The 2017 Glider Games are over!
May 4,5,6 and 7, 2017
2017 glider games
The North Coast Soaring Association was proud to present the 5th annual
North Coast Glider Games 2017.
The flying for Thursday was rained out. We flew the sim and just shot the bull and hung out.
(See event locations below.)
6:00a No Steel head trout fishing – Weather canceled
11:30a Friday We traveled to Edgewater after lunch, wind was favorable but the rain continued off and on all day.
10:30a Firing range in the morning. Stonewall LTD. Pistol Range (440) 526 0029 – I00 Ken Mar Industrial Parkway (1/4 Mile west of I-77 exit off RT. 82) Broadview Hts. Oh 44147
12:00p lunch at the Winking Lizard 6111 Quarry Independence Ohio 44131
Rain continued so most went to MAPS Aviation Museum after lunch. A few brave souls made their way to Egdewater and got in a few soggy flights. Dan and Jeff headed out to Perry to maiden Dan’s new Knifedge wing. Dan obviously enjoyed the wind and rain.
7:30p Dinner at Tinkers Creek Tavern, 14000 Tinkers Creek Rd, Walton Hills, OH 44146 American classics & cocktails served in a warm, down-to-earth setting with creek-side patio dining.A good time was had by all.
Directions to the restaurant
COMING FROM 77 SOUTH
Exit Pleasant Valley head East (right) to Canal Road make a right head north to Tinkers Creek Road (1st street on right) make a right onto tinkers Creek Road the tavern is down 1 1/2 miles on the right. 1 1/2 miles east of the tow path.
COMING 77 NORTH
Exit Pleasant Valley road heading East (left Turn onto Pleasant Valley) to Canal Road head north (right turn at light) to Tinkers Creek Road (1st street on right) make a right onto Tinkers Creek Road tavern is down 1 1/2 miles on the right.
COMING 271 SOUTH
Exit at Rockside Road heading West (right turn) to Dunham Road head south (left turn) to Tinkers Creek Road make a right tavern is down 1/8 mile on the left side.
Open, Fun Fly - 9:00a Met at Perry.The forecast looked promising. Party cloudy and 51 degrees with winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 gusting to 25. What a day!
Open, Fun Fly – Back to Perry to wrap up these games.
Here is an awesome video from Tennessee Tom. Sweet!
2016 edition of the Glider Games traveling pilots arrived at Edgewater and joined other pilots flying.
Friday: 6:00 am Jim C. met at City View Steak ‘n Shake for coffee then went Steelhead trout fishing, Rocky River Reservation, Fairview Grayton Rd. off of I-480 just past Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Drowned worms and spinners.
10:30 am Brunch @ Diane’s Deli & Restaurant 1332 W 117th St
11:30 am Traveled to Edgewater and the Games began
7:00 pm Pizza Party & Indoor Flying @ Blossom Hill Complex,
4400 Oakes Road, Brecksville Ohio 44141 (the school building is way in the back)
6:00 am Meeting/coffee, then back to the river for Steelhead fishing. Near the Rocky River Nature Center. Meet/Park along the road at Shepard Ln and Valley Parkway. I will be fishing in the river by that intersection. Should be there by 6:45a
11:00 am Brunch @ Diane’s Deli & Restaurant 1332 W 117th St
12:00 pm Travel to Edgewater and the Games continued **
Here is a quick video of combat from Don
7:30 pm Tinkers Creek Tavern, 14000 Tinkers Creek Rd, Walton Hills, OH 44146 American classics & cocktails served in a warm, down-to-earth setting with creekside patio dining.
Open, Fun Fly
11:00am Brunch at The Winking Lizard in Independence, Rockside Road. Bob Evans was too busy to accommodate the group.
2:30pm Weather did not cooperate today. We did head to Perry and got a couple of short duration flights in.
10:00am Open fun Fly at Edgewater North wind 13 mph gusting to 20 mph Temperature 51 F – Last Day so enjoy!
To: the Pilots of the Glider Games, it was great flying with you and meeting new slopers to the games. We had (19) pilots at the 2016 NCGG and (17) at the Dinner on Saturday. I had so much fun, thanks for participating. Kaan …..thanks for driving me home Saturday night.
Best wind and regards,
For additional info
Slope locations we fly in northern Ohio: information PDF link…. NCSA April 2013
Best places to stay for the money:
La Quinta Inn Cleveland – Independence: 6161 Quarry Ln, Independence, OH 44131 Phone: 1-216-447-1133 (Slopers liked this one best)
Red Roof Inn Cleveland – Independence: 6020 Quarry Ln I-77 At Exit #155, Rockside Rd., Independence, OH, 44131 866-767-0278 $70.00
Comfort Inn - Independence: 6191 Quarry Ln off Rockside Rd., Independence, OH, 44131 866-539-5067 $88.00
Stonewall LTD. Pistol Range (440-526-0029) 100 Ken Mar Industrial Parkway (1/4 mile West of I-77 off Rt. 82), Broadview Hts., OH 44147
Photos from the 2015 North Coast Glider Games
Photos from the 2014 North Coast Glider Games (May 1 – May 3, 2014) uploaded by Jeff Carlton
Above is a link to a great video put together by Jim “Flying” Beagle. Thanks for the assist. Our regular camera guy had a machine failure so all he has is posted below. (nowhere near as nice as Jim’s)
Photos from the North Coast Glider Games (April 19-April 21 2013) – uploaded by Kaan Gunes
North Coast Glider Games – Video HIghlights – uploaded by Jeff Carlton
More photos and information from the event will be available soon…
Stonewall LTD. Gun Shop & Pistol Range (440-526-0029)
100 Ken Mar Industrial Parkway
(1/4 mile West of I-77 off Rt. 82)
Broadview Hts., OH 44147
Those who will be fishing, fly or spinning will want to be wearing hip waders. The best access at this part of the river is mostly on the opposite side of the river. You will be greatly limited without them.
