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Lamlash sailor Rory Hunter has been crowned the world champion at this year’s WASZP International Games which took place at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Western Australia.
Taking place on the Swan River in temperatures of more than 30C, Rory took first place beating more than 70 competitors in a series of races last month in a foiling dinghy called a Waszp.
The international race, which saw seven nations represented in the top 10 positions, was a closely contested affair with just mere points separating the winner and the runner up. In addition to this there was excitement aplenty as competitors crashed into each other and the race had to be restarted after a false start.
The games use the WASZP platform which is a foil sailing boat which has been on the receiving end of numerous awards for its design, speed and performance. Creating a new race class for sailors to compete in, the 3.35 metre long vessels can sail in excess of 24 knots and sits above the water on its hydrofoil.
Rory and his brother Neil are no strangers to winning major sailing titles and have also taken the 49er Nation Championship, won the RYA spring ranking series and represented the British sailing team in the UK Sailing World Cup.
Rory is an accomplished triathlete, having previously won the British triathlon sprint championship. And with this latest accomplishment in Australia he can now also add WASZP world champion and under 21 WASZP world champion to his long list of accolades.
Rory Hunter pictured last year. Photo: David Hogg. No_B06hunter01
The dinghies set off at the WASZP International Games. Photo Drew Malcolm. No_B06hunter02
Rory’s boat, number 2681, is captured at high speed during the competition. Photo WASZP. No_B06hunter03
Competitors and supporters at the WASZP International Games. Photo WASZP. No_B06hunter03