Out to sea, following the convergence towards Weymouth
Neil getting prepared
Christina (the helicopter pilot) looking forward to her first glider flight.
Elisa about to fly with Graham.
Hugh looking relaxed before his flight.
Highlight of the evening was Trish insisting that Graham showed her some aerobatics. Her hands were still shaking with adrenaline 5 minutes after she had landed!
Trish mid loop.
I think she enjoyed it!
A fantastic evening was rounded off at the Grouse & Ale. Many thanks to Chris and Graham for flying with everyone.
I thoroughly recommend members to bring up friends to fly. It's a great way of spending an evening (and also good for the club finances of course!)
Many thanks to the team - Chris, Hedda, Hugh, Jeremy, Simon P, Rob T and Rob G - for giving up their day to promote the club.
When? Saturday 1st August, 21:00-23:00
Join us as the sun goes down for a night of swimming and SUP-ing! Enjoy a social atmosphere as you experience the Lake in the dark, we will have the bbq fired up too so why not make a night of it! Swim the course for just £10.
Swimming spaces are limited, so book yours today.Want to try stand up paddleboarding?
Give SUP a go at our social evening, with Intro sessions at 19:30, 20:00 and 20:30. The Intro will include free kit hire for the rest of the evening too. Book your spaces for just…
On 9 July we hosted a group of about 20 power pilots from White Waltham and Denham with experience ranging from pre-solo to airline pilot. They were given the opportunity to try general flying in a K13, aerobatics in the K21 and a taster of cross country in the Duo Discus.
Waiting to launchThey all had a really good time, quotes included:
"Fantastic, I wish I'd done this 50 years ago."
"It's been a super day, quite an eye-opener."
"Best fun you can have with your clothes on."
Yesterday a few more pilots who had been unable to join the first trip came along, they all had a great time, and commented how valuable it was to have a better idea of how gliders fly and operate - they don't just cluster round gliding sites!
Where's the engine?
......and after!Adding colour to the day were Graham's Lunak and Robin's Jaskolka, putting all those plain white gliders in the shade.
Jaskolka in blue, Lunak in yellow
Slovenia is often overlooked in favour of larger neighbours including Italy and Croatia. But this Central European country deserves more attention. It’s a fantastic destination for adventure sports of all kinds – including windsurfing. Slovenia windsurfing holidays can combine a visit to it’s small – but lovely – Mediterranean coast, with the stunning mountain...
National Geographic Books Unveils Special Access to Pope in New Book, ‘Pope Francis and the New Vatican’
WASHINGTON (July 21, 2015)—Since his ascent to the papacy in 2013, Pope Francis has electrified the world and infused the Vatican with unprecedented energy. National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder was given over six months of special access to the pope to document his daily life inside the Vatican. POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN (National Geographic Books, ISBN: 978-1-4262-1582-7; Aug. 4, 2015; $40) beautifully captures the spirit of the new Vatican and the transformation sweeping through the Catholic Church.
Through breathtaking photography and exclusive reporting, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN showcases the pope’s public life and personal convictions as never before. Yoder’s photos and the stories behind them, written by acclaimed author and journalist Robert Draper, highlight the deep love and mercy that lies at the heart of Francis’ ministry. Draper spent a month in Rome interviewing Vatican officials and three weeks in Argentina interviewing dozens of Pope Francis’ lifelong friends, many of whom had never spoken with the media before. Draper’s essays reveal the themes that have been woven through the pope’s entire life.
The Vatican finds the pope to be a paradox. Known as the “available pope,” a contradiction in terms, he is hailed by the press as a reformer, a radical and a revolutionary. Those close to him in Rome say he is all of these things, and yet none of them. The answer to the question reverberating around the world remains a mystery: Will Pope Francis change the Vatican, or will the Vatican change him?
“He won’t change doctrine. What he will do is return the Church to its true doctrine — the one it has forgotten, the one that puts man back in the center,” says the pope’s longtime friend, Franciscan priest Ramiro de la Serna.
