British Gliding Records

British gliding records fall into two principle categories: UK and National.  UK records are for flights flown in the UK whereas National records are for flights by British pilots and which can be flown anywhere in the world.  Within the UK record category there are records for the four diffferent sailplane classes (Open, 20m, 15m and Standard) and, within the National record category, records for the Open and 15m classes. There are also separate feminine records for all of these record categories.

CategoryClass
Open20m15mStandard
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UK Open Records
RecordCurrent RecordHolderGliderDate Set
Absolute Altitude11570mChris Rollings & Bryony HicksDG500 22 ElanO908/10/1995
Gain of Height10545mChris Rollings & Bryony HicksDG500 22 ElanO908/10/1995
Free Distance827.9kmT J WillsLS-629/05/1986
Free Out and Return Distance824.5kmEdward Downham & Robin MayEB2818/05/2010
Free Three Turnpoint Distance1020.07kmRussell CheethamASW22BL25/06/2004
Free Triangle Distance808.9kmEdward Downham & Alex HippelEB2812/05/2012
Straight Distance to a Goal664.54kmA Darlington & G MacDonaldNimbus 3DT25/06/2004
Three Turnpoint Distance1108.7kmJohn WilliamsAntares 20E08/04/2007
Out and Return Distance801.3kmC GartonKestrel 1922/07/1976
Triangle Distance805.8kmEdward Downham & Alex HippelEB2812/05/2012
100km Triangle152.53km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E19/08/2013
200km Triangle152.53km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E19/08/2013
300km Triangle132.94km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E10/09/2013
400km Triangle121.66km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E09/02/2015
500km Triangle121.66km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E09/02/2015
600km Triangle101.47km/hEdward DownhamASW 2716/08/2003
750km Triangle98.46km/hA E KayLS6C-18W21/04/1995
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R166.88km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E29/09/2012
500km O/R152.77km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E05/07/2013
750km O/R87.25km/hBernie Morris & Nigel StevensonNimbus 3DT30/07/2007
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal233.60km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT 15m13/02/2012
200km Goal167.5km/hEdward Downham
& Stefan Astley
EB2822/05/2011
300km Goal132.8km/hA H WarmingerKestrel 1924/04/1976
400km Goal98.36km/hA H WarmingerVentus 16.6m07/04/1990
500km Goal90.7km/hH C N GoodhartSkylark 310/05/1959
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UK 20m Class Records
RecordCurrent RecordHolderGliderDate Set
Free Distance827.9kmT J WillsLS 629/05/1986
Free Out and Return Distance801.3kmC GartonKestrel 1922/07/1976
Free Three Turnpoint Distance981.68kmPhil JonesVentus 2CX 1822/05/2004
Free Triangle Distance801.13kmEdward DownhamASW2725/06/2004
Straight Distance to a Goal579.36kmH C N GoodhartSkylark 310/05/1959
Three Turnpoint Distance1108.7kmJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E08/04/2007
Out and Return Distance801.3kmC GartonKesterl 1922/07/1976
Triangle Distance801.13kmEdward DownhamASW 2725/06/2004
100km Triangle152.53km/hJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E19/08/2013
200km Triangle152.53km/hJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E19/08/2013
300km Triangle132.94km/hJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E10/09/2013
400km Triangle121.66km/hJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E09/02/2015
500km Triangle121.66km/hJohn WIlliamsAntares 20E09/02/2015
600km Triangle101.47km/hEdward DownhamASW 2716/08/2003
750km Triangle98.46km/hAE KayLS6C-18W21/04/1995
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250kmTriangleNo current record
300km O/R166.88km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E29/09/2012
500km O/R152.77km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E05/07/2013
750km O/R80.66km/hDavid MassonLS6C-15W02/06/2013
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal233.60km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT 15m13/02/2012
200km Goal156.96km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT 15m10/10/2013
300km Goal132.8km/hA H WarmingerKestrel 1924/04/1976
400km Goal98.36km/hA H WarmingerVentus 16.6m07/04/1990
500km Goal90.7km/hH C N GoodhartSkylark 310/05/1959
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UK 15m Class Records
Free Distance827.9kmT J WillsLS 629/05/1986
Free Out and Return Distance754.0kmDavid MassonLS6C-15W02/06/2013
Free Three Turnpoint istance830.6kmKevin HoookDG400-1508/04/2007
Free Triangle Distance801.13kmEdward DownhamASW 2725/06/2004
Straight Distance to a GoalNo current record
