With the European Championships confirmed by IOMICA in twelve months time in Croatia the GBR IOM fleet ventured to Scotland to commence the 2017 class ranking series.
With 36 skippers competing, comprising of the best radio sailors in the UK, six world champions from radio and dinghy disciplines combined with a warm Scottish welcome and sunshine why would you want to be anywhere else?
The day started with a light WSW breeze, with PRO John Owens taking the wise decision to sail three fleets, racing got underway on time with Brad Gibson, Josh King and Paul Allen winning the seeding races. The breeze gently increased during the day veering more towards the West with the breeze coming off the bank creating some interesting shifts at the top end of the course, current World and European champion Brad Gibson once again topped the leaderboard in the tricky conditions with fellow Birkenhead skipper Graham Elliott taking second and Darin Ballington third.
The fleet retired to the Bowfield for a social and to reminisce on any points left out on the water.
With an earlier start and a stronger A rig breeze racing once again got underway on time with Peter Stollery, Colin Goodman and Graham Bantock winning the seeding races.
The breeze increased by midday with Simon Robinson in his V8 being the first to try the smaller no2 rig, whilst looking a sound decision at the time the odd soft patch proving a stumbling block especially downwind.
Throughout the day racing was especially close with the fleet tightly packed in each race, a trend which is notable in the results throughout.
Peter Stollery won the day with ten points after eight races, proving there is still plenty of life left in his seven year old orange Britpop which took him to glory at the 2011 IOM worlds @ West Kirby. ex Fireball World Champion Colin Goodman took a well earned second place after a disappointing first day with Brad Gibson taking third two points further back.
Our thanks to the Scottish District, Castle Semple, Buchanness RYC and John Owens and the race team for a meticulously planned and executed weekends racing, we look forward to returning to Scotland in the future.