Wednesday. The second flying day of Task Week brought a light to moderate W’ly and the promise of more wave. The set task was any 3 turning points west of the A1 and although the wave didn’t extend to great heights a number of pilots visited 1 or more of the required turning points with the day’s winner being Sam St Pierre in his DG200 courtesy of getting to Garforth as one of his 3. Task Week director Phil Lazenby flying with Sue Aherne in the club DG1000 were second. In all 31 AT’s and 2 winch launches were flown by 15 private owners and most of the club fleet. Conditions were not entirely straightforward with David Ryall in the club 303 and C Stothard in his Vega landing out. 19 flights exceeded an hour with Dean Crosby having 4 hrs in his Standard Cirrus, Stuart Heaton/Albert Newbery just over 4 hrs in their DG1000t while Frank Wilson had 1.7 hrs in the club Astir.
Thursday. A very light NNW’ly initially generated a splendid looking , Cu dotted sky but this quickly turned to virtually complete spreadout. However, lift was still to be found and the task of visiting gliding clubs in Yorkshire, or alternatively a 300km task was attempted by a number of pilots. Phil Lazenby/Stuart Heaton flying their DG1000t completed the gliding club task with multiple Sutton/Pocklington, Sutton/Rufforth legs as well as a visit to Burn and would have won the day except for the rule that no one can win more than one day. Consequently, Jon and Alex May won the day in their Duo Discus having attempted the alternative 300km task and were on the leg home over Scunthorpe when an engine deployment was required. 37 ATs were flown by most of the club fleet and 17 private owners with the longest flight of the day by Bill Payton in his Ventus who ventured down to Wales but had to resort to numerous engine starts to return the whole flight taking 9.25 hrs. The tricky conditions led to Geoff Harrison landing out in his Ka6, while Mike Wood and Moyra Johnson, YGC’s 90+yr old President, had 1.25 hrs in the syndicate T21.
Friday. A 5-15 kt SE’ly airstream that slowly veered into the SW brought cloudy skies, some light rain/drizzle after lunch and no soaring opportunities. Consequently, no task was set. 5 ATs were flown, all in club gliders, the highlight of the day being Colin Troise’s conversion to the club DG1000 solo. Well done Colin.
Saturday. A 15-25 kt SW’ly that veered into the W was punctuated by the passage of a cold front around midday and a secondary front around 1630 hrs each with their complement of rain. The strong winds and fronts meant that no task was possible so the winners of Task Week were the DG1000t syndicate with the Duo Discus Syndicate 2nd and Sam St Pierre in his DG200 3rd. Solo pilots better buck their ideas up!! In spite of the interuptions due to rain, 11 winch launches were flown but only in the club 2 seaters and by 2 private owners. Jon May/Steve Ball, the Duo Discus team had 3.7hrs aloft with Colin Troise having 1.2 hrs in the club K21, 2 of the 4 flights to exceed an hour.
Sunday. With the wind staying in the W’ly quadrant and of a similar strenght to Saturday, hill soaring was again on offer with 23 winch launches flown by the club K21s, DG1000, DG500 and DG303 while 6 private owners also took advantage of the conditions. Conditions were generally cloudy with high cover early and late. 9 of the flights exceeded an hour with Bill Payton/Dean Crosby haivng 3.4hrs in the former’s DG1000t and David Hodgson having 2.5hrs in the club DG303.
Monday. With wind strength and direction similar to Sunday the winch was again in use with 22 launches flown. Thermal conditions were good with a few sprinkles of rain during the day. All the club 2 seaters, Astir and DG303 were flown as well as 6 privately owned gliders and 10 of the flights exceeded an hour. Jesper Mjels flying the club DG303 and Dean Crosby flying his Standard Cirrus each had 3.2hrs soaring, while Stewart Black a visitor from Buckminster GC, flying his DG300 had just over 5 hrs. There were 3 trial lesson flights and Nick Gaunt/Steve Briggs had the longest 2 seater flight of the day at exactly 1 hr. The last flight landed at just before 2100 hrs.
Tuesday. The soarable W’lies of the last few days were replaced by a cloudy, SSE’ly airstream that went into the SSW following a marked pressure fall around 1300hrs that was accompanied by brighter conditions with strong thermals. 22 ATs were flown by 2 private owners and all the 4 club 2 seaters and the Discus. 6 of the flights exceeded an hour with John Hart having 2.3 hrs in his Vega, David Watsham 2.1 hrs in the club Discus and Les Rayment/Brian Walkden 1.5 hrs in the club DG1000. 5 Trial Lesson Pupils were flown.
Wednesday. A light SSE’ly that strengthened during the afternoon before diminishing towards evening, brought good wave conditions with associated thermals, although contacting the wave was not that easy. 39 AT’s were flown off runway 20 with accompanying turbulent approaches. All the club gliders with the exception of the Astir were flown and there were 13 flights by private owners and 16 of the flights exceeded an hour. Mr King flying Kestrel 49 had 6.9 hrs touring North Yorkshire, one of several pilots to get to around 10,000′. John Ellis and Dave Ashby attempted a wave based 300km (Sut/Poc/Staindrop/Pontefract/Sut) which Dave completed although some of the flight was in thermal. John, on the other hand, was one of several pilots to fail to contact the wave while Robin Strarup landed out. Chris Teagle did a wave based 284 km flight that took in Thirsk/Selset Res/Pateley Bridge/Leyburn & Pontefract, the visit to Pontefract being his first time there in wave. Andy McCann had 4.2 hrs in the club DG303 while Andy Parish/Martyn Johnson flying the club DG1000 spent a great deal of their1.4 hr flight repeatedly first ascending in wave and then descending in a spin in preparation for Martyn’s forthcoming Ass Cat Instructor course. 6 Trial Lesson Pupils enjoyed their first flights with some contacting the wave and the day was rounded out by an evening visit by members of the Guisborough 41 club, with soaring being possible at around 1000′ QFE along the South ridge even though the wind was by this time not that strong.