He’s small and he’s shy, but Andrew Macdougall is something of a quiet giant in the history of foiling, having created the only successful volume production foiler in history with the Bladerider and then doing it again with the Mach 2. If that wasn’t enough, he also built a powerful windsurf and moth sail company in Ka sails, and his foil design and control tech has found itself on a wide variety of Mothy and non-mothy boats all around the world.
But for the better part of that decade, AMAC has had a bigger goal in mind – he’s long wanted to create a ‘foiler for the masses’, and despite some massive delays and continually shifting launch dates, prices, and specifications, his Waszp appears to be getting close to that date. Those who placed orders more than two years ago have mostly forgiven Andrew for the long delays – after all, everyone wants to see him achieve his goal of a foiler that can handle both junior sailors and heavyweights at half the price of the $25k and up Mach 2. But will the finished design actually do what Amac has so passionately pushed for, or will the Waszp simply be a discounted and dumbed-down Olympic version of the dominant Mach 2 much like the Waszp logo is a derivative, weak knockoff of the distinctively ugly GC32 logo/font?
Facebook has some decent updates, and as always there is plenty of chatter on the Dinghy Anarchy forum.