Archive for July, 2010

Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Wednesday 28th.  A predominately cloudy, unstable airmass generated a significant number of showers, shower development occurring every time the sky brightened.  In spite of this, there was only one interruption due to rain, 14 ATs being flown off runway 24 in a light WNW’ly, the majority for a 10 strong group of partially sighted/blind  adults from Sheffield, together with their helpers.  Flight times were very variable, those coinciding with the brighter periods finding some gentle lift under rapidly developing clouds.   David Bradley  took his blind passenger N Ross for a 57 minute flight in the DG1000, while Tim Harrison had to work very hard to achieve 1:38 in the DG303, the only single seater flight of the day.  Mike Wood, flying with his partially sighted guest, skirted a shower and found a convergence that allowed an O/R to Northallerton.

Thursday 29th.   The expected improvement over Thursday’s weather failed to completely appear, for although showers were very isolated, there was a medium level overcast and overdevelopment at lower levels.  Brighter conditions to the west took virtually all day to reach the site.    The continuing very light NNW’ly wind allowed operations off runway 24 and 27 ATs were flown, 2 by private owners the rest in the club’s K21s, DG1000, DG 303, both Astirs and the Discus.  There was also a single Rotax Falke flight and a number of fast, low level passes from a visiting Machetti ?, flown by ex member Mr Coulson.  4 of the day’s flights exceeded and hour with the majority of these occurring in the late afternoon as the weather brightened.   Paul Foster/Chris Teagle took the DG1000 to Ripon and back, requiring a 1 kt climb at Dalton to get onto final glide, while Nick Gaunt took Mr Coulson for an hour’s flight in the DG1000, this including a 3000′ climb in cloud.  Nick also took Mr Coulson’s friend for a flight in the DG1000 and was rewarded with a flight in the Machetti.    Apart from the 7 Trial Lesson pupils of the day, visitors from Trent Valley GC and Lasham were also on site as final preparations for the Northerns were put in place and the first of the non YGC competitors arrived.

Saturday 24th to Tuesday 27th.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Saturday 24th.  The  light to moderate SW airstream contained a medium level overcast but this was sufficiently thin/broken to allow good cumulus development by late morning.  The good soaring conditions until late afternoon led to 39 ATsoff runway 24, with all  the club fleet flown and a goodly selection of private owners rigging.  Cloudbase eventually reached around 5000′ asl and there was even some weak wave which allowed some pilots to climb above cloudbase, but only by a few hundred feet.  There were 6 Trial Lesson flights while Steve Ball/Jon May took their Duo Discus on a 167 km round trip turning Pocklington, Rufforth and Guisborough.   The most interesting flight of the day was by Andy Darlington in Fred Brown’s Cirrus.   Andy made a straight in approach from the top of his 2000′ AT as the result of the tail parachute deploying, diverting into areas of strong lift on the way back to reduce the rate of sink from horrific to bad.   Meanwhile, at the Fresh Air Event in Thirsk, David Latimer’s Ventus attracted a number of visitors and hopefully persuaded some of them to try gliding at Sutton Bank.  A larger than normal number of people were available to hangar the gliders, tugs and equipment at the end of  the flying day as a Member’s Forum meeting was scheduled for 6-30 pm.  This well attended meeting covered a range of member’s views on subjects as diverse as the recent 5 year plan to carpet cleaning and illustrated the interest the membership have in the continuing  success of the YGC.

Sunday 25th.  A day of sunny intervals in a light to moderate W’ly flow did not generate the amount of flying expected.  Presumably people had satisfied their flying on Saturday.  11 ATs were flown and there were 3 Rotax Falke flights but the majority of the flying was done for/by the 5 Trial Lesson pupils of the day with transient weak wave present for the day’s early flights.  2 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with John Marsh clocking up 1:10 in the Discus while Fred Brown took his family guest for a 58 minute flight in the K21.  John’s flight earned him a cup of tea courtesy of Jamie Davis, the result of a bet based on who could stay up longest.  After staying aloft in weak hill lift and weak thermals, John contacted a 5+ kt cracker that took him to cloud base at just over 3000′ asl, from whence he returned to claim his prize.

