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Royal Irish's Goodbody is Top Irish at WASZP European Championships in France

24th July 2023
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 overall tending to be shifty, gusty and light.

The wind built through the day as it was thermal, so wind conditions varied a lot each day. As the day went on, the breeze got stronger, and the Irish boats did consistently better as the breeze increased.

The event opened with the long-distance race, which was the first time this was organised. It was 25 knots, and there was a big swell causing almost half the fleet to turn back and not complete the race.

Five Irish sailors competed; Max Goodbody RIYC was the first Irish boat placing 64 overall and in the gold fleet. He was followed by Henry Start RStGYC, President of the Irish WASZP Association, who came second Apprentice in Silver Fleet. Marcus O'Leary RSGYC, Georga Goodbody RIYC and Andrew Conan RStGYC completed the Irish team, all in the Silver fleet.

RStGYC is looking forward to hosting the WASZP Nationals again, for the third year running, on Aug 19 and 20th.

Published in Waszp, RStGYC 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.