ABOUT

INCLUSIVE, ACCESSIBLE & GLOBAL

The WASZP is the world’s most popular one-design foiling class, now represented by over 1200 sailors across 40 countries. It is the most accessible foiling class out there, providing a safe, high-performance sailing experience without breaking the bank. The boat is sailed by a broad range of sailor, including club sailors and Olympians; men and women; 12 year-olds, 70 year-olds and anything in between. There is a place for everybody in the WASZP fleet and that diversity and inclusivity shines through at every WASZP event.

Joining the swarm is not just about buying a boat. It is about becoming part of a community and living the WASZP lifestyle. It’s all about getting together with like-minded people of all ages and abilities and having a blast on the water, whether that’s racing or just ripping around on the foils for the simple thrill of it. Even on the land, the WASZP class keeps the good times rolling. Top sailors share their tips and knowledge with the rest of the fleet and everybody gets together to enjoy knock-out socials and barside banter.

For those looking to feed their competitive spirits, WASZP racing is an awesome experience. The top of the fleet is at a world-class standard and the youth program feeds into SailGP and offers some incredible career opportunities. As you move down the fleet, the battles continue across the age divisions, including in the competitive masters fleet. Although the front of the fleet is at an incredibly high level, WASZP events always cater for all abilities.

WASZP IN THE UK

The UK is the biggest WASZP sailing nation in the world. It has a packed events calendar that spans the whole of the country and a training program that provides plenty of opportunity for UK sailors to hone their skills and master the boat. The UK is the most represented fleet on the global circuit and boasts some champion sailors, with Brits Rory Hunter and Matt Beck with International and European Games titles to their names.

The UK WASZP class has representation across the entire age range. The junior (U20) and youth (20-25) divisions are naturally enthusiastic and hotly contested. The WASZP_X will only increase the boat’s popularity for youngsters, who now have a genuine foiling pathway from 11 or 12 years old right up to SailGP. The apprentice group (26-39) come from a range of previous classes and backgrounds and includes club sailors and former national squad sailors. The masters (40-49) and super-masters (50+) sectors of the fleet are becoming increasingly popular and competitive, both on the water and in the bar.

The fleet has some of the best female representation for a mixed singlehanded class in the country and the class is actively taking steps to increase the number of women on the circuit. Hattie Rogers became the first woman to win a WASZP GP event in 2021 and with many more talented women joining the swarm, the challenge for the top spots has never been more balanced.

WASZP UK DEALER

Sailingfast is the UK agent for WASZP and a vital supporter of the UK WASZP Class.

Duncan and Emma offer an outstanding service and should be the first port of call for any questions about purchasing a new or secondhand boat or any WASZP parts.

www.sailingfast.co.uk

 

CLASS CULTURE

Check out this mini documentary from WASZP HQ to see what the class is all about: