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WASZP US Nationals at Kaneohe Yacht Club - Day 1

by Marc Ablett 27 Mar 00:35 GMT March 26-31, 2024

The 2024 US National Championships and the WASZP Americas are unfolding under the radiant skies of Hawaii, setting the stage for a showcase of some of the best WASZP sailors in the world in an amazing venue.

This year's event has attracted an unparalleled fleet from across the globe, including the crème de la crème from Australia, Canada (coast to coast), the United States (spanning California, the Northeast, and the Southeast), as well as Denmark's world-number-two sailor and a strong contingent from Switzerland. A record-breaking fleet of 35 WASZPs for an Americas Championship, including 20% female competitors, among them the local sensation Pearl Lattanzi.

The excitement kicked off early, with the AmericaOneRacing foiling camp drawing over 20 boats daily the pre-competition clinic. Here, sailors pushed the limits and familiarised themselves with the Kaneohe Bay conditions, which to be honest could not be more perfect, wind, flat water and incredible scenery.

As the competitions commenced, the Hawaiian trade winds lived up to their legendary reputation, delivering over 20 knots of wind on the first day. Four intense races saw Denmark's Magnus Overback claim the spotlight with three wins and a second-place finish, setting a high bar for the competition. Australians Connell Green and Dan Haydon showcased the work they have put in over a bumper Aussie summer, firmly establishing themselves as challengers. Canada's Jackson Macaulay, demonstrating significant speed and tactical nous from training, translated his momentum onto the race course with an impressive showing on day one.

The second day offered a reprieve with lighter conditions, allowing sailors to display a different set of skills. Overback continued his dominance with stellar performances, while Pearl Lattanzi shone brightly, securing a silver in race six and underscoring the exceptional talent and competitiveness of female sailors. Connell Green, despite a slower start, held onto second place overall, with Gavin Ball advancing to bronze medal position. The fight for the top spots remained fierce, with Jackson Macaulay maintaining a solid fourth and other sailors like Misha de Weck from Switzerland and Hawaiian Zack Severson making significant moves up the leaderboard.

With a promising forecast and four more races on the horizon, excitement is rising. The race committee's flawless execution promises another day of exhilarating competition. As we approach the culmination of the US National Championships, with the WASZP Americas on the horizon, we're reminded of the extraordinary efforts of the organizers and the vibrant spirit of the WASZP community. Stay tuned for more updates, and relish the imagery and stories from this spectacular event.

More information, including full results so far, can be found on the Kaneohe Yacht Club website here.

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