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 Dear Member,

 

Happy New Year!

 

                  This being both my first letter to all members in my first ever role as Chairman I admit I find this process foreign. Firstly I feel I must thank you all for your support whilst I have been learning about the role, class expectations and whilst trying to put my own stamp on it at the same time.

                  I extend my thanks to you for your participation in the WASZP UK Class and your enthusiasm that is evident in that you find time to spend time in what I believe is the best boat in the best class!

                  I am writing to you on the turn of the year to try and keep you abreast of the situation of the WASZP UK Class and hopefully provide you with some information of what the class committee has been working on to support you. I along with a team of dedicated volunteers have been behind the scenes striving to push the class forwards in a positive direction on your behalf.

                  So far the committee has grown fairly organically and stems from the AGM held at the 2019 UK Nationals and currently consists of the following members:

 

Chair - Maxwell Todd

Secretary  - Victoria Payne

Events Coordinator - Mellissa Welbourn-Hesp

Training Coordinator - Petrina Blomeley

 

The WASZP UK Product Distributor is Duncan Hepplewhite of Sailingfast.

 

We are still a relatively new and developing class both worldwide and also here in the UK, currently manufacture led. The WASZP ethos of and culture has over the past couple of years embraced sailing racing development with the WASZP Games and alignment with SAILGP. Our task to progress the WASZP UK Class ensuring both sides; those who want just a recreational fun sail and those who wish to take their sailing racing more seriously continue harmoniously. I do believe that we are lucky to have a community those extents to both ends of the spectrum. I have found that the only thing better than sailing the boat is doing so surrounded by others doing the same.

I personally have been striving to make sure that for you this year we have a full calendar of varying events that is spread throughout the country, this has not been my effort entirely and wish to thanks those that have been doing their bit in order to pull together a varied and exciting calendar.

Last autumn we successfully introduced a training programme to cater for all sailors from beginners to those wishing to further their racing development. These sessions take in venues across the UK with various top coaches and I’m pleased to say we have received very positive feedback so far from attendees.

We also have an exciting programme of GP events planned for 2020 incorporating workshops and of course the apres-sail!

However as with all sailing classes we have to have a buffer of funds to allow us to offer GPs, Training and event support etc. These funds come from our membership scheme, our training and event entry fees. We are also fortunate to have support from Zhik in the form of sponsorship for event prizes, Noble Marine for our insurances and Sailingfast.

With the New Year we find ourselves under pressure still as a relatively new and developing class to continue as we are without looking at new and innovative ways of raising money to support the class moving forward.

 

What we need:

  • Proof of critical numbers at events for WASZP UK to secure top sailing locations.
  • to incentivise all Waszp owners to join us and grow the class. (Of the 83 boats {sailors aged between circa 14-60 yrs} in the UK we only have 45 signed up as members of the UK Class.)
  • to keep the class afloat financially

 

How we solve the problem of funding the class does not rest on you as members but as Chairman I would feel I had failed if I didn’t bring to your attention the need to continue to support the class. It would be a real shame if through lack of support/funds it led to the class no longer existing when having only just begun.

There are a number of costs involved so that the class can be operational in a legal fashion. I am very aware that the class is a business and although we don’t need to make millions, profit is one of the leaders to expansion and being able to provide you the sailors with more of what you enjoy moving forwards.

Following this comes the necessity to renew our class memberships and as such I felt that a call to arms to rejoin, as well as participate in class events as a means of showing your support, would help to sustain and move the class in a positive direction.  You can join or renew your membership at https://www.waszp.org.uk/index.php/membership

                  One of the key factors I feel moving forwards for people to want to engage is seeing that there are active members and a circuit that people can engage with. We must ensure we are visible and market ourselves in the best way possible, however we need more of you to support turn up to events, as these are a key area in recouping some of the initial expenditures.

We are a fun and friendly class. I would encourage and ask of you as members of the class to market the class, tell your friends and colleagues and highlight that there is opportunity to enter the class, especially with the second-hand market opening up offering a less expensive route into the class.

Your opinions are valuable to us, this is your class and we welcome any ideas you may have to help us develop the class further. Please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggestions.

 

With all this said about our activities inside the UK I hope some of you can support the Eurocup series and look forward to seeing you all in Garda again this year. It promises to be bigger and better and I hope that we as the UK can show up in good numbers to enjoy the sailing and festivities that come alongside being in such a magical environment.

I extend my thanks and gratitude to all our members of the committee that volunteer to work on the class’s behalf in their free hours outside of their own commitments.

Hopefully together we provide you with an environment where you all feel included and valued as well as getting value out of the class and can enjoy your sailing at all levels.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Max Todd

WASZP UK Chair