Ottery St Mary glider pilot enjoys short spell at Scottish gliding club

PUBLISHED: 08:20 06 November 2018

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club member Rowan Smith. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club member Rowan Smith. Picture CONTRIBUTED


October was a busy month for Devon and Somerset Gliding Club members, writes Jill Harman.

By tradition, October is a good month for experiencing gliding at other sites, and this year has been no exception.

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club members have travelled with their gliders in trailers to Scotland, Wales and other gliding sites in England on club expeditions.

Portmoak just north of Edinburgh in Scotland provided Pete Startup, from Ottery St Mary, with the opportunity to complete two different Club 100 tasks in two days.

Pete said: “Two days where the thermals wouldn’t have been out of place in the summer- it was good to try out another club’s 100km tasks for a change.”

However, the conditions in Scotland turned after these two good days, and most of the expedition members decamped to Denbigh in North Wales to look for the elusive lee wave conditions usually found in October.

And they weren’t disappointed - Rowan Smith from Exeter completed his first high climb with a gain of height of 3000m achieving his Diamond height, with other members also enjoying high flights.

Later in the week, the conditions enabled Wyn Davies from Topsham to complete a cross-country over the peak of Snowdon (having walked up to the top the previous day).

The next expedition was primarily for our junior members, who enjoyed soloing at the Midland Gliding Club at Long Mynd in Shropshire, where along with the DSGC Instructors and mentors they had a great half-term holiday.

Later in October, an impromptu call to travel to Parham in Sussex saw four gliders joining in the fun with the northerly wind blowing onto the South Downs, 334kms were achieved by Pete Startup, Ron and Dan Johns, Phil Morrison and John Burrows, and Wyn Davies.

Visiting other clubs on expeditions is a great way of expanding your gliding horizons.

Try gliding by starting with a trial lesson. Find out about trial lessons at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, purchase and book online, by visiting


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Devon 24 visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Devon 24 staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Devon 24 account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories


Chard ladies were beaten 69-0 when they visited Minehead, writes David Webb.

Read more

Ottery St Mary Under-13s moved up to fourth in Division One of the Exeter and District Youth League with an impressive 5-1 home victory over Crediton.

Read more

Cranbrook returned from their Macron League Division Three game at Sidmouth Town thirds with a point after drawing 2-2.

Read more

Honiton Town suffered a last minute defeat when beaten 2-1 by Newton Abbot Spurs at Mountbatten Park.

Read more

Upottery Reserves were involved in the Macron League Division Five ‘Match of the Day’ when they travelled to play the team that started the day sitting immediately behind them in the table, Devon Yeoman.

Read more

Exmouth had their season-long unbeaten home run ended as they slipped to defeat at the hands of a visiting Bournemouth side that continue to sport a 100 per cent South West Premier record, both home and away, after their 30-13 Imperial Ground success.

Read more

Exe Sailing Club held a well-supported ‘Volunteers Night’ at the clubhouse.

Read more

With a pale blue sky lit by a radiant winter sun and Fingle Forest in full winter raiment, where else would you rather be than running the Drogo 10, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Brixington Blues Under-13s suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 3-1 to Exeter Panthers.

Read more
56 minutes ago

Bideford coach Simon Morrell says his relegation-threatened team has to become a bit more ‘ruthless’ if it is going to clamber out of trouble.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read Sport

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

East Devon 24 regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

FFind planning applications