Welcome to the SW Interclub league for 2017

Even though we are not able to host an event ourselves, DGS have been invited into the league for this year. One change to the rules that we have the accept is that since we are not able to host an event (as are Shalborne), we are not able to carry forward scores to the following event. We can however be ranked for the day, so we can still compete!

The dates for this year are as follows:
  • 22-23 April       Mendip (Halesland)
  • 6-7 May            North Hill (Devon and Somerset Gliding Club)
  • 10-11 June       Wyvern (Upavon)
  • 22-23 July        The Park (Bath and Wilts & North Dorset Gliding Club
  • 25-26 July:       North Hill (Devon and Somerset Gliding Club)
  • 15-16 August   Reserve Weekend

ICL 2017

Welcome to the SW Interclub league for 2017

Even though we are not able to host an event ourselves, DGS have been invited into the league for this year. One change to the rules that we Can have two novices in each event.

The dates for this year are as follows:
  • 22-23 April       Mendip (Halesland)
  • 6-7 May            North Hill (Devon and Somerset Gliding Club)
  • 10-11 June       Wyvern (Upavon)
  • 22-23 July        The Park (Bath and Wilts & North Dorset Gliding Club
  • 19-20 August   Reserve Weekend
A poster is on the club house notice board. If you want to fly, crew , see what it's all about on a weekend or just visit for a day please fill in the boxes. 

DGS at the Interclub Competition Bannerdown 7/8th June 2014

After a very uncertain forecast during the week, on Thursday, Bannerdown made the call to hold the event. For this event Dartmoor had Matt Wiles (Novice class), Ged Nevisky (Intermediate Class), Mike Gadd (Novice class) and Rick Wiles and Ray Swinfield as crew.

Ged and myself made it to Keevil Friday evening, and after a delay due to trailer electrics on the tow vehicle, Ray, Matt and Rick arrived Sat PM. Since Ged and I were sharing the cirrus, we agreed that Ged would fly on Sunday, and I would fly Sat after the rain of Friday night has passed through.

My task was a 101km with 3 turnpoints, Keevil, Pewsey, Frome, Devizes, Keevil. After a slow start in the morning to rig and let the rain clear, I launched into a reasonable sky, at 1pm and after a slow scratchy climb out under a low base of about 2600 QNH (2400 QFE), made it to Pewsey (24km) without too much difficulty. Base had now risen to 3400QHN (3200QFE). The push into a 25kt wind to Frome was difficult and every time I got low and circled, I was heading back towards Pewsey, so after a few tries at this, I decided to head towards clouds further away along my into wind track. Alas however, I quickly lost too much height, and not having much to start with, I was now looking at landing options. The cloud I wanted didn’t really work so after a short battle with weak thermals, I headed to my land-out which was a small private airstrip with a windsock. This was to be my first out landing, so I chose carefully to put the glider down in the middle of the field away from the edges and long grass. To my surprise I stopped very quickly as the ground away from the narrow main grass strip that the light aircraft use, was soft and not as expected. However a safe landing to add to my log book at an airstrip called ‘Lydeway’

Retrieve by tractor
The next problem was that I soon found out that access was not good for trailers, so when Ged arrived we could not get the trailer into the airstrip (who would have thought that an airstrip would not have good access!). Next option was for Ged to take an aero-tow out of the field since tug retrieves were on offer from Keevil (I’m not endorsed for aerotow). However the tug pilot was not happy that he could get the motor Falke tug out of this 700m grass strip. So the only option left was to request help from the local light aircraft pilot, who I met when I landed, to get help from the local farmer to borrow a tractor to tow the trailer across the fields into the strip; De-rig the glider, then a tow back out to hook to the car to get back to Keevil for the (as it turned out very lively) social in the evening, put on by Bannerdown club.

Not exactly easy access
Sunday was Ged’s turn flying intermediate task of 177km, Keevil, Membury, Glastonbury, Keevil.
The sky looked promising, but the wind was always to be an issue today, and after making the first turnpoint at Membury, he like many was not able to push into the strong winds and ended up landing out. So day 2 was a second retrieve for the open cirrus.


Ged on aerotow
Membury services
Landing in a meadow
Our novice entry today was Matt Wiles in the club Pirat and there were high hopes that today could present an option for a silver 50KM which Matt is chasing. After 2 valiant attempts, Matt finally managed to connect with the tricky conditions that were materialising for the day, and get away only to find that his task GPS had not triggered a proper start. So rather than risk a false start, he returned to cross the start line to try again. However, this time the conditions put him on the ground once more – commiserations Matt, you did well to make the most of the conditions, better luck next time!

Matt and the Pirat
Matt ready to launch
And finally, Dartmoor having being short of a Pundit for Sunday, and Pilot Stewart Renfru (Ventus B) from The Park without a vacant slot, offered to fill the slot and fly for Dartmoor. He also struggled initially, getting a re-light at Keevil, and then making the first turnpont before ending up at Rivar Hill airstrip. A request for a launch from there put him back in the air, but again the conditions put him down again this time at Upavon airstrip. Thanks Stewart for offering to fly for us, however, to fall in line with the spirit of the ICL, scores can only be accepted from members of the competing club, so regrettably, we could not accept any points scored.

