Sunday 3rd. The anticyclonic weather continued to provide light winds and good soaring conditions. Today’s wake up call was provided by 7 hot air balloons which, taking off from Thirsk Race Course, were set the task of landing nearest to the Kilburn White Horse. A few landed skilfully on runway 20 as the following photo shows, some initial consternation by the owners of the parked gliders giving way to appreciation of the skill of the balloon pilots.
After this excitement, the Enterprise competitors were set a 3 legged race, one with a line of turning points to Kettering, one line to Millfield and one line to Monmouth resulting in another 6000+ km being flown with 9 pilots exceeding 300 km. Outside the competition, Derek Taylor in his ASW22BL and Andy Wright in his Nimbus 3t, both flew a 322 km YoYo turning Market Weighton, Staindrop and Pontefract. Les Rayment flew a 194 km O/R to Gainsborough in his Ventus Ct, while Marian Stanley flew her first cross country in the blue turning Tontine and Castle Howard before returning to Sutton. The 43 ATs of the day generated 40 flights of over an hour with the Enterprise competitors logging flights of up to 7 hours. Outside the competition YGC member Heindrik Hoeth had 5:37 in his Club Libelle . 5 Trial lesson pupils also enjoyed the day as did Chris Gill with his 1:17 in the club Discus and John Marsh/M Walton with 58 minutes in the K21.
Monday 4th. On paper the conditions appeared similar to Sunday, but soaring conditions were more difficult as demonstrated by the later starting times, around 1300 hrs, and the 6 Enterprise competitors who landed out while attempting a Cat’s Cradle task with18 turn points. Nevertheless, over 3000 km were flown with 4 pilots exceeding 200 km each and the day’s 37 ATs generated 27 flights of over an hour. The soaring opportunities locally were enlivened by an active sea breeze front that was utilised by competitors and club pilots alike. Giving climbs to 5000′, and allowing pilots to explore canyons in the front provided an exciting gliding opportunity that was described by one of the Competition Enterprise entrants as the most exciting gliding experience she has had in the UK. Outside the competition there were no cross countries flown, but Stuart Heaton/Phil Lazenby had 1:40 in their DG1000t, Ken Arkley had 1:30 in his LS8-18t and Jack McGregor and Sue Aherne shared a flight of 1:05 in the club DG1000.
Tuesday 5th. Generally cloudy skies and some showers as the anticyclone declined, led the task setters to draw a series of concentric circles around Sutton, each circle having a radius 20 km bigger than the previous one. Flights between circles generated points. The first competitors launched around 1230 hrs with most returning by around 1500 hrs, although there was one land out. 16 of the 25 ATs exceeded an hour with the longest flights being just under 3 hours. Some 1000 km were flown in total on a tricky day in the air. Outside the competition club flying was limited to 5 flights in the K21, one of these being a Trial Lesson pupil who, courtesy of John Marsh, had 36 minutes aloft of a 3000′ tow.
Wednesday 6th. A light to moderate SW’ly flow around a low pressure system brought rain and then sunny intervals and heavy showers that deposited 10 mm of rain on the site. Flying was delayed until around 1430 hrs and the first launch in the competition did not take place until 1600 hrs, the competitors being set the task of flying self selected O/Rs into any one of 4 quadrants to the N, S, E and W of the site. Flight times were generally low with the longest around 3 hours, with only 6 flights out of the 20 ATs exceeding an hour. In spite of the conditions, around 1000 km were flown in total. There was only a single club flight with John Marsh taking Trial Lesson pupil E Mee tor 23 minutes in the K21.
Thursday 7th. With low pressure in control of the weather, the initially fresh S’ly changed to a light W around 1600 to 17oo hrs with the day’s sunny intervals and heavy showers depositing another 3 mm of rain on the site. The start of flying was delayed until around midday and some competitors launched then, others launching around 1500 hrs as a drier slot appeared among the showers. 12 of the 22 ATs generated flights of over an hour, but the total kms flown declined to around 700 as the pilots flew self selected O/Rs into a 4 leaf clover task, the leaves having the orientations of NE, SE, SW and NW. The less than ideal conditions meant that only 2 pilots flew more than 100 km and there were 3 land outs. Bob Bromwich, with YGC member and passenger Sue Aherne in the back seat of Bob’s DG5ooM, landed back at 18:37, after a flight of 2:31. Club flying was restricted to 5 flights in one of the K21s, including 3 with Trial Lesson pupils, John Marsh and TL pupil T Bean having 27 minutes in the air.
