Life's Better - Weta News - June 2018:  Reports: Yarra Bay, NSW | Cooloola Cup, QLD| Videos | Events |Tips, bits, tricks and tests
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Report: Yarra Bay ANZAC Day Regatta

Four Wetas arrived at Yarra Bay Sailing Club overlooking Botany Bay, the container terminal and the flightpath to Sydney airport. So while it may not be the most attractive location, the water is clean and clear and the breakwater provides a great flat water sailing area. You can also drive the trailer right onto to the beach via a concrete slip and the sailing club has a club licence with a dining room.
The only problem was that the regatta which was advertised on their website wasn't happening - however, they set a course with a wing mark for the few boats that were there and we organised our own mini-Weta championship with one person starting the countdown.
The first race had Ian and Peter dicing it out for the lead with a distance back to Paul who had a similar lead over Geoff. The second race was quite different as we'd all decided it paid to hug the shoreline where there was generally more pressure. Only it didn't quite work out that way -  especially for Peter.
Ian and Peter were first off the line at the pin end and slowed each other up enough so that Paul came over the top until he eventually tacked away while after forcing the others into the sheltered area near the shore. Geoff had decided to tack early and go further out but Peter tacked back in followed by Paul who got him on a port and starboard after Peter had a poor tack. Ian had managed to get away and was first around the windward mark followed by Geoff, Peter and Paul.
Peter managed to catch Geoff as they headed for the wing mark but they slowed as they neared the mark and Paul had a gust which allowed him to catch up just before the 3 boat lengths circle and obtain an overlap on Peter. Paul gybed as they entered the circle and Peter, who had gybed wide, came in at speed and tried to squeeze between Paul and the mark but Paul shut the door and so Peter was forced to tack away and round the mark after Geoff.
Paul managed to keep a slight lead heading for the leeward mark and furled the kite early to allow him to make a clean rounding  - meanwhile Peter had come in hot to the mark to round ahead but failed to get his kite to wrap properly leaving it flapping in the breeze so he was forced to turn down and re-furl putting Paul back ahead - although still some distance behind Ian. Although Peter managed to get back past Geoff, Ian and then Paul finished the race ahead. The finial race had Peter getting ahead after the start which he was able to maintain for the entire race followed by Ian at some distance and then Paul and Geoff.
Geoff's Video of Race 2

Peter Hackett reviews the new Foam Core Weta

Multihull expert, Peter Hackett, reviews the new, lighter, foam-core, Performance Weta in the Cooloola Bay Regatta at Tin Can Bay, QLD: 
"The improvements are certainly worth the dollars.....Let me put it this way, the boat feels crisper, not necessarily faster but just crisper"
"The racing was so close; it was like being in lasers again without the bucket out the back, and without the spinal pain. The time I most love my newer boat is when pulling the whole shebang back up the ramp after a great day’s sailing. The new girl is just a little easier to pull."  More here

Cooloola Cup Regatta 

Eleven Wetas turned out for the Cooloola Cup Regatta at Tin Can Bay, QLD - making the Weta the largest fleet in the 21-boat entry.
(Report: Hamish Urquhart | Photo: Julie Hartwig)
Saturday had a fresh and gusty Westerlies which made for a good ride on the long race to Inskip point and return (13 miles). Peter Hackett in his new Foam Core boat and Glen cleared out and the rest of us swapped the lead back and forth. Peter came in first followed by Glen then myself closely followed by Andres. We followed that with a short race which Glen again won followed by Rod Daley, myself and Peter. Sunday was brilliantly sunny and a very light wind which totally dropped out about start time. We all ended up paddling over to the sandbanks watching the ebb tide and waiting for a breeze which didn’t come. Eventually racing was abandoned and we had to walk our boats about a mile back through the shallows then paddle across the creek to get home, or at least Peter and I did and the others ended up getting a tow.
In the overall results Glen won the regatta, Peter Hackett can third and I came fourth. In the Wetas it was Glen, Peter and myself. No apparent difference between boats but my new jib did seem to give me a bit extra. A good weekend even if Sunday was a wash out. 

The Pittwater Sailboat Expo was a great success with over 30 new prospects requesting more information or a demo sail on the Weta. Expect to see more Wetas in NSW soon.

Wetas for Sale (click image for more info)

Weta 764  $13,500

2012 model very good condition. White hull, Blue gennaker.  Comes with registered trailer. $13,500.00.
Bundaberg, QLD

Weta 1132  $15,490

Purchased new late 2016. Grey hull, Yellow gennaker.
Sailed the WMG and some WETA regattas as well as occasional club races. 
Very good condition and proven competitive boat. Includes beach trolley but no trailer. SW Sydney, NSW

Upcoming Events

Australian Weta Class Annual General Meeting
Sat 23 June 8.00am AEST

2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games, Gold Coast, QLD
9-11 November

More events here

Bowline tying for Idiots

Most people learn to tie a bowline using the rabbit and tree method but this way is faster and foolproof

FixnZip Zipper Replacement

If you've ever had a zip failure on your gear or a bag you know how irritating it is and how difficult it can be to find a replacement.
Step forward the FixnZip  - a zipper replacement that requires no tools to replace your broken/lost zipper 
- Repairs broken zippers that separate or come undone.
- Fits a range of zipper sizes (small, med or large available).
- Works on nylon coils as well as plastic and metal teeth.
- Can be used on both opened and closed end zippers.
Available from eBay, Whitworths and other camping/boating stores

Zhik Dinghy Smock

It may look like fetish wear but Zhik's new Dinghy Smock is made from a high-stretch, breathable, waterproof shell that offers protection from wind, waves and spray. 

The stretchy fabric ensures the smock fits comfortably over your other sailing gear, and moves with you keeping your movement around the boat free and unrestricted. It's only available in black which may not be the safest colour in a crowded waterway and could be hot on warm days.
More here

How to attach fittings to a carbon tube

Drilling a hole in a carbon tube, like the mast or rudder, can create a point of weakness and stainless steel rivets may damage the thin carbon walls in the process of application. Also carbon and stainless steel react to create galvanic corrosion which can cause the steel to be eaten away - especially in the presence of salt water. So you have to be careful when adding or replacing fittings on the mast or rudder. Details of the options here
Mark tries the Fun. Fast. Easy. Weta Trimaran in winds gusting to 30 knots

Any Colour You Want (Except Black)

New foam-core boat deliveries to Melbourne and Sydney in July - order now to get your colour choice.
No additional charge for white, grey, orange, blue or yellow hulls.

Australian Weta Class Association Report

President's Report
Notes from Committee Meeting 26th May
AWCA AGM to be held on Sat 23 June at 08.00 AEST via Google Hangouts - Click here for details
Rohan Armstrong has resigned as President due to pressure of work. Geoff Waldon will be interim President until the AGM on 23rd June.
Rules Sub-Committee to be renamed Technical Committee and Peter Hackett from QLD has been appointed as the second measurer in addition to Ian Richardson from NSW. Other members include Paul White from NSW and Andrew Boyes from VIC.
New class administration system coming on line shortly. Should be little difference for existing members.

How to join AWCA
Register and pay for AWCA membership through the Australian Sailing MySailor website. If you are registered with a club you will have a MySailor ID. To register, click here.

Free AWCA Halyard Holder/Bottle Holder for new members (while stock lasts).

Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

Class Association documents can be found here.
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