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2021 European WASZP Games - Overall

by Marc Ablett 16 Aug 2021 02:42 PDT 11-15 August 2021

After five days of intense competition and 14 races completed, WASZP UK Sailor Matt Beck in on top of the world! In a return to international competition that has been two years in the making, we could not have asked for a better event to return us to semi-normalcy.

The WASZP Class would like to extend its gratitude to Circola Vela Arco, who took on the challenge to run the event after moving locations from Norway just 6 weeks ago. Arco ran a fantastic event on the water and provided fantastic friendly hospitality off the water. To be able to run the event in-line with how a WASZP event should be conducted, under restrictions was not an easy task, but it was executed brilliantly!

As the final day dawned there were six boats in contention to win the title, with points between first and third exceptionally tight. To display this fact, there were eight different heat winners from 14 races showing the evenness of the competition. Since the WASZP was introduced to the sailing world in 2016, this is exactly what we had envisaged, one-design racing, on an affordable platform, insanely tight competition and a relaxed environment off the water.

Paul Farien from Germany had the best of the final day with a 1, 2, 3 scoreline, really putting series leaders Matt Beck and Francesco Bertone under immense pressure, suddenly as the scores became tighter, it was evident that you could not protect any one boat and you had to keep your eyes out and across the race-course.

Bertone, who had an unfortunate penultimate day with a breakage, which put him out of two races, sailed a sensational regatta and was still pushing hard right up to the final race, however had to settle for third overall with a 5, 8, 2 on the final day.

In a further incredible result, the Savoini brother from Italy Emmanuele and Enzio finished on level points at the end of the event (64 each), to finish fifth and sixth respectively, following Swiss sailor Jann Schuepbach who finished fourth.

In the end it was Matt Beck who did enough with a 2, 3, 6 on the final day to claim the overall championships and take the crown as the best WASZP sailor in Europe. Matt was the top ranked sailor coming into competition after sitting atop the WASZP Global rankings since the UK Nationals in July. In the lead up Matt also claimed second place at the Plymouth SailGP INSPIRE Youth Racing event, clearly putting his name forward for a potential career in the sport.

It is hard to explain how tight the racing was, but you only need to look at the overall scorecard to see how close it really was. With racing this tight and flying around at speed of 14-15knots upwind and 20-25 knots downwind it is an insane spectacle.

There were eight separate nations in the top ten, showing that the global spread of the WASZP is in full flight, with access to boats all over the world and agent support in 24 countries, the class is certainly going from strength to strength. The opportunity to stay engaged with the rest of the fleet, even if isolated through our Racehub platform is a strength of the class.

In the other divisions within the overall, first women WASZP sailor Nora Doksrod from Norway had a fantastic regatta, finishing 17th overall with two top ten results. Nora has been leading the way for women in the WASZP and has been steadily climbing up the fleet. We are certain with another year of sailing under her belt, she will be right in the mix competing for the overall title at the WASZP International Games next year.

The WASZP is such a fantastic platform for men and women to compete equally and the women WASZP sailors are certainly making their presence felt throughout the fleet with a number of strong performances. Victoria Schultheis from Malta finished the event strongly to take second woman and had a top ten performance on the final day, while Margherita Porro from Italy and Mathilde Roberstad from Norway also put in scintillating performances.

While the youth (20-25) and apprentice (25-35) categories were battling out at the top of the fleet, the first Junior (U20) sailor was Charles Cullen from Ireland who had a great regatta, taking out the Slalom Championship and finishing tenth overall with a heat win in the middle of the series. In the 6.9m rigs young Antonin Radu representing Switzerland at his first event took out the 6.9m division.

The master and super-master divisions were also hotly contested with Giovanni Bonzio from Italy winning the masters in 30th position and Pit Muller from Switzerland taking the super-master prize. The masters/super-master divisions were hotly contested by 15 sailors who loved having their own battles within the fleet. A strength of the WASZP class is the huge diversity of demographics that sail the class. Young, old, male and female it doesn't matter everyone can sail a WASZP.

Full results below

Divisional winners:

Women - Nora Doksrod
Apprentice - Francesco Bertone
Youth - Matt Beck
Junior - Charles Cullen
Master - Giovanni Bonzio
Supermaster - Pit Muller
6.9m - Antonin Radu
Speed Demon - Nick Zeltner 23.6knots
Share the Stoke Influencer - Zac Blomeley & Ross Banham

The future

As the dust settles on a very special event, we look forward to an incredibly bright future for the class. The remainder of the 2021 season sees events hosted all over the world, with a major focus on the remaining EuroCup events and individual associations National Championships.

