Skippers were greeted by light rain and little to no wind on day 2 of this year 10 Rater class World championship being held at Limone sul Garda. With the morning ‘Peler’ northerly winds non existent, the opportunity was taken by skippers to discuss what direction the class should take to build on from the success and interest created with this championship. The notion of forming a class association was widely supported and it was agreed a wider working party should be formulated from not only skippers present but also be welcoming to any skipper across the globe wishing to steer the class forward. The meeting was adjourned soon after the earlier than normal arrival of the ‘Ora’ breeze which remained rather unpredictable over the day in overcast conditions. A and B rigs were swapped in and out with some real cloak and dagger stuff going on at the top end of the fleet. To the racing and it was close at the top but by day’s end Brad Gibson had stretched his lead over both Graham Bantock and FRA’s Christophe Boisnault who are locked in a tie for second. Italy’s local hero, Matteo Longhi recorded a couple of heat wins to remain in contention for a podium place but will need to be at his best to match the consistency of the top 3 in the large wave conditions. Of the GBR skippers, all recorded good results throughout the day to move up places as they became more settled into the racing. David Potter succumbed more than most to the dreaded fin salad but is expected to push on hard for a solid top 10 finish. As we ready ourselves for the final day of what for some of us has been a marathon of racing in combination with the Marblehead class Worlds, we look forward to ending a great event in style with that never give in attitude of GBR skippers past and present. Get over the last hurdle chaps……..

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