Tuesday 25th to Wednesday 26th August.

Tuesday 25th.  A moderate WSW’ly blew until the mid afternoon  before backing into the S and declining  as a front approached from the SW, its frontal cloud bringing a premature end to what had been a good thermic day with very nice streets.  18 winch launches were flown before the wind declined, with an additional 6 ATs being flown in the lighter wind strengths .  The good thermal conditions encouraged Rob Bailey  in his ASG29t and Martyn Johnson in his DG600 to go cross country, Martyn visiting Ripon and Church Houses in his flight of  2:43 and finding the lift over the N Yorks Moors to be very good.  Rob attempted a Sut/Harrogate N/Scarborough/Garforth/Guisborough/Sut, 300 km flight, but the advancing frontal cloud meant it was engine out on the final leg back to Sutton over the Moors, the distance covered being 294 km.  The excellent visibility and evidence of the approaching front are evident in this photo of Scarborough’s North Bay taken by Rob.

North Bay Scarbrough Rob Bailey 25th Aug

Martyn’s and Rob’s flights were 2 of the 6 flights to exceed an hour, they being joined by Albert Newbery and Stuart Heaton in their DG1000t with 3:04, Nigel Burke in his DG600 with 1:32, this being off the last winch launch of the day, and David Campbell and Charles Willoughby with 1:12 in K21 JVZ.  All the club’s two seaters were flown on the day but non of the single seaters, while the club also acted as a temporary refuge for 2 of the competitors from the 2 seater competition taking place at Pocklington before they were AT’ed home.

Wednesday 26th.   The overnight passage of an active front deposited another 5 mm of rain and left the site in a moderate to fresh S’ly, the post frontal low cloud delaying the start of flying until around 1330 hrs.  Due to the southerly component of the wind, the winch was moved further east from its normal position to minimise the chance of the parachute, rope and rings falling on the public footpath, the wind also helping in this regard as it slowly veered into the WSW over the course of the day.  13 ATs were eventually flown, giving rise to 4 flights of over an hour and an additional 6 over 30 minutes.  The 2 private owners who flew, Martyn Johnson in his DG600 and George Rowden in his LS8t, recorded times of 3:18 and 2:23 respectively,  while John Carter and George Elbourne had 1:03 in the DG500 and Colin Troise and Robin Hutchinson had 1:20 in K21 JVZ.  The day was characterised by some strong thermals and associated strong sink, a cloud base that reached 5,000′ asl and some nice streeting, the latter allowing some long periods of straight and level flight without losing height. This was not always the case however, as Martyn Johnson found only sink on one of his ventures under a pronounced street.    However, for all pilots,  the 25 kt wind at flying height meant that progressing far from the site was problematical.  Pilots also commented that while most thermals were strong and active, occasionally a strong but smooth one was encountered, as were patches of smooth but weak lift in areas away from the cloud that never developed into anything substantial, in spite of wave being forecast.  Apart from the 2 private owners, only 2 seaters were flown, 4 of their flights being for the day’s 4 First Flight pupils, with 4 Junior members of the club also flying and doing a sterling job at the launch point and retrieving landed gliders.


Sunday 23rd to Monday 24th August.

Sunday 23rd.  A steadily strengthening ESE’ly that started as moderate and increased to fresh, with gusts into the mid 30 kt range, meant there was no flying, the wind speed increase being a consequence of an active cold front approaching from the  south.  The lack of real flying was partially compensated by some virtual flying on the simulator before the cold front arrived in the early evening.  The front, complete with thunderstorms,  added another 7.5 mm or rain to the site.