Timely and poignant, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN reveals this spiritual revolutionary through a new lens. Yoder and Draper take readers on a stunning journey through the complexities of the new Vatican under Pope Francis, his early life and journey to the papacy, and the Church’s relationship with our rapidly changing world.
Publishing just ahead of Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States in September 2015, the book is being released in conjunction with the August issue of National Geographic magazine, which features Yoder and Draper’s work on the pope and the Vatican as the cover story. The magazine is on digital newsstands now and will be on print newsstands July 28.
For National Geographic’s youngest fans, National Geographic Kids is simultaneously releasing a Level 1 reader, POPE FRANCIS (978-1-4263-2253-2; Aug. 4, 2015; $3.99), available in English and Spanish.
About the Author and Photographer
Robert Draper is a contributing writer to National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine and is a correspondent for GQ magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Dave Yoder is a National Geographic magazine photographer and a National Geographic Society Explorer based in Milan and Rome. His work has appeared in prestigious publications around the world.
About National Geographic Books
National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos dealing with subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit facebook.com/NatGeoBooks and nationalgeographic.com/books.
Full-size PDF version of press release available here.
WASHINGTON (July 13, 2015)—Organizations along the length of the Mississippi River are joining with National Geographic Maps to highlight the world-class natural, cultural and historic sites, attractions and tourism businesses along the river for a new National Geographic interactive MapGuide website of the region.
The Mississippi River Geotourism project will travel through Arkansas this week to kick off community outreach to identify the places along the Mississippi that are most respected and recommended by locals. The project seeks to contribute to the economic health of communities along the river by promoting geotourism: tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.
A community-based nomination process is being used to create the National Geographic interactive website covering the immediate counties on either side of the river as well as the entire Delta region from Illinois southwards. Local residents and visitors are invited to nominate the landmarks, attractions, activities, businesses and events that define the region’s character and distinctive appeal.
From July 14 to 17, public forums and presentations will be conducted in Arkansas communities along the river, from Paragould to Lake Village, to encourage nominations and community involvement. Nominations may be made at http://mississippiriver.natgeotourism.com/.
The Mississippi River Geotourism program is a joint effort of the Mississippi River Connections Collaborative (MRCC) and the National Geographic Society. The MRCC is an informal network of local, state and nonprofit organizations whose mission is “to promote the magnificence and diversity of the Mississippi River as a national treasured landscape.” The MRCC is working to increase recognition of “America’s Great River,” enhance the existing resources, promote stewardship and sustainable practices, acquire funding for conservation and ensure that all Americans can enjoy these assets in the future.
“Participation by local residents is critical to the Mississippi River Geotourism program’s success,” said Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert Moore. “Our goal is to get nominations from across the region that identify the things people love best, those ‘must-see’ places that might range from an incredibly beautiful hike to an atmospheric downtown area with local character.”
“The National Geographic Maps Division is pleased to have the opportunity to spotlight this region and, in doing so, support and sustain it as one of the prized places on the globe,” said James Dion, director of tourism programs, National Geographic Maps. “The website will celebrate the area’s abundant natural, cultural and historical attributes from the unique vantage point of those who live there.”
The MapGuide website development process is driven by local people and is overseen by the Mississippi River Geotourism Stewardship Council, a regional committee of people and organizations from the area representing community leaders, historians, river organizations, public lands managers, indigenous peoples, artists and tourism businesses.
Geotourism websites have been published for the U.S. Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida), Bahamas, Newfoundland (Canada), Douro Valley (Portugal), Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), Bocas del Toro and Roatan (Panama, Honduras), Central Cascades (Oregon, Washington), Crown of the Continent (Alberta, British Columbia, Montana), Four Corners (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah), East Tennessee River Valley, Greater Yellowstone (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), Lakes to Locks Passage (New York), Redwood Coast (California) and Sierra Nevada (California).
About National Geographic Maps
Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world. For more information, visit natgeomaps.com.
