Friday 27th. A light to moderate WSW’ly flow produced a few showers but also some initially soft hill soaring conditions that improved later. 9 winch launches were flown in the K21/DG500/Discus and DG303 with John Marsh having 1:19 in the DG303, some initially patient scratching at around 500′ QFE being rewarded later, as the weak lift gradually improved to provide a maximum height of 1400′ QFE as the result of weak wave assistance. Mike Wood, flying the Discus, joined John and claimed a best height of 1500′ QFE. Thereafter, soaring conditions and the glider flight times went downhill, the latter to average around 15 minutes. During this winching day, the Super Cub’s flap was repaired so restoring the club’s aerotow capability.
Saturday 28th. With high pressure firmly in charge, a sunny, but cold day in a light N’ly saw a total of 33 AT’s flown, 8 for the Scouts and Scouters of a visiting group from the 1st Bishopthorpe troop. Lift was hard to find but John Marsh/Jamie Davies took a high tow for some spinning exercises but then found some thermal lift when down to around 1000′ QFE that enabled them to post the longest flight of the day, 46 minutes. Stuart Heaton gave the newly refurbished K21 JVZ a test flight following the adjustment of its trimmer, and Resh Khodabocus had 24 minutes solo in the K21, a number of his guests being introduced to gliding. Charlie Jessop from Durham University flew the Ka8 and hopes to resurrect the currently defunct Durham University GC. A goodly crowd of around 50 then assembled for Film Nite, introduced by CFI Andy Parish.
This consisted of a introduction, a compilation of YGC archive footage from the 1930’s and more recently, expertly created by Ken Arkley, his iconic MGM introduction with Cirrus the YGC cat, replacing the roaring Lion, set the scene for a good evening of entertainment. Ken’s introduction was followed by the BBC film “A Girl in a Glider” starring a youthful Mike Wood (as the instructor not the girl) telling the story of a first solo. A second BBC film was then shown covering a 1980’s attempt on a 500 km O/R to Didcot by Richard Blackmore in his Janus, with Richard and cameraman, Keith Massey, providing some interesting and light hearted background to the production of the film as shown below.
The gathering then retired to enjoy a hearty Burn’s Night meal, expertly prepared by caterer Brian supported by Sarah, Ann and Diane, with Ann’s contribution of Whiskey and Port being greatly appreciated.
The Film Nite was then completed by the showing of the spoof film of Richard’s flight which was brought the evening to a very enjoyable and amusing close.