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AGM Vote Results - New SQ Sail
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Report:Humpybong Winter Bash Regatta

(Keith Chidzey)
Heading North to Bash the Winter...

Craving a bit of salt water therapy, I decided to take the ‘little’ drive north for the 2019 Humpybong Winterbash - Did-not-regret-it!
Conditions: Sunny and mild, but on arrival I went “Uh-oh, not again”. Having had a glass-off at the last regatta attended (Brass Monkey @ Toukley) there was that stillness of nothing happening in the air – again. The locals assured me that there would be a breeze, and by the time we got going there was a nice little NE 5-8k pushing us around. 

Wetas waiting for the wind

Format: 2 days of pretty social mixed fleet sailing with the promise of at least 10 Wetas.
Day 1 – 3x races around the cans, which were deliberately not moved for any wind changes ... as they said at the briefing: what ya got is what ya got!
Day 2 – Marathon race
- some delightful, stress-free, close racing.
- some of the most bizarre starting lines I’ve seen for a while ... with Hamish U even pulling off a clean port tack cross, with the kite up!
On Saturday, Messers Hackett and Foley swapped wins, but on the result sheet the next morning (almost) everyone was highly amused to see they were not given a finish in one race, which saw young Mitchell and myself at the top of the Weta pile. [unfortunately, it got noticed & Petey had a little wet blanket moment and asked for them to be corrected, looked good for a while – hahaha]
Saturday night: Many of us headed to BBQ at the Hackett’s where we proceeded to solve all the world’s problems.
Sunday marathon: SE-E, max 5 k.
This turn into a lovely cruise in sparkling sunny conditions. After a short half-hour work, we went through a gate, turned right, strapped the kites down tight and sailed for an hour heading south, found a mark, turned around with kites again up and strapped down tight heading north, and back through that gate ... and kept going. For another hour or so. Turned around, with kites strapped down, and back south to that original gate. Then a short downhill slide to the finish. 

Cat Fight (with Chidzey in the middle)

A total soldiers course, which was so non-stressful that I almost forgot about racing completely and just had a lovely sail with a bunch of Weta mates.
Really could not have asked for a more pleasant weekend – thanks to the Queensland boys!
And as an added bonus on the way home, got to drop in and meet our newest Weta owner – Andy from Yamba. Nice bloke and hopefully will be showing his face from time to time at various regattas.

Rules Quiz

Complex mark rounding (click for bigger)

Is Yellow entitled to mark-room from Light Blue?  Answer
Is Magenta entitled to mark-room from Green? Answer


The AGM was held on Saturday 20th of July on line and the minutes from the meeting are here 

Despite the usual technical teething troubles for a few (Geoff) we managed to achieve a quorum and after approving the minutes from the previous year we approved the renewal of Office Holders positions.

The Balance for the end of the year was $914 with 27 members with projected revenue for 2019-20 to be $1250, giving enough funds for the purchase of perpetual trophies for NSW State titles plus annual trophies for NSW and Qld States.

General Business
The proposal for ratification that the Square Top sail be the future standard mainsail (carried over from the previous meeting) was discussed and the following motion submitted by Ian Richardson was approved in lieu.

For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Australian sailing seasons, although the SQ sail is the official race sail, Pin head mainsails as supplied by the manufacturer may be used in Weta events at the owners discretion without restriction. There will be no handicap applied for using this sail. To be reviewed at the end of this period.

Rationale: The meeting decided this was fairer to lightweight sailors, who may find the Square Top too powerful in strong winds, and also it doesn't force everyone to upgrade to the SQ immediately.

Motions regarding the AS yardsticks were discussed and the following was approved
That the Weta Association approach Australian Sailing to change the makeup of Weta yardsticks for use in inter class racing for the 2019-2020 season so that there are only two possible yardsticks. One for Weta sailed single handed and the other for Weta sailed two handed. Initial yardsticks recommended to be 91 for single and 94 for double based on current experience of sailing in mixed fleets against boats such as B14, 505 and Sharpie

Rationale: The current yardsticks do not allow the Weta to be competitive in results from mixed fleets and it is currently in the yardstick list for Catamarans while plainly not a catamaran. The cats use a rating derived from the SCHRS formula, which only applies to cats, whereas the monohull Yardsticks are mostly derived from RYA handicap ratings. Evidence from results in Australia and Worldwide have shown little difference between foam core and non-foam core boats with similar age sails, particularly as early boats have the same weight as the foam core. Also hull stiffness is not a significant issue because of the relatively small volume of the hulls and the movement allowed by the ama arms.

Also approved was a motion for prizes for double-handed sailors:
If there are insufficient double handed wetas entered in an association event to run a separate division, a prize must be given to the top double handed boat on overall results. The number of boats require to constitute a separate division will be decided on an event by event basis by the organising authority. The number of prizes will also be decided by the organising authority.

