Sunday 18th August 2019 sees the opening of the 34th Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition at Pocklington airfield. We'll be trying to keep you up to date throughout the competition here.
Sunday 25-Aug-19 13.00 Close and prizes
The 34th Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition at Pocklington airfield has closed and the prizes have been presented by Anne Melville. There were five flying days with 38, Richard Large, the Overall Winner, JAV, Mike Jordy, the Intermediate Winner and, once again, BBB, John Pursey, the Best Wood. Full final results tables are below. Special mentions today went to Mo Haddon for organising the week’s entertainment and Ann Wilson and her team for the catering. More than a thousand sausages and fifty eight gallons of beer contributed to the success of the comp. Until next time them, but a photo further down for you to ponder.... how did they get there?
Overall winners 38 Best wood BBB
Mo Haddon (l) and Anne Melville Ann Wilson
How did he get there....?
Sunday 25-Aug-19 10.30
With the state of the art Wolds Gliding Club x-wind indicator hanging limp under a hazy blue sky the writing was on the wall for the final day of the 34th Two-Seater Comp. Highlight of the briefing was a virtuoso performance by Mike Jordy to auction a unique engraved bottle of York gin donated by our administrator Tonita Day and raising £151 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Saturday 24-Aug-19 22.00
Soothed by the cooling breezes from a portable air conditioner in the scorer's hut Dick has produced preliminary Day 5 scores and totals. A total of eleven gliders landed out, while eight tackled task D but for everyone Doncaster was a turn point too far with a mid afternoon launch and the hot blue conditions so familiar in the Vale of York.
Saturday 24-Aug-19 17.30
Eight or so gliders in fields, a dozen or so back at Pock, the rest heading home. No one seems to have wanted to go to Doncaster.
The Eagle trailer has just gone past. I have learned, Master, that this sign means "The Eagle has Landed"
Saturday 24-Aug-19 16.00
After the sniffer's second launch grid went from 14.30 and launched within an hour with five tugs operating. Leading gliders round Harrogate and on way to Wetherby
Saturday 24-Aug-19 12.00
Day 5 task sheet for Saturday, updated totals and day scores for Friday, day 4
Saturday 24-Aug-19 11.30
Blue skies, gliders gridded on 18, longest task 200 km but no launch before 12.30. Coming soon the task sheet and scores after yesterday day 4. In the meantime here is our air space man, Dave Smith, who rings round early in the day to let people who could find thirty two two-seaters heading towards them know they might be coming. Somewhere down at the grid will be Andy MacDonald, marshalling the goings on.
Dave the airspace... .... and Andy the launch marshall
Friday 23-Aug-19 18.00
Just about everyone back on the ground or accounted for. Four landouts only as far as we know.
Friday 23-Aug-19 16.00
A couple in fields, about half a dozen back on the ground and the field spread out with some turning CTT
Friday 23-Aug-19 14.00
Grid launched by 13.30, one relight but most well established, front runners on track for BEV. Much sprinting about in the heat by the members of the Fairly Honourable Company of Wolds Rope Runners directed by Andy MacDonald.
Friday 23-Aug-19 11.00
Blue sky, set fair - and there's a Bank Holiday coming up!?- longest task today 320km. Tugs lined up, tuggies briefed. First launch not before 11.15
Thursday 22-Aug-19 14.00
Dick Midwinter has briefly emerged from the scorers hut with the updated Day 3 scores and Day 3 totals. In case you don't recognise Dick here is a rare photo of him, taken in the hut. You will have seen assistant comp director and control supremo Bernie Svenson though or at least spoken to him on the radio.
Scorer Dick.... .... and deputy director Bernie
Thursday 22-Aug-19 11.00
Owain was right about blustery. The day is grey and the cloudbase modest. The covers were still on and the runways empty, although at least you can see the Wolds - not always the case at the Two-Seater Comp! The news that the weather wasn't going to get better brought no surprises at the briefing and the day was scrubbed.
With no flying today there's an opportunity to credit some key players - comp director Bob Holroyd, met man Steve Wilkinson and task setter Mike Jordy. They all look reasonably cheerful while having to cope with reports of suspicious offers of cake, the weather and looking for suitable tasks in the conditions.
Comp director Bob Met man Steve Task setter Mike
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 22.30
Hot off the computer from Dick in the scorer's hut here are the preliminary results after Day 3, the amended results from Day 2 and last but certainly not least the preliminary totals after Day 3. Seems that 38's flying start down to Newark carried the day but the stealthy 94 leads overall. Owain is promising a warmer but blustery day tomorrow....
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 16.30
Six or eight gliders landed out, as many again still in the air south of the Humber including four around Lincoln, the rest landed at Pock where there is now light rain. Here's JZK landing a little while ago.
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 15.00
Grid long since launched. 38 appears to be the front runner, just turning Newark. Here's a photo of some nice clouds and the Eagle trailer which has just gone past. What does this sign mean, Grasshopper?
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 11.00
Tasks set for today. Once again the weather looks more inviting south of the river so today's furthest turnpoint is down the Trent again, this time to Newark. Updated Day 2 results will be posted later
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 20.30
Here are the preliminary scores and totals for Day 2 - it must have been stealthy Bob Bromwich's trace and not BTR's going round Bottesford - very tricky all these squiggly lines on Spot the Gliders!
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 16.30
Looks as if both BTR and HNA made Bottesford; earlier AL appeared to be returning from an intermediate point.
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 14.00
Field spread out with AL leading the way (again) and quite a few either at or very close to Pock (again)
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 11.45
The grid is launching with the longest task today to Bottesford, via Rufforth South and Goole initially. When he's not wrangling the scores Dick Midwinter has been taking some photos - clearly he has a very long pole for his GoPro! - the grid this morning and also in the sun that followed the rain yesterday, which was scrubbed.
Our crack scoring team have worked long and hard into the night to produce the preliminary scores. Clearly they have advanced knowledge of something because they have only budgeted for up to six days in their table. Seems that AL was one of the last home because it had been a long way.
Sunday 18-Aug-19 19.00
All gliders accounted for including eight landouts but some appear to have completed the longest task including the ASH D-KBAL, one of the last aircraft home
Sunday 18-Aug-19 15.30
Grid launched from about 13.00. With one tug dropping out launch took a bit longer than usual. With stiff south west winds field is spread out. A couple of gliders have landed back at Pock and several are on the ground elsewhere.
Sunday 18-Aug-19 11.00
At the start of proceedings this year's comp director Bob Holroyd mentioned the recent sad loss of club stalwart and long time Two-Seater Comp task setter Andy Melville. and Anne, Andy's widow, was invited to open the competition.
Day 1 tasks are set through POC-NDU-MAW-BUS-TUJ-SCU-PUC, first launch not before 12.30
Sunday 18-Aug-19 09.45
The day has started bright and breezy. Gridding on runway18.