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Report: Kurnell Cup, Kogarah Bay Sailing Club
Blakehurst, NSW

Braving the early stage of social distance regulations, three Wetas turned out for the Kurnell Cup which was supposed to be a marathon course from the Georges River around Botany Bay. But as the wind was gusting over 25 knots at the airport, the wise decision was taken to run the event in the more sheltered waters of Kogarah Bay. Keith was sporting his new self tacking jib and hoping the strong winds would increase the stuff-up rate of the competition.

At the start, Keith made an "inspired" move to start the race going towards the starboard end of the line on port which was "interesting". Meanwhile Steve and Annette started late after helping Keith and Paul launch (sorry) and then spent the rest of the race playing catch up.

Whether it was local knowledge, his new self-tacker or Paul's usual stuff-ups, Keith was ahead at the first mark and, despite catching him up at times upwind during the rest of the race, it stayed that way to the finish. It wasn't helped by the marks in sheltered locations from which Keith always seemed to get a nice gust away from, while Paul was marooned at the mark a few metres behind. 

Keith sending it

Meanwhile Steve and Annette were having similar problems trying to get away from the holes at the rounding marks, although they did manage to keep ahead of the rest of the fleet but were beaten into 4th place by one local Laser on handicap with Keith the winner and Paul second overall.

We think the club members were impressed with the Weta but whether they can be persuaded out of their old (cheap) existing rides remains to be seen.

Upcoming Events 

Dec 28/20 – Jan 2/21
AWCA Weta National Championship
Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club
Boreen Point, QLD

More info on FB Events Calendar here

More Self Tackers Shipping Soon

Dec 28/20 – Jan 2/21
The first batch of self-tacking jib kits have already been distributed to happy owners. A second batch for both China-built and current model boats is in production - get in quick to avoid disappointment.
More info here

Bargain Beach Wheels

Richmond Wheel & Castor Co have a new line of balloon beach wheels available including this 40cm wheel with 1" bore for $136.62 (inc GST). They also have an aluminium axle for $33.40 and axle fixing kit for $29.70.
The similar size Wheeleze wheel from beachwheels Australia is $179.99 and axle is $54.00. The difference is the Wheeleze wheels have a stainless ball bearing whereas the Richmond wheels use a nylon bush which may affect the rolling resistance.

Custom Australian Weta Gear Available 

Online Workwear, who supplied the jackets for the World Masters Games, now have digitised AWCA and Weta logos for high-quality embroidery on the item of your choice from a huge range of products.
The polo-shirt pictured is $20 +8.50 embroidery fee. Standard tracked shipping is $10 Australia-wide.

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

Unfortunately COVID-19 restrictions have led to the cancellation of many events until further notice.  However, currently those in NSW are still able to use their Wetas for exercise solo or with one other family member while maintaining social distance restrictions. 

How to renew or join AWCA
To join the class or renew, use the instructions below or contact Hamish for alternatives.
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.

Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

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

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