Please select your home edition
Edition

Introducing the WASZP Youth Performance Squad with ASC Performance Academy and the WASZP Class UK

by Andrew Simpson Foundation 23 Oct 2022 01:30 PDT
WASZP upwind © Duncan Hepplewhite @ sailingfast

The WASZP Class UK and ASC Performance Academy has proudly launched their new WASZP Youth team training programme.

The programme aims to develop the emerging youth talent within the class, providing a performance training environment and support. Many of these sailors have goals set for competing at the front end of the international fleet in the 2023 European and world championships. The programme also aims to have larger impact within the sailing industry. With the growing number of opportunities in foiling, young sailors are drawn to the WASZP class as a stepping stone to professional sailor opportunities (69ff, SailGP and other new programmes). The programme is designed to offer support and opportunities that keeps pushing these sailors to the highest levels and supports them reach these goals.

The nine sailors that have been selected for the first year of this programme are Tom Pollard, Ben Harris, Alice Senior, Eve Kennedy, Bella Fellowes, Lewis Clark, Arthur Fry, Hattie Rogers and William Heathcote.

The first weekend was a great success with the nine U25 years sailors coming down to the ASC Portland centre based at WPNSA. The light forecast for Saturday meant the team could spend the morning on the shore getting deep into some setting adjustments on foil calibrations and then they ventured out for some lowriding boat speed practise in the afternoon.

The forecast for Sunday looked much better, so the team had an early start to make the most out of the 15-20 knot conditions focusing on some rig setup element of their boat speed before heading in for a lunch time break and video analysis session. The afternoon saw a reduction in breeze and a change in focus, looking at the breaking down some key elements of executing the best possible start.

The weekend was supported by an expert coaching team made up of Sam Whaley (UK WASZP Class Chairman and silver medallist at the 2022 WASZP Worlds) and James Parker Mowbray, ASC Performance Academy Manager.

Alice Senior, sailor, said;

“Our first training weekend with the ASC Performance academy was fantastic! It’s great to have a dedicated team learning from each other and James encouraging us to question why what we do works and to exploring new techniques.”

Ben Harris, sailor, said;

“Excited to be part of a squad environment with an awesome group of sailors and coaches. Looking forward to developing as a squad over the winter ahead of the 2023 season!”

Lewis Clark, sailor, said;

“Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of November, it was the first weekend being apart of the ASC Waszp Performance academy, with 2 great days of learning. With the Saturday having relatively little breeze we all rigged and started comparing our boats set up and getting some great advice from World Number 2, Sam Whaley… On the Sunday, we had an early start being on the water for 9.30 looking to be a glamour session, with a key focus on boat speed. With a great first weekend over, I certainly can’t wait to get back on the water in November and see how we progress as a group”.

To find out more about the ASC Performance Academy, head to ascperformanceacademy or get in touch with the team on enquiries@ascperformanceacademy.org

Related Articles

Entry is open for the ASF sailing scholarship
Performance Academy Sailing Scholarship from Andrew Simpson Foundation The Performance Academy Sailing Scholarship (PASS) is a unique opportunity for the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) to provide pathway sailors subsidised additional training and support through the Performance Academy programmes. Posted on 3 Dec 2022
Where do you want to go?
The new professional skipper training programme from ASY If your ambition is to work in the maritime industry, you can now see your aspirations become reality with the latest addition to Andrew Simpson Yachting's sailing qualifications portfolio: The new Professional Skipper Training Programme. Posted on 22 Sep 2022
Bart's Bash Sailing Instructions now released
Important documents that you'll need in preparation for your event Take part in Bart's Bash 2022 on the 10th - 11th September We've published some important documents that you'll need in preparation for your Event, including the 2022 Sailing Instructions. Posted on 3 Sep 2022
Use Bart's Bash to transform lives through sailing
Enable 1000's of young people to get out on the water The ASF aim is to transform young people's lives through sailing. Each year, we enable 1000's of young people to get out on the water and experience the joys and challenges of sailing. We can only do this with the support of amazing people - like you! Posted on 25 Aug 2022
Nick and Cal sailing for ASF
Sailing for ASF Round Britain and Ireland Nick Martin and Calanach Finlayson supporting the Andrew Simpson Foundation in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race 2022 Posted on 29 Jul 2022
Bart's Bash 2022 Event Guide
Lots of great hints and tips on how to sign up and organise your race The Bart's Bash 2022 Event Guide is now available to download! Inside you will find lots of great hints and tips on how to sign up and organise your Bart's Bash Race, along with inspiring stories and ideas to help you fundraise. Posted on 27 Jul 2022
ASC Performance Academy partner with SailingFast
Get foiling with ASC Performance Academy and SailingFast Just announced is a new partnership between Sailingfast, ASC Portland and ASC Performance Academy. Posted on 6 Jul 2022
Sign up today for Bart's Bash 2022
Help Us To Spread The Word! Sign up today for our flagship fundraising event, connecting sailing communities all over the world in our annual participation campaign. Posted on 27 May 2022
Join the Andrew Simpson Foundation
New opportunity for Head of Ops at ASF Join the Andrew Simpson Foundation team! Posted on 25 May 2022