Friday 20th. A strong S’ly restricted flying to a single flight, with Andy Parish taking Mr Backhouse for 30 minutes in the K21 soaring the southerly ridge. The resulting approach and landing was one of the roughest Andy had experienced, so the calmer air of the simulator was preferred for some further flying. Phil Lazenby was declared Task Week day winner from Thursday, for his declared flight of 113 km, Sut/Ton/Sof/Nrt/Sut.
Saturday 21st. The wind had moderated and gone round into the SW producing a good wave day. 33 launches were flown off the winch with an additional 4 ATs during the afternoon, 19 of the flights exceeding an hour. A number of pilots contacted the wave, with climbs generally petering out at around 10,000′ asl. Chris Teagle andDerek Taylor used the wave for cross country flights. Chris flew his LS6C around Pateley Bridge, Selset Res, Harrogate N and Northallerton to cover 225 km while Derek covered 256 km in his ASW 22 turning Ripon, Barnard Castle, Harrogate N and Barnard Castle before returning to Sutton. Sam St Pierre in his DG200 had an interesting flight, starting with a winch launch failure that saw him scratching for lift at hill top level. Patient flying saw him slowly ascend before contacting the wave and topping out at just over 10,000′. All the club gliders were flown, including 2 flghts in the Falke and Lindsay McLane/Sue Aherne had 4:43 aloft in the DG1000 visiting Barnard Castle and reaching 10,000′ while Eric Preston had 2:33 in the club DG303. The good conditions led to 13 private owners launching, most as part of continuing task week. 6 Trial Lesson pupils chose a good day for their first gliding experience.
Sunday 22nd. The wind had stayed in the western quadrant but lift was now mainly provided by thermals rather than wave. 35 ATs were flown off runway 24, with the good thermal conditions resulting in 22 of them generating flights exceeding an hour. With the DG1000 away at the 2 seater competition at Pocklington, the rest of the club fleet were well utilised while 15 private owners also took advantage of the good conditions and the last day of Task Week. Andy Wright in his Nimbus 3 and Derek Taylor in his ASW 22 both flew a 419 km O/R to Thrapston while Chris Teagle flew 314 km in his LS6C, turning Hemswell, Helmsley and Burn. Wave was however present, and David Latimer used it to get to Tebay but found no wave downwind of the Lakes so returned, turning Harrogate N and Leyburn to clock up 250 km and reach 11,400′. Phil Lazenby abandoned his declared thermal based flight and also used the wave for a tour of the Yorkshire Dales, visiting Boroughbridge, Leyburn, Aysgarth and Wetherby for a distance of 158 km. Bill Payton disappeared in his Ventus 2cxt for 6:32 while John Carter had 4:46 in the club DG303 and Bob Beck/J Wilson 1:39 in the club DG500. The Falke had 3 flights and 6 Trial lesson pupils again had a good introduction to gliding. Task week ended therefore on a very good note with Colin Troise/DG600 and Ian Johnston/DG300, sharing the last day’s prize, courtesy of the equitable scoring system. John Ellis/Nimbus 3 was declared the overall winner with Steve Ball/Jon May coming second overall in their Duo Discus.
Monday 23rd. A light to moderate NW’ly that slowly backed into the SW was accompanied by generally cloudy skies that eventually brought rain by lunch time. The flyable morning allowed 5 AT’s to be flown in the K21, generating flight times of 13- 19 minutes, a gentle introduction to gliding for the week’s course members.
Tuesday 24th. A moderate to fresh W’ly brought some early shower activity but more importantly, winching from runway 24. 21 winch launches were flown, with all the available club fleet utilised, with the exception of the Ka6, and 4 private owner launches. 15 of the flights exceeded an hour with Dean Crosby flying Sam St Pierre’s DG200 having 4:49 and Stuart Heaton/Albert Newbery 3:22 in their DG1000T. David Hill clocked up some solo hours in the club Astir with a flight of 2:10 and Andy Parish/K Smith had 1:55 in the club DG500.
Wednesday 25th. The light to moderate W’ly backed into the SE as the day progressed and slackened off. 29 ATs were flown, with the Falke also busy with 5 flights and there were 2 Trial Lesson pupils. The airmass produced some good thermal conditions with Andy Wright completing a task of 319 kms, Sut/Goo/Ley/Bev/Sut in his Nimbus 3 and John Ellis, also in his Nimbus 3 covering 305 km in turning Poc/Staindrop/Pontefract and having the longest flight of the day, 4:42. Bill Payton/Stuart Heaton had 3:36 in their DG1000T, while Tim Howle had 1:55 in Astir KRN and Ian Plant/Max Bowser1:08 in the K21. With the end of thermal activity an evening group visit saw 10 ATs flown off runway 24 with flying ceasing for the day at just after 7 pm.
Thursday 26th. The wind was now from the NE and moderate, but thermal lift was still available and of the 20 ATs flown off runway 02, 5 exceeded an hour. The week’s course members continued to make progress with the club 2 seaters busy, aided by the 3 Trial Lesson pupils and the launch total of 20 included 5 private owners. Albert Newbery/Bill Payton spent 4:20 aloft in their DG1000T, with Andy Parish/ Mr Rogcasteel having 57 minutes in the K21 and Tim Howle 33 minutes in the club Astir.
Friday 27th. A light NNW’ly brought in another thermic airmass, and 34 ATs were flown with all the available club fleet utilised anda number of private owners also rigging. 12 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with visitor Chris Garton having 6 hrs in his Ventus andDerek Taylor adding another 317 km to his 2010 distance total witha flight around Market Weighton/Staindrop/Burn. Bill Payton took Chris Thirkell for a 4:13 flight in Bill’s DG1000T while Tim Howle had 2 hrs in the club Astir and Ian Plant/Max Bowser 1:04 in the K21. The week’s course came to a successful conclusion when Bryn Evans, one of our Junior pilots, went solo and another course member resoloed after a break of 8 years. Congratulations to them both. Another 6 Trial Lesson pupils were introduced to gliding and there was a single Falke flight.
Saturday 28th. A fresh to moderate W’ly brought in a number of big showers but most of these by-passed the site, allowing 22 winch launches and 9 ATs to be flown. A number of pilots went wave hunting but were generally unsuccesful. 5 Trial lesson pupils were flown and11 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour. Hill lift was a little marginal at times but most pilots used thermal lift, withcloud base being around 3000′ asl. Staying aloft was not all that easy as Tony Waddoup found out. landing out in his Ka6e near Hawnby. 15 private owners launched including the T21, which Tony Maufe and Nick Gaunt flew for 1:02 signalling the imminent start of Slingsby week at Sutton. David Latimer had a flight of 3:41 visiting Ripon and climbing to around 4000′ asl in weak wave, one of a number of pilots to decide the day was not one for significant cross country flights. Conrad Thwaites had 1:03 in the club Discus and Bob Beck/Paul Hampshire 1:07 in the K21. Meanwhile at Pocklington, the Sutton group flying the club DG1000 in the 2 seatercompetition had had a reasonable week with at least one 300 km flight contributing to their 10th position.