• Welcome to The East Sussex Soaring Association (ESSA)

      Intro to the Club

      East Sussex has some of the best hill sites in the south of England for radio controlled glider slope soaring. To find out about the local glider based club please see 'About ESSA' above.

      Dave Marshall

      Sad news
      Dave past away on 23rd November. He was a very active member in the 80s and 90s
      His funeral will be at the Eastbourne crematorium on Tuesday 10th Dec 3.15, I will be there so if you remember Dave please come
      At some point I will place his gliders on the clubs website, his family has asked me the pass these on to the club members who could make good use of them. JP.

      Long Man site

      If you are not an ESSA member do have a look at the item about the Long man site on the BMFA SE website.

      ESSA fees for 2020

      The ESSA fees for year 2020 remain at £12 for seniors and £1 for juniors.

      BMFA fees – Adults £38 and Juniors £17. The new mandatory CAA fee of £9  

      There are two ways to pay:

      1.     As in previous years you can pay the BMFA through ESSA (same as before). Fees may now be paid via BACS/internet bank transfer, please contact Pete or Ray for details. 

      2.     Do it yourself through the BMFA ‘Go Membership’ portal  https://bmfa.org/renew (this is available to everyone and also replaces Country Membership) If you choose this way then, after paying, please also go to the ‘My Membership’ page and on the righthand side under ‘My Clubs’ select ESSA. If you are a member of 2 or more clubs then you can select one of them as your ‘Primary’ club

      NOTE: If you have not paid BMFA fees then as of 1st January you are NOT insured!  

      Obviously, if you pay BMFA direct the you are insured immediately, however, if you wish to pay through ESSA then as ESSA is an affiliated club you are insured as soon as you have paid your fee.

      How to join ESSA

      For ESSA Membership the best option at the moment is to contact the membership secretary by text, voice or email. See contact page for details. Or click here for the Membership Application form or use contact us

      If you use the form please send the subs to the Treasurer at the same time by cheque or BACS/internet bank transfer. Subs from 1 July 2018 reduce to £10. See contacts page for treasurer's details.

      If you are new to slope soaring then please see New Members FAQs


      If you have any nice pictures of model gliders that you would like displayed on the website then please send them to Pete Burgess