Monday 24th.  The departing front left the site in very murky visibility but with nil wind conditions, the murk soon clearing and Cu starting to develop early wherever the medium level cover was absent.  A change of runways from 02 to 20 preceded the start of flying, a downhill, nil wind take off being preferred to a up  hill, nil  wind take off behind the Super Cub.  Rain, forecast for the afternoon did not arrive, although it did cloud in with the wind eventually settling into the NNW but remaining light.  16 ATs were flown, the first of the day finding a cloud base of less than a 1,000” QFE, under the isolated Cu, the extent of these clouds growing rapidly while the cloud base increased slowly to around 1,500′ QFE.  George Rowden, flying David Stuart, one of the 4 First Flight pupils of the day in K21 JVZ, shared a weak thermal with 2 pairs of Buzzards and as a consequence,  managed to extend his flight time to over 30 minutes, the only flight of the day to do so.  There was not, however, much competition for the longest flight as Mark Walton and Naomi Kennard practised their approach and landing skills from 1,000′ QFE launches in one or other of the K21s under the watchful eye of John Carter, each having 3 such flights.  Naomi’s circuits were all left hand onto runway 20, but with the wind eventually settling into the NNW, Mark’s last two flights led to right hand circuits onto runway 02.

Saturday 22nd August

Saturday 22nd.  A blanket of cloud covered the site at briefing, but with a promise of improving conditions by early afternoon, a decision on the setting of a task for the last day of the YGC’s Task Week was deferred until 1230 hrs.  Mr J Bently, a Day course pupil, was therefore introduced to gliding on the simulator by Steve Thompson, while the repaired launch cabin was restored to its normal position on its wheels by a group of members.  The weather started to brighten up by midday,  but with the visibility still poor under a low cloud base and thunderstorms forecast for later in the afternoon as a trough line approached from the south, the decision was taken to scrub the day for the Task Week competition.  This meant that the leader board was finalised, with Les Rayment coming 3rd in his Ventus ct with 705 points, John Ellis 2nd in his DG800 with 740 points and Steve Ball and Jon May 1st in their Duo Discus with 785 points., retaining their position of Task Week winners they achieved in  2014 and receiving the  2015 Task Week trophy.  John Hart and Chris Stothard, sharing Task Week  flying in their Vega,  received the award for the most kms flown in a non engined glider.  Following all these celebrations, Steve Ball was presented with  a cake by Pauline Rayment to celebrate his XX birthday, the cake adorned with reminders of Steve’s interests, a glider, a yacht, a pair of hiking boots and a black Labrador.  Steve subsequently and generously shared the cake with the Task Week and other pilots. With 4  competition days out of the week and around 3,200 km collectively flown, the 2015 Task Week was considered a success, particularly as much of the cross country flying was done on days that would not have normally tempted people to do so.   Inevitably, once the decision was taken to scrub the day for the Task Week competitors, the weather brightened considerably and this allowed Andy Parish to take Day course pupil J Bently up for a flight in the Falke, and with the continued improvement in the weather to complete his introduction to gliding with a later flight  in K21 JVZ with Steve Thompson, they even managing to find some thermal activity and achieve a flight time of 27 minutes.  This was only beaten by Robin Hutchinson who, also flying JVZ, took his guest Zina for 30 minutes off a 3k tow.  Tom Dale took the Astir for a flight of 18 minutes to add his contribution to the day’s total of 6 ATs, the day’s flying coming to an end in the late afternoon as the first of the forecast thunderstorms approached from the SSW, the first drops of rain falling as the hangar doors were finally shut.

Friday 21st August

Friday 21st.  A moderate to fresh S’ly blew, slowly decreasing through the day and initiallly accompanied by a low overcast that slowly rose and broke up to leave a clear,  sunny and warm evening.  In view of the low cloud base and wind strength the decision was taken to scrub the day’s flying for Task Week competitors but as the conditions improved, first Peter Goodchild in his Pik 20D and then Andy Parish and Lewis Gray flew, the latter in K21 JVZ.  Both flights met or exceeded an  hour with Peter accomplishing the former target  and Andy and Lewis the latter having 1:14, during which time they explored  the ridge as far east as Oswaldkirk, the cloud base having risen to 1,500′ QFE.  Although a gliding task was not set on the day, that didn’t mean there were no tasks accomplished.  The major one of the day was to repair the chassis of the launch cabin, this being accomplished using the steel work skills of Fred Brown and the muscular skills of a number of club members who, relying on youthful involvements in riots, readily overturned the cabin to allow access to its underside.  Thanks to Steve Ball for the following photo.


