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WASZP North American Championship Regatta to be held in Swampscott

by Charlotte Daher de Garcia 21 Feb 15:16 GMT August 3-6, 2023
WASZP sailors at the start line of the 2022 WASZP USA Americas Regatta in San Francisco Bay, CA © Ira Potekhina

Swampscott Yacht Club (SYC), home to the oldest active fish house in the United States, today announced that it will host the 2023 US WASZP Class Association (WASZP USA) North American Championship Regatta on August 3-6, 2023. The SYC was selected as it is home to seasonally warm waters and reliable offshore summer winds. Registration is now open for youth and adult sailors.

"Swampscott Harbor and the arena-like Nahant Bay is the perfect location to host the North American Championship," said Zaak Beekman, WASZP USA's North American Search Committee Chair. "With WASZP racing on the rise in the U.S. and with Massachusetts — particularly the North Shore, being home to many sailors, choosing Swampscott was a natural fit."

The WASZP is a 3.4 meter monohull one-design hydrofoiling sailing dinghy designed by Andrew McDougall and built by McConaghy Boats starting in 2016. In 2017, it was named Best One-Design by Sailing World's Boat of the Year Awards. WASZP dinghies are made for both adult and youth sailors and can reach a top speed of 24 knots (27.5 mph).

"Since 1933, the Swampscott Yacht Club has been home to boaters and fishermen alike," said Chris Bendickson, SYC commodore. "Having the opportunity to host WASZP sailors this summer is something we are looking forward to. Our harbor is beautiful, and with excellent sailing conditions and warmer waters in August, we anticipate a successful series of races."

The Eastern Yacht Club, a historic yacht club established in 1870 in neighboring Marblehead, has agreed to partner with SYC for this exciting event. Eastern's highly regarded Race Committee which is known for providing race management to World and National champions is led by Race Committee Chair Christopher Lubeck and Executive Race Officer Susie Schneider.

Eastern is looking forward to partnering with SYC to provide race management for the event. Eastern's expertise and leadership will ensure that the WASZP sailors enjoy the highest possible quality of racing.

A full list of events, race times and days, and other details will be announced soon. For more information visit: and

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