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.

Midwest Speed Quest 

The 2009 Midwest Speed Quest runs from April 15th to October 15th.

This event is free and even the GPS is provided! Your Speeds will be listed with the fastest sailors in the world on gps-speedsurfng.com! See the “Rankings” Page for the complete list of racers 2005 to 2008.

Over $2500 in CASH will be awarded!!!

Each year we award $1000 CASH to the fastest windsurfer on Lake Okabena! Second Prize will be $500, $250 for Third, $125 for Fourth, and $75 for Fifth. Top 5 racers will receive a handsome trophy. Other Cash Prizes will be announced!

All racers will also receive a participation award.

This is a friendly competition designed for beginners to the most experienced Wind Surfer. This is a great opportunity for the newer sailors to learn from the Pros.

In this event, YOU decide when you race. Click on the Weather Forecast button. Pick the windy day that fits your schedule. Just let us know when you are arriving, and we will meet you on the beach with a GPS unit ready to go.

Please refer to the Notice of Race for more information.

We will also have a number of scheduled Race Days during the season. On these days we will serve a free Hot Lunch and Cold Refreshments on the Beach! This is a great opportunity to meet fellow windsurfers.

Speed Sailing is exciting for Spectators too. Guests are always welcome to mingle with the Windsurfers! Come on down and find out more about Windsurfing. Bring your camera and binoculars too.

We are willing to recognize the following categories if there is sufficient interest (at least 3 applications per category).

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Astrid Muldoon 

As the usual sponsorship transfer window looks to come to an end, Astrid Muldoon has snuck in a last minute change to the North Sails / Fanatic team for the start of the 2009 season.

Leaving her long time partnership with JP-Australia and NeilPryde, here’s what Muldoon has to say about her recent change:

“The last strong Tramontane winds brought me new toys. I’m very happy about this change, and pleased to announce you this marvellous news. First of all I want to thank my partners who have followed me since the footstraps entered my life - JP Australia and NeilPryde. They allowed me to follow the World Cup and to live entirely my passion.

Today I am very proud to come into a team of exception: Fanatic and North Sails. These new “toys” will accompany me now along my trips on the French and international coasts, as well as on the competitions of the AFF (French Championships) and the PWA (World Cup). Since many years I have already been sharing the waves with the national and international team of Fanatic and North Sails. This will be a great pleasure for me being able to work with the team and to represent this fabulous equipment, which they have developed, conceived and produced for all of our biggest happiness.”

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