Tuesday 15th. The report on this day was missed out from my previous blog so is given here. A light to moderate S’ly slowly backed into the SE as the day progressed, sunny skies prevailing for most of the day with Cu being visible to the E over the Wolds and to the W over the Pennines from late morning. However, there was no development within gliding distance of the site until mid afternoon when 9 private owners and visitors launched, with the majority able to soar. Steve Thompson flew the 100 km Sut/Poc/Ruf/Sut triangle in his Discus in his flight of 2:57, while visitor Steve Codd in his Discus flew locally for 2:49. Rob Bailey took his ASG29E around the Sut/Guisborough/Whitby/Sut 105.5 km triangle with a total flight time of 1:17 while George Rowden went and explored a nice convergence to the E of Malton returning to site after 1:59. John Ellis in his DG800 and Phil Lazenby in his Pegase aslo took advantage of the thermic conditions with Phil having 2:05 and John visiting Beverley and meeting George near Malton. 27 additional launches were flown, including 8 for First Flight pupils, with the majority of the club gliders utilised including the Ka8 and both Astirs, with Andy Parish and visitor M Pointon having 1:01 in K21 JVZ and Peter Wright 36 solo minutes in K21 KLW.
Sunday 20th. A moderate to fresh NEly gusting to 27 kts soon brought in extensive cloud and eventually occasional light rain. The only flight of the day saw John Marsh and Kelly Teagle take off in the DG500 for a met check during the brighter morning, returning after 8 minutes with a thumbs down for further aerial activity.
Monday 21st. Monday saw the start of 2014’s holiday courses with the weather obliging by providing a light E’ly flow with sunny skies under thin high cover. The wind slowly backed into the NE over the course of the day, increasing to moderate in the middle of the day before decreasing as the afternoon drew on and clould cover increased. 9 ATs were flown in either K21 JVZ or the DG500, 4 First Flight pupils and course member Martin Dryden making the most of the stable and unsoarable conditions. Martin also had one of the 2 flights of the day in the Falke as the maximum flight time in gliders was 18 minutes, this being achieved by John Marsh and I Barwick in K21 JVZ and by Chris Gill and one of the day’s First Flight pupils, Mr Morrison, in the DG500.
Tuesday 22nd. A bright start soon degenerated into a generally cloudy and murky day with light rain at times, particularly after lunch as the light to moderate E’ly fell light and veered into the SE. The only flying activity was by the Falke which had a single flight.
Wednesday 23rd. A light to moderate SSE’ly brought in a murky airmass that nevertheless generated some reasonable soaring conditions by the early afternoon before a medium level overcast moved in as the wind backed into the SE and it started to rain around 1700 hrs. 17 ATs were flown from the public footpath side of runway 20, 5 private owner launches combining with launches by both of the club K21s. Bob Calvert posted the longest flight of the day in his ASW19, 2:48, and visited York, although it took him two launches to achieve this duration milestone. Not far behind was Paul Whitehead who had 2:44 in his Ventus, visiting Burn and taking a cloud climb over Drax. Heading for Pontefract he emerged from the cloud to find 8/8ths cover and no signs of lift so a quick change of plan saw him make his way back to Sutton. George Rowden, launching late in his LS8, set off on the Sut/Snainton/Stamford Bridge/Sut 106 km triangle but after rounding Snainton, having sampled a convergence on the way, was, like Paul, faced with a totally overcast sky. With the local convection also fading it was out with the engine to climb to 4,500′ asl followed by a 28 km final glide back to Sutton in smooth, stable air that provided a surprising amount of reduced sink. Derek Smith, taking off in his Ventus, soared locally and took the opportunity to give his turbo a number of starts, plus a period of extended running, after its winter storage. Those flying club gliders included course member Martin Dryden, while John Marsh and M Cox had 44 minutes in KLW and club chairman Chris Thirkell had 20 minutes solo in JVZ. A visit to the office by your scribe around lunch time was met by two surprises. The first was a Flarm Radar display which as the name implies, displays the 3D position of all gliders equipped with Flarm while in the local area, even providing climb rates and the like of individual gliders. This piece of prototype technology has been put together by Steve Ball with plans to provide it with a larger aerial to extend the range of returns. The other surprise was the presence of a lady called Jean who was dressed as a noble woman of the 3rd century AD in a very attractive period dress. However, the scene became even more surprising when CFI Andy Parish entered and, donning a red cross adorned tabard complete with belt, scarbard and sword, transformed himself into a 3rd century AD knight. Some of you may now have put 2 and 2 together and realised that the 23rd of April is St George’s day, a conclusion supported by the English flag flying over the clubhouse. However, this was only a part of the reason for Andy and Jean’s atire. The principal reason was that this year sees the 100th anniversary of the founding of the WI and the national Baton of the WI is being transferred around the country in celebration. The YGC was chosen for one of the Baton transfer points so Andy and Jean, the latter clutching the Baton, climbed aboard G-OSUT, the YGC Falke, and took a flight .In true WI fashion, Andy and Jeans low level go-around past the club house in the Falke took place to the playing of Jerusalem. After Andy and Jean deplaned from the Falke after landing and taxying up to the end of runway 24, Jean handed on the Baton to a representative of the next WI area to hold it, the ceremony being witnessed by around 58 visiting ladies from the WI. The handing over ceremony was then followed by scones and tea prepared by Liz and served in the club house lounge, transformed for the occasion into a very nice tea room. Pictures to follow.