Monday 26th.  After a bright start the day went downhill with increasing cloud and finally a few spots of rain.  14 ATs were flown in the light NNW, this slowly backing into the WNW.   Lift was hard to come by and although the K21, DG1000, Astir and DG303 flew, nobody exceeded 30 minutes in the air, Tim Howle coming the closest with 29 minutes in the Astir.  The lack of lift did however mean that the 7 Trial Lesson pupils had a smooth introduction to gliding.

Tuesday 27th.  A southward moving cold front had cleared the site leaving a legacy of a light to moderate W’ly.  However it wasn’t a classic post cold front clearance as the skies remained predominately cloudy and meaningful lift was hard to find.  The K21 and DG1000, plus 2 Rotax Falke flights, provided the flying action, with flight times in  the range 20 - 30 minutes, just right for the 5 Trial Lesson pupils of the day.  Ian Plant/A Rennision did, however, manage a 41 minute flight in the K21.

Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd July.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Tuesday 2oth.  A light to moderate and predominately cloudy SSE’ly airstream followed 11 mm of overnight rain and delayed flying until mid afternoon.    Thereafter, course members Terry and David had 2 flights each in the K21 with John Marsh, John and David managing to get 21 minutes to clock up the longest flight of the day.

Wednesday 21st.   A day of sunny intervals in a light to moderate WSW’ly saw some good thermic development post lunch.  Flying commenced with winching off runway 24 with 13 launches including 3 by private owners.  A switch to ATing around lunch time resulted in a further 14 launches giving a total day’s launch of 27, with all the club fleet with the exception of the Ka8 flown.     6 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour, with Martyn Johnson in his DG600 having 4:45 off his morning winch launch, and Mr Taverner having 1:24 solo in the K21 from his afternoon aerotow.   The 2 seaters were busy with course members and 8 Trial Lessons, with Ian Plant/Bill Parr haivng 59 minutes in the DG1000.

Thursday 22nd.  A fresh to strong NNE’ly flow saw the temperature barely climb into double figures while a low overcast all day meant no flying.

Friday 23rd.   What a difference a day makes.  A light and cool NNW airstream brought good thermal conditions from early until late, consequently 38 ATs were flown off runway 02 with 11 private owner launches and all the club fleet flown, including the Rotax Falke.    18 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with Bill Payton being aloft for 6:30 in his Ventus in which he flew Sut/Barnard Castle/Pontefract/Driffield/Sut and then Sut/Masham/Humber Bridge/Sut for a total distance of 480 km including a climb to 6500′ asl.  On the first task Bill acted as lead to following George Rowden in his LS8, who thereby clocked up 280 km, a decision being taken at Barnard Castle not to cross the Pennines to Carlise as originally intended as conditions didn’t look good enough.    Derek Taylor in his ASW 22 flew Leyburn/Scunthorpe/Malton for 240 km and then the local 100 km triangle, Rufforth/Pocklington.  Chris Teagle abandoned his Fridaythorpe/Layburn leg due to difficult conditions west of Masham and flew Fridaythorpe/Masham/Fridaythorpe for 223 km, while Phil Lazenby tanked up the club Discus with water and turned Masham and Market Weighton for 155 km before attempting the local 100 km triangle, only to come unstuck and land at Full Sutton prison airfield, the second time in the last couple of months.  Fortunately he was let off for good behaviour and was aerotowed back to site.  Much local soaring was done, with the 5 Trial Lesson pupils being shown what gliders can do in suitable conditions,  one of the Trial Lesson pupils being  taken up by Mike Wood in his T21 to experience gliding as it used to be.  John McCormack converted to the DG303 so congratulations to him.  Those flying the T21 and the somewhat less draughty club Ka8 commented on the coolness of the air at height, with cloudbase rising from 3500′ to around 4500′ asl as the day progressed.  Those venturing into East Yorkshire found some strong climbs, with up to 7 kts ave reported along an isolated section of a sea breeze front near Driffield.   All in all a very good day.

Sunday 18th to Monday 19th July

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Sunday 18th.     A moderate, moist and mild S’ly airstream brought in a low overcast that meant the hangar doors remained firmly shut.  The wind slowly veered into the W  over the  course of the day and strengthened, this change eventually being accompanied by the skies brightening late on.  However, by then, all the potential pilots had left the site. 

