Kieran Martin 

Young Brit Kieran Martin made an early statement of intent as he leads the charge for the Bic Techno Under 15 World title after day one of the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

But the level-headed 14-year-old from Cheadle, Cheshire insists he will not be taking any notice of the overall standings until after the end of the RYA Racing Events-run regatta on Saturday (29 August) as those are the only scores that count.

Martin got his Championships off to a flyer today (Monday 24 August) as he landed a race one victory before following that up with a second race third to sit a point ahead of Israel’s Ben Hayoun in the boys’ fleet.

However, the youngster, who took Under 15 bronze at last year’s Worlds before being crowned 2009 Under 15 European champion in April, admits he was just pleased to get underway with two good scores.

He said: “I just wanted to make sure I got a couple of good counting races so I was really pleased with what I ended the day with. I don’t really want to be worrying about the overall scores until after the competition is over because then you can end up taking your mind off the things that you should be thinking about.

“To relax before racing I like to socialise and hang out with my friends and that wasn’t any different today. I did have a few nerves this morning but at the same time I felt confident I had done all I could do to prepare so when I actually got out on to the racecourse I was quite relaxed.”

Italy’s Marta Maggetti, 13, leads the Under 15 girls’ competition, a race two victory giving her a two-point advantage over May Witson (ISR) with Britain’s Emma Labourne enjoying a great start to the regatta in third.

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Midwest Speed Quest 

You are invited to another Offical Race Day at the Midwest Speed Quest in Worthington, Minnesota.

The high winds are returning to Worthington on Monday August 24. The Weather Forecast calls for 22mph Southerly Winds, with gusts of 29mph. These are the best winds we have seen in a long time.

Remember, the fastest windsurfer on Lake Okabena by October 15th wins $1000 CASH. Second Place is $500, $250 for Third, $125 for Fourth, and $75 for Fifth Place. This is the highest prize money in North American Speed Sailing!

We will have lots of demo gear available for the visiting racers. We will have a selection of KA Speed Sails courtesy Windsurf Deal set up and ready to go.

We will have the Carbon Art SP 50 83 liter Speed Board for your use, courtesy Carbon Art, New Zealand.

Some of the fastest speed sailing session in the world have been recorded with the combination of the KA Koncept Sail, and the Carbon Art Speed Boards.

We will have Chinook Carbon Racing Booms, and Chinook Racing Harness Lines set up and ready to go.

We will have demo Canefire and Rockit Speed Fins courtesy Vector Fins of Maui, and also Select SL7 Fins, courtesy Windsurf Deal.

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2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships 

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has become a hive of windsurfing activity today (Saturday 22 August) as some 300 sailors from across the globe have descended for the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships.

But one lad who is taking all the commotion in his stride is Launceston’s Sam Sills, who goes into the event as one of Britain’s best hopes for silverware in the Bic Techno Under 17 World Championship.

The 16-year-old Cornishman, who was crowned Under 17 European Champion in April, arrives on the Dorset coast looking to go one better than the silver Worlds medal he claimed in Sopot, Poland last summer.

Having won the Under 15 World title in 2007, this is Sills’ fifth and final Techno Worlds event and the level-headed youngster is hoping to make it a memorable Technos swansong.

He said: “I’ve been concentrating on the Worlds since around the middle of June and I’m really looking forward to racing getting underway on Monday. This is my fifth Worlds now and I just try to approach it like any other event – I’m sailing fast, I feel well-prepared and I’m happy that my kit is as perfect as it can be.

“For me the next couple of days are just about staying relaxed and chilled and keeping hydrated as I find that if I get wound up or think too much about it all then I perform worse. I felt at last year’s Worlds that I could have done even better than I did so it would be nice to do that here.

“I’ve never had an international competition in England before, they have always been abroad, so for my final Worlds to be at Weymouth and Portland is pretty cool as I know the venue pretty well and it’s unusual not to have to acclimatise to a different country, which also helps with keeping relaxed.”

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