Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - LEADERBOARD

Women in WASZP – The ultimate level playing field

by Marc Ablett 4 Oct 02:04 PDT
Nora Doksrod at the 2021 European Games © Anna Suslova / 2021 WASZP European Games

With an epic northern summer now transitioning to Autumn, the 2021 WASZP Season is still firing, with the Irish Nationals and USA Nationals taking place over the weekend, as well as a smaller event in Buenos Aires.

One thing has been consistent over the last month and that is some epic results from our incredibly talented Women in WASZP sailors. Firstly, Mathilde Robertstad of Norway became the first female sailor to win a EuroCup leg at Kiel Week in Germany and has been followed by further impressive results by CJ Perez taking the overall win at the USA WASZP Nationals and Hattie Rogers continuing her consistent season with a 5th at the Irish Nationals.

Hawaiian sailor CJ took the win in front of a quality field including multiple champion Sam Blouin who came in 2nd. CJ is a female athlete on the United States SailGP team and jetted out straight from the nationals to Cadiz for the Spain SailGP. Perez credits her training in the WASZP to gaining the skills she needs to be a valuable member of the greater US SailGP Team.

There are many countries around the globe currently investing and doing fantastic things for Women in WASZP. The Norwegian program Foiling Norway has been a leader since the WASZP first emerged in 2017, with some incredibly talented sailors really taking it to the top of the leaderboard. Nora Doksrod won the Women's European Championship and took it right up to the rest of the fleet with some great top 10 performances.

Hawaii is another country that has really taken to the WASZP and provided a pathway for retention for both male and female sailors. Pearl Lattanzi and CJ Perez lead the way in Hawaii and are great ambassadors for the next generation coming through the ranks. The Hawaiian program is up to 16 boats in total and has an ever-increasing female presence, it is awesome to be able to keep these girls sailing well beyond their youth sailing and provide pathway opportunities for more girls into the SailGP environment.

The UK is also really gaining momentum with a significant number of female sailors taking the step out of youth sailing and into the WASZP. Hattie Rogers has been instrumental in championing the movement and the growth is super impressive, with many 49FX girls looking to jump into the class alongside their Olympic campaigns, highlighted by WASZP Sailor Victoria Schulteis fantastic performance at the recent 49erFX European Championships. It is a fantastic platform for sailors coming out of the 29er and Laser campaigns and continue their sailing at a high level. With a full European Circuit and with 2022 looking like a bumper major events year, with European and America's Championships, followed by the major International WASZP Games in Lake Garda 9-16th Of July, the class is going from strength to strength.

The final act of the northern summer will see the Spain EuroCup held at Roses 29-31st of October. There is only 12points separating Roberstad and Rogers for the overall Womens championship, it will be an enthralling battle. There is still time to enter the Roses EuroCup - racehub.waszp.com/eventdetail/27

Related Articles

2022 Australian WASZP Nationals venue selected
Heading to Lake Macquarie in March With border restrictions causing havoc with Western Australia over the traditional Australia Day Nationals timeslot, the Australian WASZP Association has made a swift decision to move the Perth National Championships to 2023 Posted on 25 Nov
Entry open for 2022 WASZP European Games
To be held at Mar Menor, a large saltwater lagoon in Murcia, Spain The Mar Menor is a large saltwater lagoon in the region of Murcia in the south of Spain offers reliable wind, flat water and warm weather. Posted on 1 Nov
WASZP Americas Championships - Entry open
Set to take place at Richmond Yacht Club, USA ahead of the SailGP season 2 final Entry is open for the first-ever WASZP Americas Championship. The championship will take place at Richmond Yacht Club, USA where sailors are set to enjoy the famous waters of San Francisco Bay ahead of the SailGP season 2 final. Posted on 25 Oct
WASZP GP at Carsington
Hattie Rogers takes the win The final UK WASZP GP of the season took place at Carsington Sailing Club over the weekend. Twenty boats made the trip from as far afield as Dublin, Plymouth and the Isle of Wight and were greeted with perfect foiling breeze and a chilly seven degrees. Posted on 25 Oct
SailGP Spain - WASZP lights up Cadiz
Some of the best young talent in Spain converged on the Inspire Racing Circuit Sailors were greeted by the best conditions of the European Season, racing alongside the F50s in front of the massive estimated crowds of 11,000, this provided a genuine inside look at what life could be as a professional sailor. Posted on 12 Oct
WASZP Irish Nationals Vlog with Hattie Rogers
A behind the scenes look at the event from a competitors point of view Video diary from Hattie Rogers at the 2021 Waszp Irish National Championship held at Royal St George Yacht Club - a behind the scenes look at the event from a competitors point of view. Posted on 11 Oct
Roses, Spain to host WASZP EuroCup Final
As the European summer begins to wind down Spain to host WASZP EuroCup Final + an array of winter training dates and events! Posted on 8 Oct
WASZP X 5.8m - Junior foiling ready to take flight
This is a class the whole family can be involved with! Providing a clear pathway into senior sailing and retention through the existing WASZP 6.9m & 8.2m class. This is a class the whole family can be involved with! Posted on 6 Oct
Irish National Waspz Championships
Dublin hosts 15 foilers with a few English visitors included The WASZP nationals were held at RStGYC, Dunlaoighre, Dublin this weekend and 15 sailors participated, with three from UK travelling over to sail with us. Posted on 5 Oct
Sam Whaley to join the Sailingfast Riders
A very exciting partnership with a top ILCA 7 and WASZP sailor Sam Whaley Sailing and Sailingfast are delighted to announce a very exciting partnership as he becomes a Sailingfast Rider. Posted on 1 Oct
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERSOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS728-X-90 Bottom