Wednesday 18th. A light to moderate N’ly did little to erradicate the poor visibility and low cloud of the previous days, so there was again no flying, although progress on the new tug hangar continued.
Thursday 19th. The initially light NW’ly wind slowly backed all the way to become a light to moderate SSW’ly by the end of the day, the base of the low overcast also slowly rising with the cloud breaking up by late afternoon/evening, too late to allow any flying. The clearing skies late in the flying day, did allow the progress of sheeting the new tug hangar to be photographed in all its glory by Mike Brown, as illustrated below.
Friday 20th. Poor visibility first thing soon improved, as the light SW’ly progressively veered into the W over the course of the day and strengthened slightly to become moderate, cloud base rising from 2,500′ to 4,500′ asl. 8 ATs were flown, with K21 JVZ, the DG1000 and Astir GBK utilised. Andy Parish and Mark Newburn posted the longest flight of the day, 42 minutes in the DG1000, one of two flights to exceed 30 minutes and while the flying list included a single First Flight pupil, there were two other more memorable firsts. To set the ball rolling, Ian Albiston had his first solo AT in K21 JVZ, while Dave McKinney followed that with his first flight in Astir GBK so congratulations to both. To complement the glider flying, the Falke had a single flight and there were 2 flights on the simulator.
Saturday 21st. A moderate to fresh N’ly that gusted to 34 kts kept the kit in the hangars, the diminution in wind strength progressing so slowly that that is where the kit remained for the rest of the day, except for the Falke which had a single sortie. The club did however welcome a group from the Cambridge University GC at the start of what we hope will be a good week sampling gliding in the picturesque surroundings of North Yorkshire.
Sunday 22nd. A moderate S’ly blew all day under generally cloudy skie,s but this didn’t deter many pilots who, after the frustrations of a poor flying week, collectively made up for it with a total of 43 launches. All the club 2 seaters were flown together with 3 of the single seaters and 3 private owners flew on a busy, if not particularly good soaring day, with only 2 flights exceeding 30 minutes. Graham Evison took his Mile High pupil Garrick Fearn for a 35 minute up round and down, while Albert Newbery and son Martin had 31 minutes in K21 JVZ, courtesy of some diligent scratching on the Southern ridge. Martin’s presence on site must set some sort of record for commuting distance to a gliding club, as he resides in Hong Kong but is a fairly regular attendee at the YGC, all due to his Commander status with Cathay Pacific on their Hong Kong to Manchester route. Ken Arkley, flying his LS8 and Polly Whitehead flying JVZ solo both approached the 30 minute goal with 28 minutes, while John Shaw flying the DG303, had 26 minutes. Among all this activity 5 First Flight pupils were exposed to the gliding experience, the Falke was busy with 4 flights and the Cambridge University GC members enjoyed getting to grips with flying from Sutton Bank.
Monday 23rd. A moderate W’ly slowly declined as it veered into the WNW, the conditions allowing a mixture of winch and ATing, the former providing 5 launches early in the flying day and the latter 11, as the wind became light to moderate. John Marsh had 1:05 in the DG303 off the first winch launch of the day, with Cambridge visitors Julian Bane and Vikram also taking the opportunity for a spot of hill soaring in their flight of 30 minutes in K21 JVZ. Later, during the ATing portion of the day, Julian and Richard Ladley had 45 minutes in the same glider, while the longer flights were all in single seaters. Rob Bailey had 1:57 in the Discus, visitor J Roberts had 1:03 in his ASW19, the only private owner to fly, while David Watson had 55 minutes in the DG303 on a day that produced 3 flights of over an hour and an additional 6 over 30 minutes.
Tuesday 24th. A light wind day started clear and sunny but rapid Cu development in the unstable air mass soon led to some heavy showers of rain and hail with flying being suspended mid afternoon due to the extensive shower activity. In spite of the showers 10 ATs were flown, with John Ellis adding a self launch in his DG800 and then dodging the showers to record a flight time of 2:59. Rob Bailey, flying the Discus and Nick Gaunt flying his LS7 both had flight times in excess of an hour, with Rob having 1:42 and Nick 1:24, Rob providing a very nice photo of Cod Beck reservoir to the north of the site with one of the day’s showers also visible, as shown below.
Visitors Julian Bane and Zhiqi had 55 minutes in K21 JVZ as the day’s flying in club gliders was shared by 3 of the two seaters and the Discus, the club Falke also adding to the day’s movements with 3 flights.