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WASZP Pre-Games at Fraglia Vela Malcesine

by Marc Ablett 10 Jul 2022 21:34 PDT 9-10 July 2022
WASZP Pre-Games on Lake Garda © James Tomlinson

The preparation is now complete for an event three years in the making, excitement is at fever pitch on the ground in Malcesine on Lake Garda as 170+ WASZPs prepare for battle at the International WASZP Games.

The Pre-Games event was the final piece of the puzzle for seventy sailors as they took to the water in glamourous Lake Garda conditions for the two-day event. While the other 2/3s of the International Games fleet finalised their preparations with individual and group training, the event was a perfect way for sailors to get accustomed with the racetrack.

Day one saw absolute Garda perfection with an 18knot Ora blowing and three races completed, the Savoini brothers were positioned 1st and 2nd after the first day and put an exclamation mark on their warm-up, no doubt they will be right at the pointy end of the fleet when they hit the water on the 12th of July. However, in third place was New Zealand sailor Elise Beavis, who has committed most of the last 3 weeks to train in Garda as well as taking a well-deserved holiday from her role with Emirates Team New Zealand. Following Elise were some of the class stalwarts with Pierre Leboucher and Tamas Szamody, working their way into the top ten, while young French sailor Elliot Coville was also having a good regatta. Again, the mix of ages and nations in the top ten is something rarely seen in sailing, with many of the apprentice sailors (26-39) having a good event, mixing with the youth and masters.

Day two and much lighter conditions greeted the fleet, the race committee did a good job to get the final three races in. The first race of the day was conducted in marginal foiling conditions and then the Ora settled a little for race three and began to die out for race three. The heavy cloud cover stopped the wind from reaching its full potential, however, the racing was still very tight. The tactical nous of our women sailors came through, with Elise Beavis and Mathilde Robertstad showing they will be a force to be reckoned with when the Games kick off this week, while GBR sailor Hattie Rogers also finished with a fifth in the final race. With almost forty women sailors in the WASZP Games line-up, it will be a great race for both the open and divisional title.

In the end it was Emanuele Savoini took a well-deserved win in tricky conditions and placing the other favourites on notice that he will be right up there in the main event. In second place Beavis did well to hold off a fast-finishing Robertstad who took third ahead of Leboucher from France.

