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WASZP UK End of Seasons at Rutland Sailing Club

by WASZP Class 31 Oct 2023 23:29 PDT
WASZP UK End of Seasons at Rutland © Tim Olin /

To mark the 2023 British WASZP season ending, 36 boats from all corners of the UK, including Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and Guernsey gathered at Rutland alongside a handful of international competitors from the Netherlands and Croatia, who made the trip especially for the event!

On Saturday, the fleet took to the water for NASCAR racing. NASCAR is a squashed rectangular course that caters for the less experienced end of the fleet with maximum flight time and minimal manoeuvres.

In foiling breeze, it can really live up to its name with high-speed nose-to-tail racing around multiple laps with constantly changing positions! To add to the fun in what is becoming tradition, many of the fleet chose to dress up for the occasion as ghosts, crash test dummies, clowns, the Super Mario bros and countless more guises. The breeze rhythmically puffed in and out for the WASZPs, creating huge speed differences between those foiling and those non-foiling. Hero moments were aplenty as sailors effortlessly foiled past their competitors with ease, only to crash back down to earth with a splash when the pressure dropped in the snakes-and-ladders racing. It was Ross Banham who found the most airtime, allowing him to glide into the top spot at the end of the day.

Once ashore, the swarm took over the entire top floor of the sailing club, much to the surprise of the midlands Topper squad, whose dinner became significantly livelier than expected. Six randomly selected teams of six sailors fought it out in the annual games night. Pumpkins were thrown, broomsticks ridden and apples bobbed in a scene of competitive chaos. The top two teams qualified for the grand final of doughnuts on strings hanging from a WASZP mast before sitting down to dinner, pumpkin carving and 'scary' stories that quickly stumbled off piste.

Sunday's forecast was promising so the sailors promptly headed out to sail four championship-style races. Having sailed out in full-send conditions, contrary to forecast, the breeze quickly became patchy. Those at the top were the ones that successfully managed to link the pressure to stay on the foils. It was all too easy to get foiling in a gust and promptly sail into a hole and off the foils as the rest of the fleet foiled off on the other tack! The battle at the top was fought between Ross Banham, Sam Whaley and Hattie Rogers. In the end, Whaley emerged victorious with Banham second and Rogers third. Peter Cope of the Isle of Man topped the Juniors after winning the final race and Rhys Stevenson took the youth category. The always close-fought 6.9 rigs saw young Ben Anderson from the Isle of Wight edge out Alice Senior for the 6.9 win. Ian Fitzgerald of Dalgety Bay took the Master's category and resident Kiwi Dan Goodman took the Super Master.

A special thanks to Krsto Matulic for not only making the trip all the way from Croatia but also for providing prizes and gifts from the isle of Pasman for all the UK competitors.

The UK fleet now shifts its eye to the winter training program and planning for a big season in 2024 as the 2025 WASZP Games in Weymouth gets closer!

Overall Results:

PosSail SizeDivisionBoat NameSail NoHelmNatNASCAR 1NASCAR 2NASCAR 3NASCAR 4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st8.2ApprenticeCONCORDE2Sam WhaleyUnited Kingdom‑53‑81112311
2nd8.2ApprenticeSerena7Ross BanhamUnited Kingdom21‑5‑5321514
3rd8.2Apprentice 2932Hattie RogersUnited Kingdom12‑77‑935220
4th8.2ApprenticeAussie Rules3154Arthur FryUnited Kingdom‑148‑142264729
5th8.2Apprentice 2808Krsto MatulićCroatia456‑12‑1086433
6th8.2JuniorSting3004Peter CopeUnited Kingdom84(UFD)9510(RET)137
7th8.2ApprenticeIndefatigable3002Sven GauterGermany9736‑1478‑1040
8th8.2JuniorEyemouth Marine3403Roo PurvesUnited Kingdom‑23(RET)1412931241
9th8.2ApprenticeP23473Lewis ClarkUnited Kingdom‑1394‑134491141
10th8.2Super MasterMarmite2928Daniel GoodmanNew Zealand7611‑26‑13117850
11th8.2Master 2607Ian FitzgeraldUnited Kingdom3‑161010‑161312654
12th8.2ApprenticeStinging Belle2511Martin EvansUnited Kingdom1213938‑1713‑1858
13th8.2ApprenticeSendy Wendy II2517Ben HarrisUnited Kingdom6‑252161514‑181770
14th8.2Apprentice 2515Will CrockerUnited Kingdom151516‑18115‑17971
15th8.2JuniorMeJulie3474Sam LowbridgeUnited Kingdom‑17111314‑2516151382
16th8.2JuniorThe Blue Rocket2305Rory DixonUnited Kingdom2217‑31861222(DNC)87
17th8.2YouthMotion of the Ocean3098Rhys StevensonUnited Kingdom‑3110191119‑21161590
18th8.2ApprenticeBarbarosa2789Andrew BridgmanUnited Kingdom1918181517‑2610(DNF)97
19th8.2Super MasterSplosh3475Adam Raeburn‑JamesUnited Kingdom11‑2312‑2320201921103
20th8.2Youth 3352Suzanna lapNetherlands1014(RET)212115(DNC)DGB103.4
21st6.9U16 3151Ben AndersonUnited Kingdom20‑31221718‑251414105
22nd8.2Apprentice 2746Ghislaine van EmpelNetherlands16‑2221‑327222120107
23rd6.9ApprenticeWinnie3231Alice SeniorUnited Kingdom1820‑29‑2522191119109
24th8.2Apprentice 3472Nick HollisUnited Kingdom‑241220222318‑2616111
25th8.2Apprentice 3140Thomas ParkhurstUnited Kingdom21‑2617‑2726232423134
26th8.2Super MasterSpike3076Russell CollisterUnited Kingdom‑2921241927‑282524140
27th8.2Master 3476Peter HoyleUnited Kingdom283015242827(DNC)(DNC)152
28th6.9JuniorSpiney Dogfish2242Robert ByneUnited Kingdom26282628‑29‑302322153
29th8.2Apprentice 2522Chris KeatleyUnited Kingdom‑34292329‑32322725165
30th8.2YouthSplat2610Alex Raeburn‑JamesUnited Kingdom252725‑30302929(RET)165
31st8.2Junior 2475Harry BurgeUnited Kingdom3034(UFD)20(DNF)2420RET166
32nd6.9Apprentice 2700Georgia BoothUnited Kingdom‑352427‑3331313027170
33rd8.2Super MasterThe Bruiser Cruiser3119Bruce AllenGBR(DNS)19283124(UFD)DNCDNC178
34th8.2Apprentice 2022Natalya WilliamsUnited Kingdom273232‑35(UFD)332826178
35th6.9Junior 3237Lewis AgateUnited Kingdom33353334(UFD)3431(DNF)200
36th8.2Super MasterBuzz Off2974Nick IrelandUnited Kingdom32333036(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC207
37th8.2MasterIbuprofen3236Peter DemingUnited Kingdom(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC228

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