Friday 24th. A moderate W’ly blew all day and after a delayed start due to showers and low cloud, the day improved, providing a mixture of hill lift and wave, although the latter was of the restricted altitude variety. 9 ATs were flown with one of the K21s, the DG1000 and the DG303 utilised. John Ellis and Colin Troise sharing a flight in the DG1000 had the longest 2 seater flight of the day, 1:15, while Mike Smith took his Trial Lesson pupil Russel Wright for 38 minutes in the K21, giving Russel a taste of wave flying to 5,500′ asl and some mild aerobatics which he thoroughly enjoyed. Rob Bailey, flying the DG303 stayed aloft for 2:13.
Saturday 25th. The wind had freshened a little compared to Friday but remained W’ly, so the same mixture of hill lift and wave was available. It was a busy day with two groups visiting, one of 7 Scouts and the other a group from Durham University. The day was also notable as there were a mixture of ATs and winch launches, 14 of the former and 29 of the latter, giving 43 launches in total. All the available club gliders were flown, the Falke chipped in with a single sortie and there were 5 private owner launches. Reg Watson took the DG303 for the longest flight of the day, 3:50, one of 11 flights of over an hour, while Derek Smith successfully air tested the engine of his Ventus 2t, the engine allowing him to contact the wave to climb to 12,176′ asl and post the first YGC cross country of the year on the National Ladder. Fred Brown and Robin Hutchinson shared the longest 2 seater flight of the day, 1:22 in the DG1000, while Andy Hatfield had a cold 2:18 in the Ka8 during which time he climbed to 3,540′ asl.
Sunday 26th. The wind had decreased to moderate and backed SW’ly, so soaring was much more difficult and a cloudy interlude around midday caused flying to be suspended for 3 hours. The day’s flying included 7 ATs, a single Falke sortie and a flight on the simulator, with only 3 of the two seaters utilised. The Durham University group contributed to the day’s activities, but with little chance of staying up, flight times were typically 15-20 minutes. Kevin and Liz Keily bucked the trend with 29 minutes in the K21 while Andy Wilson, the only private owner to rig, had 22 minutes in his Skylark 4.
Monday 27th. The club was closed as a mark of respect to our late President, Moyra Johnson, whose funeral was held in All Saints on the Pavement church in York, the church being packed with over 300 attendees, including a good representation from the YGC. The eulogy illustrated Moyra’s full and active life, a life based on 4 important Fs. Flying, Friendships, Freemen and Faith and the service was a great tribute and celebration of Moyra’s contribution to life.
Tuesday 28th. After Monday’s rain, the skies cleared but the moderate SW’ly flow continued, this being the 17th consecutive day that the wind has come from a W’ly quarter. Low orographic cloud delayed flying until 1115 hrs but, thereafter, 13 ATs were flown into a sky that gradually cleared of cloud, while those left on the ground enjoyed some balmy sunshine and spring like temperatures. Most of the day’s flights contacted wave, which was limited in vertical extent, the best height reached being 5,500′ asl by Jesper Mjels in the DG303, a flight of 4:34 during which he had to retreat to the hill before recontacting the wave again and getting to Barnard Castle. Mike Wood flying the Ka8 and George Rowden flying the Astir both had over an hour, reaching around 4,600′ asl but the wave was generally weak, with the best lift being well forward of the low level wave bar. Mark Robinson flying the Astir fell out of the wave but was happily soaring the hill and contemplating completing his second 1 hour flight for his Bronze C when the hill lift died and Mark landed after a flight of 53 minutes. Towards the end of the day Dick Cole took David Watsham for some aerobatic practice in the K21, this reducing their height to 900′ QFE, at which point a low level wave cloud formed which allowed a slow climb to just under 1500′ QFE and prolonged their flight to 53 minutes. Among all the above activity, the Falke was busy with 4 flights.