Ali sailing off to Brazil for world championships
CLEVEDON windsurfing prospect Ali Masters will be packing his board for Brazil this summer after being selected to represent Great Britain at the prestigious Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships.
CLEVEDON windsurfing prospect Ali Masters will be packing his board for Brazil this summer after being selected to represent Great Britain at the prestigious Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships.Masters picked up his second consecutive Youth Nationals RS:X silver medal when the 2009 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and trials took place on Scotland's west coast last week. The 17-year-old and new champion George Bowles, from North Lincolnshire, finished tied on the same points and with exactly the same scores from their five races in Largs with Bowles landing the top place on account of beating Masters in the fifth, and what turned out to be final, race at the severely wind-disrupted regatta.However, 2008 RS:X European Youth silver medallist Masters, got the nod from the RYA's ISAF Youth Worlds selectors after they referred to the results from the secondary indicator event - RYA Spring Series I - at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in March, where Masters won the RS:X 8.5 Open event.Masters' selection now means he joins an elite band of sailors who have represented Britain at the ISAF Youth Worlds, including three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie and all three of the famed Yngling 'Blondes in a Boat'.On hearing the news of his selection for RYA Volvo Team GBR, Masters said: "I am delighted to have been selected for Brazil and I will be looking to go there and win a medal. "I've never sailed there before so I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be a busy year as I am looking to move into the senior ranks as well this year so it is a very exciting time."The 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships take place in Buzios, Brazil, between July 9-18. Last year, RYA Team GBR claimed the Volvo Trophy - for the top-performing nation - for the first time in 12 years.