Thursday 20th August

Thursday 20th.  Another 4 mm of rain had fallen overnight as Wednesday’s depression and its fronts moved  northwards, leaving the site in cloud for the early part of the morning.  However, the cloud soon lifted off the hill and with brighter conditions forecast, the Task Week competitors were given the challenge of visiting as many as possible  north of England rivers via a number of associated TPs.  The brighter forecast weather  did arrive, but the day was generally cloudy, the 20 kt SSE’ly to SSW’ly wind at flying height meaning that going up wind was a problem given the weak nature of the limited thermal activity.  In spite of the conditions, 5 Task Week competitors launched, John Ellis having 3 launches in his DG800 before he was informed that having used his engine to get back from his first flight to Ripon on the river Ure, further flights did not count towards the Task Week competition.  John did however find some 5kts of lift on his second flight  but this had disappeared down wind by the time he relaunched on his 3rd flight.  With this help to the launch total from John, the day’s  total reached 27, with David Aisbitt, a Day Course pupil. matching John’s launch total and having 1:20 of gliding experience.   Task Week competitors Steve Ball and Jon May in their Duo Discus, Albert Newbery and Stuart Heaton in their DG1000t and Les Rayment in his Ventus ct, all visited the river Dove at Helmsley with Albert and Stuart and Les having  flights of 1:40 and 1:26 respectively  as they made use of the lift on the southern ridge and Les finished up being Thursday’s Task Week winner, with Steve Ball and Jon May remaining in the overall lead.   Colin Troise, another Task Week member, flew the DG1000 solo rather than his own glider to record 45 minutes, while John Carter and Tony Shields recorded the same time in their flight in K21 KLW.  On a culinary note, Liz’s kitchen was awarded a 5 star top rating following a visit from the local authourity inspector.  So well done Liz.

Tuesday 18th to Wednesday 19th August

Tuesday 18th.  An eastward moving occluded front and its associated low pressure system moved in over the area during Monday evening and remained in place all day, 14 mm of rain falling on the site.  The Task Week competitors had a rest day as did the club aircraft,  with the cloud blanketing the hill at times.

Wednesday 19th.  Another 4 mm of rain fell in the early hours but come briefing time, the sky had started to clear, although some misty conditions were to be found in the Vale of York.  The Task Week competitors were set a pilot selected task to fly one or more triangles, these ranging in distance from 24 km for the inexperienced soaring pilots to over 300 km for the experienced.  The day took a little while to get going, some early launching competitors having to land back as the low cloud base, weak thermals and 15-20 kt S’ly wind at operating height took their toll.  Even later, with cloud base now  around 3,500′ asl, thermals were hard to find and use, with the result that  2 competitors, Chris Stothard in his Vega and Phil Lazenby in his Pegase landed out, several more abandoned their tasks and the majority of the engine equipped gliders appreciated their presence.  However, Albert Newbery/Stuart Heaton in their DG1000t and Les Rayment in his Ventus ct remained pure on their seperate O/Rs to Rufforth, although Albert and Stuart had to rely on the lift on the southern ridge to get back to circuit height from their 300′ QFE arrival height at Sutton.  Back at site, all the club gliders were flown, including the Falke, and the day saw 47 launches, 20 by private owners.  17 of these launches led to flights of over an hour, with many of the Task Week competitors having 2-3 hours, this group being joined by Duncan Pask in his LS10, Nigel Burke in his DG600 and Don Austin in his Kestrel.  4 First Flight pupils were flown while Andy Parish and Peter Robinson in K21 KLW had 1:10 and Steve Ogden in the Astir, Chris Thirkell  in the Ka8 and Perter Wrigh in the Discus had 43, 41 and 39 minutes respectively.  The day ended with a very enjoyable meal for the Task Week competitors prepared by Liz, who was ably assisted with the serving by John Marsh.  Due to problems with communication, Steve Thompson, the retrieve crew for Phil Lazenby, did not get to Phil’s field until quite late, only to find Phil huddled in his cockpit out of the rain which had started to fall from a NE’ly travelling front, and as a result, a cold and wet Phil missed his Task Week dinner referred to earlier.  A not so  perfect end to Phil’s not so perfect day.

