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Wasps in breeze on Dublin Bay for the Irish National Championships
15 Waszp foiling dinghies, including with three from the UK, contested last weekend's National Championships on Dublin Bay. As Afloat reported earlier here,  it was hard, fast sailing in heavy winds and choppy conditions at the Royal St George Yacht…
Races at the Waszp Nationals were typically over a .6 nautical mile Windward Leeward course. There were three laps of 20 to 25-minute duration. Downwind legs took about three minutes for the leaders. Pictured is RStGYC's Elysia O'Leary
The Waszp National Championships were held at the Royal St George Yacht Club at the weekend and 15 sailors participated, with three from the UK travelling over to race at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour venue. It was hard fast sailing…
Royal St George sailor, Charlie Cullen 19, is Waszp European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion
In a big year for the Irish Waszp class in which Royal St. George sailor Charlie Cullen (19) became European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion, the class will host its Irish National Championships at the Cullen's home club…
Royal St George sailor, Charlie Cullen 19, is Waszp European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion
Royal St George sailor, Charlie Cullen, 19, is Waszp European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion following this year's Waszp European Games in Lake Garda Italy. Held in beautiful Circolo vela Arco, a competitive and experienced 87 boat fleet…
Royal St George Waszp Sailor Charlie Cullen
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Charlie Cullen of RStGYC came second at this year’s foiling week in the Waszp class held in Fraglia VelaMalcesine, on Lake Garda which finished yesterday, with Netherlands Paul Hameeteman taking first place and Denmarks Jeppe Borch finishing…
Charlie Cullen who came so close to winning the major WASZP prize
Irish WASZP youth sailor Charlie Cullen was pipped by an Australian Olympic sailor for first prize in last weekend's climax of the Global GPS Racing Dinghy Series.  The Dun Laoghaire Harbour skiff sailor was in pole position to win the first…
Top ranked Waszp sailor Charlie Cullen in action in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour WASZP sailor Charlie Cullen is in pole position to win the first prize of two spectator tickets to a Sail GP event and a ride on an F50 catamaran following his own foiling exploits in the class’s…
John Chambers with the new one design Waszp dinghy
National Yacht Club Member John Chambers is the Waszp foiling boat agent for Ireland. Chambers, a pioneering Irish Moth sailor at the Dun Laoghaire club is to organise demo and clinic days for  NYC members. The Waszp project was conceived in…

Waszp sailing

The Waszp project was conceived in 2010 by Andrew McDougall, designer of the world-beating Mach 2 foiling Moth. 

The Waszp was created as a strict one-design foiler, where, as the class says “the true test when raced is between crews and not boats and equipment”.

The objective of the class rules is to ensure that this concept is maintained. Keeping possible modifications to a minimum ensures fair racing across the fleet, helps to reduce the overall cost to the sailor and reduces the amount of time in the workshop. 

The popularity of the WASZP has proven that the boat and the concept work. In October 2021, 1237 boats had been sold to over 45 countries. 

The top speed recorded on the foiling dinghy is 26.7 knots. 

60-95kgs+ is a weight range competitive across varied conditions with rigs knowns as ‘8.2’ and ‘6.9’.

The cost of a Moth dinghy in Europe is €14,400 inc VAT + shipping according to the manufacturers in October 2021.

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