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With a strong wind forecast for Saturday many Waszpers were hesitant about whether we would be able to get out on the water for day one of the first Waszp UK event of 2021 hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club.  Undeterred, twelve enthusiastic sailors arrived at Datchet on the Saturday morning and with the wind less than forecast it was decided that we would aim for 2 races, with the visiting sailors glad to see the reservoir so full!

Soon after the launch the wind started to pick up with both gusty and shifty conditions making it tricky to get around the course with many having some big pitchpoles (myself included).  Race 1 went to Ross with myself in second – following a pre-start visit back to the slipway to repair my wand elastic.  With the wind continuing to strengthen for race 2, gusting up to 25 knots, the capsizes were coming thick and fast with only 6 boats completing the two lap course.  At this point the race committee made the sensible decision to call a halt to the racing for the day, with a great team effort to get all boats and sailors retuned to shore safely.

Saturday evening involved lots of Waszp chat and a well deserved pub meal - which is what the Waszp class is all about.

Sunday brough much fairer conditions which meant more sailors were in attendance, with 20 boats on the water including some sailors new to the class. The more experienced Waszp sailors were on hand on and off the water to help out with rigging and setup. The plan was for 5 races with the hope to get out on the water before the club races.  Benefiting from the close to ideal foiling conditions the races were fast and furious, with 5 races completed by 12noon and some close racing across the fleet.   Keen to make the most of the great conditions it was agreed to do a further 2 races, taking the total for the day to 7 and 9 for the event.


The top 3 taking the podium spots were – Matt Beck, Ross Banham and Ed Higson with Hattie Rogers coming in a close 4th and 1st girl. The full results are below.

Many thanks to Adam and the team at Datchet for hosting the event and Victoria and the Waszp committee for putting together a great 2021 calendar.  The next few weeks are looking busy for the Waszp fleet, with training at WPNSA for newcomers on 15-16th May, the Daffodil Regatta at Ullswater Yacht Club on 22-23rd May and the 2021 Nationals at Rutland Sailing Club on 17-20th June.

 
 
 
 
Election of the WASZP Team
 
I'm sure that you are all excited to be getting on the water again. Lucily we have been able to move our first events and not cancel them, so that we will not be missing out on any racing. As we can go ahead with our season we will also be adding some training to our calendar.
The committee/team have been putting together the last season over Zoom in very tricky circumstances and have done a great job. This years team have been super keen and full of energy despite not being able to run a full program last year they still managed to have some of the best turnouts for the events that were held.
 
Every year the team need to be nominated and voted for:
 "The Committee or team" shall mean the Committee of the National Association, consisting of elected committee members and members appointed as regional members.
 
Any WASZP Uk members wishing to stand for any role on the team/committee is required to send notification detailing name, sailing club, region, role standing and a brief description of relevant experience in support of the application to the Class by mid-day 1st May 2021 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only those who have paid their membership for 2021 should receive Rep nominations, or a vote by the Anual Genral Meeting at the Nationals. Every year several roles become available including; Chair, England Middle, England North, England South, Wales, Scotland, N Ireland.

We may also have Co opted Committee roles to be voted in by the new team.
Nominations info to be distributed prior to the (AGM). All WASZP UK members have the right to vote for their team.
 
We will share the nominations with you before the AGM. Voting is usually done by a show of hands but if you are unable to attend for any reason you may send your vote to the secretary to be counted.
 
 
Roles in the WASZP UK Class
 
Chair
Managing the WASZP team
* Ensure the constitution is upheld
* Prepare meeting agendas
* Ensure that any subcommittees are formed, chaired and report to main committee
* Propose temporary subcommittees to address specific issues
* Ensure that proposals receive proper consideration and that if voting necessary that it is done in line with constitution
* Chair quarterly management teleconferences
* Chair WASZP UK Annual Genral Meeting
* Be the “public face” of the class to the following stakeholders: WASZP membership, and RYA.
 
 
Honorary Secretary (Not up for election)
The Secretary role is outlined in the constitution at a key manager of the team.
 
Regional Sailing Officers
Manage the class sailing events and report to the secretary
Responsible for the development of a varied event programme to improve WASZP delivery (in terms of member value and sailor development)
Overall planning, management & delivery for GP Events including: Venue selection in their regon, booking and coordination
* Budgets
Ensuring full event team in place including:
PRO at the club
* Results
Prizes (working alongside the Prizes sponsor co-ordinator)
Working alongside the Secretary to ensure all WASZP event/safety documentation is kept updated and relevant
* Work with the Sailing clubs event/safety documentation is kept updated and relevant
* Liaise with relevant safety fleet to ensure they have appropriate qualifications (as required)
* Report any near miss/incidents to the Secretary, and Chair as soon as practically possible
* Assist with the resolution of any disputes/protest relating to safety fleet
Essential: practical sailing experience, experience of being involved in safety fleets and good knowledge of sailing rules
Oversea the Training & Development for the Class.
 
Founder and Distributer Officer (Not up for election)
* Coordinating Brand
* Event support
* Coordinating Sponsorship
* Organise Dinghy Show presence
* Coordinating PR with the support of class secretary
* Coordinating production of Marketing Materials,
* Support content of Newsletters
 
 
We look forward to your nominations.
 
Victoria Payne
Class Secretary