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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…
Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club competing at the Waszp Euros in Mar Menor, Spain
2021 Waszp Slalom and U20 European Champion, Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club finished eighth overall at the 2022 Europeans held on the lagoon of Mar Menor in Spain. The competition was tight with nine of the…
Waszp Champion Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club finished third in his first event of the season held in Imperia Italy
Slalom and U20 European Waszp Champion Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club finished third in his first event of the season held in Imperia Italy. The event run by Dry Laps and Yacht Club Imperia from March…
The WASZP 2022 EuroCup Series makes six stops at some of Europe's best foiling venues
The EuroCup series returns to the WASZP calendar for 2022, adding even more high-quality racing opportunities for WASZP sailors around Europe. It follows the publication of an Irish calendar for the foiling class that is growing in Ireland. This edition…
Bob Espey (left) and Matt McGovern will attempt a return cross channel crossing in two foiling Waszp dinghies
Bob Espey is a long-time sailor at Ballyholme Yacht Club having raced Lasers, 49ers and RS400s, he now owns a Waszp dinghy. A ‘bonkers’ plan is what he has called his standout fundraising effort for little Jodi Tomalin who has, along…
50 entries are expected for the BYC Weekend of Speed from 17th and 18th September
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is hopeful that the Weekend of Speed which was cancelled last year will in fact happen in September. The dates set aside are 17th and 18th September and around 50 entries are expected. Richard…
Waszp sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Waszp Ireland, the foiling dinghy class has announced a three-event foiling tour of Ireland for 2022, see poster below. The foiling tour features events in Cork (Baltimore) for the "foiling weekend" in May, the Nationals in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in…
World Sailing has awarded the upcoming 2022 Foiling Week Special Event status, ensuring the competition can grow, reach more people, and partner with international and national foiling programmes and pathways to create events within the event. Foiling Week joins high…
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…

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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