Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2023 November - LEADERBOARD

WASZP Games at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club Day 2: Patience pays off

by Marc Ablett 12 Dec 2023 05:04 PST 10-15 December 2023
WASZP Games Day 2: The start with 90 boats on the line is an incredible sight © FSR Media House

The 2023 International WASZP Games roared to life at Sorrento, witnessing Sam Street's commanding performance, seizing two victories in spectacular fashion amidst glamourous late east-south-easterly conditions.

After enduring three days of cooler weather and rain, sailors basked in the rejuvenating 30-degree sunshine, lifting the spirits of all competitors. The onshore culture of the class was on the show with table tennis competitions, moments of beach life at Mornington Peninsula, and even a raft-up gathering at the jetty. Families relished the time spent alongside sailors, creating and awesome atmosphere.

Andrew McDougall led a tech talk attended by nearly 100 current and aspiring WASZP sailors. Adding to the festivities, the upcoming schedule includes a morning yoga session, offering sailors a chance to unwind before the races.

The awaited easterly wind finally made its presence felt around 4 pm, albeit without the necessary strength to prompt fleet action. However, at 5:15 pm local time, a promising wind spike compelled the decision to launch. Welcomed by 10-12 knots in the first race, winds built steadily to 14-15 knots for the second, rewarding the patience of both sailors and the race committee with an exhilarating day on the water.

Sam Street exhibited exceptional speed and tactics, clinching both races convincingly. His flawless execution in race one, capitalising on the right side of the course for optimal breeze, secured a resounding victory over Italian contender Francesco Bertone, who, despite a tense moment with a near nose dive, held firm for a crucial 2nd place.

Hawaii's Gavin Ball showcased his capabilities with a commendable third place, while European Champion Markus Berthet secured 4th. Recent National Champion Tom Trotman emerged as the first Australian contender, proving he can mix it among the frontrunners.

Race 2 witnessed Street facing spirited competition from Italian sailor Ettore Bottcini, a real contender, as the series unfolds. Frenchman Hippolyte Gruet claimed the final podium spot, with Overbeck's consistent performance placing him 3rd overall, trailing Street and Bertone.

In the women's championship, Hattie Rogers continued her pursuit of a top 10 overall position, securing 13th in the first race and sitting 16th overall. New Zealand's Helena Sanderson holds 30th position, closely followed by Hanako Tomishima and Tess Lloyd.

Super-Master Andrew McDougall showed he still has it with a stellar 14th place in race two, securing a spot in the top 30. Brad Devine holds 2nd place in this category.

In the masters division, Dave Shaw from NZ leads the pack, closely trailed by compatriots George Wills and Peter Graham, with Australia's Richard Steedman not far behind.

The first junior sailor, Andrew Chisholm from Canada, sits just outside the top 10 in 12th position overall, facing a close chase from Aussie Aidan Simmons.

The 6.9s witnessed an intense battle between Pia Tvieta from Norway and Australia's Callum Simmons, displaying consistent competitiveness, closely followed by an improving Brenn Armstrong.

The Hotlaps Crew, guided by coach James Owen-Smith, boasts up to 10 sailors navigating their path, with expectations of more joining throughout the event.

For further updates, standings, and event highlights, stay tuned to the WASZP Games at Sorrento.

Full results can be found here.

The BIG news is the final 2 days of the event will feature a LIVE STREAM of the racing, stay tuned for further updates.

More WASZP Games 2023 information can be found here.

Related Articles

WASZP clean sweep of Foiling Awards
Awarded in Genoa based on votes cast online by the global foiling community The seventh edition of the Foiling Awards has its winners. The prizes for the best foiling athletes, projects and products of the last 12 months were awarded in Genoa based on votes cast online by the global foiling Community. Posted today at 6:23 am
Waszp X Camp Talamone 2024
An all-round project to train sailors and athletes thanks to X-Camps Improving sporting performance by deepening mental, structural, physical as well as technical aspects, consolidating team spirit. Posted on 19 Apr
WASZP Americas Championship overall
Overbeck claims the title in Hawaii In the final day of racing, the long-distance race, it was a simple cruise of Kaneohe Bay for the Great Dane, who showcased exceptional skills all week. Posted on 4 Apr
WASZP Americas Championship Day 3
Overbeck continues dominance, Gavin Ball in pursuit Overbeck remains unapologetic in his dominance, extending his lead for another day on the fleet. Close on his heels, local talent Gavin Ball also made strides away from the main pack but couldn't bridge the gap to Overbeck. Posted on 31 Mar
WASZP Americas Championship Day 1
Kicking off in spectacular fashion with a slalom spectacular The 2024 Americas kicked off in spectacular fashion, beginning with a thrilling three-race slalom series on the first day. Posted on 30 Mar
WASZP UK Start of Season Championships
A mega turnout at Datchet Water 2024 got off to a great start last weekend, 23rd/24th March, at Datchet Water SC, where the WASZP UK Start of Season Championships were met with a mega turnout. Posted on 29 Mar
WASZP US Nationals overall
Exceptional performance of Denmark's Magnus Overbeck The 2024 US Nationals in Kaneohe Bay have paved the way for an electrifying Americas Championship, marked by the exceptional performance of Denmark's Magnus Overbeck. Posted on 28 Mar
WASZP US Nationals Day 1
Racing unfolds under the radiant skies of Hawaii The 2024 US National Championships and the WASZP Americas are unfolding under the radiant skies of Hawaii, setting the stage for a showcase of some of the best WASZP sailors in the world in an amazing venue. Posted on 27 Mar
'X-Camp' meeting in Talamone
Physical tests for the U19 helmsmen of the foiling WASZP Italian class The 2024 season of the Italian youth Waszp class has begun under the banner of physical preparation thanks to the Waszp X-Camp organised at the Technogym Village in Cesena. Posted on 6 Mar
Rockwool joins the Swarm for WASZP Games 2024
The Games is shaping up to be one of the biggest foiling events in history WASZP and Sandefjord Seilforening are delighted to welcome ROCKWOOL onboard as event partner for the WASZP Games 2024. Posted on 2 Mar
J Composites J/45Zhik 2024 March - FOOTERPredictWind - GPS 728x90 BOTTOM