CentralCoast Soaring Club is again organising its popular ridge soaring camp at the beautiful NSW country site, Gloucester from August 3-11.
The camp has been a feature of the NSW gliding calendar for more than 30 years. Last year more than 20 pilots from clubs around NSW experienced some of the best soaring in recent years with a combination of ridge, thermal and wave flights to 14,000 feet.
The camp is based at the Gloucester Aero Club, a north-south strip in dairy farmland in the centre of the Avon valley. Ridge soaring takes place during the winter westerly winds along the Mogranis, a 12km range of hills parallel to the Buckets. The area is one of the most scenic in NSW with the Gloucester and Barrington Tops to the west and the ocean visible to the east.
Westerlies flowing at an only few knots will enable soaring along the ridge. Fast runs below the ridge can be experienced and thermals and wave allowing heights to more than 10,000 ft are not unknown. Although winter, midday temperatures of more than 20C are common and thermal flights are the norm.
Numerous accommodation options are available in Gloucester - the town is welcoming to the annual visits from glider pilots. Gloucester Aero Club has full facilities including a bunkhouse and camping area.