Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019 - Leaderboard 3

2019 International WASZP Slalom event

by Marc Ablett 23 Jan 07:19 PST 22-28 January 2019
2019 International WASZP Slalom event © Drew Malcolm / 2019 International WASZP Games

The International WASZP Games kicked off in style yesterday with the first ever International WASZP Slalom event streamed live into households around the world! This event has been a long time in the making with many test events used to get the format absolutely nailed.

64 competitors from 11 countries joined in the fun, with 17 races or flights held in 2hours it really is the 20/20 cricket version of sailing. Thrills, spills and epic racing in glamour Perth conditions made a sensational spectacle. Racing was conducted in Freshwater Bay right in front of the host club creating one of the best natural amphitheatres in the world, there were spectators on boats and in the clubs beer garden set up right above the race track providing an awesome experience for family and friends.

Racing started in around 12-15 knots from the SW perfect for foiling, the first round of 8 heats had all competitors competing with the top 4 in each heat moving through to the quarter finals, this gave everyone an opportunity to gauge the course and not necessarily needing to win but only needing to finish top 4 meaning you could sail conservatively enough to just get through.

The quarter finals claimed some big scalps with reigning Australian Nationals Champion Tom Trotman, runner up Rory Hunter and 5th placed Jack Abbott all succumbing to the pressure of this intense racing.

The fleet was also joined by a couple of gun sailors taking a break from their Sail GP and Americas Cup campaigns in Tom Johnson and Luke Parkinson, deciding only half an hour before the racing that they would enter the event. Due to the user friendly nature of the boats, they were rigged in 10 minutes and on the water. Having never sailed a WASZP didn't seem to phase these guys as they have had significant experience across a lot of foiling classes and are at the top of the game. Both made it to the semi-finals which again is a great testament to the WASZP and its one-design nature. Tom managed to also get through to the final after having a big spill in the semi final only for Parko to have a swim and let him through to 4th position to just qualify for the finals series.

Sailing Legends in the WASZP Slalom!Posted by WASZP Games on Monday, 21 January 2019

The Grand Final series was as exciting racing as you could imagine, with 8 boats from 5 countries qualifying it gave a great international feel. It was all to play for with former 470 Olympian Pierre Leboucher having a 1,2 in the best of 3 series to lead by 1pt from Tom Johnson who scored a 1,3. There was also a great battle looming for the 3rd place between Alexander Holgheim of Norway and Alex Mitchell-Barker from NZ only separated by a point also.

The last race was all to play for with Johnson taking the low road to the first mark with Leboucher not far behind, there was 8 boats all within about 50m of each other as they turned to go through the 2nd gate and it was still anyone's game. Johnson however picked his angles the best to claim a sensational victory and win the overall International WASZP Slalom event, Leboucher was gunning for a 3rd place over the line only to capsize right before the finish finishing 7th letting Alex Mitchell-Barker through to 2nd place, Holgheim also nearly pipped Leboucher for 3rd finishing just 1pt behind.

In the final Johnson paid testament to the diversity in ages with young Mattias Coutts finishing 6th at just 14 years of age while John Holroyd finished 7th and being in his 40s. "To have pro sailors, mixing with gun youth and masters sailors, you just don't get this in any other class", Johnson stated.

2019 WASZP Games - SLALOM Grand Final Live ReplayPosted by WASZP Games on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Today will be the first championship races of the games with a strong sea-breeze forecast, we can not wait to bring it to you.

Related Articles

WASZPs at Ullswater
Zhik Scottish & Northern Circuit kicks off Easter weekend saw the first event of the 2019 WASZP Scottish & Northern Circuit, kindly sponsored by Zhik. Anticipation for the new season was high as sailors arrived at Ullswater which for most was the first chance to test the new big foils. Posted on 27 Apr
Ullswater Yacht Club Daffodil Regatta
A blooming success with over 70 boats taking part Ullswater Yacht Club's annual Daffodil Regatta over Easter weekend on 20 & 21 April was blooming success, attracting an entry of more than 70 boats from all over the country. Posted on 23 Apr
WASZPs at the Campione Univela Easter Regatta
22 foilers for the start of the 2019 European season What a fantastic Easter it was to kick off what will be a monumental 2019 European season! 22 WASZPs competed in the season opener at Campione Univela, the WASZP was the largest fleet out of the A-class and Moth which is a fantastic achievement in itself. Posted on 23 Apr
WASZP Stadium Event at HISC preview
All-female Race Committee for Hayling event The WASZP UK Class and HISC are hosting the inaugural Noble Marine WASZP Stadium Event. Posted on 17 Apr
WASZP GP at Grafham Water
Tricky winds and Baltic temperatures It was the first GP of the season at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Tricky winds and Baltic temperatures couldn't stop the WASZP sailors. Posted on 16 Apr
Zhik Combined High Schools Sailing Champs preview
Boats are arriving, sailors gathering and making plans On the eve of the regatta, boats are arriving, sailors gathering and making plans for serious fun as the countdown to the start of the 53rd Zhik Combined High Schools Championships is about to start. Posted on 14 Apr
Record fleet expected for WASZP Europeans
Returning to iconic Lake Garda venue for the second time The 2019 WASZP European Championships will be set on the iconic foiling venue Lake Garda Italy for the second time. Fraglia Vela Malcesine will again host the event from the 15th – 20th July, with expectations of 100+ boats from 15 nations Posted on 9 Apr
NZ WASZP fleet abuzz building to 2021 Games
The first quarter of 2019 has been a buzz of activity within the Kiwi WASZP fleet The first quarter of 2019 has been abuzz of activity within the New Zealand WASZP fleet, in the leadup to the WASZP Games due to be held in New Zealand in April 2021. Posted on 7 Apr
Seb Menzies wins WASZP Nationals in light air
Seb Menzies (14yrs), current Open World 420 Champion, won the 2019 LSD WASZP Nationals last weekend. Seb Menzies (14yrs), current Open World 420 Champion, won the 2019 LSD WASZP Nationals last weekend. Posted on 28 Mar
Ullwater Yacht Club Daffodil Regatta preview
Great racing, beautiful surroundings and excellent hospitality Great racing run by a top race team, sailing in beautiful surroundings, excellent hospitality, camping on site... lambs on the fells, bunnies in the club grounds and daffodils on the shore... what more could you want for a memorable Easter? Posted on 13 Mar
WindBot-COACH-660x82Marine Resources BOTTOMNaiad 660x82px_Superyacht