For the past month, the WASZP GPS Challenge has allowed sailors from 15 different countries to race against each other in the ultimate community social distancing event. Sailed in WASZPs—nimble one-design foiling monohulls—the challenge ran from September 14 to October 12 to accommodate the sailing seasons in both northern and southern hemispheres. Teams competed for two spectator tickets to a SailGP event and a ride on a F50.
Using GPS, boats were scored on best average speed, fastest 250m run, and a 30-minute challenge combining best average speed and distance, and then the scores combined for an overall score.
The final 72 hours of the event were intense with competitors looking at forecasts across the world to see if their rivals were going to get one last good session in. Brad Devine, Al Murch and Jack Felsenthal from Australia and Charlie Cullen from Ireland were all in the running down to the end, finally finishing with Devine and Murch tied for first, and Felsenthal and Cullen tied in third.
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