Sunday 16th to Monday 17th August

Sunday 16th.  A light SSE’ly opened the day, this remaining light but slowly veering into the west before backing into the E late in the day under the influence of a sea breeze front.  With Cu readily turning into StratoCu, it was a somewhat tricky day for staying up and, with this in mind, the competitors in the first day of YGC’s Task Week were asked to go on an Ecclesiastical Excursion, visiting pilot chosen TPs associated with Religious sites in the north of England, 18 being on offer.  The day was won by John Ellis in his DG800, who visited 6 TPs, covering 211 OLC kms at a average speed of 90.0 kph, John was also awarded a points bonus for getting closest to heaven with a climb in cloud to around 7,500′ asl.  Les Rayment in his Ventus came 2nd on the day and Peter Goodchild in his Pik 20D third.  In spite of the overcast sky at times, there were some good, strong thermals underneath and later in the day a sea breeze front just to the east of the site.  13 private owners, all the club 2 seaters and 3 of the single seaters flew, generating 14 flights of greater than an hour, the 2 seaters catering for a Day Course  and 3 First Flight pupils as well as club members. The majority of the participants in Task Week recorded flights of 2-3 hours, while the lift on the  sea breeze was simultaneously enjoyed by Resh Khodabocus in the Discus, Paul and Polly Whtehead in K21 KLW, Steve Thompson and Mark Walton in K21 JVZ and John Carter and Mark Newburn in the DG500, all of who benefited by having flights of over an hour.   The front allowed high speed flight without height loss, John Carter and Mark Newburn taking advantage of this to do a high speed O/R to Carlton Bank in their flight of 1:04.

Monday 17th.  The wind has become a light NNW’ly and operations were accordingly off runway 02, flying commencing around 1100 hrs with the first of the day’s 3 First Flight pupils.  The onset of convection around midday saw both the Eurofox and the Super Cub in action as the Task Week competitors set off to fly to designated TP’s on one or more of  4 directions from Sutton.   Most competitors went either south east or south west from Sutton, those going to the NW finding good lift at first but dead air under total spread out beyond Richmond. Patches of spread out were a feature of the day, with Derek Taylor having to abandon his declared  Chesterfield, Peterborough task at Conisbrough Castle, south of Pontefract, but continued back northwards to turn Northallerton and then Pocklington to record 303 OLC kms.  The spreadout also led to Task Week competitor  John Ellis having to resort to the engine of his DG800 having turned Market Weighton, and to the land outs of Sue Aherne in the DG303 near Thirsk racecourse and Peter Goodchild who landed at Rufforth in his Pik20D after having turned Doncaster NW.  The competition’s 3 longest flights were by George Rowden in his LS8t-18, who, after surviving a torrid time under the spread out to the west of the A1, managed to get to the better conditions to the east and covered 207 km.  John Hart covered 260 kms in his Vega, while day winners Steve Ball and Jon May completed an O/R to Newark, covering 295 kms, the outward journey being aided by some booming conditions and  helpful Doncaster ATC, while spread out meant their gaol of reaching Grantham was abandoned and ensured that their return flight contained a long period over Scunthorpe making the most of a weak thermal under the overcast.   This flight meant Steve and Jon were top of the leader board after 2 days of competition, with John Ellis 2nd and Les Rayment 3rd.  Flight times of 3-5 hours were achieved on 6 flights, they contributing to the 15 flights that exceeded an hour, while syndicate partners  Colin Troise and Nigel Burke flew their DG600 to record a combined time of 3:59.  3 First Flight pupils were flown in either K21 JVZ or the DG500, with John Carter and member George Elbourne having 1:06 in the latter glider.

Saturday 15th August.

Saturday 15th.  A light to moderate W’ly blew, slowly veering into the WNW and increasing to moderate as blue skies and early Cu promised another good soaring Saturday.    The prospects for a good cross country day were appreciated by the club’s members and private owners with 17 of the latter taking launches off runway 24 and other club members and 6 First Flight pupils contributing the rest of the 40 launches of the day.  Gliders were soon departing to the south while those staying more local enjoyed some good early soaring before the sky clouded over as the Cu developed into StratoCu.  This caused no reduction in launch rate but did lead to a reduction in flight times, the wind being not quite strong enough to allow the maintenance of height on the hill.  The extensive nature of the spread out was reflected in the number of cross countries abandoned or terminated with the deployment of engines or land outs.  Derek Taylor completed 75% of his Sut/Chesterfield/Peterborough/ Sut task before having to resort to his engine on the way home, the 30 km of overcast proving to be too big a distance to span even for his ASw 22.  Andy Wright also met the same spreadout with the same result, the  engine of his Nimbus 3 being deployed after 245 km of his 300 km O/R to Belvoir.  Darren Lodge in his LS8 and John Ellis in his DG800 both abandoned their tasks too but made it back to Sutton, Darren having turned Goole NE but giving up approaching Northallerton to cover 131km.  John, after turning Scunthorpe, abandoned his leg to Barnard Castle on approaching Dishforth but then flew east to Driffield and back west to near Ripon to cover in total 335 OLC kms.  Phil Lazenby in his Pegase, running north under the overcast after turning Pontefract, reckoned he could turn Northallerton and reach a sunny area to allow a continuation of the flight to Burn.  However, his hopes proved to be  groundless which fortunately wasn’t the condition of the field he landed in.  Fred Brown, finding conditions not to his liking practiced some cloud flying in his Ventus and cloud flying  was usefully used by David Latimer on his 221 km triangle around Pontefract and Thorngumbald, as was a thermal off a sunny Hull the complete surrounding area being overcast.  18 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with Bob Calvert in his Ventus and Derek Taylor in his ASW22 exceeding 5 hours.  7 other pilots exceeded 2 hours, including Frank Wilson who had 2:15 in the club DG303.    The 6 First Flight pupils of  the day included 2 Mile High aspirants, one of whom, Graeme Catlin had the longest two seater flight of the day, 59 minutes with George Rowden in the DG500.

As a post script to one of the achievements of  Wednesday 12th, a photo of Peter Marston receiving his wings from CFI Andy Parish at the end of the flying day  is included below.

Peter Aug


Thursday 13th to Friday 14th August

Thursday 13th.  A light, initially NNW’ly soon veered into the E as misty conditions in the Vale of York cleared to reveal bright skies that slowly clouded over, the wind increasing  to become light to moderate.  Take offs were from the extreme westerly end of 02 to counteract the cross wind and maximise take off length and 18 ATs were eventually flown with the majority of the club fleet utilised, most landings being on runway 06.  The conditions were not condusive to soaring, so there was only two flights of longer than 30 minutes, Ron Beezer and Alex Constantine having the shorter of these with  38 minutes in the DG1000.  Peter Goodchild, first flying with First Flight pupil A Cross in the DG1000, had 28 minutes and followed this with 27 minutes in K21 JVZ with Charles Willoughby.  Mike Wood topped the endurance stakes for single seaters with 26 minutes in the Ka8 while Paul and Polly Whitehead shared the longest flight of the day, an hour, with the help of the engine of the Rotax Falke.