We now take a deep breath and roll into a lay day, including final measuring and registration, before the fleet reconvenes for the SLALOM event on the 12th of July. The opening ceremony will be held on the 11th of July lake front in the centre of Malcesine. Stay tuned for more video and photos as we finish the countdown to the 2022 International WASZP Games!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmClubCatR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1ITA 3204 Emanuele SAVOINIYACHT CLUB IMPERIALarge Sail (8.2)4312‑7313
2NZL 2169 Elise BEAVISMBSCLarge Sail (8.2)615‑84622
3NOR 2599HH WASZP TEAMMathilde Bregner ROBERTSTADTønsbergLarge Sail (8.2)5DNC1731228
4FRA 2934 Leboucher PIERREApcc NantesLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ MasterM111155‑16436
5NOR 2128 Anders Hylen KLIPPENBERGRoyal Norwegian Yacht ClubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ ApprenticeM‑25441219140
6HUN 2728 Tamás SZAMÓDYBalatonfüredi Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)‑12812710744
7ITA 3203F22EEnzio SAVOINIYACHT CLUB IMPERIALarge Sail (8.2)3621721DNC49
8SWE 2709 Hanno SEIFERTDomsandsbåtsällskapLarge Sail (8.2)10914‑1581152
9HUN 2668 Oliver DEMJÉN Large Sail (8.2)16‑2018111854
10NOR 2592 Jacob WÆRSTENKnsLarge Sail (8.2)20‑332463962
11FRA 2478LEICHT SAILINGEliott COVILLESociété Nautique de la Trinité‑sur‑MerLarge Sail (8.2)257‑36282466
12DEN 2814ASTAMagnus OVERBECKRoyal Danish Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)97327‑332369
13FRA 2552JOJOJoseph LAMIOTSntLarge Sail (8.2)21‑29232161081
14AUS 2529FULL SENDHugo ALLISONSandy Bay Sailing ClubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ YouthM1722161313DNC81
15GBR 2932 Hattie ROGERSRoyal Lymington Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)28DNC201415582
16FRA 2312WASZP ACADEMYVictor SAMSON LE PRIOLSNTLarge Sail (8.2)‑32161920201287
17CRO 2542KRSTO MATULIcKrsto MATULICYc BiogradLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ ApprenticeM8178‑40362190
18SUI 3193 Micha DEWECKSNGLarge Sail (8.2)2631‑421991398
19NOR 2663 Liva Løset ERIKSENSandefjord SeilforeningLarge Sail (8.2)23‑2525221416100
20GBR 2789 Andrew BRIDGMAN Large Sail (8.2)7159‑464537113
21GER 3328 Kim FERNHOLZBayerischer Yacht‑ClubLarge Sail (8.2)14UFDDNC16514123
22NZL 3146GEORGE WILLSGeorge WILLSMPYCLarge Sail (8.2)2724DNC323119133
23NOR 2658TRON SIMEN DOKSRøDHedvig DOKSRØDSandefjord SeilforeningLarge Sail (8.2)4135321812BFD138
24NOR 2044 Axel EKLUNDFredrikstad seilforeningLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorM22322826‑4631139
25AUS 3269HORNETConall GREENRGYC 4026133429DNC142
26SUI 3174SDS RACING TEAM IUlrich VOLZFraglia Vela MalcesineLarge Sail (8.2)1814353838BFD143
27USA 3337 Owen HENNESSEYAnnapolis YCLarge Sail (8.2)‑502150252722145
28AUS 3263SUPERCILIOUSLouis TILLYRPAYCLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorM36‑4947282317151
29HKG 2585ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUBBertille VOETSRoyal Hong Kong Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)‑494337302520155
30GER 3197 Louisa MÜLLERBYCLarge Sail (8.2)4441262918BFD158
31ITA 3213 Marco CORRADOCIRCOLO DELLA VELA BARILarge Sail (8.2)39UFD27423418160
32AUS 3261DARRENMark LOUISCYCM1913462459DNC161
33NZL 2125 Ben TAPPERManlyLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorMUFD2329513032165
34SUI 3172SDS RACING TEAM IIAnn‑Sophie VOLZBOOTSHAUS 20Large Sail (8.2)5146DNC392215173
35DEN 2821 Columbus ROSTEDKDYLarge Sail (8.2)24384145‑5625173
36FRA 3003 Louis CLAEYSSENSYAGGALarge Sail 8.2 ‑ ApprenticeM35193356‑5733176
37AUS 3268FASTJervis TILLYRPAYCM33393641‑4229178
38NOR 2319HH WASZP TEAMNora DOKSRØDSandefjord SeilforeningLarge Sail (8.2)15106DNCDNCDNC179
39ITA 30693069Piero DELNERISOCIETA VELA OSCAR COSULICHMedium Sail (6.9)3736393335BFD180
40DEN 2822 Victor MELCHIORRoyal Danish YachtclubLarge Sail (8.2)131210UFDDNCDNC183
41FRA 3044MATHILDE GERONMathilde GERONAPCCLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ ApprenticeW34‑4438434028183
42ITA 3298LENZPClaudio LENZICIRCOLO VELA BELLANOLarge Sail (8.2)‑462831444338184
44GBR 2867BLUEGeoff CARVETH M45374048‑5226196
45NOR 2656HELLY HANSENEira NILSSONRoyal Norwegian Yacht ClubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorW52UFD52352436199
46SUI 2876LEEWINAntonin RADUEClub Nautique de PullyLarge Sail (8.2)3018DNC4UFDDNC200
47AUS 3264FLASHAidan SIMMONSIHYC/SSCBCMedium sail (6.9)31UFD22525540200
48FRA 2261E‑CERVOHippolyte GRUETYacht Club de La Grande MotteLarge Sail (8.2)DNCDNC211126BFD206
49AUS 3265 Stephane VERHAEGHERoyal Prince Alfred Yacht ClubM‑554243474134207
50ITA 2671GREG1Federico PASINICIRCOLO VELICO RAVENNATEVela grande (8.2)383030DNCDNC39211
51GER 3114 Justus ERNSTDeutscher Touring Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)434545‑544930212
52FRA 3210WEST PAYSAGESManu GUEDONSNTLarge Sail (8.2)424044‑584442212
53FRA 2527 Nathan SASSYCN CarantecLarge Sail (8.2)DNCUFDDNC231727215
54IRL 3041OCTOPUSSYMax GOODBODYRoyal Irish Yacht ClubLarge Sail (8.2)DNC34115053DNC222
56IRL 3150 Marcus O LEARYRoyal St GeorgeLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorM112DNCDNCDNCDNC235
57GER 2996 Emil SCHULTHEIßDTYCLarge Sail (8.2)544749‑574843241
58GBR 3073JACK WOOLTERTONJack WOOLTERTONRoyal Lymington Yacht ClubMedium Sail (6.9)4748485354DNC250
59IRL 3079 Georgia GOODBODYRoyal Irish yacht clubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ JuniorWDNCDNC533737DNC275
60AUS 3262INAMORATALouis SCHOFIELD Large Sail 8.2 ‑ YouthMDNCDNCDNC3132DNC285
61NOR 2601 Christine GYLLENHAMMAR‑WIIG Large Sail (8.2)DNCDNCDNC554735285
62NED 2732WWW.BILGEPOMPEN.NLBart VAN DEN BERGWSV BraassemLarge Sail (8.2)DNCUFDDNC595141299
63POL 2977 Mateusz PUSZUKS NavigoLarge Sail (8.2)DNCDNC51DNC5845302
65NOR 2598HH WASZP TEAMMarie BUTLER WANGTønsberg seilforeningLarge Sail (8.2)29DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC325
67SWE 2790 Oliver SEIFERTDomsands BåtsällskapLarge Sail (8.2)48DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC344
68CAN 2894FIREFLYCaspar LENZ ANDERSONSaint Francis Yacht ClubVela grande (8.2)53DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC349
69AUS 3270NAVE STELLAREAron GAVINSandy Bay Sailing ClubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ ApprenticeMDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC370
69IRL 2987GILL OPTICIANSCharles CULLENRoyal St. George Yacht ClubLarge Sail 8.2 ‑ YouthMDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC370

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