Two-time World Gliding Champion, Andy Davis from Uley, has won the silver medal in the Open Class at the World Gliding Championships which finished this weekend at Leszno in Poland.
Flying his JS-1 glider, Andy (58), flew 10 races totalling more than 3100km over the two week competition finishing only one race outside the top six.
Going into Saturday’s final race, Andy had a slim lead over the rest of the field but a sparkling performance from German pilot, Michael Sommer, put him into the gold medal spot.
Andy’s second place finish wasn’t enough to maintain his overall lead and he had to settle for a silver medal to go with the gold medals he won in 1993 and 2003 before deciding to retire from international competition (a decision that he subsequently overturned).
Andy’s performance in the Open Class was part of an outstanding overall showing by the British team which resulted in the UK winning the World Team Cup.
These results are the latest in a long gliding career. As well as his world championship successes, Andy has won more UK national titles than he can remember and is an active coach, both to UK teams and at his club, Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club, based at Nympsfield. In 2006 he was awarded the MBE for services to gliding.
Andy’s crew at the championship was his wife, Pammi, who ensured that his glider was always prepared to championship standards, helped with the launch and generally ensured that the competition ran smoothly. He was cheered on from the UK by his son, Matt, who is following in his father’s footsteps and who will be defending his UK Junior title later this month.