Monday 19th.  Rain and low cloud first thing meant that the start of flying was delayed until late morning, but from then on the conditions became eminently soarable, with a light to moderate S’ly and firm looking Cu with a cloud base of around 3500′ asl.  These conditions lasted for around 4 hours, the skies then  clouding over and rain arriving around 1630 hrs.  During the flyable period, 10 ATs were flown off runway 24, including Robin Hutchinson in his Swordfish, the club 2 seaters being busy with the week’s course members, Terry Hughes  and David Moran.  Terry is from the Dumfries GC while David is a YGC member.   Terry had the first flight of the day with course instructor John Marsh and they contacted some weak wave which they used to climb to 4000′ asl.  Thereafter thermals were the order of the day with Martyn Johnson/Carol Tiffin having 1:10 in the DG1000 and Robin Hutchinson, 1:05.   Meanwhile, work continued to both pipe in the new aviation fuel storage tank and remove the tree stumps from the recently felled area of the airfield.

Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th July.

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Wednesday 14th.  A light to moderate SE’ly airstream brought in a few isolated showers allowing 10 ATs off runway 20.    Only  two of the club 2 seaters were flown and soaring opportunities were few, the longest flight of the day being by Andy Parish and Mr Boddy, a Day Course member, who had 39 minutes in the DG1000.  Meanwhile the new aviation fuel storage tank arrived was put in position and concreted in place as the photos below, courtesy of Stuart Heaton, show.   Back filling and piping in the new tank is scheduled for later in the week.



Thursday 15th.  A strong and gusty SW’ly airstream brought in frequent and heavy showers, the wind gusting to over 30 kts.  Consequently, there was no flying.

Friday 16th.  The initially strong and gusty S’ly slowly abated during the day and veered into the WSW, the cloud amounts decreasing and the cloud base rising in concert.  Flying commenced at around 1600 hrs and continued until around 1830 hrs with the club 2 seaters using the 5 winch launches to give the faithful some good hill soaring flights.  Among those flying was past member Graham Garlick, now visiting from his home in Australia, who, flying with Brian Wise, has the longest flight of the day, 1:00 in the DG1000.

Saturday 17th.  A moderate to fresh W’ly airstream meant the winch was again in action, but the early promise of a good hill soaring day was marred by showers which meant a couple of hours interruption to flying and resulted in some truncated flights for a couple of the 5 Trial Lesson pupils of the day.   However, the showers cleared away after lunch and the Trial Lesson pupils whose flights had been adversely affected by the showers took  the opportunity to spend around 30 minutes each in the air experiencing hill soaring.  Strong and streeting thermals also developed during  the afternoon, giving good climbs to cloudbase at around 4000′ asl and the opportunity to penetrate forward beyond Thirsk.  In spite of the interruption due to the showers, 25 winch launches were flown, with both K21s, the DG1000. DG500, DG303 and the Discus being flown from the club fleet.  The uncertainty as to the frequency of showers meant that there was only 1 private owner launch, Mike Wood flying the T21 solo for 49 minutes before putting it back in the hangar.  Most flights were in  the range of 30 to 60 minutes but there were 4 greater than an hour, David Hill having 1:10 in the Discus and Colin Troise/George Rowden having 1:15 in the DG500.  The Day Course member accrued his required time in  the air in 2 flights, the second of which saw him experience the delights of cloud street flying in  the DG1000 with Roger Burghall.

Thursday 8th to Tuesday 13th July

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Thursday 8th. A light SW’ly airstream generated some useful thermic conditions that were exploited by the 14 ATs flown before the increasing wind strength and change of direction to W’ly caused a change to winching, this generating a further 12 launches.   14 of the day’s 26 flights exceeded an hour with course member John Elwell continuing to add to his flying hours by having 2:29 in the DG500 with John Marsh from their winch launch.  Steve Briggs had 2:32 in  the Astir off a morning AT, while Colin Troise, one of the 4 private owner launches of the day, had 2:06 in his DG600, off an afternoon  winch launch.   All the club single seaters were flown, as were the available club 2 seaters, the latter being well utilised by club members and the days 5 Trial lesson pupils.  The Rotax Falke was kept busy with 4 flights.  

Friday 9th.  A light SE’ly soon switched into the SW and slowly freshened 15 ATs being flown before the wind strength and direction, moderate to fresh/W’ly, caused a repeat of Thursday’s switch from ATing to winching mid afternoon.  The 9 winch launches gave a day’s total of 24 launches, utilising all the available club fleet with the exception of the Ka8, but only 1 private owner flew.   Flight times were generally not as long as Thursday but 6 flights exceeded an  hour, the majority of these from ATs, with Andy Hatfield topping the list with 3:13 in the Astir.    The John Marsh/John Elwell combination kept up their flight times with a 1:35 in the DG500 and a further 6 Trial lesson pupils were flown.

