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Humpybong Winter Crash, Bash, Wallop

Eleven Wetas entered the event with a record-breaking fleet of over 150 boats including monohulls and cats in weather which was far from the promised warm sunshine, with cool conditions and light winds which maxed out at 10 knots during the two-day event.

The Wetas were the second division with the small cats (mainly Nacra 4.5 and Hobie 16) but with 33 boats in the fleet, this led to some "interesting" issues at the starts with lines that were very biased and the Weta's being very wide made getting a good start difficult but the light winds made it really important to get clear air.

Peter Hackett was the most aggressive starter (with 2 OCS to his credit) but he made the most of his opportunity though he was challenged by Ian Richardson, with his newly installed self-tacking jib and by Hamish Urquhart with his downwind speed and Doug Chetwynd with a similar setup. In fact apart from Peter, the top 6 Wetas all had self-tackers.

According to Ian, apart from the starts, lots of places could be won and lost at the mark roundings with all the big cats catching up from the other division on the same course and lack of rule adherence which led to Ian being hit by one cat and Todd McVey T-boning another in revenge.

Peter commented "The 5 of us out front in each race had very similar speed. In a fun tacking duel with the Ian we had identical speed and I got to the top mark fading compared to "lazy boy" [Ian] not touching his jib sheet. His [ST] jib looked a lot nicer with more power and nice twist where my older jib kept hooking up top if I tried sheeting in to point high. I still think the sq top is only a little better but maybe counted for more in the drag race." 

Full Results here (Click Weta tab for Wetas only)

Wetas Breeding at Bundaberg

10 Wetas sailing at Bundaberg sailing club on 27th June for club racing, including Doug and Hamish from Lake Cootharaba. And new Weta owner Paul. Paul will be our 7th weta sailor at Bundaberg sailing club. Everyone had an enjoyable day with winds s/e at 10/20 knots.

Self Tacker frenzy 

With 5 of the top 6 at Humpybong using the self tacker in the light conditions, we're getting some great feedback.
"The self tacker has been brilliant!," said Keith Chidzey. "Highly recommended for anyone who is either partially mobility impaired, or singlehanding (or both like me!)." 
Ian Richardson has also installed a self-tacker and after the Humpybong Winter Bash, he had the following observations:
"It seems to be pretty much the same speed in the light stuff - I was fast in light winds with the old jib and still fast with the new one. As the breeze kicks in a bit (it got up to maybe 10 knots on one beat) the sheeting angle was fine and I could not tell any difference between old and new. "
Hamish commented "It seems important not to over sheet the self tacking jib - on hard then ease about 20-30 mm"
More info here.
Enjoy Keith's self-tacker test in 10-12knots - sped up 1.5x for your enjoyment.

Revised Ronstan Series 60 Furler and Swivel

The Ronstan Series 60 Furler and Swivel supplied by Weta have sealed bearings but moisture can eventually penetrate the seal and cause it to become hard to unfurl or furl – especially if you leave it for long periods in a damp sail bag.
After feedback from Weta Marine, Ronstan have revised the product to have stainless steel bearings which mean they will spin freely, even if water penetrates the interior, as the seal has been removed. The revised products have an A suffix on the part number (e.g. RS006000A) and are available from Ronstan direct or from dealers with new stock.
Revised Ronstan Series 60 Spin Test

Upcoming Events 

July 25-26 Humpy Winter Bash, Humybong YC, QLD
Aug 22-23 *Qld State Titles, Bundaberg SC, QLD
Aug 29-30 All boats Regatta, Lake Cootharaba SC, QLD
Oct 3-4 Jervis Bay regatta, Jervis Bay SC, NSW
Oct  24 +Connells Point Weta Regatta, Connells Point SC, NSW 
* = AWCA Event 
+ = NSW Travellers Event
Full Events Calendar here

FFS Geta Weta T-Shirt

Tell your friends in no uncertain terms about the appeal of the Weta - Fun, Fast, Sailing!
Available with white, orange or yellow boat on customisable T-shirts, Hats and even Weta Face Masks. More info in the shop here

Weta Safety at Sea

If you are planning to sail in open water without rescue boat cover, or are concerned about your safety when sailing alone, this is for you.
Includes safety basics, safety harness, PFD selection, rescue device comparison (PLB vs mobile vs VHF), mobile phone waterproofing, marine rescue apps,  flares and signalling devices.

Wetas For Sale and Wanted

2013 Weta #842 for Sale, Sydney, NSW 
1 Stainless forestay bridge (installed)
1 Square Top Main (9.3 Sqm)
2 Pin head Main (8.3 SqM) - One little used, one older.
2 Yellow Screechers (Flat gennaker)
2 Jibs (1 good, 1 old)
1 Custom Launch Trolley
1 Road Trailer Hull
Hull Colour: White

Price includes a recently re-registered road trailer with loading ramps as well as a launch dolly. I am only selling as I have recently bought a 2019 Weta to enjoy during retirement.
For inspection. please contact Geoff Waldon Mob 0414 388 444
Wetas Wanted
With the growing strength of the class, there have been many people asking for used Wetas around Australia - so if you have one that's under-used or want to swap it for a new lightweight foam-core version with a SQ mainsail, send a mail with details to to get it included in the newsletter, facebook and website.  As an example one Weta appeared on the Facebook Page before Christmas and was gone by New Year!

Australian Weta Class Association Report

Have you booked your accommodation for the First Australian National Championships at Lake Cootharaba in December?
For more information and to sign up for updates, go to
The AWCA AGM was held on 4th July at 0830 on Zoom.
Highlights included a motion that was passed preventing adjustment of the jib sheeting angle on a Weta fitted with a self-tacking jib during races or on-water. The rationale for this is that as there are no arrangements to adjust the sheeting angle for the regular headsail, the same should apply to the positioning of the traveller on the self-tacking jib track.  The full minutes can be found here 

How to renew or join AWCA
To join the class or renew go to the AWCA Revsport website and login using your AS Number. If you are registered with a sailing club you will have a AS Number. To check your number click here. If you have any problems, contact Hamish.

Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

The Class Association website can be found at class documents including the Class Rules can be found here.

AWCA Weta Merchandise

Buy your customisable print and embroidered Weta Merchandise here - T-shirts, Polo Shirts, Rash Vests, Hats, Halyard Holders, Bags and more - all profits go to running costs and trophies.
Weta Trimaran pattern washable face maskWeta Fun. Fast. Easy T-Shirt AWCA Beer can or Stubbie Holder Can CoolerLife's Better with a Weta Performance Hat

Customisable Weta Rash Vests Available  here - Kids, Men and Women's sizes available
AWCA Links & Resources

Discussion ForumUsed Weta Buyers GuideWeta Wiki - everything you need to know
Facebook Page - Public Page, Like for updates, share photos/reports;
Facebook Group - AWCA members discussion
Weta Events Calendar - Add your event or share which events you're attending.
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