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Foiling Week 2020 Results

WASZP

pos nat sail no. sailor club
1 MLT 2915 SCHULTHEIS, Richard Malta Young Sailors Club
2 ITA 2580 SAVOINI, Emanuele YACHT CLUB IMPERIA
3 ITA 2671 BERTONE, Francesco PORTO MAURIZIO YACHT CLUB
4 HUN 2740 MUNKA, Marton Tecon
5 MLT 2586 SCHULTHEIS, Victoria Malta Young Sailors Club
6 ITA 2418 MEOTTO, Michele YACHT CLUB LIGNANO
7 CZE 2572 MARECEK, Simon YC Brno
8 ITA 2575 SAVOINI, Enzio YACHT CLUB IMPERIA
9 FRA 2358 MANU, Taine Club var mer
10 ITA 2669 ZIPPERLE, Marc Fraglia Vela Malcesine
11 GBR 2867 CARVETH, Geoff Warsash SC
12 ITA 2260 MACCARI, Federico Maria CIRCOLO VELA BELLANO
13 CZE 2573 VÍTOVEC, Matej YC CERE
14 ESP 8 RUIZ PONCE, Pablo RCN Palma
15 SUI 2536 DUCHOUD, Nicolas SCoW
16 CRO 2542 MATULIC, Krsto Yc Biograd
17 ITA 2150 LENZI, Claudio CIRCOLO VELA BELLANO
18 MLT 2383 SCHULTHEIS, Antonia Malta Young Sailors Club
19 ITA 1 MALAGUGINI, Simone CIRCOLO NAUTICO RAPALLO
20 HUN 2539 GEMESI, Gyula D-one
21 SUI 2540 GLOOR, Michael ZYC/SCH
22 SUI 2194 MÜLLER, Pit SCC
22 FRA 4659 ARTHAUD, Aymeric SRA

MOTH

pos nat sail no. sailor club
1 ITA 4674 DE PAOLI, Carlo CIRCOLO VELA TORBOLE
2 GBR 4721 BRIDLE, Eddie BRIGHTLINGSEA
3 ITA 4641 FUMAGALLI, Fabio MARVELIA
4 ESP 4623 BOTIN, Diego Real Club Marítimo de Santander
5 GER 4 MÄGE, Maximilian BYC
6 FRA 7 MARIE, Benoit Sno Nantes
7 SUI 4152 RIGOT, Fabrice
8 ITA 4448 BIANCHI, Francesco YACHTING CLUB TORRI
9 GER 4047 HUBER, Thomas SVBb
10 GER 4340 ADOLPH, Kai Dtyc
11 SWE 4599 INKYOV, Danny KSSS
12 FRA 465 BERNAZ, Jean-Baptiste Sainte maxime
13 ITA 4606 MAZZETTI, Fabio CIRCOLO VELA ARCO
14 POL 4609 GRACZYK, Robert MKZ
15 ESP 32 MASSANET, Toni RCN Palma
16 AUT 4040 HRIBAR, Philipp kyco
17 FRA 4049 HIRTZMANN , Paul SNL
18 NED 4563 COSTER, Kalle
19 SWE 4608 BERGSTROM, Jonatan GKSS
20 GER 4375 MÄGE, Franziska BYC
21 CRO 4633 DOGAN, Luka JK Split
22 FRA 4396 DELPECH, Noé YCPR Marseille
23 ESP 6 CARDONA, Joan RCN Palma
24 GER 4624 MAEGE, Carlo FSV
25 SUI 4275 SCHILLER, Philippe societe nautique geneve
26 FRA 4480 D’ORTOLI, Julien YCPR
27 GBR 4541 MAGGI, Nicola CIRCOLO VELICO TIVANO
28 GER 3797 FOLLMANN, Patrick DTYC
29 FRA 4521 CIRET-LE COSQUER, Madeg MMPROCESS
30 GER 97 SCHWEIGERT, Lisa SVW
31 FRA 4520 LE GUIL, Gaetan YCF
32 SLO 4201 TOMORI, Luka JK Pirat, Portoroz
33 GER 4698 MICHAEL , Thias WSGR
34 FRA 3488 D’ORTOLI, Romain YCPR
35 GER 3981 HELLRIEGEL, Ernst SCLW
36 ITA 4451 VOGT, Jonas DTYC
37 SUI 4276 GIACOMETTI, Jesse SNG
38 GBR 4149 BRIDLE, Graham Brightlingsea
39 ITA 26 TITA, Ruggero SEZIONE VELA GUARDIA FINANZA
40 ITA 4543 TRIMARCHI, Michele MARVELIA
41 SWE 4291 BERGSTRÖM , Rasmus GKSS
42 GBR 4179 REES, Philip BELTER
43 FRA 4072 SUQUART, Morgane ANSQ
44 SUI 3774 MEYER, Mathieu Société nautique de genève
45 ITA 4756 POGGI D’ANGELO, Alessandro YACHT CLUB CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
46 FRA 4659 ARTHAUD, Aymeric
47 FRA 3275 BOULE, Caroline
48 ITA 4 DE FELICE, Lorenzo Medium
48 ITA 4638 ZENNARO, Enrico Yacht Club Portopiccolo A.S.D.
48 SRB 3983 GAL, Viktor JK Palic
48 GBR 3978 ELDRIDGE , Bobby ESSC
48 GER 3622 BRAUN, Ludwig SGU
48 AUT 4667 AICHHOLZER , Christoph SCTWV Achensee