WASHINGTON (July 7, 2015)—Two new members have joined the National Geographic Society board of trustees. They are Brendan Bechtel, president and chief operating officer of Bechtel Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading engineering, construction and project management firms; and Anthony Williams, chief executive officer of the Federal City Council and former mayor of Washington, D.C. They join 16 other trustees who are leaders in science, education, business, finance, publishing and public service.
The 127-year-old National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 700 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events.
“National Geographic is fortunate to have the additional counsel and experience of Brendan and Tony, who have impressive records of leadership and service,” said Society Chairman John M. Fahey.
“We are delighted to welcome our new trustees to the board and know that National Geographic will benefit greatly from their expertise and knowledge and their guidance in helping the Society embrace future opportunities and challenges,” said National Geographic President and CEO Gary E. Knell.
Brendan Bechtel is responsible for the management and oversight of Bechtel’s global operations. He is a member of the company’s board of directors and the fifth generation of family leadership. Prior to being elected as president and COO in 2014, Mr. Bechtel worked around the world in field construction, project management and executive leadership, including serving as president of the company’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals business unit. Since the company’s founding in 1898, Bechtel has completed more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents, serving the energy delivery, defense, environmental cleanup, mining & metals, oil, gas & chemicals, infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications industries. Bechtel currently has some 40 offices and 58,000 employees in 40 countries, and has been the No. 1-ranked U.S. contractor by Engineering News Record for 17 years in a row.
Mr. Bechtel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Middlebury College in Vermont. He also completed dual master’s degrees at Stanford University in business and construction engineering and management.
Anthony Williams, who was mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2007, is CEO of the Federal City Council, an organization that serves as a catalyst for progress in the nation’s capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the city. Mr. Williams previously served as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School. During his two terms as Washington’s mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of the city, restoring its finances and improving the performance of government agencies. From 1995 to 1998, before his election as mayor, Mr. Williams was the independent chief financial officer of the District.
In addition to his work on company boards, Mr. Williams devotes his attention to educational and environmental issues, serving on the boards of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, we fund hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. Every month, we reach more than 700 million people through our media platforms, products and events. Our work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives is supported through donations, purchases and memberships. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Note to Editors: Images of Brendan Bechtel and Anthony Williams can be found at:
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SEOUL, South Korea (July 7, 2015)—The National Geographic Society today announced the expansion of its science and exploration programs in Asia, with a regional grant-making office based in Seoul, South Korea. This new office builds on National Geographic’s 125-year history of funding scientific field research, exploration and conservation projects through selective grant programs.
With initial support from C Program, a Korean venture philanthropy that recognizes the importance of supporting science and exploration in the region, National Geographic has established a nonprofit foundation, the National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration in Asia, that will provide grants to scientists, conservationists and explorers from the region who are doing groundbreaking work in their fields and exploring solutions that benefit our planet. The creation of the Science and Exploration Asia office will allow National Geographic to identify up-and-coming leaders in their fields and provide local funding for their work.
“Since 1890, National Geographic has awarded more than 11,000 grants in science and exploration across the globe, and we are excited to expand our grant-making efforts with this new office in Korea,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s chief science and exploration officer. “Thanks to the generous support of C Program, we are honored to be able to reach and support more of the brightest minds and leaders throughout Asia.”
Residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible to receive grants, and the grants cover fieldwork performed in any part of the globe. National Geographic supports a variety of grants for field projects in research, conservation and exploration. These include National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program, which offers smaller grants to individuals ages 18 through 25, often the first grant for fieldwork they receive. An advisory board comprised of leading scientists from across the region will evaluate project applications for potential funding.
The Seoul office will be led by Jay Lee, the newly appointed executive director of Science and Exploration Asia. Lee will develop an Asia-wide funding network and will work closely with National Geographic’s regional media and education partners.
“I am deeply honored to expand the legacy of the National Geographic Society’s scientific research and exploration in Asia,” said Lee. “I hope to build on National Geographic’s nonprofit work of supporting Asian scientists and explorers solving critical issues facing our planet and sharing their compelling stories with the world.”
