Midway through December my Waszp was packed into a crete with all it’s gear for shipping to Perth for the 2019 Waszp Games.

The Waszp Games are the world championships for the class and this season, for the second edition, there are about 60 entries (10 boats representing New Zealand) which is impressive for a foiling boat. The racing will take place on the Swan River hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, which is where we had the Australian O’pen Bic Nationals back in 2013. The river should be a fantastic location for racing with flatter waters and great a breeze in during the day as the land heats up.

As a pre-worlds, the Australian Nationals are being held on the 18th to 20th of January which will be a great opportunity to tune the boat and get familiar with the location before the worlds. The worlds runs from the 22nd to the 28th with a break day on Australia Day (26th). The event will have a collection of different racing styles with the traditional grand-prix, downwind slalom and reverse grid handicap pursuit racing all on the table.

I arrive in Perth on the 15th giving me two and a bit days to reassemble my boat and hopefully to also get out for a practice/test sail before any racing too.