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Waszp 2022 Irish Calendar Features Three-Event Foiling Tour

27th December 2021
Waszp sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Waszp sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Credit: Simon McIlwaine

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 August, and concluding with the "Weekend of Speed" in Northern Ireland (Ballyholme) in September.

The Irish class has seen a huge growth in 2021, with 18 new owners joining the local fleet.

The Waszp fleet at home and around the world boasts huge participation across all age brackets and is split approximately 50:50 between male and female sailors.

According to promoters, Waszp sailors are joining the fleet from very varied backgrounds, from Club to Olympic sailor, with offshore and inshore keelboat sailors and even a cruiser-racer or two!

Published in Waszp, Youth Sailing Team

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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.