Ali Masters 

The battle for windsurfing supremacy is hotting up as George Bowles and Ali Masters sit neck and neck in pole position after day two of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials at Largs Sailing Club.

With blustery, wet conditions testing the sailors to the max, it was 16-year-old Bowles from Brigg that enjoyed the best return from today’s three RS:X races (Tues 14 April) to ensure that 2008 European RS:X Youth silver medallist Masters was not going to have everything his own way in the Youth Nationals gold quest.

With Masters, 17, heading the overnight leaderboard, Bowles posted scores of 2, 2, 1 to Masters’ 3, 1, 2 to put them level on nine points apiece after five races.

However, Bowles, who only stepped up to the RS:X board from the smaller Bic Techno last September, is not getting carried away by his early regatta success.

He said: “I’m definitely really pleased with the way things have gone so far; my goal for the week was just to try to do the basics right. It was very gusty today and my consistency is probably the thing that’s pleased me most so far and that’s what I’ll be looking to carry on for the rest of the week.

“My first event on the RS:X board was only last September so I have surpassed my expectations after the first two days but we’re not even halfway through yet and there is still a long week ahead.”

With Skandia Team GBR star and double World and Olympic champion Sarah Ayton surveying the courses on selector duty, Holsworthy’s Izzy Hamilton, 16, boasts a comfortable lead in the girls’ RS:X courtesy of her 4, 3, 3 today. Claudia Carney, who sat just a point behind Hamilton after day one suffered with an on-course side (OCS) call against her today to fall behind Sophie Bailey who now sits in second.

Unfortunately 2007 RYA Youth National champion Kirsten O’Callaghan’s event could be over after she sustained a serious looking calf injury in the opening race of today.

Racing resumes tomorrow with the first warning signal scheduled for 10.55am with HRH The Princess Royal in attendance at the event tomorrow.