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Regionals Days 3, 4 and 5

Booker Gliding - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:08
The competitors have been having a blast in these amazing conditions. Day 3 and Day 4 saw them nipping round 300k tasks , today's task was slightly shorter. George Darby flew 315 on the 300k tasks with club members who are just starting to fly cross country, giving them valuable experience on how it's done. Today he flew 318, the fixed wheel Pegasus, and did extremely well, beating a glider with much bigger wings and higher performance. It just shows how a handicapped distance task levels the field. The other benefit of the task format is that we can tell (unofficially) who the winner is from the task times on Control's log sheet, without having to wait for the Scorer to perform his arcane ritual with the traditional scoring system. Of course the Scorer has to pore over the traces but usually he agrees with Control.

Denis is still in the lead overall, with Jim White and John Otty close on his heels. There is more good weather forecast, apart from Friday when it might actually rain, so there is still all to play for.

Here are some pics of finshes

Nils and his LS4 with a Red Kite
Johns's ASG29
Nick in his Libelle
Denis in his VentusControl was much more comfortable today having been offered a very nice gazebo by Steve Gaze. Here are a couple of cadets exercising their engineering skills.

The Gaze Gazebo

Booker Regionals Day 2

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 22:01
It was a late start today as we had to wait for a stubborn layer of cloud to go somewhere else, but the grid finally got going after lunch. The task was 162k around Hurstbourne Tarrant and Brill, with the usual sneaky diversion round Huntercombe and Rockwell End at the finish. It was a bit of a tricky start with a few relights but it was a close race. Denis won again with Nils and Geoff on his heels

Here comes Denis
Jim took a relaxed attitude to launching but his competitive spirit became apparent later in the day.

On the grid

Booker Regionals Day 1 - off to a flying start

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:21
Nils the Met Man said today's weather was 'interesting', which is always a bit of a worry, but he managed to find a bit of the country to fly in, a task of 181k up to Buckingham, down to Oxford services and back to Stony Stratford. All the pilots got round, with Denis 370 romping home in just under 2 hours, closely follwed by Jim J1M who had to do it the old-fashioned way when his flight computer packed up part way round. Everyone seemed to have had a good time, tomorrow we do it all over again.


Day winner Denis
Denis and Jim exchanging notes just after landing

Nils the Met Man
Director Richard, 787 Captain Jan, Grid Marshal Bob, Chairman William and Tug Pilot Jim

V66 syndicate goes to Thame and the Lunak catches fire

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:26


Nice day out with strong and tight thermals but big areas of sink in-between. V66 syndicate of Jim and Bob went to Thame and the Lunak caused a bit of a stir with the tower who thought it was on fire (but always grateful for their help/concern) when his smoke system was still going after he landed.



Geoff's big adventure

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:41
What a fantastic day's gliding, and congratulations to Geoff Lyons on completing his first 750. People were glued to Spot the Glider as far away as Poland watching the final turn round Wisbech and the long trip back to Booker, especially the very marginal final glide from somewhere north of Milton Keynes. Those in the clubhouse rushed out in time to see him sneak in over the NE boundary and land straight in.

10 hours flying and all we could find him was a Diet Coke
Looking surprisingly cool after such a long flight
And let's not forget John Otty who completed his first 500 last weekend for Diamond Distance, we have only just caught up with him for a photo opp.

Congratulations John

Bahamas adventure holidays: 17 best Exuma activities

Windsurfing - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:02

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Just a few trial lessons

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 19:36

After a cancellation earlier in the year due to bad weather, the club has now completed a successful day of flying (on Wednesday) with The Air League. As you will see from the pics, it was a busy day of flying.  One group of 20 + in the morning, a second group of 30+ in the afternoon; have had an introduction to gliding.  These are all youngsters that have, in one way or another, expressed an interest in flying.  This makes them a very important group for the future of gliding.  We expect to see a few of them back in August to complete Gliding scholarships with the club.  
Morning Group

Afternoon group
I built this from my own garden shed you know.
I wonder if he knows i'm listening to Heathrow Approach. 

Imperial lists Mondomarine 41m OKKO for sale

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:00
Imperial lists Mondomarine 41m OKKO for sale Monaco-based brokerage house Imperial has proudly announced its appointment as the central agent for the sale of 41m OKKO built by Mondomarine, with the price upon application.

OKKO is a slick, all-aluminium, semi-displacement superyacht with three impressive decks and a powerful bulbous bow. Her twin MTU M91 engines deliver more than 1,750kW each, and the combination of her engine power with the hull and bow shape ensure smooth sailing and low fuel consumption. With a cruising speed of 14.5 knots, OKKO glides through the water seamlessly and quieter than most thanks to specific vibro-acoustic work that ensure greater acoustic insulation and decreased vibration issues.

