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Dun Laoghaire Waszp sailors Rian Geraghty McDonnell and Georgia Goodbody finished sixth and seventh respectively in the bronze fleet at the Foil International Academy Trophy in Italy
Irish Waszp sailors competed at an intense week at the Foil International Academy Trophy in Italy. The event gathered over 40 athletes from 10 nations in the waters of Cagliari, at Su Siccu. In the Waszp discipline, Swedish Hanno Seifert…
Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club successfully defended his Irish Waszp dinghy title on Dublin Bay
With four straight wins on Sunday, foiling sailor Charlie Cullen successfully defended his Irish Waszp dinghy title on Dublin Bay. After a cut-short programme on Saturday of two races due to strong winds, it was Royal Irish rival Max Goodbody…
Royal St. George's Henry Start sailing his Waszp dinghy on Dublin Bay
The Royal Irish's Max Goodbody leads the WASZP National Championships after two races sailed at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Four races are planned on Sunday to put the Championship schedule back on track at Dun Laoghaire after Storm Betty impacted the first…
Foling Waszps are back on Dublin Bay this weekend
A 19-boat entry will contest the Waszp and Moth Irish National Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Royal St. George Yacht Club this weekend (August 19th and 20th). For the first time in the burgeoning class, the entry list includes a…
Royal St. George's Henry Start (2752) competing at Quiberon, France at the WASZP Europeans
Quiberon was the location for this year's WASZP European Championships, attracting 146 sailors from all over Europe. Over the course of seven days, nine qualifying races and 8 flight races took place. Sailing was challenging at times, with the wind…
Waszp foiling dinghies launching at the Royal St. George Yacht Club slipway in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Now with over 30 Waszps in Ireland, the type of sailors moving into the class from many different classes around Ireland, whether moving from double-handed sailing to solo sailing due to young families and other time commitments or sailors just…
RS Aeros go downwind in the first race of the INSS 2023 Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Despite the gloomy day on Saturday, RS Aeros, 400s, Waszps and even two RS Neos took to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the RS Super Series, which is organised by Irish National Sailing Club and sponsored by MarineServices.ie the distributors for…
Waszp sailors at Ballyholme (l to r )Luke McIlwaine, Daniel Corbett, Jeremy Tomalin, Matt McGovern, Mike Kimber and Rob Espey
It’s amazing what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. In September 2021 Rob Espey of Ballyholme Yacht Club bought a Waszp and at that time, his was the only one at the Club. Having a vision…
Noel Butler using the six rig in the RS Aero
The 22nd of October was the first date in the 3 Saturday morning Super Series run by the Irish National Sailing Club. MarineServices.ie as the RS agents are the event sponsors. The series, unlike other racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour,…
Charlie Cullen National Waszp Champion RStGYC, second place Zac Blomeley, Funsport Rhosneigr, Wales, third place Gavin Ball, Hawaii Kai Boat Club, USA, with Duncan Hepplewhite of Sailing Fast
The Waszp national championships were hosted again this year in the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on August 6-7th. There were 18 boats competing, including two boats from overseas, one from Hawaii and one from Wales!…
Royal St. Goerge's Charlie Cullen competing in the biggest event in the history of the Waszp fleet on Lake Garda
2021 Slalom and U20 Waszp European Champion Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour was joined by six other Irish sailors for the 2022 Waszp Games where over 170 competitors gathered at beautiful Vela…
Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George celebrates Foiling Week silver on Lake Garda
Under the picturesque mountain faces of Lake Garda Italy over 160 competitors gathered for Foiling Week. Foiling Week is a World Sailing Special event for which the top foilers from various classes come from all over the world to share…
Royal St George Yacht Club's Henry Start competing in the  UK Waszp National Championships
Royal St. George's Henry Start finished the best of the Irish at the 2022 Waszp UK nationals held in the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in Portland late in June. The sailing area is claimed to be one of…
Matt McGovern and Bob Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club on their charity foil across the North Channel in Waszp dinghies
The North Channel isn’t a very enticing place when you want to sail to Portpatrick on the Mull of Galloway in Scotland in windy conditions in a hydrofoiling Waszp dinghy and even less so when you’re attempting to set a…
The International Youth Foiling Team — under the burgee of the Royal St George and with Charlie Cullen in its crew — in action in Sardinia on Friday 17 June
The high-performance foiling 69F class is hosting its first grand prix in Puntaldia, Sardinia this weekend. And it marks the first time an Irish sailor — and club — will race in an event for the foiling monohull, which takes…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Waszp sailor Charlie Cullen competing on Lake Como
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Charlie Cullen grabbed a bronze podium position at the Waszp Italian Cup event last weekend just over a month after he finished eighth at the Waszp European Championships in Spain. This bodes well for the 20-year-old…

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.