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WASZP Games 2019 and Europeans 2018

by Marc Ablett, WASZP Class 12 May 2018 22:54 PDT 28 June - 1 July 2018 & 22-28 January 2019
Aerial view of Royal Freshwater Bay YC in Perth, WA © WASZP Class

Excitement is certainly building for the biggest one design foiling event ever seen, as preparations for the 2019 International WASZP Games move into overdrive. WASZP in conjunction with the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club are planning a stunning seven day event from the 22 - 28 January 2019.

The Swan River provides the perfect amphitheatre and race track for the second ever International event held by the WASZP class. With strong winds, flat water, beach party atmosphere plus the famous West Australian hospitality, this will be one not to be missed.

Over 610 boats have been sold worldwide since production began in mid 2016 and this class is becoming ever popular with sailors who are looking for something, different, fast, competitive, relaxing and fun. More and more events with good numbers are happening all over the world with boats in over 30 countries and strong racing circuits in approximately 15 countries.

Keep informed of up-coming events in your region through our WASZP Games events page

The Notice of Race has just been released and some of the key features include. The Australian Championships as a warm-up regatta prior to the event from the 18- 21 January, followed by a rest day for registration and a stand-alone Slalom event. We then look to the main International Games, including a qualifying series followed by a finals series due to the number of entries expected exceed well over 100.

The social side of the event will be an electric mix of beach party culture and a family friendly experience, with a Welcome party followed by a pre Australia Day party on the 25th of January and a lay day excursion to Rottnest Island on the 26th of January (Australia Day).

The fleet in Australia has seen a huge boost in numbers this season (only 20 months since the launch of the boat). Now there is 80 boats currently racing around the country. Majority of this fleet is in Victoria which is home to around 40+ boats, NSW has a growing fleet and in Perth there are 15 boats racing regularly out of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. With the expectation of another three container loads of boats (Melbourne, Perth, Sydney) to Australia before next years Games we are looking at a huge Australian contingent in attendance. At $16,200 for a new boat with everything ready to sail, there is no better time to book your slot in a container to have a boat for the 2018/19 season contact sales@waszp.com for more information.

WASZP has also worked on a shipping program to Perth for the eastern seaboard boats. In-keeping with the affordability and emphasis on participation WASZP has managed to create affordable shipping at $300 return Melbourne to Perth for all enquiries again contact sales@waszp.com.

For the international competitors WASZP has also provided a shipping subsidy to countries and groups looking to get a container load of boats to Perth for the event. Subsidies of up to $1,000 per 15 boats (20ft container) are available. Please again contact sales@waszp.com

Accommodation options are now becoming available and the word is to book ASAP, even though it is outside of the major peak of Christmas and New years it is still a busy time of year in Perth. Affordable accomodation options that will allow this to be the easiest and most affordable international event you ever attend, we have had early indications of containers from New Zealand, UK, USA and Europe.

Again for any information about the boat head to www.waszp.com for any information about the WASZP Games 2019 head to www.waszp.com/events Also WASZP will be on-site with 4-5 staff and provide an on-site shop and repairs service to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. WASZP International Games 2019 you wouldn't want to miss it!

European Championships

The European Championships will be held at Malcesine Yacht Club in Italy from the 28th June to the 1st of July. This is going to be a huge event (over 30 entries received already) and an opportunity to see how much the fleet has grown since the WASZP Games in August 2017. It will be exciting to see a fleet of 60-70 racing around Lake Garda, with a number of countries showing fantastic growth in the period since the last WASZP Games in Italy.

Prior to this event there from the 25th - 27th a coaching clinic will be available as well as clinics on boat preparation and maintenance. There will also be an owners meeting, an agents meeting and a presentation on the up-coming WASZP Games in Perth 2019. With the formats being refined all the time, the Championship Racing will be fantastic and other events such as the Slalom have been re-invented to suit the WASZP and create a fun atmosphere.

There are plenty of things to do in Malcesine so if you are looking for a holiday in Europe look no further than these dates.

Visit the 2018 Europeans event page here.

This includes:

  • Race documents
  • Accomodation
  • Social activities
We are expecting a big European Summer. Current lead times are around 2-3 weeks for new boats, we are currently working around containers of boats heading to Norway, USA and Italy. So to avoid disappointment place your order early.

If you are interested in a boat, check for your local agent here.

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