Rationale: We want to encourage double handed sailors to participate and also have their own start if there are enough participants.

Note: You must be an AWCA member to compete in State and National Weta Championships
New Membership click here
Membership Renewals - see your email invoice from

Video: How to splice a Tail in the Gennaker Sheet

(Tip from Glen Foley) Adding a tail to the middle of the gennaker sheet prevents the clew of the sail from getting caught on the forestay as you gybe. Tie the two ends together after feeding them through the blocks.


NSW State Titles - Spiers Point 27 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020

Spiers Point SC will host the first NSW State Titles on Lake Macquarie over the 2019-20 New Year period. Winds permitting, we'll start with a Passage Race on 28th December to have lunch at Wangi Wangi RSL and back. There'll be a mixture of windward-leeward and triangle courses on other days.
There will be a opportunity to view the local New Year fireworks display after the prize giving on 31st December. 
We'd welcome visitors from interstate and even overseas - even our Kiwi friends or Snowbirds from the Northern Hemisphere who want to thaw out.
Nearby accommodation includes Pippis at the Point hotel and restaurant  or there are B&Bs, AirBNB, and hotels nearby. BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION NOW!
If you want to charter a boat, or have a boat available for charter (SQ sail upgrade offer!), 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

Aug 24-25 All Boats Regatta, Lake Cootharaba, QLD
Aug 24-25 Asymmetric Weekend, Hunters Hill SC, Sydney, NSW
Oct 5-6 Jervis Bay October Regatta, Jervis Bay Sailing Club, Callala Bay, NSW
Nov 30-31 QLD State Titles - Lake Cootharaba, QLD
Dec 28- 31 NSW State Titles - Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club, Lake Macquarie, NSW 
More info on the Events Calendar here

Instamic Waterproof Wire-Free Microphone

The problem with trying to capture sound for video recordings on the Weta is the noise from the water can drown out anything else  - and camera poles and mounts can cause an annoying whistle.
Step forward the Instamic - billed as the smartest, smallest, and most affordable microphone and audio recorder that's easy to operate. Waterproof to 2m. US$169 More

Tip: Hoisting the SQ Mainsail

The SQ sail can be difficult to hoist because of the curve in the luff when it gets towards the top of the mast. So try easing the gennaker and jib halyard to allow the mast to flex and then tighten them up afterwards.
Also try spraying some silicon spray into the track.

Wetsuit Washer/Hanger

OK so you can do the "wetsuit wiggle" trying not to get wet while you hold up your wetsuit with one hand and squirt it with the hose with the other, but this natty hanger washes inside and outside at the same time. Just hang up your wetsuit on the hanger and plug in your hose. US$120 (free shipping worldwide) More

Liros Dynasoft

Not content with just transforming halyards and shackles, Dyneema® has now been combined with polyester by Liros to combines the best grip, the lightest weight, and the lowest stretch. A combination braid of high-strength Polyester grip fibres and Dyneema - Ideal for dinghy sheets and halyard leads. Available from and
  • work strain < 2 % 
  • high grip and extremely flexible
  • not spliceable
  • LIROS Heat-Stretch-System for lowest stretch
  • excellent handleability
  • 4-9mm width

Wetas for Sale

There's been a rush of Wetas changing hands from South Australia to Queensland  - if you have one that's under-used or want to swap it for a nice new lightweight foam-core one with a SQ mainsail, send a mail with details to to get it included in the newsletter, facebook and website. 
Weta #175, 2008,  $11,250 ono
Lennox Head, NSW

● One owner from new
● New tyres on trailer 12 months ago and new spare wheel. Registered trailer.New tyres on trailer 12 months ago and new spare wheel. Registered trailer.
● Has been in a shed for past 4 years under the Weta cover.
● Furling dacron jib
● Continuous furler on screecher, quality swivel.
● Original Gaastra jib and main in excellent condition. No damage
● Original centreboard (Larger centreboard purchased later)
● Second set of rigging made up out of heavier gauge wire, original included
● Shorter port side stay made to allow 6 to 1 block to tension the rig for kids to rig. Normal side stay included.
● Epoxy mast base holder on deck to allow easy mast raising on your own. Removable from boat if desired.
● Boat is in excellent condition and ready to go.
● Rob Blackburn 0434 004 895,

Weta #860, 2013,  $11,000
Canberra, ACT

● One owner from new
● The boat has been almost exclusively sailed in Canberra (so mostly light days with no bashing through chop).  No trailer. 
●  Andy Weiss, 0403791265,

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Australian Weta Class Association Report

See AGM article above.
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.
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