British & French Sailors announce ‘Foil for Life’ Challenge

A total of 6 British & French Sailors propose to sail across the English Channel, or La Manche as it’s known in France, to raise funds for frontline keyworkers in both countries. The ‘Foil For Life Challenge’ has been created in light of COVID-19. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for the UK’s NHS & the French Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP), and help to save lives.​

Since the WASZP class started to take shape back in 2016, there has always been a sense of adventure and challenge amongst the sailors, and the class of 2020 is no different!

What’s involved?

Six sailors: 3 British, 3 French; will set off from Lymington and head over the Channel to Le Havre in France. The Challenge is expected to take around 10-15 hours and it brings together the British and French sailing communities. In addition to fundraising, we hope to develop the spirit of adventure and friendship between these two great sailing nations.

Sailingfast are delighted to be getting involved with this Challenge. We will support the sailors as they set off, and on the water for the duration of the Challenge.

What’s a WASZP?

A WASZP is a single-handed foiling dinghy which means it’s suitable for one person and that it flies out of the water! When it’s foiling, the WASZP can achieve speeds of up to 27 knots. The WASZP is a one-design class which means every boat is made the same way. When it comes to racing, it’s all about the skill of the sailor, not how fancy your boat is.

Sailingfast are the UK importers for WASZP. If you would like to take a test flight, or are considering joining the UK WASZP class, drop us a line on 01324 861 756 or via email.

How do I donate?

You can donate through the donation links on the Foil for Life website:

Where can I find out more?

You can follow the team on Instagram @hats.sailing
and on Twitter @FoilForLife
or by emailing [email protected]

You can read the full press release by following this link: Foil for Life Challenge

Foiling WASZP dinghy flying over the water

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