Finally on Sunday after the Cirrus was retrieved from a hay meadow, we all headed home after a full and fun weekend with Bannerdown Gliding at Keevil. Special thanks to Ray Swinfield for pulling the club Pirat and crewing for us. Hopefully next time he will get a chance to fly.

I will publish the scores when I have them.

Michael Gadd

Further to the news on the ICL dates as published on the forum, I have two other items to report:

- Use of the Club Single Seater: The committee have now approved the use of the Pirat for ICL's for a set fee of £20 / day. It goes without saying that the pilot who takes the glider away, must look after it and be responsible for it.

I cannot help with the preparation or transportation of the Pirat, so if you plan to take it away, please let me know anyway, but I'll leave it you to take the lead on this (Ray, I think you are already on the case here?).

- GPS: I have been granted permission to purchase a 'Glider Guider' from the tea swindle for DGS pilots to use. Due to the bright screen, these only have a battery life of about 1.5 hours, therefore an independent 12v (fused at 1A) power supply must be provided from the glider battery. I will obtain a suitable power lead, and will aim to prepare it in time for the first ICL meet. I will also configure it, and will offer basic instruction on it's use (since I already have one fitted in my own glider). Let me know if you need this. Since I am not always at the club, we need to find somewhere secure to store it. I also recommend that a spare / charged battery travels with it.

Therefore, what I need now are interested pilots to fly these events - they are good fun and will offer an opportunity to fly cross country. If this is not for you yet, but are interested to see how they run, and you fancy a social away, then we need crew and drinking partners!

Please let me know!

Mike Gadd

The 2014 season is nearly upon us!

Well a little early I know, but in the next few weeks I should have the dates for this years ICL.

As with last year, DGS will offer a team for each venue, kindly hosted by our neighbour clubs. As we are not really able to host the ICL, I think it's only good manners to make the effort and attend as many as we can.

As was the message for last year; ICL's are a great opportunity to fly cross country, so if you're looking for an opportunity to join in on something that is well organised, with tasks set that are within the possibilities of the day, with ground crews to get you if you do land out - then this is it! My first XC last year was nearly 100km around a set course of turn-points, with huge fields to land in if I needed them, something perhaps I wouldn't have attempted if I hadn't been there. This was on a weekend with a dodgy forecast, so for this year, if the host club calls the meet as ON, I will assume they will know more about their own local weather than we do, and we should therefore attend.

Host clubs are great at putting on these events, offering camping space and facilities, or access to something nearby, and Sat night is usually a BBQ social.

You must be Bronze with a cross country endorsement and current by the time you fly. Host clubs are always happy to offer check flights for those who want them, but this is up to you!

Subject to committee approval, I also hope to get access to a club single seater for those who don't have access to their own glider. If you want to attend and wish to fly a club glider, let me know.

Last year was a good start, we had two scoring events with flights entered into the BGA league, but this year I need more pilots and crew to join in on the fun. Please email me if you're interested and I'll keep you posted on dates.

Come on, join us!

Mike Gadd

Welcome to the Interclub League 2013

Before we know it, the new season will have arrived. We have a bunch of pilots ready to try their first cross countries, and another bunch that ought to be going for 300k flights.

To help move this along, 2013 we have decided to join in with the regional interclub league (ICL). The ICL is a very informal interclub competition designed to encourage cross country flying, particularly for newbies.
These are really great fun, very sociable and a good way to learn more about cross country flying in a safe environment.

I am pleased to say that Mike Gadd has agreed to co-ordinate our involvement for 2013 so please give him support by volunteering to enter some of the events and/or volunteering to crew.
The minimum entry qualification for pilots is cross country endorsement+ bronze C. To be crew, you just need a sense of humour. A full team is one novice, one intermediate, and one pundit, the team members will change day by day and event by event.

Winning is really not important, getting involved is what it is all about.

You can be involved for as little or as much as you wish, spend the weekend, enjoy a BBQ and a few beers on Saturday night. You can take a tent or stay at the local Ritz its up to you.

The event dates are now on the club calendar---have a chat with Mike and get involved"

Don Puttock

Interclub Competition - Round 2 2013

Round 2 of the Interclub Competition was held at Bannerdown Gliding Club - Keevil on the 1st and 2nd of June 2013.

DGS fielded a single pilot, Trevor Taylor flying the Jantar1 in the Pundit Class, who decided to attend without a crew; is that confidence or something else? He was made very welcome at the well run event at the RAFGSA club.

Jantar1 on the way to the grid.
 Day 1.
Task Keevil, Avebury, Worcester, Westbury, Keevil for 220.2 km in a very strong northerly airflow.

Trevor completed the task after quite a struggle. At one point he had to resort to ridge flying while waiting for the overcast to clear and the thermals to restart. He came 4th on the day. Great effort.

Some of the grid
Task Keevil, Chievely, Buckingham, Wantage, Trowbridge, Keevil 245.8 km.

Trevor initially struggled to get away. During this struggle he inadvertently clipped the edge of the Salisbury Plain danger area and returned to Keevil to confess his sins. He took another launch and completed the task in good style with an average speed of 72.6 km. He came second overall but was penalised one place due to the airspace infringement and so ended up 3rd on the day

Most launches were by the winch
Well done Trevor.