Morning sunshine through a light fog greeted skippers on day 1 of the 2016 Ten Rater class World Championdship here in Limone del Garda, Italy. This years event is the first to be held for the ‘thoroughbreds’ of radio sailing in 18 years and is the 8th time in being held. As racing got underway rolling the skippers briefing at 10am, there was great interest to see how the wide range of designs and setups would fare against the known long standing benchmark ‘Diamond’ of defending champion Graham Bantock from GBR. Light winds for the 3 seeding races in waves had wins for FRA’s Stephane Burtin, GBR’s Recently crowned national champion Brad Gibson and local favourite, Italian Matteo Longhi. Soon after the fleets were set and with the southerly ‘Ora’ wind stable we were underway. At the sharp end it was Brad Gibson, Christophe Boisnault, Matteo Longhi and Graham Bantock putting their best foot forward. Of the GBR skippers, David Potter and Phil Holliday had good races, with the former hanging on for a win in the last race of the day in light winds. For our 3 remaining skippers in Richard Uttley, Derek Priestly and Terry Rensch it was at an times testing day with glimpses of hope shrouded in a Garda fog of traffic management on this tough small course where sailing cleanly and avoiding incidents is the key to doing well. More to come on day 2 for our weary travellers….soldier on lads! Full results on the event website.

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