Gliding

The SRFC gliding guiders fly at Coombes, Ashurst and at local slope soaring sites.  E-gliding thermal soarers are the most popular in the club varying from 1500mm to 4000mm spans and come in a variety of types from EPP to balsa and glass ships.

The aim in the group is to encourage participation in the art of gliding and it doesn’t matter what it is you are flying, just enjoy yourself, try to improve and join in the competitions when we run them. The club is running its gliding competition once again though as I write this the wind has beaten us on too many occasions this year (2022). Once a month we fly at Ashurst for a fun day out and if everyone wishes too we can run a friendly competition.

The club competition is run in a similar manner to the BMFA’s the biggest difference being the size of the models, the BMFA flies two classes (Open – up to 4000mm and a restricted size of up to 2000mm). SRFC’s competition is limited to flying 2500mm.

Slope soaring has been popular in the club recently and we are lucky to have so many locations on our doorstep. The Slopehunter website is a very good source for finding slopes throughout the UK but particularly so for Sussex and the South of England.

A little bit of gliding history