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Waszps are Buzzing With 30 Boats in Ireland for the 2023 Sailing Season

10th February 2023
Waszp foiling dinghies launching at the Royal St. George Yacht Club slipway in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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 looking for something fast and fun, the Waszp appears to be hitting a sweet spot among Irish sailors of all levels, from those who just want to get out and go fast to Olympians, national and world champions.

The attraction of foiling matched with the one design element and controlled costs, means entry into Foiling has never been easier, according to class promoters who say "It's great to be part of the leading edge of our sport, with the America's Cup and SailGP showing that foiling is the future of the sport". 

Four Waszp divisions

With the very active Open (21 – 45-year-olds) and Masters (45+) fleets growing in the last year, the class now has four divisions that all race together

  • Junior – Under 18
  • Youth – Under 21
  • Open – 21 – 45
  • Master – 45+

Three Irish Waszp centres

There are now three Waszp centres in the country, with nine boats in Ballyholme, 22 in Dun Laoghaire and three in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour.

Irish Waszp events 2023 

Super Series – 21st Jan, 18th Feb, 25th March – Dun Laoghaire
Easterns – TBC (late June – early July)
Nationals – 19th – 20th August – RstGYC Dun Laoghaire

Waszp Four Nations Cup – New 2023

This consists of a series of events in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1 discard from 4 events
Welsh Nationals (4 nations cup) – 27/28th May - Cardiff
UK Nationals (4 nations cup) – 29th June – 2nd July (Rutland, UK)
Irish Nationals (4 nations cup) – 19/20th August – RstGYC Dun Laoghaire
Scottish Nationals (4 nations cup) – 3rd/4th Sept – Loch Lomond

Waszp Europeans 2023 – Quiberon, France, Over 200 Waszps expected at this event.

Waszp Open Day – The Irish class will be running open days in all three of the centres; more information to follow on dates and times.

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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.