EuroCup Events:
EuroCup Germany > Kiel Week 4-12th September
EuroCup Italy > 17 -19th of September
EuroCup Spain > 29 -31st of October

SailGP INSPIRE Youth Racing Circuit: (apply now)
Denmark - Aarhus - 17-21st August
France - St Tropez - 9 -13th September
Spain - Cadiz - 7-11th October
Australia - Sydney - 14-18th December

Next year the class is already in motion with major events planned for Europe, USA and Asia/Pacific:
European Championship - Mar Menor - (Southern Spain) April 13-17th April 2022
America's Championship - Richmond YC, San Francisco - Dates TBA
International WASZP Games - Italy, Malcesine - July 9th-16th 2022

Overall Results:

PosGroupNationSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14Pts
1YouthUK2748Matt Beck  ‑11211‑1111‑361104123642
2YouthGermany3020Paul Farien437‑141‑18‑258122412347
3Appr.Italy2671Francesco Bertone513313317(DNC)(DNC)‑2058251
4YouthSwitzer-land3062Jann Schuepbach68213354(UFD)4‑15‑22411363
5Appr.Italy2944Emanuele Savoini12‑23102‑1422‑6898585164
6Appr.Italy2943Enzio Savoini13‑144596563‑14364‑2364
7YouthDenmark2817Jeppe Borch  (DNF)4612‑69‑16741721310975
8Appr.Hungary2581Tamás Szamady‑257111927213517‑273‑527102
9Appr.Norway2128Anders Klippenberg10‑45‑30‑721010321351372016109
10JuniorIreland2987Charles Cullen‑171014‑28‑1519RDGRDG13101495111
11YouthNether-lands2869Eliott Savelon1617842024‑35159(DNC)9‑3419132
12JuniorSpain2801Jaime Harguindey161884‑31171017‑32126‑221311132
13YouthItaly2418Michele Meotto155202079‑459619‑353511‑37156
14YouthGermany2842Leo Maechler81519‑3724‑298191810121112‑34156
15Appr.Spain2555Victor Paya  9312610211217122318‑39‑47‑38170
16YouthCzech Republic2572Simon Marecek2316‑7272622(UFD)1482292014(UFD)181
17JuniorNorway2319Nora Doksrød7229161927(DSQ)‑3126201512‑3026199
18JuniorUK2926William Heathcote2425‑3126221312221623‑39‑322110214
19JuniorSwitzer-land3053Nick Zeltner  ‑64‑462233‑378272811162127158216
20YouthNorway2655Alexander Høgheim31916681429(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC151624238
21Appr.Italy2669Marc Zipperle‑4826‑322518‑311924202414281727242
22JuniorHong Kong2901Duncan Gregor301124113523‑3711‑49262331‑4120245
23JuniorUK2237Daniel Hesp26‑3835152915141321‑37(DSQ)292822247
24YouthSwitzer-land3063Linus Rindsfüser‑44‑3928173228112514292921‑3514248
25YouthMalta2915Victoria Schultheis321733‑34‑3925133429‑4619102315250
26YouthUK2429Ross Banham22827221734629333918‑74(DNC)(DNC)255
27JuniorFrance2473Hippolyte Gruet‑462413276242218‑3830253733‑40259
28YouthUK2699Arthur Fry  1830‑3729203723(DSQ)72833‑40632263
29YouthItaly2993Margherita Porro2132152430‑72322628‑49‑38172612263
30MasterItaly2122Giovanni Bonzio‑4133211827‑4120‑37351117RDGRDGRDG264.2
31JuniorIreland3041Max Goodbody‑4536344123191527246‑482418‑46267
32JuniorNorway2599Mathilde Robertstad3720182116‑67(DNC)15222128‑413931268
33YouthFrance2527Nathan Sassy1427‑45402536282117(DNC)(DNC)261917270
34YouthUK2932Hattie Rogers22‑3723‑383326163027‑4324252718271
35Appr.Croatia2542Krsto Matulifa19929‑39‑4343820‑463137342239282
36JuniorDenmark2822Malthe Ebdrup2035(DNS)(DNF)363818394018112331‑43309
37MasterSpain2831Guillermo González381348‑50‑60213523374134(DSQ)2525340