Friday 14th.  A day of low cloud, below hill top at times and periods of rain in a light to moderate N’ly was the legacy of a flabby low moving NE up the UK, the rain being virtually continuous from around midnight and depositing around 14 mm by 1800 hrs.  Consequently it was a day of virtual flying on the simulator for the 4 members of the holiday course before they departed to their various homes around the country.

Friday 7th and Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th August.

Friday 7th.  Having had the assistance of Josephine in retrieving my notes for Friday 7th, I can now give a more comprehensive report.  The day was characterised by a light and variable wind that started in the S and eventually, after becoming W’ly, finished up in  the E as the sky became overcast. 32 ATs were flown, and as reported earlier, Derek Taylor in his ASW22 and Paul Whitehead in his Ventus both completed 400 km flights, Derek turning Ripon, Pontefract, Gainsborough, Pocklington and York based on his OLC trace.  Phil Lazenby also flew a cross country in his Pegase, turning Beverley, Pocklington and Langtoft to cover 167 km.  The good soaring conditions of the day were reflected in flight times, with 17 of the day’s flights exceeding and hour and 5 pilots exceeding 3 hrs, Bob Calvert in his Ventus with just over 5  hours, David Bradley with 4:35, Chris Thirkell with just over 3 hours in his Open Cirrus, Graham Morris with a similar time in his ASW27 and Frank Wilson with 3:27 in the club DG303.  Ken Duxbury and Polly Whitehead each spent over an hour in the Astir, while David Hill and Mr Robinson made sure 2 seater pilots were represented in the list by having 1:03 in K21 JVZ.  As well as the club single seaters, the 2 seaters were kept busy, partially with 3 First Flight pupils.

Saturday 8th.  See the previous report.

Sunday 9th.  In keeping with the variability of the UK’s weather, the good soaring weather of Saturday was replaced by a predominately cloudy day as a weak occluded front crossed the country.  Although not giving any rain, the overcast skies meant that it was a day for mainly gliding, although brighter conditions in the afternoon did allow some soaring to take place, with 3 of the day’s 22 ATs leading to flights of over an hour.   Two of these were by the 2 private owners to launch, Darren Lodge having just over 3 hours in  his LS8 and Martyn Johnson having just under 3 hours in his DG600.  John Carter and Mark Newburn made sure that club gliders were represented with 1:10 in K21 KLW, Mark later having 2 solo flights in the same glider.  Steve Ogden in the Discus and John Marsh/Tony Smith in K21 JVZ, approached but did not pass the 1 hour mark with 52 and 53 minutes respectively.  Most of the 6 First Flight pupils who flew, this definitely including the 2 Mile High pupils, were in the group of 8 flights to exceed 30 minutes.

Monday 10th.    Monday saw the start of another holiday course, Andy Trewitt, Matthew Kirkham, Ian Marshall and David Trouse  being introduced to the course instructors and , following the morning briefing, being briefed on safety and what to expect from the week.  A light to moderate SSE was accompanied by cloudy skies which meant that flying was of the up round and down variety, this applying to the majority of the day’s 19 ATs.  However, around 1300 hrs a weak cold front crossed the site leading to a marked veer in the wind to W’ly and a increase in strength to moderate.  Consequently, the 6 flights following the passage of the front were all in excess of 30 minutes, the day giving the course members a taste of both gliding and soaring.  Andy Parish and Andy Trewitt  had 55 minutes in K21 KLW, while Albert Newbery and YGC member Alex Constantin had 52 minutes in K21 JVZ.  The remaining course members had between 44 and 46 minutes, as did members Naomi Kennard and George Elborn in company with Albert Newbery and  Steve Thompson respectively, on a day when only 3 of the club 2 seaters were flown.  The day’s other aviating came in the form of 3 Falke flights, 1 of these a solo by Andy Hatfield and the other two accompanied by Paul Whitehead.

