Over the weekend of May 20th and 21st the Waszp Atlantic Coast Championship, the first dedicated waszp regatta was held at Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, New Jersey. If you had the chance to read our article: First WASZP Class Regatta in the USA! : WASZP Profile and Regatta Report, you learned about this new class. Over the winter the waszp class joined in with Moth winter series down in Key Largo. However, this Atlantic Coast Championship regatta was the first waszp only regatta in the United States. It was an exciting weekend with some great racing!
Day One: Saturday, May 20th:
13 sailors from across the country were greeted with a chilly overcast spring day. The group set out to start the day of racing in the river. The breeze was northeast puffy 10-15 knots with flat water in the river. It was very inconsistent for the sailors to stay up on their foils. After trying a practice start at around 10:15 am the race committee decided to move out into the bay for a more consistent breeze. The journey out to the bay didn’t take long for the sailors, and the race committee set up the course quickly. The breeze out in the bay was blowing 15-20 knots with about 1-2 foot chop. The course was an America’s Cup style course with a reaching start, windward leeward course. With this being some of the sailors first time racing in these boats it made for an interesting, exciting day. With the breeze the races were quick and some of the top sailors finishing in less than 10 minutes. Racing brought lots of spectators out, watching the fast, exciting, carnage filled racing. Eight races were sailed, and by the end of the day, you could see the exhaustion in the sailors. There was one boat breakdown f
or the day. The day ended with Conner Blouin in the lead with 12 points, one point behind was Reed Baldridge, and in third with 18 points was Markus Edegran.
Day Two: Sunday, May 21st:
Day two brought a different set of conditions. The sun was out with breeze from the northeast again, but this time a puffy 10-15 knots with flat to 1 foot of chop. The sailors headed out again to the bay for more consistent wind. With the lighter conditions, you could see a big separation in the fleet. The breeze was shifty and slowly dying throughout the day making it very tricky to get up on the foils. Lighter sailors were using the wind to their advantage and throwing out some great finishes. The race committee was able to get 5 races in before the breeze dropped down to about 10 knots, calling it for the day. A total of 13 races were sailed giving the sailors two throw outs for the weekend. Reed Baldridge was able to pull off the win with 16 points, Conner Blouin in second with 20 points, and
Markus Edegran in third with 34 points.
The class plans on holding Waszp Nationals sometime this summer. Stay tuned for the location and date. This is a great new class, and it will be interesting to see where it goes!
Peter Slack, a local photographer, was able to capture great photos and videos throughout the weekend. Check it out HERE
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