Three Turnpoint Distance844.0kmDavid MassonLS6C-15W11/07/2006
Out and Return Distance751.8kmDavid MassonLS6C-15W02/06/2013
Triangle Distance801.13kmEdward DownhamASW 2725/06/2004
100km Triangle142.53km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT(15m)29/08/2011
200km Triangle114.95km/hD S WattASW 2403/08/1990
300km Triangle115.85km/hJ GorringeLS 703/08/1990
400km Triangle107.44km/hPhil JonesVentus 2b13/07/2002
500km Triangle108.84km/hPhil JonesVentus 2b16/04/2002
600km Triangle101.47km/hEdward DownhamASW 2716/08/2003
750kmTriangle87.02km/hEdward DownhamASW 2725/06/2004
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R135.97km/hSantiago CervantesDiscus bT28/06/2013
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/R80.66km/hDavid MassonLS6C-15W02/06/2013
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal233.60km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT 15m13/02/2012
200km Goal156.96km/hColin HamiltonVentus CT 15m10/10/2013
300km Goal131.1km/hT J WillsStandard Libelle24/04/1976
400km GoalNo current record
500km GoalNo current record
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UK Standard Class Records
Free Distance718kmT J WillsStandard Libelle01/08/1976
Free Out and Return Distance616.9kmJay RebbeckLS 8-1525/05/2013
Free Three Turnpoint Distance763.32kmMike YoungLS 819/06/2002
Free Triangle Distance760.88kmMike YoungLS 819/06/2002
Straight Distance to a GoalNo current record
Three Turnpoint Distance768.5kmBruce CooperASW 2830/07/2007
Out and Return Distance616.9kmJay RebbeckLS 8-1525/05/2013
Triangle Distance760.88kmMike YoungLS 819/06/2002
100km Triangle135.27km/hSantiago CervantesDiscus bT17/04/2014
200km Triangle114.95km/hD S WattASW2403/08/1990
300km Triangle115.85km/hJ GorringeLS 703/08/1990
400km Triangle105.08km/hM JordyLS 819/06/2002
500km Triangle106.06km/hD S WattASW 2421/04/1995
600km Triangle88.1km/hA E KayASW 2409/05/1991
750km Triangle83.71km/hMike YoungLS 819/06/2002
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R135.97km/hSantiago CervantesDiscus bT28/06/2013
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal201.92km/hSantiago CervantesDiscus bT10/10/2013
200km Goal148.34km/hHoward JonesDiscus 2a12/04/2011
300km Goal131.1km/hT J WillsStd Libelle24/04/1976
400km Goal73.8km/hT J WillsStd Libelle07/06/1976
500km GoalNo current record
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UK Feminine Open Records
Absolute Altitude8701mAlison JordanAstir CS08/10/1978
Gain of Height7833mAlison JordanAstir CS08/10/1978
Free Distance454kmAnne BurnsAnne Burns10/05/1959
Free Out and Return Distance539.70kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Free Three Turnpoint Distance762.6kmKay DraperLS 8-1530/07/2007
Free Triangle Distance587.6kmSarah KelmanASW 28-1531/05/2006
Straight Distance to a Goal324.4kmJane NashVentus b15/04/1989
Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Out and Return Distance538.70kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Triangle Distance601.0kmSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
100km Triangle132.1km/hSarah KelmanASW 28-1519/07/2006
200km Triangle104.95km/hKay DraperLS 8-1504/08/2014
300km Triangle99.81km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/07/2006
400km Triangle100.10km/hWendy HeadASW 27b20/08/2013
500km Triangle91.59km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/05/2013
600km Triangle83.99km/hSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
750km TriangleNo current record
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R107.07km/hSarah KelmanASW 2831/07/2007
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal142.42km/hKay DraperLS8-1502/04/2013
200km Goal119.33km/hKay DraperLS8-1503/08/2014
300km Goal93.16km/hJane NashMini Nimbus07/04/1990
400km GoalNo current record
500km GoalNo current record
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UK Feminine 20m Class Records
Free Distance454kmAnne BurnsSkylark 3A10/05/1959
Free Out and Return Distance539.70kmKay DraperLS8-1503/05/2014
Free Three Turnpoint Distance762.6kmKay DraperLS8-1530/07/2007
Free Triangle Distance587.6kmSarah KelmanASW28-1531/05/2006
Straight Distance to a Goal324.4kmJane NashVentus b15/04/1989
Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Out and Return Distance538.70kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Triangle Distance601.0kmSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
100km Triangle132.1km/hSarah KelmanASW 28-1519/07/2006
200km Triangle104.95km/hKay DraperLS 8-1504/08/2014
300km Triangle99.81km/h93.16km/hLS 8-1503/07/2006
400km Triangle100.10km/hWendy HeadASW 27b20/08/2013
500km Triangle91.59km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/05/2013