Tuesday 11th.  A light to moderate W’ly that slowly veered into the NW produced another flying day and one that had sufficient soaring potential to allow a least one cross country and 7 flights to exceed an hour.  4 private owners flew, recording flight times of between 2 and 4 hours, the cross country being by Derek Taylor in his ASW 22 who  visited Ripon, Pontefract, Gainsborough, Pocklington and York in a flight that covered 267 OLC kms.  Bob Calvert in his Ventus, Albert Newbery and Stuart Heaton in  their DG1000 and Bob Beck in his Ventus were the other private owners to fly.  The course members continued with their training, this proving to be especially beneficial to David Trouse who re-soloed after having a couple of check flights on the day, his solo in K21 KLW being off the day’s last flight, so congratulations to him.  Charles Willoughby  added another 1:17 minutes to his log book’s solo flying time, this time flying the Astir, so yet more congratulations to him, while Colin Troise managed to repeat the achievement recorded  a week of so ago by keeping the DG1000 up for 1:30 while all about him were struggling to get to 30 minutes.  None of  the day’s 2 seater flights managed to reach the 1 hr target, with Andy Parish and course member Matthew Kirkham coming closest with 48 minutes in the DG1000, on a day when all the club 2 seaters were flown, but only one of the single seaters, the Astir.

Wednesday 12th.  A forecast for a good soaring day saw the private owners out in force, contributing 13 of the 54 launches achieved  as course members, club members, visitors, a day course member and 3 First Flight pupils took to the skies, the hangars being emptied of all the club aircraft including the Falke.  Derek Taylor flew a 356 km task, taking in Market Raisen, York and Sheffield East and after finishing the task flew a sea breeze front from the Tontine to Sherburn and back to Sutton, adding on  further  kms to give an OLC total of 502 km.  George Rowden flew 420 km in his LS8 with TPs at Alfreton, Masham and Mexborough, while Rob Bailey flew a 362 km FAI triangle with TPs at Horncastle and  Bakewell in his ASG29.  Phil Lazenby, flying his Pegase, completed a fast 300 km YoYo with TPs at Scunthorpe, Richmond and Wetherby South, his handicapped speed of 82.2 kph no doubt the result of a domestic 3 line whip to be home in time to get to a performance of the Pirates of Penzance at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.  Phil commented that the only iffy part of the flight was when crossing  the Humber, a sentiment shared with Derek Taylor.  However, the iffyness of this part of the world obviously became greater later in the day as Paul Whitehead in his Ventus  and John Ellis in his DG800, the latter having just returned to the UK  from gliding in Spain, both had to resort to their engines on returning north from the Midlands and the South of England, while Steve Thompson in his Discus landed out at Burn on the return leg of a flight to Saltby, having covered 264 km.  I am not sure if Lindsay McLane, another Ventus pilot, had the same problems or managed to traverse the area on his return from his planned flight to Gransden Lodge.  Another pilot of land out was Richard Watson, who flying his DG200 landed out at Pocklington on the return leg of a Sutton/Thirsk/Market Weighton/Thirsk/Sutton task.  However, subject to confirmation, his Thirsk/Market Weighton leg satisfies the requirements for Silver Distance, so well done Richard.  Another Silver Distance, again subject to confirmation, was also flown by Duncan Pask in his LS10, so congratulations are again due.  Amid all these Silver distances and 300 to 500 km flights, special mention must be made of a 160 km flight by Andy Hatfield around the Sutton/Pocklington/Rufforth/Sutton triangle  and then to Knaresborough and Helmsley, notable because it was flown in the Ka8.  The day’s congratulations do not however stop there.  Tom Dale added a second Bronze leg to his tally with 1:16 solo in K21 JVZ, Peter Wright successfully converted to the Discus, Mark Newburn successfully converted to the Astir and enjoyed it so much he stayed up for 1:09, while to complete the picture of a very busy and successful day, Peter Marston went solo.  So well done to you all.   23 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour, with Frank Wilson joining the >4 hr brigade in the DG303 and John Carter and Ian Marshall being one of the 4 two seater crews to exceed an hour, with 1:08 in K21 KLW.