You may ask yourself the question why would someone be interested in flying a glider? Probably every glider pilot will have his own story, but here is mine. I started flying RC with a Gentle Lady (still have it!) and launched it with a bungee. The friend who taught me how to fly RC was a full-size glider pilot himself except for being an exceptional RC pilot. So I was lucky to learn from him to read the air and be able to catch thermals. I built several power models after that, but had not have much luck in learning to fly them and the damage was always very expensive. At that time I started to follow the SA glider community news. The Goodrums produced a kit of a 2m glider which had better performance than the GL I was flying and I acquired one. This model had a fibreglass fuz and veneer covered foam wings but still only Rudder/Elevator control. I also built several larger gliders like a Sagita (2,5m) and others with basic wood building material from plans. By this time I discovered the slope at Volksrust and built many models which could be flown off the slope. Slope flying is still one of the most amazing experiences for me. Flying at the slope also improved my flying skills. Back to Thermal flying, at some stage I visited one of the Highveld Thermal league competitions as a spectator and saw this is what I want to do. The gliders were mostly moulded high-tech models. I started taking part in an entry level thermal competition for 2m gliders which was called G2K. This helped me improve by leaps in air reading and precision flying. As with any competitive environment, I soon realised I need a better model to do better. To improve my model I had to understand some aerodynamic principals and lots of time was spent on research and discussions on the internet. I also took part in the National postal competition which can be done at your own club and is flown 4 times per year. Gliding (slope and thermal) kept me busy for the biggest part of the year or is it all the time I had available.