Keep rolling, rolling, rolling…


Day 2 morning sunshine pic: Alessia Longhi

Day 2 of this years Worlds in Limone del Garda saw racing get into full swing and a few indicators as to who is stepping forward.
At just after 9 am local time E fleet got away in what looked to be stable wind only to experience a pressure drop, combined with a large wind shift resulting in abandonment, rounded with applause.
After a short wait the wind returned but the gust variation made rig choice somewhat of a lottery. Most went with full area B rigs not to risk an A rig wipeout in the choppy conditions. Unfortunately for GBR’s Rob Vice a late launch on the wrong ramp due to congestion had a wave lift his rudder over an adjoining weed net. Nothing too difficult for Scuba Rob, just strip down, dive in and get on with it. Well done to you sir!

As is standard here the wind dropped out late morning before B fleet could get a start in, lunch was taken early and we waited……..

The afternoon settled into some excellent top end B, mid range C rig conditions with Italy’s Matteo Longhi having the best of the day on the scoreboard. Of the GBR team, Brad Gibson faired the best, only blighted by leading the final A fleet race to the wrong finish line dropping to 4th, but was generally steady. Others to shine in the Italian sun were Graham Bantock with consistent scores, Chris Harris with a couple well earned 3rd placings on the bounce, Rob Walsh, Darin Ballington, James and Tony Edwards, Martin Roberts and Derek Priestley.

What we have seen so far is that this years event for GBR skippers is no walk in the park as in past years. The French, Italian and Australian designers and skippers have upped their game on a course where past successes or deeds count for little showing we will need to rise to the challenge if we are to match them.

Day 3 awaits……time to step up gentlemen!