AusWeta News - February 2018:  NEW Weta Halyard Holder | Reports| Videos |Events |Tips, bits, tricks and tests

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This regular newsletter aims to give you the best of the Australian Weta news and to share tips, tricks and information that can make your Weta sailing more enjoyable.

NEW! Weta Halyard Holder or Water Bottle Cooler

If you're fed up with the ugly "birds nest" of halyards falling down from the front of the mast at critical moments, as well as producing drag, then the new Australian Weta Class Halyard Holder is the solution.
  • Reduce drag and tangles from your halyards
  • Clip it where you want it: The mainsail tack strap (also prevents the jib sheet from catching the hook), main halyard cleat or Cunningham lines on the deck
  • Clip your water bottle to the tramp so you can reach it easily
  • Keep your water bottle cool for longer
  • Fits a standard 750mm sports water bottle.
Made from 5mm neoprene in bright Weta blue and adorned with the Weta Fun, Fast, Easy and AWCA logo. Only $20 including FREE Shipping to Australia, NZ AU$6, Elsewhere AU$9 Click here to order.

Report: Sydney Harbour Weta Challenge

Six Wetas including Hamish and Bill from Queensland enjoyed fantastic conditions for a great events on the harbour, organised by Woollahra Sailing Club, with a mixture of short and longer races - and a bonus washing machine on day one!
The first two races on Saturday helped the visitors to find the marks which had been laid that morning and in the light conditions Paul led at the windward mark by sailing higher than everyone else as well as catching the wake from a powerboat which took him to the layline, closely followed by Peter Martin who was sailing his usual fast and free technique which wasn't so effective in the 12 knot choppy conditions of the first lap. But as the wind increased Peter started to close and in trying to cover him, Paul made a bad gybe and Peter managed to get past on the line. Race two was closer but Paul tacked off after being blocked at the start and tried to follow Hamish up the right side of the course - which looked good initially but the left was better as there was lots of sailboat traffic with spinnakers on the right. So it finished with Peter followed by Ian ahead of Hamish and then Paul with Geoff and Bill bringing up the rear.
The final race on day one was part one of the Three Island Challenge around Shark, Clark and Fort Denison islands (see video below). It started with a tight reach to a laid mark in Rose Bay and Ian who was in the lead went around the mark the wrong way so in undoing his error, held up Geoff and Paul was able to nip inside. Peter was now in the lead closely followed by Ian and Paul until Paul's tiller extension came off and he was heading to Clark Island, he managed to fix it and carry on chasing after Hamish and Geoff who had got past.
The leaders were close together as they rounded the Fort with a gap back to Hamish and Geoff with Paul still playing catchup.
The next obstacle was the wind shadow of Clark Island which the leaders avoided by going wide but as a local, Paul knew that if you passed close to the Island there was a backwind eddy which could push you through the calm section faster than going wide and he used this to clear the island at the same time as Geoff and Hamish. Hamish and Paul stayed on the right while Geoff tacked early towards Bradleys Head. Paul hung on after Hanish tacked and was rewarded with a lift and some extra pressure in Double Bay.  Meanwhile Ian had managed to get ahead of Peter in the strengthening breeze and took the win in a repeat of the drag race around the mark in Rose Bay and back to the finish in a cloud of spray with Peter in close pursuit. Paul had also crosseed the harbour after the others and judged the layline perfectly for the Shark Island lighthouse ahead of Geoff and take third place on a thrilling spray-filled reach to the finish.
Sunday had a repeat of the short races with an earlier start but thankfully less chop and Peter led all three races from Ian. 
The start of the long race had a slightly lighter breeze and the angle meant that gennekers were deployed by those who could hang on. Peter and Ian were neck-and-neck again with Paul not far behind but the leaders dropped Paul when he gybed away from the calm area behind Bradleys Head while the leaders caught a gust to the layline. This enabled Hamish to get past and he was closely followed by Paul around Fort Denison and upwind. The freshening wind meant that Hamish was finding it tough as Paul powered through by sitting on the floats for increased leverage and he used his reverse eddy shortcut to get further ahead as they passed behind Clark Island.
Peter hung on for the finish ahead of Ian with Paul, Hamish, Geoff and Bill not far behind.
Thanks to all at Woollahra Sailing Club for organising the event and providing prizes.
Report: Paul White
RaceQs 3D Replay - Day 1, Day 2
Results here

Three Islands race blasting around Sydney Harbour

Geoff's view of the exciting Three Islands Challenge around Sydney Harbour - it was a blast!

