Britains most talented young windsurfers compete for national titles

Britain's up and coming young windsurfers will be competing for top honours

at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy at the Volvo RYA Youth Windsurfing

Championships next weekend (15th & 16th September).

This event is one of the most prestigious of the year for young windsurfers

in Britain and is part of the award winning youth sailing programme that Volvo

has been sponsoring for the past four years.

This Championship has been going from strength to strength every year, last

year saw 120 windsurfer's competing, but an estimated 200 entries are expected

next weekend. The classes that will be competing are Junior One Design, IMCO,

Aloha and Formula.

Several entries are looking to continue their promising seasons, one in particular

is Bryony Shaw. Bryony recently competed at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World

Championships where she was positioned a very promising seventh. Other entries

include Peter Bird who come an impressive 5th in the Junior Aloha Worlds and

Robby Swift who was the runner up at the Youth Formula Windsurfing World Championships.

The Volvo RYA Windsurfing Championships take place only a week before the start

of the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World). The Volvo

Ocean is one of the toughest global races, where crews from all over the world

battle against the worlds biggest seas. Former Norwegian Olympic Windsurfer,

Knut Frostad will be skippering the Norwegian entry 'Djuice Dragons'.

"The Windsurfing Youth champs has always been the premier national

racing event for our young windsurfers and a great introduction to newcomers

but the support of Volvo over the last three seasons has really given the fixture

an exciting new dimension. You get the feeling the top racers want to win that

little bit more and those out of the medals benefit from a real feel good factor."

Said Barry Edgington, National Windsurfing Coach at the RYA.

"It is great to see that Volvo are giving youngsters the opportunity

to race at events such as this, Volvo's contribution to sailing is now represented

at all levels, giving the youngsters real goals for the future." said

Mark Gooch from Yeovil Motor Company who will be supporting the event.

The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland will visit the Championship to watch the

racing and show her support on Saturday 15th September.

"Volvo are proud to be associated with such an advanced and successful

Championship" said James Kendall, Sports Marketing Manager at Volvo

Car UK. "Many of these competitors will undoubtedly be displaying their

talent on the International scene in the near future and I look forward to watching

the action on the water over the weekend".

The RYA UKWA (UK Windsurfing Association) are holding the Masters Championships

simultaneously, and around 50 adults are expected to join the young windsurfers

at the academy.