Persico 69F – GP 2.1

pos team crew points
1 KINGDOM TEAM NL Lambieux, Savelon, van Aanholt, Gallinaro, van Rooijen 89.5
2 FANTASTICA 2 Fanceschini, Celon, Salvà 86.0
3 RHKYC TEAM AGIPALST Cantero, Gregor, Jacobsen 59.5
4 OKALYS Mettraux, Casas, Ravussin 48.5
5 FANTASTICA 1 Gobbi, Cirillo, De Luca 39.5
6 SECTION 16 Alloway, Davies, Rast 33.5

WING FOIL – II Race WING FOIL TOUR

pos wing rider
1 Balz Muller
2 Riccardo Zorzi
3 Paolo Migliorini
4 Matteo Guazzoni
5 Edoardo Vivian
6 Mattias Muller
7 Ivano Bommartino
8 Stefano Battistoni
9 Ivan Scimonelli
10 Elia Rossetti

Flying Phantom

pos sail no. crew club
1 SUI 002 Morgan LAUBER Sebastien AUBORD CNM
2 SUI 5 5 Alexandre SCHNEITER Kristoffer JONSONN SNG
3 SUI 8 8 Alexis ROCHAT Leo TETAZ SFA
4 SUI 62 Marco FEDRIGUCCI Robin MAEDER C2NY
5 FRA 68 Arnaud VASSEUR Nicolas FERELLEC SNL

Single Catamaran

pos boat sail no. crew club
1 Classe A GER 6 Rainer BOHRER CVA
2 S9 ITA 00 Alessandro CALDARI C.V.Ravennate
3 IFLY 15 NED V Jentje DE BOER WSV Bestevaer
4 S9 ITA 1 Michele PETRUCCI CV Cesenatico
5 IFLY 15 GER X Ernst-Michael MILLER YcStH
6 S9 ITA 4 Giacomo BANDINI Circolo Vela Cesenatico
7 S9 GBR 2 Flaviano TESSITORE LNI Ostia
8 S9 ITA 0 Carlo Federico FELETTI ADRIATICO Wind Club
9 S9 ITA 7 Vincenzo CAPORILLI CVAT
10 S9 ITA 007 Federico VILLANI CDV ROMA
10 IFLY 15 FRA IIII Antoine PETIT CNS Sciez
10 S9 ITA 41 Giambattista GIACCHETTI SV Viareggina

MATCH RACE – by World Match Racing Tour and 10′ Pocket Foiler

pos crew
1 Vittoria Caputo
2 Jacopo Travaini
3 Sofia Caputo
4 Pietro Ferromilone
5 Andrea-Luca Bristot
6 Leonardo Giaccetti

Sette barche per volare a partire da 3.900 euro

da il Giornale della Vela.

In questi ultimi anni la foiling mania ha prodotto una nuova generazione di barche alla portata di tutti, che potete comprare domani mattina. Non solo nel mondo dei kite e dei surf a vela ma anche tra i monoscafi. Si parte dall’evoluzione semplificata del Moth, il Wasp (pesa solo 45 kg!) che ti porti a casa con poco più di 10.000 dollari, oppure puoi dotare delle magiche alette un qualsiasi Laser con 3.900 euro. Tra i catamarani con neppure 18.000 euro c’è a disposizione lo Stunt S9 dell’italiana Bimare, facilissimo da trasportare e da condurre con i suoi 4,16 metri di lunghezza. Basta salire di prezzo per entrare nel mondo dei cat che si avvicinano le prestazioni dei Coppa America. Per i cabinati da crociera, mono o multi, c’è ancora da aspettare un po’, anche se la prima barca in serie da regata arriverà da Beneteau per l’estate. Ma state sicuri, ci arriveremo. Per adesso accontentatevi delle sette barche aperte e tavole che trovate qui sotto nelle splendide foto di Martina Orsini. Buon volo.

1. TRUCCARE IL LASER A 3.900 EURO
Anche il “vecchio” Laser può volare. Ci ha pensato l’autraliano Peter Stephenson che ha inventato un kit semplicissimo per dotare di foil il Laser (più 200.000 barche prodotte). Il kit costa 3.900 euro e lo trovate QUI

Foiling Laser

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

2. A 24 NODI CON 11.500 DOLLARI
Il Waspz e’ il monoscafo con foil alla portata di tutti. Derivato dal Moth, è più facile da usare e, soprattutto, abbordabile. Costa 11.500 dollari compresa spedizione e viene prodotto in serie, smontabile e facilmente trasportabile, è lungo m. 3,35, pesa 45 kg e raggiunge oltre 24 nodi. Lo si può acquistare on line su: www.waszp.com

Waszp @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

3. CON IL KITE FOIL VOLI DUE VOLTE LOW COST
Un milione e mezzo di praticanti nel mondo fanno del Kite, la tavola spinta dal vento grazie ad un ala, l’oggetto volante più diffuso del mondo. E anche il meno costoso. L’adozione del foil ha reso la tavola, se ce n’era bisogno, ancora più performante e, soprattutto eccitante permette di volare sia a 20 metri sopra l’acqua sia a 30 nod navigandoi a pelo d’acqua. Esistono infinite possibilità di scelta, basta digiitare su internet Kite Foil per aprirsi un mondo incredibile. Il Kite, con o senza foil, è candidato ad un posto alle prossime olimpiadi della vela.

kitefoil @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

4. UN BUON USATO SUI 10.000 EURO
Il capostipite dei monoscafi volanti, il Moth, e’ nato nel 2001 nella sua forma definitiva, misura 3,25 m e pesa 26 kg, nuovo costa da 20.000 euro, si trovano buoni usati sui 10/12.000 euro. In Italia c’è una classe molto attiva, IMCA Italy, e un bel circuito di regate nazionale ed europeo: www.moth.it

Moth @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

5. IDEALE PER INIZIARE A VOLARE (A MENO DI 18.000 EURO)
E’ tutto italiano il catamarano Stunt S9 con foil, ideale per iniziare a volare. Misura 4,16 e pesa solo 78 kg, l’ha disegnato Michele Petrucci che lo produce nel suo cantiere Bimare. Costa 17.990 euro IVA compresa. www.s9team.eu

S9 @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

6. LA FORMULA UNO DELLA VELA A 38.500 EURO
Al salone di Parigi del dicembre 2013 viene presentato un catamano a foil di soli 5,52 m, il primo in serie, si chiama Fying Phantom. Questa piccola Formula 1 della vela costa attorno ai 38.500 euro tutto compreso e c’è un folto circuito europeo di regate. www.phantom-international.com

Flying Phantom @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week

7. VOLARE COME QUELLI DI COPPA AMERICA
Il cantiere specialista in catamarani aperti ha dotato il suo modello F 20 di “Flight Control System” per farlo volare. Il Nacra 20 FCS (m. 6,20×3,20) è disegnato da Pete Melvin e Gino Morelli, gli autori del regolamento della Coppa America 2013 e i suoi foil ricordano quelli apputo degli AC72. www.nacrasailing.com

Nacra 20fcs @ Foiling Week 2016

© Martina Orsini per Foiling Week


A seguire questo bell’articolo tratto dal sito de il Giornale della Vela pubblicheremo a breve un secondo post completando l’elenco delle altre barche volanti già disponibili sul mercato. Stay tuned!

WASZP status

Designer Andrew McDougall on the status of the WASZP…

Today we sailed the boat after installing a new production mast, a new wand control system, production injection parts, and an improved mainsheet system. As you can see from the video the boat is really coming to life now.
The sailor is Harry Mighell, (pronounced My-ell). Harry has taken the Waszp to heart and has been out testing on it more than anyone. He holds the speed record of 24.79 kn. He has been working for us for nearly 6 months now, concentrating mainly on fluid analysis. He has taken over the design of the foil tips from me and has done a magnificent job on that and getting the dynamics of the foil systems right.

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You may notice that the sail is cambered (pocket luff). If you read my last blog I was fully committed to going with a bolt rope sail. We are not going that way. We have solved the issue of rigging the cambered sail by simply reducing the weight of the rig. The prototype mast we have been using was a lot heavier than the new production mast, and the new sail is also significantly lighter than the original prototype sail. It’s now much much easier to get the mast in. It’s amazing what a kilo or two will do when it’s 5 m away from you!

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We did put a lot of time in on the bolt rope sail. We found two serious issues which we solved, but the solutions were not elegant and did not have a place on this clean boat.

In late November I spent a long stretch at McCongahy and resolved a range of issues.
We built fully assembled master boat to align the ‘Green Jig’ (read more here) to ensure everything lined up millimetre perfect. Everything came together really well and we built the first production hull.
We now have two hull moulds complete and another two in final preparation, along with two Green jigs, so we are ready to build hulls.
At this www we remain on track for first WASZP’s to start shipping in March.
I just need to finalalize the sail and make sure we don’t miss our production slot.

Apologies for the shaky video, we have not had time to get someone down to do a proper shoot. So it is just me with a basic SLR, without my glasses and hanging off the rocking RIB!

The latest from WASZP designer Andrew McDougall

8fe3e0f34d3083cba6fe73d62a783d7f_XLAn enormous amount of design and testing has gone in since the announcement of the WASZP at Foiling Week.

Things have really progressed fast in the past month. The boat is going a lot better than I ever expected. We’ve now got a top speed of nearly 25 knots and the controllability in waves, which was one of one of our earlier challenges, is now rock solid.

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One area we have spent a lot of time working on is the control system. We put on an adjustable wand, fitted adjustable gearing and added an adjustable wand angle system trying to solve some of the control issues and there was a fear that this may need to go into the production boat (which would have added a whole lot of complexity for the sailor) but as it turns out a single setting now works for everything and adding the adjustment just helped us pick the optimum solution.
The settings are quite different to what we initially expected because the foils are quite high lift so the angles and gearing ratios vary greatly from the Mach2 which I did not predict – so spending the time to get it right has been well worthwhile.

Wing Tips
There has been a massive amount of work gone into optimising the foils. We have a new engineer on the team who came on 4 months ago who has done some really, really good work. We’ve done extensive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis and testing on various wing tips and winglets.

CFD

So the wing tips we are going forward with are a lot more conventional and they look a little bit like our high lift Mach 2 foil with tiny winglets and it’s a short taper from the end of the aluminium – about 130mm of wing tip.

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We worked a lot on trying to get the tips as small as we could and keep the efficiency without having very long wing tips.

With the rear foil it’s very similar except no winglets.

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For the main front horizontal foil the plan has always been to offer a number of lengths. We have standardised on a specific size as the racing foil, but will offer alternatives for learning.
The vertical foils are also slightly longer than the original prototypes which really helps sailing in waves.

Rig
Our current rig is a camber induced sail and it works brilliantly, infact the first sail we made worked straight out of the bag which was quite surprising.
We started with a 7.7 as these were based on the KA Moth sails and we thought this was a really good size as we were limited by the unstayed mast as you can really only hang so much cloth on it.
However we have found that we can handle a little more area and we are going to run with 8.0 sq. metres as this gives slightly more power for the bigger sailor to get foiling in the same sort of wind range that the Mach 2 does.

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However there is a huge issue that we have not been able to overcome.
The rig is actually quite hard to lift and step into the boat in its current configuration (with a cam sail you lift both the sail and mast together, made harder on the WASZP by having to align to the mast socket) so we’ve had to completely rethink it.
We battled on for a long time, but feedback from sailors trying the WASZP was: “guys, you just can’t do this”.
So we are going to go with a bolt rope mast and sail (still unstayed).

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This however has put us back two months.
I know many people are going to be upset about this delay but we have to solve this and unfortunately there is no way around it.
We knew that we would continue to evolve up to first production and make sure everything was 100% sailor certified, but we thought it would be just small, easy things like foil lengths or control systems. This has hit us hard.

Trolley
Another thing that has been very difficult has been the trolley. You would think: what is so difficult? We’ve been trying to make the WASZP really easy to launch and with the foils in place it is quite logistically difficult to deal with. The original plan was always to slide the boat on and off the trolley with the foils in (up of course) and we have tried very many different scenarios – with the front of the boat encapsulated, with many different ways of hooking the trolley on but the bottom line is it is very difficult in waves or a reasonable amount of wind or with a smaller person it became quite physically demanding.
So we have changed our design so the trolley is put on when the boat is on its side. You can still put the boat in the water with the foils in which is a huge benefit not having to worry about going back to get them. So you just drag it into the water, tip it on its side, pull the trolley off, tip it back up, sail out, push your foils down and off you go. Or you can push the foils down and walk the boat out but you have the choice.
This has again delayed the project because the moulds and jigs were finished so we’ve had to start again.

Fibreglass Shipping Box
We’ve had a number of requests to do a GRP travel box that can be used for shipping the WASZP to international regattas. This has been designed and will be available as an option.

Production Timing
Given where we are now and the impeding Christmas and Chinese New Year shutdowns there is now no possibility that we can deliver complete boats before March, 2016.
We know that this is not ideal and will disappoint many who have jumped on board early. For this we apologise but can only re-enforce that ultimately the changes we have implemented will deliver a better product.
As we have always said anyone who has reserved a build slot can request a refund at any time. We stand ready to provide a full refund with no questions and no delays for anyone who wishes.
When we do start delivering boats will come out very quickly. Those at the tail end of the build slot queue will not see that much delay because we will be building and stocking masts and hulls which are the only composite parts in the boat (which we can only build so many per day). Most of the other parts are done in lots of 1,000 or more and they’ll all be ready for when we do start shipping. So in the first months we anticipate shipping 20 boats per week and so will catch up quickly to those back orders but for those with an early build slot there will be more impact.

The development of the WASZP has been significantly more challenging and time consuming than I imagined. It is so important to get everything right and there have been so many times where we’ve had to make what we call a ‘catastrophic’ change: one thing that did not work and we’ve had to roll back many components – injection moulded parts, aluminium extrusions, moulds – things that we committed that in the end needed to be changed.
On the other hand, the way the WASZP performs now, I’m really happy – the numbers it is hitting, its controllability and ease of foiling are all exceeding my expectations.

