windsurfing star izzy hamilton, courtesy and copyright RYA / Paul WyethThe cream of UK windsurfing talent is gathering in Dorset with over 80 windsurfers set to go head-to-head at the annual RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships.

The two-day regatta will be hosted at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy tomorrow and Sunday.

With national titles up for grabs across four board classes - Techno, RS:X, Formula and Raceboard in the junior, youth, masters and veteran disciplines – this weekend’s event promises to be a real show stopper.

With current RS:X Youth World Champion and ISAF Youth Worlds Silver medallist Izzy Hamilton, from Cornwall, entered in the women’s Under 19 class, competition is set to be tough for the rest of the fleet.

Westcountry rivals Sophie Bailey (Bude) and Becky Plummer (Bridgwater) are back at the event eager to repeat their 2009 podium finishes and pushing Bude’s Hamilton as hard as they can for top spot.

Others to watch will include defending champion Skegness sailor Robert York, who will be out to retain his 6.8 Techno title fresh from an 11th placing at the world championships.

In the girls division the absence of defending champion Saskia Sills and her formidable twin sister Imogen, will leave the 2010 title wide open for the taking. South Zone Champion Emma Wilson (Christchurch) is among those chasing the title.

UKWA Chairman Bob Ingram will compete in the Formula National Class with son Jamie Ingram entered in the Raceboard class.

Racing is scheduled to start at 1030 tomorrow and 1000 on Sunday.


Surf's up! Cornwall's Izzy Hamilton in action (RYA/Paul Wyeth)

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