Monday 22nd. A light and variable but mainly W’ly airstream brought good soaring conditions, but extensive top cover in the middle of the country caused some declared 500 km flights to be abandoned. 32 ATs were flown, 21 by private owners and the balance by the club’s K21s, DG 1000, Discus and DG303 with 21 flights exceeding an hour and 16 exceeding 3 hours. Derek Taylor in his ASW22BL and John Ellis in his Nimbus 3t both declared 500 km tasks but both were frustrated by extensive top cover south of Grantham , John turning Grantham to record a 305 km O/R and Derek covering 557 km in a flight that involved turning Belvoir/Pickering/Gainsborough and Catterick. Those pilots staying north of the top cover enjoyed good conditions with Chris Teagle flying a 300 km task in his LS6c, Steve Ball 217 km in his LS8 and Richie Toon 298 km at an average speed of 89.9 kph in his LS7 , utilising a sea breeze front extending from Lincolnshire into Yorkshire. Phil Lazenby meanwhile flew his DG1000t 333 km solo, but complained he had to prepare his own sandwiches. Sam St Pierre, flying his DG200, showed the club’s younger pilots (that includes most if not all of the flying members) how to fly speed tasks by completing a 113 km FAI triangle at a handicapped speed of 94 kph. Derek Taylor’s 6:56 in the air was the longest flight of the day, with Sue Aherne’s 2:46 in the Discus clocking up the longest flight in a club glider while Jack McGregor/A Lucas had 1:22 in the club K21. Among all this activity, there were 4 Trial Lesson flights, a single flight in the Rotax Falke and an aerotow retrieve for a visitor from Pocklington.
Tuesday 23rd. A cool and cloudy NNE’ly airstream brought in some showers mid afternoon, restricting flying to 7 ATs, all in the club’s K21s, one of these being a solo flight by Chris Thirkell. Soaring opportunities were nil and even a tow to 3000′ QFE couldn’t get flight times over 20 minutes for the 2 Trial Lesson pupils of the day.
Wednesday 24th. A initial SE’ly airstream soon veered into the SW, bringing a brief soaring window and showers towards the end of the flying day. 21 ATs were flown, 7 by private owners and the balance in the club’s K21s, DG1000, Discus and Astir while the Rotax Falke had 2 flights and there were 4 Trial Lesson pupils. 9 of the flights exceeded an hour with Chris Garton in his Ventus completing an O/R to Camphill in 3:20 and Andy Wright in his Nimus 3t, completing a 141 km task turning Bridlington and Fridaythorpe, but having to resort to hill soaring the southern edge of the NY Moors to get back to Sutton. Albert Newbery/Stuart Heaton had 2:45 in their DG1000t while Sue Aherne had 2:07 in the club Discus and Bob Beck/Perry Reid 1:20 in the club DG1000. The deteriorating conditions led to Martyn Johnson landing out in his DG600.
Thursday 25th A light WSW’ly brought in a low overcast, delaying launching until the early afternoon when the skies brightened and soaring was possible. 11 ATs were flown, predominately in club gliders with only 2 private owners launching. Chris Garton, taking the first launch of the day in his Ventus, stayed up for 3:50, one of the 2 flights of the day to exceed an hour. Staying up was not easy, as Jack McGregor found out when taking the first of the day’s 4 Trial Lesson pupils up for his first glider flight, being back on the ground after 9 minutes from a 2000′ tow. A second attempt with the same Trial Lesson pupil was more successful with Jack and Jeff having the longest 2 seater flight of the day, 47 minutes of an 1800′ tow. In the only other flight to exceed an hour, Ian Plant/A Lucas had 2 hrs in the DG1000 while Tor Taverner’s 2 attempts to soar the DG303 accumulated a total of 49 minutes in the air. In the evening, Jack and Fred Brown gave introductory flights to a group of 6 visitors, flying being completed just after 1900 hrs.
Friday 26th. A dull and wet day meant no flying except a single flight in the Rotax Falke that took advantage of a brief spell of brighter weather.
Saturday 27th. The day dawned with a light NNW’ly and flyable conditions but an approaching front brought rain by lunch time as the wind backed into the SW. Prior to the rain arriving 6 ATs were flown in the club’s K21s and DG500, including 3 Trial Lesson pupils. Bob Calvert was the only private owner to fly, managing the longest flight of the day, 42 minutes in his Discus off the last flight of the day, while Fred Brown took one of his Trial Lesson pupils for a 23 minute flight in the K21.
Sunday 28th. A fresh to strong W’ly saw the winch deployed and John Marsh off in the DG303 at 09:25 to take advantage of the cheaper launch fees pre 1000 hrs. A further 34 launches followed, with the last glider landing at 1745 hrs. Virtually all the club fleet were flown and15 private owners added their names to the launch log, with Jesper Mjels spending 5:56 aloft in his Pic 20, one of 22 pilots to exceed an hour in the air. As well as hill lift, wave was also to be utilised, and at least 3 pilots contacted, Martyn Johnson taking his DG600 to 8,725′ asl, Chris Teagle climbing to 7,542′ asl in his LS6c andDick Cole flying with Slingsby week visitor Angela Veitch, reaching 7,000′ asl in the K21 and also having the longest club 2 seater flight of the day at 1:35. D Cornelius/Alan Garforth, also visitors for Slingsby week at Sutton, kept their K21 airborne for 5:25 while Eric Preston topped the club single seater stakes with 2:17 in the DG303. Two Trial lesson pupils chose a good day for their first glider flights as there was no difficulty in giving them each 30+ minutes in the air.
Monday 29th. A fresh NW with its accompanying turbulence on takeoff kept the gliders in the hangar, but a wind shift into the W and a reduction in speed allowed ATing to commence mid afternoon, with 6 launches the result, 3 of them for Trial Lesson pupils. Bob Calvert was the only private owner to launch and had 2:45 aloft in his Discus, while one of the club’s K21s contributed the remaining launches, flight times averaging around 25-30 minutes under generally overcast skies.
Tuesday 30th. A light to moderate W’ly and a continuation of the overcast skies, saw a mixture of 4 winch launches and 6 ATs flown with the Slingsby week visitors contributing most of the launches. 4 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with Bob Calvert having 1:50 in his Discus and Mike Wood spending just over an hour in a visiting Slingsby Dart. Two seater flying was confined to 3 Trial Lesson pupils and flying was terminated mid afternoon by the arrival of rain.