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Day 3 and the final day of racing for the 10 Rater Worlds at Limone sul Garda had skippers arrive to strong winds gusting at over 30 knots and racing put on hold due to safety concerns over both launching and retrieval, and the vicious glare created by the morning sunshine. Some were enjoying some practice with smallest suits being used in the crashing waves but most kept the powder dry noticing the difficulty the course laying RIB had in even nosing up to set the course area.
At around 11am conditions had backed off a little to allow racing to commence with D and E suits chosen. As the racing continued the ‘Peler’ northerly winds continued to blow showing off this class at speed surfing the large waves.
GBR skippers were relishing the tough conditions with all scoring solid races. Brad Gibson at the head of the scoreboard was not letting up on his earlier form by posting back to back wins over the challenging Graham Bantock and FRA’s Yannick Rosignol.
With the 4pm close of racing fast approaching under a quickly dying wind, A fleet was called to the control area for what was to be the final race of the event. With light rigs set, eyes turned to the south where a near instant change in wind direction came over the race course. Last minute hurried rig changes were made by some with the fleet launching in rigs ranging from A to C. This heat proved to be a showcase for the event with inches separating Gibson and Bantock after a ding dong battle in overpowered conditions.
After boats had been packed away all that was left to do was share the spoils, with GBR’s Brad Gibson crowned the 2016 World Champion after a solid 3 days racing from defending champion Graham Bantock GBR in 2nd and FRA’s Christoph Boisnault rounding out the podium. Our hosts at West Garda Sailing and FIV were roundly thanked, along with the beach bar staff who kept all well fed and lubricated over the past 10 days.
All done and dusted with a full review expected to feature on the GBR 10 Rater class website in the coming weeks.
Well done team GBR skippers for supporting what was a very successful event for the class and performing admirably.
Over and out…..
Full results can be found HERE