Your article: Gliding club gets ready for national two-seater event

Gliders line up on the starting grid ready to launch at last year's competition.
Gliders line up on the starting grid ready to launch at last year's competition.

Gliders will be gathering again this week at the airfield in Pocklington for the Wolds Gliding Club National Two-Seater Competition.

The competition reaches another landmark with it being its 30th year.

The event is unique in the gliding calendar because it has always been held at Pocklington. It accommodates all designs of glider with tasks on racing days suitable for older “wooden ships” to longer, more challenging routes for the most up to date aircraft. Being for two-seater gliders it also gives novice competition pilots a chance to fly with someone with years of experience.

Competition director John Norman said “We have seen an increase in entrants, to 30 teams this year, from as far away as Devon in the UK and two from Belgium.

“While we promote it as a competition that is recognised for its friendly atmosphere we know that everyone is doing their best to win whatever type of glider they are flying.”

The competition brings many visitors to Pocklington each year and the club is extending its reputation as a competition venue because of the excellent facilities on site for visiting pilots.

Chairman Graham Wadforth said: “We were very happy to hold our first glider aerobatics competition with the British Aerobatics Association earlier this year and hope that it will become a regular event. We have also been invited to host the prestigious National Club Class single-seater competition next year by the British Gliding Association.”