Please select your home edition
Highfield Boats - SW - LEADERBOARD

WASZP to serve as talent ID tool for SailGP Women's Invitational Camps

by Marc Ablett 17 Dec 2020 22:00 PST
The next generation of elite talent coming through as part of the Foiling Norway Women in WASZP program © Marc Ablett

With a year like no other in 2020, both SailGP and WASZP have embraced the change, taken stock and further improved their programs to foster diversity and inclusion in the sport of sailing.

Since its inception in 2016, the WASZP has provided sailors the opportunity to build their foiling skills, while engaging a new generation of athletes to begin their journey in the modern style of the sport.

Now, SailGP will be utilising WASZPs as the global championship holds invitational camps across the world to identify and select female athletes to join each of its eight teams starting in 2021.

Marc Ablett, WASZP head of product and global sales/marketing said: "It is with great pleasure the SailGP teams have turned to WASZP to kick start their talent identification programs for elite female sailors around the world. Many current and former Olympic sailors, as well as professional sailors, are using the WASZP as an affordable cross-trainer parallel to their existing programs."

The WASZP provides a level playing field for female athletes to compete equally against males, creating a fresh and inclusive event atmosphere. Many current WASZP events range from 20-40 percent female participation, which continues to grow.

The WASZP is already linked with SailGP through a strategic partnership with SailGP Inspire, the league's youth and community outreach program. The partnership successfully kicked off earlier this year in Sydney with a gender-balanced group of 16 young sailors from Australia, Japan and New Zealand taking part in an elite youth racing program, culminating in a final in front of the SailGP event crowds and broadcast globally.

As part of its Race for the Future purpose-driven agenda, SailGP is working to create an end-to-end pathway to expand participation in the sport and, ultimately, the league. With the WASZP equipment readily available and affordable for sailors to get into the programs, it eliminates prohibitive entry costs.

SailGP Chief Communications Officer Christy Cahill said: "WASZPs are a natural choice for talent identification and development within our global league. As we aim to immediately diversify our talent pool, these boats offer an accessible step on the path to participation in the type of high-performance sail racing that SailGP offers, and remove many of the barriers to entry that have blocked a more inclusive environment in the past."

The SailGP Season 2 calendar is taking shape, with nine events planned starting in Bermuda in April 2021. The 2021 WASZP events are being finalized, with the EuroCup circuit to feature around the SailGP calendar culminating in a blockbuster European Championships during August.

For more information visit

Related Articles

Big fleet at 2021 WASZP Nationals at Wakatere
27 boats competed in the 2021 NZ WASZP National Championship racing and Sunday Slalom 27 boats competed in the 2021 NZ WASZP National Championship racing and Sunday Slalom making it the second largest Nationals fleet ever. Youth sailors made up the bulk of the fleet with 19 entries Posted on 21 Apr
Hong Kong Waszp Nationals 2021
11 boats, 9 races, and only 1 point in it Eleven competitors, two days, nine races, one RO, two AROs, two mark layers and a photographer. You have to start somewhere with a new class, right? Posted on 19 Apr
Ullswater YC Daffodil Regatta Preview
The club's first open event since 2019 Ullswater Yacht Club's first open event since 2019, the Daffodil Regatta is being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 & 23. Posted on 6 Apr
SailGP INSPIRE Racing Program applications open
Have you ever dreamed of racing in front of tens of thousands of spectators? Have you ever dreamed of racing in front of tens of thousands of spectators lining the foreshore, sailing under the banner of your home country? Well here is your opportunity! Posted on 27 Mar
Take Off with Foiling
Join Foiling Coach, Shaun Priestley as he shares his top tips to get foiling Been inspired by the America's Cup racing? Want to learn how to foil? Check out this session from the RYA Dinghy Show with foiling guru Shaun Priestley to find out how to get started and progress. Posted on 16 Mar
WASZP announces EuroCup Circuit for 2021
Set up off the back of demand from sailors that love to travel This year, the WASZP class will enjoy its first ever EuroCup circuit. Due to the growth of the class across Europe, the event series has been in high demand for the last couple of years but had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Posted on 16 Mar
2021 Victorian WASZP Championship
Contested on the waters of Corio Bay in Geelong The 2021 Victorian WASZP Championship was contested on the waters of Corio Bay in Geelong. A new venue on the WASZP circuit, there was great anticipation with the forecast of good wind and flat water. Posted on 16 Mar
Entry open for 2021 WASZP Europeans
Over 20 nations expected to compete in Norway With light at the end of the COVID tunnel, WASZP is looking forward to welcoming back its sailors at the premier event for the European season. Posted on 10 Mar
Sailingfast hopeful for the 2021 Sailing Season
All set for the virtual RYA Dinghy Show this weekend Sailingfast are looking forward to the 2021 sailing season with great hope. Even before the virtual RYA Dinghy Show this weekend, the phone has started ringing with customers excited to be getting back on the water as soon as possible. Posted on 25 Feb
Waszp fly at Kiel Week
30 of the foilers expected at the event Once again, Kiel combines tradition and innovation. Up to 30 Waszp are expected in June. There were already registrations from Denmark, Germany and Great Britain at the end of February. Posted on 22 Feb
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER