WASZP European Games 2022 in Mar Menor, Spain
WASZP European Games 2022 in Mar Menor, Spain – Overall
by WASZP Class Apr 19 11:05 UTC
April 11-17, 2022
Italy’s Francesco Bertone wins the WASZP 2022 European Games in photo-finish © James Tomlinson
An incredible event ended this weekend, with only 3 pts separating the top three sailors. One-design foiling at his best, Italian sailor Francesco Bertone only realized he had claimed victory after a photo-finish showed he finished half a boat length ahead of his opponent, incredible scenes unfold are then ensued, with Bertone a stalwart of the class involved since 2018.
In second place, just 1pt behind Bertone, was British sailor Ross Banham, who recovered from 29th place at last year’s European Championships to take second place and have a massive title chase. with a very regular regatta. Third place went to Swiss sailor Jann Schuepbach, who has played a lot in the last two WASZP racing seasons.
In the other divisions, Mathilde Robertstad continued her good form with a 14th place overall and the top sailor, while Mikel Vazquez of Spain won another Masters trophy against Ulrich Volz of Switzerland. We expect both divisions to be hotly contested at the Garda International Games.
Mar Menor provided the perfect venue for a WASZP regatta, with a mix of cloudy, windy conditions and lighter thermal breezes in glorious sunshine. The last 2 days have provided some lovely thermal breezes and flat water that Mar Menor is famous for and marked its position as the premier foiling location in the world.
We now turn our attention to the WASZP International Games at Lake Garda in July. We expect a record fleet, with sailors of all ages and abilities encouraged to come. There will be something for everyone on and off the water. Be sure to enter and join the swarm on the lake. WASZP is working behind the scenes to provide rookie coaching for the event and will also see junior WASZP_X compete internationally for the first time. While at the top of the fleet, the competition will be incredible with so many sailors having the ability to win races. There is no excuse not to be there!
Learn more at racehub.waszp.com/eventdetail/63
|Place||Rod||Veil No||Country||sail size||Division||Score||Points|
|1||Francesco Bertone Fresia||2671||Italy||Apprentice||35||1200|
|6||Jaime Framis Harguindey||2801||Spain||Junior||56||571|
|14||Mathilde Bregner Robertstad||2599||Norway||Junior||124||174|
|19||Mikal Christian Brun Tveita||2321||Norway||Junior||169||130.13|
|22||Victor Samson Le Priol||2312||France||Junior||179||115.23|
|30||Ion Ander Basurto||3055||Spain||Apprentice||234||75.5|
|33||Quicorras Urios Salinas||2579||Spain||Junior||253||60.6|
|35||Marie Butler Wang||2598||Norway||Junior||268||50.67|
|38||Didrik Rodland Jelstad||2601||Norway||Youth||302||35.77|
|40||Antonin Radü||2876||Swiss||6.9m smaller||Junior||322||25.83|
|42||Micha de Weck||2332||Swiss||6.9m smaller||Junior||333||15.9|
|45||Font Isi Collado||3180||Spain||6.9m smaller||Junior||390||1|
WASZP 2022 INTERNATIONAL GAMES – READY FOR A RECORD FLEET
With the European Games being the perfect start to a busy 2022 season, we’re starting to turn our attention to the main event. The WASZP International Games will be the third time that sailors from around the world will come together to race, socialize and foil in an absolute bucket list spot.
Two years of postponements have not dampened the enthusiasm, there are already 70 registered from 15 nations for the event and we are still three months away from the start. Early indications are that we will have over 20 nations represented and 180-220 men and women, boys and girls all competing against each other on the race track.
The community is something we missed during the Covid break, however, the WASZP class has been brilliant at engaging sailors from all over the world, an absolute credit to the international class and the community itself.
Diversity across the event will be a feature, with strong Masters contingents coming from the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain. These guys and gals love to party and we’re sure to see the guitars popping and the beers flowing when this team gets together.
The 16-25 age group is incredibly popular around the world, boosted by the SailGP INSPIRE program and WASZP’s ability to keep sailors engaged beyond their youth has been a key driver. With a strong female representation in this age group, we could very well see our first female international WASZP Games champion!
Either way, it’s going to be an incredible race on the water, with incredible talent in the fleet, a great social atmosphere off the water, and an incredible opportunity for people around the world to experience the lifestyle First-hand WASZP.
Get your entries now and let’s make it massive: racehub.waszp.com/eventdetail/61
CHARTER BOATS – NEW RACHUB FEATURE
Before the WASZP International Games, there was a lot of talk about charter boats. Although WASZP cannot provide charters for this event due to the incredible demand for NEW boats around the world. We have created a feature in RaceHub where, for any particular event, people can submit their expression of interest either to find a charter boat or to rent their own boat to someone.
With the International Games in Garda (a very central location in Europe) we expect all European and UK sailors to bring their own boats to the event. There is also an upcoming container for 12 Australian sailors and the New Zealanders have organized their own charters for the event. However, we understand that there are challenges for other nations with smaller amounts of sailors wishing to attend the event. It’s a great problem to have and shows the class’s popularity globally and appetite for big events.