2019 WASZP Games – VIDEO

Everyone had a smile on their face at the 2019 WASZP Games! Photo by Hartas Productions
Everyone had a smile on their face at the 2019 WASZP Games! Photo by Hartas Productions

The 2019 WASZP Games was easily one of the best regattas ever. Held in late January 2019 from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Western Australia, all aspects of the event were amazingly organised, flawlessly executed and the racing was exciting and intense every single day!

Hartas Productions is proud to have been affiliated with the WASZP Class since the very first WASZP Games in 2017, and we have provided coverage for many WASZP events since then. However, the 2019 WASZP Games was one of those rare regattas where all the promises made in the lead up to the event were not only fulfilled, but exceeded. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and the spirit and culture of the WASZP class was stronger and more cohesive than ever.

At the beginning of the event, the WASZP Slalom Race was held right in front of the clubhouse at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, and we provided a full blown multi-stream live production with multiple drones, live replays, on-screen graphics and commentary for this incredible day of racing.

The Perth skyline provided a stunning backdrop to the epic racing at the 2019 WASZP Games. Photo by Hartas Productions
The Perth skyline provided a stunning backdrop to the epic racing at the 2019 WASZP Games. Photo by Hartas Productions

The 2019 WASZP Games ran over Australia Day, which was designated as a rest day and it was a real treat, with Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club providing a party yacht for the WASZP fleet to enjoy a raft up in Rocky Bay, a Perth tradition. The culture in this fleet is amazing and the tight knit community is one that is quite unbelievable given the fleet is only 2 years old!

The overall racing that followed was intense and exciting, and unlike too many other regattas recently, the final results of the regatta weren’t decided until the boats crossed the finish line of the final race. Find out more about just how exciting this final day was by reading the report below:

The day that promised so much delivered like few events have done before them. With only 3 points separating Rory Hunter and Tom Trotman heading into the final race the atmosphere around the boat park was amazing as the whole fleet waited for the ever reliable Fremantle Doctor to come in.

After a postponement period of around an hour the fleet finally got away in about 12-14knots from the SW. With the starts proving so crucially important across the event the large spectator contingent had all eyes on where the contenders were starting. At the gun Trotman had a belter of a start with Hunter about 4th row and was then interfered with by a powerboat, it was an intense time however thankfully for Hunter the race was to be restarted due to a general recall.

There was plenty of action during the 2019 WASZP Games and Hartas Productions was there to catch it all
There was plenty of action during the 2019 WASZP Games and Hartas Productions was there to catch it all

The second start was under a black flag however and a similar start occurred with Trotman powering off the middle of the line, he was high and it was ballsy, however he put the foot down and was going for it, Hunter was slightly more conservative and a little further back off the line not wanting to blow the entire regatta on the final start. As they worked upwind Hunter was hanging on to Trotman with a piece of string and not letting him out of his sight. This allowed New Zealander Bruce Curson through to the lead, this was a big story in itself as he was in a battle to get on the podium and looking to displace Alexander Hoghiem from Norway. Tristan Brown and Brad Devine were also having great races in 2nd and 5th only to discover they had been black flagged at the start, this would prove extremely important as the boats turned downwind for the final time with Trotman holding a slender lead over Hunter and Hogheim was back in 7th.

The breeze was incredibly patchy down the final run and with Trotman splitting away from Hunter on the final run it looked as if the Aussie and a bunch of boats to the right were going to sail in front of Hunter anything could happen at this stage. Bruce Curson took the race win in emphatic fashion and turned his eyes to the action behind him, Pierre Leboucher enjoying the lighter conditions managed to slip inside Trotman pushing him back to 3rd and losing a valuable point on Hunter. There were then 3 boats out to the right who looked to be in puff although Hunter managed to sneak through by a matter of 10 seconds with a nervous gybe at the death.

This meant the 2019 WASZP Games podium was finally sealed with Hunter finishing on 30pts, Trotman on 32pts and Alexander Hogheim just pipping Bruce Curson by 1pt for 3rd place.

With 7 nations in the top 10 it was a truly special International event, in the other divisions Brad Devine claimed the masters trophy, son Tommy Devine took out the 6.9m rig, Elise Beavis is the number 1 female WASZP sailor in the world and Rory Hunter capped off an amazing event taking the U21 title as well!

As well as the successful live video coverage of the hugely popular Slalom event, Hartas Productions also provided daily video highlights of the 2019 WASZP Games, which you can view below. Beneath the videos you can find the overall results of the regatta.

 

 

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Boat Name Skipper (Country) R1 R R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 2681 Chris Thomas the 2nd Rory Hunter (GREAT BRITAIN) 18 1 1 1 4 3 7 2 7 3 4 4 30
2 2453 Diversity Tom Trotman (AUSTRALIA) 3 4 2 DNC 9 5 1 1 9 2 2 3 32
3 2315 Forward WIP Alexander Hogheim (NORWAY) 5 2 3 3 25 8 3 5 8 1 5 6 41
4 2248 Maungauika Bruce Curson (NEW ZEALAND) 9 13 5 4 1 2 5 10 1 5 9 1 42
5 1 Kriszti Tamas Szamody (HUNGARY) 6 5 10 9 3 4 16 55 2 6 1 13 59
6 2509 No Name Tristan Brown (AUSTRALIA) 14 8 9 2 2 1 12 4 4 7 27 BFD 63
7 2506 Bend the Knee Jon Holroyd (AUSTRALIA) 31 3 12 7 7 9 11 3 13 9 11 8 80
8 2025 Blitz Ben Gunther (AUSTRALIA) 8 19 4 5 6 UFD 6 9 21 4 6 15 82
9 2666 Forward WIP Nicolai Jacobsen (HONG KONG) 2 17 11 8 11 13 8 7 3 12 18 10 85
10 2507 Hydrojet Aaron De Longville (AUSTRALIA) 12 6 7 6 8 26 14 13 6 13 3 18 88
11 2492 Charter World Yachting Holidays Jack Felsenthal (AUSTRALIA) 4 9 8 11 20 11 4 25 12 18 17 11 105
12 44 Jazz in Lock Pierre Leboucher (FRANCE) 1 14 UFD BFD 5 19 28 18 5 10 10 2 112
13 2490 Squizzy Taylor Jack Abbott (AUSTRALIA) 13 10 6 48 41 6 19 12 18 16 8 7 115
14 2206 No Name Alex Mitchell‑Barker (NEW ZEALAND) 11 15 28 18 12 7 10 20 15 21 22 25 151
15 2651 No Quarter Brad Devine (AUSTRALIA) 20 15 15 12 13 16 36 6 24 19 15 BFD 155
16 2192 Fire and Ice Paul Fleming (AUSTRALIA) 17 16 17 10 24 DNC 9 15 27 14 7 48 156
17 2144 Bubbles Peter Soosallu (CANADA) 7 7 20 20 16 10 15 37 25 27 23 20 163
18 2623 Untitled Unmastered Samuel Mackay (NEW ZEALAND) 41 18 13 13 23 22 42 28 10 11 20 21 179
19 2649 Elises Kitchen David Von Felten (AUSTRALIA) 16 12 16 26 46 DNC 18 11 23 26 37 5 190
20 2146 Swish Joshua Bull (NEW ZEALAND) 23 DNC 14 19 17 28 13 16 30 23 DNC 9 192
21 2171 Barry Sam Street (NEW ZEALAND) 21 11 18 14 22 27 23 19 19 22 25 36 194
22 2329 Helly Hansen Henrik Haaland (NORWAY) 32 28 23 30 10 23 17 14 22 17 13 40 197
23 2147 Stinger Mattias Coutts (NEW ZEALAND) 19 33 29 24 35 14 30 31 17 20 12 16 212
24 2169 Ahti Elise Beavis (NEW ZEALAND) 34 26 26 16 18 25 29 30 20 24 16 28 228
25 2660 No Name Hugo Jarudd (SWEDEN) 39 20 33 29 45 31 26 26 14 25 28 19 251
26 2650 Hello Vera Nicolas Duchoud (SWITZERLAND) 24 34 27 27 21 32 22 21 32 29 26 22 251
27 2648 Bluey Sam Gilmour (AUSTRALIA) 27 35 24 39 15 24 43 23 54 30 33 14 264
28 2324 TBA Sivert Svane With (NORWAY) 25 DNC 37 42 31 20 25 39 26 15 34 23 275
29 2000 Jasper Max Godfroy (AUSTRALIA) 40 23 25 17 27 36 21 17 42 37 40 DNC 283
30 2662 No Name Oscar Andersson (SWEDEN) 38 25 39 32 26 15 27 22 33 40 30 47 287
31 2320 Dolphin Erik Karlsen (NORWAY) 44 38 34 21 19 12 32 35 39 28 31 BFD 289
32 2247 No Name Oscar Rorvik (NEW ZEALAND) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 45 2 8 16 8 19 12 290
33 2442 TBA Liam Seagreen (AUSTRALIA) 22 44 35 15 39 18 51 53 36 39 24 24 296
34 2677 Bandwagon Alistair Murchison (AUSTRALIA) 28 29 36 23 28 UFD 35 52 35 45 21 17 297
35 2495 Blue Gus Ekberg (AUSTRALIA) 43 24 22 25 29 30 38 24 41 36 44 29 298
36 2451 Winston Lachie Hughes (AUSTRALIA) 30 27 21 BFD DNC 17 24 29 40 48 29 37 302
37 2678 Ruth Caluum Gregor (HONG KONG) 15 32 30 43 14 29 31 27 56 DNC DNC 32 309
38 2652 Juggernaut Grant Alderson (AUSTRALIA) 26 30 41 28 34 37 33 44 28 32 47 26 315
39 2142 Chicken Little Liam Herbert (NEW ZEALAND) 29 31 43 31 30 21 44 36 43 31 41 31 324
40 2193 Jeff Vader Tom Brewer (AUSTRALIA) 10 22 19 60 DNC 60 20 33 11 33 DNC DNC 328
41 2427 Ripsnorter Sean Gregory (AUSTRALIA) 33 40 32 BFD 38 35 46 32 50 35 32 33 356
42 2116 Fri Flyt Rolf Flem (NORWAY) 37 47 53 BFD 40 34 37 40 29 44 36 30 374
43 2493 Know Your Enemy Tom Devine (AUSTRALIA) 45 41 31 33 32 33 41 42 46 43 42 41 379
44 2456 Whiskey Alpha James Kornweibel (AUSTRALIA) 42 36 40 38 33 41 34 34 51 51 48 45 391
45 2647 Mael Mael Garnier (FRANCE) 48 46 46 36 36 DNC 48 43 34 34 46 27 396
46 2163 TBA Sam Danks (AUSTRALIA) 49 39 60 22 DNC DNC 47 46 37 41 14 43 398
47 2418 Lil G Richard Schultheis (MALTA) 36 49 47 37 RET 42 39 50 45 46 35 38 414
48 2195 Widow Maker Don McPhee (AUSTRALIA) 50 48 45 34 44 38 54 49 38 52 43 35 424
49 2317 Yiha Karoline Brudevoll Rognlien (NORWAY) 54 43 38 40 37 43 49 54 44 54 45 39 432
50 2496 No Name Chris Charlwood (AUSTRALIA) 46 60 48 DNC DNC DNC 40 41 31 38 38 34 436
51 2441 Passing Wind Mick Honan (AUSTRALIA) 52 42 42 35 49 39 55 51 52 50 50 44 454
52 2630 Frequent Flyer Scott Sydney (SINGAPORE) 47 50 49 46 43 44 45 38 53 47 49 BFD 458
53 2643 Veszpa Adam Brett (AUSTRALIA) 53 45 44 49 DNC DNC 52 45 47 49 39 42 465
54 2125 Toy Machine Conrad Butler (NEW ZEALAND) 57 51 50 41 47 40 50 47 49 42 52 49 466
55 2108 Stinger Callum Richards (NEW ZEALAND) 55 DNC 52 45 42 46 56 48 48 53 DNC 50 495
56 2097 Blondie Henry Davison (AUSTRALIA) 51 UFD 51 47 50 48 57 DNC 55 55 51 46 511
57 2489 Willow II Joe Pester (GREAT BRITAIN) 56 52 DNC 44 48 47 53 DNC 57 56 53 DNC 526
58 2014 SZ Andrew McDougall (AUSTRALIA) 35 37 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 552
59 2485 Thumper Liam Edleston (AUSTRALIA) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 600

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