Flying high

PUBLISHED: 08:45 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:45 27 March 2014

Matt Wright in glider M5 over the Devon countryside

Matt Wright in glider M5 over the Devon countryside


A rather mixed week for gliding, but Sunday gave us all hope for the summer flying conditions, writes Jill Harmer.

On Wednesday there were some local soaring flights in the middle of the day when it became quite warm after the cold start with low cloud.

Thursday was a different story as the south south westerly wind picked up and the very gusty conditions meant we only managed three launches in total.

Saturday was a little showery at times but with some good soarable conditions in between .

The best gliding day was Sunday this week, although the north westerly wind was a little troublesome, so some of the less experienced pilots were limited to flying in a two-seater glider with an instructor. The sky was clear and blue with just a few white puffy cumulus clouds lining up along the wind.

As well as the club fleet, there were six private gliders out enjoying the first cross-country conditions of the year.

Pete Startup from Ottery St Mary in Discus 230 had the longest flight (just) with over three hours, and went to check out the new turn point at Cadbury Cross. Matt Wright from Washfield in ASW24 M5 whizzed round (in three hours plus) Tiverton and Hembury Hill in wave boosted thermals and some wave boosted sink. Simon Minson from Chard in ASW20 SM achieved the height of the day with 5500ft in wave between the Burlescombe quarry and Tiverton. John Pursey from Plymouth in vintage glider Eagle BBB managed two (nearly) two-hour flights, first with Matthew Williamson from Plymouth and then Nick Hine from Tiverton.

Interested in gliding with us at Devon and Somerset Gliding club? Visit our website - for details of how to book a trial lesson.

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