Saturday 10th.  A moderate SSW’ly generated some thermal activity and some wave and the conditions prompted 5 private owners to launch, contributing to the 30 ATs of the day.  The club DG1000 had returned to site and so all the 4 club two seaters were flown but only one club single seater, the Discus.  Jon May/Les Rayment flew Jon’s Duo Discus to Pontefract but the expected thermal activity over Eggborough Power Station failed to materialise requiring an engine burn to reconnect with the available thermals.  Returning to land at Sutton after a flight of 3:48, wave interference was evident and Lindsay McLane managed to utilise the wave in his flight of 3:22, reaching an altitude of 8000′ asl in his Ventus.  Cl0ud base was around 3000′ asl most of the day and thermals difficult to work but Dick Cole/Martin Joyce had 1:10 in the DG1000 and  Liam Watt 1:45 in  the Discus.  During the day, Martin Joyce re-soloed in the K21 and Andy Hatfield had his first flight in the Discus, so congratulations to them both.  A further 5 Trial Lesson pupils flew and there was 1 flight in the Rotax Falke.

Sunday 11th.  A W’ly meant a winch launching day but the wind speed varied tremendously over the day, gusts to around 33kts delaying the start of flying until nearly 1400 hrs with periods of very light winds thereafter.  The delayed start of flying meant only 11 winch launches were flown, the most interesting of which, to the observers if not to the pilot, was that of Richie Toon in his LS7.  A low launch failure saw him cross  the ridge at less than 50′ but manage to eventually   contact the wave that was in all probability the cause of the variations in wind speed, and reach 10,000′ asl in a flight of 2:52.  Ron Beezer flying with Chris Thwaites in the DG1000 also managed to exceed the hour barrier with a flight of 1:07.  Both K21s and the DG1000 were busy with the 6 Trial Lesson pupils of the day.

Monday 12th.  A cloudy, damp airstream from the ENE/NE brought rain from mid-morning until early afternoon and low cloud thereafter.  Consequently the gliders remained in the hangar but flying continued on the simulator.

Tuesday 13th.  The wind had gone round to the E, bringing in overcast skies.   However, the lower cloud, base, 1500′ QFE, was not always continuous, allowing ATs off runway 20 in the light cross  wind conditions to climb through the gaps and give 2000′ + launch heights, necessary for reasonable flight times as lift was virtually non-existent.  10 ATs were flown utilising both club K21s, six of the flights being with Trial Lesson pupils.  On one of the flights, George Rowden flying with Trial Lesson pupil Chris, found some weak thermal lift at around 900′ QFE that delayed their descent and resulted in  the longest flight of the day at 27 minutes.  On the last flight of the day, Andy Parish/Malcolm Winter indulged in some aerobatics. 

Work continued on the site of the forestry clearance to remove the remaining tree stumps.  A Komatsu hydraulic excavator,  equipped with a single, vertically  hooked blade made short work of extracting the tree stumps from the ground as the photos below show.



Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 7th.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010


Tuesday 6th.  A light to moderate SW’ly was accompanied by overcast skies at high/medium level but with some Cu developing underneath.    Operations started with ATs  and 8 were flown before a switch to winching occured around 1430 hrs, this generating a further 8 launches.  All the available club 2 seaters and the Ka8 were flown and there were 2 private owner launches.  The switch to winching wasn’t immediately successful as Albert Newbery/Hugh O’Neill found the hill not working at all well, resulting in 3 launches that totalled 12 minutes of flying time.  Colin Troise and Martyn Johnson, syndicate partners in their DG600 each had a flight, Colin taking a morning AT and Martyn taking an afternoon winch launch and each having around 2 hours in the air.  Rory O’Conor self launched in his DG800 and disappeared for around 4 hours to unknown parts, while David Lynch, flying the K21 solo had 1:27 and course member John Elwell continued to amass his flying hours with 52 minutes flying in the DG500 under the watchful eye of John Marsh.  3 Trial Lesson pupils also took to the skies.