Over the past 20 years, Lee has worked in various academic research and industry fields, including serving as executive director of OLPC Asia, as senior vice president of SK Telecom, as head of future convergence at Samsung Electronics and as chief strategy officer at IWILab, later known as DaumKakao Corp. He has also run companies in the mobile, social and publishing industries. Lee currently serves as a member of the convergence R&D committee of the Korea National Research Council of Science and Technology. He has two Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a researcher at the MIT Media Laboratory.
National Geographic supports explorers in every corner of the Earth — filling gaps in human knowledge, sometimes in spectacular ways. Scientific field research, exploration, conservation and adventure are the backbone of National Geographic’s grants, which focus primarily on anthropology, archaeology, biology, geology, geography, oceanography and paleontology.
National Geographic grants have led to countless discoveries that continue to shed light on the planet’s rich variety and diversity — and help preserve it. The results from fieldwork are shared with audiences around the world through an array of National Geographic media, including print, broadcast and online outlets as well as events, exhibits and educational platforms.
Past and current National Geographic grant recipients include polar explorer Robert Peary; Hiram Bingham, excavator of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu; anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey; mountain gorilla expert Dian Fossey; underwater explorer and discoverer of the sunken Titanic Robert Ballard; primatologist Jane Goodall; anthropologist Wade Davis; marine biologist Sylvia Earle; and research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin.
Net proceeds from National Geographic’s media platforms and other activities support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs like the Science and Exploration Asia grant program.
Additional information about applying for a grant is available at http://nationalgeographic.com/asia.
About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, we fund hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. Every month, we reach more than 700 million people through our media platforms, products and events. Our work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives is supported through donations, purchases and memberships. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
View of the Wantage turn sector through the rain:
And my least favorite bit at the end:
Denis receiving the trophy from Director Richard Crockett
Denis and the Campbell family.
Competition scorer Pete Wyld
Tim Scott - Task Setter. Richard Crockett - Director. Nils Wedi - Met Man
William Parker - Organiser. John Hubberstey - Control
Jim White and Denis Campbell battled it out to win the day with just about equal distance. Wayne Aspland won Third place .
Denis has won the comp with Jim in second place.
We must also mention Ayala Truelove from Lasham who came third in her Libelle and Stuart Law from Bicester who came fourth in his souped up LS4, Despite flying low handicap gliders they both really put Denis and Jim under pressure. This showed that the Handicap Tasks really do level the playing field. We will all get together again next year and the battle will be repeated.
Part of the grid
Meanwhile we did a bit of club flying, and after one of the launches we found that the glider had been hanging by a thread. It shows how important it is to check the rope as well as the links when hooking on.
Imagine a Duo Discus, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair or a polo field, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman - now think of 315 and Booker pilots John Herman and Phil Binney in the Red Kite Regionals, there must be a Hollywood block buster in there somewhere.
John and Phil relaxing on the polo field in Stokenchurch after a sucessful landout. You can work out who plays what role!
[the entire flight lasted about 30mins - Ed]
Club members are invited to the Red Kite Regionals Barbeque this Saturday, 4th July. Tickets are £10 a head, food and refreshments included. Buy your tickets from the office before 2pm on Saturday, in person or by phone, to make sure there is enough food and drink (beers) to go around. If you would like wine, please bring your own.Members, family and friends all welcome.
See you there,
WASHINGTON (July 2, 2015)—National Geographic announced today the family bloggers who will participate in the National Geographic Kids Insider brand ambassador program for the 2015-2016 yearlong assignment. During this time, the “Insiders” will get a behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic’s resources, activities, content and projects for kids and families. They will receive review copies of books, magazines and toys, and will be offered interviews with authors, explorers and editors. All “Insiders” are also given a badge to display on their sites.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these passionate bloggers to join us in our mission of teaching kids about the planet and empowering them to succeed,” said National Geographic Chief Education Officer Melina Bellows. “This impressive group of bloggers comes from all across North America, and they are dedicated to raising the global citizens our planet so desperately needs.”
“Over the past few years, we have evolved our program through feedback to form deeper and more meaningful relationships with our bloggers, who we see as true partners,” said Anna Irwin, director of the National Geographic Kids Insider program. “We hope this year’s group is as excited as we are about all the cool projects, books and programs we have in store for kids and families.”
