Friday 23rd. A light N’ly that slowly increased to moderate brought in overcast skies and 3mm of rain. Consequently, the hangar doors remained firmly shut. A noticeable drop in temperature from 7C to 4C occurred during daylight hours.
Saturday 24th. A moderate to fresh SW’ly gusting to around 30 kts was accompanied by overcast skies that brightened later, but the low cloud base did not rise sufficiently to allow flying to take place.
Sunday 25th. A fresh to strong SW’ly gusting to over 40 kts, ensured that no one was tempted to fly on the only official non flying day at the Yorkshire Gliding Club. Instead, a select group of 9 members enjoyed a very leisurely, enjoyable and sumptuous Christmas dinner.
Monday 26th. The fresh to strong SW’ly continued to blow, again with gusts of over 40 kts, creating frustration for the members present who could witness evidence of wave to the west. Two visitors from Eden Soaring were given a tour of the indoor facilities by John Marsh.
Tuesday 27th. Although the wind had died to virtually nothing before picking up from the SE, low cloud and rain again meant that no flying was possible, clearing skies late afternoon coming too late. As the memories of Christmas Day’s culinary delights faded, the everyday delights of Brian’s bacon butties were greatly appreciated.
Wednesday 28th. With another deep depressions passing to the north of Scotland, a fresh to strong W’ly blew all day, average wind speeds reaching 30 kts with gusts in excess of 45 kts. Needless to say, no flying was possible.
Thursday 29th. The initially fresh to strong W’ly slowly moderated over the day, but heavy showers interrupted flying so that only 6 winch launches were flown utilising the K21, DG1000, DG303 and Discus. 3 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with Jesper Mjels having 2:48 in the DG303 during which he reached 3,500′ asl in weak wave and visited Northallerton. Colin Troise and Albert Newberry had 1:30 in the DG1000 and David Campbell/Phil Jones 1:17 in the K21 courtesy of the hill lift.
Friday 30th. An initially light NW’ly slowly increased in strength, steadily backing and eventually becoming S’ly by nightfall as a front brought rain by early afternoon. Due to tug problems with flat batteries, only 2 ATs were flown off runway 24 before the rain arrived, the forecast wave being noticeable by its absence. Peter Guest and Ken Arkley each flew the K21 solo with Peter haivng 25 minutes off a 3000′ tow. Duncan Pask’s attempt to fly the Ka8 was frustrated as the rain arrived just as he was preparing to launch.