Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th. Wednesday and Thursday saw the site in cloud with light rain on bothmornings with a persistent light to moderate flow from an easterly quadrant. Consequently, there was no flying, with the only bright spot the return to site of the Astir after its CoA. On Friday the wind switched into the NW but remained light to moderate, a shallow low just off the east coast giving a very wet day with the rain turning to snow in the afternoon with the result that the site was recovered in another 5 cms.
Saturday 27th. Another slack pressure gradient produced a gentle N’ly and a great deal of low stratus that initially enveloped the site delaying the start of flying but allowing the Astir to be rigged. The stratus eventually rose and broke up to reveal blue sky but remained a threat during the rest of the flying day, its base struggling to get above circuit height and contributing to some “will they get back” discussions at the launch point. Flying was restricted to 5 ATs, utilising the K21 and the DG1000, off an increasingly soggy airfield as the lying snow melted. Conditions were not suitable to fly a group of 10 Scouts from York, so the simulator was used to give them a first taste of gliding. In the evening, Steve Ball gave an interactive meterology lecture aimed at pre Bronze C pilots which was extended at the request of the attendees to cover the intricacy and output of tephigrams.