Life's Better - Weta News - March 2019:  Videos | Events |Tips, bits, tricks and tests
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Pittwater Sail Expo 27-28th April

The ONLY sailing show in Australia takes place at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Weta Sydney will be there to answer all your Weta questions and tell you about the free SQ sail upgrade offer.  More here

Toss up on ANZAC Day

Instead of just vegging out in front of the TV, why not join the NSW Wetas at Yarra Bay Sailing Club for an afternoon of fun racing in the clean, flat water of Botany Bay. OK it may be under the flight path for the airport and there's the cargo terminal next door, but the Yarra Bay 16ft Skiff Club overlooks the sailing area and is a licenced club with a cafe, restaurant and bar. Starting from 1pm - no prizes but short courses to provide 
this kind of fun


NSW State Titles Proposal - Spiers Point Dec 2019-Jan 2020

Spiers Point SC have offered to host the first NSW State Titles on Lake Macquarie over the 2019-20 New Year period (27 Dec -5 Jan) next year. It may seem like a long way off but we need to gauge interest and plan now. Our event would be alongside the Hartley T16 trailable yacht championships.
We'd welcome visitors from interstate and even overseas - even our Kiwi friends or if Snowbirds from the North want to thaw out.
Please complete the quick survey by clicking one of the links below
Yes, I am really interested 
Maybe , If everyone else is going
No, I'll be doing something else really important at the time
If you want to charter a boat, or have a boat available for charter, send an email to
Details of the location and event proposal can be found here
Photo: Clubhouse with launch beach & flat water lake sailing

Upcoming Events

19-21 April  - Maryborough Regatta, Hervey Bay, QLD 

25 April - NSW Weta ANZAC Fun Day - Yarra Bay SC, Botany Bay, NSW

25 April - Spears Point ANZAC Day Regatta, Lake Macquarie, NSW

27 Apr-28 Apr - Pittwater Sailboat Expo, Royal Prince Alfred YC, NSW
 Australia's only sailing show 

Tin Can Bay Cooloola Cup and Cockroach Cup, QLD

5 May - Peter Loft Marathon, BYRA, Bayview, Pittwater, NSW
20nm race with "Le Mans" start

More events here

You know you knead it

Selley's Knead It Aqua is versatile, hand kneadable, fast setting epoxy repair putty that can be used for repairing a multitude of things. It is especially suitable for application to damp, wet or underwater substrates. It comes in a handy roll form, with the white hardener encapsulated in the aqua green resin part. The product hardens in 20 – 30 minutes after mixing, to a white solid material. Avaiable from Bunnings, Mitre10 and other DIY stores.

Tip: Don't snag your halyards

When you're lowering the sails, it's very easy to find the halyards catch in the clam cleats on the mast so you keep having to release it to get the next section of sail down before it jams again. However, if you just extend the tail of the halyard and hook it over the horn of the horn cleat, it keeps the halyard feeding in to the top of the cam cleat, preventing it from catching.

Fully Waterproof Drone

The SwellPro Spry is the first fully waterproof drone that can be fully submerged like a submarine, float like a boat, and fly in the air at over 35 knots - even the remote control is waterproof.

With a flight time of 17 minutes it has "follow me" and "return to boat" modes so it can be set to capture your every move in stabilised 4K resolution. Promo video here.

Available from Harvey Norman for $1498

Telescopic Aluminium Camera Pole

BigW (yes, really!) have a $20 Navig8r telescopic camera pole with a attachments for standard 1/4" screw-mount Action and also GoPro Cameras. It's made of strengthened aluminium to resist flexing and the twist lock sections ensure a tight and secure fit for any length chosen.
Length 30cm to 103cm.  360 deg swivel head and wrist strap tether. Additional 1/4" screw mount in base for attaching to Suction mounts - or you can use a Glass suction handle for a DIY solution as shown here

Where do you look?

When you are steering a boat during a race, you have a lot of choices. You can look at the water or the sky, the jib or your instruments, the boat nearby or the faces of your own crew. Where should you be looking in order to steer the boat as fast as possible? In an effort to find out how the experts do it, we asked 15 worldclass helmspeople to tell us where they look when they are sailing upwind or downwind. We then averaged all their responses and compiled the results in the graphs below. (Source: Speed & Smarts)

Wetas for Sale

There's been a rush of Wetas changing hands from South Australia to Queensland and it seems the pool of used Wetas has dried up for the moment - if you have one that's under-used or want to swap it for a nice new lightweight foam-core one, send a mail with details to to get it included in the newsletter, facebook and website.

AWCA Traveller Series – Queensland & NSW 2018-19 season.

5 May Peter Loft Marathon, Bayview YRC, Pittwater, NSW Contact Paul White
19 May  Bargara Bash,  Bundaberg Sailing Club
25-26 May Tin Can Bay Cockroach Cup and Cooloola Cup (TBC)
8-9 Jun 2019 Wyvenhoe Winter Marathon. Book campsites early
27-28 Jul 2019 Humpybong Winter Bash
More events here

Australian Weta Class Association Report

President's Report
Single Yardstick proposal for 2019-20
After a number of events with a mixture of new foam core and older hex core boats, the Technical Committee is proposing that for next season, there be no difference between the Yardsticks for the hull type and sail used - only if the boat is sailed with one or two crew. The reason is that there are older hulls which weigh the same as the new foam core hulls (120Kg) and the results haven't shown any significant differences - apart from the skill of the sailor. Also the SQ sail will become standard but if a sailor chooses to use the Pinhead sail for an event then it is their choice - as you can in other classes that have different sail sizes (e.g. RS Aero). Feedback on the proposed rule changes welcome. 

To join the class or renew use the instructions below or contact Hamish for alternatives. 

How to renew or join AWCA
Register and renew your AWCA membership through the AWCA Revsport website using your AS Number. If you are registered with a sailing club you will have a AS Number. To check your number click here.

Buy your customisable AWCA Merchandise here - all profits go to running costs and trophies.
Weta Fun. Fast. Easy T-Shirt AWCA Beer can or Stubbie Holder Can CoolerLife's Better with a Weta Performance Hat

Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

Class Association website can be found at class documents can be found here.
AWCA Resources

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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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