WHAT IS THE WASZP?
The WASZP is established in over 40 countries with over 1,300 joining the WASZP “swarm”. It is a perfect platform for male and female sailors to compete on a level playing field. High performance foiling boats of a similar style can cost considerably more. New WASZPs are supplied via KA Sail distributors (see contacts) and there is a healthy second-hand market.
Construction is extremely robust and the boats have a number key safety features (unstayed mast, relatively blunt foil tips, etc.)
Boats are easily owner-maintained with KA Sail actively ensuring an extensive spare parts catalogue and technical support for almost every issue (see WASZP Shop). With their base in Melbourne, delivery of parts around Australia is quick and convenient.
Help is at hand as you move through your foiling journey; in many locations across Australia coaching support is available, there are excellent “WASZP Tutorials” and other material on You Tube and WASZP sailors are renowned for helping and supporting each other. Contact you local rep who will happy to help.
World class foiling has never been more accessible. The WASZP is the perfect platform to enjoy one-design foiling racing in a fun, friendly environment.
Black Rock Yacht Club, often referred to as the birthplace of the WASZP class, it has been instrumental in the significant growth of the Victorian fleet. Today, the reach of the WASZP fleet stretches from Portland Yacht Club in the west to the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club in the east.
Among the most active clubs along the bay, the Royal Brighton Yacht Club and Sandringham Yacht Club stand out, while the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club is the home of WASZP Sailing on the Mornington Peninsula. On the western side of Port Phillip Bay, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club serves as the primary hub, with active WASZP sailors also at Indented Head Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.
There’s no better time to immerse yourself in the WASZP class and ‘Join the Swarm!’
NEW SOUTH WALES
The NSW WASZP fleet has been steadily growing for the past 5 years. Racing fleets in Sydney are centred around Woolahra SC, Middle Harbour YC, Royal Prince Alfred YC and Avalon SC. There are also growing fleets on Lake Macquarie and Lake Illawarra.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the class or giving the boats a go, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the committee.
Sailors in WA have enjoyed the freedom of any lockdowns and many have sailed during the winter months. Around 12 Waszps competed in the RFBYC Dinghy Winter Series. We are all looking forward to the Fremantle Doctor blowing its way down the Swan River and there will be a good fleet of 20+ boats for the State Championships. This will be held at Mounts Bay Sailing Club in conjunction with the Moths. Other highlights this season will be sprint series at various clubs and the fun regatta at Busselton in March. A few second hand boats have changed hands and the fleet at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club is growing rapidly.
With the Waszp Nationals being held in Hobart in January 2025, the local fleet is enjoying a rapid increase in numbers.
With strong support from both the Sandy Bay Sailing Club and Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, we expect those numbers to keep on growing.
One of the great things about the Waszp class is its appeal to a wide range of people and our fleet reflects this – we have male and female sailors, aged between 13 and 55, sailing the Waszp X, 6.9 and 8.2.
Racing takes place each week and there are 3 major 2-day regatta’s held over the course of the season.
There’s a reason we call it Garda of the South!
The Queensland WASZP fleet started gaining momentum with groups sailing out of Royal Queensland and a few boats getting out on the Sunshine Coast as well as plenty of interest up north in Townsville and Tinnaroo. We hope that we can visit QLD for a mid-winter Nationals at some point in the near future.