Elizabeth Westcott from Dulverton, flew on Sunday and already plans to take up gliding on a regular basis - and intends to go solo on her 14th birthday in July.

Interested in gliding with us at Devon & Somerset Gliding Club? Visit our website dsgc.co.uk - for details of how to book a trial lesson.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Mon, 22:25
Honiton Golf Club captain Stewart Slater with Glynda Board of Axe Cliff and Allan Seager who won the Mixed Invitation

The most recent Honiton Mixed meeting was an invitation pairs event organised by Max Pipe, writes Liz Rogers.

Read more
Mon, 22:24
Sam Matson at the end of the race

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson finished 13th in the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro which was concluded last week.

Read more
Mon, 22:24

There was just action in Pool B of the Honiton Netball league last week, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Mon, 22:23
Honiton Runners at the Blackdown Beauty

Honiton Running Club’s own Blackdown Beauty took place last Saturday around the Blackdown Hills’ countryside, writes Judy Davey.

Read more
Mon, 22:23

Combe St Nicholas Ladies (otherwise known as Combe Ladies) formed two years ago, becoming the first female team to play at the club, writes Kim Cook.

Read more
Mon, 11:22
AVR athlete Clare Hansford in action in Scotland

Over the midsummer weekend AVR member Clare Hansford travelled to northern Scotland to take part in the Highland Cross, a 50-mile coast to coast duathlon (20 mile run, 30 bike) from Kintail on the west to Beauly on the east, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Mon, 08:17
Exeter Falcons action versus Cradley Heethens

More than 700 jubilant speedway fans celebrated the Exeter Falcons return to the track at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena on Friday, writes Tony Lethbridge.

Read more
Mon, 06:14
Exmouth skipper Gary Chappell recieves the T20 ARea trophy

Exmouth, for the second successive season, came out of the Exeter and East Devon Servicemaster Devon T20 Area Finals Day as victors after a semi-final demolition of Seaton and a relatively comfortable success over rivals Sidmouth in the final.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ollie Reed bowling at home for Ottery. Ref shsp 9138-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery St Mary 1st XI paid a heavy price for a poor display from their top order batsmen as they tasted their first defeat of the season in last weekend’s derby clash with visiting Feniton, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tennis - generic picture

Ottery St Mary Ladies are almost half way through their matches in Division 1 and continuing to serve up some excellent results.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 18°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder