"The World's first WASZP English Channel crossing"
A team of WASZP sailors from Britain and France are sailing across the English Channel in August 2020. It is 103 miles from Lymington (UK) to Le Havre (France) and we will be completing the challenge in 6 foiling WASZP dinghies:
3 British sailors & 3 French sailors.
The 'Foil For Life Challenge by Lemer Pax' has been created in light of COVID-19, where we would like 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.
The Challenge is expected to take around 10-15 hours and it brings together the British and French sailing communities, to do what we can to support during these trying times. In addition to fundraising, we wish to develop a spirit of adventure and friendship between these two historically great sailing nations. The culture of the WASZP dinghy class is very international, inclusive and highly competitive and whilst there are no events this summer, we felt we needed a challenge with meaning for all.
Please donate through one of our dedicated fundraising pages below:
Hattie is 20 years old and is from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. She previously sailed the Optimist where she was Junior and Senior Ladies National Champion. She then moved onto sailing the 29er where she was on Team GBR for the 2017 Youth World Championships. In 2019 she also completed the Fastnet Race in the well-known Contessa 32 called Assent and was Contessa 26 National Champion.
Pierre is 39 years old and is from ASPTT Nantes. He sailed the 470 and represented France at the 2012 Olympic Games where he finished 6th. In 2018 he was the French WASZP National Champion as well as being a double vice European Champion in 2017 and 2018 respectively. From 2015 he has been single handed and double handed sailing in the Figaro class.
Edward is 22 years old and is from Draycote Water Sailing Club. He previously sailed the Topper where he was Junior World Champion. He then moved onto the Laser where he competed for GBR at the World and European Championships. In 2018 he was also Youth Match Racing National Champion and in 2019 competed in Russia for the Youth Match Racing Worlds.
Corentin is 31 years old and is from the Trinité-sur-Mer. In 2018, he won the Tour de France à la Voile and Spi Ouest-France in the Diam 24. He has also been on the Figaro circuit since 2013 and came 2nd in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2014. Corentin has also been competing in multiple international match racing events and won the international French match racing in 2017.
William is 17 years old and is from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. He previously sailed the Optimist and then moved onto the 420 where he was Youth National Champion and represented Team GBR at the 2018 Youth Worlds where he came 4th. In 2017 he came 3rd 6.9 at the WASZP Games. In 2019 he was also Contessa 26 National Champion.
Mael is 19 years old and is from Baie de St-Brieuc. He previously sailed the Diam 24 and Laser. Mael recently came 1st U21 and 2nd overall at the 2019 Foiling Easter Week, Garda and finished 6th in the WASZP Slalom European Championships in the same year.
The Delphie Lakeman Trust, Isle of Wight
Royal Ocean Racing Club
Le Havre Yacht Club
Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Sponsors in kind
Ocean Safety - RIB safety and equipment. Personal beacons
Yellow Brick Tracking - Boat trackers
Sailing Fast - Spares and on the water support
Zhik - Face masks
Yachts and Yachting - PR
Sail-World - PR
THE SUPPORT TEAM
Coach Team GBR & Safety: Simon Rogers
Coach Team FRA: Manu Guedon
FRA Logistics: Corinne Migraine
Media Team GBR: Mark Jardine, Cliff Webb
Media Team FRA: Manu Gudeon
Photography: James Tomlinson
Filming: Fred Ellis
Weather team: Corentin Horeau
RIB 1 Crew: Simon Rogers, Tom Rogers
RIB 2 Crew: Neil McGrigor, Duncan Hepplewhite, Jeremy Higson, Fred Ellis
RIB 3 Crew: Manu Guedon
Support Sailors Team GBR: Duncan Hepplewhite
Support Sailor Team FRA: Manu Guedon
Shore Support Driver: George Heathcote