Friday 8th. With low pressure in charge, the light SE’ly wind brought in a succession of slow moving heavy showers that prevented any flying.
Saturday 9th. Rising atmospheric pressure brought less showers on Saturday and a light to moderate W’ly flow. Flying commenced around 1100 hrs and the grid was launched from around 1230 hrs on a task that was described as another Spider, the competitors having to fly a Sutton, Tontine, Ripon, Sutton triangle with optional self selected O/Rs from any turning point. The improved soaring conditions saw around 1700 km flown in total, with 7 pilots exceeding 100 km and 21 of the 26 ATs exceeding an hour’s duration. Most competitors had flights of around 3-4 hours, but Bob Bromwich, again flying with Sue Aherne as P2 in his DG500M, had over 6 hours aloft arriving back at Sutton at 1951 hours. Club flying was restricted to 5 launches in one of the K21s, the DG1000 and the DG303. Mike Wood had 53 minutes in the DG303 while Robin Hutchinson/Fred Brown had 1:15 in the DG1000. Competition Enterprise then concluded with an enjoyable evening soiree, the competition having been won by Justin Wills in his Antares 18, with David Masson 2nd in his LS6c 15m and Rod Witter/Mike Marshall 3rd in their Duo Discus T. The highest placed YGC pilot was Lindsay McLane in his Ventus bT in 4th place so congratulations to him.
Sunday 10th. A light S’ly that slowly veered into the SW saw flying commence just before 1100 hrs off runway 20. Only the 2 K21s and the Discus were flown from the club fleet and there was a single private owner launch, the lack of soaring opportunities meaning that flight times were in the range 15-20 minutes. The honour of the longest flight of the day was a close run event between Ron Beezer in the Discus and Colin Troise in his DG600, both recording 23 minutes, but they were pipped by John Marsh and Day Course member B Lambert who had 24 minutes in the K21.
Monday 11th. The pressure continued to rise as the low moved away, but the air was still quite unstable as evidenced by the growth of some big Cu, strong lift, strong sink and a few isolated showers. A light to moderate NW’ly that veered into the N saw 5 private owners launch with the club’s DG1000, one of the K21s, the Discus and the DG303 also utilised, yielding some 16 launches. Martyn Johnson, flying his DG600 had 2:50 aloft, visiting some local turning points, while Andy Hatfield had 1:25 in the Discus and Ian Plant/Tom Banfield, a Trial Lesson pupil, 31 minutes in the DG1000. 5 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour and 3 Trial Lesson pupils were flown.
Tuesday 12th. A moderate to fresh NNE’ly blew all day, bringing in some low cloud at around 800′ QFE, but providing some big gaps under a medium level overcast that led to a chilly launch point. 8 ATs were flown off runway 02 before the launch method was switched to winching and a further 9 launches flown. The recently returned Ka8 was rigged and flown by David Lynch with one of the K21s and the DG1000 providing the rest of the launches. 3 Trial Lesson pupils were flown, with Julie Hopwood and Graham Hawkshaw being treated to some unexpected wave flying in the company of George Rowden in the K21 andMike Smith in the DG1000 respectively. George and Julie left a 1-2 kt climb at 5000′ asl just downwind of the site to record a 37 minute flight, with Mike and Graham recording the same time and reaching 4000′ asl. The winch launches generated heights of around 1100′ giving the pupils launch, circuit and landing training in rapid succession. The AT climb out from runway 02 allowed a good view of the rather dejected ultra light that had landed in the undershoot area of runway 20 the previous week and nosed in, destroying the propeller, shock loading the engine, snapping off the tail and severely damaging the underside of the nose. Fortunately, the pilot walked away. With the gliders, tugs and winch safely back in the hangars and workshop, Andy Parish and Ken Arkley prepared to meet 20 Cubs who were visiting the club as part of an fact finding mission for a aviation badge.