Sunday 27 August 18.00 Close
With all the results in competition director John Norman thanked all those that had contributed to the success of another Two-Seater Comp, with five days of racing. He presented the day and final competition prizes. Best wood today was BBV and GBV won both the intermediate and overall classes for the day. Lloyd Finlay was elected to describe his flight today, which he did, explaining that it was his first competitive cross country flight and that he had been ably assisted by Sam Roddie.
For the competition the best wood class was won by BBB (John Pursey), intermediate by JAX (Mike Jordy) and overall winner was Bob Bromwich's 94, with TV second and XX third. Accepting the trophy Bob declared himself "dumbfounded" to have beaten TV after a day when he went to Goole and back and took a restart.
The next briefing will be next year.....
Sunday 27 August 17.00 Day 5
All competition gliders accounted for. Among the gliders completing the full task was Wolds ASK21 GBV piloted by Sam Roddie and Lloyd Finlay.
Sunday 27 August 15.00 Day 5
Gliders turning Gainsborough and Kirton and on track for home. Some that have done shorter tasks safely landed at Pocklington. A handful of landouts reported so far.
Sunday 27 August 13.00 Day 5
Grid launched in fifty minutes from 11.50.
Several gliders have turned Goole with 563 furthest on track having made Beverley
Sunday 27 August 10.30 Day 5
The stress may be getting to scorer Martin who appeared to have laid in supplies to get him through the briefing.
Derrick announced that Saturday had been a good day with winners wood FYR, intermediate Z35 and overall KAX. Tom Pavis described his flight saying he just followed his leader (into cloud), some chap called Tim Milner apparently. The scores are close after Day 4 with TV leading 94 then CUS.
After a short auction of some classic gliding texts by Derrick in aid of YAA Bill appeared to riotous applause (at the second attempt) and proceeded to once again forecast a good but short day. Andy set tasks POC GO2 BEV SCU GA2 KIR POC 180 km.
Sunday 27 August 08.30
Another suspension of news yesterday due to an unscheduled visit to a field for a retrieve. For the first time in several years the second Sunday of TSC has started bright – gridding on 31 before briefing.
Saturday 26 August 2017 13.00
Grid started launching at 11.45 and completed at 12.40.
Sky looking better south and east gliders on track into Lincolnshire.
Saturday 26 August 2017 11.00
At the briefing John John announced yesterday’s winners as Wood BUR, Intermediate JAX and overall TV (again) and Steve Nock described how they did it (again).
Derrick took the baton as today’s comp drector, Bill described the weather as “possibly the best we’ve seen this week” and Andy has set tasks to the south as far as Belvoir POC BUS GA2 LSW BVR GOO PCT POC 293 km.
Saturday 26 August 2017 09.00
A bright clear morning over the Wolds and the Vale of York. Briefing at 10.00, gridding now on 31.
Friday 25 August 2017 16.30
After delivering his met brief Bill was subjected to a re-enactment of the stoning of Hope the Hermit which unfortunately was not caught on camera. Andy stepped in to set tasks to POC TOC BEV SCU GAI TUJ BOT. The grid launched from 12.00. It was clear (well it was murky, actually) that reaching TOC was going to be a challenge for some of us. There was a reunion of a number of comp gliders, including your correspondent’s, on the runway at Rufforth and others were down at Elvington.
Nevertheless some gliders did make it further and by 16.30 Spot the Gliders was looking like this
Friday 25 August 2017 09.30
Another bright, still morning – still enough for balloons to be up early. Briefing at 10.00, gridding on 31.
Thursday 24 August 2017 1500
There might be an alternative version of Hope the Hermit’s chorus that goes
Often heralds in the dullest day”
Tasks were set as far as Tontine Inn and the grid was in place but the sky had clouded over and at about 14.00 the day was scrubbed.
Ever optimistic Team JAV declared through chattering teeth that they were going flying anyway....
Wednesday 23 August 2017 12.00
Folowing a thunderstorm and with no prospect of cloud clearing for a while the day has been scrubbed
Wednesday 23 August 2017 10.30
This morning’s photo looks a bit clearer than Tuesday’s – you can at least make out the Wolds (just).
At the 10.00 briefing Punxsutawney Bill emerged, declared that he couldn’t see his own shadow, and forecast that spring would soon be on its way, possibly as early as 14.00 today. He had spurned the Met Office view and preferred to rely on the teaching of Hope the Hermit (see TSC Daily News 2015 for a full description of Hope’s method). Here’s Bill doing the shadow check.
With ruthless efficiency John (he's the other Comp Director) announced the day might be scrubbed, with a further briefing at 12.30. Had another Groundhug Day begun? Meanwhile Layton and Tony arrived with their surfboards on the car, having heard a mention of wave the other day.
Tuesday 22 August 2017 10.00
With gliders parked up on a grey day at Pocklington ....
... Derrick Roddie presented the prizes to yesterday’s winners Wood BBB, Intermediate JAX, Hotships TV. TV’s Steve Nock described their flight in through mixed conditions in which they managed to complete Task F (POC GOO FRI MAL NDU SOF POC)
Bill strove to put the forecast in the best light possible, predicting that conditions would improve to “awful” by the afternoon but warned they might deteriorate again after that.
Monday 21 August 2017 Day 2
For technical reasons, the indisposition of our correspondent, who had gone to visit a field near Goole, the Day 2 report is late....
Day 2 started with a new Comp Director, the second in two days, and Derrick Roddie stepped up to the plate.
Day 1 winners were Wood BBB, Intermediate Z35, Hotships 563. Met man Bill and task setter Andy were complimented on an excellent job which saw all available tasks being completed by at least one glider.
With an even shorter window predicted on Day 2 the grid started launching at 12.00 and, with seven tugs in action, finished at 12.48.
By 14.00 gliders which had managed to turn the first point at Goole N were finding better conditions as they went north (POC GOO FRI NDU....) but Goole had already accounted for several land outs.
Sunday 20 August 2017 Day 1 17.15
Met man Bill's "small window" stayed open longer than some might have expected and the last gliders have now landed back at Pocklington following some notable flights. There are two or three that have had to be retrieved but most teams completed a task.
Sunday 20 August 2017 Day 1 13.30
Bill predicted a "small window" from 12.00 on and Andy set tasks to Beverley Scunthorpe and into Lincolnshire. The grid launched from 11.55 on and the gliders are spread out on track with FYR already back from Beverley.
Here's a cheerful Graham Wadforth getting ready to sniff the air
.... and here's the state of play at 13.30
Saturday 19 August 2017
Tomorrow sees the start of the 32nd Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition. With over thirty entries ranging from Blaniks and Capstans to the modern machines in the “Hotships” category there will be tasks to suit all. And lurking in the background on the glider park is last year’s winner HNA.....