Designer Giorgio Vafiadis has created a detailed exterior with several large outdoor relaxation spaces and a spacious sundeck space built to specification. This area has been created to hold a maximum of 12 guests comfortably whilst offering scenic views and is perfect for relaxing with the addition of a bar, BBQ, Jacuzzi, seating and sunbeds.

Vafiadis has tried to blend contemporary styling with comfort, using Glyn Peter Machine furniture, Tai Ping carpentry, along with Fendi and Cavalli extras throughout to create a stylish and relaxed interior. The use of mixed African Frake wood helps to create a serene environment that is pleasing to the eye and is also durable.

Five generous ensuite cabins provide accommodation for 10 guests. The owner’s suite occupies a generous space forward on the main deck with the ensuite finished in marble and back-lit onyx. The remaining four guest cabins are situated on the lower deck, comprising two doubles and two twin cabins with Pullman berths. Each cabin has its own Kaleidoscope system offering a wide selection of world cinema from your iPad, and a large selection of A/V amenities.

Built with care and attention to detail, OKKO is a contemporary and stable vessel designed purely for the comfort of guests and her owners.

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New age crop circles

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:16
Not sure what has caused these patterns in the fields near Enstone, but they were very clear today.  I'm sure there is probably a simple answer (my favourite theories, pattern of irrigation sprays or site for local fete). I haven't seen anything quite as fancy before.


Friday evening success

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:38
After yet another excellent cross country day with temps in the high 20s, Symeon and the Friday Evening Group took over the airfield. It was a perfect evening for soaring and Paul Clarke was delighted to see his young son Stevie go solo.

Stevie looking relaxed after his first solo landing
Proud Paul congratulates his son 
Perfect sunset landing for Stevie

Dive into the Mediterranean with M/Y Penelope

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:00
Dive into the Mediterranean with M/Y Penelope In celebration of Flying Charter's successful appointment as the central agent for M/Y Penelope, we take a look at the enticing charter locations guests on board the 30-metre superyacht will no doubt want to explore during the hot summer season.

Part of Ferretti’s Custom Line 97 range, Penelope was built in 2008 with a complete refit in 2018, which increased the internal volume and provides accommodations for up to 12 guests. This is the first year Penelope is available for charter in idyllic locations across the Mediterranean and is moored in Marina di Stabia, in the Gulf of Naples. This beautiful stretch of the Italian coast offers guests a host of sunbathing hot spots and dining opportunities.

Penelope’s charter manifesto begins in the rugged landscape of Capri in southern Italy, at one of the Island’s best-know attractions, the Blue Grotto. Guests can enjoy spectating the scenic cove-studded coastline while relaxing in the Jacuzzi or take a dip into the natural, exquisitely blue waters.

The motoryacht’s exterior offers al fresco dining making any dining experience special especially with a backdrop of picturesque Ischia. The medieval castle, Castello Aragonese, has stood for nearly three centuries and remains one of Ischia’s most iconic sights. Guests can continue their adventure into Ischia’s famous thermal waters that can be found in thermal parks and gardens, natural spas and wellness centres. Aphrodite Thermal Gardens in Sant’Angelo has 12 pools ranging from 20-42 degrees Celsius ensuring comfort for all visitors.

Immersing in conversation amongst family and friends can be further enjoyed ashore from a choice of ravishing dining spots the Amalfi Coast has to offer. The rugged coastline layered with pastel colour is staggered with an array of extravagant restaurants including the Michelin-starred restaurant, Zass. Chef Alois Vanlangenaeker says, “My aim is to enhance the existing product. I have great respect for the ingredients.” Experience authentic Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients from Il San Pietro’s vegetable gardens and local farmers.

If guests prefer to dine on-board Penelope, the superyacht features a teak dining table located on the aft deck with talented chef Daniele providing the very finest, mouth-watering homemade recipes from handmade pizza and focaccia to Italian pasta and seafood dishes.

With only skimming across the surface of what the Mediterranean has to offer; guests are ensured that this isn’t their first or final charter to the region onboard M/Y Penelope.

M/Y Penelope is now available for charter with Flying Charter in the Mediterranean starting from EUR 55,000.

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Glyn Read

Booker Gliding - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:29
It is with great sadness that we have to report the untimely passing of Glyn Read on 3rd July 2018, aged 69.

Glyn was a long-standing member of Booker Gliding Club. along with being an extremely talented pilot, Glyn also spent many years working with the committee and Wycombe District Council negotiating lease and rent renewals.

Glyn was also a member of the Deeside Gliding Club and Lasham Gliding Society where he enjoyed many years of gliding, in particular at Aboyne where he formed his second home thanks to his love of wave soaring.

He will be sorely missed by his friends and business associates.

Below are some photos of Glyn in happier times:


Aboyne - flying with Nick
Aboyne - with Bob the logkeeper
Enjoying a laugh at Booker Regionals
Talgarth with Nick and William


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