The WASZP Class, renowned as the premier one-design foiling dinghy globally, is making waves with unprecedented growth and record-breaking participation.
The upcoming event in Sandefjord, Norway, slated for August 2024, has already shattered expectations, with all 150 original slots snapped up within a mere 48 hours of entries opening. In response to overwhelming demand, event organisers, Sandefjord Seilforening, in collaboration with WASZP, have worked tirelessly to open an additional 30 slots, bringing the total entry list to a staggering 180 boats.
For the first time in history, the WASZP_X and 6.9m class will have their own dedicated course, and the open fleet will be divided into two fleets to accommodate the size of this extraordinary fleet. Sandefjord Island is set to become the vibrant social hub for the event, promising one of the most unique atmospheres in the world of sailing.
Marc Ablett, WASZP General Manager, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The exponential growth of the class globally is truly remarkable. The overwhelming response to the Sandefjord event, has been incredible and we could of easily seen 220+ at this event. We are on track to surpass our previous record of 172 boats at the 2022 Games in Garda, and we’re aiming for an even larger fleet at the 2025 Games in Weymouth, UK with the prospect of 250+ boats a real possibility.”
Ablett continued, “The prospect of a stand-alone WASZP_X Youth Games (Worlds) and the increasing number of women participants (40 for Norway) reflect the growth of the WASZP community, within our key pillars. We are also seeing outstanding growth in North America and are heading towards a record fleet in the Americas Championships, setting the stage for the International WASZP Games in North America in 2026.”
Tyler Bjorn, NA WASZP Business Development Manager, has been instrumental in fostering the growth in North America, tackling the unique challenges associated with the vast geographic spread of the region. The Americas Championships are expected to draw over 30 entries, with hopes to exceed 40 for the event in Hawaii. There is still time to enter the Americas Championships – racehub.waszp.com/eventdetail/249
As 2024 unfolds, the WASZP Class anticipates a monumental year, offering sailors an unparalleled experience whether they aspire to reach their goals like the Americas Cup or SailGP, or simply enjoy in the thrill of sailing a WASZP. The class remains committed to providing an exceptional lifestyle and fostering a community that is an envy in the sailing industry.