Gliding Competitions



In 2014 we have the following competitions at Lasham

Standard Class and Open Class Nationals     24 May - 1 Jun

Lasham Regionals                                             24 May - 1 Jun

I am delighted to announce to all members that the 2014 Lasham Regionals competition will take place alongside the Standard Class and Open Class Nationals in the week of 24 May - 1 Jun 2014. This week is again the school summer term half term for most and the Monday 26th is a bank holiday.

The competition will be directed by Lasham member Rob Jarvis and the usual highly experienced team will be doing all their usual jobs. Hugh Brookes has agreed to come and do the meteorology. Chris Sterritt and Mark Davenport will be task setting, The excellent Colin Rule will look after airspace matters for the competitors. Joan Bickers will be leading the lovely ladies in control.  Unflappable Mandy Greensmith (nee Maissonpierre) will be scoring the competition and communicating via text, email and blog and I will be running around like a confused headless chicken as always setting up the grid, launching the gliders and manning the finish line!  Oh, and the volleyball net will be out ready for that post flight exercise.

 The Lasham Regionals entry fee is fixed as last year at £170.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIMITED NUMBER OF JUNIOR PLACES AVAILABLE AT HALF PRICE, £85. So juniors don’t delay, get your name on the list in the lasham office as soon as you can. 

The lasham website will be undergoing a refurbishment shortly so for the moment please ignore it(them) and in the first instance please contact the Lasham office to put your name on the Lasham Regionals list which is now open. email or phone 01256 384900.


See you on the grid!


Graham Garnett

Are The Regionals For Me?

Do you have a Bronze C? Are you close to your Silver? Perhaps you’ve just got it or expect to get it on the first decent day of next season?  Maybe you have already done a number of solo cross countries and would like a challenge?
If so, please consider entering the Lasham Regionals yourself. We anticipate that this competition will be very popular, so please contact the Lasham office to book your entry and keep an eye on the Lasham web-site which will be updated regularly.
There are two ways you could do this. 
Firstly, enter yourself in your own glider if you have one or hire a Lasham single seater, there are three Grob 102s to
chose from and three lovely Discuses. The whole fleet  now have brand new trailers to replace the old tatty ones so that retrieve will be much less of a worry!
Did you know that if you are under 26 years old (and for the purposes of this competition, by the time of the May Regionals) then you are able to apply to Lasham for a bursary to help fund the hiring of a Lasham glider? The bursary money comes out of the Youth Fund.  It’s added to by generous members and held in trust by Lasham itself. You need to contact Werner Stroud, the Lasham General Manager, in the first instance to apply for and take advantage of this fantastic scheme. If the thought of that worries you, then please consider this, another option for your first gliding competition.
We're planning to get hold of private owners that have their own two-seater gliders, Duos, DG1000s Nimbus 3ds etc and persuade some of them to enter their glider into the May Regionals. The idea is to have multiple P1s, and/or syndicate partners and  match them to less experienced P2s... you for example! Why not join up with one or two others in a similar position to you in terms of experience to make up a team entry?  The idea is that a rota would be drawn up allocating days to pilots. Not everyone might be able to commit to a whole week but could fly on certain days. The costs of entry (£170) and aerotows would then be shared between everyone in the team.
Lasham also has at least three competitive two seaters which could be hired, two K21s and a DG1000.  The Duo Discus has already been allocated to the Saturday evening Youth Group and P2s are being organised by their instructors and group leaders. Remember, if you are under 26, then there is that youth bursary fund to apply for.