Black flies and dark woolly buggers always seem to please, but I like smoked trout and ribeyes medium rare better.
Fishing Licenses are available at:
http://atlanticgunandtackle.net/ (440) 526-1176
7594 Chippewa Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
(Located in the Brecksville Shopping Center at Route 21 & 82)
Monday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
At Walmart too, anywhere in Ohio I guess.
“2016 North Coast Glider Games are in the books”
The NCSA (North Coast Soaring Association) and Slope Slayer hosted the 2016 “North Coast Glider Games”.
The slopes and airfields we used were determined by the winds and of course the weather dictated the games we played. Slope Pylon Races, Slope Combat, and Hand Launch were the order of the day.
More details are on the NCGG page and come back often as we are going to update the pages with photos and videos. Thanks for making the 2016 Glider Games a huge success.
Some photos from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 North Coast Glider Games have been added under the tab “NCGG”. View the highlights in the video below, and check out the page for more coverage from the event.
A few photos from 2015
2013 NCGG in Review The inaugural North Coast Glider Games event is in the books. We were blessed with great winds on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The varying wind directions and temperatures kept things interesting and allowed us to fly at three of our favorite soaring sites. The weather system that moved through gave us the feel of four different seasons in four days, but the wind never let us down.
Thursday the flying began with an amazing and toasty 83 degrees with 25-30mph winds. The early arrivers got the gift of summer like flying at our City View slope, which is located on a ridge over looking the Cuyahoga River Valley. This flying site is considered our clubs main slope because it accommodates the prevailing wind and is right in town, or as they say it’s a metro-slope. Being located behind a strip of retail stores at a shopping center it lets us access the slope through a paved parking lot, you can actually sit on the fender of your car and fly. For the largest LZ you need to walk south of the grocery store along the slope (about 200’- 600’). You may be tempted to drive down the gravel road, but we were instructed to keep the cars on the paved areas. The LZ at the south end is very big, an abandoned a big box store construction site, partially developed and graded, mostly clear, but rough. Walk the landing area so you know what you will be landing your plane into. This is one of the best slopes in the country, about 330’ up from the valley, it’s our club’s best high wind hill too, the lift doesn’t compress until the upper 40mph winds. There is also the potential for several flight lines because the slope area we can use is about a half a mile wide. If the wind shifts WSW we can move to the north end of the slope. If it turns west we can move further north on the slope to the other side of highway, which is called Bridge View. This gives us about a mile of slope to use at this location. We have flown a south wind at the south end, it’s not great lift, but if it’s sunny and you mix in the strong thermals coming out of the valley, you have some real good flying. The convenience attributes are unbeatable, a highway to the location, you drive in at the top, a grocery store, a couple coffee shops at the north end of the slope, after the flying we have several restaurants to choose from and two of them with beer on the menu.
Friday City View was rocking with 28-38G45, in the morning we all collected for breakfast while waiting for a rain cell to finish moving through. Since the restaurant is on the slope we could watch the sky clear across the valley. We laughed, discussed glider designs and planned the flying for the day. The rain stopped around noon, so we went out to the hill to set up the pylons and throw out the planes. Designated races were never held, but many never had the opportunity to fly a course with the poles. They enjoyed the practice and the challenge. We then dropped the turn pylons and had open flying all day. It seemed like a fall day having the temperature dropping all day. It’s nice to have cars near by to warm up. We never thought the wind would push us to the indoor flying site, we thought the rain could do that, but the wind managed to push a chill into most. So, the pizza party and indoor flying started an hour earlier, so did the eating, which was welcomed by all… along with the warmth. While waiting for the food to be delivered our pilots flew pylon races with their Wingolas from GEMS, some helicopters and a real treat was, Joe Choven flying some nice 3D….very entertaining.
Saturday came with a 21mph WNW wind, so the flying was to be at North Perry Park. Some went steelhead fishing on what seemed like a winter morning, it was snowing a little. Then after brunch the sun came out and just a little warmer than Friday, but not by much. The Perry Slope is flying with a country club feel, nice cut grass, drive up parking, and a pavilion. It’s a very easy and relaxed place to fly. Not our tallest hill, but one of our most beautiful places to fly. Perry is a great place to maiden new planes and we had three to enjoy, Dave’s 60” Mig from Magnum Models, Terry’s 72” P-51 from Leading Edge Gliders and Jeff’s very detailed SlopeSlayer Dragon …. very beautiful flying machines! We had open flying mostly, with a nice combat fur ball and finished the day formation flying our warbirds with Joe’s GEMS F1 Racer mixing in. For dinner we met at a local Pub, had some delicious food and some live music to enjoy with it.
Sunday morning started with a little more Steelhead trout fishing, the river was perfect with some picturesque morning sunshine. Then, we met for brunch and some good story telling. The group proceeded to the Edgewater Park slope to fly some sunny and smooth 16mph NE winds. This slope is on the Lake Erie coast, located in Cleveland, the slope is at the west end of Edgewater Park, an inner city slope. Nice smooth and consistent lift from winds approaching the slope from over the water, LZs are tight and boxed in with trees. So, we fly fast planes with flaps/crow and our EPP birds. Close parking at the top of the slope, with public restrooms and restaurants near by. We had some nice sunshine for pictures, still a bit chilly but, no one complained. Around 2:30p we thanked the Slope Angels for the wind we had the last four days, said our goodbyes…. our traveling friends hit the roads home and some getting dropped at the airport.
We had a lot of fun and we are looking forward to the Glider Games of 2015!