Betties Bay

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006.

BASIC / S

DESCRIPTION: Soaring. A big sand dune which has the honour of being the first training site in South Africa. Good soaring flights can be enjoyed after flying across to the peaks (west of the dune). A small landing area combined with the performance of modern gliders makes the dune less suitable than it used to be for training.

WIND: SSW – SE GPS: +- S34o21.33’ E18o54.00’
LAUNCH: at the top of the sand-dune
CAUTIONS: Very turbulent in a SW wind. Always check the wind at the top takeoff – the venturi can be severe.

ALTITUDES: 100m high (120m ASL – ceiling 1200m ASL)
DIRECTIONS: Take the N2 to Gordon’s Bay. At the base of the Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right towards Gordon’s Bay, and follow the signs to Pringle Bay. You will drive along the coast for approximately 20km. After the road climbs away from the coast 5km beyond Pringle Bay, turn right to ‘Stony Point’ and take the second turning right onto a gravel road. After 1km you will see the dune on your right hand side.
PERMISSION: none needed. For the HG B-graded site on the nearby Betties Bay Mountain, contact Johan Smal 021 880 0804.