With a successful European Championship now fading into the rear-view mirror the WASZP worlds attention is now firmly on the 2019 WASZP Games in Perth hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
The event is scheduled from the 22 to 28 of January on the beautiful Swan River, with the wind cranking in at 18-20knots every day and flat water this will provide an incredible spectacle for sailors and spectators alike.
The Australian Nationals will be held from the 18 to 20 of January as a warm up to the main event. Registration will occur on the 20 to 21 of January with the first ever International WASZP Slalom event held in the afternoon of the 21. This will be held in front of the RFBYC with live commentary and live streamed around the world.
From the 22 to 28 of January, Championship racing will be the focus, with 80-100 boats expected it will make for some of the most exciting high-performance racing seen. With the one-design nature of the boat it is not uncommon to see 15-20 boats bunched together at speeds of over 20knots.
Another aspect that the WASZP has introduced is the final race of the event will be a Reverse Grid Marathon race where the top sailors will incur a major handicap and must chase down the boats that are down the leader board. This will not count towards the overall championship, but it levels the playing field further and provides some great entertainment for everyone in the fleet.
The WASZP has captured the imagination of the sailing public and has given foiling access to many who did not think it was possible. At the recent European Championship, there was 4 different heat winners, aged 14,23,38 and 42 showing that age is no barrier. To add to that there was 7 female sailors compete and 22 youth sailors showing equality amongst the fleet.
Around the world there are many quality sailors getting involved in the class, especially in Australia we are seeing former Olympians and former high- performance squad members getting involved in the class, looking for a fun new challenge they can do with mates at their local clubs.
With over 620 boats in 41 countries and strong racing circuits in 12 countries the future looks very bright for the WASZP.
The lifestyle that is being pushed by the brand and sailors is a key aspect to this. It is not just a sailing event, it is the whole package, you can actually have a holiday as well, bring your friends and bring your family. There is a community being built where it doesn’t matter if you are first or last everyone is on the same level and the help from the top guys to the back of the fleet is fantastic to see.
Socially everyone has a ball, on Australia Day during the WASZP Games organisers are planning a group trip to Rottnest Island where everyone can explore and socialise together, young and old.