Wednesday.  The wind had stayed in the SW and freshened, while the skies remained overcast with cloudbase around 1000-1500′ above site.  Most of the showers  in the very warm airstream remained to the west, the only one to wet the site arriving after operations had ceased at 1800 hrs.  Winching was again  the order of  the day and 18 launches were flown, all in the club 2 seaters.   Hill soaring was more consitent than on the previous day and soaring was possible on both the S ridge and the main club bowl, indeed, at one time, each ridge had a K21 soaring on it.  The visiting group organised by Jack Macgregor enjoyed their experience of winching and hill soaring and Carol Tiffin added winching to her flying experience under the tutelage of Ian Plant in the K21.  Their flight was also the longest of the day at 1:08.  Colin Troise had 55 minutes in the DG500 while Hugh O’Neill had successive launch failures courtesy of Andy Parish in the K21.   Late in the day, Derek Smith and Les Rayment went off  in the Falke for some instructor checks.

For those of you who haven’t been at the club recently the pictures below show the removal of the underground fuel tank, courtesy of Stuart Heaton and the crop circles in Farmer Brown’s field, courtesy of Andy Parish.





Sunday 4th to Monday 5th July

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sunday 4th. A fresh to strong S’ly greeted the day, with the wind veering into the W and strengthening later, consequently only 2 ATs were flown late morning.  Martyn Johnson took Day Course pupil Mr Parrott on the first flight of the day and found some  wave that took them to around 6000′ asl and gave them 1:09 in the air.  The subsequent descent through a wave slot over Rievaulx Abbey left them downwind of the site but within gliding distance back.  The second K21 flight with Malcolm Winter was somewhat shorter and more turbulent contributing to the decision to cease flying.

Monday 5th. The departure of the summer low to the north left the site in a 15 kt W’ly and therefore the winch was brought out of hibernation and subsequently delivered 21 launches.  Initially Cu bloomed, giving those who had launched early, good strong climbs to cloudbase at 4000′ asl, but high level cover and spreadout soon filled the sky with cloud, leaving hill soaring as the only way of staying aloft.  By mid afternoon the sky cleared allowing  more Cu to form and revealing the presence of lenticulars.  8 of the days flights exceeded an hour with Martyn Johnson in his DG600 spending the majority of his 4:48 flight searching for wave but, when he did eventually contact, it only delivered a slow climb to 4200′ asl.  The availability of hill soaring after a long period of non hill soaring weather, led to the majority of the club fleet being flown, although this didn’t include the DG1000 which was off site. John Elwell, a day course member with no previous gliding experience, certainly enjoyed the day, having 3 flights of over an hour, the last one being the longest 2 seater flight of the day at 1:29.  Instructors Les Rayment in the DG303 and John Carter flying the DG500 perked up their solo hours with flights of 2:15 and 1:59 respectively, John also finding some weak wave in front of the forward ridge and Les some strong sink near Disforth.  The day also provided a good start to another gliding course with John Marsh as course instructor.  At ground level, the contractors arrived to start the work to replace the underground fuel storage tank while pilots on  hill soaring beats along the main bowl were rewarded with good views of a very attractive crop circle design in  the field at the base of the ridge.

Thursday 1st July to Saturday 3rd July

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Thursday 1st.  A moderate SSE’ly airstream that slowly backed into the S brought predominately cloudy skies and limited flying to 7 ATs, all in  the club 2 seaters.  The conditions were however OK for the 4 Trial Lesson pupils while Andy Parish and S Allen had 48 minutes in the DG1000.

Friday 2nd.  4.5 mm of rain overnight as a front travelled east initially left  the area under cloudy skies but conditions brightened later in the light to moderate SSW’ly flow, tempting 7 private owners to fly, along with the club’s K21s/DG1000/Discus and both Astirs.  In all 22 ATs were flown, 9 of which resulted in flying times of greater than an hour, Dean Crosby in a DG200 spending 4:34 aloft, some of which  involved hill soaring in the Yorkshire Dales, while Albert and Martin Newbery added another 4:15 to their flying time together.  6 Trial Lesson/Guests were flown, with Les Rayment taking one of them, Nick Wilson, for a flight of 1:04 in the K21 while Gordon Wallace, fresh from his conversion to club Astir EBM, sampled the newer club one, KRN, with a flight of 1:18.   There was also a single Rotax Falke flight.

