It has been 10 years since the last air race was held on the Island out of Bembridge Airport, but this weekend’s event saw that hiatus broken as many different types of fixed-wing aircraft competed in The Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association handicap races – known as the ‘3Rs’.
Wet weather on Saturday afternoon forced the postponement of the 3Rs Grosvenor Challenge race, which had intended to see 9 planes battling it out for the trophy. Thankfully, Sunday was a much brighter day which allowed for the Grosvenor Challenge to be finally run in the morning followed by the Battle of Britain Challenge in the afternoon.
The flight path was carefully chosen as to not cause a disturbance in built-up, residential areas. Planes soared out of Sandown Airport at speed before heading across Apse Heath and Godshill to Chale then following the coastline to Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown and back across the airport.