Harry Mighell wins inaugural WASZP Games crown | VIDEO, PHOTOS

By Jonny Fullerton

Harry Mighell (AUS) won the inaugural WASZP Games. Photo: Martina Orsini

It was a fitting finale to the first International WASZP Games at Campione on Lake Garda. Harry Mighell from Sorrento in Victoria, Australia, did a horizon job on the fleet in light 7 – 10 knot marginal foiling conditions. Race 9 started in a patchy light breeze from the South, that swung around the compass right from the start. The fleet of 53 WASZP’s packed the start line, low riding off on starboard tack. This time the shift further to true South forced the majority to take the left side of the course sailing low towards Malcesine on the East side of the Lake. A number of competitors fell into holes or off the foils stopping dead to let clusters of other WASZP’s past.

Rory Rose (GBR) from Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC in Scotland, led a group of the lighter youth sailors around lap 1, but the experience of Harry Mighell was enough for him to keep them in his sights. Harry rounded just behind Reed Baldridge (USA). Guillaume Rol, the 19 year old Swiss sailor and Stuart Appleby from WPNSA in the UK were up in the front pack. Downwind, Harry Mighell pulled away leaving the young guns to try and defend their positions against the more experienced WASZP sailors. Back upwind for the second time and Mighell used the pressure in the middle section of the course to sail well clear, but the places were changing behind him as the breeze continued to oscillate.

Guillaume Rol SUI© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96146

Rory Rose held on to second and the kiwi Bruce Curson appeared to be reeling in the places just ahead of Joan Costa from Spain, his nearest rival overall. Reed Baldridge was slipping down the pack and his challenge for the overall title rapidly fading. The last leg was a bit of a game changer, as the breeze begun to fade and the struggle to stay in pressure to foil becoming an absolute necessity.

Joan Costa© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96750

Harry Mighell cruised across the finish line to win by a country mile. Harry was a key cog in the design and build team of the WASZP and it was a proud moment for him to win the inaugural International WASZP Games in the boat he was largely responsible for creating. Behind Harry, second to cross the line was a jubilant young Swiss youth sailor Guillaume Rol, enjoying his moment in the sun. Carving through the fleet for third was Kohei Kajimoto, one of the WASZP team who sails in Melbourne, Australia. In fourth was Joan Costa from Spain, who at only 17 years of age, sealed the Youth category. Behind Joan, another Spanish young gun, Ruben Booth, finished with his best performance of the championship. Reed Baldridge crept over in sixth to claim second overall in the championship.

Marc Orams NZL© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96593

Once the results were churned through the computer and the second discard taken into account, the finishing order for the top 10 looked like this:

Results (top 10 after 9 races and 2 discards)

  • 1 AUS 238 – Harold Mighell – 4,2,3,1,2,1,1,1,1 = 9pts
  • 2 USA 2383 – Reed Baldridge – 1,1,2,3,3,3,2,3,5 = 15pts
  • 3 AUS 2380 – Kohei Kajimoto – 9,6,5,2,4,2,6,2,ocs = 27pts
  • 4 ESP 2167 – Joan Costa – 5,4,OCS,4,6,5,5,9,3 = 32pts
  • 5 NZL 2382 – Bruce Curson – 11,8,6,5,8,6,4,5,7 = 41pts
  • 6 FRA 44 – Pierre Leboucher – 6,9,7,6,12,7,7,7,9 = 49pts
  • 7 AUS 2395 – Tristan Brown – 16,5,9,12,7,10,9,4,8 = 52pts
  • 8 AUS 2390 – Dean Souter – 18,dnf,1,26,1,4,3,6,20 = 53pts
  • 9 AUS 2389 – Gus Ekberg – 2,11,11,7,9,9,11,12,24 = 60pts
  • 10 GBR 2078 – Stuart Appleby – 7,7,15,10,11,8,10.,8,13 = 61pts

NB: See below for full results

Reed Baldridge USA© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96526

Category trophy winners

  • 1st Silver fleet (6.9m rig) – Nicolai Jacobsen (NOR)
  • 1st Youth (-18 years) & first European – Joan Costa (ESP)
  • 1st Female – Sara Winther (NZL)
  • 1st Master (45 years+) – Mark Orams (NZL)

Start Race 9© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96660

Speed Demon of the day was Mikel Vazquez from Spain with a speed of 18.3 knots in very light airs. Speed Freak of the Week was Bruce Curson on New Zealand with a top speed of 21.8 knots. Before the final race of the WASZP Games, a Handicap Pursuit Race was staged whilst the wind was still too light to foil. Almost all competitors took part in this fun race and the format met with general approval.

David Lilburn from Royal Tay YC led throughout the first lap being chased by Sara Winther of New Zealand and Claudio Lenzi from Circulo Vela Bellano in Italy. As a faint breeze increased and some of the lighter sailors managed to briefly foil, the fleet condensed to an exciting finish. The winner was Stuart Appleby from Weymouth in the UK. The WASZP team will be announcing further WASZP International Games events and a series of regional championship regattas in the near future. For more information please visit: www.waszp.com

Stuart Appleby GBR© Martina Orsini - waszp games-96558

Links:

Website: www.waszp.com
Facebook: WASZP Games
Photos: Martina Orsini
Videos: Oliver Hartas of Hartas Productions

Overall Results

  • 1 Harold Mighell AUS – 9 pts
  • 2 Reed Baldrige USA – 15
  • 3 Kohei Kajimoto JPN/AUS – 27
  • 4 Joan Costa ESP – 32
  • 5 Bruce Curson NZL – 41
  • 6 Pierre Leboucher FRA – 49
  • 7 Tristan Brown AUS – 52
  • 8 Dean Souter AUS – 53
  • 9 Gus Ekberg AUS – 60
  • 10 Stuart Appleby GBR – 61
  • 11 Rory Rose GBR – 78
  • 12 Tamas Szamody HUN – 92
  • 13 Mark Orams NZL – 94
  • 14 Alexandre Festino FRA – 100
  • 15 Alexander Hogheim SUI – 101
  • 16 Marcal Costa ESP – 110
  • 17 Guillaume Rol SUI – 111
  • 18 Ruben Booth ESP – 123
  • 19 Luis Horacio Canuto ARG – 123
  • 20 Nicolai Jacobsen NOR – 135
  • 21 Stefano Ferrighi ITA – 136
  • 22 Jarudd Hugo SWE – 137
  • 23 Jack Abbott AUS – 141
  • 24 Rasmus Granzin SWE – 161
  • 25 Glen Sowry NZL – 162
  • 26 Benjamin Cowen FRA – 165
  • 27 Max Wallenberg SUI – 168
  • 28 William Heathcote GBR – 168
  • 29 Bart Peeters NED – 168
  • 30 Erik Karlsen NOR – 185
  • 31 Mikel Vazquez ESP – 190
  • 32 Henrik Haaland NOR – 197
  • 33 Francesco Ivaldi ITA – 208
  • 34 Richard Schultheis MLT – 209
  • 35 Dave Lilburn GBR – 225
  • 36 Pit Muller SUI – 229
  • 37 Claudio Lenzi ITA – 230
  • 38 Thomas Hersperger SUI – 234
  • 39 Sara Winther NZL – 235
  • 40 Frederikke Foss NOR – 236
  • 41 Tobias Sandmo Birkeland NOR – 269
  • 42 Melissa Kalicin ANT/USA – 273
  • 43 Pere-Andrew Ubach de Fuentes ESP – 276
  • 44 Pean Oscar FRA – 286
  • 45 Carn Morgan FRA – 295
  • 46 Marc Babin FRA – 303
  • 47 David Ubach ESP – 333
  • 48 Tristan Payne GBR – 347
  • 49 Frank Mulhauser GER – 359
  • 50 Teemu Poyhonen FIN – 369
  • 51 Martin Schulz-Scheepers GER – 378
  • 51 Andre Friederich LUX – 378
  • 51 Gian Ferrighi ITA – 378

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