The 2015-2016 National Geographic Kids Insiders and their blogs are:
- Alison McFadden, Shortcut Saver
- Allison Waken, All for the Boys
- Amanda Jones, Field Guide to Parenting Outside
- Amelia Mayer, Tales of a Mountain Mama
- Amy Bellgardt, Mom Spark
- Amy Mascott, Teach Mama
- Amy Thayer, Oh So Savvy Mom
- Annemarie LeBlanc, Tourist Meets Traveler
- Brandi Jeter Riley, Mama Knows It All
- Buzz Bishop, DadCAMP
- Carl Bainbridge, Living With Autism: A Parent’s Perspective
- Crystal Rapinchuk, Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
- Deborah Cruz, The TRUTH about Motherhood
- Estelle Erasmus, Musings on Motherhood & Midlife
- Fadra Nally, All Things Fadra
- Gina Vercesi, Kids Unplugged
- Janis Brett Elspas, Mommy Blog Expert
- Jessica Wellington, Family Fun Journal
- Jill Amery, UrbanMommies
- Kara Lewis, The Joys of Boys
- Kathy Balman, Kathy’s Cluttered Mind
- Kathy Dalton, Go Adventure Mom
- Leticia Barr, Tech Savvy Mama
- Lisa Collins, Mom on the Side
- Melissa Northway, Dandelion Moms
- Melissa Pezza, The Mommyhood Chronicles
- Natasha Nicholes, Houseful Of Nicholes
- Nirasha Kumar, Mommy Niri
- Pilar Clark, Dearest Geeks of Earth
- Robyn Good, Celeb Baby Laundry
- Sommer Poquette, Green & Clean Mom
- Stacie Connerty, Divine Lifestyle
- Thien-Kim Lam, I’m Not the Nanny
- Tim Burns, A Geek Daddy
- Tina Seitzinger, Life Without Pink
- Trey Burley, Daddy Mojo
- Val Curtis, BonBon Break
- Vaneese Pattman, Mommy Works a Lot
The National Geographic Kids Insiders were selected because of their passion for raising the next generation of explorers. The application process will reopen to the public in May 2016, and a new group of Insiders will be selected.
About National Geographic
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. You can follow National Geographic Kids on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
WASHINGTON (July 1, 2015)—A group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine will learn to tell their stories through photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp Ukraine, July 5-10. The camp, to be held in Kharkiv, Ukraine, is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative project and will highlight issues faced by young people in the region. The 20 participants, ages 17-30, will be mentored by National Geographic magazine contributing photographers Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Matt Moyer and National Geographic magazine’s deputy director of photography, Whitney Johnson.
The six-day workshop, conducted in partnership with USAID and the Institute for Regional Media and Information, will train the students to document the reality of their lives as people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. For more than a year, youth in eastern Ukraine have faced life-altering challenges: being caught up in conflict, losing friends and families, fleeing their homes and starting new lives in new cities. Much of the country’s response to the conflict has focused on addressing the urgent humanitarian needs, leaving youth with little outlet to express their experiences. There are currently an estimated 1.2 million IDPs registered as a result of the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with nearly 980,000 IDPs in the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk. The lives of thousands of children and young adults have been disrupted as they face the challenge of reconciling their new reality within the greater context of Ukraine’s democratic transition.
“We hope Photo Camp Ukraine will provide the participants with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s chief science and exploration officer. “National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We have found that Photo Camp inspires a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work.”Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp. National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,500 young people in 69 locations since 2003. For more information on recent Photo Camps in South Sudan and Jordan, visit:
National Geographic previously conducted a Photo Camp in Crimea in 2010 with USAID support. The students designed a portrait of the Black Sea and the Crimean coast, with special attention to the region’s natural environment, economic resources and the participants’ own connection with water.
About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, we fund hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. Every month, we reach more than 700 million people through our media platforms, products and events. Our work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives is supported through donations, purchases and memberships. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.