Australian Weta Class Association Report

President's Report
The Australian Weta Class Association is now an affiliated Class Association with Yachting Australia.

This now means we can organise our own National Championships and, as well as giving access to a number of services from Australian Sailing, it means that you can register and pay for AWCA membership through the AS MySailor website. To register, click here.

Kind regards
Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

Class Association documents can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Feb 17-18, 2018
Twofold Bay Regatta (Eden)
Twofold Bay Yacht Club

Feb 25, 2018
(T)KCC Cock of the Bay
Botany Bay
Kurnell Catamaran Club

Mar 10, 2018
Darren Lowder Memorial Regatta
Trial Bay, South West Rocks NSW 2431z
(organised by Kurnell Catamaran Club)
App: WindAlertLive wind reports and forecasts.
If you want to find out what's happening to the wind right now around your area, or around the country, Windalert provides a chart of real-time wind reports, forecast winds and more from over 50,000 stations Worldwide. Available for iOS and Android or on the website here.

NEW! Velocitek Prism

Velocitek have launched a direct competitor for the TackTick Microcompass now that the TackTick patent for the twin screen device has expired.
As well as have larger digits than the TackTick, it also has a changeable battery.
The only thing it lacks over the TackTick is a timer but the reason given is that most dinghy sailors use a wrist timer anyway.

More information here
Wetas for Sale

Weta 4.4M Trimaran 2015 model


Excellent condition had little use. Set up for single handed cruising and racing. 2 sets of sails cruising and racing sails new not used. Kept under cover in shed and well looked after.

Cassowary Coast, Cardwell , QLD

Weta Trimaran $10,000

I bought this Weta Trimaran in 2011 and have since sailed it literally 8 times at Mt Martha front beach in Victoria. My sons aren't interested unfortunately so it is a waste to keep it. Always garaged and impeccably maintained, it has never had a ding or repair. Included is trailer with additional bar for tail lights and indicators etc. Happy to send more images - it is in Mickey Mouse condition.
Boroondara Area, Glen Iris

Tip: How to speed up rigging your Weta

Bob Hyde from the US has 9 tips to help you speed up rigging your Weta so you can do so in only 20 minutes!

To sumarise:
"Leave stuff rigged, don’t tie knots, use a big ass bag".

Full details here.

If you have further tips to add to the list, please do so via the forum.

New Harken Furler

Weta has been searching for 13 years to find a continuous furler which can match the quality of the boat.

The 3 previous furlers have worked with varying degrees of success, but with the new Harken continuous furling system (1134) + Swivel (164) adds the final touch of quality to the Weta. It has full roller bearings and it is a quality piece of hardware.  

It is more expensive as it is a precision product but worth every cent in our view. It will be included with all orders placed before 1 June at no extra charge, prices will rise after this date to reflect the increased cost. It's available from Weta dealers to retrofit to existing boats.
More information here 

Blue is the colour

The new blue trimmed digitally cut mainsails (SQ and Standard Mainsail) and blue trimmed jibs are now available as standard with new Wetas. 

The blue trimmed jibs are the same cut as the previous black trimmed sails - so the difference is purely cosmetic.  Some black trimmed jibs are still available to match the previous black trimmed mainsails.

More information from your local Weta dealer
AWCA Resources
Discussion Forum, Used Weta Buyers Guide, Weta Wiki - everything you need to know
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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