Andrew McDougall

Andrew McDougall talks about the WASZP

By yachtsandyachting.com

Jonny Fullerton interviewed Andrew ‘A-Mac’ McDougall on behalf of YachtsandYachting.com at Lake Garda during The Foiling Week where the WASZP foiling dinghy was launched.

Jonny Fullerton: Give me a bit of background on how you came up with the idea for the WASZP.

Andrew McDougall: I’ve been sailing a Moth for a very long time and foiling Moths for 10 years now. There’s always so much interest on the beach; you get people coming up asking what it is and how does it work. Particularly you get kids coming up and they just want one and there’s always a reason why they can’t have it, why dad or mum won’t buy it for them, and that’s really what prompted the idea. Trying to get rid of all the arguments that people use not to get a Moth. It’s been ticking away in my brain since 2007. It wasn’t about making the Moth one-design, it was about getting rid of all the problems, and that’s what I’ve attempted to do.

JF: What type of sailor is the WASZP aimed at and who are you expecting to be buying and sailing the boat?

A-Mac: It’s aimed at a much broader range of sailor than the Moth. The Moth is always going to have the very high-end technical guys who want to play with things or have the latest cutting-edge design. The Moth is just a beautiful boat, it’s so efficient and lovely to sail, but not everyone, in fact very few people, are prepared to put that level of effort and amount of money into staying at the top. The WASZP is aimed at those who like the idea of having a foiling single-hander but don’t want to deal with all the other stuff that’s involved with a Moth – people who want to go down on a Wednesday night and just go racing. It’s trying to be the Laser or the one-design windsurfer of the foiling world.

JF: The boat you have at The Foiling Week is only in prototype form, but what are the key aspects and features of the WASZP?

photo © Foiling Week™

photo © Foiling Week™

A-Mac: The bow is finer than a Moth at the centre vertically, but slightly fuller at the bottom and a lot fuller at the deck. This came about from the experience of trying to make it low-ride well, with a big range of sailor weights, and it had to be efficient through the breeze as it lifts out. The whole bow design is about having a heavy sailor burying the bow and keeping the transom out, without having huge bow drag, and when a light person gets on it, still having the full waterline length and having a good low-riding shape. It’s very full in the stern as one of the issues with the Moth is that you tend to fall over backwards when learning and you get into irons. The Waszp also has a rudder which you can push down, so you need to be able to lean over the back and do that, so a lot of things have influenced the design of the hull.

JF: The boat has no stays (shrouds) so you’ve got an unsupported rig. Is that an improvement for safety, launching and recovery?

A-Mac: There are so many reasons not to have stays – on my wrists you can probably see about 20 of them. There have been some pretty bad injuries from stays and I personally hate having that stay in front of me while I’m doing a manoeuvre and thinking if something goes wrong I’m going into it… But that’s not the only thing, it makes rigging simpler, you just pop the mast in and it’s done, with just the cunningham, mainsheet and outhaul keeping the mast in, it’s all very simple. There are two more reasons for not having stays; getting into the boat after a capsize or getting into the boat in very light winds is much, much easier over the front of the wing bars. Lastly, in very light winds, you can let the sail out and head downwind efficiently.

JF: And the wishbone boom?

The WASZP in the boat park at Black Rock - photo © McDougall Creations

The WASZP in the boat park at Black Rock – photo © McDougall Creations

A-Mac: This really comes from having the main foil retractable; with the main foil sticking up in the boat, a boom would be very difficult to deal with. With the wishbone you’ve got a soft bottom to the sail and you can just let the outhaul off to allow the sail to flop over to the other side when the main foil is up. That was the major part of it, but having sailed with it now, not having the boom is a massive advantage and you can close the gap more (sail closer to the hull) as you’re not worried about hitting your head on the soft sail. The final reason is that you don’t have a vang, which takes the load off everything.

JF: On sails there is a choice of three – presumably this gives you a wider range of sailor and ability?

