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Queensland Weta State Titles - as seen on TV!

Another Queensland Weta Championship has been run and all would agree that this was one of the best. Bundaberg Sailing Club excelled as usual in spite of the global situation, the only casualty being our good mates in NSW unable to cross the border due to health directives.

13 boats turned up at the big grassy rigging area where competitors are welcome to camp on the grounds or stay in the many nearby facilities. It was great to see new members like Sunshine Coasters Bill Henebery and Sue McNamara in their new boat win the 2 up from the other local newcomers Paul and Victoria Hudson.

The 1 up class was fiercely fought with most sailors getting a run at the front of the fleet before the usual diehards pushed through for the heat wins. The gusty 10 to 25 knots south-westerly kept all on their toes and a few capsizes affected the final results. Rod Daley gained a double score and the Picklefork Award for a capsize in the ocean during one of Saturday’s blue water ocean races, as well as a river flip chock-top near the finish line on Sunday when the committee sensibly elected to run all the races in the relative safety of the river. This format kept the spectators, the drone operator, and the local news crew satisfied. 

A side event could have been decided this weekend also with the new boat/vehicle/camping solutions arriving. President Todd McVey showed off his Ford monster truck with camping slide on towing his Weta, but best effort again would have to be awarded to Bill Henebery and his Landcruiser side slide rooftop Weta loader with luxury caravan in tow. My Kmart popup tent was embarrassingly hidden from view.   

Qld Weta dealer Glenn Foley again dominated the fleet overall, taking advantage of a good age, physical fitness, and local knowledge. We did make him work hard though, with his son Mitchell, Doug Chetwynd, Hamish Urquhart, Todd McVey, and myself often ahead of him. The best over 70 master mariner prize went to David Vockler returning to the fleet after a stint sailing his Corsair Pulse.

Glenn managed to win 5 of the 6 heats, letting me get one under the radar, and in the last heat he and I blasted in to a rare dead heat after a 15-tack final windward duel. That duel highlighted the big talkfest item of the year, the new self-tacking jib kit. Many of the fleet have foregone a few percent of jib area to go to this new item for the extra convenience and I would even say fun that the kit has added to our sailing. We are all still sorting out the best sheeting method to suit individual needs, much like the tiller choice really, but all would agree that this new kit rules! In very gusty conditions it made things that little bit easier to do a quick tack, or a quick gybe, with much less speed loss than usual, and I think this has brought an added level of safety as well. The only downside is the possibility of getting in irons in a pre-start, but time and experience will sort that out.

Flying Start!

2up results
  1. Teal Spirit    Bill Henebery and Sue Mcnamara
  2. Anonymous    Paul and Victoria Hudson 
1up results
  1. Not Yet        Glenn Foley
  2. Wet-As!    Peter Hackett
  3. Wild Child    Mitchell Foley
A big thanks to all the Bundaberg locals who followed the tricky Covid guidelines and catered for us, ran the event, or hung around in a dinghy in case things turned pear shape. It really was nice to focus on some sailing and ignore the news for a few days.

Report: Peter Hackett | Photos: Nicole Couley​ - More photos here

Weta Twin Tiller Extension Kit Available

PictureWith twin tiller extensions you no longer have to worry about releasing the tiller extension and throwing it over onto the other tramp as you tack and gybe. When tacking you just push the tiller extension to go through the tack, release it and swap sides keeping focused on your heading. The rudder will naturally go back to its fore/aft central position ready to start on the new tack. You just need to reach back, knowing that the other tiller extension will be in position for adjustment on the new tack.

Particularly when combined with the self-tacking jib, it means your tacks and gybes are more fluid and you lose less speed - because you can keep your eye on your direction and other boats around you, since you don't have to be in two places on the boat simultaneously. And it provides less agile sailors with increased confidence and ability to keep up with the youngsters.

Available now through your local dealer. 
More info here.

Glenn uses the Self Tacker to complete a planing gybe

The new self tacker means you can make much smoother, faster tacks and gybes - including a 15-tack tacking duel in final race of the QLD State Titles which ended in a dead heat. 

Upcoming Events 

All TBC due to COVID-19 r
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

Zhik Face Masks

Personal protection made for water! Made from a soft, washable & lightweight foam material with an easy around the ear design that won’t pinch like elastic masks. Perfect for everyday use or on the water.Now available with valves or valveless design in packs of 5, or boxes of 40. More 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.
More here

GravGrip Gimbal

Tired of wobbly video content?
GravGrip is a Waterproof, Battery-Free, Hydraulic Stabilizer for Phones and Action Cameras
Price $48 AUD
Estimated Shipping: October 2020 -  More here

Rooster Pro Lite Aquafleece

The best spray top for the Weta?
Breathable spray tops can lose their waterproofing after a year, the fabric doesn’t stretch so they have to be baggy, the velcro neck seals are irritating and it doesn't stop the water from getting down you neck.
The Rooster Pro Lite Aquafleece has a stretchy waterproof PU outer, fleece lining and a lined high neck with a drawstring closure that doesn't rip into your skin.
Those who don’t feel the cold and sail in their underwear won’t need it but for the rest of us mere mortals, I recommend it highly.
$172 from Rooster Aus or in person from NB Sailsports at Woollahra SC.

Wetas For Sale and Wanted

2016 Weta #1148 for Sale, Sydney, NSW
1 Square Top Main (9.3 Sqm)
1 Pin Head Main (8.3 Sqm)
1 Red Gennaker
2 Jibs 
1 Custom Launch Trolley
1 2016 Seatrail Galvanised Road Trailer (Axle load - 749kg, Tare - 240kg)
1 New 2020 Ronstan Furler with stainless bearings
New halyards 2020
Hull Colour: Grey
Price includes a registered road trailer with loading ramps as well as a launch dolly. I am only selling as I have recently purchased a new foam core Weta with custom colour scheme and self-tacker.
For more info please contact Paul White Mob 0447 215 145
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 Class Association website can be found at class documents including the Class Rules 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

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
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Facebook Group - AWCA members discussion
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