600km Triangle83.99km/hSarah KelmanASW 2908/08/2007
750km TriangleNo current record
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R107.07km/kSarah KelmanASW 2831/07/2007
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
100km Goal142.42km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/04/2013
200km Goal119.33km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/08/2014
300km Goal93.16km/hJane NashMini Nimbus07/04/1990
400km GoalNo current record
500km GoalNo current record
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UK Feminine 15m Class Records
Free Distance324.4kmJane NashVentus b15/04/1989
Free Out and Return Distance539.70kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Free Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Free Triangle Distance587.6kmSarah KelmanASW 28-1531/05/2006
Straight Distance to a Goal324.4kmJane NashVentus b15/04/1989
Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Out and Return Distance538.70kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Triangle Distance601.0kmSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
100km Triangle132.1km/hSarah KelmanASW 28-1519/07/2006
200km Triangle104.95km/hKay DraperLS 8-1504/08/2014
300km Triangle99.81km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/07/2006
400km Triangle100.10km/hWendy HeadASW 27b20/08/2013
500km Triangle100km Triangle91.59km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/05/2013
600km Triangle83.99km/hSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
750km TriangleNo current record
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R107.07km/hSarah KelmanASW 2831/07/2007
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
1250km O/RNo current record
100km Goal142.42km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/04/2013
200km Goal119.33km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/08/2014
300km Goal93.16km/hJane NashMini Nimbus07/04/1990
400km GoalNo current record
500km GoalNo current record
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UK Feminine Standard Class Records
Free Distance269.85kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Free Out and Return Distance539.7kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Free Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Free Triangle Distance587.6kmSarah KelmanASW 28-1531/05/2006
Straight Distance to a Goal203.31kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/08/2014
Three Turnpoint Distance757.46kmSarah KelmanASW 2819/06/2002
Out and Return Distance538.7kmKay DraperLS 8-1503/05/2014
Triangle Distance601.0kmSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
100km Triangle132.1km/hSarah KelmanASW 28-1519/07/2006
200km Triangle104.95km/hKay DraperLS 8-1504/08/2014
300km Triangle99.81km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/07/2006
400km Triangle97.57km/hSarah KelmanASW 2813/07/2002
500km Triangle91.59km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/05/2013
600km Triangle83.99km/hSarah KelmanASW 2808/08/2007
750km TriangleNo current record
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R107.07km/hSarah KelmanASW 2831/07/2007
500km O/R106.89km/hSarah KelmanASW 2814/08/2003
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
1250km O/RNo current record
100km Goal142.42km/hKay DraperLS 8-1502/04/2013
200km Goal119.33km/hKay DraperLS 8-1503/08/2014
300km GoalNo current record
400km GoalNo current record
500km GoalNo current record
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UK National Open Records
Absolute Altitude11,570mC C Rollings & Bryony HicksDG 500 2208/10/1995 in UK
Gain of Height10,545mC C Rollings & Bryony HicksDG 500 2208/10/1995 in UK
Free Distance1078.84kmPam KurstjensNimbus 4T05/01/2003 in Australia
Free Out and Return Distance1617.6kmJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
Free Three Turnpoint Distance2205.1kmJohn WilliamsAntares 20E19/12/2010 in Argentina
Free Triangle Distance1362.68kmR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
Straight Distance to a Goal965.26kmPam KurstjensNimbus 4T05/01/2003 in Australia
Three Turnpoint Distance2001.0kmJohn WilliamsAntares 20E25/12/2010 in Argentina
Out and Return Distance1551.0kmJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
Triangle Distance1362.68kmR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
100km Triangle170.59km/hPhil JefferyVentus 2cxt 1824/11/2009 in S Africa
300km Triangle168.2km/hShaun LapworthJS1C 21m02/01/2014 in S Africa
500km Triangle175.66km/hShaun LapworthJS1C 21m04/01/2016 in S Africa
750km Triangle170.91km/hPhil JefferyVentus 2cxt 1818/12/2015 in S Africa
1000km Triangle146.84km/hEd DownhamJS1C 21m30/11/2015 in S Africa
