Friday 14th. A moderate SSW’ly meant that a decision was made to AT and not winch and 13 ATs were flown off runway 20 under mainly cloudy skies that supported some convection, some of which turned to showers and eventually more general rain. 1 First Flight pupil had 32 enjoyable minutes aloft, while 4 private owner launches complemented those of the club’s K21 JVZ and the DG1000. Martin Newbery continued his gliding holiday with Dad Albert, having 2:20 in their DG1000t, while Colin Troise and Diane Thomas had 1:11 in the club DG1000 to complete the 2 flights that exceeded an hour, a good advert for this particular DG product. Colin also had 47 minutes solo in K21 JVZ while Mark Jerman had 55 minutes in his ASW27. Cloud base eventually rose to just under 4,000′ asl.
Saturday 15th. The wind had veered into the SW and increased in strength slightly compared to Friday, so this time the decision was taken to winch and John Marsh was first to launch at 0916 hrs in the DG303. Flying continued until the last landing at 1742 hrs, by which time, 29 winch launches had been flown, including 6 for a party of Scouts. 8 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour, as 3 each of the club’s 2 seaters and single seaters dominated the launch point with only a single private owner launching. Bill Payton recorded the longest flight of the day, just over 3 hours in Astir GBK, while others to exceed an hour included Rob and Spencer Bailey who had 1:49 in the DG1000, finding some weak wave to the west of the site, and syndicate partners Colin Troise and Nigel Burke who shared 1:15 in the DG500. Colin also had 1:16 in the Discus and Mark Jerman had 1:20 in his ASW 27. The day also saw a visit from a glider from Pocklington, the disabled pilot then taking an AT back home.
Sunday 16th. A moderate WSW’ly led to another winching day, but a decreasing wind strength as it backed into the SSW, meant that a change to ATing took place around 1300 hrs. The 9 winch launches and 18 ATs led to 7 flights of over an hour, while 6 First Flight pupils were introduced to soaring, all having flights of at least 30 minutes. All the club 2 seaters and 3 of the single seaters,were flown while 2 private owners launched, both by winch, demonstating both their eagerness to get into the air and to save a few bob. Rob Bailey had the longest flight of the day, 3:40 in the Discus, off an AT, but the Newbery’s, with 2:24 in their DG1000t and Mike Wood, with 2:06 solo in the T21, showed what could be done off a winch launch. Conrad Thwaites and Ken Duxbury also had flights in excess of an hour from the winch, Conrad having 1:37 in the DG303 and Ken 1:19 in Astir GBK. The AT flights in excess of an hour were completed by R & M Beezer who had 1:00 in the DG500 and Jim McLean who had 1:05 in the DG303.
Monday 17th. A light SSE’ly that slowly backed to become a ESE’ly saw operations start off runway 24 but then move to runway 20 as the wind freshened slightly mid afternoon. A high overcast persisted all day but thinned sufficiently late morning to allow some significant convection to develop, this being exploited by Klaus Schneider Zapp, who had 1:47 in the DG303 and by Neil Gregson who had 1:01 solo in K21 JVZ. The high overcast then thickened and convection ceased although some dark looking convective clouds were visible to the north and north east. George Rowden, flying his LS8t took a tow north and via a thermal enroute, reached the said clouds to find they were the result of a convergence lying roughly along the line of the northern edge of the North Yorks Moors. A foray past Carlton Bank and beyond the line of clouds found no signs of convection and areas of low tattered cloud along the line of the convergence gave little or no lift, the best lift being on the sunny south edge of the cloud mass, an average of 6 kts being found there by Phil Lazenby in his Pegase who eventually joined George at the convergence and followed it SEwards to north of Hemsley. The highest cloud base reported was 4,300′ asl. George meantime had followed the convergence NW to Northallerton but both he and Phil found the lift to be quickly dying so a return to Sutton was made where George landed having completed the day’s longest flight, 2:55. Even around 1700 hrs, weak thermals were still to be had, this more local convection having been used by Chris Thirkell in his 1:10 flight solo in K21 JVZ. The day’s flying was completed by a single sortie in the Falke, recently returned from its check.