Saturday 3rd.  Early morning clear blue skies soon gave way to rapidly developing Cu and over convection, but conditions improved later in the light to moderate WSW wind.  All the club gliders, including the re-rigged Ka8 and the Rotax Falke were flown on a busy day, 14 private owners also contributing to the day’s total of 46 ATs.   In spite of the overconvected skies in the morning, 26 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with Pete Thelwell having 7:04 in his Cirrus and a number of pilots posted cross countries on the National Ladder.   Andy Wright in his Nimbus and Rory O’Conor in his DG 800 both posted 5oo+ km flights, Andy an O/R to Wescott near Aylesbury and Rory an O/R to Royston.   Derek Taylor did a 400+ km yoyo turning Kirton in Lindsey, Pickering and Tuxford.  Chris Teagle in his LS6C and George Rowden in his LS8 both didn’t complete their declared flights, Chris doing an undeclared 200 km via Leyburn,Tontine and Rufforth and George completing 185 km but abandoning the task after getting stuck on the Pickering/ Humber Bridge leg of his 300 km yoyo with time running out.  Pilots reported very variable conditions with some very strong climbs at times, George Rowden recorded an 7.9 kt average climb on his logger around the Humber, but also some areas of weak thermals.  The Day Course member at Sutton  clocked up 2 hours flying and there were 2 Trial Lesson pupils.  Conrad Thwaites had two separate flights in the Discus, the second at 1:45 being marginally longer than the first at 1:39, while Bob Beck and T Taverner had almost 2 hours in the DG500.

Tuesday 29th to Wednesday 30th June.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Tuesday 29th.  6 mm of rain in the early morning refreshed the grass and left the site in a generally cloudy NW’lyairstream, the wind backing into the W as the day progressed.  Conditions brightened up during the morning but clouded in during the afternoon with the result that only 7 ATs were flown in the club’s K21, DG1000 and Discus, while, in addition, a single Falkesortie was made.  Trial Lesson pupils made up the majority of the flying with Martyn Johnson taking one of them for the longest 2 seater flight of the day, 56 minutes.  The time was however well spent as a commitment to join the club resulted.  Brian Wise took the Discus for a 47 minute flight. 

Wednesday 30th.   The last day of June didn’t disappoint with early high cloud disappearing eastwards leaving sunny skies and excellent visibility to the west.  A light to moderate S/SSE’ly made for a warm day and cumulus were soon in evidence over the North Yorkshire Moors and the Pennines.  The area over the Vale of York, however, remained blue all day.  Cloudbase, initially around 3500′ asl rose steadily to exceed 5000′ by late afternoon although pilots reported a notable lowering towards the east.  The conditions led to 34 ATs, 13 by private owners while the club’s K21s, Astirs, DG1000 and Discus were also busy, the 2 seaters with6 Trial Lesson pupils.  17 of the flights exceeded an hour with a number of  the flights being in excess of  4 hours.  Lindsay McLane declared an O/R to Royston (500 km) in his Ventus, and  was reportedly on the way home  in the vicinity of York by the time the writer left site around 1730 hrs.   Bill Payton in his Ventus 2 cxt went west to visit Settle and Keswick and also ventured out over the Irish Sea before returning to Sutton.  Peter Clay in his Ventus visited the local gliding club sites at Burn, Rufforth, Pocklington and the now defunct one at Carlton Bank. Pocklington and Rufforth were also visited by Sam St Pierre in his DG200 setting a handicapped speed for this local 100 km triangle of 93.5 kph and  consequently strengthening his grip on the  Watson Trophy and setting a stiff challenge to other YGC speed merchants.  Albert and Martin Newbery added to their week’s cross country tally and flying hours with an O/R to Hemswell, 205 km, while Phil Lazenby took the club Discus to Market Weighton, Garforth and, most importantly returned (147 km), thus avoiding another epic retrieve like the one he had  recently in the club Astir.  Back at Sutton, a new name was added to the “I’ve  done a wheels up landing” roll of honour while Gordon Wallace flollowed up a flight of 1:27 dual in the K21 with a conversion to the Astir and celebrated with a flight of 1:35.  Well done Gordon.  David Watsham in the new Astir and Steve Briggs flying solo in the K21 both had around 1:40.  A sea breeze front that had been visible to the east in the late afternoon, crossed the site at around 1900 hrs as evidenced from the wind direction, temperature and humidity traces from the site  automatic weather station.