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Just as predicted Carol’s warm front took its toll. Despite the warm sunshine of mid-morning the high cover began to thicken and at 13.00 the final day of TSC 2015 was scrubbed. The sniffer reported earlier turned out, in fact, to be a glider returning home without waiting for what it considered to be the inevitable. The heat haze over the grid was clearly just a mirage.....

Sunday mirage comp

.... and back at the hangar our crack team of tuggies were forced to put on brave faces as they held back their tears of disappointment.

Sunday tuggies comp

A full report of the closing will follow but you won't be surprised to hear that it includes BBB getting more prizes.

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The final briefing. BBB picked up their daily prize. Bill appeared for the met briefing in a thick overcoat to wax lyrical about Carol’s warm front though was clearly disappointed at not having seen her today. Despite seeing the Tigers win 2-0 yesterday he was unable to bring himself to use the “o” word. It was left to Andy Melville to say that we had to be “optimistic” as he produced another set of tasks around the Vale of York.

The procession to the grid has begun and a sniffer looks to have just gone past the window.

Grid Sunday comp

Down at the grid Derrick Roddie (l) was reflecting on how he had started all this just 30 years ago as he admired launch marshal Andy McDonald's splendid aerial array.

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For the first time at TSC 2015 the state of the art Wolds GC X-Wind Indicator hangs limp on its pole....

Windsock Sun comp

..... while the wind turbines stand idle and over the Drax special lift generator the plumes rise vertically into the still air of a late summer morning, but there's been no request to grid before the briefing at 10.00 local.

Drax comp

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Well, it looked alright in parts and at 14.00 the sniffer went again but it just wasn't quite good enough and the day was scrubbed. The photo summary says it all.

Sat scrub comp

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So it’s Saturday. All gridded up but we are stood down for at least half an hour. A pattern is emerging at the briefings. BBB collected their prize for the best performance of Day 4. HNA gave us the story of their epic flight and advertised a (different) vario. Bill remarked that the met looked the same as yesterday. Andy is sending us to Tocwith, Castle Howard, Burn, Malton and Goole N. The sniffer sniffed and turned his nose up so Eddie, our tugmaster, decided to return to the clubhouse in style in the Cub.

Eddie tug

It’s the 50th anniversary this year of the “Warminster Thing” . The BBC said “The reports of the UFO, known as "The Warminster Thing", came from many people who heard mysterious sounds and saw objects in the night sky in 1965.” The “Pocklington Thing” was reported overhead and seen by many pilots and crew this morning. A communication has been received by wireless telegraphy.....

Grid from drone comp

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