London Gliding Club

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Gliding is not only about gently drifting to ground. Every summer a large number of glider pilots participate in organised competitions.

Competitions involve a group of gliders flying the same task. This task is set as a series of turnpoints, or locations. For example you might fly from Dunstable to Cambridge then Oxford and then back to Dunstable. Scoring is done by taking the distance of the task and dividing it by the time each pilot takes. The winner is the fastest one around the task.

Often the difference between first and second place is seconds, even tough the flights might take several hours! Over the course of the week these differences get added up, and the fastest pilot overall wins.

Modern high performance gliders cruise between thermals at speeds in excess of 90 mph. When the thermals are strong, a good pilot can average more than 80 mph over a task of a several hundred miles! Fancy a quick trip to Wales?

storming home
storming home image <1 of 3>
on a strong day, high performance gliders will carry water ballast
The extra wing loading means that the glider must fly faster to stay
airborne dropping the water before landing restores
normal flying speeds
competition grid
competition grid image <2 of 3>
normally competitions have 50-60 competitors, each flying their own
glider. To facilitate launching these are arranged in a grid.
startline gaggle
startline gaggle image <3 of 3>
with so many contestants it can get quite
busy around the start line. Good lookout
is an essential skill!
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Contact Us & Location
London Sailplanes Ltd, Trading as the London Gliding Club.
Tring Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2JP.
Office 01582 663 419. privacy information
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storming homeon a strong day, high performance gliders will carry water ballastThe extra wing loading means that the glider must fly faster to stay airborne dropping the water before landing restores normal flying speedscompetition gridnormally competitions have 50-60 competitors, each flying their own glider. To facilitate launching these are arranged in a grid.startline gagglewith so many contestants it can get quitebusy around the start line.  Good lookout is an essential skill!