A-Mac: Yes, but it also means we can make a fairly full-on, high-performance rig for the biggest one without getting too caught up with how easy it is to put up. With the smaller one we’re definitely going to have it so that you can put it up and down from the deck. I’m thinking there will be two versions of the middle sail; one with the bolt-rope for the bigger kids and another for the smaller high-performance people who want to go fast.

JF: You’ve gone for aluminium foils rather than carbon, mainly for cost I believe?

A-Mac: No, there was a bigger reason than cost. Cost is a massive reason but the biggest reason is that if the boat is going to be one-design, carbon is very difficult to deal with. You can never make a carbon foil where you say ‘You can never do anything with this foil’. There will be blemishes from the factory so people will sand them, will finish them and will paint them. The aluminium foil is hard anodised so you can’t do anything with it, so everybody’s got the same thing. Also if you do damage it then it won’t be that expensive to replace it. So from the one-design aspect and cost it was massively different.

JF: Weight-wise how does it compare with the Moth?

A-Mac: The hull is 16kg, which is slightly better than I’d hoped. It’s about 5.5kg heavier than a Mach2, which is not too bad for a hull which is probably around five times more durable.

JF: You have this folding wing concept for transportation. Could you tell us a little about that?

WASZP wing modes - photo © McDougall Creations

WASZP wing modes – photo © McDougall Creations

A-Mac: It’s more for storage in yacht clubs. At my club we have nowhere to put a Moth as slots are designed around boats that aren’t as wide as a Moth, so being able to fold the wings up means you can top-to-tail several of them in quite a small space.

JF: I know you’re only at the prototype www, but everyone’s asking what the cost will be.

A-Mac: Half the cost of the current base-model Mach2 is 100% our aim and I have no reason to doubt that we’ll make that. It’ll probably come out at around 12,000 Euros.

JF: A lot of people will look at this and wonder whether it’ll be a competitor or a feeder class to the Moth. What’s your view on that?

A-Mac: It almost has nothing to do with the Moth. The fact that they’re the same length as the Moth is for the reason that the Moth happens to be the exact length at which air freight is still reasonably cheap. It’s not going to be anywhere near competitive with the Moth – it’ll go pretty well against a Moth upwind but it’ll get caned downwind. In the end it’ll probably enhance the Moth as there will simply be more people who catch the bug of this type of sailing.

JF: And in the long-term do you think there’s a possibility of the WASZP becoming an Olympic class?

A-Mac: My focus is to get this boat right. We’ve done the website and we think we’ve done a good job of that. We’re not thinking about the Olympics at this point but I am thinking about how we run the class, I’m thinking about what type of rules we’d like within the class and what type of restrictions, but I really don’t want to make any decisions that are driven by the thought that we want to be an Olympic class. If that happens then we’ll talk about it nearer the time.

JF: A-Mac, thank you very much for your time and we wish you all the best with the WASZP.

A-Mac: Thank you very much.

www.waszp.com

The WASZP unveiled

Last year at the Foiling Week Andrew McDougall presented the development process that started back in 2010 to a keen audience and decided the TFW Forum would be the perfect place to let the WASZP hatch: “Foiling week just rocks, because it brings sailors and designers together to exchange ideas and of course race at a beautiful spot.”

Today, Andrew McDougall launched his latest creation, the WASZP, at the foiling week.
Compared to his Mach2 foiling Moth, this single-handed, one design foiler is accessible to a wider range of sailors in terms of cost, weight and skill. The choice of three rigs provides options for 40 to 100 kilo sailors and the adjustable wings that fold up for storage also translate into a stable platform for beginner foilers to advanced racers. The retractable alloy foils make launching and retrieving as quick and easy as any other dinghy. Sailors will find that even in non foiling conditions, this new boat is fast and fun to sail and race. The aim is to quickly establish the WASZP as an ISAF international manufacturer controlled class and make it a fun racing class with new disciplines.

More information on the WASZP http://www.waszp.com