38YouthCzech Republic2573Matej Vitovec2934‑443628333141363532‑56‑5829364
39JuniorIreland3150Marcus O'Leary35‑59465148‑53535(DNC)351332941395
40YouthUK2799Tom Pollard  (DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC4544335125423016244402
41YouthSpain2686Martin Wizner4312‑76968717055247(UFD)197(UFD)403
42JuniorHungary2668Oliver Demjan3629404740392640(SCP)3231‑5148(UFD)408
43MasterSpain2872Alejandro Ramos‑615242‑565230(UFD)43195116363830409
44Appr.Greece2979Georgios Vasilas‑5150‑54424240(UFD)32343350303736426
45YouthGermany2918Moritz Block  405125‑53413239‑734734‑52434235429
46MasterSpain2118Santiago Alonso314843‑55‑54‑494633394446184342433
47YouthUSA2710Pearl Lattanzi4747383238‑484438‑4838264545‑48438
48YouthDenmark2687Frederik Fomsgaard424441‑60‑57434349442547‑544628452
49JuniorUSA2718Gavin Ball  3440(DNF)(DNF)4746‑644442487525444458
50JuniorNorway2601Didrik Jelstad282112305(DNC)(DNC)167427(DNC)DNCDNCDNC477
51YouthIreland2752Henry Start  62414935344540(RET)(DNC)(DNC)DNC383221485
52JuniorSweden2709Hanno Seifert54‑57‑6944535634464336‑58444445499
53JuniorNorway2592Jacob Wærsten(UFD)423949444749‑5857‑6142424049500
54YouthGermany2735Kim Fernholz50‑5647465050425250‑584349‑6147526
55JuniorFrance2234Oscar Pean  6354504358(DSQ)30505145‑654850(DNC)542
56YouthUK2263Zac Blomeley52493652(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)474140455551DNC556
57JuniorNorway2326John Øivind Garvik(DNF)55554855425053‑59534058(DNC)52561
58JuniorGermany2734Philipp Schmechel3961525959‑634148455244‑6763(DNC)563
59YouthUK2461Olly McGill  53‑64‑5954515248425254‑60505754567
60JuniorDenmark2820Victor Melchior49‑705657625852(DNC)53623647‑6457589
61Appr.Germany2908Tim Leissner‑595851‑6249595645585749‑615556593
62YouthUK2517Calum Cook  ‑65‑6361614651555960(UFD)41535659602
63JuniorSpain2402Jaime Wizner334352367(DNC)(DNC)1072(UFD)DNCDNCDNCDNC605
64JuniorIreland3031Elysia O'Leary56‑7762‑6661605160‑755955595351627
65JuniorDenmark2821Columbus Rosted58‑7257316661596666‑67(DNC)646255645
66JuniorNorway2656Eira Nilsson  57‑75‑706465644757567054‑766053647
67Appr.Italy2879Alessandra Dubbini60626658645460‑7461565360‑69(RET)654
68JuniorNorway2321Mikal Brun Tveita(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC1235DNC54DNCDNCDNC463633656
69MasterGreece2988Vasilis Portosalte556760(DNF)(DNC)5568(DNC)5555UFD574950659
70YouthNew Zealand2687Olivia Mackay27535345(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)365450DNCDNCDNCDNC670
71SuperSwitzer-land2194Pit Muller  ‑6660‑686356575464626562‑666565673
72JuniorSwitzer-land2876Antonin Radü(DNF)666567(DNC)62‑6956636056625958674
73SuperItaly2150Claudio Lenzi‑7065586563665862676457‑72‑7160685
74SuperSwitzer-land2014Thomas Hersperger(DNF)6867‑71‑73656563686861696662722
75JuniorIreland3079Georgia Goodbody(DNF)(DNF)6470716857‑72696963636864726
76JuniorNether-lands2732Bart van den Berg6769‑7468‑726962616563(DNC)707063727
77YouthSwitzer-land2609Ann Sophie Volz68‑736369(DNC)‑746769716659687361734
78SuperFrance3003Manu Guedon69‑7471‑74‑74736671737164716766762
79YouthUK2305Alice Senior  71‑7675757570637070(UFD)(DNC)737267781
80SuperSwitzer-land2618Ulrich Volz  (UFD)71737370(DNC)61656472(DNC)65DNCDNC790

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