1250km Triangle109.01km/hR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
300km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
500km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
750km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
1000km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
1250km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
1500km O/R180.22km/hJohn WilliamsAntares 20E30/11/2009 in Argentina
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UK National 15m Class Records
Free Distance949.7kmKarla KarelLS 320/01/1980 in Australia
Free Out and Return Distance901.0kmEd DownhamASW 27b29/11/2011 in S Africa
Free Three Turnpoint Distance1362.68kmR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
Free Triangle Distance1362.68kmR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
Straight Distance to a GoalNo current record
Three Turnpoint Distance1007.8kmEd DownhamLS 8-1504/12/2003 in S Africa
Out and Return Distance846.5kmBruce CooperASW 2714/12/2007 in Australia
Triangle Distance1362.68kmR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
100km Triangle166.38km/hBruce CooperLS 6b04/01/1991 in Australia
300km Triangle152.71km/hDavid AllisonVentus 2b16/11/1998 in S Africa
500km Triangle149.85km/hMike YoungLS 6a15/11/1999 in S Africa
750km Triangle146.65km/hEd DownhamASW 2704/12/2016 in S Africa
1000km Triangle112.15km/hG E LeeASW 20b25/01/1989 in Australia
1250km Triangle109.01km/hR L RobertsonVentus a02/05/1986 in USA
300km O/R176.64km/hBrian SpreckleyVentus 2a07/01/2001 in S Africa
500km O/R07/01/2001Gillian SpreckleyLS 6c23/11/1999 in S Africa
750km O/R152.46km/hPeter DeaneLS 8a02/09/2002 in USA
1000km O/RNo current record
1250km O/RNo current record
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UK National Feminine Open Records
Absolute Altitude10,550mAnne BurnsSkylark 3B13/01/1961 in S Africa
Gain of Height9,119mAnne BurnsSkylark 3B13/01/1961 in S Africa
Free Distance1078.84kmPam KurstjensNimbus 4T05/01/2003 in Australia
Free Out and Return Distance1002.83kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T11/12/1998 in Australia
Free Three Turnpoint Distance1037.29kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T25/12/1998 in Australia
Free Triangle Distance1036.56kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T25/12/1998 in Australia
Straight Distance to a Goal965.26kmPam KurstjensNimbus 4T05/01/2003 in Australia
Three Turnpoint Distance1037.29kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T25/12/1998 in Australia
Out and Return Distance1002.83kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T11/12/1998 in Australia
Triangle Distance1036.56kmPam HawkinsNimbus 4T25/12/1998 in Australia
100km Triangle159.33km/hPam KurstjensNimbus 4T14/12/2002 in Australia
300km Triangle153.67km/hPam KurstjensNimbus 4T03/01/2000 in Australia
500km Triangle151.37km/hPam HawkinsNimbus 4T04/01/1999 in Australia
750km Triangle150.75km/hPam KurstjensNimbus 4T26/07/2001 in USA
1000km Triangle122.42km/hPam HawkinsNimbus 4T25/12/1998 in Australia
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R156.36km/hRose JohnsonJS121/12/2008 in S Africa
500km O/R156.91km/hPam KurstjensNimbus 4T20/07/2001 in USA
750km O/R130.16km/hNimbus 4T06/01/1999 in Australia
1000km O/R133.89km/hPam KurstjensNimbus 4T07/01/2003 in Australia
1250km O/RNo current record
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UK National Feminine 15m Class Records
Free Distance949.7kmKarla KarelLS 320/01/1980 in Australia
Free Out and Return Distance620.31kmJill BurryMosquito B04/01/1994 in Australia
Free Triangle Distance814.01kmKarla KarelLS 309/01/1980 in Australia
Free Three Turnpoint Distance814.01kmKarla KarelLS 309/01/1980 in Australia
Straight Distance to a GoalNo current record
Three Turnpoint Distance814.01kmKarla KarelLS 309/01/1980 in Australia
Out and Return Distance620.31kmJill BurryMosquito B04/01/1994 in Australia
Triangle Distance814.01kmKarla KarelLS 309/01/1980 in Australia
Free Out and Return Distance620.31kmJill BurryMosquito B04/01/1994 in Australia
100km Triangle134.93km/hGillian SpreckleyLS 816/12/1997 in S Africa
300km Triangle143.17km/hGillian SpreckleyVentus 2a21/11/2000 in S Africa
500km Triangle141.69km/hGillian SpreckleyLS 826/11/2002 in S Africa
750km Triangle119.42km/hJill BurryDiscus b04/01/1999 in Australia
1000km TriangleNo current record
1250km TriangleNo current record
300km O/R143.82km/hWendy HeadASW 27b06/01/2016 in S Africa
500km O/R148.38km/hGillian SpreckleyLS 6c23/11/1999 in S Africa
750km O/RNo current record
1000km O/RNo current record
1250km O/RNo current record
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